The Brown County High School Athletic Hall of Fame has picked up four new members.

Bryan Milloy and Mitchell Richey, both of the Class of 2009; Rachel (Lewis) Shenk, Class of 1998; and coach Sherrel Helmerich were inducted Jan. 6 during halftime of the boys basketball game in the Larry C. Banks Memorial Gymnasium.

Established in 2007, the hall now contains 34 members. They first become eligible seven years after graduation.

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Mitchell Richey

Richey was honored for his accomplishments as a wrestler and three-sport athlete. He also played football and ran track, lettering in all three.

As a wrestler, he was a four-time conference champion, three-time sectional champion, four-time regional champion and three-time semistate champion. He qualified for the state championship all four years and placed placed twice, once second and once fifth.

During all four years combined, he racked up 160 wins and only eight losses. He also served in the IHSAA Role Models program and was a member of the NCAA Stay in Bounds Ambassador program.

Richey attended Indiana University on a wrestling scholarship, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with a minor in health education and African-American studies.

He and his wife live in Avon. He works for the Beech Grove Department of Public Works and coaches wrestling for Beech Grove High School.

“I’m very humbled and honored to be here,” Richey said. “Especially coming back and seeing our basketball team face one of our rivals and being honored at halftime, it’s a very humbling and honoring experience.”

Bryan Milloy

Milloy was chosen for his accomplishments as a member of the boys golf team, during which he earned All-Conference honors all four years.

He was a regional qualifier in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and a state qualifier in 2006. He was the Bedford North Lawrence Invitational Medalist in 2009. He was voted most valuable golfer all four years and was an All-State honorable mention for the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association.

He still holds the school 9-hole and 18-hole records and held a career scoring average of 38.9.

Milloy continued to play golf at the University of Evansville, where he earned degrees in business administration and psychology.

He is now living in Carmel and working in the insurance industry.

“I haven’t been back to this gym since I graduated in ‘09, and to be back and being inducted into the Hall of Fame, it feels pretty good,” Milloy said.

Rachel (Lewis) Shenk

Shenk was honored for the four years that she lettered in cross-country and track before graduating in 1998.

Shenk still holds the school’s 800m record in track, which she set in 1995, the same year she qualified for the state track championship. She was also sectional champion in the 800m from 1995 to 1997 and her teams were conference champions from 1994 to 1996.

Shenk was cross-country sectional champion from 1994 to 1996, an individual semistate qualifier in 1994 and 1997 and a state qualifier in 1995 and 1996. She was the Whiteland Invitational Cross-Country Invitational champion from 1995 to 1998.

She went on to run cross-country and track at Wheeling Jesuit University on scholarship, where she earned degrees in general science, then a doctorate in physical therapy.

Shenk, a married mother of one, is working as a physical therapist.

“It’s an honor, especially being so removed from the Brown County community,” Shenk said about her induction. “I live in Pennsylvania now, and this is the first time I’ve been in the gym in 20 years, so it’s just pretty cool.”

Sherrel Helmerich

Helmerich was honored for his time coaching track and football during the 1980s and 1990s. The football team won three conference championships and a sectional championship and went undefeated in its 1987 season.

In 1985 and from 1987-91, Helmerich coached multiple state conference championship track teams, as well as several individual conference champions, state qualifiers and state placers.

Helmerich has lived and worked in the Nashville area for 34 years.

“You feel humility,” Helmerich said about being inducted into the hall of fame. “It goes to a lot of the other coaches that helped you out, and a lot of the players. They worked hard, they did so many things that you asked of them to do.

“It’s a great honor, but it’s a tribute to a lot of them, not just me.”

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Ben Kibbey is a Brown County transplant from the cornfields of central Ohio. He covers county government, business, outdoors, sports and general news.