Baker selects five for Athletic Hall of Fame
Baker University has selected five former sports standouts to be inducted this fall into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.
The five are Jack Flickinger (class of 1950), Ed Lierz (1989), Ernest "Swede" Swenson (1950), and Thomas and Teresa Watts Young (1981). They will be inducted during homecoming ceremonies on Oct. 1 in conjunction with the Baker-Central Methodist football contest.
Jack Flickinger was a three-year letter winner in football and two-year letter winner in basketball. Flickinger was a First-Team All-Conference selection in 1949. He graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School in 1954 and practiced dentistry in Baldwin for 44 years before retiring. He lives in Lawrence.
Ed Lierz is the leading rusher in BU football history. Lierz compiled 4,492 yards and 49 rushing touchdowns from 1985 to 1988. In 1987, the Jackson Heights product led the NAIA with 108 points on 18 touchdowns. In a playoff game against Huron in 1986, he rushed for 301 yards, which ranks second on BU's charts for rushing yards in a game. The Overland Park resident has been a telecommunications billing consultant for Kansys Inc. since 2000. He previously worked as computer programmer/systems analyst and software development supervisor for Electronic Data Systems.
Ernest L. "Swede" Swenson was a three-year letter winner and two-year starter on Baker's offensive and defensive line in the late 1940s. Swenson started on BU's 1949 Kansas Conference championship football team. The Concordia High School graduate received a master's degree in education administration in 1963. Swenson taught and coached at Miami High School in Butler, Mo., and Osawatomie High School. He was the superintendent of schools at Osawatomie from 1968 to 1988. He was selected in 2000 for the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame. Swenson lives in Osawatomie.
Thomas and Teresa Watts Young were the first husband-wife duo inducted into the school's hall. The Youngs both attended BU in 1977-1981. Teresa played softball for the Wildcats and compiled a 75-29 pitching record, including a 29-5 mark her senior year. She received a master's of education degree in human biodynamics and gerontology from the University of Kansas. She is national associate director of logistics and support systems for Federal Occupational Health. Thomas played basketball four years at Baker and was captain of the team his senior year. An art major in college, Thomas is president of Young Sign Co. in Leavenworth. He has been commissioned to illustrate most of the portraits on the plaques of Baker's Hall of Fame since 1981. The Youngs live in Lansing.