Inducted 1997. All-Stater in Volleyball, Basketball. Wend 354-31 on Teams During Prep Career.
Hessing was one of the many outstanding female athletes who helped Quincy Notre Dame dominate girls sports throughout the state during the early 1980s.
A 1983 graduate, she was a four year letter winner in three sports, and she won seven medals in IHSA competition – a first and third in volleyball, a first, second and third in basketball and two firsts in softball. The Lady Raiders compiled a remarkable 354-31 record in those three sports during Hessing’s four years.
As a volleyball player, she was twice named the team’s most valuable defensive player and was named a Chicago Suburban Tribune All-Stater. During her senior season in basketball, she was named to the All-State first team by the Associated Press and United Press International.
Hessing went on to star in all three sports at Quincy College, and she was honored during her senior year as the Mart Heinen Club Athlete of the Year. She helped QC to its first trip to the NAIA national tournament in volleyball. In basketball, she was an Academic All-American as a senior and helped the Lady Hawks win three NAIA District 20 championships. In softball, she helped QC place second in 1984 and then finish first in 1985 at the NAIA national tournament.
Hessing went on to play briefly for the Illinois Knights of the Women’s Basketball Association professional league. She currently plays for the Instant Replay slow-pitch softball team that won the National Softball Association Class A World Series in 1995. She was named the tournament’s most valuable player that year.
Hessing still resides in Quincy and is employed by the Adams County Youth Home as a detention officer.