By John Benton
TERRE HAUTE — This coming March 21 will find the Indiana Amateur Softball Association holding its annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Terre Haute Holiday Inn. At that time, the late Debbie Hicks and the Terre Haute Cheffettes/Chevettes women’s fastpitch team will be inducted.
Debbie Hicks, who passed away in 2008 after a long bout with cancer, will be inducted for excellence in the fastpitch and slowpitch games.
In 1978, Debbie was part of the Indiana ASA Major state champion Terre Haute Chevettes team. As such, she was the winning pitcher in the state championship game at age 17. In addition to her pitching skills, Debbie was awarded a Gold Glove for her fielding prowess on the ’78 state championship squad.
After concluding her fastpitch career, Debbie took up the slowpitch game and again excelled. In 1985, she was a key player on the Indiana ASA Major state champion Terre Haute Chrysler-Plymouth team, which competed at the highest level of slowpitch for several years.
In addition to playing for the Wabash Valley’s leading women’s slowpitch team, Debbie also played on one of the area’s top coed teams with husband Ron Hicks.
Debbie was the daughter of Bill and Mary Tanner.
On a personal note, I would like to say that I’m proud to be the person who nominated Debbie Hicks for the Indiana ASA Hall of Fame. She is greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Also being inducted into the Indiana ASA Hall of Fame is the Terre Haute Cheffettes/Chevettes team. The Terre Haute-based team won the Indiana ASA Major state title 10 consecutive years from 1966 through 1975. In addition, it won the previously mentioned 1978 state championship.
Several former team members are expected to be in attendance at the Hall of Fame banquet.
Any former Cheffette/Chevette player interested in further information may call Arlene at (812) 299-4662.
Also being inducted in the 2009 class for their individual accomplishments are Mark Cade, Kerry Clevenger, Mike Anderson and Jim Ellis. Being inducted for team excellence are the Anderson Astros, Marion Plymouth Club, the Region Rockers from Schererville and the Evansville Earthquake.
Anyone wishing to attend the festivities can contact Wayne Myers at (812) 234-0339 to make reservations. Price is $25 per adult and $12 for children under 12.
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Local softball leagues are now taking registrations for the upcoming summer session. Listed below you will find contact information for adult league play.
The Brazil YMCA leagues will offer men’s and coed play. Men’s league action will be on Sunday afternoons, while church coed and recreational coed play will be offered during the week. Team registrations will be open through April 17. For more information, contact the Brazil YMCA at (812) 442-6761.
The Terre Haute Church League is offering leagues for men’s and coed church teams. Coed play is scheduled for Friday evenings, while men’s league play takes place Monday through Thursday evenings. Teams interested in registering must do so prior to April 1. For more information, call Todd Heim at (812) 235-6500.
A note of caution to interested church teams, the Terre Haute Church League usually fills up quickly. Do not wait too long to register.
Terre Haute Family Y is registering teams for the summer session. Registration will close April 15 with league play commencing April 21. Openings are available for men’s teams, which will be playing Sundays, and coed teams, which will be playing Tuesdays through Thursdays.
For more information, call the Family Y at (812) 232-3358.
Terre Haute Park and Recreation league play will be registering teams through April 24. A coed league will take place Monday evenings, while men’s leagues will take place Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
Again, a note of caution, the Terre Haute Park and Recreation leagues have filled quickly in years past. Do not wait too long to register.
For more information, call the Torner Center at (812) 232-0147.
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Individuals and teams interested in being reclassified for ASA state tournament play can do so by filling out and submitting reclassification papers before the March 9 deadline.
On March 9, all those applying must attend the reclassification meeting at 7 p.m. at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.
For more information, contact John Benton at (812) 877-2566.
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Most softball information (some useful, some not so) is available via different Internet Web sites.
The Indiana ASA information is available by going to Indiana-ASA.org. For those interested in Indiana NSA info, you can go to indianansa.com or playnsa.com.
General softball information as well as chatter is plentiful on the Indianasoftball.com site.
John Benton can be reached by phone at (812) 877-2566.