Longtime sportswriter earns hall of fame honor

On Tuesday, the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association announced its annual Hall of Fame Class.

The Tribune’s Arv Koontz will be inducted along with nine other personalities who have graced Hoosier newspapers, radio stations, and television airwaves during the past several decades.

Koontz has been documenting all things Jackson County sports since 1972, and for all but six of those years at the The Tribune.

He was named the ISSA’s Corky Lamm Sportswriter of the Year in 1999.

By Koontz’s count, he has covered more than 1,500 Indiana high school basketball games, a number he is building on to this day, despite retiring from full-time sports writing in 2009.

Inductions at the annual award banquet will be April 9 at Valle Vista Golf Club in Greenwood.

Tickets are available with meal included for $30. To order tickets, send a check for $30 to Fred Inniger, ISSA Treasurer, 3011 Noble Hawk Drive, Kendallville, IN 46755.

The Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association was founded in 1946. It created its Hall of Fame 50 years later in 1996. The Hall of Fame currently has 105 members.

The Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association was founded in 1946.

It created its Hall of Fame 50 years later in 1996. The Hall of Fame currently has 105 members.

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Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.