|Paluch among Hall of Fame inductees (04-16-13)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Tuesday, 16 April 2013 09:26|
Hockey player Scott Paluch, men's basketball player Shane Kline-Ruminski, gymnast Marny Oestreng and the 1959 football team have been selected for induction into the Bowling Green State University Athletics Hall of Fame, the athletics department announced Monday.
The induction ceremony will is Oct. 26.
The class will be recognized on the field during the BG-Toledo football game at Perry Stadium.
The game is Hall of Fame Day and is part of Letterwinner Weekend.
The class will be officially inducted in conjunction with a reception, which will be held at the Stroh Center. The reception will take place before or after the football game, with timing determined once the game kickoff time is set.
Paluch, who played from 1985-88, was an All-American defenseman for the Falcons, and later coached the team for seven seasons.
The top-scoring defenseman in BG history, Paluch was a first-team All-American and All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association selection as a senior in 1987-88.
He helped BG post four consecutive winning seasons and a winning percentage of .655 during his four years as a player. The Falcons won 33 games and captured the CCHA regular-season title in 1986-87, his junior year.
Then, BG won 30 games the next winter, earning the program's first CCHA playoff title with a championship-game win over Lake Superior at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. BG earned NCAA Tournament bids in both of those seasons.
Paluch scored 169 points in 165 career games, including 61 points as a senior in '87-88. That 61-point total is the second-highest total in a season by a BGSU defenseman in history, and his 169 career points, as mentioned, is the most ever by a BG blueliner. Additionally, his career total of 48 goals is the most in history by a BG defenseman.
Ruminski, who played from 1992-95, was a unanimous first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection as a senior in 1994-95, and was an NABC District 10 second-team pick.
He averaged 17.2 points and 7.3 rebounds for head coach Jim Larranaga that year, leading the nation with a field-goal percentage of .683. Through the 2012-13 season, that field goal percentage remains the school single-season record. Kline-Ruminski made 181 of his 265 shot attempts that winter, and ranked fourth in the MAC in scoring and ninth in rebounding.
Kline-Ruminski also was fourth in the league in scoring as a junior, with 17.7 points per game, and ranked 10th in the league with 6.9 boards per contest. He shot .563 that year to rank fifth in the league. The Falcons' co-MVP as a junior, he was an all-conference second-team pick. He helped the Falcons post a home record of 24-3 over his last two seasons.
The Falcons went a combined 34-21 during those two years, including an 18-10 overall record in Kline-Ruminski's junior season of 1994-95. That BG team tied for second in the MAC with a 12-6 league record.
Oestreng, who competed from 1999-2002, was an NCAA champion and the native of Trogsted, Norway, still holds the school record in every individual event.
Oestreng's school- and career-best score in the all-around while at BG was 39.600, and she also posted the program's best-ever scores in the floor exercise (9.975), uneven bars (9.950), vault (9.950) and balance beam (9.925).
The preseason preview section of the 1959 BG media guide begins with the following sentence: "The 13 lettermen who will greet Coach (Doyt) Perry on opening practice day will be the smallest number of returning letter winners that the Falcon coach has had in four seasons."
Led by those returnees, however, Perry's fifth BG team proceeded to go a perfect 9-0 - the first undefeated and untied season in program history - en route to winning the college division national championship.
Ron Blackledge, Bernie Casey, Bob Colburn and Bob Zimpfer all earned All-MAC first-team honors, while Jerry Dianiska, Russ Hepner and Chuck Ramsey were named to the second team. Perry's balanced squad led the MAC in both total offense, with 371.0 yards per game, and total defense, with just 208.3 ypg allowed.
The Falcons were voted No. 1 in the nation in the final United Press International poll of the season, and also were named the mythical small college national champions by the Washington, D.C. Touchdown Club.
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