Athletes will be recognized for past achievements and honors in two separate events on Saturday in Terre Haute.

The first McMillan Award Reunion Dinner will be at St. George Social Center. Indiana State University will induct its 14th Athletics Hall of Fame class during a luncheon on campus.

Tickets are available for both events.

The McMillan reunion and dinner is sponsored by the Vigo County Education Foundation. Proceeds will be used to fund lifestyle grants for teachers and students.

The committee finalized plans for the dinner this week. Several past recipients of the award given to the top Vigo County male and female high school athletes plan to attend.

Two who plan to attend are former pro football players Tony McGee and Anthony Thompson. Some of the recipients will deliver remarks during the program.

Sports memorabilia and items — including a golf package — will be sold in a silent auction.

Bill Welch, longtime coach at Terre Haute Gerstmeyer and North high schools and Rose-Hulman, is one of the seven who will be honored at ISU.

He previously has been honored with induction into state and national track halls of fame and the Rose-Hulman Hall of Fame.

Others to be honored are football players Gerry Gluscic, Jim Brumfield and Bob Poss, runner Debbi Ramseyer, wrestler Doug Reifsteck and the late Roy Burris, who played basketball and baseball and competed in track.

The recipients:

Jim Brumfield — played football for Coach Jerry Huntsman from 1967 to 1969, finishing as the career leader in rushing with 1,998 yards and all-purpose yardage with 2,671. The Sycamores were 9-1 in 1968 when he set a single-season rushing record of 916 yards. He was drafted on the 10th round of the NFL draft in 1970 by New Orleans and also played with Pittsburgh in the pros.

Roy Burris — received all-state recognition in 1923 and 1924 after leading the basketball team in scoring both years. He set track marks in the 220-yard dash and 200-yard low hurdles races.

Gerry Gluscic — earned All-America and Missouri Valley Conference honors in football from 1977 to 1979. He was MVC Defensive Player of the Year in 1979 after setting a school record of 25 tackles for loss and was a third-team Associated Press All-American the same year after ISU finished 8-3. He recorded 211 tackles in his career and an ISU-record 53 tackles for loss.

Bob Poss — competed on the offensive line in football from 1969 to 1973 and has earned more honors as a high school coach. He was an honorable-mention All-America pick in 1971 and was named Sport Magazine College Athlete of the Month in 1972 in recognition of his athletic achievements and work in the community. He has been North Carolina coach of the year three times and recently was named the first coach at Brevard College.

Debbi Ramseyer — set records and qualified for NCAA competition in track and cross country from 1989 to 1993. She was the first female and the second ISU runner to qualify for the cross country national meet in 1992 and also was in the field the following year. She won the 5,000-meter race four times in the MVC Championships and twice earned academic All-America honors.

Doug Reifsteck — recorded a school-record 137 victories in wrestling from 1980 to 1984. He was ranked eighth at his weight his sophomore year and advanced to the quarterfinals in the NCAA meet. He tallied a school-record 46 victories in 1982 and won three tournaments. He qualified for the NCAA nationals three times and earned Academic All-America honors in 1983, finishing with a 3.99 grade-point average in business management.

Bill Welch — was a teacher and coach in the Vigo County School Corporation from 1951 to 1981 when he went to Rose-Hulman. He was the coach of the North cross country team that won the county’s first official IHSAA state championship in any sport in 1972. He was Indiana track coach of the year in 1968 when Gerstmeyer lost the state meet by one point and was national coach of the year in 1970. At Rose-Hulman, his teams won eight conference titles and individuals won five national titles and 33 NCAA Division III All-America honors.


n Tickets available — The ISU luncheon will begin with a reception at 11:30 a.m. in Tirey Hall. Tickets may be reserved at (812) 237-4444.

Inductees will be recognized at the ISU-Evansville men’s basketball game that begins at 3 p.m.

The McMillan Award dinner begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. in St. George Social Center. Tickets may be reserved by calling Jennifer Thomas at (812) 462-4077.