Bill Lemke Remembered as North Judson Basketball Great

The death of Bill Lemke Friday afternoon brought back memories to many North Judson Bluejay fans. Lemke was a member of one of the greatest basketball teams ever at the school. Coached by the legendary Guy Ingwell, Lemke played with two Bluejay greats Walt Zakostelsky, and Dick Hargrave. Some others on that team were Austin Gobdell, Tex De Armond and Al May.

Although few are around today to remember that team, it was always held up as one of the greatest. In those days, the final 16 teams went to Indianapolis to compete for the State crown. North Judson lost to Logansport 31-26, but that didn’t diminish a 24-3 record.

Harold Welter reminded us that Joe Smrt, who just celebrated his 95th birthday on February 14th, was the manager of that team.