(Peru, Neb.) – Peru State College, the Peru State College Foundation, and the Athletic Department celebrated the induction of the 31st class into its Athletic Hall of Fame in mid-October.

The Hall of Fame weekend began Friday night with a banquet, acceptance speeches and plaque presentations. On Saturday, the inductees were officially inducted into the PSC Hall of Fame at halftime.

The Bobcat football team made things even more exciting with a 37-31 win over the Graceland Yellowjackets in the beautiful Oak Bowl. Peru State scored with 19 seconds left on the clock allowing the Hall of Fame crowd to continue their celebration.

Five individuals and the 1992-93 women’s basketball teams were honored during the two days of events.

Individuals inducted included Jim Callender (Silver City, N.M.), the late John Gibbs, the late John Gilmore, Kurt Hasley (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), and Fred Marisett (Omaha). Each of the individuals or a family representative shared some of their favorite memories of Peru State and what it meant to them. Shawn Gibbs spoke on behalf of this father while Roger Radkiewicz spoke for his uncle, Mr. Gilmore.

Callender and Marisett are now retired while Hasley is semi-retired private investor while working at the Berean Academy High School which his son attends. Hasley is a strength and conditioning coach at Berean Academy, and he also teaches martial arts classes at the Chattanooga Jiu Jitsu Academy. In addition, he volunteers at the Tennessee Aquarium in the horticulture department.

The 1992-93 women’s basketball team and coaches were recognized with a certificate of achievement. Head coach, Dr. Wayne Davidson, who turned 89 on the day he was informed of his team’s induction, provided comments, along with former players Lora (Gulley) White and Angie Wilson. White and Wilson provided much of the comic relief for the evening with some of their remembrances of their team’s playing days. At the end of their presentation, the women’s team presented a special autographed ball to Coach Davidson.

Team members in attendance from the 1992-93 team included: Coach Davidson (Wentzville, Mo.), Assistant Coach Vince Henzel (Lincoln), Kristi (Cummins) Baker (Blair), Lora (White) Gulley (Black Jack, Mo.), Jody (Jansky) Kerchal (Urbandale, Iowa), Bobbi (Stutzman) Moraski (Bellevue), Velvet (McCollum) Phillips (Houston, Texas), Jennifer (Trouba) Rasmussen (Albion), Tamir (Anderson) Riley (Coconut Grove, Fla.), Jill (Parker) Scanlon (Wahoo), Sheila (Sughroue) Vomacka (Omaha), and Angie Wilson (Topeka, Kan.). Janelle (Henderson) Trinkle (Leavenworth, Kan.) joined the group on Saturday. Other team members unable to attend were Amanda Nannen (Omaha), Becky Fisher, Sarah Gaines-Osburn (Fairfax, Mo.), and Jennifer (Dappen) Rathman (Yellville, Ark.).

To learn more about each of the honorees, please go to pscbobcats.com/honors/hall-of-fame

The presenting sponsor, Bridges Trust of Omaha, donated their banquet table to the athletic department and asked that student-athletes be their guests. Those Bobcat student-athletes representing their respective teams were football – Colin Shields (Wichita, Kan.) and Will Mueller (Springdale, Ark.); women’s basketball – Josiee Sobotka (Tobias); and men’s basketball – Easton Hall (Schuyler), Quentin Wright (Flower Mound, Texas), and Luke Lee (Frisco, Texas). 

Additional Hall of Fame event sponsors included Guilliatt & Associates (Fremont), Jerry & Christina Joy (Stella), and Jeff & Robin Smith (Lincoln).

The Peru State College Foundation is responsible for the Bobcat Athletic Hall of Fame and works in conjunction with the College and athletic department to coordinate the annual event. The purpose of the Peru State College Athletic Hall of Fame is to foster an appreciation of the past, an enjoyment of the present and an anticipation of future memories to be made by the Bobcats flourishing thirteen-sport program.

Nominations are due by April 1 each year. For more information on how to nominate, please visit this link: https://bit.ly/HOFNOM