Herald Photo / Dean Hockney
HALL OF FAME  — Nine more are inducted into the Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame.
Herald Photo / Dean Hockney HALL OF FAME — Nine more are inducted into the Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame grew by nine on March 10 with the inclusion of the fourth induction class. 

The newest members to grace the hall are Bill Keaffaber, Dayton Merrell, Marsha Miller, Stan Rybolt, Rick Cardwell, DeWayne Ewing, Scott Robinson, Mark Klein Tuck, and Katie Hinkle Yohn as member of the 2017 induction class.

“We recognize those who have made a difference, had an impact or have led the way for others to follow,” said Athletic Director Dan Armstrong. “The hall of fame honors the accomplishments and contributions of these individuals who are examples for others to emulate.”
Bill Keaffaber

Keaffaber was inducted into the Gerald Hood Coaches Wing after serving as the boys varsity coach from 1962-1972. During his tenure, the Tigers were 111-93 with three conference championships. He was awarded the Gold Whistle by the Kokomo Tribune as the Most Outstanding Coach at the Kokomo Sectional in 1969 and 1970.

In addition to basketball, Keaffaber was the boys golf coach from 1966-1972. A two-time conference champ, the Tigers won the 1971 squad won the Muncie Central Sectional and placed 11th in the IHSAA State Finals. He also was instrumental in bringing football to Northwestern in 1959 and served as the squad’s backfield coach until 1971.

“Bill once told me that he did not do anything outstanding as a coach,” said Armstrong. “He stated, ‘I just tried to do my best and what was best for kids.’ That is what makes him an inductee into the hall of fame. Doing what is best for kids will always put you to the forefront of the coaching and teaching world.”

Dayton Merrell

Merrell was inducted into the Gerald Sullivan Contributors Wing but could have just as easily been inducted as an athlete. Merrell earned four varsity letters with the Tigers – two each in basketball and baseball. He was the co-captain of the 1955 squad that won the basketball program’s first sectional title – a 64-62 overtime upset of Kokomo. He was named to the All-Sectional squad in 1954 and 1955 and the All-Regional Team in 1955. In baseball, he rocked pitchers with a .414 batting average during his senior campaign.
Marsha Miller

Miller earned induction into the Contributors Wing after spending nearly four decades working various sporting events. Armstrong said Miller has served as the official book scorekeeper, scoreboard operator, or announcer in girls basketball for 38 years, 24 years with the volleyball team an 13 years in boys hoops. 

It is estimated Miller has worked more than 2,240 games during her time at Northwestern, which includes middle school contests. Her efforts also earned her the 2017 Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association District 2 Distinguished Service Award. She retired from the Northwestern Middle School library in 2016 after 31-plus years.
Stan Rybolt

Much like Miller, Rybolt is a mainstay on the scorer’s bench, which earned him induction into the Contributors Wing. He has spent two decades working boys and girls basketball games as the official scorer. He is also a member of the football chain crew, Athletic Facilities Strategic Planning Committee and Northwestern Booster Club.

Armstrong estimates Rybolt has worked more than 1,300 basketball games, earning a state championship ring after the Tigers run in 2007. He earned the IISSS District 2 Distinguished Service Award in 2014.

“Stan is one of the most reliable, dedicated individuals a coach could ask for,” said boys head coach Jim Gish. “Stan has been by my side each of my 13 years and always has that encouraging word to say when things are a little rough. Stan is an integral part of the culture in our basketball program.”
Rick Cardwell

Rick Cardwell earned a spot in the Brent Graber/Brian Hemmerly Athlete Wing after earning 12 varsity letters in three-sports from 1988-1991. Cardwell was a member of two sectional championship teams – 1990 football (11-1) and 1990 wrestling.

A standout wrestler, Cardwell is one of five Tigers to earn more than 100 wins (112) in a career. He was a three-time Mid-Indiana Conference, four-time sectional, and two-time regional champion. His seventh-place finish at the 1991 IHSAA State Wrestling Finals is still the only medalist finish for a Tiger wrestler.

He also was stellar in football and track; he was an All-MIC defensive end in 1990 and won the MIC discus title his senior season. 
DeWayne Ewing

A two-sport standout, Ewing was inducted into the Athlete Wing after rewriting the football record-book. The 1998 graduate is the all-time football pass yardage leader in Northwestern history. He also played basketball before setting gridiron records at Butler University.

In football, he tossed 31 touchdowns as a junior and 27 his senior year. The All-State quarterback finished with 4,348 during his final two years, which earned him All-MIC First Team status.

Ewing was also a member of the 1998 conference and sectional champions in basketball. After winning the programs first regional title, the Tigers ended its run in the Class 2A Final Four. 

At Butler, Ewing still holds nine school records, including 7,743 yards in career total offense, 656 pass attempts, and 8,094 career passing yards.  He had 3,182 passing yards during the 2000 season, including a 497-yard performance against San Diego. He is also a member of the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame.
Scott Robinson

Much like Ewing, Robinson was a standout quarterback and was inducted into the Athletes Wing. Robinson earned 10 varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball and won three sectional titles.

In football, the Tigers won sectional titles in 1990 and 1992 and were the 1992 state runners-up after also winning regional and semi-state championships. With more than 5,000 career passing yards, Robinson was an All-State performer and a Mr. Football finalist following his senior campaign. 

“Scott Robinson was one of the most intelligent athletes that I ever had the opportunity to coach,” said Armstrong. “He was a tremendous student of the games he played and transferred that knowledge to the playing field.”

Robinson helped lead the baseball team to a 1992 sectional title. He played football at Taylor University until an injury ended his career.
Mary Klein Tuck

Tuck was part of the Klein family dynasty at Northwestern in golf and earned a spot in the Athletes Wing of the HOF. She earned six varsity letter, four in golf and two in softball from 1993-1997.

On the links, she still holds the school 18-hole record at four-under par and the nine-hole record with a two-under. Her round of 72 was the sixth best in IHSAA state tournament history, and her 151 was also the sixth best for 36-holes. She was a four-time All-MIC performer and twice was named All-State. She helped lead the Lady Tigers to four straight MIC team titles, two sectional championships, and three regional titles. Her squads finished 12th in the state in 1994, fourth in 1995, and were the IHSAA state runners-up in 1996. She also won sectional and regional medalist honors while finishing her career with a 78.2 stroke average.

Playing at Notre Dame, she was named the Irish MVP after the 1998-1999 season, and her 82.23 career stroke average was second best in team history at the time of her graduation. During her career, she tied for the lowest round in school history (71) and was second best in a 36-hole tournament (150).

Outside of school, she was the Howard County Junior Golf Tournament champion and was a medalist for the USGA Girls Junior Championship Qualifier. In 1998, she was crowned the Howard County Women’s Golf Tournament champion – a feat her two sisters also accomplished. Sister Crissy Klein is also a member of the NW Athletic Hall of Fame.
Katie Hinkle Yohn

Yohn was a three-sport athlete at Northwestern High School from 1999-2003 and earned a position in the Athletes Wing. She played volleyball, basketball, and track – but hoops are where she was best known.

“Being here tonight gave me the chance to reflect back these great days at Northwestern,” Yohn said on induction night. “It was fun to sit here and think about what I wanted to say, and I want to say thank you to the community and the school for planting a firm foundation for my life.”

She graduated as the second leading scorer (1,202 points) and top rebounder (713) in school history. She shot 51.4-percent from the field, and her 77.9-percent from the free throw line is still a school record. During her career, the Lady Tigers won four MIC titles and three sectional championships. The three-time All-MIC performer was selected for the prestigious Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top 40 workout following her senior season. She also was named Academic All-State her senior year and earned nine Academic All-MIC honors. Hinkle was also a member of the 2000 volleyball sectional championship squad.

She continued her basketball career at Indiana Wesleyan University and finished with a 124-22 record. The two-time Academic All-American helped lead the Wildcats to a perfect 38-0 record her senior season while winning the NAIA Division II national championship – the first team to win the title with an unblemished record.