Thursday, January 13th, 2011 - 10:47 am

Peregrines Hall of Fame Inductees

4 inducted into PUC Athletic Hall of Fame

Four members of Purdue Calumet’s proud sports past are the newest inductees of the Purdue Calumet Athletic Hall of Fame.

Honored at the Jan. 22 induction—during halftime of the Purdue Calumet-St. Xavier men’s basketball game—were 1990s basketball players Matt Blower, Rita Harper, Jaime Muskin and Dan Penn.

“This is a great time to celebrate four of the best student-athletes in Purdue Calumet athletic history,” Athletic Director Bob Bunnell said. “These four individuals not only excelled individually, but were also a part of some of PUC’s most successful teams.”

The 2010-11 Inductees

Matt Blower – Men’s Basketball (1994-98)
Blower is Purdue Calumet’s all-time men’s scoring leader with 2,061 points in his four-year career. He also ranks first in career steals (284) and free throw percentage (84.5 percent). Blower led PUC’s then Lakers to 60 victories, including the 1994-95 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. He also was named an NAIA All-America honorable mention in 1996-97.

Rita Harper – Women’s Basketball (1996-99)
Harper distinguished herself as a model for student-athletes, earning NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete recognition in 1998-99. The 6-foot-1 center tallied 1,659 points and 659 rebounds in just three seasons, closing her career as the No. 3 scorer and No. 4 rebounder in Purdue Calumet women’s team history. During her career, PUC won 68 games and two Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles.

Jaime Muskin – Women’s Basketball/Volleyball (1994-98)
Two-sport standout Muskin rewrote the school’s volleyball record book, setting 14 university records on her way to NAIA All-America honorable mention honors in 1996 and ‘97. The Munster High School product played on teams that earned 80 volleyball victories and 70 more on the basketball court, where she was an offensive and defensive standout.

Dan Penn – Men’s Basketball (1992-97)
Penn led Purdue Calumet to 65 victories in his four-year career, including the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship in 1994-95. He also earned CCAC Player of the Year recognition and garnered multiple NAIA All-America honorable mention honors. Penn finished his career with 2,056 points and still owns the school’s all-time marks for field goals, three-point field goals and assists.

The PUC Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 2008 with the induction of longtime athletic director and Purdue Calumet supporter John Friend. The 1995-96 women’s basketball team was inducted in 2008-09. The induction class of 2009-10 was comprised of basketball players Ed Blackmon and LeeAnn DeYoung, longtime coach/athletic director Bob Hayes, men’s basketball coach Larry Liddle and soccer player Rod Weingart.

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