University to Induct Six into Athletic Hall of Fame

Baker
University issued the following news
release:

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.

Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Director, 785/594-8330

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