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Haverford Announces 2018 Hall of Achievement Inductees

Haverford Announces 2018 Hall of Achievement Inductees

HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford College Athletics Department is pleased to announce the newest inductees into the department's Thomas Glasser '82 Hall of Achievement.

The inductees in the Class of 2018 are Sol Tollin '51, Stu Levitt '63, Stephanie James '87, Amy Furr Stilwell '90, and Matt Leighninger '92. The group will be officially inducted on Friday, June 1 in an on-campus ceremony during the College's Alumni Weekend.

Solis "Sol" Tollin '51 will be inducted posthumously. Tollin graduated as the all-time leading scorer in the history of the men's basketball program with 898 points during his career, averaging a then-school record 18.0 points per game. One of the top scoring threats in the Middle Atlantic Conference, he led the South Division in scoring with 21.5 points per game as a senior and was referred to as the "deadliest outside man in Philadelphia basketball circles." He still holds Haverford's third-highest scoring average for a career while his 21.5 points per game as a senior continue to rank among the program's top 10 individual seasons. He led the Fords in scoring during each of his four seasons and was named the team's Bennett S. Cooper (team MVP) award recipient in 1951.

Stu Levitt '63 was the College's first individual national champion in the history of the storied men's track & field program. Specializing in javelin, Levitt won that event six times as a senior, including his championship performance at the NCAA College Division Championships. He also qualified to the NCAA University Championships where he placed seventh overall. Leading up to that historic postseason, Levitt won the Middle-Atlantic Conference, Penn Relays, and Florida Relays titles on his way to winning the 1963 Ernest P. Walton Cup as the team MVP. His current school record throw of 238 feet, 11 and a half inches is still more than 43 feet clear of the second best individual in Haverford history. An all-round athlete, Levitt added to his track legacy as one of the finest discus throwers and broad jumpers during his outstanding career where he also lettered in basketball as a senior – leading the team to the MAC Tournament in 1963.

Stephanie James '87 was a recipient of the Varsity Cup – Haverford's highest athletic honor – and had a decorated lacrosse and basketball career at Haverford. On the lacrosse field, James was a first-team and second-team IWLCA/Brine All-American selection and a two-time honorable mention All-American honoree on the U.S. Lacrosse team. James was additionally a two-time first-team All-MAC and PAIAW All-Star selection as the Fords won three PAIAW Championships, one Middle Atlantic Conference Championship, and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in two seasons. She graduated as the program's all-time leader in points (162), game-winning goals (13), assists (49), and games played (48), while ranking second in goals (113). On the hardwoods, James was a two-year captain of the women's basketball team where she was a three-time PAIAW All-Star and graduated with the program's career records for assists (241), steals (158), free throws made, and free throw percentage. She broke the school's single-season points per game record by averaging 13.7 points per game in her first year on campus and went on to record 614 career points for the second-highest mark at the time of her graduation.

Amy Furr Stilwell '90 was one of the first stars for an emerging women's soccer program that first competed as a varsity team when she was a senior in high school. By the time she graduated from Haverford, she held the school record for career points (115), goals (48), assists (19), and game-winning goals (8). With the program completing its 33rd varsity season this past fall, those goal and point totals still rank as the school record. On her way to first-team All-Middle Atlantic Conference accolades in 1988, she rewrote the school record for points (46), goals (19), and assists (8) in a single year. Like her career records, those original single-season records still stand nearly 30 years later.

Matt Leighninger '92 completed his Haverford track & field career as a two-time national champion and seven-time All-American between the indoor and outdoor track seasons. He won the indoor 1,500 meter national title during the 1991 season and followed that up with a steeplechase championship during the outdoor season. He was named an NCAA Postgraduate Scholar and honored with Haverford's Varsity Cup and Gregory Kannerstein '63 Award upon his graduation from Haverford. Leighninger set the College's indoor records in both the 800 meters and 1,500 meters and still ranks second in both events to this day. On the outdoor surface, he broke the school's steeplechase record and was a three-time All-American in the 1,500 meters. Leighninger, who was also selected to the Middle-Atlantic Conference All-Century Team, qualified to nationals three times as a member of the cross country team that won three MAC Championships during those 1989-91 seasons.