Welch honored as AD of the year
The Oregon Athletic Directors Association presented the 2014 state athletic director of the year awards to Centurys Kris Welch and Mohawks Ron Molony on Monday at the 45th annual OADA state conference in Sunriver.
Welch was selected as the state athletic director of the year for the 6A-5A-4A classifications. He was previously chosen as the Class 6A athletic director of the year.
Welch has served in numerous positions with the OADA over the past seven years. He was elected to the executive board in 2007 as the association secretary, followed by six years on the board and two years as the OADA president. He currently serves as the assistant executive director, and on July 1 will assume the position of executive director.
Welch began his teaching career at Central Catholic High School in Portland. He has coached football for 14 years, basketball for six years and baseball for eight years. He was athletic director at Roosevelt High in Portland for five years before assuming the same position at Century.
Molony was selected as the 3A-2A-1A state athletic director of theyear. He was previously chosen as the Class 1A athletic director of the year after completing his 41st year as athletic director at Mohawk High in Marcola.
Molony will officially retire at the conclusion of the 2014 school year.
Hops host benefit for Evergreen MS
The Hillsboro Hops held a benefit on Saturday to raise funds to resurface a field at Evergreen Middle School.
The benefit was held at the Tuality Health Education Center and featured appearances from members of the 2014 Hops coaching staff, including manager J.R. House, pitching coach Doug Drabek, hitting coach Mark Grace and special consultant Ben Petrick.
With partners at the Hillsboro School District and Hillsboro Parks & Recreation, the Hops identified Evergreen Middle School for installation of an artificial turf athletic field. The field will play host to youth baseball and softball while being accessible for school physical education activities, after school programs and general recreational usage.
In historically challenging times, the Hillsboro Hops have stepped up to provide our students with a community resource that we otherwise could not provide, said Evergreen principal Rian Petrick. The field will provide a safe and more accessible experience for thousands of Hillsboro School District students and their families.
Too often we hear that youth baseball games are cancelled due to weather, Hops co-owner and president Mike McMurray said. This is a deterrent to instilling interest in our marvelous game among new generations. We want to help reverse this trend by installing new, all-weather fields that will permit play during our days of liquid sunshine.