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Hall of Fame nominees announced while Gryphons contiue to look to the future

Thursday, July 6, 2006

Written by Michelle Turley

GRYPHON HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2006

The Department of Athletics at the University of Guelph announced their Hall of Fame class of 2006. The inductees include 4 athletes and a championship team who have made significant contributions to athletic programs at the University of Guelph. The 2006 Induction Celebration will be held on Friday, September 22nd at Peter Clark Hall located on the University of Guelph campus. This event officially kicks off Homecoming Weekend. There will be a reception at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:30pm and inductions will follow shortly thereafter.

This year, Guelph will honour, wrestler Zoltan Hunyady, football players, Ron Bogart and Jack Raithby as well as former multi-sport athlete Carl Jackson.

Along with four individual inductees, the 1992 OUAA champion men’s Golf team will also be recognized for their outstanding season.

Complete write-ups honouring each of this year's inductees are included below.


ATHLETE CATEGORY

Zoltan Hunyady – Wrestling (1994-1998) – BSC ‘99

Zoltan captured an OUA gold medal in Wrestling each of his five years at Guelph
from 1994 through 1998 to earn OUA All-Star status. In 1996 and 1998, he brought
home CIS gold and garnered the silver medal in 1994, 1995 and 1997 for All-
Canadian status. This 3-time team captain of the Guelph Gryphons was team MIP in
his first season and was selected MVP on three other occasions. In 1996, Zoltan was awarded the University of Guelph’s Male Athlete of the Year. Zoltan still competes for Canada recently finishing 2nd on the podium at the Senior National Championships in the 74 kg weight class.

Ron Bogart – Football (1955-1959) – BSA ‘59

Ron was a member of the 1955 and 1958 OQAA Championship teams. This exceptional 2-way athlete played offensive halfback and defensive safety. In 1958, he won the league scoring title and led the Gryphons to victory in the President’s
Cup. During his career at Guelph, Ron was named Player of the Week on two
occasions. Ron was co-captain of the Football team in 1959 and was a member of
the Athletics’ Council in 1957 and 1958.

Jack Raithby (D) – Football (1947-1951) – BSA ‘51 Deceased

Jack “Goomer” Raithby, a hard driving fullback whose long stride belied his speed and power, lettered in football from 1947 to 1951. In his final year, he earned distinction as the Ted Wildman Trophy winner for exemplifying the traits of sportsmanship, leadership, gentlemanly conduct while maintaining good scholarship at the University of Guelph. Goomer, who was a game-breaker, played on three consecutive Dominion Championship teams in the late 1940’s - 1947, 1948 and 1949.

Carl Jackson – Football/Wrestling/Skiing (1956-1960) – OAC ‘61

Carl Jackson was an extremely versatile athlete who represented the University of Guelph not only in Football but also in Wrestling and Skiing from 1956-60. Carl was the heart and muscle in the centre of both the offensive and defensive lines. In his second year, Carl was selected Player of the Week against Carleton. This 2-way player at offensive guard and defensive centre/tackle captained the Football Gryphons to the OQAA Championship and the Presidents Cup in 1958. In 1960, Carl was assistant coach under Head Coach Tom Mooney.

TEAM CATEGORY

1992 OUAA Champion Men’s Golf Team

In 1992, the Golf Gryphons went undefeated winning all five tournaments and
captured the OUAA Championship title in Woodstock as they posted a 3-shot margin
over the Windsor Lancers. Mark MacDonald won the silver medal with a 2-day even
par 142 total. MacDonald and Jeff O’Connor were First Team All-Stars while Graham Card, Trevor Scott and Trevor Hunter were Second Team All-Stars.

Team members included Graham Card, Trevor Hunter, Mark MacDonald, Sean Melander, Jeff O’Connor, Trevor Scott, Bruce Wilson, coaching and administrative staff: Richard Freeman, Doug Percival and Joe Contini.

For tickets and more details about the Gryphon Sports Hall of Fame visit our
website at: gryphons.ca

The Hall of Fame is one of many events that occur on Homecoming weekend from
Friday, September 22nd to Sunday, September 24th. Homecoming is a time for ....
barbeques, reunions and football. It is one of the largest annual events at the
University of Guelph, attracting hundreds of alumni back to campus. All alumni, their family, friends and members of the Guelph community are invited to attend.

Meanwhile, shake-ups continue for the Gryphon coaching staff. Eric Lachance has been named assistant coach of the Gryphons Women’s Hockey team for the upcoming season while Ron Wight has been appointed as a member of the scouting staff.
Eric brings 18 years of coaching experience to the Gryphons. He has coached Boys Minor Hockey from Novice to Junior including Midget AAA and Junior 'B' with the Dominators. Eric was the Head Coach of the Guelph Thunder Midget AA last season where he led the team to the North Metro League quarter finals.

Eric has also spent 8 years as a member of the Guelph Hockey Referees’ association and 12 years as the colour commentator for the Guelph Storm Broadcast on CJOY radio.

A Guelph native, he is married to his wife Martha and they have a 7-month old son. Eric is a graduate from both Confederation and Loyalist Colleges.

Ron Wight is a University of Guelph graduate (Biological Science ‘79) who teaches science at Guelph Collegiate-Vocational Institute. He and his wife Cindy have two daughters. Jodie played goal with the Gryphons while obtaining her degree in History and Carly is presently enrolled in the Biological Chemistry program at Guelph.

Ron’s hockey background includes playing and coaching at a wide variety of levels. His last goaltending stint in competitive hockey was in Senior A with the 1991-92 Shelburne Muskies. He has coached numerous hockey teams over the past three decades. This includes several seasons in the OWHA, most recently as an assistant coach with the Brampton Midget AA program in 1998-99. For the past several seasons, Ron has been the head coach of the boys, girls and junior
hockey teams at GCVI. The girls won their third consecutive District 10 Hockey Championship in 2005-06. Ron is also the author of four published books on the topic of hockey trivia.

The Gryphons are very excited to have Eric Lachance and Ron Wight on board, stated Head Coach, Chuck Wight.

Also of note, the Gryphon’s team physician, Dr. Patti Galvin, has been named team physician for the Women’s Canadian Under 22 team for the second consecutive year. The Gryphons will open their training camp on Tuesday, September 5th at the Gryphon Centre.
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