COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six former Panther student-athletes comprise the 2015 Ohio Dominican Athletic Hall of Fame class, and that group will be recognized during the Homecoming ceremonies the weekend of Oct. 2-3.
Two baseball players (Wilfredo Colon, Scott Marple), two softball players (Tabitha Furlong, Jessica Jurkovic), a men’s soccer player (Ron Dezalovsky) and a women’s basketball player (Julie Mueller) comprise the 2015 Hall of Fame class.
The group will be honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner on Friday, Oct. 2 in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center and will also be recognized at halftime of the Homecoming football game, which kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 against Lake Erie.
Induction into the Ohio Dominican Athletic Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors that a Panther student-athlete can receive. The Hall of Fame formally recognizes former students and coaches who excelled in Ohio Dominican athletics as well as friends of the university who helped to advance the overall athletics program to new levels. The Hall of Fame encourages student-athletes to strive to attain the highest standards of performance and conduct.
"We are honored to welcome this tremendous group of six individuals into the Hall of Fame,” Athletic Director Jeff Blair said. “They not only achieved great success as student-athletes during their time at Ohio Dominican, but they also have accomplished so much in their professional careers. They truly are great representatives of this university and we are honored to bring them back to campus to celebrate their achievements.”
Wilfredo Colon (’04) is one of the most decorated baseball players in the storied tradition of the program. As a senior, Colon was an NAIA First Team All-American, along with being named the AMC South Division Player of the Year. A two-time First Team All-AMC selection, Colon batted .449 with 23 home runs and 115 RBI in his final two seasons in a Panther uniform while mustering a .552 on-base percentage. Colon also picked up Second Team All-AMC honors in 2001.
Ron Dezalovsky (’04) still holds the soccer program’s all-time and single-season assist record and picked up a trio of Honorable Mention All-American honors during his playing career. The two-time First Team All-AMC selection had 44 assists in his career, including 21 during the 2001 season. He also ranks second in school history in goals (41) and points scored (126).
Tabitha Furlong (’05) has her name littered across the top of the softball record book, including most games played (228), most at bats (790), most runs scored (203), most hits (316) and most stolen bases (141) in program history. During her senior season, Furlong was a First Team All-American, while also picking up a pair of all-region awards and being named the Region IX Player of the Year. She was also named an honorable mention All-American in 2004 and was a three-time First Team All-AMC selection.
Jessica Jurkovic (’05) also sits atop the softball record book for her accomplishments in the circle. Jurkovic holds school records for most appearances (116), starts (95), wins (68), innings pitched (636.2), shutouts (22) and strikeouts (569). The 2005 NAIA Region IX Pitcher of the Year, she also picked up All-American honors that season, along with First Team All-AMC and two other all-region accolades.
Scott Marple (’98) earned Honorable Mention All-American accolades following his senior season, when he hit 22 doubles with 55 RBI. He was also a First Team All-MOC selection and named to the NAIA All Great Lakes Region Team while being named an NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete. Marple hit .430 with 64 runs scored during his junior season as well.
Julie Mueller (’01) earned a trio of all-conference awards during her time at Ohio Dominican and left as the program’s third all-time leading scorer with 1,620 career points. She also pulled down the second-most rebounds in school history (965) and shot 51.2 percent from the field in her career, tied for the best mark in program history.
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