Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Delk, Hamilton to Be Inducted into Local Shrine

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Delk, Hamilton to Be Inducted into Local Shrine

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The Topeka Shawnee County Sports Council announced Friday it will induct Ed Delk and C.J. Hamilton into its Hall of Fame in conjunction with its high school sports award banquet at 6:30 p.m. on June 26, at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center.

A 1953 graduate of Highland Park, Delk was an outstanding athlete in both basketball and football. During his senior year he was a unanimous selection for first team All-State in basketball, averaging 21 points while leading the team in rebounding. In football, Delk was named second-team All-State following his senior year.

Delk was awarded a basketball scholarship to Kansas State and played one semester. He then served two years in the Army before joining his former high school coach, Sid Smith, at McPherson College. Delk played three years in both football and basketball at McPherson, graduating in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree.

He was a three-time All-Kansas Conference pick in basketball and football. In addition, Delk was a 1959 NAIA first-team All-American in basketball and a 1958-59 Williamson National Rating Bureau first- team All-American in football.

After graduation, Delk embarked on a teaching/coaching career that included stints at Wamego, Shawnee Heights and Hayden.

Delk was Shawnee Heights' first boys basketball coach after the school opened and later served as the T-Birds' football coach. His 1965-66 basketball team compiled an 18-7 record and finished second in the Class A state tournament.

At Hayden, Delk served as an assistant basketball coach, golf coach, athletic director and a business teacher before retiring in '96 after 25 years.

Delk was inducted into the McPherson Athletic Hall of Fame in '99, and in 2002 he was enshrined into the Highland Park Wall of Honor. Delk was No. 44 on The Capital-Journal's list of top Shawnee County athletes in 2011.

Hamilton graduated from Silver Lake in 1969 and received a Bachelor of Education degree from Washburn in '73. …

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