The Shepherds: From left — David, Billy and Bill. Bill coached both of his sons, honored as Indiana’s Mr. Basketball two years apart.
The Shepherds: From left — David, Billy and Bill. Bill coached both of his sons, honored as Indiana’s Mr. Basketball two years apart.
Hamilton County Sports History is rich - from numerous student-athletes being selected as the best in Indiana, to many other significant accomplishments and special moments.

Hamilton County Sports History is rich - from numerous student-athletes being selected as the best in Indiana, as well as many other significant accomplishments and special moments.

Billy Shepherd, Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 1968, was the county's first Mr. Basketball.

Billy's brother David, was honored as Mr. Basketball in 1970.

In addition to the Hamilton County Hall of Fame, listed below, the Shepherds are in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, as is their father and former Carmel basketball coach Bill Shepherd, who coached the state runner-up Greyhounds in 1970.

Also, Billy's oldest son Scott was an Indiana All-Star.

So, when you look back, you could make a strong argument that The Shepherds are the "First Family' of Indiana High School basketball - certainly of Hamilton County basketball.

Noblesville's Tom Coverdale, who went on to star at Indiana University, was honored as the state's No. 1 high school basketball player in 1998.

Hamilton Southeastern's Gary Harris and Zak Irvin became the state's first back-to-back Mr. Basketball recipients at the same high school in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Both were also named Gatorade Indiana Players of the Year.

Just this summer, Harris - who left Michigan State after his sophomore season to enter the NBA Draft (he also was the Big 10 Freshman of the Year) - was selected No. 19 in the first round by the Chicago Bulls, and traded to the Denver Nuggets.

Carmel's Josh McRoberts, a former member of the NBA Indiana Pacers and currently a top player for the Charlotte Hornets, is certainly one of the top student-athletes to come out of Hamilton County, too.

In 2005, McRoberts was selected as the McDonald's All-America Basketball Player of the Year....the McDonald's All-America Game MVP....Parade All-America Basketball Team....National High School Coaches Association Senior Athlete of the Year.

Hamilton Southeastern's Taya Reimer, a gold medalist for the girls 16U & 17U USA basketball teams, was honored as the Naismith National Women's Basketball Player of the Year in 2013. She was also a McDonald's All-American.

Noblesville HS pitcher Wes Whisler was named Indiana's Mr. Baseball in 2001. He was drafted out of high school, but opted to play three seasons for the UCLA Bruins.

Whisler was drafted 50th overall by the Chicago White Sox in the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft, and he made his MLB debut on June 6, 2009 for Chicago.

Morgan Melloh led Hamilton Southeastern to the school's first of two state softball championships and was named Indiana's Miss Softball in 2007.

Noblesville's Katie Harrison was named Indiana's Miss Softball in 2011.

Hamilton Southeastern's Kirsten Timmer was named Indiana's Miss Soccer in 2013.

Did you know?

Noblesville High School was an original member of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, one of 15 schools listed as charter members in the IHSAA Handbook of 1928.

Here are a few other Hamilton County achievements:

· 1913 - Noblesville becomes county's first boys state track champion.

· 1968 - Carmel's Billy Shepherd scored a single-game record 70 points against Brownsburg. That mark still stands.

· 1970 - Carmel's David Shepherd scored a state championship game-record 40 points in a 10-point loss to East Chicago Roosevelt. That mark was broken in 2008; David Shepherd's single-season (1969-70) Indiana high school scoring record of 1,079 points still stands.

· 1970 - Carmel won the county's first boys golf state championship. Coach Don Huffer also won in 1971, as well as 1982, '89 and '90; Noblesville, coached by Bob Spacey, is the only other county school to win state in boys golf. The Millers also won in 1999.

· 1975 - Hamilton Heights, with a senior class enrollment of 94, beat big-school Carmel in the boys basketball sectional (Doug Mitchell, a two-time state basketball championship coach (1999, 2010) at North Central, played on the Huskies team.) Mitchell still resides in Hamilton County.

· 1976 - Former Carmel girls basketball coach Judi Warren was the girls first Miss Basketball after leading Warsaw to the inaugural girls state championship.

· 1976 - Carmel wins first of 13 boys state cross-country championships.

· 1977 - Carmel wins its first boys state basketball championship, coached by Eric Clark (now deceased).

· 1978 - Carmel's first of a county-best seven state football championships.

· 1980 - Carmel, coached by Phil Quillin, becomes first Hamilton County girls golf state champion; Noblesville won in 1986 and 1987; the Hamilton Southeastern girls won in 2003, '08, '10, '11; and Carmel won again in 2013, under veteran coach Ken Kelly.

· 1980 - Sheridan's first of nine Class A state football championships. Bud Wright is the only coach at the same school in Indiana to win that many football titles .... In 2012 Coach Wright became the winningest high school football coach in Indiana.

· 1980 - Carmel's first of 8 boys state tennis championships.

· 1981-82 - Carmel's first IHSAA state girls swimming championship. The Lady Greyhounds have won 28 straight since the 1986-87 season. The program has been honored twice as National High School champions.
· 1982 - Carmel wins first of state-record 15 cross-country state championships (first 11 won by former Hounds' Coach Chuck Koeppen; final 4 in a row won my Coach Mark Ellington.

· 1987 - Noblesville, coached by Ray Lyttle, becomes Hamilton County's first girls state basketball champion (Millers were runners-up in 1988, also coached by Lyttle); Carmel won in 2008, coached by Scott Bowen.

· 1989 - Carmel's first of six girls tennis state championships.

· 1990 - Carmel's first of 14 boys state swimming championships.

· 1994 - Carmel's first girls state soccer championship. Coached by Frank Dixon, the Lady Hounds have since won a state-record 9 state titles, the last coming in the 2011-12 school year.

· 1994 - Carmel becomes first state softball champion....the Lady Greyhounds also won in 2011; Hamilton Southeastern won the school's first state softball title in 2007 (4A), second in 2010, and was the state runner-up in 2014.

· 1997 - Carmel becomes first Hamilton County school to finish as the state runner-up in baseball; Westfield was runner-up in 1998 (3A) and 2009 (4A).

· 1998 - Coach Tim Mylin's Carmel girls win first of back-to-back state track and field championships.

· 2000 - Carmel wins first boys state track and field championship under former coach Chuck Koeppen; Hamilton SE won in 2013.

· 2002 - Noblesville's Courtney Cox, who led the Millers to three straight Girls Basketball State Finals appearances, highlighted by the state championship in 1987, was the first female to be inducted into the Hamilton County Hall of Fame.

· 2006 - Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame coach Daniel Kapsalis led Carmel to an unbeaten season (23-0-0) and won the boys state soccer championship en route to the Greyhounds being named NSCAA Public School National Champions.

· 2009 - Hamilton Southeastern, a high school since 1967, won its first boys sectional basketball championship.

· 2010 - In only five years as a new (reestablished) high school, Fishers captured the Class 5A state football championship.

· 2010 - The Indy Racers, comprising 12 players from Hamilton County, became the first Indiana team to win the USA Hockey youth national championship. The Racers won the Tier II Under-14 national championship on April 11 on Wayne, N.J.

. 2011- Carmel's Kelsi Jones, a two-time Indiana high School Softball All-American, was named Gatorade Indiana Softball Player of the Year.

. 2011 - Former Carmel quarterback Mark Herrmann, an All-American at Purdue University, entered the College Football Hall of Fame.

. 2012 - Coach Pete Smith led Guerin Catholic (Class 3A) to the school's first boys state basketball championship.

. 2012 - Hamilton Southeastern's girls and boys basketball teams finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the state.

. 2012 & 13 - Scott Heady led the Carmel boys (Class 4A) to back-to-back state basketball championships.

. 2012 & 2013 - Coach Rich Coleman led Carmel to first state finals in volleyball, and brought home the runner-up plaque in back-to-back seasons.

. 2013 - Under coach Jon Hoover, Westfield HS won its first state championship in boys golf.

. 2013 - Coach John Cech led the Guerin Catholic boys to the Class A state championship, the school's first state soccer championship.

. 2013 - Westfield was the state runner-up in the Class 5A state football championship.

. 2013 - Hamilton Heights earned its first trip to the State Finals in basketball, as the Class 3A Lady Huskies were runners-up.

. 2014 - Noblesville HS won the school's first state championship in baseball.

. 2014 - Shortstop-pitcher Garrett Christman, who led the Millers to the school's first state baseball championship, was drafted in the 37th round of the MLB Draft, but has elected to play baseball at Butler.

>>Note: If you know of something that is missing and needs to be added to the list, please send to mark@thetimes24-7.com(.)