PIL honors alumni with local ties
Kelli Wedin, Cindy Larsen, Greg Hay, Todd Shaw and Tom and Kurt Brauckmiller are inducted into the PIL Hall of Fame
Six former prep athletic stars with ties to the area have been inducted into the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame.
Two women from Happy Valley were honored during induction ceremonies in October, Kelli Dufficy Wedin, a 1990 graduate of Franklin, and Cindy Teuscher Larsen, a 1982 graduate of Jackson. Greg Hay of Clackamas, who graduated from Madison in 1976, and Todd Shaw of Oregon City, a 1990 alumnus from Franklin, were also inducted.
Rounding out the six are the father and son duo of Tom and Kurt Brauckmiller, whose family business is Oregon City Sporting Goods. Both graduated from Benson, Tom in 1958 and Kurt in 1981. They are the first father-son duo to be inducted in the same year in PIL Hall of Fame history.
Wedin claimed 10 letters in four sports and was All-PIL seven times, twice in soccer and softball and three times in basketball. She also won a letter playing tennis doubles. She is currently head girls basketball coach at La Salle Prep.
Larsen earned 11 letters, four each in soccer and track and field, and three in basketball. She was a two-time All-PIL soccer player. She won the City discus title in track and field, and she holds Jackson records in the 400, 800, 1500 and 3,000 meters. She is accounting manager for Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary.
Hay was All-PIL in football as a senior, and three-time all-league in baseball. But his true love was hockey, where he earned a scholarship to Michigan Tech and was drafted by the NHLs New York Islanders. A blown-out knee brought him back to Portland, where he coached the Portland Amateur Hockey Association Midget A team for six years. He now runs retail shops at the Portland Airport.
Shaw has a three-sport, seven-letter resume, with All-PIL honors in football and wrestling, and City track and field titles in the pole vault, shot put and discus. Shaw played football at Washington State and went on to play in the Arena Football League. He has been a Clackamas County sheriffs deputy for sixteen years and coaches speed and agility in the Oregon City Youth Football League.
The elder Brauckmiller was an all-PIL pitcher and played semi-pro baseball in the Portland City League from 1961 to 1965. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball for 12 years.
The younger Brauckmiller lettered three years each in football, basketball and baseball, winning all-league honors in football twice and all-state honors his senior year. He was an All-Pac 10 pitcher for Portland State and was drafted by the Montreal Expos, playing four years of professional baseball.
The PIL Hall of Fame has roots from 1981 to 1992, but was rekindled in 2001 to recognize past achievers from 14 different schools over the years, and to support athletes and coaches in the present nine schools.