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Johns Hopkins to Add Nine To Athletic Hall of Fame

 

April 23, 2010

BALTIMORE, MD -- Johns Hopkins University will induct nine new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 1.  The nine-member class is the 16th to be inducted since the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame was formed in 1994 and raises the total number of members to 123.  The group will be honored at induction ceremonies scheduled to take place in the Bloomberg Center on the Johns Hopkins campus.  A reception honoring the inductees will begin at 6 pm with the formal induction ceremony following the reception.

Individuals interested in attending the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies can contact Amanda Kennedy in the Blue Jays Unlimited office to secure a reservation.  Kennedy can be reached by phone (410/516-6132) or email (kennedya@jhu.edu). 

Below is a look at the nine individuals who comprise the 2010 class of inductees for the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame.

Brian Berke – Class of 1969

Men’s Basketball

One of the truly prolific scorers in the history of the Johns Hopkins men’s basketball program, Brian Berke excelled as a three-year starter at guard for the Blue Jays from 1966-69.

A two-time team captain, Berke twice earned All-Middle Atlantic Conference honors as he garnered Honorable Mention status as a junior and Second Team honors as a senior.  He guided Johns Hopkins to the 1967-68 MAC South Regular Season Championship and an appearance in the MAC Championship game.

Berke concluded his career as the school record-holder in points scored (908), career scoring average (17.1) and field goal attempts (905).  More than 40 years after his career ended, he still ranks third in school history in career scoring average and eighth in field goal attempts.  He was the first player in school history to average 17.5 points per game in two different seasons and he remains one of just three players in school history to accomplish this feat.  He is also one of just two players to play before freshmen become eligible who ranks among the top 20 scorers in school history.

Berke scored 30 or more points three times in his career and his 37-point effort at Dickinson in 1969 remains the most ever scored by a JHU player in a road game.

 

John Christ – Class of 1999

Baseball

Few athletes in the history of the Johns Hopkins athletic program have accomplished more than John Christ both on the field and in the classroom.  He easily ranks among the all-time great “student-athletes” who have worn the Columbia Blue and Black.

In the classroom, Christ twice earned First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and was the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.  He remains one of just four athletes in school history (any sport) to twice earn First Team Academic All-America honors and he is one of the 35 JHU athletes who have earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship; he is the only baseball player to earn this prestigious award.

Christ’s accomplishments in the classroom are trumped only by his accolades as a standout outfielder and pitcher for the Blue Jay baseball team.  He garnered First Team All-America honors as a junior, was twice named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year and was a First Team All-Centennial selection four times.  He remains the only player in league history to earn player of the year honors twice or first team All-Centennial honors four times.

More than 10 years after graduating, Christ still holds JHU records for hits (232), home runs (35), RBIs (181) and at bats (550).  He also held JHU records for runs scored (163) and doubles (50) when he graduated and still holds single-season school records for batting average (.513), home runs (17), RBIs (73) and slugging percentage (.962).

Under normal circumstances, Christ’s efforts at the plate would stand out.  Christ, however, did all of this while also holding down a regular spot on the Blue Jay pitching staff.  He crafted an 18-7 career record with 15 complete games and 184 strikeouts during his career.  He still ranks among the top 10 in school history in career strikeouts.

Christ helped guide Johns Hopkins to a four-year record of 115-47-1 (.709), two Centennial Conference titles, two UAA Championships and two trips to the NCAA Playoffs.  The Blue Jays were also ranked as high as fourth nationally in 1998.  At the time, that was the highest ranking in school history.

 

Dave Huntley – Class of 1979

Lacrosse

Among the most decorated and accomplished midfielders in the storied history of the Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse program, Dave Huntley starred for the Blue Jays from 1976-79.  During that time, he helped Johns Hopkins to a four-year record of 46-7, three trips to the national championship game (1977, 1978, 1979) and two NCAA titles (1978, 1979).  During his final two seasons the Blue Jays posted a 26-1 record and he helped jump-start a run of nine straight appearances in the national championship game for Johns Hopkins with the three trips in his final three seasons.

Huntley’s individual accolades are as extensive as they are impressive.  He earned All-America honors three times, including first team honors as a sophomore and senior and second team honors as a junior.  As a senior he became JHU’s first recipient of the McLaughlin Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top midfielder.  He was named to the All-Time Johns Hopkins Team and was the Sidney C. Erlanger Award recipient in 1979 as the outstanding senior on the JHU men’s lacrosse team.

Huntley ranks as one of the most prolific scoring midfielders in school history.  He totaled 100 goals and 29 assists in his career and became the first midfielder in school history to score 100 career goals.  He still ranks second among JHU midfielders in career goals scored and led the team in goals as a sophomore and senior.  More than 30 years after graduating he is also still tied for fifth in school history in career points by a midfielder (129).

 

Geraldine Klauber – Class of 1984

Tennis • Basketball

One of the truly exceptional two-sport athletes in the early years of women’s athletics at Johns Hopkins, Geraldine Klauber excelled on the tennis and basketball courts for the Blue Jays.

Klauber’s record in tennis stood the test of time as she finished her career with a 35-11 singles record and a 38-4 mark in doubles play.  She ranked as JHU’s career leader in singles wins until 1997 and, amazingly, ranked as JHU’s career leader in doubles victories until 2007 despite a significant increase in the number of matches played through the years.  Her 73 combined wins also remained the school record until 2007.  She played number one singles and doubles during each of her three years at Johns Hopkins and participated in the NCAA Championships in both singles and doubles play during her career.

Klauber was a steady scoring threat and a solid rebounder for the Blue Jay basketball team during her career.  Despite playing just three seasons, she ranked second in school history in career points scored (618) when she graduated and also held the school record for career field goal percentage (.441).  She averaged more than 14 points per game in each of her first two seasons at Johns Hopkins and led the team in rebounding as a senior, when she was the recipient of the Catherine Cramer Award as the top senior female athlete at JHU.

 

Jeremy Lam – Class of 1967

Fencing

Quietly, one of the most successful programs in the history of Johns Hopkins athletics has been the men’s fencing program.  Since its inception in 1934, the Blue Jays have won numerous conference titles and placed among the top 25 at the NCAA Championships more than a dozen times.  Among the all-time great performers in school history is Jeremy Lam.

A two-time team captain – just the fifth in school history at the time – Lam competed in the foil and compiled a career record of 112-37 (.751).  Among foilists, he ranked as JHU’s career leader in victories and winning percentage when he concluded his career.  More than 40 years later, he still ranks ranks third in career win percentage in the foil.  At the conclusion of his career he also stood first in career win percentage for all weapons and still ranks ninth overall.  He is the only fencer in school history who completed his career prior to 1975 who still ranks among the top 15 in winning percentage for all weapons combined.

Lam excelled during the championship portion of the Blue Jay schedule as he won the Middle Atlantic Conference Fencing Association individual title in the foil as a junior and senior after placing third as a sophomore.  He is still one of just two fencers in school history to win two MACFA titles in the foil and he helped JHU to the team foil title at the MACFA Championships as a junior.

Lam added a North Atlantic Conference individual title to his resume as a junior and helped lead Johns Hopkins to the NAC team title as a senior.  This was the first NAC title in school history and one of just two JHU would win during its time in the league from 1951-1979.

 

Harry Leet – Class of 1961

Football • Men’s Lacrosse

Harry Leet excelled on Homewood Field in the fall and spring as a member of the Johns Hopkins football and lacrosse teams.  At a time when two-sport athletes at Johns Hopkins were more common than they are today, Leet helped guide the football and lacrosse teams to championships.

In football, Leet was a three-year starter and garnered all-conference recognition from both the Middle Atlantic Conference and the Mason Dixon Conference.  He helped guide the Blue Jays to the 1959 MAC South and Mason Dixon Conference titles and the MAC South title in 1960.  The Blue Jays posted a 17-6-1 record during his three seasons, tied the then school record for wins in a season in 1959 (7) and posted an 11-1 mark in MAC play over his final two seasons.  Johns Hopkins also lost just one game at Homewood Field during his career.

Leet finished his career ranked second in school history in rushing yards (1,620) and first in rushing attempts (368) and rushing touchdowns (25).  His 25 career rushing touchdowns stood as JHU’s record until 2009, while his 11 rushing touchdowns in 1959 stood as JHU’s record until 2008.  He is one of just two players in school history who has played in 20 or more career games and averaged more than one rushing touchdown per game.

Leet played midfield for the Blue Jay lacrosse team from 1959-61 and was a member of the 1959 USILA National Championship team.  Johns Hopkins posted a 23-7 record during his career, lost just four games against collegiate opponents and just twice against a college opponent at Homewood Field.

 

Mary Ann McGuire Dickson – Class of 1997

Lacrosse • Field Hockey

Mary Ann McGuire was one of the leaders of the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse and field hockey programs during the early years of the Centennial Conference.  She helped both teams earn national recognition and garnered numerous individual accolades during her career on both teams.

In lacrosse, McGuire helped Johns Hopkins to the 1994, 1995 and 1997 Centennial Conference Championships and a four-year overall record of 54-13, including a stunning 39-1 mark in Centennial Conference play.  The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Semifinals in 1994, 1995 and 1997.

McGuire, who did not play lacrosse in high school, twice earned All-America honors in lacrosse, including first team honors as a senior and second team status as a junior.  She was named the National Defensive Player of the Year in 1997 and remains the only Johns Hopkins defender to earn this award and one of just two players in school history to earn a position player of the year award.

While McGuire’s job in lacrosse was to shut down the opposition’s top scoring threats, her focus in field hockey was putting the ball in the cage.  She finished her career ranked second in school history in goals scored (31) and third in points (75).  She led the team in goals and points three times in her career and twice paced the team in assists.

McGuire was a three-time Second Team All-Centennial Conference selection in field hockey and earned All-Region honors as a junior (2nd Team) and senior (1st Team).  She guided Johns Hopkins to the 1993 Centennial Conference Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament that year.  McGuire capped her career at Johns Hopkins with a selection as the Catherine Cramer Award winner as the top senior female athlete at JHU.

 

Jelani Rucker – Class of 1995

Football

Few defensive linemen at Johns Hopkins have enjoyed a career nearly as successful as the one Jelani Rucker enjoyed from 1991-94.  During that time he anchored a Blue Jay defense that ranked among the Centennial Conference’s finest and paved the way for the transformation of the program later in the 1990s.

Rucker grew up in Baltimore and attended nearby Poly before enrolling at Johns Hopkins in 1991.  He quickly made his mark as a four-year starter on the defensive line.  He started his first two years at nose guard before moving to defensive end for his final two seasons.  He concluded his career with 393 tackles, including 32 for losses and 11.5 sacks.  He recorded 100 or more tackles in each of his final three seasons and he remains one of just two players in school history to record 100 tackles in three different seasons.  He led the team in tackles (102) and sacks (5.0) as a senior.

A two-time team captain, Rucker earned Third Team All-America honors in 1993, was a three-time First Team All-Centennial Conference selection and a two-time First Team All-ECAC honoree.  He is the only defensive lineman in school history - and one of just six players overall – to earn First Team All-Centennial honors three times and he was the first player in school history to twice earn First Team All-ECAC.

While Rucker’s efforts along the defensive line contributed to the success of the Blue Jay football program throughout his four years, it may be his efforts on offense for just one game that may be most remembered.  Playing the final game of his career against rival Western Maryland, Rucker lived a defensive lineman’s dream as he lined up at fullback three times and scored three touchdowns to power the Blue Jays past the Green Terror at Homewood Field.

 

Eric West – Class of 1998

Soccer

The Johns Hopkins men’s soccer program had enjoyed a moderate level of success prior to the 1990s, but there had never been a prolonged period of national success to that point.  That all changed in the mid. 1990s when Eric West helped put the Blue Jay soccer program on the map.

West arrived at Johns Hopkins in 1994 and spent the next four years rewriting the Blue Jay record book.  He graduated as the most prolific scorer in the history of the program as he finished his career ranked first in school history in career points (172) and goals (72).  To put these numbers in perspective, no player prior to his arrival had amassed more than 74 points or 33 goals.  He remains the only player in school history to score 18 or more goals and total 40 or more points three times.

West made an immediate splash as a freshman in 1994, when he helped lead JHU to the national championship game and a 17-3-3 record.  He earned Centennial Conference Player of the Year and Third Team All-America honors while setting then school records with 22 goals and 49 points. The trip to the NCAA Championship game remains the only such appearance in school history.

Johns Hopkins would go on to post a 63-13-5 (.809) record during West’s career with three trips to the NCAA Tournament (1994, 1996, 1997), one Centennial Conference title (1995) and one ECAC runner-up finish (1995).

In addition to the All-America nod as a freshman, West earned First Team All-Centennial honors four times and First Team All-Region honors three times.  He remains one of just four players in league history to earn first team honors four times. 

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