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IHSAA honors New Castle's Steve Auten

Steve Auten, the “Voice of the Trojans,” holds court as host of “Sports Corner” on a Saturday in August 2015 at Stack’s Restaurant after football games the previous Friday night. Auten has been selected to receive the IHSAA Media Service Award for his work behind the microphone during many broadcasts of athletic events.

Story from the IHSAA

INDIANAPOLIS—The long‐time “Voice of the Trojans” of WMDH/WLTI Radio in New Castle, Steve Auten, is this year’s recipient of the IHSAA’s Distinguished Media Service Award in District 2.

Auten’s contributions to education‐based athletics will be recognized and Commissioner Bobby Cox and Sports Information Director Jason Wille will make the presentation when Auten is able to attend a game in New Castle Fieldhouse.

While known primarily for broadcasting New Castle boys and girls basketball and football games, Auten also broadcast the school’s baseball and softball games in spring as well.

In the event Trojan teams were eliminated from state tournament competition, Auten would often call games for nearby schools Shenandoah, Tri, Knightstown and Blue River Valley if their teams were making runs in the tournament.

For 20 years, he also hosted a Saturday morning show “Sports Corner” featuring all Henry County coaches during football and basketball seasons and “Sports Beat,” a Monday-night program spotlighting student‐athletes from area schools in other sports.

With more than 1,500 broadcasts to his credit between 1988 and 2016, Auten was behind the microphone for more broadcasts than any announcer in Henry County sports history.

Auten’s career actually began in Knightstown where he served as a teacher and coach for high school and junior high baseball and a varsity assistant football coach under Hall of Fame coach Don Willard.

After a stint as a teacher and coach at Westmer High School in Joy, Illinois, Auten eventually returned home to New Castle and continued to support youth sports by coaching in the community’s Babe Ruth League for 19 years including managing the league’s 1980 13‐year‐old state championship team.

In 1988, the local radio station approached him about doing color commentary for New Castle games, launching his journey in radio.

Auten is the second New Castle resident to receive this award joining the late John Hodge, former sports editor of the New Castle Courier-Times, who was honored in 2000‐01. Auten and Hodge were good long-time friends.

This is the 34th year the IHSAA has recognized outstanding members of the Indiana news media from each of its three legislative districts for excellence in the coverage of high school sports.

District 2 covers 28 counties across northern and central Indiana. Award recipients are selected by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee from nominations received from member school administrators.