ALL SPORTS: 18th Sports Hall of Fame Class to be Inducted at George Fox on Sept. 14

NEWBERG, Ore. – Three athletes, a basketball coach from a century ago, the most successful women’s soccer team to date, and two loyal supporters who sent four children to compete for Bruin teams comprise the George Fox University Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013, which will be inducted in ceremonies on the Newberg campus on Saturday, Sept. 14.

 

Forming the Class of 2013 are athletes Eric Bell (baseball 2001-03), Gary Blackmar (football, men’s basketball, and men’s track and field 1964-68), and Becci Harper (women’s basketball and women’s track & field 1995-1997), Coach Russell Lewis (men’s basketball 1913-14, 1915-21), Dr. Alvis & Barbara Forbes (meritorious service), and the 1998 women’s soccer team.  This will be the 18th group selected by the Sports Hall of Fame Committee. 

 

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 third year in a row for the Sports Hall of Fame ceremonies to be held in the fall; the first 15 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, and must be purchased in advance; there will be no ticket sales at the door.  Tickets will be mailed if purchased far enough in advance.  To purchase tickets, please contact Mary Monahan in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations by calling 503-554-2131, or via e-mail at mmonahan@georgefox.edu.

 

GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY SPORTS HALL OF FAME - CLASS OF 2013

 

ERIC BELL

Baseball 2001-03

 

One of the hardest-hitting players ever to don a Bruin baseball uniform, Eric Bell excelled both on the field and in the classroom for three years at George Fox.  He was a 2003 American Baseball Coaches Association / Rawlings NCAA Division III First Team All-American at first base and a First Team All-West Region first sacker in 2003 after earning Second Team All-West Region honors as a designated hitter in 2002.  A three-time First Team All-Northwest Conference player as a designated hitter in 2001-02 and at first in 2003, he was the NWC “Player of the Year” as a senior after batting .390 and ranking 8th nationally in home runs per game (0.39) and 19th in RBI per game (1.39).  In the NWC that season, he ranked 1st in RBI (61), home runs (17), and total bases (121), 2nd in runs (47), 3rd in batting average (.390), and 5th in doubles (13).  He was a Verizon / CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team and Academic All-District VIII selection in both 2002 and 2003.   In George Fox career stats, he ranks 2nd in home runs (36) and walks (91), 3rd in on-base pct. (.511), 4th in runs batted in (151) and slugging pct. (.743), 6th in total bases (324), 7th in batting average (.392) and doubles (45), 8th in hit by pitches (19), 13th in runs (127), 14th in hits (121) and 17th in at bats (436).

 

GARY BLACKMAR

Men’s Football, Basketball, Track and Field 1964-68

 

Gary Blackmar was one of the most versatile athletes ever to compete for the Bruins.  In football, he was named the team’s Most Valuable Defensive Back as a cornerback and Most Inspirational Player three straight years.  He served as team captain in 1967, and was invited to try out for the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts in 1968.  He was a four-year basketball player and three-time team captain for the Bruins as they moved into the NAIA in 1965.  He led the Bruins in scoring for three straight seasons (303 pts/10.8 ppg in 1965-66, 410 pts/15.8 ppg in 1966-67, and 321 pts./14.0 ppg in 1967-68), and was the leading rebounder in 1966-67 (295 reb/11.8 rpg).  He ranks 10th on the George Fox all-time list in rebounds (740 rebounds in 96 games, 7.7 rpg) and 18th in points (1,215 in 96 games, 12.7 ppg).  His rebounding average of 11.8 per game in 1966-67 ranks as the 7th-best average in a season.  He was the team’s Most Inspirational Player and was named to the Oregon Collegiate Conference All-Star Team as a senior.  In track and field, he led the team in points all four years and was named team MVP three times.  He established school records in the high jump (6-1) and the 110-yard high hurdles (15.1), both since broken. 

 

BECCI HARPER

Women’s Basketball/Track & Field 1995-1997

 

A two-sport star in women’s track and field and basketball at George Fox, Becci Harper became the third Bruin athlete to repeat as a national champion when she captured back-to-back javelin titles and All-America honors in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championships in 1996 and 1997.  She established the George Fox javelin record in 1996 with a throw of 156-11.  In basketball, she received honorable mention for All-Northwest Conference in 1995-96 and was an All-NWC First Team selection in 1996-97.  She scored the winning basket in the waning seconds as the Bruins upset the NAIA’s No. 1 ranked team, Western Oregon University, early in the 1995 season.  In her two seasons, she scored 706 points in 50 games (14.1 ppg), grabbed 450 rebounds (9.0 rpg), and made 64 three-point field goals, leading the team in that category both years.  

 

RUSSELL LEWIS

Coach, Men’s Basketball 1913-14, 1915-21

 

In six seasons of coaching, Russell Lewis posted the second-best winning percentage (.698) among all George Fox men’s basketball coaches.  Lewis’ teams went 44-19, starting with an 8-3 mark in 1913-14.  After relinquishing the reins of the program for a year, he returned to guide the Bruins to 11-2 and 10-2 records in 1915-16 and 1916-17.  His 1916-17 team beat Oregon State University 35-24 and captured the Willamette Valley League championship.  He closed out his coaching career with a 6-3 record in 1920-21 as the Bruins again won the WVL crown.  He was the head of the English department for more than 30 years (1912-35 and 1940-49).

 

DR. ALVIS & BARBARA FORBES

Meritorious Service

 

Dr. Alvis Forbes and his wife Barbara were loyal Bruin supporters who sent four children to George Fox who all became All-America and/or Academic All-America athletes: daughter Amy (volleyball, track and field 1997-2001), daughter Colleen (cross country, track and field 1998-2002), daughter Michelle (track and field 2000-04, assistant track and field coach 2005-12), and son Ryan (track and field 2005-09).  The Forbes regularly traveled from their home in Wyoming to watch the Bruins compete, never missing the numerous national championship meets in which their children participated.  He became an “unofficial” team doctor, assisting the George Fox athletic training staff in tending to the aches, pains, and unexpected injuries of the track team whenever needed.  A man who loved God, his family, athletics and George Fox University, it was his caring and giving nature to always offer a helping hand in whatever way he could.  A member of the U.S. military, the first place he went upon returning from the Middle East for the last time in 2005 was to a George Fox volleyball match to reunite with Ryan and Michelle.  The Forbes had planned to move to Newberg to become a permanent member of the community when Alvis unexpectedly passed away on Oct. 1, 2007, while on the way back to Wyoming from George Fox.

 

1998 WOMEN’S SOCCER

 

With an overall record of 15-4-2 and a second-place finish in the Northwest Conference at 11-3-2, the 1998 George Fox women’s soccer team established several school records.  The Bruins received an at-large bid to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Pacific Northwest Regional, becoming the first George Fox team to reach the regionals.  George Fox was ranked 10th in the NAIA at end of the regular season, the program’s highest ranking ever.  The team set school records for consecutive wins (7), consecutive games without a loss (14, with two ties), wins (15), winning percentage  (.762), fewest goals allowed (15), and shutouts (9).  Forward Karli Holub and defender Beth Liljenberg received NAIA All-America honorable mention.  Holub, Liljenberg and midfielder Sarah Bowder were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Northwest Region First Team, and forward Jen Overstreet was Second Team.  Holub, Liljenberg, and Bowder were All-NWC First Team selections, and defender April Sterhan was Second Team.  Holub set season records for goals (15) and points (37), and goalkeeper Meghan Gibson ranked 4th nationally with a school-record goals-against average (0.62) while setting a season record for shutouts (9).  Coach Byron Shenk was the Northwest Conference Coach of the Year and the NSCAA/Adidas NAIA West Region Coach of the Year.

 

Team members: Head coach Byron Shenk, assistant coach Tim Tsohantaridis, goalkeepers coach Todd Williams, Sarah Bowder, Shannon Clinton, Valerie Cole, Katrina Crabb, Megan Diefenbaugh, Meghan Gibson, Karli Holub, Ashleigh Hughes, Darla Imhausen, Beth Kahut, Beth Liljenberg, Kelly McCabe, Katie McCoy, Noelle Miller, Erin Oates, Jen Overstreet, April Sterhan, Annie Walsh, Kyla Yokers.

6:00 PM March 26
Women's Lacrosse
vs. Oberlin
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 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
Final March 07
Women's Basketball
W, 67-49 vs. Puget Sound
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Final March 07
Softball
W, 5-3 at Linfield
Final March 07
Baseball
W, 16-5 at Whitworth
Final March 07
Women's Lacrosse
W, 11-4 vs. Puget Sound
Final March 07
Men's Tennis
W, 9-0 vs. Linfield
Final March 07
Softball
L, 3-0 at Linfield
Final March 07
Baseball
L, 2-1 at Whitworth
Final March 07
Women's Tennis
L, 9-0 at Linfield
March 07
Track & Field
Final at Linfield Ice Breaker