Thompson honored as LC Hall-of-Famer

Thompson and his daughter, Emily, at the recent 2014 LC Hall of Fame banquet.

Thompson and his daughter, Emily, at the recent 2014 LC Hall of Fame banquet.

Although he might not seem it today, Hood River Mike Thompson was a big-time bruiser in his younger days. Wearing the number 69, Thompson was a notorious force on the football field in the early 1980s as an all-star defensive lineman for the Lewis and Clark Pioneers.

Thirty years later, the longtime Hood River resident got to relieve some of those glory days as he was inducted into the class of 2014 Lewis and Clark Athletic Hall of Fame last month at the college’s 37th annual HOF dinner and ceremony.


Thompson 30 years ago in his Lewis and Clark football uniform.

Thompson, a locally-based attorney, was a two-time All-Conference First-Team and All-District II Defensive Tackle for the Pioneer football team ending in 1983. He was a four-year letterman, a three-year starter at middle guard and captained the team his senior season, the same year he was named the Joe Huston Male Athlete of the Year and earned NAIA/NWC Scholar-Athlete honors.

“I went to Garfield High School in Seattle, where I played football and baseball,” he wrote in a recent e-mail. “Over the years (starting in middle school with my parents), a rotating group of us would climb and tele ski Mt. Adams. Usually after the climb, we would jump in the White Salmon (off the bridge in BZ), or swim at the Hatch or the Event site. This of course led to the familiar Hood River question: How do I move to this amazing town?”

After law school, he worked in Portland for a time, then moved to Hood River to work for a private law firm. He changed firms in the late 90s and has worked for Annala, Carey, Baker, Thompson and Van Koten ever since.

“Like many Hood River locals, I try to road bike, mountain bike, tele ski and generally take advantage of all the outdoor opportunities the area has to offer,” he said. “We are all very lucky to live in such a dynamic town.”

Following in his footsteps, Thompson’s daughter, Emily, a 2012 Hood River Valley High School graduate, is making waves as an athlete at the same college. This month, she was named to the Northwest Conference All-Conference First-Team as a forward on the Pioneer’s soccer team. Last season, as a sophomore, she was named Second-Team All-Conference and as a freshman she was named to the First-Team. Emily’s mother, Erin Hedenberg, is also a member of the LC Hall of Fame as a former four-year letter winner, captain and assistant coach for the university’s women’s soccer team.

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