Indians will celebrate 12 Hall of Fame inductees in 2017
The Scappoose Boosters will induct 12 new members — seven athletes, three community leaders, a coach and his boys' basketball team — to their 2017 Hall of Fame class.
Kasey Sorenson (Basketball, track and field, Class of 1999), David Morrill (Football, 1998), Clayton Gerry (Football, track and field, 1998), Chris Burnett (Baseball, 1994), Rob Hammann (Cross country, 1990), Misty McKechnie (Track and field, 1982), Frank Austin (Baseball, football, 1975), the 1961 boys' basketball team, Gary and Nancy Hudson and Kandi Liday are scheduled be recognized at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, in Scappoose High School's auditorium, and a reception will follow at 9 p.m. at Varsity Grill & Bar in Scappoose.
George Dunkel (1969), an all-state offensive and defensive end inducted in 2008, will be the master of ceremonies.
"Each of these honorees has done something exceptional as an individual athlete, a coach, a team member or community volunteer," said Pete McHugh of the Boosters. "Their induction into the Hall of Fame is a way of recognizing these achievements. However, the best thing the HOF does is build a sense of tradition and pride at the high school. The students come to realize that this school has a legacy and that there were students here before them and there will be students here after they graduate. Right now is their time to build their own part of that legacy."
Sorenson reached the Class 3A state girls' basketball tournament four times: The first round as a freshman, fourth in the state as a sophomore, fifth as a junior and eighth as a senior.
She also carried sixth place in the state shot put at 35 feet, 3 inches as a senior, and, in her fourth year at NCAA Division III Willamette University (Salem), set a Bearcats women's hammer throw record of 152 feet, 7 inches that prevailed from 2003 to 2015 and now ranks fourth all-time.
Sorenson's 11 free throws against Whitworth University (Spokane, Wash.) as a Willamette junior ranks in a tie for second in school history to Kappy Klocksieben and Heather Ludwig (12).
Morrill became a 6-foot-3, 225-pound Class 3A first-team running back and linebacker with 1,506 rushing yards and 117 tackles as a junior in 1997, the first of the Indians' back-to-back state semifinal runs after they made the second round in their first postseason venture in six years.
He was first-team all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference as a sophomore, junior and senior at NCAA Division II Western Oregon University (Monmouth), and received all-West Regional acclaim in his two latter seasons.
The physical education major set Western Oregon's career record of 346 tackles (165 solo) as a senior, and played in 2002 Cactus Bowl, an NCAA Division II all-star game in Kingsville, Texas.
Morrill joined Arena Football 2's Rio Grande Valley Dorados (Hidalgo, Texas) in their National Conference championship appearance against the Memphis Xplorers in 2005 after averaging 20.5 tackles with the Tennessee Valley Vipers the year before, and rejoined the Vipers upon their resurrection in 2006.
Gerry, a 6-foot, 185-pound wide receiver and cornerback, reached the Class 3A all-state third-team offense as a sophomore and made both the first-team offense and defense as a junior.
He and the Indians got to the second round in his sophomore year and to the semis in his junior and senior seasons.
Gerry also came very close to Class 3A track and field championships as he leapt to second in the Class 3A long jump (21 feet) behind Philomath's James Reynolds (21-8.5) in his junior year.
He came right back as a senior and sprinted to fifth in the Class 3A 100 dash -- .29 seconds behind North Valley's Terry Guthrie -- to fourth by .62 seconds behind Guthrie (22.22) in the 200, and sixth in the long jump (20-9).
Gerry, JR Duehring, JJ Haehe and Mike Hinshaw dashed to second in the Class 3A 1,600 relay (3:26.56) behind La Salle Prep (3:24.92).
In his freshman year at NCAA Division II Western Oregon University (Monmouth) in 1998, he returned 11 kickoffs for 260 yards and received All-American honorable mention.
Burnett, a 5-foot-11 right-handed pitcher, was a Class 3A all-state senior in 1994 as The Dalles beat the Indians for the state championship for the second year in a row.
He, a member of the 1993 Scappoose team inducted in 2008, pitched to a 4-1 record, a 1.77 earned run average, 46 hits, 16 runs -- 12 earned -- 24 walks, 52 strikeouts and three saves in 61 innings across 41 games for NCAA Division I Lipscomb University (Nashville, Tenn.) between 2007 and 2008.
Hammann ran to 35th at the Class AA state championships as a sophomore, re-upped for 19th at state as a junior and, from there, won a Heart of America Conference's 10,000-meter run championship for NAIA Division I MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe, Kansas) and once held MidAmerica Nazarene's indoor three-mile record.
He has coached cross country since 1996 and is a fourth-year assistant cross country coach at Pella High School (Iowa).
His wife, Robin (MidAmerica Nazarene Class of 1997) won a women's 10,000 run title, teaches science and coaches their son, Micah, a Pella High senior.
McKechnie leapt to fifth in the Class AA state high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches and helped the 400-meter relay team to sixth as a sophomore, then set the girls' school high jump record (5-5) and came up fourth in the state (5-4) as a junior.
Austin was a Class AA all-state pitcher and received Leading Pitcher and Outstanding Player awards.
He was also an all-Cowapa League quarterback who helped the Indians to the Class AA championship game against Gladstone in his freshman year, to the final against Marist (Eugene) in his sophomore year and to the semifinals in his junior year.
Austin and the team that met Marist, for which he was a second-team all-leaguer, joined the Hall of Fame in 2010.
1961 boys' basketball team and Dick Morgan
The Indians and Dick Morgan, a math teacher, principal and second-year coach who succeeded 1957 Class A-2 state championship-winning coach Jim Kaber, won the Wilco League -- considered the toughest in the state with Jesuit, Central Catholic, Lake Oswego and Tigard -- with 21-1 overall 14-0 league records.
Only Mark Morris High (Longview, Wash.) could beat Scappoose in the regular season.
Morgan and players Harold Olsen, Ken Ventris, Gary Brown, Buck Karn, John Harris, Dan Delk, Larry Martin, Ron Kucera, John Wick, Vern Covlin, Dave Kucera, Jim Smith, Terry Johnson and Wayne Gessford and manager Brent Forsberg faced No. 1 eventual Class AAA state third-place Grant (Portland), regarded the toughest team in the state tournament. The Generals just barely beat Scappoose, 61-59, at MacArthur Court in Eugene.
Smith, a center, and Delk, a forward, were first-team all-league talents, and Harris and Dave Kucera made the second team.
Gary and Nancy Hudson
The Hudsons, of whom Gary is a posthumous selection, were revered youth wrestling sponsors, and Nancy is a frequent volunteer at the Scappoose Senior Thrift Store who founded the Gary Hudson Memorial Columbia County Championships wrestling tournament.
Liday, a bus driver of 30 years, is a youth advocate and a special friend to coaches and athletes.
2017 SCAPPOOSE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
WHO: Kasey Sorenson (Basketball, track and field, Class of 1999); David Morrill (Football, 1998); Clayton Gerry (Football, track and field, 1998); Chris Burnett (Baseball, 1994); Rob Hammann (Cross country, 1990); Misty McKechnie (Track and field, 1982); Frank Austin (Baseball, football, 1975); 1961 boys' basketball team; Gary and Nancy Hudson; Kandi Liday.
WHERE: Scappoose High School auditorium
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 (Reception at 9 p.m. at Varsity Bar & Grill in Scappoose)