Franklin standout scored plethora of points as Grizzly Cub and 1959 Indiana All-Star


An Indiana All-Star in 1959, former Franklin standout Steve Antwerp was one of the best high school players in Johnson County history. Photo courtesy Johnson County Museum.

Former Franklin High School standout Steve Van Antwerp, third from left in the back row, was an Indiana All-Star in 1959. Photo courtesy Johnson County Museum.

Young basketball players have been known to view older and better-skilled talents with wide-eyed astonishment.

Longtime Franklin Community High School boys track and field coach Mike Hall, a 1965 graduate of Columbus High School who played for legendary coach Bill Stearman, was no different during Indiana’s golden era of hoops.

It’s why to this day Hall remembers with impressive clarity the first time he watched Steve Van Antwerp play.


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