Jackson Creek Pizza to house Medford Sports Hall of Fame

The Medford Sports Hall of Fame has found a home and is multiplying.

The collection of 130 photos and nameplates of the most decorated and influential people of the area's sporting history will be on permanent display at Jackson Creek Pizza, 317 E. Main St.

The restaurant will be its first home since another eatery, JJ North's Grand Buffet, closed its doors in June 2006. North's had showcased the Hall of Fame for 21 years.

New panels for the display are being built and should be in place early next month, said Dick Entinger, a Hall inductee as a special contributor and part of its half-dozen strong committee.

There will be 13 glass-encased panels housing 10 members each.

The original display, which is portable and has two-sided panels, will be housed at Central High School and will be available for display at reunions, sports events, business openings, etc.

Jackson Creek owner Tom Stone recently remodeled a 1,700-square-foot room with forward and rear entrances at his downtown business and readied it as a banquet facility.

He recalled a Mail Tribune article about the homeless Hall and contacted its committee.

Stone is originally from Colorado and wasn't around for many of the exploits that led to the members' inductions.

Nevertheless, he said, "It's a cool thing. Where I came from, we had one, and it shouldn't be hidden in someone's garage."

His banquet room has a sports theme and is popular with youth and adult teams alike, he said.

Stone expects people to eventually bring in memorabilia for the room's walls, such as old jerseys and programs.

"Just about anything that looks cool and anything that would bring back memories for someone else," he said.

Entinger and the committee welcomed Stone's interest.

"We felt that was an appropriate location to have pictures of the Hall of Fame members so particularly young kids and the general public could view the Hall of Fame at their convenience," said Entinger. "Tom was gracious enough to offer the space to us."

Entinger also wants the mobile display to make plenty of rounds.

The Hall of Fame has no source of funding, so monetary and in-kind donations would be welcome when it's used, he said, but they wouldn't be mandatory.

The most recent induction ceremony was in 2007, when 10 members made their way in.

Entinger was part of the class, as was Bob McIntyre (track and field), Whitney Grant (basketball), Angie Jacobs (softball), Kevin Towers (baseball) and Bob Wolcott (baseball); coaches Dennis Murphy (basketball) and Larry Binney (softball) and special contributors B.G. Gould and Steve Wisely.

The Hall was created in 1985 by the City of Medford as part of its centennial celebration.

The Medford Linebackers took over custodial duties and created a committee that would remain intact as club presidents came and went.

The Linebackers, who meet weekly for lunch during the football season and have as guest speakers coaches of the local teams, will — as with the original Hall of Fame display — move their gatherings to Central High School this fall.

Apart from 1985 and 2007, the only other induction was in 1990.

The next class to be enshrined will be in 2015, with at least five new members.

The committee will begin taking nominations about a year prior, said Entinger. A judging panel that doesn't include committee members will review the nominees and decide who gets in.

The other Hall of Fame committee members are Larry Binney, Mark Durenberger, Don Pinkham, Ed Singler and Chuck Ross (as Linebackers president).

For information about the Hall of Fame, call Entinger at 541-773-8548.

Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 541-776-4479, or email ttrower@mailtribune.com

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