Where are they now? Former Hornet competed in four sports



Name: Steve Blair

Hometown: Medora

Current residence: Medora

Occupation: Electrician at Valeo in Seymour

Family: Wife, Pam; five daughters; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren

High school: Medora, 1973

Sports: Basketball, four years; baseball, three years; track and field, three years; cross-country, two years

Athletics honors: In basketball, 1,000-point club, most valuable player award; in track and field, school record in the shot put at 44-2 1/2

What drew you to sports?

“I wanted to join sports because in a small town, there are not many choices in after-school activities.”

What are your favorite memories of high school sports?

“Winning Henryville Invitational tournament, getting MVP in basketball, holding shot put record.”

What was your biggest accomplishment?

“My most memorable moment was being listed in a book about Indiana athletes for rebounds in basketball.”

Is your family involved in sports?

“My daughter, Samantha Blair, played volleyball, basketball, cheerleading and track and was on the 2001 volleyball sectional champion team for Medora. Also, my daughter, Joni Blair Sparks, was a cheerleader and on the track team. My daughter, Stephanie Blair Barnes, played basketball, cheerleading and track team. My grandson, Joseph Barnes, is on the track team and working toward breaking my shot put record. Also, grandsons D.J. Gray and Devin Hackney both played basketball. Granddaughters Mackenzie Hackney and Cassi Conway both played volleyball. Cassi also played softball and basketball.”

How did sports affect your life?

“Sports affected my life by giving me a sense of achievement and learning responsibility.”

What would you say to encourage kids to get involved in sports?

“I would encourage kids to play sports because it feels great to belong to a team and have that sense of accomplishment to build their self-esteem.”

Do you have any hobbies?

“My hobbies include woodworking and watching NASCAR.”

What is your favorite sports team?

“My favorite sport now is NASCAR. I also enjoy watching UK basketball.”

Who is your favorite athlete?

“My favorite driver is Carl Edwards.”

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