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Six Rockets named to All-American Scholar Team

Toledo placed six Rockets on the 2017-18 National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team.

UT had a school record seven members on the scholar squad last year.

Junior Natcha Daengpiem, junior Pimchanok Kawil, junior Hannah Kochendoerfer, junior Pinyada Kuvanun, sophomore Donchanok Toburint and sophomore Saranlak Tumfong each earned a spot on the squad.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50, and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent (Division I) or 66 percent (Division II and III) of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.

The six Rockets selected to the squad each possess a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher.

During the 2017-18 academic year, Toledo posted an athletic department best 3.776 GPA in the fall semester and ranked second with a 3.673 GPA in spring semester.

Tumfong paced the Rockets with a 3.904 GPA followed by Daengpiem (3.884), Kochendoerfer (3.879), Toburint (3.734), Kawil (3.675) and Kuvanun (3.610).

Former Rocket baseball player named all-star in South Korea

Former University of Toledo baseball player Jared Hoying has enjoyed a tremendous first half playing for the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization.

Last week, Hoying was rewarded with entries into the league’s home run derby and all-star game, performing well in both.


He placed second in the home run derby and was named the best hitter of the game, going 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run, two RBIs, and two runs scored. His homer was the first score of the game and gave the Nanum Team an early lead in what turned out to be a 10-6 win over the Dream Team.

Hoying has been terrific at the plate for the Eagles this season. He is hitting .321 in 87 games with 21 home runs, 75 RBIs, and 29 doubles. The former Rocket is second in the league in doubles, tied for third in RBIs, and seventh in home runs. Led by his play this year, Hanwha holds a record of 52-37, second best in the Korean Baseball Organization.

‘The Incredibles’ chosen for movie night at Glass Bowl Aug. 17

The University of Toledo, in a partnership with Kroger, will host a free showing of “The Incredibles” for the community in the Glass Bowl Friday, Aug. 17.

The selection was determined by an online fan vote.

The movie will begin at 8 p.m. with gates opening at 6:30 p.m.

Fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet members of the football and volleyball programs, and participate in other fun activities.

Attendees may bring their own food and drink into the stadium. The concession stands also will be open.

For more information about movie night at the Glass Bowl, call 419.530.4653 (GOLD).

Single-game football tickets on sale July 17; tickets for Miami, BG on sale Aug. 1

Single-game tickets for the 2018 University of Toledo football season for all games except Miami (Sept. 15) and Bowling Green (Oct. 6) go on sale Tuesday, July 17.

Toledo will open the season with three consecutive home games, beginning with the Virginia Military Institute Saturday, Sept. 1. Following a bye week, the Rockets host Miami (Fla.) Sept. 15 and Nevada Sept. 22.

Single-game tickets for the Miami and Bowling Green games will go on sale to the general public Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Current UT Athletics donors, Rocket Fund donors and/or football season ticket members will have exclusive pre-sale access to the Miami and Bowling Green games during the week of July 23.

Season tickets for the 2018 season also are on sale.

To order individual tickets or season tickets, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go online at utrockets.com, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Toledo to play at Illinois in 2023

The University of Toledo football team will play Illinois in Memorial Stadium in Champaign Sept. 2, 2023.

The contest will mark the first meeting between the two schools in football.

“The Illinois game adds another quality opponent to our future non-conference football schedule,” UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien said. “Over the next few years, we will play three teams from the Big Ten [Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State], as well as Kentucky and Notre Dame. These are exciting games for our players and are also close enough for our fans to attend in large numbers.”

Toledo will open the 2018 season with three consecutive home games, beginning with the Virginia Military Institute Saturday, Sept. 1. Following a bye week, the Rockets host Miami (Fla.) Sept. 15 and Nevada Sept. 22.

For season tickets, click here or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Baseball program to host annual golf outing Aug. 3

The Toledo baseball program will hold its annual golf outing Friday, Aug. 3, at the Legacy Golf Club in Ottawa Lake, Mich.

Registration for the event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

The day will include free access to the driving range, as well as lunch and a post-golf dinner in the clubhouse.

Hole sponsorships are $100 and available to any individual, family, business, etc.

The deadline to register for the golf outing is Monday, July 30.

To RSVP, or for any questions, contact the baseball office at 419.530.6263.

Basketball season tickets on sale

The University of Toledo Athletic Department announced this week that 2018-19 men’s and women’s basketball season tickets are now on sale.

Season ticket plans are available with a variety of pricing options, benefits and new opportunities.

Season ticket options for men’s basketball include the lower level premium blue and gold sections. These premium areas are some of the very best seats in Savage Arena and require a Rocket Fund premium seat payment.

New to the 2018-19 season is the expansion of the premium purple season ticket package to include Section 101 and part of Section 110. Season tickets for this section start at just $180 plus a premium seat payment of $75. Other reserved season ticket options for the men are available in the upper east level starting at $80.

The Rocket men registered a 23-11 record last year, including a trip to the Mid-American Conference Championship Game, and will return four starters for the 2018-19 campaign. Senior guard Jaelan Sanford earned second-team All-MAC honors last year and ranked ninth in the MAC with 16.3 points per game and a 40.3 three-point shooting mark. Senior forward Nate Navigato set a school record last year with 94 three-pointers and ranked second in the MAC with a 42.7 three-point percentage. Also returning will be the junior duo of center Luke Knapke (10.8 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game) and forward Willie Jackson (7.6 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game), as well as All-MAC Freshman Team member Marreon Jackson (8.0 points per game, 2.7 assists per game).

Women’s basketball elite reserved season tickets are $150 in sections 108, 109 and the first five rows of section 102 and 103. General admission season tickets for women’s basketball are priced at $95.

The Rocket women made their sixth Postseason WNIT appearance last year. UT defeated Horizon League member Wright State, 64-50, in the first round before falling at Big Ten foe Michigan State, 68-66. Two-time All-MAC honoree senior Mikaela Boyd (12.1 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game, 4.2 assists per game), 2017-18 third-team All-MAC selection senior Kaayla McIntyre (16.0 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game) and 2016-17 All-MAC Freshman Team recipient junior Mariella Santucci (6.4 points per game, 4.1 assists per game) will be the focal points of UT’s offense in 2018-19.

Another new option for the 2018-19 basketball season is a youth season ticket price (50 percent discount for 12 and younger) in all areas.

Also, the UT Athletic Department is pleased to announce a ticket exchange program where season ticket members can exchange tickets for games they cannot attend. Season ticket members may exchange a ticket they are not using for a ticket of equal or lesser value to a future home game. Some restrictions may apply, and all ticket exchanges are based upon availability. In addition, exchanges must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the game by the physical ticket in at the UT Ticket Office.

A limited number of club and loge seats also are on sale. Fans may contact the Athletic Development Office at 419.530.4183 for more information or to purchase.

Full-time UT employees and retirees may purchase up to two season tickets at half-price. Additional season tickets may be purchased at the full price.

Fans who order season tickets by the early bird deadline of Friday, Aug. 10, will receive a Glass City Basketball T-shirt (one shirt per account). Additional benefits include:

• Discount to Rocky’s Locker;

• Complimentary general admission parking (Rocket Fund donors receive premium parking);

• Special discounts from corporate partners of the UT Athletic Department;

• Invitations to various Athletic Department special events throughout the year;

• Pre-sales for special events; and

• Rocket Athletic Department emails.

For more information or to purchase season tickets, visit the UT Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex in Savage Arena, contact the UT Athletic Ticket Office at 419.530.GOLD (4653), or go online at utrockets.com/tix.

Rockets to host ‘Football 101 — Ladies’ Night Out’ July 26

UT Football Coach Jason Candle and his wife, Nicole, will host “Football 101 — Ladies’ Night Out” Thursday, July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Glass Bowl.

The event will be a night of football, food and fun, and include the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Larimer Athletic Complex.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to hear the coaches discuss the upcoming season, try on the team’s Nike uniforms, meet the coaches and their wives, and sit in on a team meeting.

A wine and cheese social will be held during the event, and participants will receive a Rocket football T-shirt.

Tickets for the event are $100.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute at The University of Toledo.

To register, fans can go online to UTRockets.com, call 419.530.4653, or visit the UT Athletic Ticket Office. The deadline to register is Friday, July 20.

Time to vote for movie to be shown in Glass Bowl Aug. 17

The University of Toledo will host a free movie night for the community in the Glass Bowl Friday, Aug. 17.

The movie selection will be determined by fan voting. Fans can choose between “Coco” and “The Incredibles” here through Sunday, July 15.

The winning movie will be announced Monday, July 16.

The movie will begin at 8 p.m. with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. for the opportunity to meet members of the football and volleyball teams.

Throughout the evening, fans of all ages can check out fun activities.

Attendees may bring their own food and drink into the stadium. The concession stands also will be open.

For more information about movie night at the Glass Bowl, call 419.530.4653 (GOLD).

Former men’s basketball team manager passes away

Former UT Basketball Manager Bobby Graney of Dunedin, Fla., died June 30. He was 58.

Graney served as head ball boy for the men’s basketball team from 1979 to 2000, and could always be found in his seat at the end of the scorer’s table next to the Rocket bench at every home basketball game. He also worked with the football and women’s basketball teams.


In the late 1980s, Graney increased his duties and began attending every UT men’s and women’s basketball practice where he would run the scoreboard and the clock. He also helped out in the equipment room.

In 2000, Graney, who had Down syndrome, retired with his family to Florida, where the climate was better suited to his condition.

He was inducted into The University of Toledo Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame in 2000.

“All of us who knew and worked with Bobby came to love him,” said UT Deputy Athletic Director Dave Nottke, who worked with Graney during his time as a basketball manager in the 1990s. “He was a fixture at UT basketball games and practices. The UT Athletic Department extends its deepest sympathies to Bobby’s family during this difficult time.”

Graney is survived by parents, Bonnie and Mike; brother, Tim (June); sister, Michelle (Andrew); brother, Chris; nephews, Zach (Sarah) and Brandon; and niece, Emily.

Services will be private. The family gives special thanks to all their friends who knew Bobby, to the UT basketball staff, coaches, players, and everyone who made his life normal and complete.

Memorials are suggested to the UT Foundation for the basketball program.