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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.

 

Simonton heads Hall inductees

Dave Husted, Lindsey Yamasaki, Barry Adams and Ken Simonton join HoF
Oct. 1, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Ken Simonton, who ran for more than 5,000 yards during his four seasons at Oregon State, is among the list of four inductees who will join the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame during the annual ceremony, March 10, 2014, at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

Dave Husted, Lindsey Yamasaki and Barry Adams will join the Hall as the Class of 2013 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.

Oregonsports Journal - STATE SOCCER REVIEW

Catch up on photos and game features from the state high school championships and more
Nov. 19, 2012

Summit High didn't just win the Class 5A girls soccer championship Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium, it gave the state a pretty good preview of why it might win the next three titles.

Led by freshman goal-scorer Christina Edwards, the Storm beat Sherwood 3-0 to claim its second title in three years with Edwards set to return after leading the team in scoring with 26 goals.

This highlight and more is part of the Nov. 19 issue of Oregonsports Journal with four different regional covers available to subscribers through e-mailed PDFs.

The issue also has coverage of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony of Joey Harrington as well as highlights of pro, college and high school events from the past week and upcoming events.

Subscriptions are only $25 for 52 issues and comes with a copy of the Oregon Sports Almanac set to be published in June following the close of the academic year.

Take a look at a preview of this week’s issue and subscribe today.

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History doesn't need video to make a story come alive

Fri, 11/04/2011 - 3:25pm
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I love sports history, and one of the best nights of the year for me is the annual Oregon Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

I’m a tremendous fan of Wikipedia and YouTube as resources for discovering historic events, but there’s nothing like hearing a story directly from someone to make it come alive in your memory.

What makes the night more special is they get to hear my side, too: like Oregon’s game at Cal in 1993.

At this year’s event, I ran across longtime Oregon football assistant coach Joe Schaffeld and directed our conversation to that game. What happened? Do you remember that game?

“Nope,” he said plainly. “When you’ve been part of the game for so long, and coached so many games, they just run into one another. I don’t remember that one.”

So, I told him about it. Oregon, a year after playing Wake Forest in the Independence Bowl, was 3-0 having just beaten Illinois on the road. At Cal, a week before a home game with USC, The Ducks were destroying the Bears 30-0. Watching the game at sun-baked Memorial Stadium, the score was so lopsided that a crotchety alumnus, watching the game by himself (and with no shirt) had gotten me to agree to do something stupid, like streak across the field. When the score got past 40-0, I was going to disrobe and show off my physique to those in attendance, during a timeout, of course.
Almost immediately, Cal scored.

Then Cal scored again, and again. At the close of the game, the Bears converted third down after third down and won 42-41. Biggest comeback in Pac-10 history. At least, that’s how my memory has it. On the way to our car, my group of alums - in school colors - had to walk through Frat Row. We got hazed, mercilessly.

Pounding the Bears and headed for 4-0, the Ducks collapsed, lost the game and finished at 5-6. Ouch.

The game is what makes the Kenny Wheaton interception even more memorable, because the end of the Washington-Oregon game in ‘94 was playing out just like the Cal game - the Huskies converting third down after third down.

That was my brief story for Joe - the kind of story you might tell someone in a sports bar. Later, it hit me that it’s pretty easy to lose a game, even one like that, to your memory when you’ve been a part of so many games as a player and coach. I’ve probably been at 200 games as a fan and reporter, and I can’t remember half of them. Joe, as a player and coach, has probably been at 400 games in person, but seen all or parts of 10,000 as a recruiter.

The Kenny Wheaton game is hard to lose to your memory because of the tangible evidence - the video of the interception and return for a score.
Imagine if the score of the game at Cal had gotten to something like 41-0? Even if the Bears had still won 42-41, what might make the game memorable is the video on YouTube of a fan streaking across the field (probably with Ray Stevens music in the background).

“Remember that game? The one with the streaker and the big lead that Oregon lost?”

“Yeah, I do.”

“What do you suppose put that guy in the mood to tear off his clothes and reveal his six-pack abs and one percent body fat to the world?”

Were the video available, it would be on the Web, which competes directly with the need for a physical Hall of Fame. That’s the tremendous challenge with raising funds to have a museum - for every museum, too. When it can come to you via a computer, why do you need to go to it in person?

This is what makes the induction ceremony so enjoyable - getting to meet the people who made and make things happen.

Toward the end of this year’s dinner, I met Portland restaurateur Steve Stanich and we chatted about hamburgers and the jukebox at Stanich’s. It’s from 1949, and still plays records.

Remember jukeboxes? Vinyl records? Ray Stevens? There’s a story behind all of them.

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