Schulte, Woodruff, 1995 volleyball team going into Unity Hall of Fame

Posted: Dec. 26, 2018 12:35 am

MENDON, Ill. -- Ross Schulte, Dean Woodruff and the 1995 volleyball team will be inducted into the Unity Athletic Hall of Fame during its 10th annual ceremony at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27 between games of the Mississippi Valley Invitational Tournament.

Schulte, a 1990 graduate, was an All-West Central Conference, all-area and all-state performer in football, basketball and track. He qualified for the Class A state track meet his senior season and placed sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles. Schulte was a two-year starter in basketball and was a fixture on the team's 30-1 "Oh, baby" season in 1989-90 which resulted in a berth in the super-sectional.

Schulte earned the most accolades in football. Despite not playing football until his freshman year, Schulte was an all-conference wide receiver and safety and an all-state kicker and punter. He played at Western Illinois University, where he earned All-American honors at punter. Schulte also spent time in training camps with the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills before wrapping up his career with the Frankfurt Galaxy in the World League.

Schulte is currently employed by Republic Services in outside sales and works as a volunteer kicking and punting coach with the Quincy University football program. He, his wife, Molly, and daughter, Delanee, live in Mendon.

Woodruff, a 1960 graduate, and was a standout in football and basketball. After working and attending Gem City Business College, he earned his degree in education from Quincy College in 1969 and started teaching physical education and later middle school science at Unity.

Woodruff was an assistant football coach at Unity until 1999 and a middle school and high school assistant in basketball. As the head coach of the high school boys basketball team from 1993-98, Woodruff's teams posted a 93-40 record, a West Central Conference co-championship in 1994-95, 19 straight home victories and a berth in the 1997 Class A regional championship game. Woodruff and his wife, Sue, have six children, 10 grandchildren with an 11th on the way and three great grandchildren. He is the mayor of Mendon, works part-time at Hunter Funeral Home and raises Angus cattle.

The 1995 volleyball team finished 27-11 and earned one of the program's three berths in the Class A super-sectional. Seniors Dawn Elston and Dawn Barry Davis were All-WCC first-team selections, and sophomore Julie Koch Miller was on the second team. Elston was an all-state honorable mention performer and was selected as the Quincy Herald-Whig's Co-Player of the Year. Rosemary Brickman retired after the season with 391 victories in 17 seasons, and she was the Herald-Whig's Coach of the Year.

Brickman was assisted by Debbie Haistings Bruce and Seth Klusmeyer. Players were sophomores Janel Dickerman Shaffer, Kristin Knapp Wittler, Miller and Dana Seals Knox, juniors Christine Curtis Stupavsky, Ginger Wietholder, Nikki Kretzer Victor and Stacey Wood Akins, and seniors Elston, Davis, Jennifer Whelan Knox, Maria Shaffer Connoyer and Stephanie Peter Love.