PSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct nine new members
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University will honor its athletic heritage next month when nine new members are enshrined into the PSU Athletic Hall of Fame
This year’s induction ceremony, set for Sunday, Sept. 26, will be the largest contingent to be enshrined into the PSU Athletic Hall of Fame. The group honors the best of Panther athletics in the sports of baseball, basketball, football, skiing, soccer, softball and volleyball, including two each from baseball and volleyball and two first-year eligible selections.
The 2010 inductees are:
* Colby Compton (‘96), former two-time All-American linebacker and Freedom Football Conference Player of the Year who helped the team to two undefeated regular seasons and NCAA playoff berths.
* Ben Dubois (‘99), former Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year who twice led the league in earned run average and set the school’s career strikeout record.
* Beth Field (‘93), former All-America and three-time All-New England soccer defender during a dominant Panther era from 1988-91, helping the team to four NCAA Tourneys and a 62-9-1 record.
* Kim Jeffs (‘05), former two-time All-America and four-time All-Little East Conference softball pitcher who set three NCAA national records for strikeouts and 21 school records for pitching.
* Becky Landry (’04), former volleyball star who was a two-time Little East Conference Player of the Year and All-New England as a senior while helping the team to its first two ECAC Tourneys.
* Tim LaVallee (’67), former Panther ski team captain who has enjoyed a distinguished coaching career at Gould Academy (Maine), Bates College, the University of Colorado and the US Ski Team.
* Carin LaValley (’04), a former four-time Little East Conference volleyball all-star who recorded more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs, the first player in the program’s history to accomplish the feat.
* Nick Pelotte (’05), a former PSU basketball star guard who electrified crowds while scoring 2,111 points, earning All-New England honors three times and All-America accolades as a senior.
* Dean Prentiss (’91), former All-New England baseball slugger for Plymouth State from 1984-87who set the school’s home run records and who led the nation in batting average with a .512 mark in 1985.
The Hall of Fame activities on Sept. 26th will be at Prospect Hall on the PSU campus, beginning with a reception at 12:00 p.m., followed at 12:30 p.m. with a banquet and the induction ceremony. This year’s group increases the total number in the Hall since it began in 1985 to 148 individuals and six teams.
The entire list of inductees and profiles on each member, as well as a nomination form open to the public, is available on the PSU Athletics Website at athletics.plymouth.edu. For tickets or more information, call 603-535-2770.
COLBY COMPTON (’96): A star linebacker for the powerful PSC football teams of the mid-1990s under coach Don Brown, Colby Compton was a two-time First Team All-America and Freedom Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year (1994-95). He earned All-ECAC and First Team All-FFC accolades three straight years (1993-95) and led the Panthers to three straight post-season berths, including back-to-back NCAA appearances in ’94 and ’95.
A native of East Brookfield, Mass./David Prouty H.S., Compton became the backbone of the “Green Wall” Panther defense while earning First Team All-Conference honors as a sophomore in ’93 and leading the team to an ECAC post-season berth. He earned national recognition the next two years as he was named All-America in 1994 (First Team by CoSIDA and Football News, Second Team by AP) and again in 1995 (First Team by AFCA, Second Team by CoSIDA).
Compton starred on some of the top football teams in New England Division III history his junior and senior years. He led the Panthers to perfect 9-0 regular seasons and berths in the NCAA Tournament in ’94 and ’95, registering a first-round victory over Kings Point in ’94, the first ever for a New England school. He led the Panthers to a combined 25-6 overall record from ’93-’95, serving as co-captain as a senior.
BEN DUBOIS (’99): A standout baseball player in the late 1990s, Ben Dubois was a two-time All-Little East Conference selection and the LEC Pitcher of the Year as a senior in 1999. He led the LEC in earned run average his junior and senior seasons, and set Plymouth State career pitching records for appearances, innings and strikeouts.
A native of Franklin, N.H., Dubois earned All-LEC honorable mention as a junior in ’98 after going 4-3 with a 2.75 ERA. He followed that with a terrific senior season, finishing 6-3 with a 1.77 ERA and striking out 58 batters in 61 innings. Dubois earned the LEC Pitcher of the Year Award and First Team All-Conference as well as Academic All-District recognition. He was also a solid first baseman when he wasn’t pitching, batting just below .300 his last two years and finishing second on the team in home runs and RBIs in ‘98.
Dubois helped the Panthers to four straight 20-win seasons, and a combined record of 85-68. He also excelled in the post-season, earning LEC All-Tournament Team honors in ’98. Dubois played seven straight years for head coach Dennis McManus, three years of American Legion ball followed by four years at Plymouth State.
BETH FIELD (’93): An outstanding defender for the dominating Panther women’s soccer teams from 1988-91, Beth Field was a three-time All-New England selection who was named All-America as a senior sweeper in 1991. She shined on teams that played in four straight NCAA Tournaments, made two NCAA Final Four appearances, and posted a combined overall record of 62-9-1.
A native of Sunapee, N.H./Sunapee H.S., Field was a standout defender her entire career under coaches Phil Rowe and Nancy Feldman. She earned her first All-New England honors as a freshman in ’88 when the team finished 17-2, and repeated as All-New England her junior year in ‘90. She capped her career with a fantastic senior season, earning All-America and All-New England honors and leading the team back to the Final Four and a 16-2-1 record. While defense was her strength, she also contributed 17 goals and 12 assists to the scoresheet in her career, including seven goals and five assists as a senior.
Field was also named First Team All-Little East Conference in ’90 and ’91, the first two years of the conference, while leading the Panthers to back-to-back league titles. She served as an assistant coach for four years before leading the team to the ECAC Tournament as interim head coach in 1998.
KIM JEFFS (’05): One of the top pitchers in Division III college softball history, Kim Jeffs was a two-time All-American and four-time All-Conference player for Plymouth State from 2002-05. She set three national records for strikeouts, and shattered every pitching mark in the PSU record books, 21 all together. Jeffs led the Panthers to a pair of post-season appearances, including the 2003 ECAC New England championship.
A native of Stoughton, Mass., Jeffs set NCAA Division III records for strikeouts in a game (20) and season (375 as a freshman in 2003). She holds the NCAA career mark for strikeouts per 7 innings (10.8) and ranks second in total strikeouts (1,107). Jeffs accomplished the strikeout records while posting a 66-36 career record for the Panthers with a 0.86 ERA and 38 shutouts. She earned All-America honors in 2002 and 2003 and was four-time All-LEC and two-time LEC Pitcher of the Year.
Jeffs was the main cog on the 2003 Panther team that finished with a school-standard 30-9 overall record and the ECAC championship. She graduated with a degree in meteorology and received national attention in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd and on the back feature page of the national publication The NCAA News.
BECKY LANDRY (’04): A former star middle hitter on the Plymouth State women’s volleyball team from 2000-03, Becky Landry was a four-time Little East Conference all-star and two-time LEC Offensive Player of the Year. She was selected All-New England in 2003 and played in the Senior All-Star game after leading the Panthers to a stellar 29-8 overall record.
A native of Nashua, N.H., Landry burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2000 when she was named LEC Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-Star. She was a Second Team selection again her sophomore season before earning LEC Offensive Player of the Year and All-LEC First Team honors her junior and senior seasons. Landry helped the Panthers compile a combined four-year record of 93-45 and the first two ECAC post-season berths in the program’s history.
Landry was a dominant hitter at the net for coach Moira Long, and she left her name all over the PSU record books. She still holds PSU career marks for attack percentage, kills per set and service aces per set, as well as the single match record for kills and the single-season mark for service aces.
TIM LAVALLEE (’67): A former four-year veteran and two-year captain of the Plymouth State ski team, Tim Lavallee has enjoyed a distinguished coaching career in ski racing. He has been successful at the high school level in Bethel and Oxford Hills, Maine; the college level at the University of Colorado and Bates College; the prep school level at Gould Academy; and the national level with the United States Ski Team from 1983-87.
A native of Winthrop, Maine, LaVallee led Telstar to four Maine state championships and one New England title in the 1970s, and Oxford Hills to the state title in 1979. He served the US Ski Team in Park City, Utah in the 1980s as Development Coach, Alpine Team Technical Director, and Executive Director of the US Ski Coaches Association. He coached at the University of Colorado, where his teams compiled a 113-24-1 record while producing some of the country’s top skiers.
LaVallee returned to Maine in 1990 as head ski coach at Bates College. In 1994, he joined in a partnership between Gould Academy and Sunday River to create a comprehensive ski program that has succeeded at all levels, winning six New England Prep School Championships from 1998-07 and sending several skiers to the US Ski Team. LaVallee was inducted into the Maine Ski Hall of Fame in 2008.
CARIN LAVALLEY (’04): A former star outside hitter for the Plymouth State women’s volleyball team from 1999-03, Carin LaValley was a four-time selection to the Little East Conference All-Star team. She was a First Team All-Conference choice her first three seasons from 1999-01, and after missing more than a year with an injury, she was Second Team All-LEC in 2003.
A native of Northfield, N.H./Winnisquam High School, LaValley made an impact at Plymouth State as early as her freshman season. She was the first player in the program’s history to earn All-Little East honors her first year in 1999. She repeated her achievements the next two seasons, even though she missed the second half of the 2001 campaign with an injury. She returned in 2003 with an All-LEC Second Team performance, and she played in the Senior All-Star game after helping the Panthers to a superb 29-8 record and the ECAC post-season tournament.
LaValley was the first member of Plymouth State’s 1,000-1,000 Club, with at least 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. She is among the school career statistical leaders in kills, total attempts, aces and digs, while helping her teams to a combined four-year record of record of 91-45.
NICK PELOTTE (’05): A former star guard for the Plymouth State men’s basketball team, Nick Pelotte thrilled fans and stunned his larger opponents with his electrifying play. He was a three-time NCAA Northeast Region All-Star and a Third Team All-American in 2005 who finished his career with 2,111 points, second on Plymouth State’s all-time scoring list.
A native of Bingham, Maine (Valley H.S.), Pelotte made an immediate impact as a freshman and was named New England Rookie of the Year in 2002. He earned All-New England and All-Northeast Region honors his next two seasons after averaging more than 18 points a game, and he exploded with 28.1 points per game as a senior to rank third in the nation in scoring and earn Third Team All-America and ECAC New England Player of the Year honors.
Pelotte led the Panthers to a combined record of 82-35 with four post-season berths, three in the ECAC and once in the NCAA. He was the leading scorer on the 2003-04 Panthers that finished 24-6 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. His most memorable moment was his epic 62-point performance in the 2005 LEC Tournament championship game, earning him the Most Outstanding Player Award in a double-overtime loss.
DEAN PRENTISS (’91): A former catcher/designated hitter for the Plymouth State baseball team from 1984-87, Dean Prentiss was a left-handed clean-up hitter who set numerous school batting records. He earned All-New England and All-Northeast honors in 1985, just the second player in school history to earn the distinction. He established PSU single season and career home runs records, and led the nation in batting average in 1985 with a school-record .512 mark, cracking 43 hits in 84 at bats.
A native of Drewsville, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional H.S., Prentiss could hit for power and for average. He blasted 20 doubles and a then school-record 17 home runs over a three-year stretch, and he once had seven hits in a doubleheader. Prentiss set the Panther single-season home run record with nine blasts in 1987, a mark he still shares with three other hitters, and he is still tied for second on the all-time home run list.
Prentiss helped Plymouth State to a record of 57-34 from 1985-87 under coach Dennis McManus, with three straight ECAC post-season berths. His career batting average of .365 is still the 13th-highest in the program’s 63-year history, and fifth-best among those batters with at least 100 hits.
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