Friday, October 12, 2012
Hood River Valley High School’s athletic Hall-of-Fame will induct its fifth class of former students and coaches at a banquet and fundraiser auction Oct. 27. The event is open to the public and, in addition to serving as an unofficial reunion for many, acts as a fundraiser for HRVHS athletic programs.
The group of 33 inductees will also be honored Oct. 26 at a halftime presentation of the HRVHS varsity football home game against The Dalles-Wahtonka. Tickets for the banquet (6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Hood River Inn’s Gorge Room) are $40 each and can be purchased through the HRVHS athletic office either by stopping by during school hours or calling 541-386-2318.
This year’s Hall-of-Fame is made up of five individuals and two full teams. Perhaps the most unique athlete on the list is Jessie Lopez, who was a four-time state boxing champion and a national Golden Gloves boxing champion during his tenure at HRVHS. Also on the list of state champions is Debbie Magnusen, who skied her way to two titles in the mid-1970s. Richie Carter is on the list as the all-state pitcher in the school’s 1980 state champion baseball team and 1992 graduate Holly Donnelly (Lavoie) is being inducted as a three-sport all conference athlete.
Wrapping up this year’s list of individual inductees, it’s hard not to include the illustrious coach Tom Greenough, who served HRVHS student athletes for close to 35 years.
Team honors this year go to the 1975 girls ski team and the 1986 baseball team. Athletes and coaches from each team will be inducted individually for their roles during those memorable years.
HRVHS Athletic Director Keith Bassham said a Hall-of-Fame committee is in charge of choosing athletes each year. The group has been working hard to plan the event, collect auction items and locate all of the athletes on the list. As of press time, four individuals haven’t been located.
n If anyone knows how to get in touch with the following people, you are asked to contact Bassham or Michelle Jacobs at 541-386-2318: Terrie Leavens, Joi Edwell, Cathy Jensen and Gary McGonigal. The first three were part of the 1975 girls ski team; the fourth was on the 1986 baseball team.