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Simonton is a great choice

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:20am
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Ken Simonton, who ran for more than 5,000 yards during his four seasons at Oregon State, was among the list of five inductees who joined the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame during the annual ceremony at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

Dave Husted, Lindsey Yamasaki, Barry Adams and Harry Merlo joined the Hall as the Class of 2013/14 during the ceremony.

Simonton reached the national sports scene as a freshman in 1998 when he ran for 1,028 yards, becoming only the second freshman to pass the 1,000-yard barrier in the Pac-10s history. As a junior, he led the Beavers to an 11-1 record and win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. Prior to his senior season, Sports Illustrated had him on its cover along with Oregon's Joey Harrington as Heisman Trophy contenders.

After finishing his collegiate career with 5,044 yards, he played briefly in the NFL, NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League before retiring in 2008.

Husted established himself as one of America's top bowlers after turning pro in 1978. He won 14 PBA Tour events, including the U.S. Open three times, and had career earnings of more than $1 million.

Yamasaki led Oregon CIty to four OSAA girls basketball titles (1995-98), before playing at Stanford for four seasons. She played briefly in the WNBA, and professionally in Europe before retiring in 2006.

Adams coached high school basketball for 40 years, and won 656 games and a pair of state titles. He also operated the Cascade Sports Camp for 40 years.

Merlo was a long-time supporter of local tennis events and owner of the Portland Timbers for three seasons.

 

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