The Anderson University Athletic Hall of Fame is celebrating its 17th year with four new inductees who will be honored at an awards banquet on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the Olt Student Center. The AU Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 1997 by former athletic director Barrett Bates to recognize former Raven athletes, coaches, and contributors to the university. They are chosen by the Hall of Fame committee.
The 2013 class includes DeAnn Edge, Derrick Spires, Brian Heigle and Scott Hinton.
Edge came to Anderson from just up the road at Pendleton Heights High School to play basketball and softball for the Ravens in the fall of 1996. Edge earned three letters in basketball and four in softball and left as one of the most decorated female athletes in Anderson University history. On the softball diamond, she was four-time All-Conference, two-time Team MVP and HCAC Most Valuable Player after the 2000 season. She still holds 25 school records, including career batting average (.433), hits (233), runs scored (164), home runs (37), RBI (156), total bases (412) and games played (174). She also ranks in the top 10 in 38 other categories.
On the basketball floor, she was two-time All-HCAC. She ranks third on the career list in scoring average (14.9 ppg), assist average (4.2) and steal average (2.2). She finished with 923 career points and 455 rebounds. She also ranks in the top 10 in 26 other categories.
Spires came to Anderson from Clarkston High School in Michigan to play soccer for the Ravens in the fall of 1996. He earned four letters in soccer and was four-time All-HCAC, three-time Team MVP and two-time Team Captain. He led the team in assists and steals four times, points three times and goals twice and holds seven school records, including goals in a career (39), assists in a career (46) and points in a career (124). He also holds school records for assists in a game (4), assists in a season (14), steals in a game and career. He is second in career minutes played with 6,777.
After earning his degree from Anderson University in 2000, he was an assistant coach on the AU men's soccer team from 2000-03.
Heigle came to Anderson from Richmond High School to play baseball for the Ravens in the fall of 1986. He earned four letters in baseball and left as one of the most decorated players in Raven history. He was three-time All-American (1988-90), three-time All-District 21 (1988-90), three-time District 21 Player of the Year (1988-90), three-time All-Area Six (1988-90), two-time ICAC Player of the Year (1988-89), two-time Area Six Player of the Year (1988-89) and two-time Team MVP (1989-90). He was also a member of Team USA, where he played third base.
Heigle still holds 11 school records, including career games (218), doubles (53), RBI (219), total bases (432), complete games pitching (37), shutouts (12) and strikeouts (303). He is second on the career list in hits (249), pitching wins (37), home runs (38) and fourth in career ERA (2.16). He also ranks in the top 10 in 53 categories. He has a career average of .388 at the plate and a 37-11 record on the mound.
Hinton came to Anderson from Brookville (Ohio) High School to play football, baseball and basketball for the Ravens in the fall of 1980. Hinton is the sixth Anderson University athlete to be elected into the Hall of Fame posthumously.
He earned four letters in football and one in baseball. He was also on the basketball team for one year. On the gridiron, he was one of only two Ravens to ever be named a three-time All-American. He was also All-Conference three times, NAIA All-District 21 three times, Team Captain and Team MVP.
Hinton led the nation in interceptions with nine in 1981 and also had 57 tackles and nine pass defenses that season. He added 11 interceptions over the next two years to finish second on the career list with 20. He also led the team in tackles his senior season with 82.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.