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This past Saturday Georgetown College inducted the 18th hall of fame class. It was another wonderful evening to celebrate many who have set the stage for the excellence Tiger athletics now enjoys.
The members of the 2015 class are: Kara Hellmann (volleyball), Betsy Evans Laski (women's cross country), Jim McLaughlin (football), Alan Rhine (football), Mike Ward (football), Johnny Ray Williams (men's basketball), Bert Hawkins (distinguished alumni), Coach Dave Campbell (football), and the 1991-92 softball team. Connor Danis (Jim Reid Memorial Scholarship), Austin Colliver (Reed-Allen Character in Sports Endowed Scholarship) and Alyssa Kennedy (Reed-Allen Character in Sports Endowed Scholarship) were also honored during the festivities.
The Georgetown College Athletics Hall of Fame is now comprised of 110 individuals and 14 teams. The 2015 class is tied for the largest induction year with the 2010 honorees.
It is important every year to the Georgetown College athletics department to honor the current season and athletes for various accomplishments throughout the calendar year. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is responsible for this event every year and president Devanny King worked to add some new twists to the celebratory occasion.
"It's good every so often to step back and assess the event," King said. "We just wanted the evening to really showcase our athletes and all our accomplishments. I think the few tweaks were positive and hopefully inspires next year's committee to continue to look at how we can make this better and better."
The evening started with food options provided by Made From Scratch as student-athletes poured in to the Georgetown College Conference Center. A slideshow of pictures was also running to highlight different moments of the past year.
Georgetown College lost a member of Tiger Nation early Monday morning as alumnus and former football coach Craig Mullins passed away.
"Georgetown College football family lost one of our own this morning when Craig lost his battle with lung cancer," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "Craig was the heart and soul of the Georgetown football for many years. He played for the Tigers from 1986-90 and quarterbacked teams that began GC's climb to greatness. Craig returned in 1997 when I returned to Georgetown as head coach. For 16 years, Craig directed our offense as coordinator. He was instrumental in guiding our teams to four national championship playoff appearances and two NAIA national championships as well as countless conference championships."
In his 16 seasons on the Tiger sidelines, Georgetown went 155-36 with 12 Mid-South Conference titles, two national championships, two national championship runners-up and three semifinals. He coached NAIA Hall of Fame member and three-time NAIA Player of the Year Eddie Eviston. He also guided record-setting quarterbacks such as Jeff Smith and Neal Pawsat.
Christina 'Madi' Webster becomes Georgetown College's second acrobatics and tumbling team signee. The Odon, Ind. native has been part of the USAG national trampoline and tumbling teams from 2011-14. She competed with the junior squad for the first two years and the senior team in 2013-14.
"I'm really excited to have Madi join our Tiger program," said GC coach Alicia Castagneto. "I really feel she is the right fit overall. She is comes in with a strong trampoline and tumbling background. She excels in the classroom and has her feet solidly rooted in her faith. Those are three components I think are most important for any student-athlete with which I want to work."
Georgetown College held its first round of tryouts for the 2015-16 Tiger Dance team. Coach Sara Hamlin is excited to announce Lydia Allen, Hayley Baker, Emily Barrie, Micaela Bates, Peyton Cambron, Savanna Eden, Abigail Hackett, Jessica Kindrick and Bailey Milam as members of the squad.