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Hall of Fame banquet slated by Boosters

Swim team, Dave DePriest, Scott Olsen, Naomi Calkins, Carson Bartlett, Dr. Paul Tesar, and Ralph Painter


The St. Helens Boosters will induct a swim team and six individuals into their Hall of Fame banquet on June 22.

Those inducted include several older athletes, more recent ones, a community supporter and a posthumous induction of Ralph Painter, the former Rainier Police Chief slain in 2011. Athletes include swimmers, three-sport athletes, cross country runners, track and field athletes, wrestlers, soccer players, football players, and a doctor.

2013 Inductees:

1955 Swim Team

Four swimmers took first place in the medley relay, second in the freestyle relay and an individual placed at the state meet. Swimmers on both relay teams included Dave Fish, Don Heacock, Joe Coats and Greg Gill. The team competed against big schools like Beaverton, West Linn, Lake Oswego and North Salem. Gill also had a third in the 100-yard breaststroke at state.

Dave DePriest (1974)

Dave DePriest was a three-sport athlete in football, wrestling, and track. He received all-league and all-state honors in football and wrestling. He was nominated as an All-American Wrestler his senior year, and also was a top contender in the shot put and discus. He received the Adams Cup for his athletic accomplishments. DePriest would attend Mt. Hood Community College and Portland State University where he earned his Emergency Medical Technician license in 1977.

Scott Olsen (2003)

Scott Olsen participated in football for four years, track three years and baseball one year. He attended Linfield College and was an important part of the 2004 National Championship football team. A freak accident his junior year left him sidelined with pins and screws holding his ankle together. Told he would never play football again, he went through months of rehab. He made it back to the team and was all-conference as a defensive lineman his senior year.

Naomi Calkins (2003)

A four-year, four-sport athlete at St. Helens High, Naomi Calkins participated in soccer, cross country, basketball and track. She excelled in track, and holds the school record in the 800, is third in the 400 and fourth in the 1,500. She ran the 800 at the state meet her senior year. She graduated from Gonzaga in 2007, and is now an assistant cross country and track coach at St. Helens High.

Carson Bartlett (2007)

Carson Bartlett led the St. Helens High track and field team to a state championship in 2007. He placed first in the triple jump, first in the long jump, second in the high jump (6-feet, 7-inches) and was on the third-place 4x100 relay team. He was named Outstanding Athlete of the 5A meet. He holds schools records in the high jump, triple jump and is second in the long jump. Bartlett attended Pacific University, playing basketball for three years. He had one year of track before an injury sidelined him.

Dr. Paul Tesar

St. Helens’ Dr. Paul Tesar will be inducted in the Hall of Fame as a community supporter. He spent many years providing medical services to the high school athletic programs. He provided free physicals to students and attended high school football games to provide on-site evaluations in the case of injuries.

Ralph Painter (1974)

The late Rainier police chief will be inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously. Painter was a 1974 St. Helens High grad. He ran track for four years and cross country for three years. He was named most valuable in cross country, and most inspirational and all-league in track. He continued running until his death on Jan. 5, 2011. Painter’s picture will be included with the other photos of the inducted members that are located in the entrance area of the main gymnasium at St. Helens High School.

Banquet, golf tournament

The annual Hall of Fame Banquet will be held at the St. Helens Elks Lodge on Saturday night, June 22, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour. A steak dinner buffet will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by induction ceremonies at 7:15 p.m. Cost is $15.

The annual Hall of Fame Golf Tournament, a 4-man scramble will be held the next day at the Vernonia Golf Club. Entry fee is $55 per person and includes a ticket to the Hall of Fame banquet. Contact Neil Johnson at 503-397-2292 or via e-mail neil724@q.com to obtain an entry form.

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