Bill French, Kathy Hennegan and Jerry Fishel were inducted into Hanover College's Athletic Hall of Fame, Saturday, Sept. 29, during the hall of fame’s 18th-annual ceremony in the Horner Health & Recreation Center.
French, who graduated from Hanover in 1979, played four years with Hanover’s tennis and basketball teams.
On the hardwood, he helped the Panthers win three conference championships and a NAIA District 21 title. He was an all-American as a senior and earned all-Hoosier Buckeye Conference and all-NAIA District 21 honors as a junior and senior.
He closed his career with 1,524 points and 596 rebounds. Both totals ranked among the top 10 in school history at the time of his graduation.
A 1978 Hanover graduate, Hennegan was a four-year member of Hanover’s basketball program and also played one season with the Panthers’ field hockey and volleyball squads.
Through four seasons on the basketball team, Hennegan led Hanover in scoring, rebounding, steals and assists. As a senior, she was team captain and also served as assistant coach.
Fishel, a 1963 Hanover graduate, was a four-year member of Hanover’s track & field squad. He also played two seasons with the football and basketball teams.
He ranked among the top pole vaulters in the nation and continues to hold Hanover’s record the event, which he set in 1963 with an effort of 14-feet, 5.75-inches.
In 1962, Fishel captured first place at the Memphis Relays. As a senior, he was the Panthers’ most valuable track athlete and earned all-American honors with a seventh-place finish at the NAIA national championships.
In 1964, he was invited to participate in the Olympic Trials in Los Angeles.
A fourth member of the 2012 induction class, Terry Peebles, was unable to attend the ceremony and will be honored in the spring.
A 1996 Hanover graduate, Peebles was a four-year member of Hanover’s football squad. He threw for 6,928 yards and 79 touchdowns in 22 games for the Panthers. He was an all-American selection and the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference's most valuable player in 1994 and 1995.
As a senior, Peebles was named the NCAA III player of the year by the National Weekly Football Gazette and was a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy and the Melberger Award as the nation's top player.
During the 1995 campaign, Peebles set six national and four team passing records. He also tied four additional marks while propelling Hanover to its first 10-win season, a league title and the school’s first NCAA III playoff berth.
Following his playing career at Hanover, Peebles played and coached for the Wolfsburg Blue Wings in the German Professional League in 1997. He guided the Legnano Frogs to a championship in the Italian Golden League in 1998.
Started in 1995, the Hanover College Athletic Hall of Fame exists to recognize individuals who have served Hanover athletics with distinction, either by virtue of their performance as a coach, a team member, or by meritorious efforts on behalf of athletics, either as an undergraduate or in years after leaving the institution.
The hall of fame, which resides in the Horner Health and Recreation Center, currently honors more than 100 individuals who have left their mark on Hanover athletics.
Published Saturday, September 29, 2012