Trine Record Breakers

The season has already been full of record breaking accomplishments for Trine as three different athletes set career marks. In volleyball, the senior duo of Betsy Irwin and Sarah Radekin set career marks in kills and assists. Irwin set the all-time Trine kills record against Albion on Oct. 6, breaking Sallie Richardon’s career mark of 1,395 (2005-2008). Radekin, on the other hand, set the career assists during the team’s first tournament, surpassing Rainbow Bednarski (2,946; 2003-2006).

In football, senior JaVontae Hence set the all-time receptions record on September 15 at Concordia (WI) when he caught his 151st pass to eclipse Le’Once Belton (150, 1996-1999). Also during that game, junior punter Nick Muir set a school record when he boomed an 81-yard punt during the fourth quarter from the Trine 19-yard line

New Thunder Hall of Fame Inductees

Amy (Hockman) Schneider, 1998 CE

Inducted into the athletic hall of fame during homecoming weekend, Amy (Hockman) Schneider, CE ’98, was a stand-out on the tennis court. Schneider played a significant role in putting Tri-State University Tennis on the national radar.

As a freshman, Schneider garnered Tri-State Tennis Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards.  Also in 1995, she was recognized by the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) as an All-Conference player.

As a captain the following year, Schneider continued to improve upon her success, again being named to the WHAC All-Conference team.  In her sophomore effort, Schneider and her doubles partner won the No. 2 Doubles Great Lakes Regional Championship.

Her junior year would prove to be her best as Schneider repeated her All-Conference award, participated in Regionals, and qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Tennis Championship in Tulsa, Okla.  While at Nationals, Schneider helped her team place 26th overall, the best finish in school history.

It was no surprise that Schneider, being named a three-year captain, would excel off the court as well.  She earned the Dean’s Scholarship in 1994, following with Dean’s List Honors twice in 1997 and the President’s List in spring 1998.  An exemplary student athlete, Amy was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Gamma Phi Epsilon and the Panhellanic Council treasurer.  Amy proved that students athletes could be successful both on and off the court.

Amy is currently a professional licensed engineer at G2 Consulting Group in metro Detroit.

Nicholas Wellman, 2000 Ph. Ed.

Nicholas Wellman, a 2000 Physical Education graduate, was inducted into the athletic hall of fame during homecoming weekend.

During his tenure at the university, Wellman put his stamp on the football program, seizing the No. 1 position in four of the all-time ranking positions and four No. 1 spots in single–season records.

Lettering as a freshman quarterback in 1996, Wellman gained experience that would help lead the team and he was named a captain his next three years.  His sophomore year, he earned All-Conference Honorable Mention for his offensive efforts.

By no means being satisfied, as a junior Wellman led the Thunder to its best record (11-3) in the short four-year history of the program.  In his breakout junior year, Wellman grabbed the single season records in pass attempts (438), pass completions (239), passing yards (3,192) and total offense (3,192).  The Mid-States Football Association awarded him with second team All-Conference honors, which he would repeat again his senior season.  In addition to his individual awards, Wellman lead the Thunder to its first Final Four appearance.

Upon the completion of his football career at Tri-State University, Wellman holds the all-time record in pass attempts (1,386), pass completions (765), passing yards (9,052), and passing yards per game (205.7).  He also holds the second and third place positions in numerous categories.  Because of Wellman’s leadership and his team’s efforts, the Thunder football program had created a name for itself.

Wellman is currently a high school teacher and coach in the Portage, Ind., school system. 

Fall Sports Recap

(as of 10/19/12)

After a rocky start to the season, the Thunder football team got back on track as they won the first two games to start conference play before falling to Adrian in the Black and Blue Border Brawl. The squad won its sixth straight season opener, defeating Manchester before dropping two road games. The Thunder bounced back with a home win over NAIA Taylor, which made head coach Matt Land the winningest coach in school history with 48 victories. The team began conference play on the road and defeated Kalamazoo. On homecoming, the Thunder held off a late charge by defending conference champion Albion College, 27-22.

Junior Louis Danesi was twice named Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week while joining fellow juniors Caleb Nitz and Blaek Combs who also were honored. The Thunder also had seniors Myron Puryear and JaVontae Hence along with junior Tyler Keck honored as Special Teams Players of the Week. Nitz, Combs and junior Nick Muir were also honored by as members of its Team of the Week.

The Thunder volleyball squad began the year with one of the best starts in school history as it went 12-2, including starting conference play 5-0. The women played solid volleyball in the three tournaments they’ve competed in, going 3-1 at Ohio Northern, including knocking off then No. 21 Heidelberg; 3-1 at Marietta and 2-2 in its trip to Washington, D.C., where they finished fourth. Junior Libero Darcy Crabtree was honored by the MIAA as the first Specialty Player of the Week.

Men’s Soccer
The men’s soccer team has been on the short end of the stick this season as six of its seven losses have been by just one goal. After starting the season 1-3, the Thunder bounced back with a dominating performance over Defiance, 4-0. Senior Curtis Holcom scored his first collegiate hat-trick in the game. The team picked up conference wins over Albion and Adrian. Holcom was named the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week while sophomore Chris Stewart was honored as the Defensive Player of the Week.

Women’s Soccer
The women’s soccer team started the season with a win for the first time since 2005 when it defeated Manchester, 2-1, at the Comet Cup Tournament. The women earned two ties on the season against the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Albion. The team also dropped two close matches, 1-0, to Hope and Olivet. Freshman goalie Sloan Davis has continually been ranked among the national leaders in total saves. Davis had put up two big games in goal for the Thunder, making 16 saves against Hope on Oct. 9 and 15 against Adrian on Sept. 22.

Cross Country
Trine University’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams have faced stiff competition so far this season, competing against several Division I and II teams at the Indiana Intercollegiate race and the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Loyola, Ill. Matt Burgess has led the men’s team in every race, closely followed by Corbin Buckler and Michael Hammond. The women’s side is driven by Gabbie Bates, Annalisa Krug and Ariel McCoy.  The teams have raced against a wide range of competition, but have shown consistency and strength against other Division III schools, and have demonstrated growth and improvement from last season. Thunder Cross Country will be traveling to Albion on Oct. 27 for the MIAA Championships, then to Anderson, Ind., for the Regional Championships on Nov. 10.

Women’s Golf
The lady duffers started off their season by hosting the Trine Kick-Off Classic, where they finished third. Freshman Amy Worthington won the medalist honors while playing in her first collegiate tournament. The squad followed that performance up by winning the Speiss Memorial Tournament, where Worthington again took home medalist honors. In conference play, the Thunder finished fifth at Olivet followed by three seventh–place finishes. The women wrapped up their season at the MIAA Fall championship where they placed sixth at the two-day event.

Men’s Golf
The men’s golf team wrapped up its fall season in fourth place, which qualified them for the three-round spring automatic qualifier tournament. Trine was led by All-MIAA First Team member senior Pat Wolcott who’s 75.2 stroke average placed him third in the conference. Wolcott won the first jamboree of the season at Kalamazoo while finishing second at the third jamboree. Being named to the All-MIAA Second Team were juniors Nolan Eli and Graham Bennett. Eli tied for the lowest round of the season in the conference with a 69 at the fifth jamboree on Trine’s home course. The team picked up three wins on the season, taking the title at the Speiss Invitational and the fifth MIAA Jamboree at the Zollner Golf Course as well as tying for first at the first Jamboree of the season.

Men’s Tennis
The men’s tennis team wrapped up its first fall season since joining the MIAA with a 0-4 record. The squad faced several tough NAIA school, including undefeated Indiana Wesleyan. Freshman Caleb Knust played well for the Thunder at the No. 1 singles position, going 2-2. Two-time All-MIAA senior Dan Desper also went 2-2 at third singles.

Women’s Tennis
The women’s tennis squad had a fantastic fall season as it went 2-1 in dual matches, with its only loss coming to 25th–ranked Marian University. Jessica Huhnke finished 2-1 at the top singles spot while Lauren Schlueter and Erin Kwaske also finished 2-1 for the fall. At the MIAA Flighted Tournament, freshman Alex Mack took second in the C Division consolation bracket with a 2-2 record. The women picked up wins in each of the singles and doubles flights as the team combined for a 9-19 record during the course of the two-day tournament.

Calling all former athletes and coaches!

The athletic department needs your help. We are working on a records archive system for every sport we offer at Trine, but are missing a lot of information, especially prior to 2000.

If you have any old schedules, media guides, records, statistics, yearbooks, etc., please contact sports information director Brian Alden at

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