BC adds to Hall of Fame
Story by Chris Graham
Five Bridgewater College alums will be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday.
The inductees will be Carolyn Anderson Barrett, ’95; Deborah Litten Litten, ’83; Mark Puckett, ’82; Isaac Rodgers, ’85; and Debra Burch Spencer, ’90.
Barrett was a two-sport standout at Bridgewater College, running track and playing field hockey. She was a team captain in each sport during her senior year.
Litten finished her playing career at Bridgewater College as one of the top women’s basketball players in the college’s history. During her four years, the Eagles posted a 77-38 overall record. Litten finished her career with 1,216 points and 1,005 rebounds. She is the only female player in Bridgewater history to record more than 1,000 career rebounds. She currently ranks No. 6 on the Eagles’ all-time scoring list.
Puckett finished his career as one of the top baseball players in Bridgewater College history. He lettered four years for the Eagles and received conference and national honors during his final two seasons. As a junior, Puckett was named to the All-ODAC first team and was recognized as the ODAC Player of the Year. Puckett also received third-team All-American honors as a junior. As a senior, he was once again named to the All-ODAC first team and All-American third team at first base.
When he graduated, Puckett held Bridgewater single-season records for RBIs, batting average and home runs. He hit for a .429 average during his career, a record that still stands as the best mark in Bridgewater College history.
Rodgers completed his four years as a student-athlete at Bridgewater College as one of the most accomplished track and field athletes in the college’s history. As a senior, Rodgers earned All-American honors when he won the national title at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in the triple jump with a jump of 47 feet, 9¼ inches. He qualified for the NCAA Championships in three events – the long jump, triple jump and 100-meter dash during his career.
Spencer was a three-sport standout as a student-athlete at Bridgewater College, playing softball, volleyball and basketball. During her senior year, the softball program joined the ODAC and the team posted an 18-9 overall record. During her junior season, the Eagles volleyball team was undefeated in the ODAC during the regular season and made their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament, ranking number one in the South Region.
During her four years as a basketball player, the Eagles posted an overall record of 73-35. During her senior season, she helped lead the Eagles to a 23-5 record and the ODAC title.
Chris Graham is the executive editor of The SportsDominion.