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Ohio Athletics Set To Induct Kermit Blosser Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018

Ohio Athletics Set To Induct Kermit Blosser Hall Of Fame Class Of 2018

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ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is set to induct the 2018 class of the Kermit Blosser Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame at the 2018 Alumni Awards Gala which will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker University Center on Friday (Oct. 19). The class will include Melissa Griffin (Volleyball, 2008), Tiffany Horvath (Soccer, 2007), Marc Krauss (Baseball, 2017) and the 1968 football team. The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner and the program to follow at 6:30 p.m. The event is held in conjunction with Ohio's homecoming celebration.

Melissa Griffin played volleyball at Ohio from 2004-07 and is one of the most decorated players in program history. Griffin was an All-American Honorable Mention in 2007 and was AVCA All-Mideast Region selection in 2007 and 2006 while also earning ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV honors in 2007. She was the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in 2007 and was a four-time All-MAC selection. Griffin was also named to the MAC All-Tournament Team twice, while earning MAC Tournament MVP honors in 2006. Griffin ranks in the top-10 in a number of categories in the Ohio record book, including holding the program record with a career .349 hitting percentage. She ranks second in career kills (1,678), second in career points (1,977.5) and third in matches played (133). Her .349 hitting percentage also ranks fourth all-time in the MAC. 

Tiffany Horvath played soccer at Ohio from 2003-06 and is still ranked in the top-five in a number of Ohio program records. Horvath was an All-American Freshman Honorable Mention in 2003, while also earning All-MAC Second Team selection three times during her career. In 2003, Horvath earned Second Team, All-Freshman, All-Tournament and Freshman of the Year honors after her first season with the Bobcats. Horvath ranks third in career shots (164), career goals (23) and career points (62) at Ohio. She also ranks fourth in points in a game (5) and has two spots on the single-season top-10 list, with nine goals as a freshman and sophomore. She was also a two-time Academic All-MAC selection, while twice on the MAC Academic Honor Roll. 

Marc Krauss played baseball at Ohio from 2007-09 before leaving to play professional baseball with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization after being selected 64th overall in the second round of the 2009 MLB draft. In 2009, he a Louisville Slugger All-American First Team selection by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Baseball Team selection and an American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Mideast Region First Team and First Team All-American Selection. He was also named the 2009 MAC Player of the Year and was named First Team All-MAC. In 2007, Krauss was an All-American as a Freshman and was named the MAC Freshman of the Year.  He was a First Team All-MAC Selection in 2008. Krauss owns a number of Ohio single-season records, including home runs (27), total bases (178) and slugging percentage (.852), which were set in 2009. He also set the Ohio single season record in walks (48) in 2008. The 70 runs batted in in 2009 ranks second all-time in Ohio history, along with his 73 runs scored in 2009. His 27 homers in 2009 was the second most in a single-season in MAC history. 

In 1968, one of the most explosive Bobcat offenses in program history, stormed its way to a 10-0 regular season, a MAC Championship, and an invitation to the Tangerine Bowl. Along the way, they ranked racked up 418 points in 11 games. That average of 37.6 points per game stood as the MAC record until 1997. The amazing pass-and-catch combination of Cleve Bryant and Todd Snyder, coupled with the sturdy running of Dave LeVeck and Bob Houmard, proved to be nearly unstoppable. That 1968 season also marked Ohio's first-ever appearance in the Top-20. On the heels of a 28-27 victory over Bowling Green, in which the Bobcats scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes, Bryant led the way to a 60-48 win at Cincinnati. Sports Illustrated called it an "insane circus" and helped land the Bobcats at 18th in the United Press International Coaches' Poll and 20th in the Associated Press Writers' Poll. Ohio wrapped up its season with a trip to the Tangerine Bowl, where Bryant threw four touchdown passes and Snyder caught 11 passes for 214 yards in the hard-fought loss to Richmond.

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