You are cordially invited to a celebration and banquet honoring the Inaugural Hall of Fame Class for Ranger Athletics and celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Olympic College.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Olympic College| Bremer Student Center | 1600 Chester Ave., Bremerton, WA 98337
Olympic College Athletics, in partnership with the Olympic College Foundation, is proud to announce the Ranger Hall of Fame inductees for the Class of 2017. This is the inaugural class of the Ranger Hall of Fame and Olympic College Athletics is pleased to honor the outstanding accomplishments of OC athletes from throughout the 70-year history of intercollegiate athletes at Olympic College. This year’s induction ceremony will also honor the exceptional endeavors of Ranger student-athletes and coaches from the current academic year.
Matt Armitage | Baseball
Matt Armitage (1997) helped the Rangers win the NWAC North Region Championship and compiled a 30-9 record. He was named North Region MVP after hitting .416 with 4 homeruns & 42 RBI’s. After his two year stint as a Ranger, Armitage transferred to Whitworth University.
Pete Defour | Track & Field
Pete Defour aka the “Slender Sprinter” ran track at Olympic College for Coach Doc Rethke in 1948 & 1950. Defour won five conference championships (two in the 220m, two in the 440m, & one in the mile relay). In 1950, Defour set Washington State Junior College Athletic Conference meet records in the 220m & 440m sprints.
Billy Landram | Men’s Basketball
Former North Mason HS standout Billy Landram averaged 20 points & 10.5 rebounds in his two seasons as a Ranger (1997 & 1998). At Olympic, Landram was a two-time 1st Team All-League selection and was the North Region MVP as a sophomore. Landram transferred to San Jose State University where he averaged 10.9 points & 3.5 rebounds in his two seasons as a Spartan.
Henry Muyskens | Distinguished Service
Henry “Hank” Muyskens spent 44 years at Olympic College as a professor, Baseball Coach and timekeeper for Men’s and Women’s Basketball. Hank began teaching Math and Physics in 1952 and was an Assistant Baseball Coach in the 1960’s & early 70’s. In 1958, Hank became the timekeeper for the basketball teams. During his time at OC, Hank was also a scout for the New York Yankees.
Mike O’Brien | Football
Mike O’Brien was a hard-hitting defensive back for Olympic College in the mid-70’s. During his time as a Ranger, O’Brien was named a Junior College All-American. O’Brien transferred to UC Berkeley where he finished his collegiate career. After college, O’Brien played briefly with the Seattle Seahawks, three years of semi-pro football, and with the Oakland Invaders of the USFL.
Phil Pesco | Men’s Basketball
Phil Pesco coached basketball at Olympic College for 14 years starting in 1946. In his time as the Rangers coach, he won six Northwest Championships and took three teams to the National Junior College Championships in Hutchinson, Kansas. Pesco’s 1949 team went 32-2 and finished 3rd at the National Tournament.
Erika Quint | Softball
Former Central Kitsap HS standout Erika Quint played softball at OC during the 2008 & 2009 seasons. Quint was named 1st Team All-League Pitcher both years as a Ranger and was the North Region Pitcher of the Year in 2008. After her stint at OC, Quint transferred to Western Washington University where she finished second among school career leaders in strikeouts (438), tied for third in shutouts (10), fourth in wins (39) and fifth in both complete games (36) and innings pitched (379).
Dr. Roland “Doc” Rethke | Track & Field/Golf
Dr. Roland Rethke was one of the most successful coaches in Olympic College history, along with a popular professor. Doc’s Track & Field teams won three straight championships during the 1950, 1951 & 1952 seasons. As the OC golf coach, Doc coached his teams to championships in 1961, 1962 and 1964.
Karen Schillinger-Johnson | Women’s Basketball/Volleyball/Track & Field
Karen Shillinger-Johnson was a three-sport standout at Olympic College in the late 1970’s. Schillinger-Johnson led her teams in volleyball and basketball to four NWAC Tournaments (two in each sport). She also reached the NWAC Tournament both years in Track & Field ; competing in the High Jump & Hurdles. Schillinger-Johnson transferred to Central Washington University where she continued as a three-sport star. In 1979, she was named the CWU Female Athlete of the Year.
Joni Slagle | Women’s Basketball
Former North Mason HS star Joni Slagle played basketball at Olympic College in the 1973 & 1974 seasons where she averaged 25 points & 20 rebounds during her sophomore season. She then transferred to Western Washington University where she played in 1975 & 1976. At WWU, Joni averaged 20 points & 11 rebounds her senior season. She is a member of the WWU All-Century Team. After her time at Western, Joni played professionally for the Brisbane Bullets in Australia.
Charolette York | Women’s Volleyball/Tennis/Basketball
Charolette York spent 30 years at Olympic College coaching Volleyball, Tennis, and Basketball; as well as teaching Physical Education. Charolette also served as NWAC Women’s Commissioner for Olympic College for 29 years and served on the NWAC Executive Board for six years. She was a trailblazer for young female athletes as she was a tireless advocate for women’s sports, especially in the early years of Title IX. The NWAC championship Most Valuable Player award is named for Charolette.
1981 Women’s Softball Team
Coached by Toni Turnbull, the 1981 women’s softball team won the only softball championship in school history beating Edmonds 14-7 in the title game. Led by All-League catcher Deb (Picinich) Bentler, the ‘81 team finished 31-7 on the season. Bonnie Lingan was named to the NWAC Tournament All-Star team.
The 2017 Olympic College Athletics Hall of Fame Class will be the inaugural class. 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
· Noteworthy accomplishments in athletic related areas
· Contributions that bring distinction to Olympic College Athletics
CRITERIA FOR OLYMPIC ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME 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.