PSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct six new members

Class of 2012 to be enshrined on Oct. 13

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University will honor its athletic heritage this fall when six new members are enshrined into the PSU Athletic Hall of Fame

            This year’s honorary festivities, set for Saturday, Oct. 13, will mark the 28th group to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame.  The contingent honors the best of Panther athletics over the last four decades, representing the sports of basketball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.

             The 2012 inductees are:

* Cheryl Chase Peabody (‘85), former Panther women’s basketball player and captain who has coached high school and youth basketball and volleyball in New Hampshire for a quarter century.

* Nate Kittredge (‘05), former four-time All-New England wrestler and a two-time New England champion and NCAA qualifier who is the only wrestler in school history to record 100 victories (105-23).

* Kelly Landry (‘06), a four-time First Team All-Little East Conference volleyball player who recorded more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs and led the team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance.

* Kelsey MacDonald (‘07), former two-sport all-star for PSU who was two-time All-Conference in soccer and earned three straight Player of the Year honors in lacrosse while setting NCAA national records.

* Magnus (Eriksson) Thelning (’02), former soccer All-American (2000) who was a three-time All-New England and four-time First Team All-Little East who led the Panthers to a pair of NCAA berths.

* Dave Webster, former Panther head coach in three sports, leading the men’s ice hockey and lacrosse teams to winning records for more than 20 years as well as women’s tennis for seven seasons.

            The Hall of Fame activities on Oct. 13th will include a breakfast reception at the PSU Welcome Center & Ice Arena and recognition at halftime of the PSU football game.  The evening events at The Common Man Inn in Plymouth, adjacent to the PSU campus, include a reception at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the induction ceremony at 7:00 p.m.  This year’s group increases the total number in the Hall since it began in 1985 to 160 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 For tickets or more information, call 603-535-2770. To register on-line for the Hall of Fame Weekend, click here.

               CHERYL CHASE PEABODY (’85):  A former four-year women’s basketball player and two-year captain at Plymouth State, Cheryl Chase Peabody was a leader on the Panther teams of the early 1980s under coaches Chris Rizzieri and Bonnie Foley.  Chase Peabody was a senior captain and third-leading scorer in 1984-85 when the Panthers finished with a 16-8 record, at the time the best record in school history.

               A native of Milton, N.H. (Nute HS), Chase Peabody has made her mark on coaching in the New Hampshire Seacoast area since graduating from Plymouth State.  She served nearly two decades as girls’ basketball coach at Farmington High School (1986-91, 1993-2007) as well as volleyball coach at Farmington (1985-92, 2003) and a stint as Athletic Director (1990-92). She was named Foster’s Daily Democrat Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1992.

               Chase Peabody also has been active on the youth sports scene.  She was an AAU basketball coach for more than 20 years (1986-07) and was instrumental in the growth of the NHAAU, serving as the organization’s president in 1990.  She has been a coach and on the Board of Directors for NH Seacoast Volleyball since 2000, and has been involved with an elite travel volleyball team and girls basketball in Barrington since 2008.

               NATE KITTREDGE (’05) A four-time All-New England wrestler and two-time New England champion for Plymouth State in the early 2000s, Nate Kittredge enjoyed four outstanding seasons under coaches Dave Carlson and Donnie Perrin.  Kittredge won at least 23 matches every season and never lost more than eight, finishing with a sparkling career record of 105-23, the only wrester in school history to record 100 victories.

               A native of Vergennes, Vt., Kittredge broke onto the scene as a freshman in 2000-01, taking second place at the New England Championships at 197 pounds and finishing with a 26-6 record.  After a year off, Kittredge returned in 2002-03 to capture his first New England Championship at 184 pounds.  He qualified for the NCAA National Championships but an injury kept him from competing and he wound up with a 25-4 season record.

               Kittredge earned All-New England honors again as a junior, placing fourth at New Englands at 174 pounds and posting a 23-5 record.  He made the most of his final season in 2004-05, racking up a 31-8 record, capturing the New England championship at 184 pounds, and advancing to the NCAA National Championships.  Kittredge also won four regular-season tournament titles in his career and was a place-winner 10 times.

            KELLY LANDRY (’06):  A former all-star outside hitter for Plymouth State’s volleyball teams in the mid-2000s under coach Moira Long, Kelly Landry is one of the top all-around players in the program’s history. She was a four-time Little East Conference First Team All-Star, a former LEC Player of the Year, and is one of just two players in school history who recorded more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in their careers.

            A native of Nashua, N.H., Landry was a standout from the beginning, when she earned First Team All-Conference honors as a freshman in 2002 after helping the team to a 25-11 record and the program’s first ECAC post-season berth. She duplicated her efforts as a sophomore after helping the team return to the ECAC Tournament and post a 29-8 record. Landry blossomed as a junior in 2004, earning LEC Offensive Player of the Year honors after leading the team to a 28-12 record and its first Little East Conference Championship.  Landry was LEC Tournament MVP, leading PSU to the first NCAA Tournament berth in program history.

            Landry went on to earn her fourth straight All-LEC First Team selection as a senior in 2005 after helping the Panthers to a 23-17 mark and their fourth straight post-season appearance.  Landry set PSU records for career kills (1,691) and digs (1,735), and still ranks second in both categories.  She owns school standards for service aces in a match (16) and kills in a season (560).

            KELSEY MACDONALD (’07) A former four-year starter in two sports at Plymouth State, Kelsey MacDonald was a two-time All-Conference selection in soccer but will be most remembered for her achievements in lacrosse.  She was a three-time Little East Conference Lacrosse Player of the Year and set NCAA Division III national records for ground balls and caused turnovers while helping the Panthers to a four-year mark of 57-17.

            A native of Oak Bluffs, Mass., MacDonald was a star midfielder for PSU Lacrosse, beginning with her freshman season in 2004 when the team won its first 17 games, including the New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Regional final before finishing 17-1.  This was the first of four post-season appearances for PSU during MacDonald’s career in a Panther uniform, including an LEC Championship and another NCAA Tournament berth in 2006 and ECAC Tournament Championships in 2005 and 2007. 

            MacDonald was a dominant player all over the field, winning draws, causing turnovers and scoring goals against opponents bigger than her. She was an All-Region selection in 2006 and was named Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year once and Defensive Player of the Year twice.  MacDonald still holds NCAA Division III career records for ground balls (387) and caused turnovers (222) and ranks second in draw controls (313).  She established all PSU standards for ground balls and draw controls, and ranks fourth on the school’s career scoring list with 156 goals, 56 assists and 212 points.

               MAGNUS (ERIKSSON) THELNING (’02):  A former All-American sweeper for the Plymouth State men’s soccer team, Magnus Eriksson Thelning was a four-year standout for the Panthers under coaches Shawn Griffin and Keith Byrnes.  He was a three-time All-New England selection and helped the Panthers to a combined record of 58-21-2 and four straight post-season berths, including two NCAA Tournament appearances, two ECAC Tournaments and one ECAC championship.

               A native of Arjang, Sweden, Thelning earned First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-New England honors as a freshman in 1998 for a Panther team that was ranked as high as 10th in the nation in Division III and advanced to the NCAA Regional Final, finishing with a 17-1-2 record.  He led the team to 12 shutout victories, including seven in a row, and helped prevent no more than one goal in a game until the regional final.

               Thelning went on to be named Third Team All-America, First Team All-New England and Little East Conference Player of the Year as a junior in 2000, after leading the Panthers to the LEC regular season and tournament championships and a berth in the NCAA National Tournament. He capped his career as a senior with his fourth straight First Team All-LEC honor and Second Team All-New England selection, leading the Panthers to the ECAC Championship.  While defense was his calling card, Thelning also contributed six goals and seven assists in his 78-game career.

                DAVE WEBSTER:  A former head coach for three Plymouth State sports teams, Dave Webster served more than 20 years as Panther men’s ice hockey and men’s lacrosse coach in addition to seven seasons as women’s tennis coach.  Webster led the three programs to a combined record of 382-308-17 over his 21-year career and retired as the all-time winningest coach of all three programs.

               A longtime resident of Moultonborough, N.H., Webster took over the Panther ice hockey program in 1976 and guided the team for 20 seasons, accumulating a record of 208-172-16 with five ECAC post-season berths.  He led the 1985-86 team to a berth in the ECAC Championship game and a 19-7 record, which still exists as the program standard for wins in a season.  He coached the men’s lacrosse team to a 129-113 record in 21 years as coach (1978-98), including an 11-6 mark his final season that was one win shy of the school record for victories in a season.  He also posted a 45-23-1 mark in seven seasons (1989-95) as women’s tennis coach, including a 9-3 mark in 1990 that matched the school record for wins in a season that lasted until 2011.

               Webster also started the varsity lacrosse program at Laconia High School and led the team to three state titles, and he was the recipient of the Walter Smith Coaches Award from the New Hampshire Union Leader. Six of Webster’s former Plymouth State athletes have been inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. 

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