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HU to induct two individuals and one team into Hall of Fame

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – On Saturday, November 15, Huntington University will induct two individuals, Adam Hill and Chase Verba, and one team, the 1988 volleyball team, into the Forester Athletic Hall of Fame. 

The induction ceremony will take place at the Habecker Dining Commons at 11:00 a.m. Inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the Huntington men’s basketball game later that day. 

Adam Hill is being honored for his significant contribution to the Huntington University men’s basketball program during the years of 1999-2003.

After a relatively quiet first two seasons where he logged 242 points for a 3.9 average while dishing out 2.2 assists, Adam had a break-out junior season. In addition to handing out five assists per outing as his team’s floor general, Adam was also a dangerous scoring threat because of his shooting range and ability to penetrate to the basket. 

The 6-1 point guard poured in 14.2 points to help guide the Foresters to a Sweet 16 finish at the NAIA National Tournament and earn NAIA Honorable Mention All-America status and Second Team All-Conference honors.

Adam upped his play as a senior to surface as one of the best point guards in the nation. In addition to being named Co-Player of the Year in the Mid-Central Conference, he also earned NAIA First Team All-America accolades. 

The Muncie native averaged team-highs of 18.5 points and 5.3 assists to pace Huntington to a conference championship as well as an Elite 8 finish at Nationals. Adam also led the nation in free throw percentage during his final campaign by knocking down 93.3 percent of his free tosses. 

He played in three national tournaments which included a Final Four appearance his rookie season. During his four years, Adam enjoyed 105 wins against 42 losses. He finished his career with 1,453 points placing him 23rd on the Foresters’ all-time scoring list.

Chase Verba is being honored for his significant contribution to the Huntington University men’s basketball program during the years of 2002-2006.

Chase started every game as a freshman and for his efforts received Third Team All-Conference accolades as a rookie. He averaged 10.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per outing to help guide HU to a conference championship and an Elite Eight finish at the NAIA National Tournament. 

As a sophomore starter, the 6-6 forward again averaged in double digits, scoring 10.7 points per contest while pulling down 5.5 rebounds per night to earn his second Third Team All-Conference honor. The team capped off the season with a Sweet 16 finish at the national tournament. 

Chase was the consummate team player. His willingness to work harder than anyone else on the squad coupled with his willingness to take on whatever roll Coach Platt asked of him was evident during his final years at HU. 

Playing with the likes of All-Americans Alex Kock and Kyle Ganton for his last two seasons, Chase took on a different role as an upperclassman. In addition to dropping in 6.4 points and ripping down 5.0 rebounds, the Angola native also dished out 2.2 assists and became best known for his hustle plays.

He helped lead the team to two more conference championships and a pair of return trips to Branson with bragging rights of reaching the championship game as a senior. He is one of only five Foresters in program history to play in four national tournaments. 

Chase completed his career with 1,211 points placing him 32nd on Huntington’s all-time scorer’s list. He also finished with 785 rebounds. During his four years in green and white, Huntington posted 108 wins against 34 losses.

The 1988 volleyball team is being honored for the legacy they have left on the Huntington University athletic department. 

Coached by Mike Swan, the 1988 squad made history by winning the program’s only NCCAA National Championship and did so in convincing fashion. The Foresters swept all six of their opponents in straight sets. 

After breezing past Indiana Wesleyan, Tabor, Central Wesleyan, Houghton and Olivet Nazarene, Huntington faced Tabor again in the championship game where they handily beat the Blue Jays 15-2, 15-2. 

Joy Gamble Koch was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player while Jill Beers Hughes and Beth Oliphant Runkle joined her on the All-Tournament Team. Joy was also received the tournament’s Susan Hellings Award winner as the outstanding Christian student athlete. 

At season’s end, the awards continued to pile up. Joy and Jill earned NCCAA All-American status in addition to being named All-Conference, All-District and NCCAA Academic All-American. Amy Boyle Knepley also received All-Conference and All-District honors. 

Coach Swan was recognized for his role in the team’s success by being voted the NCCAA National Coach of the Year as well as the NCCAA District III Coach of the Year. 

In addition to capping off their fairytale season with a national championship, the Foresters also enjoyed a second place finish in the Mid-Central Conference, won the Huntington College Invitational, finished third at NAIA Districts and captured the NCCAA District Championship. Huntington wrapped up the season with a 39-7 record. 39 wins ties the program for most wins in a season. 

Members of the team included Penny (Beer) Gay, Jill (Beers) Hughes, Amy (Boyle) Knepley, Linda (Conrad) Tillman, Carla (Feretti) Hoover, Joy (Gamble) Koch, Lisa Hicks, Donielle (Hoffman) Mann, Julie (Jarvis) Palmer, Beth (Oliphant) Runkle, Deb (Reid) Ayres, Tina (Sliger) Keesling, Sherry Fretz (manager), Steve Peng (assistant coach), Troy Hostetter (assistant coach) and Mike Swan (head coach).

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 222 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.