Goshen News, Goshen, IN


November 18, 2013


Twenty-two receive highest county athletic honor


“I was fortunate to play in the golden era of GHS sports. When the gyms were filled with fans,” Ogle said. “As a trainer I was fortunate to be part of another era in the 1980s when Goshen had some state championship football teams.”

Carol Duncan earned 11 letters at NorthWood in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She helped NorthWood win the 3A girls state basketball champions in 1999 and finished her prep career with 1,214 points and 828 rebounds. She went on to play four years at Purdue, scoring 1,033 points as the Boilermakers won two Big Ten tournament championships.

“I was so inspired by the coaches at NorthWood. Steve Neff in basketball, Peg Bough in volleyball and Kirt Hunsberger in track,” Duncan said. “My parents were great. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better. My older brother Tom was my hero and I wanted to be a trailblazer for my little sister Audrey showing her how to be a strong female athlete.”

Neff has announced his intentions to retire after the current basketball season.

“It’s incredible his career has spanned four decades,” Duncan said. “I hope he has a good season.”

Duncan works for Gym Rats in Fort Wayne, coaching youth basketball teams.

“I speak constantly with the kids about things he (Neff) taught me,” she said. “It was a privilege go through the NorthWood program.”

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