Mac to induct 5 into Hall on Saturday

By Josh Schroeder, McPherson College SID
October 11, 2017

McPherson College will induct five alumni into the McPherson College Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, honoring former athletes for their achievements in collegiate athletics, professional careers and community leadership. 

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in Mingenback Theatre located on the McPherson College campus. The event is part of McPherson College Homecoming weekend. A reception for the honorees will precede the ceremony, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The honorees will also be recognized at halftime of the McPherson - Ottawa University homecoming game that begins at 1 p.m. in McPherson Stadium.

• Donald E. Barngrover, Class of 1938 •

Born and raised in McPherson, Barngrover earned four letters each in football, basketball and tennis at McPherson College. He was a team captain and All-KCAC performer in both football and basketball. After his time at McPherson, Barngrover served in the United States Navy during World War II. He also served as a teacher and coach in Kansas for a time before eventually settling in Yakima, Wash., where he taught industrial arts and math for 28 years before retiring in 1976.

Barngrover was an active volunteer at the Yakima Valley Museum and was an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Yakima. He and his wife, Aileen, were charter members of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Barngrover passed away on Sept, 9, 1999, at the age of 83.

• Garth Werner, Class of 1961 •

Werner participated in football, basketball and track and field at McPherson College. On the gridiron, he earned All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference honors as a senior in 1960 after receiving honorable mention from the coaches in 1959. Werner was a two-time All-KCAC honorable mention pick on the hardcourt (1960, 1961).

Originally from Winona, Kansas, Werner remained in McPherson after graduation, teaching science and biology at McPherson High School from 1968-1999. He also served as an assistant basketball coach during McPherson High’s three-year championship run from 1972-1974 under Jay Frazier. Werner later earned a master’s degree in science education from Kansas State University in 1976.

A member of M Club during his days as a collegian, Werner also received induction to the McPherson College Heritage Roll of Honor. Werner and his late wife, Diane, made their home in McPherson, where they raised two daughters. He currently resides in McPherson and is a member of the McPherson Church of the Brethren.

• Terry Bruton, Class of 1992 •

Bruton was a linebacker for the Bulldog football team from 1988-1990. He is widely considered to be one of the best to play the position at the college. A team captain and three-time All-KCAC selection, Bruton helped McPherson to back-to-back winning seasons in 1988 and 1989 under Dan Thiessen, matching the number of winning seasons the program had in the preceding 29 years. He was also an NAIA All-District 10 first-team selection in 1990.

After ending his playing career, Bruton remained on campus as a football student assistant coach and residence director in Metzler Hall, while also competing in throwing events for the McPherson track and field team. 

He coached for five years at Burrton High School before stepping away from the prep ranks to serve as an offensive assistant with the McPherson football program from 2013-2014 - his third stint as an assistant with the Bulldogs. The father of former McPherson College football player Tyler Bruton, he resides in McPherson with his wife, Stacey, and currently serves as a high school industrial arts teacher, director of athletics, head track and field coach and assistant football coach at Burrton High School.

• Camille (Base) Kaiser, Class of 1994 •

Kaiser was a four-year letterwinner as well as a KCAC All-Academic selection in both basketball (1991-94) and track and field (1992-94) and a NAIA Scholar-Athlete All-American. On the court, she twice received All-KCAC honorable mention honors (1993, 1994). On the track, she was a two-time KCAC champion in the 400-meter hurdles (1991, 1992) and still holds the school record in the event (1:05.78). Kaiser was also a member of the school-record-holding 4 x 100 relay at the time of her graduation and, in 1992, qualified for the NAIA national championships in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles.

A member of M-Club, Kaiser was a homecoming candidate as a junior and served as senior class vice-president. She was also named the McPherson College Female Athlete of the Year in her senior year.

Originally from Smolan, Kansas, Kaiser graduated from McPherson College with a degree holistic health and fitness. She went on to further study in medical technology at Wichita State University before working as a medical technologist in hospitals in Iowa, Ohio and Kansas. Kaiser is a member of the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and is a board-certified medical technologist. Now working as an executive medical assistant at Quantum Wellness Center, Kaiser resides in Weston, Florida, with her husband Jay, son Karson and daughter Payton.

• Roy McDonald, Class of 2005 •

McDonald was a four-year letterwinner at point guard for the McPherson College men’s basketball program. It has been a decade since his last game in a Bulldog uniform and he still holds program records for steals in a single game (7; vs. Saint Mary, Dec. 6, 2003) and assists in a career (432). Also a prolific scorer, McDonald ranks eighth on the program’s all-time scoring with 1,393 points in 117 games.

A native of Houston, Texas, McDonald earned All-KCAC honorable mention honors in each of final three seasons as a Bulldog. He averaged 11.8 points and 3.0 assists per game as a senior, finishing third on the team in scoring and ranking eighth in the KCAC in assists. Despite the fact almost every play McPherson ran went through him, he averaged less than two turnovers per game. His 59 steals and average of 2.1 per game both ranked third in the league.

Led by McDonald and teammate Brian Hooks, the Bulldogs posted 39 victories over their final two seasons - the best back-to-back seasons in school history to that point - and only topped since during McPherson’s run of four-straight national tournament appearances (2010-2013).

McDonald lives in San Antonio, Texas, with wife Naomi and daughters Gabrielle and Royce. He has been a claims adjuster for USAA since 2012.

Presiding over the ceremony will be Carol Swenson, former McPherson College director of sports information.