Vandal basketball star Riley Smith
THE 2012 VANDAL HALL OF FAME CLASS, THE FOURTH SINCE THE HALL OF FAME WAS FOUNDED IN 2007, will be inducted this Friday night, leading up to Saturday's football showdown with the University of Wyoming. Inductees include basketball standout RILEY SMITH, Jim Anderson and Dick Mooney for lifetime contributions, tennis stars Patty Shanander and Cathy Shanander-Law, and the 1966 Vandal baseball team.
The following includes an official press release from the University of Idaho Athletics Media Relations Department.
Vandals of legendary status will be honored this fall at the fourth Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
“We are tremendously proud to announce the 2012 Vandal Athletes Hall of Fame class,” Director of Athletics Rob Spear said. “This group embodies the pillars of Vandal Athletics: Pride, tradition and excellence.
“These new members have contributed to the successes of the University of Idaho Department of Athletics through competitive excellence and charitable giving. I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to them.”
The 2012 class – the fourth since the Hall of Fame was founded in 2007 - includes:
· Longtime supporter Jim Anderson in the lifetime contributions category.
In the Legacy category, Vandal Athletics is honoring:
· Baseball and football standout Dick Mooney, who also is recognized for his lifetime contributions.
· Tennis standouts and sisters Patty Shanander and Cathy Shanander-Law represented the Vandals during the late-80s, competing in doubles and also as No.1 and No.2 singles. In 1988, when Cathy was a sophomore and Patty was a freshman, they went a remarkable 16-0 during the regular season, and finished singles going 15-7 and 16-5, respectively. By 1990, the duo had put together a stunning 55-5 career doubles record.
· Basketball standout Riley Smith (1989-90), is a name that is peppered throughout the Vandal all-time basketball record books. He still holds the single-season record for field goal percentage (65.1%), free throws made (160), and free throw attempts (230), and holds the career record for field goal percentage (62.7%). In addition, he is second only to Orlando Lightfoot in two other single season categories: Scoring Average (22.6 PPG) and Field Goals (270), both in the 1989-90 season), and in career scoring average (19.3 PPG). The Vandals won back-to-back Big Sky Tournament Championships in 1989 and 1990, and Riley Smith was the MVP for both.
· 1966 Baseball Team - Intercollegiate baseball was played at Idaho through the 1980 season. During the first six years of the Big Sky Conference, the Vandals won four titles, in 1964, 1966, 1967, and 1969, under two head coaches, Wayne Anderson and John G. Smith. Two of those teams, 1966 and 1969, advanced to within one round of the College World Series, falling in the District 7 finals, today's "Super-Regionals" (Sweet 16). The 1966 Vandals, to be honored this weekend, led by senior pitcher Bill Stoneman with a 0.45 ERA, entered the post-season with a 31-7 record. They traveled to Greeley and eliminated Colorado State and Air Force, but then fell at Tucson to Arizona.
· Track and field star Vic Dyrgall
The 2012 Vandal Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction ceremony is Friday (Sept. 21), with the Hall of Fame football game against Wyoming set for Saturday afternoon.
· Composer Morey O'Donnell (Go Vandals Go, the Idaho fight song)
· Track and field star Pat Perrine
· Coach Frank Young (boxing)