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1988 Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame


WILBUR HIXON ('53): A 1953 graduate of Plymouth Teachers College, Wilbur Hixon was a standout second baseman for coach John C. Foley’s PTC baseball teams of the early 1950’s, including the 1950 squad which won a New England championship. Hixon also played one year on the Panther basketball team, also for Coach Foley.

After graduating from Plymouth Teachers college, Hixon began a long and distinguished career as a coach and educator. He taught at several New Hampshire high schools, including Plymouth High School, before accepting a position at Andover High School in Massachusetts, where his basketball coaching record (462-159 overall) earned him a place in the Massachusetts Coaches Hall of fame.


JOHN HOPKINS ('71): The first Plymouth State College athlete to ever attain All-America status, john Hopkins graduated from PSC in 1971 after an athletic career which included starring roles on both the Panthers men’s lacrosse and men’s basketball beams.

Hopkins led the 1970 and 1971 Panther Lacrosse teams to Colonial League Championships, earning All-American honors in 1970 after helping the PSC laxmen compile a 12-2 record.

Hopkins was also an important member of PSC’s 1968-69 championship basketball team that compiled a 17-4 record for coach Dayton Spaulding. Hopkins later served as a men’s basketball team captain and against Bridgewater State in 1970 he matched Stave Bamford’s individual single game scoring record with 45 points.



DAVE SEVERANCE ('81): Dave Severance starred on Coach jack Rhodes’ cross country team in the fall and on coach Gerd Lutter’s Track and field team in the spring.

As a middle distance runner, Severance set numerous school records in spring track and was named a 1978 small college All-American.

Severence won the 1978 Lowell Marathon with a time of 2:18, one of the single greatest athletic accomplishments ever for a PSC undergraduate.


KELLEY SPRINGER ('81): A member of Plymouth State College’s first women’s soccer teams in 1978, Kelley springer also was a standout on the Panther women’s ski team.

She may be the best remembered for her exploits as a member of PSC’s finest women’s lacrosse teams. Kelley was a key contributor to Coach Janet Nell’s Undefeated 1979 lacrosse quad that won a New England championship in the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut.

Springer went on to star on the 1980 and 1981 lacrosse teams that compiled records on 7-2 and 10-5 respectively. Her 45 goals during the 1981 season was a record at the time.


MATT STAPLES ('79): A sensational wrestler who competed at several different weight classifications during his grappling career, Matt Staples compiled a 51-11-1 record while at PSC. He was the first Panther matman to earn All-American status.

In 1977-78 Matt led PSC to its first Northern England Championship. He then had an even better year in 1978-79, when as a senior he compiled an individual record of 18-3 while leading coach Jim Aguiar’s PSC wrestling team to a 14-7 record, the best ever for a Panther wrestling squad.