Throughout his high school career, Harry Gudeman was a member of nearly twenty teams that won a county, conference or state championship.
Harry participated on some fantastic cross country teams at Hoopeston East Lynn. His sophomore year he was named to the All-County and All-Conference teams. The team also finished as the County Champions. His junior year he was the Individual Conference and County Champion and the team was also Conference and County Champions. Harry was a part of the Paxton Daily Record All-Area Team and was Individual Runner-Up at the District Meet and was a sectional qualifier. In 1977, during Gudeman’s senior year, the team was the Bismarck Invitational Champions, and the County and Conference Champions for the second consecutive year. Gudeman also secured his champion status as the County and Conference Champion. He qualified for the state meet and placed an impressive tenth place. He was selected to the All-State Team.
Harry also ran track while at Hoopeston East-Lynn. His sophomore year, his two mile relay finished an impressive fifth in state and we the County Champions that year. The awards continued to mount as the team was name County Champions and Hoopeston Relay Champions during Gudeman’s junior year. His two mile relay and his one mile run led him to several championships in numerous invitational and in the Conference and County. He was state qualifier in both events as well. His senior year was astoundingly similar. A state qualifier in the two mile relay and the individual mile, the relay team captured the State Championship crown and Gudeman placed seventh in the individual one mile run.
Gudeman also played basketball in a Cornjerker uniform. The team was the County Tournament Champions his junior year and he was selected to the All-County Team. The conference standings were no different. They were Conference Champions that year and Harry received the honor of being named to the All-Conference Team. They finished the year with a 24-5 record and added the Regional Championship to their accomplishments. His senior year, the team was champions of the Rossville Holiday Tournament, the County Tournament, and was Co-Champions of the Wauseca Conference. After winning the regional and sectional crowns, they ended up losing in the super sectionals. The team had a record of 26-4 and Gudeman averaged 21 points per game and 12 rebound per game. Harry acquired numerous individual awards throughout his senior year. He was named to the Rossville Holiday All-Tournament team, and was a unanimous selection to the Wauseca Conference Team, including MVP honors. He was also named to the IBCA North team and the IBCA Hall of Fame 3rd Team. Other honors include, Honorary Captain of the Illiana Spirit, and the News Gazette All-Area Elite Team.
Harry went on to continue his education and his running career at Drake university. He lettered two year there in Cross Country and Track.
In 1978 Harry Gudeman was named the V.F.W.’s Athlete of the Year. Harry currently resides in LaFayette, Indiana and has been employed by Tate and Lyle the last 25 years.