- Portland Tribune - Sports
The Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony, which took place Monday night at the Multnomah Athletic Club, brought up memories galore.
The hall added 55 members, and most of the 50 living inductees attended. The list of those traveling from out of state included baseball standouts Tom Dodd (Benson, Class of 1976) and Kent Bottenfield (Madison, '86). Dodd came from his home of Decatur, Ala., while Bottenfield traveled from Brownsburg, Ind.
Benson's 1976 state championship team also was represented by pitcher Paul Krueger, who made the trek from Clinton, Mo.
• Another former Tech athlete, Bob Woodle, spoke for his fellow inductees. Woodle (class of '59) called about 35 of the honorees in research for his speech, and he was awed by their stories of hard work and passion for their sports.
One example is David Pear (Benson, '71), who won a Super Bowl ring with the Oakland Raiders (1980 season) and went to two Pro Bowls - and has endured six back surgeries and a broken neck.
• Many of the inductees have participated in different sports as adults, including active rower Kathleen Sherman (Marshall, '82); Masters swimmer Ron Nakata (Franklin, '57), who just returned from a meet in Japan; Kathy Naylor Prenevost (Adams, '75), tae kwon do and karate; and Michael Bolliger (Jackson, '70), who competed in Highland Games throwing events.
• The oldest inductee to attend was Art Westcott (Benson, '34), who was selected largely for his 18 years as principal at Franklin and other roles in athletics.
Westcott told Woodle about how he got on the Benson varsity basketball team. Westcott was playing for a print shop team at Benson that scrimmaged the varsity. After the print shop team got the better of the action, the varsity coach asked Westcott to play for him. Westcott didn't have the $2.50 he needed for insurance and a pair of shoes, but somehow the coach came up with the money.