March 22, 2004
Catawba Sports Hall of Fame Adds New MembersFour former student athletes will be inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame on April 3, during the HOF’s 27th annual festivities. The inductees are (with graduation year): Brian Boltz (1990) of Salisbury; Joyce Robinson (1991) of Raleigh; Julian “Duke” Thompson (1941) of Potomac Falls, Va.; and Curtis Walker (1993) of Conway, S.C.The induction ceremony, sponsored by the Catawba College Chiefs Club, will be held on Saturday, April 3, at 12:30 p.m. The luncheon will be held in Kirkland Lobby of the Abernethy Physical Education Center on campus. On Friday, April 2, the Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be held at The Crescent Golf Club at 1:15 p.m. For more details, contact the Chiefs Club office at 704.637.4394 or visit the athletic website at www.goindiansgo.com . The Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1977 and this year’s inductees will bring the total number of members to 129. Following are the achievements of this year’s inductees: BRIAN BOLTZ Boltz was a left-handed pitcher on the Catawba baseball team, 1987-89. He elected to forego his senior season after the Atlanta Braves made him the 57th overall pick in the 1989 Major League Baseball draft. He continue to rise through Atlanta’s farm system before arm injuries and surgeries forced Boltz into early retirement. At Catawba, Boltz distinguished himself as one of the top pitcher in school history. He holds or shares five Catawba records, including marks for strikeouts in a season (147), games in a season (17), and complete games in a season (10). Boltz struck out 312 batters in just 244.2 innings, compiling a 23-7 career record in the process. He career earned run average was 2.17. As ace of the pitching staff, Boltz earned first team All- America honors in 1988. In the process, Boltz led the Indians to the Carolinas Conference championship, the first baseball championship for Catawba since 1948. Also in 1988, Boltz was selected Player of the Year for the conference, NAIA District 26 and NAIA Area 7. Prior to attending Catawba, Boltz pitched at East Rowan High School and was a huge star for the Rowan County American Legion team. During the 1987 American Legion season, Boltz had multiple 20-plus strikeout games, once fanning 25 out of 27 batters. Boltz and his wife, Laura, reside in Salisbury with their two children. He is a sales representative with Silver Eagle Distributors. JOYCE ROBINSON Robinson was an outstanding two-sport star for Catawba in 1986-90. She earned All-Carolinas Conference honors in both basketball and volleyball. In basketball, Robinson played four seasons and still ranks: Ninth all-time in career points (1,120), sixth all-time in rebounds (692), ninth all-time in assists (255), 10th all-time in steals (173) and fifth all-time in blocked shots (90). In volleyball, Robinson helped Catawba win Carolinas Conference and NAIA District 26 championships. She still ranks fourth all-time in career blocks at the net with 701. Robinson had the second best season ever with 366 blocks in 1989. After Catawba entered the South Atlantic Conference in 1989, Robinson earned first team All-SAC honors. Robinson resides in Raleigh, N.C. and works for Delta Products as a sales representative. JULIAN “DUKE” THOMPSON Thompson has long been considered one of the top track and field stars in Catawba history. He competed in dashes, hurdles and broad jump in 1939-41. He led Catawba to the North State Conference championship in 1938 and 1939 and led the entire conference in total points in both 1940 and 1941. Thompson was also the high scorer at the 1941 North State Conference Championship meet and once scored 22 points in a meet against Lenoir-Rhyne. Thompson, a retired U.S. Navy captain, resides in Potomac Falls, Va., with his wife, Betty. They have two children. CURTIS WALKER A three-time football All-American (1990-92), Walker is considered one of the top linebackers to ever play at Catawba. A four-year starter (41 games), Walker still holds the single game record of 25 tackles, set in 1991 against Wofford; and the single season record for fumble recoveries (six in 1991). Walker also ranks fifth all-time in career tackles (359), fifth all-time in solo tackles (175) and he had the second-best season ever (1991), recording 132 tackles. He also recorded 39 career tackles for losses, which included 9.5 quarterback sacks. Walker earned first team All-South Atlantic Conference honors in 1990, 1991 and 1992. He was a first team All- American as a senior in 1992. A coaching career followed and after a brief stay at Salisbury High School, Walker returned to coach linebackers at Catawba under head coach David Bennett in 1995. He was elevated to defensive coordinator in 2001, a season that saw the Indians go 11-2 and reach the NCAA Division II national semifinals. He was also Catawba’s football recruiting coordinator. Following the 2001 season, Walker joined Bennett’s staff at Coastal Carolina University. He was defensive coordinator for the new Coastal team in 2003, as the Chanticleers recorded a 6-5 record. Walker is a graduate of Graham (N.C.) High School, where he recorded a school-record 144 tackles. He was the Mid-State (3A) Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 1987. Walker and his wife, LaSheka, reside in Conway, S.C. They are expecting their first child in March.
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