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Eight Added to Varsity "K" Hall of Fame

Posted Feb. 14, 2011

Members of the Varsity "K" Hall of FameClass of 2011 were formally inducted during a two-hour ceremony in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on Feb. 5, and the list was an impressive one.

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Part of the 2011 Varsity "K" class
Joshua Cribbs (football, 2001-04), Blanford Fuller (men's tennis, 1952-59), Martina Gillen (women's golf, 2001-04), Dirk Hayhurst (baseball, 2000-03), Laing Kennedy (athletic director, 1994-2010), Mike McKibben (football, 1972-75), Beth Obruba (women's track & field, 1996-00) and Billie Jean Smith-Goldman (women's basketball, 1994-97) made this year's list of inductees.

In addition, Jack Rittichier (Distinguished Alumnus, posthumous) and Mel Mellis (Honorary Varsity "K") received special recognition for their contributions and accomplishments.

"This special day is always one of the highlights of our year," says Kent State Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen. "The accomplishments and diversity of this class represent the honor, rich tradition and a constant striving for excellence that are associated with being a member of the Golden Flashes family. This group of former student-athletes, administrators and supporters truly are the 'best of the best' when it comes to Kent State athletics."

The Varsity "K" Athletics Hall of Fame was started in 1979 with the induction of the original 13-member charter class. The Hall of Fame honors men and women whose exceptional performance on the athletic fields and, in later years on other fields, merits special recognition from their alma mater. With the induction of its 33rd class of honorees, the Hall of Fame ranks now number 269 strong.

For more information about the Varsity "K" Hall of Fame, including biographies of this years' class, go to

By Alan Ashby