Kyle Benge, Geoff Scheetz enshrined in Huntington Hall of Fame
PLYMOUTH — Former Plymouth players and current PHS coaches Kyle Benge and Geoff Scheetz were among those recently inducted into the Huntington University Basketball Hall of Fame.
Benge and Scheetz joined the rest of the 2006 Huntington men’s basketball team as the only complete team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the school’s history on Saturday.
The 2006 Foresters were honored as the only squad in the university’s history to make it to an NAIA National Championship Game, clinching the Mid-Central College Conference title to earn an automatic bid to the national tournament en route to a 32-6 record, the second most wins in HU history.
The team led the NAIA Division II in free throw percentage by knocking down 78.8 percent of their charity tosses and finishing second in the nation in field goal percentage at 51 percent, fifth in 3-point field goal percentage at 40.8 percent and sixth in scoring margin at 12.3 points per contest.
Benge — who boasts Plymouth High School’s all-time scoring record with 1,979 career points — finished his college career with 1,659 points. The 2009 Huntington grad joined the 1,000 Point Club while still a junior, scoring 1,060 points in his first three years. As a senior, he averaged 18.7 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and a steal per game with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.53 with a 48.7-percent field conversion rate average from the field and 85.6 percent average at the free throw line.
While at Plymouth, Benge was an All-State selection and a McDonald’s All-American nominee. He also lettered three years in baseball, being named a Hoosier Diamond All-State player, and two years in tennis, where he was named First Team All-State both years.
Scheetz completed his career at Huntington University with 119 points, the majority of which came from 3-point range. In his final year in 2008-09, he scored 50 points, including 16 three-pointers at a 40-percent clip, while totaling 18 assists, three steals and 13 rebounds.
In his senior season at Plymouth, Scheetz averaged 13 points, two assists and three rebounds a game, hitting 63 percent from the field — including a 38 percent rate from long range — and 80 percent at the stripe. He won the Free-Throw Award, received All-Northern Lakes Conference Honorable Mention and was named to the Class 3A All-Tournament team after hitting five of his first six shots — all from beyond the arc — in the 2005 Class 3A state championship game.
Benge and Scheetz both graduated from Plymouth in 2005 after guiding the Pilgrims to a 22-4 state runner-up season as seniors, when the the team lost on a last-second shot to Washington in overtime of the 3A state finals, 74-72.
The duo was joined in the HU Hall of Fame Saturday by 2006 teammates Todd Dale, Kyle Ganton, Ben Haifley, James Haifley, Seth Lochmueller, Doug Sheckler, Steve Snider, Ryne Thornton, Chase Verba, Jared Yoder and All-American Alex Kock, as well as head coach Steve Platt, associate head coach Ty Platt, assistant coach Mark Green and student manager Rob Richards.