ALL SPORTS: 17th Sports Hall of Fame Class to be Inducted at George Fox on Sept. 15

NEWBERG, Ore. – Three outstanding male athletes, an entire team of female athletes, and the “voice” of Bruin athletics make up the George Fox University Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012, the 17th group selected by the GFU Sports Hall of Fame Committe, which will be inducted in ceremonies on the Newberg campus on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Forming the Class of 2012 are athletes Rob Wunder (men’s basketball 1972-74), Ryan Muñoz (1995-98), and Jon Newkirk (football, track and field, basketball and baseball 1962-66), the 1996 women’s track and field team, and long-time public address announcer and master of ceremonies Jim Jackson for meritorious service.

The festivities will begin with the induction ceremony at 3:00 p.m. in the Bauman Auditorium.  A reception for the inductees will follow at 4:30 p.m. in the Duke Atrium of the Stevens Center.  This is the second year in a row that the Sports Hall of Fame ceremonies to be held in the fall after the first 15 inductions were conducted during the winter.

The induction ceremony is free, but tickets will be required for the reception.  Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under.  Advance tickets may be purchased from the George Fox department of athletics, which will be mailed if purchased far enough in advance, but will otherwise be available at the door in Bauman Auditorium on the day of the ceremonies.  To purchase tickets, register online, or contact Mary Monahan in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 503-554-2134 or via e-mail at mmonahan@georgefox.edu.

Induction Ceremony Online Registration

2012 GEORGE FOX SPORTS HALL OF FAME

ROB WUNDER

Men’s Basketball 1972-74

Rob Wunder, a 6-5 forward/center, had one of the finest two-year careers of anyone to wear a George Fox uniform as he led the Bruins to two NAIA district playoffs in 1972-74 and earned two team MVP awards. The Seattle native averaged 16.2 points per game, 7.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists over his two seasons, finishing with 991 career points, 485 rebounds and 141 assists. At the time, those career totals ranked him second in rebounds, third in points, and fourth in assists in the Bruins’ NAIA history. In 1973, while averaging 13.7 points a game with a team-leading 265 rebounds, he led the Bruins to road wins over Linfield and Pacific in the district playoffs and to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time ever while earning NAIA District 2 honorable mention honors. In his senior year, he averaged a team-leading 18.9 points per game to finish with 567 points – at that time the most any Bruin had ever scored in a season. He was named to the All-NAIA District 2 First Team, the Little All-Northwest First Team (including all small college athletes) as voted on by a panel of 35 sportswriters, and was honorable mention for the United Press International All-West Coast Team, one of only three small-college players to receive that recognition on a team dominated by Division I athletes. While serving as an assistant coach for the Bruins in 1974-75, he completed his degree in physical education. He is a former Bruin Club committee member.

RYAN MUÑOZ

Baseball 1995-99

A fleet-footed center fielder and three-time team captain, left-handed swinging Ryan Muñoz led the NAIA in single-season hits (75) and runs (62) in 1999.  He established George Fox baseball records for career hits (257), runs (173), and at bats (693), and for single-season stolen bases (29). He set or tied career records for triples (8) and stolen bases (70), season records for hits (75) and runs (62), and single-game records of six hits (twice) and four stolen bases that have since been broken. He was caught stealing only three times in his career, an incredible .959 percentage. On other all-time charts, he stands fifth in total bases (336), 11th in walks (65), tied for 11th in doubles (36), 12th in batting (.371), and tied for 15th in runs batted in (107). He was honorable mention All-Cascade Conference as a freshman, then was named First Team All-Northwest Conference in 1996, 1997 and 1999 after missing all of 1998 with an injury. He is the Bruins’ co-record holder for at bats (7) in a game, and as a senior hit six home runs as the Bruins’ leadoff hitter. A right-hander when pitching, the Aloha, Ore., native also produced a 12-8 record with fives saves on the mound, tying for fifth all-time in saves and 15th in wins while ranking 12th in innings pitched (159.0).

JON NEWKIRK

1962-66 Football, Track & Field, Basketball, Baseball

At 5-8, Jon Newkirk was, pound for pound, one of the best athletes ever to don the George Fox colors. A natural who was blessed with speed, quickness, toughness and intelligence, he starred in football and track and field, played varsity basketball, and played one year of baseball  A stalwart on the football team from 1962-65, he played both offense and defense, taking part in almost every down for four years. He was a starting quarterback and occasional wide receiver on offense, and played safety on defense. He was elected as team captain all four years. In track, Jon held school records in the 880, the mile, and the two-mile run, according to Hall of Fame track coach Rich Allen. Since graduating, his career and life have exemplified what it means to be a George Fox graduate. He was a conscientious objector for two years during the Vietnam War, and spent most of his time in Southeast Asia conducting relief work operations. He later worked in New York assisting farmers and implementing farmers’ rights legislation. He has a PhD from Washington State University, and recently retired as a professor and agricultural economist from WSU.

1996 WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD

Led by seven NAIA All-Americans and 16 All-Northwest Conference performances, the 1996 George Fox women’s track and field team finished third in the conference and went on to an eighth-place finish in the NAIA National Championships. Two Bruins – Nancy Rissmiller in the high jump and Becci Harper with a school-record 156-11 in the javelin – were national champions. Kristin Oelrich, Liz Stephens, Rissmiller and Amy Redenius finished fourth in the 4x400 while setting a school record of 3:47.50. Stephens took fourth in the 400 hurdles and set the school record of 1:01.29 in the preliminaries. Leah Johanson in the javelin and Dawn Hartwig in the 3,000 each earned All-America honors with sixth-place finishes. Sharla Rhoades set a school record during the season with a 35-7.25 in the triple jump. All-NWC performers included Stephens in the 400 hurdles; Rissmiller in the half mile and high jump; Harper in the javelin; Redenius in the 100 and 200; Oelrich in the 400; Angela Linder in the 10,000; Oelrich, Heidi Haley, Rissmiller and Redenius in the 4x100; and Oelrich, Stephens, Rissmiller and Redenius in the 4x400.

Team members: Head coach Wes Cook, assistant coach John Luccio, assistant coach Scott Brown, assistant coach Dave Guzman, Karen Baltz, Rachel Barrong, Brooke Barton, Stephanie Bates, Stacy Baugh, Emily Bergman, Heidi Bergman, Celeste Beringer, Rima Butler, Cherish Carrol, Stephanie Castillo, Jennifer Christiansen, Heather Davis, Kara Erickson, Alexis Fernandez, Ellen Friberg, Heidi Haley, Becci Harper, Dawn Hartwig, Ruth Hinds, Leah Johanson, Jarae Kauffman, Keelie Keown, Rachel Lewis, Angela Linder, Debresha McDaniel, Alisha Mulkey, Kristin Oelrich, Rachel Powell, Julie Puckett, Amy Redenius, Sharla Rhoades, Nancy Rissmiller, Robin Ross, Jamie Schoepke, Dawn Sherman, Liz Stephens, Christa Sumner, Sandy Taylor, Rebekah Ulmer, Abby Vanlandingham, Val Vanlandingham, Micki Vargas.

JIM JACKSON

Meritorious Service

The “voice” of George Fox athletics almost continuously since 1975, Jim Jackson is a proven fan and a valued resource for staff, administration, players, coaches, alumni, students and fans of George Fox athletics. While a student-athlete on the soccer team, he began volunteering as an on-field course clerk and head finish line judge for home track meets. Upon graduation in 1974, he found an additional niche as an announcer for track and field and basketball. In 1986, he moved to Kansas to continue working in Christian higher education, but quickly picked up his role as volunteer again for track and field and as announcer for the men’s varsity basketball games with his return in 1990. While working first in student financial aid and later in development, he has become a fixture at Bruin home games, reliably and consistently filling the announcer’s chair, welcoming fans to the contests, giving a dynamic story of the game, and sending fans and students home at game’s end with a encouraging word and a welcome to the next home game. He has served as the narrator for several athletic development projects, including building new athletic fields and facilities. He also has emceed several on-campus activities such as graduation and fundraising events.

March 28
Track & Field
at Point Loma
March 28
Track & Field
GFU Rich Allen Invitational
March 28
Women's Golf
UCSC Invitational
@ Pacific Grove Golf Links, Pacific Grove, Calif.
12:00 PM March 28
Softball
at Willamette
12:00 PM March 28
Baseball
at Pacific Lutheran
2:00 PM March 28
Softball
at Willamette
3:00 PM March 28
Baseball
at Pacific Lutheran
March 29
Women's Golf
UCSC Invitational
@ Pacific Grove Golf Links, Pacific Grove, Calif.
12:00 PM March 29
Softball
vs. Linfield
12:00 PM March 29
Baseball
at Pacific Lutheran
2:00 PM March 29
Softball
vs. Linfield
3:30 PM April 02
Men's Tennis
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
6:00 PM April 02
Women's Lacrosse
at Pacific (Ore.)
April 03
Track & Field
at Stanford Invitational
April 03
Men's Golf
2015 Whitman College Invitational
@ Wine Valley Golf Course
12:00 PM April 03
Softball
vs. Whitworth
12:00 PM April 03
Baseball
vs. Puget Sound
2:00 PM April 03
Softball
vs. Whitworth
2:00 PM April 03
Baseball
vs. Puget Sound
3:30 PM April 03
Women's Tennis
at Pacific (Ore.)
April 04
Track & Field
at Linfield Jenn Boyman Memorial Invitational
April 04
Track & Field
at San Francisco State University Distance Carnival
April 04
Men's Golf
2015 Whitman College Invitational
@ Wine Valley Golf Course
11:00 AM April 04
Women's Tennis
vs. Willamette
12:00 PM April 04
Softball
vs. Whitworth
12:00 PM April 04
Baseball
vs. Puget Sound
12:00 PM April 04
Women's Lacrosse
at Linfield
1:00 PM April 04
Men's Tennis
vs. Willamette
2:00 PM April 04
Softball
vs. Whitworth
3:30 PM April 07
Baseball
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
5:00 PM April 08
Women's Lacrosse
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
April 11
Track & Field
Pacific Luau
@ Pacific University
April 11
Women's Golf
Northwest Conference Spring Classic
@ Lake Spanaway Golf Course, Tacoma, Wash.
April 11
Men's Golf
Spring Classic
@ Olympia CC, Olympia, Wash.
11:00 AM April 11
Women's Tennis
vs. Lewis & Clark
11:00 AM April 11
Men's Tennis
at Lewis & Clark
12:00 PM April 11
Softball
at Puget Sound
12:00 PM April 11
Baseball
at Lewis & Clark
2:00 PM April 11
Softball
at Puget Sound
3:00 PM April 11
Baseball
at Lewis & Clark
April 12
Women's Golf
Northwest Conference Spring Classic
@ Lake Spanaway Golf Course, Tacoma, Wash.
April 12
Men's Golf
Spring Classic
@ Olympia CC, Olympia, Wash.
12:00 PM April 12
Softball
at Pacific Lutheran
12:00 PM April 12
Baseball
at Lewis & Clark
12:00 PM April 12
Women's Tennis
vs. Linfield
1:00 PM April 12
Women's Lacrosse
at Puget Sound
1:00 PM April 12
Men's Tennis
at Linfield
2:00 PM April 12
Softball
at Pacific Lutheran
April 13
Track & Field
at NWC Multis
April 14
Track & Field
at NWC Multis
Final March 26
Women's Lacrosse
L, 11-8 vs. Oberlin
Final March 25
Softball
W, 6-5 at Schreiner
Final March 25
Softball
W, 5-0 at Schreiner
Final March 24
Softball
W, 6-2 at Concordia (Texas)
Final March 24
Softball
W, 4-0 at Concordia (Texas)
Final March 24
Men's Tennis
L, 5-4 at Chapman
March 24
Men's Golf
15th of 15 West Cup
@ Beaumont, Calif.
Final March 23
Women's Tennis
L, 5-3 vs. Wis.-Eau Claire
@ Hilton Head, SC
Spring Break Tournament
March 23
Men's Golf
14th of 15 West Cup
@ Beaumont, Calif.
Final March 22
Softball
W, 7-5 at Trinity (Texas)
Final March 22
Softball
W, 6-1 at Trinity (Texas)
Final March 22
Women's Tennis
W, 9-0 vs. Elmhurst
@ Hilton Head, SC
Spring Break Tournament
Final March 22
Baseball
W, 6-1 at Chapman
Final March 21
Women's Basketball
L, 83-63 vs. Thomas More
@ Grand Rapids, Mich. (Calvin College)
NCAA Tournament Championship Game
Final March 21
Baseball
L, 8-6 at Chapman
Final March 21
Baseball
L, 8-2 at Chapman
Final March 21
Men's Tennis
L, 6-3 at Vassar
March 21
Track & Field
Final at Westmont
March 21
Track & Field
Final at Lewis & Clark Spring Break Invitational
Final March 20
Women's Basketball
W, 70-58 vs. Montclair St.
@ Calvin (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
NCAA Tournament Final Four
Final March 20
Men's Tennis
W, 7-2 at Occidental
Final March 20
Baseball
L, 4-1 at Chapman
March 20
Track & Field
Final at Westmont Multis
Final March 19
Women's Lacrosse
W, 18-5 vs. Augsburg
Cancelled March 19
Women's Tennis
vs. Scranton
@ Hilton Head, S.C.
March 19
Track & Field
Final at Westmont Multis
Final March 18
Men's Tennis
W, 7-2 vs. Ozarks (AR)
Final March 18
Women's Lacrosse
W, 16-6 vs. Calvin
Final March 18
Baseball
L, 11-8 at Corban
Final March 16
Women's Tennis
L, 5-4 vs. Schreiner
Final March 16
Baseball
W, 4-0 vs. Whitman
Final March 16
Women's Lacrosse
W, 15-9 at Whitman
Final March 16
Men's Tennis
W, 8-1 vs. Schreiner
Final March 16
Baseball
L, 3-2 vs. Whitman
Final March 15
Baseball
W, 6-5 vs. Whitman
Final - 8 innings March 15
Softball
L, 8-7 at Lewis & Clark
Final March 15
Softball
W, 6-4 at Lewis & Clark
March 15
Women's Golf
1st of 7 George Fox Westbrook Invitational
@ Westbrook Village, Peoria, Ariz.
March 15
Men's Golf
5 of 7 Lewis & Clark Invitational
@ Heron Lakes GC, Portland Ore.
Final - 2OT March 14
Women's Lacrosse
L, 13-12 vs. Whittier
Final March 14
Women's Basketball
W, 78-63 vs. Calvin
@ Calvin (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
NCAA Tournament Elite 8
Final March 14
Women's Tennis
W, 6-3 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
March 14
Track & Field
Final at Indoor Nationals
March 14
Track & Field
Final Saints Open
@ Mt. Hood CC
March 14
Women's Golf
1st of 7 George Fox Westbrook Invitational
@ Westbrook Village, Peoria, Ariz.
March 14
Men's Golf
5 of 7 Lewis & Clark Invitational
@ Heron Lakes GC, Portland Ore.
Final - 5 innings March 13
Softball
W, 11-3 at Lewis & Clark
Final March 13
Men's Tennis
L, 7-2 at Pacific (Ore.)
Final - 5 innings March 13
Softball
W, 13-2 at Lewis & Clark
Final March 13
Women's Basketball
W, 77-73 vs. Texas-Dallas
@ Calvin (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
March 13
Track & Field
Final at Indoor Nationals
Final March 12
Women's Lacrosse
W, 17-11 vs. Ohio Wesleyan
Final March 10
Baseball
W, 9-6 vs. Lewis & Clark
Final March 09
Women's Lacrosse
W, 16-1 vs. St. Mary's (IN)
Final - 6 innings March 08
Softball
W, 9-1 vs. Willamette
Final March 08
Men's Tennis
W, 5-4 vs. Lewis & Clark
Final March 08
Softball
W, 7-5 vs. Willamette
Final March 08
Baseball
L, 2-1 at Whitworth
Final March 08
Women's Tennis
L, 9-0 at Lewis & Clark