Kenneth “Tot” Nelson, Coach & Lloyd Bateman, Ind Hall of Fame Member
L to R: Coach Kenneth “Tot” Nelson, Lloyd Bateman, Billie Nelson & Jerry Osmon
L to R: Lloyd Bateman, Jerry Osmon, & Coach Kenneth Nelson
Pictured above is Coach Kenneth “Tot” Nelson, Winslow High School Alumni Class of 1939 at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame with two of his players when he coached at Plainville, Indiana from 1954 thru 1958. At the occassion, Lloyd Bateman was inducted along with 13 other Hoosier hoops greats into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame for 2008. Jerry Osmon was there to see his former team mate and was also a member of the Plainville High School Midgets. Bateman was a 6-5 center for the Midgets in an era when the impact of being 6-5 was more akin to the inpact of a 7-0 in today’s game. That, along with a soft shooting touch, allowed him to dominate during the mid-1950’s, when the Midgets compiled an 81-12 record from 1954 – 1958, including a sectional championship in 1956, Bateman’s sophmore year. Bateman finished his career with 2,078 points. Plainville High School never had more than 85 students. Plainville had a proud history of basketball which saw the Midgets suffer just 12 losing seasons on the hardwood in 46 campagins before the school closed its doors for good in the spring of 1965. Lloyd Bateman thanked Coach Nelson not only for making him into a basketball player, but that he made him into a man. Lloyd also thanked all the wonderful teamates he had in his four years at Plainville High School.