Hatchet Basketball




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Hatchet Hall of Famers

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Hatchet 30+ Point Games

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Hatchet History

Cody Zeller

Tyler Zeller

Luke Zeller

Steve Bouchie

Craig Neal

Coach Gene Miiller

DC 1K Point Club

DAVE OMER, legendary Hatchet coach 1994-2005


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600 Wiins!

December 10, 2011.  The Washington Hatchets (3-2) defeated Forest Park, 52-50, when Dylan Ervin penetrated the Rangers’ defense and passed off to Cody Milligan for a game-winning lay in as time expired at the Hatchet House.  In the process, Hatchet Coach Gene Miiller won his 600th game of his hall of fame career.   Coach Miiller is just the 5th active coach in Indiana to have 600 wins.  His .704 career winning percentage is 3rd best.  Ervin finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.  Cullen Arnold added 17 points on the strength of 5 3-pointers. 

Oliphant, Miiller Selected for Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

November 28, 2011.  Current boys basketball coach Gene Miiller and former Hatchet Elmer Oliphant have been selected to be inducted into Indiana ’s Basketball Hall of Fame.  There are now 14 former Hatchet coaches or players enshrined in the Hall. 

Elmer Oliphant graduated from Linton High School in 1910.  After lettering in football, basketball, baseball and track at Washington High School , his family moved to Linton in the middle of his junior year (January 1909).
During his junior year at WHS, Elmer led the 1908 football team through an unbeaten season and a mythical state championship.  At Linton, the Miners won the 1909 mythical state football championship and the official 1910 track and field state title.
Oliphant went on to letter in football, basketball, baseball and track at Purdue from 1911 through 1915.  In 1912, he scored 43 points against Rose-Poly, still a Purdue football record.  He made the All-Big Ten football team in both 1912 and 1913.  Oliphant was also named basketball All-American for the Purdue in 1914. 
In 1915, Oliphant enrolled at West Point (Army) to play football.  In those days, eligibility at military academies was not reduced by prior college play.  Elmer was selected football All-American in both 1916 and 1917 while at Army.  He still holds Army’s single game (45 points) and single season (125 points) scoring marks in football.  Oliphant also lettered in basketball, baseball, track, swimming, hockey and boxing.  He became West Point ’s heavyweight boxing champion and the world record holder in the 220-yard low hurdles.  While at West Point, Oliphant became good friends with Dwight D. Eisenhower, who later would become President of the United States .
While in military service in 1919 at West Point , Oliphant created the intramural sports system as we know it today at various high schools and colleges.  In 1920, he played football for the Rochester Jeffersons of the American Professional Association.  The following season, Oliphant led the NFL in scoring while playing for the Buffalo All-Americans. 
After the 1921 season, Oliphant retired from active participation in sports.  He became an AAU coach and was instrumental in preparing American athletes for the 1924 Olympics in Paris .  Oliphant was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955 and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1975.  Purdue University inducted him into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.  He was also in the inaugural group of sixteen inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame at West Point in 2004.
Along with Paul Roberson and Jim Thorpe, Oliphant is widely considered one of premier players of pre-1920’s college football.
Coach Gene Miiller took over the Hatchet program starting in the 2005-06 season and has led the Hatchets to state titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011.  Coach has won 130 games at WHS while losing only 22.  His Hatchet winning percentage of .855 ranks first in Washington history.  Overall, Coach has won 598 games, which ranks 5th among active coaches in Indiana .

Hatchet Hall of Famers:

Marion Crawley, coach

Burl Friddle, coach

Dave Omer, coach

Gene Miiller, coach

Robert Downey, player

Dave DeJernett, player

Leo Klier, player

Leroy Mangin, player

Art Grove, player

Charles Harmon, player

Jim Riffey, player

Sam Alford, player

Steve Bouchie, player

Elmer Oliphant, player


Broadcasting Hatchet excellence to the world!


Thanks to the Hatchet Pep Band for supporting the Hatchets and fans all season!


Hatchet Legacy

The original Hatchet gym, now the WJHS gym, saw some of the best basketball played in Indiana. 

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Today's grand Hatchet House memorializes the Hatchet legacy in many sports.... and the legacy continues!


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Cody Zeller, Indiana's 2010-11 Mr. Basketball


Tyler Zeller, Indiana's 2007-08 Mr. Basketball


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Luke Zeller, Indiana's 2004-05 Mr. Basketball


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Steve Bouchie, Indiana's 1978-79 Mr. Basketbal




1930 State Finals

Dave DeJernett rebounds against Martinsville in the first round of the 1930 state finals. WHS defeated the Artesians 20-14 to avenge their only loss of the season. WHS finished 31-1 enroute to their first state title. Other Hatchets pictured are Eugene Gilmore on the left and Dwight McCracken on the right.Big Dave jumps.JPG (443802 bytes)












“Jingles” All the Way


The website hatchets.net recently nominated Edward “Jingles” Engelhart for induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle.  The Hall’s nominations committee will select the inductees later this year.  This is the 4th nomination made on Engelhart‘s behalf.  Last year, hatchets.net named Washington High School’s All-Century Basketball Team to commemorate 100 years of Hatchet basketball.  The 14-member team included Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Leroy “Hook” Mangin, Charles Harmon, Art Grove, Jim Riffey and Dave DeJernett.  Engelhart, a teammate of DeJernett’s on Washington’s 1930 state championship team, was a unanimous selection for this honor.

Engelhart’s accomplishments span 45 years of Indiana basketball as a player, coach and athletic director.  He lettered 3 years (1928, 1929 and 1930) at WHS after playing junior varsity as a freshman.  He was named All-State in 1929 & 1930, and led the Hatchets in scoring both years.  After leading Washington to the state tournament’s final four in 1929, the 6’3” senior forward propelled the Hatchets to a 31-1 record and its first of four state titles in 1930.  He scored 765 points at WHS which ranked 2nd all-time in 1930 (he is currently ranked 20th).  Although DeJernett returned for the 1931 season, the Hatchets could not repeat as champions and finished 24-6 without Engelhart.  After graduating from high school, he played on the powerful independent basketball team Washington "Coca Cola" in 1931.  Burl Friddle (Hatchet coach and Hall of Fame member) also played on that team.  Later, he played semi-pro basketball for Calumet of Louisville in 1932 & 1933.  He joined up with John Wooden on an AAU team in 1932 at the 16-team state championships in Indianapolis and was named the tourney MVP.

Engelhart went on to letter four years (1934, 1935, 1936 & 1937) at Central Normal College in Danville, Indiana.  He was named Indiana Collegiate All-State in 1936 & 1937.  The Purple Warriors achieved undefeated regular seasons in 1936 & 1937, winning the Indiana Collegiate Conference titles both years with identical 16-0 records.  The 1936 team finished 19-1 after going 3-1 in the Midwest Olympic Trials.  While at Central Normal, he was known as the "bell ringer" because of his talent for scoring.  As a player in high school and college, his teams went 130-29 for an incredible winning percentage of .818.

Straight out of college, Jingles was hired to teach and coach the varsity basketball team at Merrillville High School in 1937.  Although the school had an enrollment of only 400 students, his Pirates had 17 consecutive winning seasons and won or shared 4 conference titles.  He coached that team for 23 seasons before stepping down after the 1960 season with a record of 307-193 (a .614 winning percentage).  His 1948 team went undefeated during the regular season at 21-0.  In 1956, Merrillville High School named their basketball facility Engelhart Gymnasium.  After retiring from coaching, he continued on as a teacher and athletic director until his retirement in 1972.  In 1987, he was inducted into Merrillville's Hall of Fame.  He passed away in 1987.  For 34 seasons as a player and coach, Jingles personified Indiana basketball all the way.