Professional athletes, a college basketball national player of the year, a powerlifter and a 40-year golf professional are among 11 who will be inducted into the Medford Sports Hall of Fame in the fall.
The selections were announced this week and will bring the number of Hall members to 157.
The induction ceremony on Sept. 23 at Rogue Valley Country Club will be the first since 2012, when 16 individuals entered.
Among those going in this year are former professional baseball player Jeff Barry and pro soccer player Bryn Ritchie, NAIA men’s basketball player of the year Ryan Fiegi, powerlifter Sam Pecktol and golf pro Jim Wise.
The Hall was created in 1985 by the City of Medford as part of its centennial celebration. One hundred members were chosen then and another 20 in 1990. Ten entered in 2007.
The categories for induction are athlete, coach and special contributor. This year’s class is made up of eight athletes, one coach and two contributors.
Other athletes selected were Stephanie Adams (softball), Missy Coe-Doerr (softball), Rob Folsom (baseball) and Craig Johnson (basketball).
Former South Medford track and field mentor Bill Rowan was the lone coach chosen, and Gary Miller joined Wise as a special contributor.
“It’s a strong group, very diversified,” said Dick Entinger, chairman of the Hall committee.
Among the interesting story lines, he said, are Barry, who was an all-state quarterback first as a junior for the Black Tornado of Medford High, then for the South Medford Panthers, after Medford opened a second high school in 1986.
Ritchie will join his father, football player Mike, in the Hall, and Fiegi will join his brother, Eric, also a basketball player.
The Hall committee organized the nomination process. Nominees were then turned over to a selection panel.
“The selection committee had a tough job,” said Entinger. “They went through the candidates and came up with 11 great additions to the Medford Sports Hall of Fame.”
The committee wants to establish a permanent, public site to display the celebrated members, said Entinger. Displays are now set up at Jackson Creek Pizza, 317 E. Main St., and Medford School District, 815 S. Oakdale Ave.
Medford Parks and Recreation has joined forces with the Hall committee, and there is discussion about starting a sponsorship campaign to set up a permanent display at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
“It’s a great facility for the City of Medford and Southern Oregon, and we just think that’s an ideal location to have it displayed,” said Entinger.
The induction ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. on Sept. 23.
Dinner tickets are $40 per person. Sponsor tables are available for $500. They seat 10, come with 10 dinner tickets and include a listing in the program.
Online ticket sales will begin soon at medfordparksfoundation.org.
Here’s more on the inductees:
Four-year all-state softball player at North Medford, four-year starter at Oregon State, helping Beavers to regionals each year. Ranks in top 10 in eight OSU offensive categories.
All-State in football and baseball multiple years. All-WAC at San Diego State, drafted in fourth round of ‘90 draft by Montreal. Played 13 years of pro ball, including three in major leagues.
Missy Coe Doerr
Three-time all-state softball player at North Medford. Pac-10 rookie of year at Oregon in ‘99, leading team in nearly every batting category. Three homers in game and holds career doubles mark.
Two-time all-conference for South Medford basketball. Led Oregon Tech to NAIA Division II title in 2008, chosen national player of the year. Is OIT’s second all-time leading scorer (1,924 points).
Won 12 letters at North Medford. State wrestling finalist twice, all-state in football and baseball. Helped Medford Mustangs to World Series. Second-team all-Pac-10 for Oregon State baseball.
First-team all-state basketball at South Medford. At Coast Guard Academy, first-team all-conference three years. Is academy’s all-time leading scorer (1,715 points) and top three in five other categories.
President for 25 years of Medford Youth Baseball Society responsible for improvements to Miles Field and building of Harry & David Field. Numerous community awards for distinguished service.
Inducted into the World Association of Benchers and Dead Lifters Hall in 2015. Won 13 WABDL world championships. Won multiple other world and national titles and set nine world records.
Led South Medford to state all four years in soccer. Started four years at Washington. Was second- and third-team All-American as junior and senior, and national scholar athlete. Played for Portland Timbers.
Coached South Medford track and field 19 years and cross country 13. In track, Panthers won four girls and three boys conference titles. Girls captured state championship in ‘98, were second in ‘97.
Lettered two years in golf at Medford High, two at Southern Oregon and one at Oregon State. Joined Rogue Valley CC in ‘73 as assistant pro, stayed for 40 years, including more than 30 as head pro.
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