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Delphos St John

Class of 1964

1964 Class Directory

Ron Suever
Powell OH
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Jim Carder
Lima OH
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Married to Lois (Shumaker). Lois works at St. Rita's Med Care Clinic. I am retired from the Lima City Schools. We have 3 children (Kara, Matt, and Todd) and 3 grandchildren (Joshua-10 yrs.,Tommy-18 mon., Jason-8 mon. and a new arrival expected the end of March).

Carders in Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame

Jim and Jerry Carder earn OBHOF

Embedded Image for: Jim and Jerry Carder earn OBHOF (201731614229847_image.jpg) COLUMBUS – The Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2017 class will include several former college players whose careers ended before 1980, in an ongoing effort to honor and remember the pioneers of the game.

“We strive to have a great representation of Ohio basketball, including high school, all divisions of college basketball, and the professional level. We celebrate those that were either born in Ohio or contributed to the game here. We’re working with universities, individuals, and historians to capture and preserve the legacies of Ohio’s greatest players, coaches and contributors,” said Executive Director Sheila Fox.

The Carder twins, Jim and Jerry, of Delphos and the University of Findlay are the Division II men’s basketball honorees and Mark Wayne “Buzzy” Davis of Marietta College represents Division III.

Playing beside his identical twin brother, Jerry, both at Delphos St. John’s High School and Findlay College, Jim Carder had an amazing four years of success. The 5-10 Carders played a fast-paced game, scoring inside and outside.

In their three years as starters, St. John’s had a 53-16 record. The Blue Jays were 20-4 in 1963-64 after losing to Lexington in a regional semifinal. They averaged 81 points per game.

Jim Carder was merely honorable mention on the 1964 Associated Press All-Ohio team but he showed that he might have been underrated by scoring a record 34 points in the North-South All-Star game in Marion.

In Carder’s four years at Findlay, the Oilers averaged a remarkable 95.3 points per game while compiling a 72-32 record. They exceeded 115 points 11 times.

Jim Carder scored 2,079 points and broke the school scoring record of 1,707 set by another Delphos product, Harold “Herk” Wolfe, in 1953. In 2007, Jim Carder was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2010, he was inducted into the Delphos St. John’s High School Hall of Fame.

Passed up by Division I college coaches who thought they were too short at 5-foot-10 to be on the floor together at that level, the Carder twins made believers of them.

Former Bowling Green University coach Warren Scholler praised the pair after Findlay nearly upset his team.

“They’re the best pair of guards we faced last year,” he said. “Sure I could have had them. I looked at them but I felt they were too small to play together in the Mid-American (Conference). But they could. Believe me, they could.”
Embedded Image for:  (201731614319210_image.jpg) Their statistical numbers were fairly close. In high school, Jerry scored 638 points and Jim had 868. In college, Jerry scored 1,953 and Jim scored 2,079.

While Jim set the all-time career scoring record at St. John’s, Jerry set the individual game record when he scored 39 points against Newport Catholic while making all 11 of his free throws.

In 2007, Jerry Carder was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2010, he was inducted into the Delphos St. John’s High School Hall of Fame.

Mel Riebe of Cleveland, who would have been 100 years old this year, heads a group that includes well-known former college stars Charlie Share (Bowling Green), Eugene “Middie” Smith (Xavier), Hank Stein (Xavier), Fred Foster (Miami), Ron Bonham (Cincinnati) and Johnny Davis (Dayton). Riebe, Bonham, Foster and Share are deceased.

All told, 14 former basketball players, four coaches, two teams, two officials and one contributor make up the class that will be honored in Columbus on May 20, 2017, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The coaches in the class are Bob Hamilton (Wittenberg College men), Norm Persin (Oak Hill and Chesapeake High School boys), Richard Kiser (Eastern Brown High School girls) and Cheri Harrer (Baldwin-Wallace College girls).

Jim Chones represents the Cleveland Cavaliers in the class. The 6-foot-11 former Marquette University star played for the Cavs in five of his 10 NBA seasons (1974-75 through 1978-79) and has worked on the Cavs’ TV and radio broadcasts since his retirement.

Jantel Lavender, the 6-foot-4 former Ohio State star from Cleveland, was selected as the outstanding women’s college player and Carol Madsen is being saluted for her performances at Reading High School where she was a three-time all-state selection and made many All-American squads.

Ann Meyers, a three-time All-American from 1977-80, averaged 21.2 points per game and is still the all-time leading scorer at the University of Dayton.

The teams selected this year are the Indian Valley South High School boys teams of 1972 and 1973 coached by Charlie Huggins and Coach Jim Snyder’s Ohio University men’s teams of 1963-64 and ‘64-65.

The officials to be inducted are Glenn “Buddy” Mayborg of Cincinnati and the late David Nash of Urbana.

Craig Taylor, the MVP on Ohio State’s 1975-76 men’s team, is being honored not for his collegiate career but his contributions to the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame. He was one of the founders in 2006 and has served on the executive board ever since. He also made significant contributions of business materials.
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