Dinos recognized for their long haul

The Dinos’ hall got a little more crowded this week. In an on-campus ceremony Wed., April 4, the University of Calgary Dinos inducted two more athletes and a pioneer secretary into their hall of fame.

The class of 2007 was comprised of Tom Bishop, men’s basketball player from 1973-76, Kathy Ranheim, women’s soccer player from 1988-93 and Marguerite Ives, a former secretary in the athletic department from 1966 until she retired in 1987.

Bishop’s Dinos career included numerous accolades: a Canada West first team all-star, first team Canadian University Sport all-Canadian and a U of C athlete of the year award–all in 1976.

“It’s a great honour,” said Bishop, who is a vice-principal at Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School in Calgary. “If you look at the basketball players that have been inducted, it was Karl Tilleman before me, who was an incredible player. I played here, I coached here–it’s just a very nice recognition of some of the work that I’ve done around here.”

Bishop still holds the Dinos men’s basketball record for the highest average rebounds per game with 7.2, and is fourth overall in total rebounds with 577. Bishop also averaged 12.4 points per game in his four-year career.

In his first year with the team, the Dinos finished with a 6-14 record and improved from there. In Bishop’s final year, the team finished with a 19-1 record and won the Canada West championship.

“The greatest thing I’ve accomplished [with the Dinos] was the team went 19-1 in my last year, won Canada West and went to the nationals,” said Bishop, who averaged 20.1 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game that season. “But, it was a team that did it. I’ve been on two teams that were the epitome of what a team is. The ’76 U of C team and the 1980 Olympic team. We were very close, and everyone pulled together as a group.”

Bishop’s Canadian basketball squad qualified for the ’80 Olympic games in Moscow, but Canada, along with 63 other nations, chose not to participate to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

When Kathy Ranheim started with the U of C women’s soccer team, it wasn’t even a varsity sport. The lady soccersaurs were just a club team, and Ranheim helped lead them to varsity status.

“The fact that the team became varsity while I was here is very rewarding,” said Ranheim.

She accumulated a mess of awards in her five years with the Dinos, including four Canada West all-star nods, Canada West player of the year in 1991, and a Dr. Dennis Kadatz trophy for U of C female athlete of the year in 1992. Ranheim was also the U of C’s first women’s soccer player to be named a Canadian Interuniversity Sport all-Canadian in 1991.

Ranheim is the first female soccer player to be inducted into the Dinos’ hall of fame.

“I’m very humbled and very honoured,” said Ranheim. “It’s an elite group of athletes I’m joining. I’m shocked that I’m actually here, it’s very overwhelming. I feel like if I’ve made any kind of a difference, then maybe I’ve done something. If we’ve been able to pioneer the game from starting [as a] varsity club team to a varsity sport, get some scholarships involved and a little bit of assistance that way, I feel like players down the road are going to have a lot more opportunity than we did.”

Ranheim now lives in Oro Valley, Arizona, with her husband and two children.

Marguerite Ives joined the Dinos Sept. 1, 1966 as a secretary to athletic director Dennis Kadatz. Ives retired in 1987 and received the Margaret Southern Trophy for her dedication to the athletic department.

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