Michael Axel ’89, a 1985 graduate of East Noble High School in Kendallville, Indiana, was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
Axel was a three-sport athlete who won nine varsity letters, according to a KPCnews.com report.
He was a four-year starter and four-year letter winner in tennis, where he played No. 1 singles as a senior. On the tennis squad, he won 49 varsity matches over four years. He was named first team all-conference, and first Team All-Area and named Team MVP in his junior year in 1983.
He was a two-year basketball starter and letter winner for the Knights. He led the Knights in scoring and steals during his junior campaign, the Knights won back-to-back sectional championships in 1984 and 1985.
He also excelled on the baseball team. He was a varsity player for four years and a three-year letter winner, starting at second base for three seasons. He was a vital member of three sectional title teams in 1982, 1984, and 1985, a regional championship team in 1982, and conference championship teams in 1982, 1984, and 1985. As a senior, he was named co-MVP of the Knights, along with being on the first team all-conference and All-Area teams. In 1985, he broke the school record for hits in one season with 46.
At Wabash, Axel majored in economics, was a member of Delta Tau Delta and played on the baseball and basketball teams.
He was a four-year starter on the varsity baseball team at Wabash, and as a sophomore, was a member on the team that set a school record for most wins in a season. As a junior, he made the all-conference team and tied the school record for stolen base percentage.
His senior year, Axel played on three consecutive sectional championship teams (tennis, basketball, and baseball) and was team captain for all three teams.
Axel is the founder and president of AMI Investment Management, an investment advisory firm located in Kendallville. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Parkview Health System, Chair of the Parkview Health System Finance and Investment Committees, member of the board of Trustees at Trine University, and a board member of Oak Farm Montessori School.