Arabians News · Steve Cherry to be Honored at HOF Banquet

Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Men’s Center Circle Officials Award Winners

Steve Cherry will be honored as one of three basketball officials at the 2019 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in March. The late Steve Cherry was a 1965 graduate of Shelbyville High School and earned bachelor’s and masters degrees in Radio – Television from Ball State University. His officiating career included 25 sectionals, 22 regionals, five semi-states, two state finals (1989, 1993) and four Hall of Fame Classic games. He also officiated IHSAA football (1989) and baseball (1983, 1987 & 1991) state finals. A 30-year member of the CAOA & a 25-year membership with the Indiana Officials Assocation , he served as President of CAOA in 1973 and 1975. The 1990 Roy Gardner Officials Award recipient from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, he also officiated freshmen college games at Ball State University and worked JV college games in the Heartland Conference. A teacher at Pendleton Heights from 1969-2005 in speech, radio and television courses, he remained in service to the Arabians athletic department as public address announcer and assisted in the athletic department among other roles until his late years. He was a member of the Pendleton Park Board for 30 years – serving as President for 20 years – Umpire Coordinator of the Pendleton Jr. Baseball Association and had been the Pendleton Jr. High School Intramural Basketball Coordinator. He passed on January 5, 2018. Cherry will join Mark Masariu (Kokomo) and Rick Owens (Modoc) as honorees.

All Center Circle Officials Award winners will be honored at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 58th Annual Men’s Awards Banquet on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. A midday reception, free and open to the public, will be held at the Hall of Fame museum in New Castle. The evening banquet will take place at the Primo Banquet Hall, which is located on the south side of Indianapolis. Banquet reservations are now available through the Hall’s website at or by calling (765) 529-1891. For more information, you may also email