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John Oravec '36

John 'Scooter' Oravec '36

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  • Hall of Fame Class of 1991
At the date of his induction in 1991, John "Scooter" Oravec still held Willamette records for touchdowns and points scored in a game, season and career. He was first-team Associated Press Little-All-American his senior season in 1935, when the Bearcats went 5-2 and outscored five small colleges 99-6. But Oravec had his best year as a junior. In 1934, he led the nation (all levels) in touchdowns scored (20) and was second in the land in points scored (120). The highlight of the season was his seven-touchdown game in a 75-0 romp over Whitman at Sweetland Field. During Oravec's four-year career the Bearcats went 17-2-1 in the Northwest Conference, including winning the last 13 games and conference titles in 1934 and '35. Oravec also played baseball for three seasons before turning pro and playing for the Vancouver Maple Leafs in Canada.
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