Honorees for induction
The Idaho Athletic Department is holding its Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame induction Friday.
The group of inductees represents Idaho’s history, athletic achievement and generosity.
Moscow native Kelli Johnson was a star guard for the Idaho women’s basketball from 1994-98. She is now a sports reporter for CSN Bay Area.
Ken Maren of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, played post for Idaho starting in 1957. He stayed on after graduation as an assistant coach. Afterward, Maren taught at Post Falls High School, and then returned to Wisconsin. He coached and taught there until retirement.
Tom Hennessey, former Idaho football player, was a key factor in Idaho’s successful run in the Big Sky Conference during the 1980s. He still holds the single-season record of 180 tackles.
Bud and June Ford are regular supporters, helping renovate the Kibbie Dome. They were honored with the Bud and June Ford room, a social setting during games, banquets and events.
The 1959 Pacific Coast Conference Northern Division men’s golf championship team is being inducted as a group. John Rosholt, Rusty Sheppard, Don Modie, Ray Kowallis, Bob Pierce, Dave Smith, Jim Kraus and Norm Johnson made up the only championship golf team for over 40 years. The team posted a 7-1-1 record on the hunt for the title.
Some inductees will not be present to accept the award.
Doug Fisher was a dual-sport athlete for Idaho, competing in football and track and field. He qualified for the NCAA tournament for the discus. Fisher coached and taught in Moscow after graduation. He passed away this year.
Packey Boyle was an athletic trainer for the U.S. Olympic ski team. He worked at Idaho after time at Arizona. He died in 1972.
Black and Gold
The Idaho women’s swim team holds its first dual meet Friday and Saturday at the UI Swim Center.
The 2015-2016 Idaho women’s soccer team earned the NSCAA College Team Academic Award Monday. The team posted a combined GPA average of 3.31 during an undefeated season in conference play.
Over 550 women’s teams in all divisions were recognized. Teams must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Four Big Sky Teams earned the award.
Alumna Reagan Quigley was awarded the Big Sky Conference 2015-2016 Scholar-Athlete Award. The honor is given to the athlete with the highest GPA among participating athletes.