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Thank you for your support of the 2018 Olympic College Athletics Hall of Fame Induction.  

Olympic College Athletics, in partnership with the Olympic College Foundation, is proud to announce the Ranger Hall of Fame inductees for the Class of 2018.  This is the second class of the Ranger Hall of Fame. Olympic College Athletics is pleased to honor the outstanding accomplishments of OC athletes and coaches.  This year’s induction ceremony will also honor the exceptional endeavors of Ranger student-athletes and coaches from the current academic year.  

 

PRESENTING THE CLASS OF 2018

Athletes

Distinguished Service

Team

  • 1948-49 Men's Basketball Team
    • Ed Brown
    • Jim Day
    • Darwin Gilchrist
    • Bill Guttormsen
    • Bill Fredericks
    • Don Olson
    • Larry O'Neal
    • Sid Ryen
    • Hal Sherbeck
    • Ted Tappe
    • Jack Topness
    • Art Waaga
    • Don Williams
    • Phil Pesco, Coach
  • 1950-52 Track & Field Teams
    • 1950 Roster
      • Gerry Baker
      • Dave Bollman
      • Pete Dufour
      • Don Kitt
      • Ralph Myhre
      • Merle Pierce
      • John Schindele
      • Pete Shepherd
      • Hal Wicksten
      • Bill Wilkinson
      • Dr. Doc Rethke, Coach
    • 1951 Roster
      • Jerry Austin
      • Cliff Casad
      • Ben Dennis
      • Ron Hatten
      • Dick Kays
      • Don McCandless
      • Dick McKimson
      • Paul Mecklenberg
      • Dave Moose
      • Dick Pargeter
      • Hank Pomerenk
      • Jim Pomerenk
      • Paul Port
      • Curt Rice
      • Vern Robinson
      • Don Stone
      • Mike Thorniley
      • Ray Wagner
      • Ken Way
      • Bob Wehrer
      • Don Wilson
      • Mr. Backstrom, Team Manager
      • Dr. Doc Rethke, Coach
    • 1952 Roster
      • Don Brown
      • Cliff Casad
      • Jack Hayes
      • Bill Hill
      • Bill Johnson
      • Dick McKimson
      • Henry Pomerenk
      • Curt Rice
      • Vern Robinson
      • Dale Thornburgh
      • Mike Thorniley
      • Don Wilson
      • Dr. Doc Rethke, Coach

SHORT BIOS 

Jill Bekar | Women’s Basketball

Jill Bekar helped the team to a 6th place finish in the NWAACC tournament at the conclusion of the 1996-97 season.  She was named the Northern Region MVP her sophomore year.  She went on to play at Cal State San Bernardino, where she was named 1st Team All-CCAA in 1998.  Read her full bio here.

Bob & Bill Fredericks | Men’s Basketball & Tennis

Bob competed with the 1948-49 Men’s Basketball team who placed fourth in the National Championship tournament.  He is known as “Mr. Tennis” around Kitsap County.  Bill Fredericks was undefeated in his two years of playing tennis at Olympic College.  He won the singles WSJCAC championship in 1950 & 1951 along with the doubles championship with Gail Davis in those same years.  In 1951, he appeared in the National Junior College Tennis Tournament. 

Mark Keel | Football

Mark Keel was a stellar receiver for the Olympic Ranger football team in 1979 & 1980.  He was second in receiving yards in 1979 with 238 yards on 15 catches.  His sophomore year he had 27 catches for 593 yards and was nominated for the AACC All-Conference Football Team.  He received a scholarship to play at University of Arizona where he was named Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 in 1982.  See his full bio here.

Charlie Koon | Men’s Basketball

Charlie Koon helped the Rangers to back-to-back National Junior College basketball tournament appearances in 1950 & 1951.  In his second trip to the tournament, he was named a NJC All-American.  After OC, he went on to play at the University of Washington, where he helped the Huskies to their first Final Four appearance in 1953.  See his full bio here.

Renae Ross (Landram) | Women’s Basketball

Renae Ross (Landram) was a multiple sport athlete for OC, starring on both the women’s basketball and volleyball teams.  In her first collegiate season, Ross helped the Ranger Volleyball team to a third place finish in the North.  On the basketball floor, she helped the Rangers to two second place finishes in the North.  Ross was named MVP of the North Region in her sophomore season.  She went on to play at Cal State San Bernardino.  Read her full bio here.

Mike Latimer | Wrestling

Mike Latimer won the Washington State wrestling tournament in the 177 pound division in 1968.  He also captained that team.  He went on to wrestle for Washington State where he won the Pac-8 conference championship in the 190 pound division. Read his full bio here.

Dick McKimson | Track & Field

Dick McKimson starred on the Olympic Track & Field teams that won the Washington State Junior College Track & Field Championships in 1951 & 1952.  In, 1951 he won the 880 yard race and helped the mile relay team to first as well.  He placed second in the javelin and the 100 yard sprint.  In 1952, Dick single-handedly scored 17 points for the team at the championships, winning the javelin, the 100 yard sprint, the 880 yard race, and ran on the winning mile relay team.  He went on to letter at the University of Washington. Read his full bio here.

Jack Stenhjem | Distinguished Service

Jack Stenhjem worked at Olympic College for 30 years.  He served as the Athletic Director while also assisting both the men’s basketball and football teams along the way.  In addition, he served as a physical education instructor and the associate dean of students. Read his full bio here.

1948-49 Men’s Basketball Team

Led by head coach Phil Pesco, the Ranger men’s basketball team took fourth at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament after winning both the conference and Regional III championships.  The team became the first in history to go undefeated in conference play, setting numerous other records along the way.   Read their full bio here.

1950-52 Track & Field Teams

After placing second in 1948, Olympic Track & Field teams won the conference championship three years in a row.  In 1952, the team won 10 of 15 events, setting a WSJCAC team scoring record with 77 points. Read their full bio here.

 

The 2018 Olympic College Athletics Hall of Fame Class will be the second class inducted into the Ranger Athletics Hall of Fame.  The Athletics Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor the outstanding athletic achievements of its former student-athletes, and the meritorious efforts of coaches, staff, alumni, and other individuals who have made significant contributions to the Olympic College Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Hall of Fame membership will span Olympic College's athletic history and will include many of Olympic's finest athletes, coaches and supporters of the program.

The purpose of the Athletics Hall of Fame is to provide recognition and honor to individuals who demonstrate athletic excellence, outstanding support or dedicated service to the athletic programs at Olympic College, in one or more of the following areas:

·         Athletic achievement – individual athletes and teams

·         Coaching

·         Noteworthy accomplishments in athletic related areas

·         Contributions that bring distinction to Olympic College Athletics

The following is the criteria used to determine eligiblity for nominees:

·         Athletes – Individual athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility at least five (5) years prior to selection, with at least one (1) year of competition at Olympic. Desirable qualifications include graduation, regional All-Star selection, statistical accomplishments, multi-sport athletes, 4-year college/university participation, amateur or professional athletic achievement, and/or continuing contribution to Olympic Athletics. Teams must be at least five (5) years removed from their year of participation. Desirable qualifications include Regional championships, placement at the AACC/NWAACC/NWAC tournament, school or conference records.

·         Coaches – Those who coached at least three (3) years at Olympic, but are not currently coaching for the Rangers. Points of consideration will include; win-loss records, regional championships, tournament appearances and placements, successes of student-athletes, improvement of the program, contribution to sports, and achievement in public life.

·         Distinguished Service – Individuals who have contributed to the successes of Olympic College Athletics and do not fall into the categories of athletes, coaches, or athletics staff. Desirable qualifications include contributions to the field of intercollegiate, interscholastic or professional sports, and achievement in public life.

An event like this does not happen without the support of Ranger Nation.  There are various ways to help support this inaugural event.  Please contact OC Athletic Director Barry Janusch at bjanusch@olympic.edu or 360-475-7458 for more information on sponsorship opportunities available, including ad space in the program.