University to induct six into Athletic Hall of Fame
Baldwin City, Kan. — Six former Wildcat standouts — Bob Courtney, Bill White, Fred Purvis, Brad Roepke, Terry Roepke and Jessica Walters Ohlde — will be inducted into the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 22, during a ceremony at the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park, Kan. The inductees will be recognized at halftime of Baker’s football game against Graceland at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.
Established in 1977, the Hall of Fame is in the rotunda at the Collins Center on the Baldwin City campus.
Here’s a look at the Hall of Fame Class of 2010:
Bob Courtney, ’57, was a four-year letter winner in basketball and track. He ran the high and low hurdles and was the conference champion in the high jump as a senior. Courtney spent most of his career teaching math at Baker University, serving several years as the University’s athletic representative.
Bill White, ’59, came from a successful junior college career and lettered for two years in football, basketball and track. In football, White played quarterback and led the Wildcats to the 1958 conference championship. In 1958, he was named to the All-Methodist All-American first team and was a second-team all-conference pick in basketball. He spent much of his career in coaching and school administration.
Fred Purvis, ’70, was a four-year letter winner in football and baseball. He started on defense at safety in football. He had a career .400-plus batting average and was a four-time all-conference selection and all-district 10 and NAIA All-American his junior and senior years. He enjoyed a long career in amateur softball, where he played on numerous local championship teams, participated in national tournaments and was a member of a national championship coed team. He worked as an assistant for home football games in the press box for more than 20 years at Baker.
Brad Roepke, ’83, and Terry Roepke, ’85, brothers from Waterville, Kan., transferred to Baker after successful football careers at community colleges. At Baker they anchored a stingy defense for Coach Charlie Richard. Brad was a first-team all-conference defensive lineman in 1983 and the team’s outstanding defensive lineman in 1982 and 1983. Terry was an all-conference linebacker and team defensive captain in 1982 and 1983.
Jessica Walters Ohlde, ’01, is regarded as one of the greatest female athletes in University history, excelling in volleyball and track. Ohlde was a first-team all-HAAC performer in 1998 and 1999. She was honored as the team’s most valuable player in 1999, when she led the NAIA in kills per game with 5.2. In track, she was a conference champion in the triple jump and was named the track and field’s most valuable performer in 2000.
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