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Vikings announce this years HOF class

Forest Grove will induct the second class to its Athletic Hall of Fame at a football game this fall

Forest Grove High School will welcome its second class of Athletic Hall of Fame members this fall with the induction of three all-state athletes, two hugely successful coaches and one memorable team.

The Vikings will honor some of the school's brightest sports stars during next season's home football opener on Sept. 16, and at a dinner and banquet on Sept. 17. The News-Times will also be publishing a series of stories this summer about the members of this year's Hall of Fame class.

The list of inductees is varied, but includes three state champions, the coach of three more state champions, a team that played for a state championship and the coach of another state runner-up team.

Tom Gamble highlights a list of three individual state champions, having won a state title in the 100-yard backstroke in 1975 before going on to a successful career at the University of Oregon, where he was a three-time Pac-10 Northern Division champion. During his Forest Grove career, Gamble set school records in the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle.

Cherie Kines (Pallittlo) won a state title for the Vikings in 1979 at the OSAA gymnastics championships, where she placed first on the uneven bars, third on the balance beam and sixth in the floor exercise, missing an all-around title by half a point. Kines earned all-league honors three times and was a high school All-American in 1978.

Francis Schultz sprinted to a state championship in the 100-yard dash in 1938. Having set a new state record of 9.8 seconds at the district meet a week earlier, Schultz streaked to victory in the 100 at the state meet and also added a win in the 220-yard dash, a second-place finish in the broad jump and a fifth-place effort in the 800-yard relay.

The first team enshrined in the Forest Grove Athletic Hall of Fame will be the school's 1976 football squad, which won 10 games and marched all the way to the state finals before losing, 14-7, to Sunset. The Vikings had 10 players earn first team all-league honors and became the first team in school history to play for a state championship.

Ron Thompson enjoyed a long and successful career coaching the Forest Grove softball program, winning five league titles, leading the Lady Vikings to playoff appearances in 17 of his 18 seasons and never losing a game to arch- rival McMinnville. Thompson coached Forest Grove to the state title game in 1992 and to the state semifinals in 1995, when the team had a perfect 18-0 regular-season record.

Jeff Basinski coached the Viking football team to seven winning seasons and a league title in 1985, and he also coached three state wrestling champions as well as guiding the Viks to a league wrestling championship in 1978. Basinski also served as Forest Grove's athletic director, during which time he led fundraising efforts to help save athletics from 1989-1992.

The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at halftime of the Vikings' home football opener on Friday, Sept. 16. The second annual Hall of Fame dinner will be held on Sept. 17 at Meriwether Golf Course in Hillsboro.

For ticket information, contact the Forest Grove athletic office at 503-359-2437.