Hanover announces 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame class
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College Athletic Department has announced that a quartet of former Panther athletes will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame this fall, including Eric Bruns, Julie Branstetter Combs, Angela Lugo Miller and Leah Peelman Mysock.
The 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be honored Saturday, Nov. 4, during the home football contest with Manchester. An awards banquet recognizing these four outstanding Hanover athletes will precede the football game that Saturday.
Find the accolades and accomplishments for each of our new Hall of Fame members below.
Bruns, a 2000 graduate, played four seasons and was a part of the Hanover football program for five years, where he was also the starting quarterback for the Panthers in 1999 and 2000. In his five years with the Blue and Red, Bruns was on three teams that won conference championships and made the NCAA Division III National Tournament (1997, 1999 and 2000).
As the head gunslinger during his senior campaign in 2000, Bruns helped guide the Panthers to a 20-3 victory over Hope (Mich.) in the NCAA National Tournament, the program’s first NCAA playoff victory.
His postseason honors included a third team All-American selection by USAF Football in 2000, as well as two all-conference and one all-region awards.
At the conclusion of his Hanover career, Bruns ranked second in program history in passing attempts (1,135), completions (708) and passing yards (8,019), while adding the third most touchdown tosses with 67.
Bruns also set a then NCAA Division III playoff record by completing 42 passes in a second round contest against Wittenberg (Ohio).
Combs, a 1995 graduate, is arguably one of the greatest women’s basketball players to ever don a Hanover uniform as she was named to three all-conference teams, while also earning co-most valuable player honors her junior season in the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference.
During her junior campaign in 1993-94, where she was named one of the best players in the ICAC, Combs averaged a double-double, recording 19.9 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. She added 18.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game her senior season.
At the end of her career, Combs ranked second all-time in scoring with 1,320 points, trailing only 2016 Hanover Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Terry Sprinkle (’84). Combs was also first in program history in rebounds (690), blocked shots (90), and free throw percentage (.780).
The 1995 Hanover co-outstanding senior female athlete winner also posted program records for points in a game with 41 and most free throws made in a single contest, going 19-for-20 at the charity stripe.
Miller, a 1997 graduate, was a two-sport athlete, logging four letters in track and field, plus an additional two in volleyball.
While at Hanover, Miller held eight school records in track and field including the indoor 60 and 200-meter dashes, the 60-meter hurdles and two sprint relays, while also setting the outdoor 200 and 400 meter runs, and the 100-meter hurdle mark.
During the 1997 track campaign, Miller won the 200m dash at the Indiana Little State Championships with a time of 26.87 seconds. She bested competitors from scholarships schools such as Indianapolis, St. Joseph’s (Ind.) and Huntington (Ind.) for the top spot in the event.
Miller currently sits among the top five in program history in six events, three indoor and three outdoor. She is second all-time in the indoor 60m hurdles with a time of 9.52 seconds.
A three-time outdoor conference champion in track and field, Miller also added an all-ICAC honor in volleyball after leading the team in blocks as a middle hitter during the 1996 season.
Mysock, a 2006 graduate, finished as one of the most decorated runners in school history and as a result, became one of the greatest female athletes of all-time at Hanover College.
In cross country, Mysock earned all-conference accolades all four seasons, including the HCAC Most Valuable Player honor in 2005, three academic All-American honors and an All-American award her senior season.
During her senior cross country campaign, Mysock won the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship before finishing seventh in the NCAA National Championship meet. Mysock qualified for two NCAA national cross country meets during her tenure at Hanover and she holds the fastest 5K and 6K times in program history as well.
On the track, Mysock still has three school records including the outdoor 5,000 and 10,000m runs and the indoor 5,000m run. In the conference, Mysock was a three-time champion in the 10K, while also adding a 5K championship her junior year, earning her 2005 HCAC Track Athlete of the Year honors.
Four times Mysock qualified for the NCAA National Championships, which were highlighted by a fourth place finish in the 10K during the 2005 campaign. Her finish at the national championships earned her All-American honors as well.
Contact: Tyler Jester