Heritage Gallery Class of 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. -- On October 6th Whitworth University will induct former football All-American Larry Paradis, track and field national champion Drew Stevick and the 1978-81 era of women’s volleyball as the 18th class into the Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place at Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church ’s Quall Hall, beginning at 8:30 am.
All-American T Larry Paradis
Larry Paradis was a standout, even during one of the greatest eras in Whitworth football history. Paradis transferred to Whitworth after a year at the University of Washington and was named AP Little All-America twice, as a third team selection in 1953 and as a first team choice in 1954. A two-way tackle, Paradis played a key role in Whitworth’s Evergreen Conference titles in 1953 and 1954. Paradis was also an All-Evergreen Conference and Little All-Coast honoree for three years (1952, 1953, and 1954). The 1953 championship was Whitworth’s first in football and set in motion the school record of 20 consecutive wins that spanned the end of the 1953 season to the beginning of the 1956 season. Although he received tryout invitations from six NFL teams, Paradis declined those offers and followed in his father’s footsteps to become a general contractor. For 35 years, he owned a business that focused on multiple housing and commercial construction projects. Larry and his wife, Virginia, have three children.
NAIA champion Drew Stevick
Clyde "Drew" Stevick came to Whitworth from Colfax, Washington, despite an offer of a football scholarship to the University of Washington. As a javelin thrower for the Pirates, Stevick set records that will literally never be broken. As a sophomore in 1968 he finished as runner-up in the javelin at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The following year he earned another All-American finish in the event at the NAIA Championships in Billings, Montana, and in 1970 he returned to the national meet in Billings where he became NAIA champion with a throw of 241’-6'. He had a toss of 254’-4' during the 1970 season which stands as a Whitworth record for the "old" javelin implement, which was changed in 1988. His performance during the 1970 season earned Stevick an invitation to the 1972 Olympic Trials. He graduated from Whitworth in 1970 with a 4.0 grade point average and was presented the prestigious President’s Cup. Stevick went on to medical school at Stanford University, specializing in vascular and general surgery. He and his wife Wendy have five children.
Whitworth’s volleyball era from 1978 through 1981 was a watershed for women’s sports at the university. The 1978 team, coached by Peggy Warner, won the AIAW Pacific Northwest small college regional tournament to earn a berth in the AIAW small college national tournament in Orlando, Florida, becoming the first Whitworth women’s team to play in a national championship tournament. The 1979 squad, coached by JoAnn Atwell-Scrivner, also won the regional and played at the AIAW Division III tournament at Occidental College in California. In 1980 Whitworth was awarded the right to host the AIAW Division III Tournament, where the Pirates finished in sixth place. The 1981 team finished with an overall record of 34-4, setting a school record for single season winning percentage (.895) that has stood for more than 25 years. Over the course of the four seasons the team had a won-lost record of 130-33.
The class of 2007 will join a group of 58 individuals and six teams already enshrined in the Heritage Gallery. The class of 2007, along with all current Heritage Gallery members attending the induction, will be recognized at halftime of the Whitworth - Pacific Lutheran football game on Saturday.
The Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Crimson Club and the first class was inducted in 1990.
Reservations for the induction ceremony and breakfast can still be made by calling 777-3224.