Hall of Fame tickets available

BIG RAPIDS — Tickets are now on sale for the Class of 2017 Induction Banquet of Ferris State University’s Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame set for Sept. 15, at the University Center on campus in Big Rapids.

Demand is high for the school’s first induction banquet in six years with table sales strong over the past month. Fans are encouraged to purchase as soon as possible.

General public tickets for the induction ceremony are $55 each or a table of 10 for $500. Current Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame members receive a discount and that information has been mailed to each member of the Hall of Fame. All tickets must be purchased in advance while availability remains and can be bought online at  https://ebill.ferris.edu/C20079_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=3070

Additional information can also be obtained by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888 or by visiting the box office inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Tickets will not be sold the night of the event.

The Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame, which inducted its Charter Class in 2000, was established to honor those athletes and coaches who have distinguished themselves in their sport or honorary members who made truly exceptional contributions to athletics.

This year’s honorees include: Kathryn Bobbie (Women’s Golf, 1999-03), Steve Fountain (Men’s Track & Cross Country, 1974-79), Jody “Gifford” Markwart (Softball, 1996-99), Kathy O’Connor (Women’s Volleyball & Basketball, 1990-93), Chris Pulliams (Football, 1993-96), Scott Schultz (Men’s & Women’s Tennis Coach & Administrator, 1982-89) and Monta Ware (Women’s Basketball, 1979-83).

In addition, the school’s first-ever unbeaten football team from 1968, which was guided by head coach Bob Leach, will become the first-ever team to earn induction into the Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame.

“This is a very distinguished and decorated group of individuals and we’re thrilled to be able to induct them into our Hall of Fame,” said FSU Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger. “To be recognized and chosen for induction into your alma mater’s Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor and we congratulate each inductee and honoree on this accomplishment. We look forward to welcoming them back to campus for a Hall of Fame weekend that will be a very special time for these individuals, their families, teammates and fellow Bulldog alums.”

A 14-member Selection Committee comprised of faculty, staff, alumni and community members selected the 2017 inductees in a voting process from more than 60 initial nominees. The seven individuals will become the newest members of a current Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame member group that presently includes 101 previous inductees.

The evening will begin with a reception in honor of this year’s inductees at 6 p.m. The dinner and induction ceremony will start at 7 p.m. For sponsorships, call Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles at (231) 591-2864.

“We are very excited about this great Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and looking forward to an exceptional event”, said Hall of Fame Selection Committee member and current Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame member Bill Scheible. “This is a great group of superstar athletes, an outstanding coach and an entire undefeated football team that will be honored. It will make for a great evening and celebration of some of the outstanding people in Ferris State Athletics history.”

During the evening banquet, the Bulldogs will also honor the 2016-17 Dean Davenport Bulldog of the Year Award recipients, which include men’s basketball standout Zach Hankins and former Bulldog Volleyball All-American Stephanie Sikorski. The awards are presented annually to the top FSU male and female student-athletes as voted up by head coaches and senior staff in honor of former Athletic Director Dean Davenport and his wife, Joyce.

Inductees of the 2017 Hall of Fame class will also be recognized the following day (Sept. 16) during halftime activities of the Bulldog football home opener vs. Northern Michigan. Opening kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.



Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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