THE KEENE STATE COLLEGE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS VOLUME XVIII NUMBER 2 Winter 2003
  
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Some of the Best Ever - Winter 2003

Some of the Best Ever
The KSC Hall of Fame welcomes a remarkable field

Hall of Fame Awardees

A chance to honor and reminisce. An opportunity to laugh and even shed a few tears. Keene State College's 2002 Alumni-Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be remembered for many reasons. In the 15th ceremony since the Hall of Fame was established in 1986, inductees Patricia Rauch Harper '87, basketball; Tom Anderson '88, cross country and track; Trevor Franklin '79, soccer; John Jennings '89, basketball; and the 1982 women's gymnastics team were honored not only for their accomplishments while wearing Owl uniforms, but also for the drive and determination that made them champions away from their field of play.

Here's a look at this year's induction class:

Patricia Rauch Harper '87
Patty Rauch Harper, from Upper St. Clair, Pa., was a virtual scoring machine during her four-year career (1983-87) on the women's basketball team. Capable of playing both guard and forward positions and possessing an outstanding shooting touch, Rauch Harper finished her career sixth on KSC's all-time scoring list, with 1,254 points. Saving her best for last, Rauch Harper averaged 18.9 points per game as a senior and earned second-team All-NECC honors.

"The whole point of college is to develop yourself into a well-rounded person," Rauch Harper said. "I wanted to get everything out of the experience. Keene State made me a better person, a better mom, and a better manager down the road. And to me you couldn't have asked for or gotten the support and encouragement in a more beautiful place."

Tom Anderson '88
A three-time All-America at KSC, Tom Anderson joins a long and impressive list of cross country and track athletes who have run their way into the Hall of Fame. As a sophomore, Anderson was the Northeast regional cross country champion, placing 11th at the nationals. Coming back from an injury his senior year, the Franklin, N.H., native finished a career-best eighth at the nationals and led KSC to a fifth-place team finish. Anderson, who still holds the school record in the 10,000 meters, earned his track All-America award in that event with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA outdoor championships his senior year.

"I wish I would have enjoyed it more, because I was so hard on myself," Anderson said. "You never know when your last race is going to be your best, I would say to any athlete now. If you get a personal best time, don't sell yourself short; enjoy the moment."

Trevor Franklin '79
It's no coincidence that the Keene State men's soccer team made four consecutive postseason appearances, including two trips to the NAIA National Tournament, during Trevor Franklin's four-year career (1975-78). Franklin's biggest highlight as an All-America fullback ironically came on offense, when he scored the only goal in the Owls' 1-0 upset victory over Davis and Elkins College in the semifinals of the NAIA Tournament his junior year. The Bedford, N.Y., native was twice named the outstanding back of the tournament.

"There was a high standard of play when I arrived at Keene State," said Franklin. "There was a work ethic and pride and I just molded into that standard."

John Jennings '89
One of the best players ever to wear a Keene State basketball uniform, John Jennings was a standout point guard for the Owls from 1985 to 1989. Owner of the College's season (180) and career (669) assist records and a prolific three-point shooter, Jennings is 18th on KSC's all-time scoring list with 1,060 points. Among his most notable accomplishments was a game-winning basket as a junior that gave Keene State its first win in the New England Collegiate Conference postseason tournament.

Tragically, John Jennings died in 1990 playing a pickup basketball game in his hometown of Bridgeport, Conn.

"I've been coaching college basketball since I graduated and I still haven't found a point guard who had the feel for the game that he had," said Jim Ferry, a former teammate and the present coach at Long Island University. "He knew when to shoot, when to pass, when to go for the steal, and when to be disciplined. He had a major impact on every game we played."

1982 Women's Gymnastics Team
The first women's gymnastics team to be inducted into the Hall, the 1982 squad was one of KSC's strongest ever, placing second in the EAIAW Regionals and fourth in the AIAW Division III National Championships. Coached by the husband-and-wife team of Wally and Jan Eyman '75, this dedicated and talented group of 10 athletes was led by Kim Dischino '83, an All-America in the all-around and floor exercise competitions, and Paula Bryant '85, also an all-around performer.

"Everyone was good and everybody counted," said Jan Eyman. "We utilized the entire roster. It was required that everybody be on and hit her routine to be able to have such an awesome season. Everything clicked that year."

With the addition of the 2002 inductees, the Keene State College Alumni-Athletic Hall of Fame comprises 63 individuals and 12 teams.

Stuart Kaufman is KSC's sports information coordinator.