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Goeden, Hinchee among inductees for NIU Hall of Fame

The Northern Illinois Athletic Department will enshrine one team and four individuals into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 17. Northern Illinois' 2008 induction class - the 27th since the inception of the Athletics Hall of Fame - features the 1972 Huskie baseball squad, plus Jeremy Goeden (wrestling in 1996-98), Tammy Hinchee (women's basketball in 1986-90), Anne Mucci (Iwinski) (women's soccer in 1995-98), and Larry Satchwell (track and field in 1974-75). The induction will take place at the Duke Ellington Ballroom of NIU's Holmes Student Center. “Heartiest congratulations to our newest Hall of Fame inductees,” said NIU Athletic Director Jeff Compher in a news release. “While I may be, so to speak, the new guy on the block, I certainly understand the significance of such an honor. The team and individual accomplishments of these inductees are awe-inspiring. Not only is such Hall of Fame recognition well-deserved, but their stories provide great example for our current Northern Illinois student-athletes.” The new NIU Athletics Hall of Famers will also be featured at halftime of the Northern Illinois-Toledo Homecoming football game at Huskie Stadium on Oct. 18. Goeden became the Huskies' first Division I repeat wrestling All-American by placing eighth in the 190-pound weight class at the NCAA Championships as a junior (1997) and seventh at 190 in the NCAA meet as a senior (1998). A University of Minnesota transfer, Goeden won 43 of 50 career Huskie bouts and finished with an 11-4 record as a junior and a 32-2 mark as a senior for head coach NIU Dave Grant. The two-time Mid-American Conference 190-pound champ (1997 & 1998), Goeden put together a 16-match winning streak and won 190-pound titles at the prestigious St. Louis and Wisconsin-Stevens Point opens as a senior. He was named NIU's Male Athlete of the Year in 1997-98. Hinchee joins the Northern Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame for a second time. A starter on the nationally ranked 1989-90 North Star Conference championship squad and NCAA Tournament quintet that wound up 26-5 and was enshrined into the HOF in 2005, the 6-foot-2 forward graduated as the No. 1 career rebounder (1,099) and No. 3 career scorer (1,921 points in 116 appearances) in Huskie women's basketball history. Hinchee was selected as a U. S. Basketball Writers Association District Four All-America and First-Team All-NSC performer with 19.7 ppg. and 10.4 rpg. statistics as a senior. One of four NIU Hall of Famers from the 1989-90 unit with Lisa Foss, Carol Owens, and coach Jane Albright, she also set school scoring records in league (31 points vs. Akron in 1989 NSC) and NCAA (28 vs. Purdue in 1990). Mucci (Iwinski) produced legendary individual accolades and stats in an era when Northern Illinois women's soccer won consecutive Mid-American Conference regular-season and postseason tournament titles for head coach Frank Horvat in 1997 and 1998. During her four-year career, she established nearly every scoring standard in the Huskie Record Book - including career goals (43), career assists (43), and career points (129) in 1995-99. Satchwell transferred to NIU from Western Illinois and experienced a productive senior campaign. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound weightman qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships twice (indoor and outdoor meets) during 1974-75. Satchwell produced the highest Northern Illinois Division I NCAA finish in track by placing fourth in the 35-lb. weight throw indoors with a school-record 65 foot, 2 1/4-inch effort and earned major-college All-America status in 1975. That winter, Satchwell also captured the 35-lb. weight throw at the Illinois Intercollegiate (54-2 1/4), the Mid-American Conference, and Central Collegiate (57-7) meets. Moving outdoors that spring, Satchwell then ruled the hammer throw event. First, he took the hammer throw at the prestigious Drake Relays (192 feet, 5 inches), followed by titles at the Illinois Intercollegiate (Northern Illinois-record 204-7), the MAC (200-3), and Central Collegiate (194-1) championships. Satchwell culminated his senior campaign by placing third in the hammer at the U. S. Track and Field Federation Championship nationals (190-3) and 12th at the NCAA (191-9). In 1972, Northern Illinois University's baseball team authored a significant chapter of school history. The Huskies finished the season with a 24-8 overall record, won the Midwestern Conference team championship with a 10-2 league standard, ranked among national leaders in several team and individual statistical categories, and received a Division I at-large berth to the NCAA Regional. It represented the first Division I NCAA bid in Northern Illinois history in any sport - the program was in its fifth campaign at the major-college level. Tickets for the 2008 Northern Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and the buffet dinner cost $40 apiece. The tentative Oct. 17 schedule for the induction night include a reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and the ceremony at 8 p.m. For further information on the banquet, please contact Matt Mattmiller in NIU Athletics Development at 815-753-1923.

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