Senior athletes Kaitlin McCulloch (Florence, Ky.) and Ryan Nowicki (Westfield, Ind.), along with former football standout Terry Peebles, highlighted award recipients at the Hanover College Athletic Honors Banquet. The annual event was held Thursday, May 16, in the Horner Health & Recreation Center.
Peebles, a 1996 Hanover graduate, was inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. McCulloch and Nowicki were named Hanover’s outstanding senior female and male athletes, respectively.
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.
McCulloch became the first all-American in Hanover’s 18-year soccer history when she was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's third-team after her senior season.
In addition, McCulloch was recognized as an academic all-American by the coaches' association. A biology major with a 3.77 grade-point average, she was named to the NSCAA’s second team and was one of just 39 athletes to earn the college-division honor, which includes players from NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA institutions.
A four-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference performer, McCulloch was named the HCAC's defensive player of the year as a junior and senior.
Nowicki was selected the most valuable player of Hanover's basketball squad as a senior and also received the squad’s Student-Athlete Award for the highest grade-point average.
A three-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection, Nowicki totaled 345 points during his final season to become the 35th player in school history to record more than 1,000 career points. He capped his career 19th on Hanover’s scoring list with 1,241 points.
Nowicki earned the program's Marty Brennan Hustle Award as a freshman and picked up its John Collier Mental Attitude Award as a sophomore.
During his season, he was second on the Panthers with 12.3 points per game and also added 2.6 rebounds per outing.
Individual honors were also presented during the annual event to senior Jennie Dumaine (California, Ky.) and classmate Andy Orem (Princeton, Ind.)
Dumaine, a member of Hanover's soccer and track & field teams, was presented the Mildred Lemen Mental Attitude Award.
Orem, a four-year member of the Panthers' track & field squad and a three-year cross country runner, received the Glen and M.J. Bonsett Track & Field Award.
Team academic awards were presented to Hanover's volleyball and women's cross country teams.
The volleyball squad earned the Dean's Award, given each year to the team with the highest grade-point average for the academic year. The unit, coached by Peter Preocanin, posted a 3.22 grade-point average.
The women's cross country team received the Faculty Athletic Representative Award, given to the team that has shown the most improvement in its collective grade-point average. The group, guided by head coach Josh Payne, raised its grade-point average .301 from the 2011 season.
Published Monday, May 20, 2013