Details set for Madras Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony
Friday, Jan. 19, will be a big night for White Buffalo sports fans as the 2018 class of the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame is inducted. The festivities surround the boys basketball game against Estacada, and all Buff fans are encouraged to attend.
The night will kick off with a dinner — chili, salad, French bread and drink available at $10 a plate — at 5 p.m. at the high school commons. The inductees will be introduced during the dinner. They will also be introduced during a halftime ceremony.
Following the game, everyone is invited back to the commons for the formal induction, where the honored former MHS athletes will be inducted and given time to speak.
Spanning the decades from the 1940s to the 1990s, the Madras High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018 includes three athletes who excelled from their freshman year on, a national record-setting track athlete, a basketball and track state champion, and a powerhouse who set the girls basketball scoring record and the school's high jump record in the same year.
Plus, it includes a nearly perfect girls basketball team that captured the 1977 state title.
The 2018 MHS Sports Hall of Fame inductees are:
Loren "Peewee" Corwin, class of 1951
It didn't take Corwin long to make an impact on MHS athletics. As just a freshman, he made the all-tournament team after helping the Buffalos to the Class B state tournament. On the football field, Corwin was a run-throw threat as a halfback, and helped Madras to 6-1-1 records in both his sophomore and junior seasons. He was also the kicker and a defensive back. The Buffs went 4-4 his senior season.
Corwin was the best basketball player on teams that didn't have great success, and finished his career with a 24-point performance at Lakeview. He was also the school's best javelin thrower and long jumper throughout his prep days.
He had offers to play football at Notre Dame and Oregon, but instead joined the Army. He competed in Army league in both football and basketball, one of the few to do so without collegiate or professional experience. Corwin passed away in 2012.
Gregg Macy, class of 1961
A four-year letterman in both basketball and track, Macy led the boys basketball team to the state championship in 1961, his senior year. It was the school's first state title in any sport. He was named all-state that year and all-state tournament first team.
He was among the school's best-ever track athletes. He won a state championship in the 180-yard low hurdles in both his junior and senior years. In his senior year, Macy also won the long jump and was third in the high hurdles, earning the 2A meet's high-point athlete honor and leading MHS to a second-place team finish.
Macy ran track at Oregon State University, ranking among the nation's top 10 in the high hurdles.
Joe Stensgar, class of 1970
Joe Stensgar was among the best all-around athletes ever at MHS. Along with being among the school's best-ever linemen and wrestlers, Stensgar was an elite prep baseball player. As a sophomore, Stensgar was a starting lineman on the 1967 West Division League championship football team, the last MHS team to make the postseason until 1986, and he continued to be a force on the Buffalo line throughout his prep career, earning all-state honors as a senior. In wrestling, Stensgar won two district titles. As a senior, he had a comfortable lead late in the 2A unlimited division semifinals, made a pin move only to have it questionably called that he'd put his shoulders to the mat during the move and was himself pinned, costing him a shot at what would have been the school's first state wrestling title. He would finish third. Stensgar's baseball stardom started as a local Little League sensation, leading Jefferson County's Little League All-Star team to the state championship then the regional finals. As a highschooler, he was arguably the best pitcher in school history. He led the Buffs to three consecutive West Division League titles, and two overall league championships and two state playoff appearances. As a senior, he threw three consecutive no-hitters, didn't allow a run against league opponents, and batted .425. Also a great student, Stensgar earned an academic scholarship to Dartmouth, and there competed in football, baseball and rugby.
Kathy (Pirrie) Noethlich, class of 1972
Noethlich is the only MHS track athlete to set a national record when she long-jumped an amazing 19-1 at a meet in Crook County in 1972. The record stood until 1976. Her mark is still the school record. It was certainly no fluke as Noethlich routinely jumped well over 18 feet. At the state track meet in 1972, Noethlich won the long jump, took second in the 220, third in the 440 relay and fourth in the 100. She was the high-point athlete in the meet, and led the Buffs to the team title.
Noethlich was a four-time state placer in the long jump and two-time state champion in the event, and three times placed at state in the 220. She was also a four-year volleyball letter winner. In 1971, Noethlich was invited to AAU meet in Portland in June, and to an Olympic trials meet in Bakersfield, California. She was the 1972 MHS female athlete of the year.
A star in the era just before Title IX, Noethlich was not afforded an athletic scholarship to college, even though she was a national prep record holder.
Sturza came to Madras as a young teacher and coach in the fall of 1977. She would go on to make a huge impact in MHS sports over a 30-year career, retiring in 2007 as a highly respected and honored athletic director.
Sturza coached varsity volleyball and track at MHS, and was an assistant girls basketball coach. In 1994, she became the school's athletic director.
During her tenure as AD, the soccer fields were built with almost all in-kind work, and the school instituted the athletic drug testing policy. She carried out her duties exuding discipline and capability. A testament to Sturza's influence, five people who coached at MHS while she was AD eventually became athletic directors.
Sturza's excellence was acknowledged in massive fashion in 2006 when she was named Athletic Director of the Year for the Tri Valley Conference and Oregon's 3A classification — then Oregon's overall Athletic Director of the Year.
In 2011, she was inducted into the Oregon Athletic Directors Hall of Fame and also into the Redmond High School Hall of Fame.
A record-setting powerhouse of an athlete, Carrie (Hawes) Preston left a lasting imprint on MHS sports. She was a dangerous hitter in volleyball, earning all-league status her junior and senior seasons. In the spring of her junior year, she set the school's high jump record of 5-3, a mark which stood for 13 years. She placed sixth at state in the event.
It was in basketball, however, that Preston was the most dominant. A strong rebounder and scorer, Preston earned all-league honors from her sophomore through senior seasons. As a junior, she set a Madras single-game scoring record of 39 points, eventually earning honorable mention all-state. As a senior, Preston was the Tri-Valley Conference MVP and earned second- team, all-state honors.
Preston received a full-ride scholarship to Portland State, where she led the Vikings in rebounding her junior and senior years, and in scoring her senior season. She was first-team all-Big Sky Conference as a senior.
Brian Miller, class of 1998
A multisport all-stater, Brian Miller was one of the most talented all-around athletes in school history. He started with a bang, winning the individual title in the 3A boys state golf tournament as a freshman, leading the Buffs to the team championship. As a sophomore, he earned honorable mention all-state as a punter, and honorable mention all-league in basketball.
As a junior, Miller earned second team all-state in two sports: football and basketball; helping to lead the Buffs to a second-place finish in the 3A state basketball tournament. Health issues impacted his senior year, but he still earned first team all-state in basketball and was first team all-tournament as the Buffs finished fifth. He capped his high school career as it began: as co-champion of the 3A boys golf tournament, leading MHS to a third-place team finish.
Miller received a golf scholarship to San Diego State University. Playing three years there and one year at Saddleback Community College, he won several collegiate events. He played professional golf for 13 years, a career highlighted by a PGA tour event, the 2008 Sony Open.
The 1976-77 Girls Basketball Team
Led by a talented core of seniors, the Madras White Buffalos girls basketball team of 1976-77 put together a stellar 22-1 season, then played clutch ball to win the 2A state tournament, held in Coos Bay.
Coached by Dave Wiles, the Buffalos topped Coquille in the state tourney opener 50-47, then beat Yamhill-Carlton in the semifinals 43-35. In the back-and-forth title game, Madras beat Rogue River 43-41 to claim the trophy.
The depth of the team was extraordinary. Even with key senior starter Fran Moses missing much of the season to injury, the Buffs had plenty of firepower to crush nearly everyone on their schedule.
Fellow seniors, guard Kim Manion and post Barb Earl, led the way as the squad rolled through the regular season, rarely being tested. Their only loss came late in the season, to the rival and '76 state champ Crook County, in Prineville. The Buffalos beat the Cowgirls when it mattered most — in overtime at the district tournament — to secure the invite to state. At state, Manion was named first team all-tournament and Moses second team. A testament to this squad's talent, five members would play basketball at the collegiate level: Manion, Moses, Earl, Mary Nelson and Joanie Hatfield.
The class of 2018 joins last year's inaugural class in the hall of fame.
Last year's class included: Jacoby Ellsbury ('02); Bonnie Souers ('72), Larry Fivecoat ('55); Bill Machamer ('54); Ole Johnson (boys basketball coach from 1951-61); Dominique Easterling ('04); Kim (Manion) Pittsley ('77), Ryan Boyle ('92). and the 1953-54 boys basketball team.