The Summit County Sports Hall of Fame will induct the eight members of its class of 2019 during its yearly banquet Oct. 1 at Tangier restaurant in Akron.
Here are biographies of the inductees:
Talita (Scott) Braddix — Basketball
Braddix graduated from Buchtel in 1990 and Bowling Green State University in 1994. She lettered all four years at BGSU. A two-time All-MAC first-team selection and an Academic All-American, she helped the Falcons to an 89-29 record and 51-9 her last two years. She helped BGSU win two MAC regular season and conference tournament titles. She scored 1,432 points, which was second at the time and is now sixth in school history. She also has the school record in field goal percentage at 56.3. She is only the fourth women’s basketball player to be awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was also a GTE/CoSida Academic All-American first-team selection as a senior and third team as a junior. She is in the Bowling Green Athletic Hall of Fame.
Brian Bidlingmyer — Basketball
Bidlingmyer is a 1991 graduate of Barberton and a 1995 graduate of Siena College, where he was a four-year letter winner in basketball. He was a two-time captain in 1994 and 1995, while playing in 118 consecutive games. He led Siena to the NIT final four in 1994, finishing in third place. He is in the top 25 all-time in school history in assists, steals and rebounding and still holds the MAAC record for steals in a game with 10. Bidlingmyer also coached college basketball for 17 years and led three teams to the NCAA Tournament, two to the NIT, and four college all-star teams in world competitions. He is also a member of the Barberton Sports Hall of Fame and Academic Hall of Fame.
Dirk Hayhurst — Baseball
Hayhurst graduated from Canton South in 1999 and Kent State in 2003, where he was a four-year letter winner in baseball. He played in the major leagues for the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays. He is in the Kent State Hall of Fame.
Brock Kreitberg — Football and track
Kreitberg graduated from Walsh Jesuit in 1994 and the University of Toledo in 1998, where he was a four-year letter winner in football and track. He was an All-Ohio wide receiver in 1993, Academic All-MAC football in 1996 and 1997, second-team All MAC in 1997 and All-MAC in track in 1997. At the time of graduation, he was the second-leading receiver in Toledo history. He was on the Team USA bobsled team for seven years, with one Olympics, and holds seven World Cup Gold medals. He is a member of the Walsh Jesuit Hall of Fame.
James Meyer — Football
Meyer graduated from St. Vincent-St. Mary in 1973 and the University of Akron in 1978, where he was a three-year letter winner. He was captain in 1976, UA went to the Pioneer Bowl and Meyer was an honorable mention All-American. James also participated in track at UA. He has been a football coach for over 40 years. He has been an assistant at UA, head coach at Kenyon College, head coach and athletic director at St. V-M, and assistant at Ashland and Baldwin Wallace. He is a St. V-M Sports Hall of Fame inductee.
Gary Pinkel — Football
Pinkel graduated from Kenmore in 1970 and Kent State in 1975, where he lettered twice in football. In 1972 and 1973, he was an All-MAC selection and honorable mention All-American. He has been the head coach at Toledo and Missouri. Gary was the 20th winningest coach in college football history when he retired in 2015. He is in the Kenmore, Kent State, Toledo, Mid-American Conference, St. Louis Sports and Missouri Sports halls of fame.
Patrick Ritchie — Track and cross country
Ritchie graduated from Tallmadge High School in 1972 and the University of Akron in 1976, where he was a three-time letter winner in track and cross country. He had three consecutive national championship appearances and was captain of the cross country team in 1975. Ritchie had one national championship appearance in track and was captain in 1976. He is an Ohio Association of Track and Field/Cross Country Hall of Fame inductee in 2013 and was the Clem Caraboolad Coach of the Year in 2016.
Ed Vuillemin — Football
Vuillemin is a 1965 graduate of St. Vincent where he was a standout wrestler and football player. He is a 1969 graduate of Notre Dame and was a standout on the gridiron. He won the Hering Award as the team’s outstanding running back as a freshman. As a sophomore, Vuillemin was a member of the 1966 national championship team which finished 9-0-1 and played in the “Game of the Century” against Michigan State and a Rose Bowl victory over USC. He finished his career as a backup linebacker his last two years, as injuries cut his career short. He is a member of the St. V-M Hall of Fame.
The doors will open for the banquet at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the program to follow.
For more information about the banquet, contact Rob Culbertson at email@example.com.