The best basketball players in the history of Southport High will be recognized when the school’s Indiana All-Stars from 1939-93 are honored Friday.
Most notable is the legendary Louie Dampier, a 1963 all-star who went on to play for the University of Kentucky before starring for the Kentucky Colonels in the American Basketball Association, where he stands as the league’s leader in points (13,726), assists (4,044), minutes played (27,770) and games played (728).
Colonels coach Hubie Brown recalled Dampier’s impact with ABA champion Kentucky in 1974-75, when he won nine games on last-second shots. Dampier did that throughout high school, including against Washington in a sectional championship.
Dampier retired from pro basketball in 1979, after three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA.
Jim Krivacs also made a name for himself at Southport as an all-star in 1974. He went on to become a two-time All-American at the University of Texas, averaging 19.5 points per game and leading the Longhorns to the 1978 NIT championship.
Amy Metheny (1980) and Linda Mallender (1981), members of the Cardinals’ 1980 state championship team, will also be recognized, although Metheny, who scored 28 points in the title game, won’t be on hand for the program.
Marlon Flemming, a member of the Cards’ 1990 Final Four team, and Erika Fall (1993) will also be acknowledged.
Other honorees include Sue Bass (1979), Fred Fleetwood (1962), who played with Dampier, Jesse Blackwell and the late Joe Simpson (1956), Ed Schienbein (1940) and John Williams (1939).
They will be honored between the boys junior varsity and varsity basketball games against Columbus North – roughly 7 p.m. – with the hanging of a banner at historic Southport Fieldhouse, and they will receive a piece of the old wooden floor.
Hall of Fame coaches Marilyn Ramsey and Bill Springer will also be there.
“This is going to be a wonderful night to remember these men and women who worked so hard to bring recognition, pride and tradition to this great high school,” Principal Barbara Brouwer said.
“We are sure this will be an unforgettable night for Southport alumni and especially those being honored,” said Jay Danner, Alumni Association president. “We hope to honor Joey Brunk and Paul Scruggs (standouts on this year’s team) in about 20 years.”
Following the ceremony, the former all-stars will sign autographs and reminisce with fans on the upper level of the fieldhouse. A party after the game will be held at the Fireside Brewhouse, 997 E. County Line Road, Greenwood.