The University of Toledo's Varsity T Hall of Fame will induct seven new members Feb. 2 at Central Park West.
The hall of fame dinner will begin at 7 p.m., with a social hour beginning at 6 p.m. The inductees also will be introduced at halftime of the UT-Kent State men's basketball game Feb. 3.
The new inductees are:
Jim Blanchard (swimming, 1986-89): Jim Blanchard is perhaps one of the best swimmers to ever compete in the Mid-American Conference. He set five school records in his final three years at UT..
Dana Drew-Shaw (women's basketball, 1990-94): Dana Drew lettered four times as a basketball point guard, leading UT to three NCAA appearances and one WNIT berth. She guided UT to three regular-season MAC championships and three MAC Tournament titles. Drew was first team Academic All-American twice. She was also Academic All-MAC three years. Drew was named MAC player of the year and first-team All-MAC in her sophomore and junior years. She was second-team All-MAC as a senior in 1994-95. Drew was named to the MAC All-Tournament team on four occasions and was the MAC Tournament most valuable player three times. Drew is UT's all-time career assists leader with (659) and is fourth in scoring (1,919). Drew is married to former UT basketball player Casey Shaw. They live in Italy, where Shaw is a professional basketball player.
Jim Gray (football, track, 1962-64): Jim Gray lettered in football as a defensive back and halfback from 1962-64, often playing 60 minutes per game. He was also a speedster on the track team, running a 9.7 100-yard dash to place third in the MAC. He played in the American Football Coaches All-America Game in the summer of 1965. Gray's best season came in 1963, when he rushed for 645 yards on 114 carries, gained 311 yards on kickoff returns, 212 yards on punt returns and 168 passing yards for 1,336 all-purpose yards. Gray was an 11th-round draft pick of the AFL's New York Jets. He served as a cornerback and kick returner for the Jets and later for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.
“A.C.” Jenkins (football, 1950-51): Asa Jenkins rushed for 289 yards in just 14 carries vs. Davis & Elkins in the 1951 season opener, the second-most yards in a game by a Rocket and the best yards per carry average in a game (20.6). He also gained 197 yards at Detroit in 27 carries, and 102 yards vs. Marshall in just six carries. He gained 899 yards and scored 10 touchdowns going into the final game of the season at Xavier, according to existing records.
Frank Kralik (football, UT historian, 1949-50, 52): Frank Kralik lettered three years in football, but is best known as the greatest UT athletics historian. Until his death in 1998, Kralik was considered the ultimate authority on UT sports history. Kralik spent countless hours researching archives and back issues of newspapers in order to help the UT athletic department establish official records and results for football and men's basketball. He is also remembered for restoring the “Peace Pipe” as a trophy in the Toledo-Bowling Green rivalry.
Leigh Ross (softball, 1988-91): Leigh Ross was one of the best hitters in the nation during her four years at UT. She hit .426, .370, .353 and .447 in her four seasons as a Rocket. The highest pair are the two best season batting averages in school history. Her .447 as a senior was the fifth highest in the nation, and she was first in stolen bases (44). Ross, an Ottawa Lake, Mich., . native, was named to the All-America second team. Ross was All-Mideast Region all four years and was named first-team All-MAC in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She is first in the UT record books in batting average (.398), hits (296), total bases (311) and stolen bases (107), all of which still stand today.
Tim Selgo (basketball, 1976-80): Tim Selgo, a four-year letterwinner in basketball as a guard from 1976-80, is the best free-throw shooter in Toledo history. As a senior co-captain on the 1979-80 team, Selgo hit 48 of 52 (.923) free throws, a mark that still stands. He also holds school records for career free-throw percentage in MAC games (.861), and season free-throw percentage in MAC games (.939). For his career, Selgo hit 99 of 118 free throws (.839, but he's short of the minimum number of attempts for the record). Selgo, a three-time Academic All-MAC selection, played on Rocket teams that went 87-26 in four years, won two MAC titles and twice went to the NCAA Tournament. A native of Pettisville, Selgo averaged 7.4 points per game in his career, including 13.0 ppg as a senior. He finished his career with 372 assists, sixth all-time at UT. Selgo later became head women's basketball coach at UT for three seasons from 1985-88. He also served as associate athletic director at UT from 1988-96, and has been the athletic director at Grand Valley State since 1996.
For tickets to the reception or for more information, please call Dave Nottke at (419) 530-2510.
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