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Trojan Silver Anniversary Night is Friday

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

One nice annual athletic tradition at New Castle High School is Silver Anniversary Night, which honors a Trojan boys basketball team 25 years after its senior members graduated and went on with their lives.

That tradition lives on Friday, as Silver Anniversary Night this year will honor the senior members of the 1993-94 New Castle team. Optimism was the preseason attitude as eight players returned from the 1992-93 regional championship team

That Trojan squad won eight of its first 10 games, had a record of 4-3 in the North Central Conference, won the sectional for the seventh straight year, and lost to Batesville 81-74 in the regional semifinals in the Fieldhouse when the Bulldogs' Michael Menser was a freshman. Its final record was 18-7.

Information about the senior members of that team and its head coach follow.

Bryan Davis, No. 22, was a three-year letterman and played in 45 games during his junior and senior seasons. He was a valuable contributor, as he played both guard and forward as needed. Davis scored a season-high eight points twice during his senior year against Madison Heights and Jay County. He also played baseball for the Trojans.

Davis graduated from Ball State University with a degree in business management. He now lives in San Diego, California where he works as an account manager for Vinculum Telecommunications.

Kelly Archey, No. 4, was playing his first season on the varsity during that 1993-94 campaign. He was known for his great attitude, dependable ball handling, and solid defense from the guard position. He appeared in 11 games his senior season and also played football and ran track for the Trojans.

A graduate of Indiana University East with a degree in nursing, Archey and his wife are the parents of two children and live in New Castle, where he works at Henry Community Health.

Chad Berry, No. 50, was a three-year letterman and led the team in rebounding his junior and senior seasons. He averaged 15.5 ppg and scored a season-high 30 points against Madison Heights. He ranks 40th on the all-time Trojan career scoring list with 734 points.

Berry graduated from Manchester University, where he played basketball for four years. He and his wife are the parents of two children and live in Indianapolis, where he is vice-president of sales for Livengood Medical.

Eric England, No. 40, was a three-year letterman and front court player who could be counted upon for his defense and rebounding. He scored a season-high 13 points against Shenandoah during the regular season, and also participated in track for the Trojans. 

England played basketball for three years at Earlham College. He has two children and lives and works in Indianapolis, where he is the manager of Barons Bar & Grill.

Bob Garczewski, No. 42, was playing his first year on the varsity. He could be counted upon for his hustle, defense, and great attitude as he appeared in 13 games. he also participated in track for the Trojans.

A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati with a degree in finance, Garczewski lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee where he is vice-president of divisional sales for First Bank Reverse Mortgage.

Head Coach Sam Alford was in his 19th year as the mentor of the Trojan boys basketball program. He previously had coached at Monroe City, South Knox, and Martinsville before coming to New Castle. In 20 years as head coach of the Trojans, his teams compiled a 300-189 record, won 14 sectional championships, six regional titles, a semi-state championship, and three North Central Conference championships.

Alford was selected North Central Conference Coach of the Year four times. A 1960 graduate of Washington High School and 1964 graduate of Franklin College, he was selected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary team in 1985, and in 2002 was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

At the conclusion of the Trojans' 1994-95 season, Alford left New Castle after 29 years of high school coaching and a record of 454-245 at it to serve as assistant coach at Southwest Missouri State University, where his son Steve was head coach. After four years with the Bears, he served five seasons at the University of Iowa (where son Steve also was the head coach) as assistant coach and director of basketball operations.

Now retired, Alford and his wife Sharon live in Trafalgar. He is the holder of nearly every coaching record in the history of New Castle High School basketball.

Friday's Silver Anniversary Night will start with a meet-and-greet at 4:30 p.m. in the west cafeteria of NCHS, followed by the banquet at 5 p.m. The program will follow the dinner. The New Castle High School varsity basketball teams will entertain Shelbyville in a Hoosier Heritage Conference girl/boy doubleheader in the Fieldhouse starting at 6 p.m. For more information about Silver Anniversary Night, contact the NCHS Athletic Department at 593-6685.