North Marions third Hall of Fame class features talent, both young and old

by: COURTESY OF RAY LAMBERT - North Marions 1990 state runner up softball teamby: COURTESY OF RAY LAMBERT - Jim BowmanWhen North Marion High School began honoring its past athletes with a Hall of Fame ceremony three years ago, the school opted to highlight student athletes that helped pave the way for future years of athletic achievement.

Folks like Rick Lamb, Coach Bob Logsdon, Boyd Brown and Al Barendse were all inducted in the first two years of the North Marion Hall of Fame ceremonies for their accomplishments in the ‘50s, shortly after North Marion High School was founded.

Although this year’s third class of inductees will once again feature notables from the early history of North Marion, the ceremony also will look at athletes who made a name for themselves more recently.

“This year is the first year that we’ll have somebody in from close to 2000,” said Ray Lambert, co-chair of the North Marion Hall of Fame committee.

by: COURTESY OF RAY LAMBERT - Roger MooreFour athletes, one coach and one team will be honored Oct. 5 as the third class inducted into the North Marion High School athletic Hall of Fame. Doors will open for the ceremony in the high school commons at 6 p.m., where people will honor past Husky greats while supporting the North Marion athletic program.

This year’s class of inductees include the 1990 state runner-up softball team, former track coach Jim Bowman, and former athletes Kelsey Kahle, Steve Schrenk, Roger Moore and Jack Berkey.

While Kahle, Schrenk and the softball team are more recent athletes in North Marion’s history, Lambert said the committee still wanted to recognize the achievements of some of the school’s earlier athletic contributors.

by: COURTESY OF RAY LAMBERT - Kelsey Kahle“We’re trying to focus on some guys from the ‘50s over the past couple years,” said Lambert, who admitted it was a difficult decision picking which athletes to honor because there are so many deserving people. “A lot of people ask, ‘Why aren’t you putting in this team or that guy,’ and we’ll get to them.”

Time is ultimately one of the big factors in choosing a class to induct, said Lambert, since the committee wanted to keep the ceremony close to two hours. In this year’s class, North Marion honors a diverse group of people who have all contributed to Husky athletic history, and some have gone on to compete beyond high school.

by: COURTESY OF RAY LAMBERT - Jack BerkeyKahle might be the most decorated of this year’s class. Graduating in 2005, Kahle was an all-state basketball player and a state high jump and triple jump champion who played at Portland State University from 2006-09.

She graduated as the Vikings’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder, in addition to being named to the Big Sky Conference’s all-academic team for four straight years.

The latter accomplishment was important in Kahle’s induction, said Lambert. Kahle was the 2005 North Marion class valedictorian and also the senior class president, two achievements that were key in the committee’s decision. Lambert said that the school wants to honor athletes who also excelled academically at North Marion High School. Kahle is currently a teacher and varsity assistant basketball coach at North Marion.

Another relatively recent graduate, Shrenk was an all-state pitcher for the Huskies before graduating in 1987. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox and eventually reached the major leagues in 1999 before moving on to coach in the Philadelphia Phillies’ minor league system.

Coach Bowman began teaching biology and coaching track and field in 1965. He was the longest tenured coach in North Marion history when he retired in 1990. Bowman continues to assist the track and field team.

Berkey was a member of the class of 1956, while Moore graduated a year later. Berkey was a five-sport athlete in cross country, football, basketball, baseball and track and was the Boyd Brown Award winner, given to the best male student-athlete of the senior class.

Moore also won the Boyd Brown Award, and played football, basketball, baseball and track and field. Both men were exceptional student athletes, said Lambert, though records of their achievements are not as complete as the committee looked back on 50-plus years of history.

Lambert hopes this year’s ceremony is just as popular as the first two classes, which were inducted in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Although the ceremonies have mostly been annual events, Lambert anticipates that they eventually will slow down to a pace of once every few years.

“It’s been really popular the first couple years,” said Lambert. “We’ve filled up the room pretty well and the idea is that it’s a fundraiser beyond just having fun with it, honoring people and putting plaques on the wall.”

Tickets cost $20 per person or $10 for students. Desserts and refreshments will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. before the ceremony begins. For ticket information and ordering, contact Bob Christie at 503-860-8121 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets can also be purchased at the North Marion High School office. Proceeds for the event benefit North Marion athletics.

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