Huntington, Ind.—Jo Ellen (Karst) Earhart, Amy (Bechtel) Garber, Gabe LaGrange and Lowell Stouder will be inducted into the Huntington University Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 19, 2005. The ceremonies will take place at halftime of the championship basketball game of the Huntington University/Ness Bros. Hall of Fame Classic. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
The Hall of Fame Classic tournament will begin Friday, November 18, 2005, at 6 p.m., with Ohio Dominican University playing Georgetown College (Ky.). The night cap at 8 p.m. will showcase the NAIA 7th-ranked Huntington University Foresters versus Lincoln Christian College (Ill.) The consolation game will be played on Saturday, November 19, 2005, at 1 p.m., with the championship game to follow. For more information on the Classic, contact the Huntington University Athletics Office at (260) 359-4212. Individual tickets may be purchased at the gate on game day at $10 for two days or $6 for one day.
Jo Ellen (Karst) Earhart
Jo Ellen (Karst) Earhart is being honored for her significant contribution to the Huntington University women’s cross country and track and field programs during the years of 1986-1990. In the fall of 1986, Huntington College announced the addition of two sports for women, cross country and track and field. Coach Tom King was looking for a runner to help him begin to build the two fledgling programs. He had to look no further than incoming freshman, Jo Ellen Karst, who proved to be a solid cornerstone.
During her career, Earhart was a three-time NAIA and NCCAA All-District runner in cross country and twice earned NAIA All-District honors in track. She was Huntington’s first female to qualify for the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, which she did both as a junior and senior. Earhart also earned berths in three NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in the 1500 meter. She was a four-time NCCAA All-American (two cross country, two track) and earned four NCCAA Academic All-America honors (two cross country, two track), and three NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors during her career (one cross country, two track). As a senior, she helped lead the track team to the program’s first NCCAA National Championship.
Amy (Bechtel) Garber
Amy (Bechtel) Garber is being honored for her significant contribution to the Huntington University women’s basketball and volleyball programs during the years of 1996-2000. When Amy (Bechtel) Garber signed her Huntington College letter of intent as a senior at Fairfield High School, coach Lori Culler knew she was getting a highly touted basketball player with great athleticism and a soft shooting touch. Garber made an instant impact on the program, and when it was all said and done, had more than lived up to her billing as the program’s first Mid-Central Conference Player of the Year and NAIA First Team All-American.
In each of her four seasons, she led the team in scoring and rebounding. She was a three-time MCC First Team All-Conference player and earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors as a sophomore. As a junior and senior, she garnered back-to-back NAIA First Team All-America honors as well as NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors. Garber finished her career with 2019 points and 982 rebounds, two of ten school records she continues to hold.
Gabe LaGrange is being honored for his significant contributions to the Huntington University men’s basketball program during the years of 1996-2000. In the fall of 1996, LaGrange enrolled at Huntington College as a transfer student. Due to NAIA policies, he was unable to participate in any contests until after he completed a semester of coursework at Huntington. So by the time LaGrange finally donned a Forester uniform in late December, he was raring to go. He finished his first season averaging a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game to go along with his 15.8 points.
During his sophomore and junior seasons, he and Huntington Hall of Famer, Jeff Shepherd, were a formidable inside-out tandem scoring 2,505 points between them over the two seasons. LaGrange’s efforts earned him MCC All-Conference honors both years and a NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honor as a junior. As a senior and the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, LaGrange led the Foresters to their first-ever berth in the NAIA National Tournament, a Final Four appearance and a school record 34 wins. His 21.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game earned him First Team All-Conference honors and his performance at the National Tournament solidified him as an NAIA First Team All-American. LaGrange concluded his outstanding career as only the third player to reach the 2,000 point plateau with his 2191 career total. He also finished with 927 rebounds.
Lowell Stouder is being honored for his significant contributions to the Huntington University men’s basketball and baseball programs during the years of 1957-1961. Stouder came to Huntington College in the fall of 1957 having been a talented multi-sport athlete at Clear Creek Township High School. As a Forester, he immediately made his presence known earning a starting position as a freshman in both the basketball and baseball programs. They were positions he would never relinquish during his career. During his first two seasons, he was a consistent contributor and finally earned some much-deserved recognition when Huntington became a charter member of the newly created Mid-Central College Conference in the fall of 1959. On the basketball court, Stouder helped lead the Foresters to their first MCC title with an undefeated record in conference play. As point guard and team captain his senior year, his play again was instrumental in helping the team successfully defend its conference title. His contributions during his final two seasons earned him All-Conference honors, and he graduated as the second-leading scorer in Huntington’s history with 1554 points. His total now stands 14th in the record books.
On the baseball field, he played a major role in helping the team win back-to-back conference titles. He was especially dominate on the mound his senior year. Coach Ray Zimmerman handed Stouder the ball for all ten conference games, and he made the most of his opportunities with a perfect 10-0 record. He also helped himself at the plate with his .350 batting average that year. His accomplishments earned him All-Conference honors during his junior and senior seasons.
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