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William "Corky" Locke
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
1991 Individual Award Winner


Corky was an accomplished athlete in all sports at Centralia High School in 1947 and 1948. He played on basketball teams that had records of 32-7 and 19-9. In track he was a high jumper and quarter miler. 

He was the catcher on A.L. Trout’s only baseball team at CHS. The team played in the summer months of 1947 and were South Seven Conference co-champions with a 12-2 record.

Corky along with fellow high school teammates Ken “Preacher” McBride and Harold Rush went to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Maryland State).  In the four years these three Centralians played basketball as UMES the teams lost one home game and less than ten on the road.  Locke started all four years, even though he was the shortest man on the team at 5’9”.He was known as a set-shot artist and had tremendous quickness and leaping ability.  With his degrees in physical education and recreation education,

He earned degrees in physical education and recreation education, and in 1969 he went to the Logan Center in South Bend, Indiana. There he started the local Special Olympics program and built it into a major promotion, as participation went from 48 that first year to well over 1,000 in later years. He became the Area Special Olympics Coordinator and was a driving force for the organization.




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