Jim “Bud” Honshell – Class of 1969

Jim “Bud” Honshell participated in 3 sports all 4 years at Stivers. He earned 9 varsity letters for the Tigers: 4 in baseball, 3 in football, and 2 in basketball.

Bud played mostly at 3rd base for the baseball team after catching his freshman year. He was named to the All-City Second Team his junior and senior seasons.

He was elected captain of the team his senior year. In football, Bud was always a running back for coaches Landis and McFarland. He earned All-City Second Team honors at halfback his senior year. As a sophomore in 1966, Bud replaced injured Stivers Hall of Fame fullback, Bill Frederick, and gained 58 yards in a 36 to 6 romp over Meadowdale.

He was a co-captain of the 1968 football team and was one of the city league’s leading scorers. Bud earned two varsity letters in basketball for coach Larry Shadowens. He averaged scoring in double figures both his sophomore and junior seasons. His best game was against Wilber Wright in 1968 in which he scored 22 points.

In addition to sports, he served on the student council for 3 years and was junior class president. Bud sang in the choir all four years and was honored to solo “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” at the Queen of Hearts dance. He was a Royal Bengal for 3 years and served as club president his junior year.

Also, Bud was sports editor for the Stivers News and yearbook his senior year. After attending Sinclair and Wright State University, Bud had a successful business career in the textile industry in which he still consults.

Bud and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 31 years and live in Centerville.

They have been blessed with two lovely daughters, Amy and Libby, and four grandchildren: Ava, Alivia, Erie, and Violet.

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