2019 PIL Hall of Fame induction ceremonies set
The biggest night of the year for many in the Portland Interscholastic League is at hand again.
It will include no league games, matches, meets or tournaments. It will decide no individual honors. It will have no league or state championship action.
Instead, it will be the annual gathering of the league's elite — past and present, but largely past.
A total of 39 former athletes will be inducted into the PIL Hall of Fame, with one other alum/athlete receiving the Roy Love Distinguished Service Award.
The festivities will take place at Multnomah Athletic Club on Sunday. A no-host social starts at 4 p.m., with the banquet and program to begin at 5:30 p.m.
It's the 32nd annual PIL induction ceremony.
This year's crop will hike the membership to about 950, all inducted since 1982 but dating back to more than a century for a league that has been in existence for 119 years.
The Class of 2019 has 30 men and nine women from 12 schools, including three no longer around — Jackson, Marshall and Washington.
The inductees competed in 14 sports, including gymnastics, lacrosse and dance, with most in football, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball and/or track and field.
Jefferson and Lincoln lead the way in additions this year, with each school having five inductees.
Two of Jefferson's inductees won't be able to attend — but they could wind up seeing each other. Ime Udoka is an assistant coach with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, who will be playing at Atlanta on Monday night, and fellow Jefferson inductee K'Zell Wesson lives in the Atlanta area. Both graduated in 1995 and played basketball for the Democrats.
Their coach, Bobby Harris, is scheduled to accept their PIL Hall of Fame plaques Sunday.
The Class of 2019 consists of graduates from 1950 through 2009.
By school, here are the total members, counting Sunday's additions:
Adams 3, Benson 96, Cleveland/Commerce 87, Franklin 82, Grant 113, Jackson 34, Jefferson 118, Lincoln 84, Madison 64, Marshall 53, Roosevelt 79, Sabin 3, Washington 73, Washington-Monroe 1 and Wilson 54.
The Distinguished Service Award will go to another Jefferson product, John Aust. He graduated in 1962. Aust played football and competed in track and field as a freshman, but a heart valve problem forced him to shift his emphasis to record-keeping.
He became a noted historian, researcher, writer and analyst who spent countless hours transcribing microfiche for league standings and all-star teams in PIL sports dating to 1901. He also played City League football from 1963-71 and coached Pop Warner football for nine seasons in the Adams High and Whitaker Middle School areas.
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