MHS sports hall of fame class announced
A multisport coach and announcer and a two-time first-team all-state basketball star join a class dominated by track and running standouts in the 2020 athletic hall of fame at Madras High School.
The fourth class of the Madras High School Athletic Hall of Fame includes Dave Wiles, Scotty Riddle, Dan Miller, Desiree (Gauthier) Kelly and the 1969-'72 boys cross country program, which won four consecutive state titles.
The class will be inducted on Friday, Jan. 24, at ceremonies surrounding a girls basketball game with Molalla. The evening will begin with a informal dinner at the commons, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Inductees will watch the game in a roped-off reserved area, and be introduced individually at halftime. Following the game, the formal inductions take place at the commons, featuring acceptance speeches. All Buffalo fans are invited to attend. The only cost is the $10 hamburger dinner, which is optional.
The 2020 Hall of Fame class includes:
Dave Wiles came to Madras in the fall of 1964 as a journalism and English teacher. A prep and collegiate track standout from Iowa, Wiles was immediately a key element of the MHS coaching staff, heading up the wrestling program and coaching linemen on the football squad, both for 11 years.
While he was wrestling coach, Wiles had two state runners-up. He also added the color red to the MHS blue and white on some warmups, and the tri-colors would be adopted schoolwide.
In the 1970s, girls athletics ingnited. Wiles moved his coaching talents to the still-new programs.
For five years he coached volleyball in the fall, and his squads finished with third- and fourth-place AA state tourney trophies. For five years he coached girls basketball, and in 1977, his squad won the state title, and Wiles was runner-up for Coach of the Year honors.
Wiles coached girls track for 14 seasons, and that was the last sport he coached, transitioning out of coaching when his own children entered high school.
But Wiles continued to be involved with MHS athletics in a big way. His smooth tone found its way behind the microphone, and he became the original "Voice of the Buffalos." For 33 years, Wiles has announced various varsity sports for Madras High, and he occasionally continues to announce ballgames.
Dan Miller went out for cross country on a whim as a freshman. By the time he graduated, he was the most awarded distance runner in school history. Miller keyed three straight state championships. He and 1971 graduate Bill Cram were the foundation for four straight program titles overall, bookended by two second-place finishes, forging a dominant run under coach Bob Nelson from 1968 through 1973 fall seasons.
Miller was the first Buff finisher for two state title teams, as a sophomore and senior, and came in just behind the senior Cram when he was a junior.
Miller had a dominating senior year. The team entered 11 meets and won all but three, and Miller set six course records during the season.
2 also was a standout in track. As a sophomore, he finished third in the state meet in the two-mile. He would then finish second in both the mile and 2-mile as a junior. As a senior, he finished second in the mile at the state meet. He would end his prep career holding the school's cross country course record and the 1- and 2-mile records.
After graduating, Miller ran cross country at Lane Community College for a period before injuries derailed his career. He retired from running a few years ago, after he won his age division in the Todd Beamer Memorial Run in Madras.
Desiree (Gauthier) Kelly
Desiree (Gauthier) Kelly is MHS's most decorated female track athlete ever, winning two state titles, two runner-up honors at state, and two third- and two fourth-place finishes. As a senior, she was the high-point athlete at the state meet, leading the team to the second-place finish. As a freshman, she ran a leg on the 440 relay for the Buffs, who won the overall team title. She won nine district championships.
As a junior, Kelly led the Buffs to a state title tie with Sheridan, led by three-time Olympian Joni Huntley. That year, Kelly faced Huntley in the 110 hurdles at state. Huntley barely won, but both athletes broke the national record.
Kelly earned a scholarship to Simon Frazer University in British Columbia and spent one year there. She then spent a year training with the Santa Monica Track Club of Los Angeles.
She was an active body builder in the early 1980s, taking first in the Northwest Natural Body Building Competition. She has recently gotten back into running and in April 2019 took first in her age group at the Lake Oswego Lake Run 5-K.
Among the best of a long line of MHS basketball players, Scotty Riddle was the dominant force on coach Evan Brown's mid-1990s teams. A three-year varsity player, Riddle exploded on the Tri-Valley League his junior and senior seasons, earning back-to-back Player of the Year honors, averaging over 21 points in each season, erupting on the scene with 32 points his first game as a junior.
As a senior, Riddle was nearly unstoppable. After the team's 4-2 start, he scored 25 points or more in six straight games and led the Buffs on a 19-game winning streak. The streak ended in the state finals against Sutherlin. Madras lost the title game 49-42 to finish 26-3.
Along with another league Player of the Year honor, Riddle capped his MHS basketball careeer with another first team all-state selection, leading the 3A division in scoring.
The summer following his graduation, his skills on the football field — he was honorable mention all-league receiver and defensive back— were noted as he was invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game.
Riddle made an amazing return to basketball 12 years after graduating high school when he joined the Oregon Institute of Technology basketball squad. He played his sophomore through senior seasons for the Owls, becoming a part-time starter his junior year and full-time starting guard and co-captain as a senior. At 32, Riddle began his senior season by scoring 25 points in the first game. Eventually, the Owls went 34-4 and won the division's national championship.
Boys cross country program, 1969-'72
Established in 1967, the Madras High cross country program, under coach Bob Nelson, didn't take long to become an absolute powerhouse.
In 1968, the White Buffalos finished second in state. Then, from 1969 through 1972, the Buffs reeled off four straight state titles, behind record-breaking running of Bill Cram, Dan Miller and Robert Gauthier. The run of outstanding teams finished in 1973, when the Buffs again took second place.
Outside of coach and mentor Nelson, the program was initially infused and driven by Cram, a quiet leader and motivating force. As a sophomore, in 1968, Cram pushed through injury to finish third at state, leading MHS to second place. As a junior, Cram led the Buffs to a perfect 11-0 season and that first state title, though sophomore Miller nipped Cram at the finish at state, the only time Cram didn't lead the Buffs that season. In his senior season, Cram led the squad to 12 meet team titles in the fall of 1970, finishing second just once, and that at a 21-team event. Cram would cap his cross-country career by finishing second overall at the state meet, and he set seven course records during the season.
Miller, a 1972 graduate, was a strong one-two punch with Cram, and dominated himself as a senior. Miller became the first Buff to win an individual title at the state meet in 1971, setting a course record in 12:21.2 as Madras won its third title. Miller set six course records as a senior. The '71 squad won eight events, took second twice and third once.
With Miller and Cram both graduated, the 1972 team was led by Gauthier, who finished third individually at the state meet. Gauthier finished seventh at state as a junior in '71. The '72 squad also featured John Watts, a member of each of the four title teams, point scorer on two, and Gary Schroeder, who finished a strong ninth at state for both the '71 and '72 teams. The '72 team tied for the title with rival Chemawa, who, along with the title tie, finished second to Madras twice and third once in the four-year run.
Miller and Glenn Rodriguez, a 1972 graduate, were point scorers (team's top five at event) on three state title teams, and they were also on the '68 runner-up team. Those who were point scorers on at least two state title teams were Cram, Schroeder, Richard Pena, Watts and Gauthier.
MHS Cross Country - 1969-1972
1969 - Bill Cram, Dan Miller, Richard Pena, Glenn Rodriguez, Annan Priday, John Watts, Bob Cram
1970 - Bill Cram, Dan Miller, Kent Alexander, Richard Pena, Glenn Rodriguez, John Watts, Donny Martinez
1971 - Dan Miller, Rob Gauthier, Gary Schroader, Glenn Rodriguez, John Watts, Donny Martinez, Lyle Rhoan
1972 - Rob Gauthier, Gary Schroeder, John Watts, Brian Linn, Lyle Rhoan, Danny Lane, Donny Martinez
All coached by Bob Nelson
The MHS Sports Hall of Fame
Class of 2017
Kim (Manion) Pittsley
1953-54 boys basketball team
Class of 2018
Kathie (Pirrie) Noethlich
Carrie (Hawes) Preston
1976-77 girls basketball team
Class of 2019
Tosha (Wilson) Mendenhall
1960-61 boys basketball team
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