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