Kim Kipling Bushmeyer
1991-92 Basketball Team
Bruce Rowe, Robert Vashinko, Kim (Kipling) Bushmeyer, Rod Walton and the 1991-92 women's basketball team will be enshrined into the Culver-Stockton College Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming activities Oct. 1-3.
The inductees will be honored at the Culver-Stockton College Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, at the Gladys Crown Center Dining Hall on the Culver-Stockton campus. All current Hall of Fame members, alumni and the general public are invited to the banquet. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Alumni Relations Office at 800-755-CATS (2287), cost is $25. The honorees will also be recognized before the Homecoming football game with Baker University on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Bruce Rowe '70, a native of Marseilles, Ill., was a fullback on the football team from 1967-69. During his tenure, he rushed for 2,172 career yards on 533 attempts and scored a school-record 27 touchdowns. He averaged 4.1 yards per carry for his career. In addition to the record for touchdowns in a career, Rowe also held school records for points scored in a career with 163, rushing attempts in a game with 39 and rushing attempts in a season with 197 when he graduated.
Among his honors while at Culver-Stockton, Rowe was a three-time Missouri Collegiate Athletic Union (MCAU) first team all-conference performer and a three-time all-district performer. Rowe, along with fellow inductee Robert Vashinko, helped the Wildcat football program to a 17-9-1 overall record during their playing days, including a 7-1-1 mark their senior years, which is the best in school history.
Vashinko '70, a native of Cicero, Ill., joined Rowe in the backfield to form one of the most lethal backfield combinations in Wildcat history. Playing halfback, Vashinko, a two-way player, left Culver-Stockton as the all-time leader in rushing yards with 2,262 yards on 547 carries, an average 4.1 yards per carry for his career. Vashinko was also an excellent receiver, finishing his career with 90 career receptions, a school record at that time. On the other side of the ball, Vashinko was just as good in the defensive backfield, recording a then-school-record of 14 interceptions in his career.
Among his honors while in school, Vashinko was named to the All-MCAU team all four years, including a first team selection on offense and second team on defense in 1969. In addition, he was named to the NAIA All-America team as an honorable mention selection in 1969.
Bushmeyer '99, a native of Colchester, Ill., was a four-year standout in volleyball for the Wildcats. A fierce hitter at the net, Bushmeyer was a full rotation player who helped the Wildcats to four consecutive Heart of America Athletic Conference championships. During her four years, Bushmeyer helped the Wildcats to a 129-45 overall record, and a 34-1 mark in HAAC play.
Individually, Bushmeyer is the career leader in kills and kill attempts with 1,654 terminations on 4,509 attempts. She is ninth all-time with a kill percentage of 23.7 percent. She is third on the all-time list with 2,117 digs and fourth all-time with 3.92 digs per game. In addition, Bushmeyer ranks second all-time in serve percentage with a career mark of 95.2 percent, and second in games played with 540.
Bushmeyer was named to the All-HAAC first team all four seasons she played at Culver-Stockton. She was also twice named as NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete for her work in the classroom.
Walton enters the Hall of Fame for meritorious service for his contributions as an instructor, coach, faculty representative and administrator.
Walton, who has been a member of the Culver-Stockton faculty since 1983, serves as an assistant professor of psychology and coordinator of the 3-2 pre-professional program in occupational therapy. Walton has also been recognized for teaching during his tenure at Culver-Stockton College. He was awarded the 1987 Helsabeck Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and he was honored with the Governorís Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000.
No stranger to athletics, Walton served as the menís head basketball coach from 1983-90 and menís head golf coach from 1983-93. During his tenure as basketball coach, he compiled a 118-80 overall record, including a school-record 23 victories during the 1984-85 season. In addition, he served as the faculty athletic representative from 1994-2003, and athletic director from 2003-2009, overseeing the rebuilding of Charles Field House after the 2003 tornado and the building of the Roy D. Wilcox Memorial Pressbox and the Richeson Track and Field Complex.
The 1991-92 women's basketball team was the first women's basketball team to make an appearance in the NAIA Division II National Tournament. Coached by C-SC Hall of Famer Kathy Turpin, the Lady Wildcats finished the season with a 22-11 overall record, including a 14-1 mark on their home court. Playing the district tournament at Charles Field House, the Lady Wildcats took advantage of the home-court advantage and defeated Central Methodist and William Jewell to capture the NAIA District 16 championship for the first time. Seeded 19th in the NAIA Tournament played at Western Oregon State College, the Lady Wildcats defeated their first round opponent, Florida Memorial, 93-75 to advance to the next round against top-seeded Northern Montana. The Northern Lights proved to be too much for the Lady Wildcats, ending their dream season with a 104-58 defeat.
The 1991-92 Lady Wildcats were paced by Carrie (Connell) Mahon í93 and Linda (Logsdon) Wallingford í94. Mahon was named the HAAC Player of the Year, while Mahon, Logsdon and Amber (Gunlock) Dutra were named to the All-HAAC team.