Seven set for St. Helens Hall of Fame induction
The St. Helens Sports Booster Club's Hall of Fame will induct seven new members on Saturday.
Six former St. Helens High athletes and one community supporter will be enshrined during a dinner and ceremony at the St. Helens Elks Lodge. The event begins at 5 p.m., and it is open to the public. Dinner tickets cost $25 and will be available at the door.
Entering the hall are Don Hubbs (Class of 1978), Kristi Kallberg Bourassa ('96), Tiffany Swan ('98), Jake Parks (2004), Kevin Elder ('07) and Jillian Ross (class of '13).
Additionally, Terry McMahon will be inducted as a community supporter of St. Helens High sports.
Also, at 8 a.m. Sunday, the Johnson Bailey Memorial Golf Tournament will be played at Wildwood Golf Course. Cost to play in the four-player, scramble tournament is $80 and includes a ticket to Saturday's Hall of Fame dinner as well as a post-tournament lunch.
As of Wednesday, the tournament was almost full. Contact Mike McCoy at 503-438-0356 to sign up.
Here is a look at each of the Hall of Fame inductees:
• Don Hubbs: A three-sport varsity athlete, Hubbs played varsity football and ran varsity track all three years at St. Helens High. He also wrestled as a freshman (ninth graders attended St. Helens Junior High at the time) and as a sophomore.
Hubbs was a member of the Coast-Valley League football all-league team as a senior. In track, he excelled as a sprinter who ran the 100 and 200 dashes and on 400 relay teams that qualified for three state meets.
As a freshman at the junior high, Hobbs received the 1974-75 John Beck Memorial Award as the best all-around freshman athlete. He was a district wrestling champion as a freshman.
He lists running in the Oregon Indoor track meet at Memorial Coliseum and being selected to attend special relay meets in Idaho among his favorite memories.
• Kristi (Kallberg) Bourassa: A four-year letterman in soccer, basketball and softball, she helped the Lions win the 1995 Class 4A softball title. As a junior and a senior, Kallberg was third-team all-state and on the all-Cowapa League softball team.
In basketball, Kallberg was voted the team defensive player of the year three times and helped the Lions win the 1996 Cowapa championship.
In soccer, she was twice voted her team's defensive player of the year.
She played 2 1/2 seasons of college softball at Linfield and at the time had the second-highest batting average for a freshman in program history.
Her favorite memories are the state softball championship and playing for coaches Bill Rawlings, Pete Peters, Chuck Whittick, Jeff Edwards and Dan Busch.
• Tiffany Swan: She represented St. Helens at state meets in cross country and track all four years. She established a school record in the 800 meters as a sophomore. She also won the district cross-country race as a senior.
That race is a favorite memory, as she used a late kick to catch and pass Seaside's Erika Hamer at the finish line — a win that helped the Lions edge the Gulls for the district championship.
After taking a couple of years off from competitive running, Swan walked on to the UC Davis cross-country team. She also trained for the steeplechase and the 5,000 meters during track season, but injuries prevented Swan from racing in college track.
She has completed five marathons, competed a few years in triathlons a decade ago and now runs "trails, roads and snow paths" in Truckee, California with husband Tim Guffin.
This year, she completed her first 50-kilometer trail race in Zion National Park.
• Jake Parks: A Three Rivers League first-team linebacker as a senior in 2003 and second-team all-leaguer as a sophomore, Parks was a varsity athlete in football, basketball, golf, track and field and tennis at St. Helens.
In addition to being a standout linebacker, Parks played wide receiver and special teams.
He lettered two years in basketball as a small forward.
In college, he played defensive end at Puget Sound. As a senior, he was second-team all-Northwest Conference, the Loggers' MVP and a team captain.
Football has become a career for Parks, who is the senior NFL Sports Marketing Manager for Adidas. In that role, he manages some 75 athletes Adidas-affiliated, including Von Miller, Dak Prescott and Deandre Hopkins.
• Kevin Elder: A four-year member of the cross-country and track programs, Elder finished second in the 2006 Class 5A cross-country championship race.
A member of the Lions' 2007 5A championship-winning track and field team, Elder placed fourth in the 3,000 meters and sixth in the 1,500 meters at the state meet.
St. Helens won multiple league titles in cross country and track during Elder's four years.
Among Elder's favorite memories are: "shaving legs, mud runs, ringing a particular church bell on morning runs, playing tag, Steens Mountain Running Camp, and running around town with ninja masks made from T-shirts."
Now living in San Luis Obispo, California, Elder continues to compete in road races, triathlons and trail runs.
• Jillian Ross: A four-year, three-sport athlete, Ross was the female athlete of the year as a St. Helens High senior in 2013. She excelled in volleyball, basketball and track and field.
In volleyball, she was a second-team all-state and first-team all-league setter as a senior, when she averaged 24 assists, three kills, three blocks and 2 1/2 aces per match.
As a sophomore, Ross was honorable mention all-league in all three of her sports. As a junior, she was second-team all league in basketball and earned honorable mention all-league for volleyball and in three track and field events.
A Class of 2013 valedictorian (4.0 GPA), Ross earned a degree in exercise science integrated physiology from Pacific University and is in the physical therapy doctorate program at Touro University in Nevada.
Ross played college volleyball as a freshman at Pacific, then switched to basketball for her final three years of college.
• Terry McMahon: Recently retired after managing the Les Schwab Tires store in St. Helens for 25 years, McMahon was instrumental in the store's support of St. Helens athletics.
Under McMahon, Les Schwab was once of the major sponsors when a new football grandstand was built in the 1990s, and the business was involved in annual fundraising auctions and was a regular sponsor of high school sports.