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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