SPOKANE, Wash. – Four of the finest student-athletes in the last 15 years of Whitworth athletics history comprise the newest class of the Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame.
Adam Anderson (football), Cory Bergman (men's swimming), Sarah (Shogren) Clyde (women's basketball) and Natalie Turner (women's swimming) will become the 29th class inducted into the Heritage Gallery on October 13, 2018. The ceremony includes a breakfast and reservations can be made by calling 509-777-3224. The cost is $15 per individual.
Adam Anderson set several Pirate football records during a career that ran from 2007 through 2010. Anderson started 30 games and ran for 3,338 yards while rushing for 41 touchdowns. He was the Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008, earning second team All-America honors from D3football.com in 2008. Injured early in the second game of the 2009 season, Anderson returned to complete a medical hardship year in 2010, regaining first team All-NWC recognition. Anderson set Whitworth career records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, all-purpose yards (4,956), and total points (332). He scored six touchdowns in a single game two times, first vs. Pacific Lutheran in 2008 and then against Puget Sound in 2010. His 324 all-purpose yards in a win at Chapman University in 2008 is also a school record. Originally from Elk, Washington, Anderson attended Riverside High School and spent one year at the University of Idaho before transferring to Whitworth.
Cory Bergman came to Whitworth in the fall of 2002 from Bellingham, Washington, where he had swum for Lynden Christian High School. He was an eight-time individual champion in the Northwest Conference and left Whitworth with NWC records in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke. He became a three-time NCAA Division III All-American and a three-time honorable mention All-American. A versatile swimmer who excelled in breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley, Bergman swam on 13 NWC-champion relays and participated on eight Pirate relays that scored at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. Bergman also excelled in the classroom, earning second team Academic All-America recognition in 2004 and first team Academic All-America honors as a senior in 2005.
A standout at nearby East Valley High School and a native of Newman Lake, Sarah Shogren provided a lasting impact on the Whitworth women's basketball team. By the end of her career, which went from 2001-02 through 2004-05, Shogren ranked fifth all-time on the Pirates' list for career points (1,290) and fourth in career rebounds (761). She finished with career averages 14.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and helped lead the Bucs to a 78-25 over her four seasons. Shogren saved her best for last, averaging 17.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game as a junior and 18.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest as a senior, earning first team All-NWC recognition both seasons. She was a D3hoops.com second team All-American in 2005. That same season she helped lead the largest comeback victory in Whitworth women's basketball history by scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds at Whitman, guiding the Bucs back from a 21-point deficit.
Arguably the most dominant women's swimmer in Northwest Conference history, Natalie Turner still holds conference records in the 200-yard, 500-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle. Turner never lost an individual dual meet race against a Northwest Conference opponent over four seasons (2007-2010), completed her career with 12 individual NWC championships in as many races and anchored the Pirates to 13 relay titles over her four seasons. She was the NWC Women's Swimmer of the Year four times. The South Lake Tahoe (Calif.) native led Whitworth to NWC team championships in 2008 and 2010. Turner qualified to swim in the maximum of 12 individual events at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships during her career and scored in all 12 races, the only swimmer in league history to accomplish that feat. She was an All-American (top 8 finish) 10 times and an honorable mention All-American twice. She scored more points at the NCAA championships than anyone in NWC history.
The class of 2018 will join a group of 95 individuals and eight teams already enshrined in the Heritage Gallery. The current class, along with all current Heritage Gallery members attending the induction, will be recognized at halftime of the Whitworth – PLU football game that afternoon.
The Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Fame created in 1989 by the (then-named) Whitworth Crimson Club and inducted its first class in the fall of 1990.