Franklin Announces 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

2018 Hall of Fame inductees (L-R) Darrel Heuchan, Katie Tewell Brinker and Robert Schafstall
2018 Hall of Fame inductees (L-R) Darrel Heuchan, Katie Tewell Brinker and Robert Schafstall

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College athletic department is pleased to announce the addition of the three newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame

Former student-athletes Darrel Heuchan and Katie (Tewell) Brinker are joined by friend of the athletic department Robert Schafstall in making up the 2018 class. The three will be inducted into the hall of fame on Thursday, Sept. 27 as part of the homecoming week festivities.

Heuchan, Class of 1978, was born and raised in Franklin before choosing to continue his playing career as a member of both the men's basketball and baseball teams. On the hardwood, he was a four-year letter winner, helping the Grizzlies reach the NAIA District 21 championship game all four years and becoming the only player in program history to start four district championship games.

A versatile, hard-nosed player that excelled on defense and in the rebounding game, Heuchan helped the Grizzlies to district titles in 1976 and 1978, the first two NAIA national tournament appearances in school history. During his time with the Grizzlies, the team compiled a 68-32 record. As a senior, he was the recipient of team MVP, rebounding and clutch awards.

Tewell, Class of 2008, was a national star on the women's golf team and remains one of the most decorated student-athletes in this history of the college. A native of Greenwood, Ind., she was a three-time national tournament qualifier, a three-time All-America First Team selection, a two-time PING National Golf Coaches Association Player of the Year and a three-time HCAC Player of the Year and medalist.

Her 2008 season stands as one of pure dominance, culminating with a second-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship in Waverly, Iowa. Her four-day score of 297 at the event was three shots off the lead, and the only time all season she did not finish at the top of the leaderboard. In 2009, the HCAC honored her as Franklin College's Top Female Athlete from the previous decade.

After graduation, Tewell was chosen to represent Team USA in South Africa at the World University Championships, helping the team to a first-place finish. She is still an active player to this day, qualifying for the Symetra Tour in 2016 and winning three straight LPGA Women Who Play national championships.

Schafstall, Class of 1965, has been a loyal supporter of Franklin College athletic programs, serving as official timer for men's basketball games for 45 years, as a charter member of the Goaltenders Club and as an avid fan for contests both home and away.

He has provided generous gifts to the construction projects for Faught Stadium, McDowell Field and Behrens Field, but his loyal support of Franklin College has not been limited to the athletic programs. He has served as a college trustee since 1994, including as chair of the board's finance committee, and has been treasurer of the board since 2008. Schafstall is a member of the Founder's Circle, which recognizes some of the institution's most generous donors.

He holds an economics degree from Franklin and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University and was elected Franklin City Judge in 1971. After retiring from the position in 2012, the city of Franklin named the City Court chamber in his honor.

This year's three inductees will also be honored at halftime of the homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 28. Kick-off for the contest against Rose-Hulman is set for 1:30 p.m. from Faught Stadium