Former stars to enter North Marion athletics hall of fame
Among the inductees in this year's ceremony are Huskies greats Jim Bowman, Kelsey Kahle, Steve Schrenk, Roger Moore and Jack Berkey.
When North Marion High School began honoring former athletes with a hall of fame 3 years ago, it opted to highlight those who helped pave the way for future years of athletic achievement.
Folks like Rick Lamb, coach Bob Logsdon, Boyd Brown an Al Barendse were all inducted in the first two years of the North Marion athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies for their accomplishments in the 1950s, shortly after the school was founded.
Although this years third class of inductees will once again feature notable from the early history of North Marion, the ceremony will also look at athletes who made a name for themselves more recently.
This year is the first year that well have somebody in from close to 2000, said Ray Lambert, co-chair of the North Marion Hall of Fame committee.
Four athletes, one coach and one team will be honored on Oct. 5 as the third class inducted into the North Marion High School athletic Hall of Fame. Doors will open for the ceremony in the high school commons at 6 p.m., where people will be invited to honor past greats while supporting the North Marion athletic program.
This years class of inductees include the 1990 state runner-up softball team, former track coach Jim Bowman and former athletes Kelsey Kahle, Steve Schrenk, Roger Moore and Jack Berkey.
While Kahle, Schrenk and the softball team are more recent athletes in North Marions history, Lambert said the committee still wanted to recognize the achievements of some of the schools earlier athletic contributors.
Were trying to focus on some guys from the 50s over the past couple years, said Lambert, who admitted it was a difficult decision picking which athletes to honor because there are so many deserving people. A lot of people ask, Why arent you putting in this team or that guy? and well get to them.
Time is ultimately one of the big factors in choosing a class to induct, said Lambert, since the committee wanted to keep the ceremony close to 2 hours. In this years class, North Marion honors a diverse group of people who have all contributed to the Huskies athletic history, and some have gone on to compete beyond high school.
Kahle might be the most decorated of this years class. Graduating in 2005, Kahle was an all-state basketball player and a state high jump and triple jump champion who played at Portland State University from 2006-09. She graduated as the Vikings all-time leading scorer and rebounder, in addition to being named to the Big Sky Conferences all-academic team for four-straight years.
The latter accomplishment was important in Kahles induction, said Lambert. Kahle was the 2005 North Marion class valedictorian and also the senior class president, two achievements that were key in the committees decision. Lambert said that the school wants to honor athletes who also excelled academically at North Marion High School. Kahle is currently a teacher and varsity assistant basketball coach at North Marion.
Another relatively recent graduate, Shrenk was an all-state pitcher for the Huskies before graduating in 1987. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox and eventually reached the major leagues in 1999 before moving on to coach in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league system.
Coach Bowman began teaching biology and coaching track and field in 1965. He was the longest tenured coach in North Marion history when he retired in 1990. Bowman continues to assist the track and field team.
Berkey was a member of the class of 1956, while Moore graduated a year later. Berkey was a five-sport athlete in cross country, football, basketball, baseball and track and was the Boyd Brown Award winner, given to the best male student-athlete of the senior class.
Moore also won the Boyd Brown Award, and played football, basketball, baseball and track and field. Both men were exceptional student athletes, said Lambert, though records of their achievements are not as complete as the committee looked back on 50-plus years of history.
Lambert hopes this years ceremony is just as popular as the first two classes, which were inducted in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Although the ceremonies have mostly been annual events, Lambert anticipates that they eventually will slow down to a pace of once every few years.
Its been really popular the first couple years, said Lambert. Weve filled up the room pretty well and the idea is that its a fundraiser beyond just having fun with it, honoring people and putting plaques on the wall.