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Eight to be Inducted Into OWU Athletic Hall of Fame,
Bruce to Receive George Gauthier Award


Sept. 30, 2009

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio Wesleyan University will induct 8 former Battling Bishop standouts — including 7 All-Americans — and bestow the George Gauthier Award upon Dale Bruce '52 during ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 3, during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

The 8 Hall of Fame inductees are:

[ Jeff Court ]• Jeff Court '91 was an All-America offensive lineman in football. The top blocker on the powerful Bishop teams of 1989 and 1990, he capped his career with first-team All-America honors on the Football Gazette and Champion teams. As a senior, he was a first-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference pick after Ohio Wesleyan ranked third in the nation in rushing offense (333.3 yards/game) on the way to a 9-1 record. As a junior, he was a first-team All-NCAC choice and a third-team All-America selection by the Football Gazette as the Bishops went 8-1-1 and missed a playoff bid on the final day of the season. He was a second-team All-NCAC pick as a sophomore. During his 4 years, the Bishops compiled a record of 28-11-1, shared the NCAC championship in 1989 and twice were ranked in the top 20 in NCAA Division III. Also an 8-time All-NCAC performer in the weight events, he placed second in both the shot put and discus in the NCAC outdoor meet and third in the shot at the indoor meet as the Bishops swept both championships in 1990. He was second in the shot put at both indoor and outdoor meets as a sophomore in helping the Bishops to the 1989 NCAC indoor title and a runner-up finish decided on the final race outdoors.

[ Mariah Dumanis ]• Mariah Dumanis '97 was an All-America defender in field hockey. A 4-time All-NCAC selection, she finished her career by receiving first-team All-America honors from the College Field Hockey Coaches Association. She won a starting spot on defense early in her freshman year and went on to win second-team All-NCAC honors, helping Ohio Wesleyan to a 12-4 record. The Bishops' 10-2 conference mark gave them their seventh straight NCAC title and Ohio Wesleyan played in the NCAA Division III playoffs that season. As a sophomore, she was a first-team All-NCAC and second-team all-region pick, and her junior year, she contributed 1 goal and 4 assists on the way to repeating as a first-team All-NCAC and second-team all-region selection, helping Ohio Wesleyan improve to 15-4 overall, win the NCAC title with an 11-1 mark, and return to the NCAA Division III playoffs. Her senior year, she scored 4 goals and was a first-team All-NCAC and first-team all-region pick as well as first-team All-America. During her career, Ohio Wesleyan went 46-24-2, winning 2 conference titles and making 2 NCAA playoff appearances.

[ Jim Ginsburg ]• Jim Ginsburg '66 was a North-South all-star game selection in men's lacrosse, one of the first Ohio Wesleyan men's lacrosse players to be so honored. He won the starting goalkeeper spot as a freshman and stopped 35 shots against Oberlin, an Ohio Wesleyan record which still stands. The 35 saves was the fourth-highest single-game total reported to the USILA that season. His 33 saves against Oberlin later that season is still the second-highest single-game figure in the Bishop record books. As a sophomore, he was an honorable mention All-Midwest selection. His junior year, he was a first-team All-Mideast selection by the Midwest Lacrosse Association. His total of 239 saves in 13 games set an Ohio Wesleyan season record that stood until 1995, and his .724 saves percentage also set a school record. He was named co-MVP of the team and voted a captain for 1966. As a senior, he ranked third in the MLA in saves percentage with an OWU-record .736. He was a first-team All-Midwest performer and was listed as the first-team goalie on the all-division team released by the USILA. His career total of 766 saves and his .706 saves percentage both set Ohio Wesleyan career records.

[ Eric Heise ]• Eric Heise '98 was an All-America and Academic All-America® selection in baseball. One of the key hitters on one of the most potent offensive teams in NCAA Division III, he won the starting rightfield spot and won second-team All-NCAC and honorable mention all-region laurels as a sophomore. He drove in 6 runs in the NCAC tournament championship game against Wooster, helping him make the All-NCAC tournament team. He batted .344 with 2 HR and 27 RBI that season as OWU went 32-15-1, won the NCAC championship and finished third in the NCAA regional tournament. As a junior, he moved to first base and won first-team All-NCAC and honorable mention all-region citations. He batted .376, hit 8 home runs and drove in 41 runs that year, helping OWU go 29-15-1 and finish third in the NCAA regional tournament. His senior year, he ranked second in the NCAC in batting with a .453 average, hit 12 home runs, and drove in 60 runs to rank third on the all-time OWU season list. He set an NCAA Division III record with home runs in 6 straight games that season. His 77 hits ranked second on the all-time OWU single-season list, as did his 138 total bases. He was first-team All-NCAC and all-region pick, a second-team All-America choice, and a first-team Academic All-America® selection. Ohio Wesleyan went 36-10-1 and finished as regional runner-up. His career batting average of .393 ranked sixth all-time at OWU, while his 22 home runs ranked fifth and his 13 triples tied the school record. During his 3 years, the Bishops were 97-35-3 (.730) with 3 NCAA playoff appearances and a conference championship.

[ Dave Maguire ]• Dave Maguire '98 was a 3-time All-America attacker and a 3-time selection as NCAC Player of the Year in men's lacrosse. As a freshman, he moved right into the starting lineup and scored 53 goals, ranking third on the OWU single-season list. He scored the game-winning goal with :02 to play in an NCAA quarterfinal win over RIT. He ranked third in the NCAC in goals and fifth in scoring, and was a first-team All-NCAC pick. He and teammate Darren McGurn became the first pair of freshmen to score 50 goals apiece in NCAA Division III history. Ohio Wesleyan was 13-4, won the NCAC title with a 5-0 record, and advanced to the national semifinals. His sophomore year, he tied the OWU record with 64 goals and added 21 assists, also setting an NCAC season record for goals and ranking second in scoring average. Ohio Wesleyan was 13-3, won the NCAC championship with a 5-0 mark, and advanced to the NCAC semifinals. He was a first-team All-America pick as well as NCAC Player of the Year. As a junior, he repeated as a first-team All-America, NCAC Player of the Year and first-team All-NCAC selection, and added Division III Attacker of the Year honors. He tied the OWU and NCAC season records with 64 goals and added 31 assists to lead the NCAC in scoring average. Ohio Wesleyan went 13-4, finished second in the NCAC at 4-1, and advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals. As a senior, he repeated as first-team All-America, NCAC Player of the Year and first-team All-NCAC. He again led the NCAC in goals with 44 and led the NCAC in scoring average as well. Ohio Wesleyan went 14-2, won the NCAC title and advanced to the NCAA semifinals. His career totals of 225 goals and 321 points set the OWU and NCAC career records. During his career, Ohio Wesleyan went 53-13, including a record of 19-1 in the NCAC, won 3 conference titles, and advanced to the NCAA semifinals 4 times.

[ Darren McGurn ]• Darren McGurn '98 was a 4-time All-America attacker who finished his career by receiving NCAA Division III Player of the Year and NCAA Division III Attacker of the Year honors. As a freshman, he moved right into the starting lineup and set an NCAC record with 63 goals (one short of the OWU record). He ranked third in the NCAC in scoring, and was named NCAC Player of the Year as well as third-team All-America. He and teammate Dave Maguire became the first pair of freshmen to score 50 goals apiece in NCAA Division III history. Ohio Wesleyan was 13-4, won the NCAC title with a 5-0 record, and advanced to the national semifinals. His sophomore year, he compiled 48 goals and 33 assists, ranking third in the NCAC in goals and fourth in scoring average. He was a first-team All-America and All-NCAC selection as Ohio Wesleyan was 13-3, won the NCAC championship with a 5-0 mark, and advanced to the NCAC semifinals. As a junior, he repeated as a first-team All-America and first-team All-NCAC selection. He totaled 35 goals and 30 assists to tie for third in the NCAC in goals and rank fifth in scoring average. Ohio Wesleyan went 13-4, finished second in the NCAC at 4-1, and advanced to the NCAA Division III semifinals. As a senior, he was named Division III Player and Attacker of the Year as well as first-team All-NCAC. He ranked second in the NCAC in goals and scoring average with 40 goals and 21 points. Ohio Wesleyan went 14-2, won the NCAC title and advanced to the NCAA semifinals. His career total of 186 goals ranked second all-time at OWU, while his 290 points was third all-time. During his career, Ohio Wesleyan went 53-13, including a record of 19-1 in the NCAC, won 3 conference titles, and advanced to the NCAA semifinals 4 times.

[ Kristen Sherrill ]• Kristen Sherrill '96 was an All-America selection in both singles and doubles in women's tennis. A 3-time pick as North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year, she took over at top of Bishop lineup her sophomore year, going 19-1 at No. 1 singles and 20-0 at No. 1 doubles, helping Bishops to best-ever 15-2 record going into the NCAC tournament. She was ranked No. 17 in singles and No. 13 in doubles by Rolex but did not a receive bid to NCAA tournament, was named NCAC Player of Year, and was a first-team all-conference pick in both singles and doubles. During her junior year, she competed in Rolex tournament in the fall and finished seventh in the national doubles tournament. She started spring season with losses to Temple, Providence, and Baylor but won her first 14 matches against Division III foes. She was selected for the NCAA singles tournament and advanced to second round. She repeated as NCAC Player of Year and was a first-team all-conference pick in both singles and doubles after finishing with a 15-5 singles record and a 16-3 doubles mark, with the team finishing with a 14-5 record and advancing to the NCAC championship match for the first time. Her senior year, she was part of the Rolex Ohio champion doubles team and advanced to the Rolex national doubles tournament, where the Bishops advanced to the finals. She mowed through the competition in the spring, winning her first 18 matches at No. 1 singles and her first 20 at No. 1 doubles, and received NCAA bids in both singles and doubles. She advanced to the national semifinals in singles, losing to the eventual champion, and moved to the quarterfinals in doubles, again losing to the eventual national champion, to receive All-America honors in both singles and doubles. She again repeated as NCAC Player of Year and was a first-team all-conference pick in both singles and doubles as the team finished with a 13-7 record and finished third in NCAC tournament. Her career record was 54-7 at No. 1 singles and 57-4 at No. 1 doubles.

[ Shelly Smart ]• Shelly Smart '96 was an All-America selection in doubles in women's tennis and was a 4-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference choice in singles and 3-time pick in doubles. She played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles her freshman year, going 12-8 in singles and 10-9 in doubles on the way to second-team All-NCAC laurels in singles. The Bishops were 11-9 and finished sixth in the NCAC tournament. Her sophomore year, she was 12-4 at No. 2 singles going into the NCAC tournament. She was part of the No. 1 doubles team that went 20-0 at No. 1 doubles, helping Bishops to a best-ever 15-2 record going into NCAC tournament. She received second-team All-NCAC honors in singles and first-team in doubles. The doubles team was ranked No. 13 by Rolex but did not receive bid to NCAA tournament. Her junior year, the No. 1 doubles team finished seventh in the Rolex national doubles tournament. She improved to 13-5 at No. 2 singles and won the only match she played at No. 1 singles, and went 16-3 at No. 1 doubles, including losses to Temple and Baylor to start the spring season. In a match against Denison, she came back after losing the first set at No. 2 singles to win the match, giving OWU 5-4 win for its first win over Denison since 1979. She was a first-team all-conference pick in both singles and doubles as the team finished with 14-5 record, advancing to NCAC championship match for the first time. As a senior, she was part of the Rolex Ohio champion doubles team and advanced to the Rolex national doubles tournament, where Bishops advanced to the finals. She compiled a record of 11-6 at No. 2 singles and won her first 20 at No. 1 doubles, receiving an NCAA bid in doubles, where the Bishops moved to the quarterfinals, losing to the eventual national champion, to receive All-America honors. She received second-team All-NCAC honors in singles and first-team in doubles as the team finished with 13-7 record and finished third in NCAC tournament. Her career record was 50-26 in singles and 67-12 at No. 1 doubles.

The 2009 class of inductees is the 49th to be inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame and the 34th to include women.

The George Gauthier Award honors graduates of Ohio Wesleyan University for exemplary, widely recognized and sustained contributions to the Ohio Wesleyan athletics department, as an undergraduate on the playing fields, in the classroom, and as an alumnus providing lifelong support, interest and leadership. The award also honors those who, through their acts of unselfish involvement, personify "Service Above Self." Gauthier served as Ohio Wesleyan's athletics director from 1921-55. He was the Battling Bishops' football coach from 1921-46, the Bishops' men's track & field coach from 1922-55, and the men's cross country coach from 1955-58.

[ Dale Bruce ]An end on the Battling Bishop football team, Bruce led the team in receptions during his junior and senior seasons. He compiled 255 receiving yards during a game against Case his senior year, a total which was later recognized as a national small-college record. He went on to receive first-team Little All-America honors from the Associated Press that year. Bruce also lettered in baseball and played basketball during his Ohio Wesleyan career, and was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame in 1965. Ohio Wesleyan's annual student-athlete academic recognition event is called the Dale J. Bruce Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner in his honor.