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HALL OF FAME inductees for this year include two sports teams, four players, one player/coach, and one coach. Clockwise, starting at top left: Jacobe Krizman (football), Eugenio “Pepe” Quintanilla (baseball), the 1962 Hood River High School basketball team, Ed Drew (HRV football coach), Ed Wells (track), Meghan Flem (softball), 1977 HRV ski teams, and Phil Nolin (Cascade Locks High School basketball player/coach).
The 9th Annual Hood River Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies are coming up in a little over a month and in advance of that event, the school’s Hall of Fame Committee has released the names of this year’s inductees.
The celebration was started as a way to honor those who have made contributions to or achievements in HRV athletics in a variety of ways, be it a state championships team or athlete, an all-state honor, a longtime coach (preferably with a good win-loss record), or a community member who has dedicated an extraordinary amount of their lives to local athletics, explains Hall of Fame Committee member, Phil Hukari.
This year’s list include two full teams, four players, one player/coach, and one coach and covers a variety of sports from a variety of decades, with the years of their achievements dating as far back as 1962 and as recent as 2006.
Here’s the complete 2015 Hall of Fame list, organized in chronological order:
1962: Hood River High School Blue Dragons varsity basketball team
Back before the Hood River Valley High School Eagles were in existence, it was the Hood River High School Blue Dragons. The school’s 1962 varsity basketball team finished with an 18-5 overall record, were the champions of the Cowapa League, and finished fourth place in the state tournament. The team was composed of Frank Easterly, Mike Mallery, John Kerr, Doug Flint, Jerry Arnold, Bill Caddy, Ed Wells, Dennis Downing, Ken Jernstedt, Ted Webber, Dennis Smith, Don Hull, Dave Jubitz, and Coach Ed Vannet.
1963: Ed Wells
Wells has the unique distinction of being honored both as a member of team and for an individual achievement this year. In addition to his role on the 1962 basketball team, Wells was also a state champion in 1963 in the shot put event. Wells also played football for Hood River High School and made all-league and fifth team all-state.
1968-1972: Phil Nolin
Nolin was on the 2014 Hall of Fame list, but was unable to make it to the celebration, according to Hukari, and will be inducted this year. According to last year’s information, Nolin was a member of the Cascade Locks High School basketball team (the high school was changed to a K-8 school after the 2009 graduating class) from 1968-1972, went on to play collegiately at Mt. Hood Community College and the Oregon College of Education and then professionally in Australia before returning home to coach his high school alma mater team up until the late 2000s.
1977: HRVHS Eagles boys and girls ski teams
The year 1977 was a great year for HRV’s ski teams. The two squads capped off a stellar year by each taking first in the state championship, resulting in a combined first-place finish in the state championship as well. The 1977 team was composed of Dawn Higgins, Jaren Kiyokawa, Brad Adams, Tom Ewald, Assistant Coach Steve Labadie, Jeff Nellermoe, Mitch Mattson, Mark Crompton, Greg Thomas, Coach Rick Dills, Pam Thomas, Coach Martha Smith, Carol Hosford, Tami Mallon, and Tracey Kennedy.
1982: Eugenio “Pepe” Quintanilla
Another holdover from last year’s Hall of Fame ceremony, Quintanilla was a member of the HRV Eagles’ 1980 state championship baseball team — the first in the school’s history. He was named to the first team all-conference and first team all-state rosters in 1981. Quintanilla graduated in 1982.
1989: Ed Drew
Drew served as HRVHS head football coach for six seasons throughout the 1980s and 1990s, with his crowning achievement coming in 1989 when he was coach of that year’s state champion varsity football team. Over his six seasons, Drew boasted an impressive record of 49 wins, 14 losses, and one tie.
2003: Jacobe Krizman
One of the best if not the best running backs in the history of Hood River Valley, Krizman shattered school and state records during his 2002 senior season at HRVHS, where he ran for an insane total of 2,845 yards and scored 44 touchdowns in 11 games. He received numerous honors, including the conference’s player of the year, as well as a spot on the first team all-state roster. Not only was he good at football, but Krizman excelled in other sports too, placing fifth at the state championships for wrestling and garnering second team all-conference honors in lacrosse. Krizman graduated in 2003, and received a full tuition scholarship to play football at Southern Oregon University.
2006: Meghan Flem
2006 HRV graduate Meghan Flem helped guide the school’s softball team to the playoffs on more than one occasion and received the honor of being named to first team all-state in 2005 and second team all-state in 2006. After graduating, Flem went on to play softball at Western Washington University.
Hall of Fame Ceremonies will kick off Friday, Sept. 18 with the hat ceremony during halftime of the Ridgeview/HRV football game. The annual Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will occur with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 and will be a scramble format. Awards and prizes will be handed out at 1:30 p.m. The golf tourney serves as a fundraiser for the HRVHS athletic department. The celebrations wrap at 5:30 p.m. the same day with the Hall of Fame banquet at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn.
The Hall of Fame Committee is still looking for help in locating honorees; anyone who has information can call HRV Athletic Director Tom Ames at 541-386-2318. Those with questions about any of the festivities can call Ames or Phil Hukari at 541-386-1516.