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Saturday, August 16

Oregon Hall of Fame           Mel Counts  *  Steve Prefontaine  *  Pete Susick

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Inductees Left to right:  Kathy (Krummel) SchmitzVicki CrumpackerPeggy (Eddy) LucasBarb (Hanen) GerroneRich 'Mac' MacIntosh,  Mary PaczesniakAngie (Guenther) Morrison,  Judy Parker, Janie (Chiene) Miller, Wayne Van BurgerAnne (Guenther) MesserleJan (Rust) Oden




C. Kent Garner - 1964 MHS Graduate

     Kent graduated from Marshfield in 1964. He won Marshfield's first-ever state high school wrestling championship title that year at 141 pounds. Kent was a three-year letterman, two-time district 5A-1 champion and state high school AAU runner-up in 1964. Kent matriculated to Princeton University on an academic scholarship. He wrestled on the varsity team his sophomore year. Kent received his B.S.E. in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences in 1968.

     Upon graduation, Kent was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps. In 1969, he married the former Linda R. Smith, MHS '66. He served three years on active duty in the U. S. and Asia, and remained in the active reserve until 1983 when he retired with the rank of major.

     Following his discharge from the Marines, Kent entered the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi, national business and accounting honor societies. He graduated in 1973 with his Master of Business Administration. In 1976, Kent earned his certified public accounting certificate.

     Kent's 35 year business career has encompassed a wide variety of domestic and international industries including banking, mining, retailing, outsourcing and educational publishing. He has served in executive positions including corporate treasurer, chief financial officer, president and company director. Kent has worked in public and private companies with revenues ranging from a few million dollars to several billion dollars. While trying to figure out what "retirement" means, he remains a partner in The Interlochen Group, a corporate finance consulting firm.

     Active in professional and civic organizations, Kent is a past director of the National Association of National Treasurers, served on The Conference Board's CFO Council and is past president Financial Executive International's Birmingham, AL chapter.

     Kent has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America since growing up in Coos Bay where he earned his Eagle Scout badge. He was an assistant scoutmaster in his son's troop, served on the Atlanta Area Council's Executive Board for ten years and is now on its Advisory Board. Through his Trout Unlimited Chapter, Kent conducts fly-fishing merit badge clinics for Scouts.

     Kent and his wife of 39 years, Linda, have two children, Ben and Alison. Linda is retired from Marriott International. Ben is a mechanical engineer with Newcomb & Boyd, a consulting and engineering design firm. Ben and his wife, Cinnamon, live in Atlanta. Alison is a deputy public defender for Orange County, CA. Kent and Linda reside in Atlanta.

Stephen B. Garner - 1968 MHS Graduate
Born in 1950, Des Moines, Iowa.

Moved with family to Oregon in 1952. Two older brothers, John D. (deceased), C. Kent, one younger sister, Lois L.; parents Patricia H. and Dr. John W. Garner, both deceased.

Began wrestling in the first year of Fred Grant's program at Marshfield Junior High.

Graduated MHS in 1968, 11th in class. Within an hour of graduating, he left Coos Bay to participate in the Cultural Exchange tryout tournament in Lebanon, Oregon.

Captain of Oregon Cultural Exchange Wrestling Team to Japan, Summer 1968.

Graduated Princeton University with A.B. in 1972.

Traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa in 1972-73

Received M.S. from University of Oregon in Biology.

Traveled extensively in Europe, USA and Mexico; worked in California, 1974 to 1978.

Received M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, 1980.

Worked for a variety of high technology companies in California from 1980 to 1983.

Established Effective Marketing Associates, a consultancy, in 1983.

Married Cindy L. White, Albany, Oregon in 1987.

Moved back to Oregon in December 1989; reside in West Linn, OR since 1990.

Moved family to Spain for a year, June 2002 to July 2003, so the kids could learn Spanish, understand a different culture and make new sets of friends

After graduating from college Stephen earned a couple of graduate degrees before settling down in California, where he met and married his wife, Cindy (born and raised in Albany, OR). He lived in California until1989, then moved back to West Linn, Oregon.

He has two children, Prescott, 19; and Madison, 17. Prescott is also a wrestler and is an Oregon State Champion and a multiple-time top 5 placer at National Championship tournaments. He currently attends the US Naval Academy. Madison is a senior in high school this year and speaks 2 foreign languages. This summer she spent 3 weeks in Italy beginning her third foreign language. She is considering a career in early education and psychology.

Stephen and Cindy still live in West Linn with Madison and their dog, Shea. They enjoy traveling and after the 30th reunion, they went to the Sydney Olympics, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Raratonga, New Zealand, Tasmania, and Thailand. In 2002, wanting the kids to learn a foreign language, the family moved to Spain for a year. Stephen is in the 25th year of running his management consultancy. Life is good, work is fun, kids are nearly grown, a new phase is about to begin, and traveling will increase.

Kristy Johnston  1983 MHS Graduate
  • 1983 Graduate, Marshfield High School
  • 1988 Bachelor of Arts Degree, English from University of Portland, Oregon
  • 1990 Standard Teaching Certificate, Language Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, Grades 5-12

Career Highlights:

  • State 3000 co-champion as a senior
  • Five-time All-America pick in NAIA cross country and track.
  • 1993 Houston Marathon winner
  • 1994 Chicago Marathon winner
  • 5th in the marathon at the 1996 Olympic Trials
  • Runner-up 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials
     Attending the same high school as legendary Steve Prefontaine inspired her to go out for the track team. She had run times of 4:43.2 (1500) and 10:07.7 (3000) as a prep and tied for the state 3000 title as a senior. She was a five-time All-America pick in NAIA cross country and track. After college, she took a few years off and moved to Eugene, where she started training again. Mike Manley [1969 national champ in steeple] was a big influence.

     Kristy earned a degree in English and now teaches full-time, seventh and eighth grade language arts at Martinsburg South Middle School. She was coached by Chris Fox, whom she married on December 28, 1998. Fox is a former top-flight distance runner (13:21.60 for 5000, 2:13:43 for the marathon); now 40, he is competing on the masters circuit. They work well together and train together quite often.

     Regarding the future, she says, "I still think I can run faster. In my heart and my head I have a 2:27. 1 think I can do it. I'm going to keep going as long as it takes or until I fall apart."


  • 2000: US Olympic Trials-2nd Place-Alternate for US Olympic Team, Columbia, SC.
             2nd at Olympic Trials (2:35:3)  but did not qualify for Olympic team due to lacking Olympic `A'
             Finished 8th at LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon (2:33:20);
             Ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN; best of 2:33:20.
  • 1999: 10th at Chicago; ranked #3 by T&FN; best of 2:32:34.
  • 1998:   8th in Chicago (2:32:37); ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN; best of 2:32:37.
  • 1997: 13th in Chicago (2:42:24); best of 2:42:24.
  • 1996: US Olympic Trials 5th Place-Alternate for US Olympic Team, Columbia, SC.
             5th at Olympic Trials (2:34:21); 2nd in Chicago (2:31:06); ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN;
             best of 2:31:06.
  • 1995:  8th in Chicago (2:35:50); best of 2:35:50.
  • 1994: Won Chicago (2:31:34); best of 2:31:34.
  • 1993: Won Houston (2:29:05 PR); ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN; best of 2:29:05.
  • 1992: US Olympic Trials 11th in 10,000 heat at (34:52.99); also 9:14.8 for 3000; best of 34:52.99
  • 1991: 8th in Houston (2:39:45 PR); 16th in USA Champs 10,000 (33:49.70); best of 2:39:45, plus
  • 1983: Oregon State 3000 meter State Co-Champion
  • 1983-1988: 5-Time All-American in track and cross country at University of Portland.


  • 20O5: Girls Alabama State Championships, 5th place cross country
  • 2005: 3rd place girls indoor 800 meters, 4th place boys 4x400 meters, 2nd place boys 4x 100 meters, 3rd place boys 200 meters, 4th place boys 400 meters
  • 2004: State Champion boys 4x400 meters, 2nd place boys 4x 100 meters. 4th place boys 800 meters, 3rd place boys 400 meters, 3rd place boys 200 meters, Boys Team 2nd place overall, 4th place girls mile
  • 2004: Girls 5th place State Cross Country Championships
  • 2003: Girls 4th place State Cross Country Championships


  • 1999-Present: Co-Owner of Head to Toe Athletics
  • 2006: Assistant boys track coach at Cazenovia High School
  • 2005-Present: Coach local athletes for marathon and other fitness goals
  • 2002-2005: Assistant track coach-boys and girls, assistant girls cross country coach, Auburn High School, Auburn, Alabama Northern Middle School, Hagerstown, Md. Head cross country coach and assistant track coach-boys and girls, Hagerstown High School
  • 1998-2000: 7th and 8th grade language arts teacher at South Middle School, Martinsburg, WV. Assistant cross country coach-boys and girls
  • 1993-2000: Professional marathoner
Ed Keim - MHS Pirate Sports Announcer 1960-2006

Sports announcer Ed Keim always had one of the best seats in the house at the Marshfield Lady Pirates home basketball games. From the wooden booth high above the gymnasium floor, he kept his eyes on the game from the jump ball until the end of the fourth quarter. His soft, energy-filled voice fed the fans' imagination through KMHS 1420 AM with his shot-by-shot account of the girls in action. Ed was joined by two friends and co-announcers Ron Nance and Steve Walker. The trio worked together scribbling down game statistics and announcing girls basketball, and boys baseball. Keim enjoyed announcing the girls basketball games because they gave out as much effort as the boys teams, but did not always receive the recognition they deserved.

    Keim graduated from radio school in 1950 after his discharge from the Army in Dallas. His first job was at KTXJ in Jasper, Texas in 1950. He did many things at the station, but wanted most to be a sports announcer. The position was held by the station's general manager. Ed tagged along with him, begging to do the sports, and finally one day, he got to do a couple of plays at a baseball game and then went on to do a couple of innings.

     Keim soon moved to a station in Louisiana and began announcing baseball. He had "exaggerated" his experience, but when it came time to start, he just started talking. Later, he couldn't remember what he said, but the station loved it.

     Later, he moved to California and Idaho before arriving in the Coos Bay area at KOOS radio. In the early 1970s the station was sold and he decided to go into real estate and then on to mortgage brokerage.

  When asked if girls basketball was his favorite sport to announce, he said, "I love them all. They are all my favorites for different reasons and they all have a special place in my heart."

  • Born 1923 in Chicago.
  • Moved with his family to Canada for seven years during the great depression.
  • Graduated from Lane Tech in 1941 in Chicago, at that time the largest all boys high school in the nation
  • WWII, Army specialized training program at the University of Alabama and Pratt Institution in Brooklyn, New York
  • 75th Infantry Division committed to combat, Battle of the Bulge, Christmas Eve, 1944
  • Married 1946, raised two children who graduated Marshfield in the mid 1960's
  • Institute of Radio Broadcasting, Dallas, Texas, 1949,
  • First Radio Job at KTXJ, Jasper, Texas, February 1950
  • Over the years broadcast high school football, baseball, basketball, boxing, wrestling, swimming & bowling in Texas, Louisiana, California, Idaho and Oregon
  • Professional Class C Minor League Baseball, Evangeline League in Louisiana and Pioneer League in Idaho
  • Idaho State Football, Basketball, and Boxing in the Rocky Mountain Conference (Teams in Montana, Utah & Colorado)
  • The Final NCAA Boxing Tournament held in Pocatello, ID Spring 1955
  • Moved to Coos Bay, October 1960
  • Marshfield Pirate Sports Announcer
  • A-2 State Basketball Tournaments in Coos Bay for OAB in the 1960's

Don Megale - 1948 MHS Graduate

Don Megale was one of Marshfield High School's all-time tennis stars. He was at Marshfield from 1944 to 1948. He dominated Coos County High School Tennis, leading the Pirates to 3 undefeated seasons.

During his four years at Marshfield, he played # 1 singles and won a total of 16 tennis titles. In 1947 and 1948, he placed 2nd in the State Championships. Don was also a member of the 1946-47-48 Pirate basketball teams.

In 1954, he was selected to the United States Air Force Tennis Team. He later coached basketball and tennis at Klamath Union High School. His 1958 basketball and tennis teams won State Championships.

Don went on to become the head tennis coach at Oregon State University. He is a USTA Nationally ranked Senior Tennis player. In 2001, he was ranked #3 in Doubles, and #14 in Singles. He is now retired, but is still playing Senior Tennis. He resides in Corvallis, Oregon.


Janet (Stamper) Holland - 1977 MHS Graduate

Career Highlights:

  • 1976 State Champion 50 Free
  • Marshfield Team MVP on 3rd Place State Volleyball Team 1976-7
  • Marshfield 1976 Girl's Track Team Most Outstanding Athlete
  • Small College All-American 50 Free 100 IM
  • Professional Triathalete - Winner Fountain Mountain Triathlon, Scottsdale, AZ

     I was born in 1959 to Chuck and Lucille Stamper of Coos Bay. I joined sisters, Jo Anne and Julie, and brother Bill. I attended Blossom Gulch and Milner Crest elementary schools, and then Marshfield Junior and Senior High Schools. After my dad died in 1964, my mom married Chap McCarthy and they had a son, John. My mom died in 1970 and a few years later Chap married Dortha Williams who had two children, Tom and Barri; and they had one daughter together. Molly (McCarthy) Skundrick. To say I've had a lot of family support along the way would be an understatement.

     My older sisters were swimmers and I tagged along with them to all of their swim meets when I was just a few years old. At the age of 6, 1 got my first AAU swimming card, which enabled me to start competing. I swam through elementary school and added track and volleyball in junior high. In high school I swam my freshmen year, added track my sophomore year and volleyball my junior and senior years. I had the pleasure of being a freshman on Marshfield's swim team while sister Julie was a senior. Watching her accomplishments in and out of the pool really inspired me. It was also much easier getting up and out the door to many a rainy 6 a.m. swim practice with a sister doing it with you.

     I was blessed to have had Ralph Mohr, Cherry Blaine and many other wonderful coaches mentoring me along the way. Mr. Mohr's influence on my athletic career after high school was an important part of my continued career as a triathlete. Ralph still checks in on me even today and we get together for swims at Mingus Pool when I am in town. As for Ms. Blaine, to this day whenever I hear the Seals and Croft song, Summer Breeze, I think of Cherry leading our volleyball team in mental imagery and each of us on our team playing the perfect volleyball game.

     After high school I walked on to the swim and volleyball teams at Willamette University where I went to school for my freshmen and sophomore years. My sophomore year I was honored to be voted by the swim team to be the Girl's Team Captain. That year I also earned Small College All-American status in the 50 Free and 100 IM at Nationals.

     During the spring of my sophomore year I decided to double major in Physical Education and Health Sciences. This meant leaving Willamette, so I packed up and drove to Phoenix and became an Arizona State Sun Devil. My first stop at ASU was to meet the swim coach. He invited me to walk on and I was thrilled to swim with the women I had read about in Swimmers World magazine.  I had never worked harder than the years swimming for ASU. It was a wonderful experience.

     I graduated from ASU in 1982 and took a teaching job in Tucson for the Catalina Foothills School District and now enter my 27th year of teaching there. I am fortunate to have a job I love where I can teach young people the value of lifetime fitness. Once settled in Tucson, I discovered I still enjoyed a good swim workout and soon found myself competing in masters swim meets. This was a great way to make new friends in a new town. I discovered 1Ok running races soon after and the transition to triathlons followed.

     Competing in triathlons opened up a whole new world. After turning pro and winning the Fountain Mountain Triathlon near Scottsdale, Arizona, I was offered sponsorship on a Chicago based triathlon team, Profile for Speed. Being a member of this team meant traveling around the country competing as a professional triathlete in major cities. I loved it! Some of my favorite races included the Hawaiian Ironman World Championship, The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, the Chicago SunTimes Triathlon, and the Los Mochis Triathlon in Mexico.

     It was through triathlons and friends that I met my husband, Doug Holland. We had mutual athletic friends who thought that we would hit it off and they were right. Doug was a race director and athlete and loved sports as much as I did. After a long distance relationship for over a year (he was in living in Scottsdale and I was in Tucson) we got married in 1990 in Lake Oswego, Oregon and he joined me in Tucson where we live today.

     Doug has a running streak of never missing a day of running in 26 years which has helped me get out the door on those days when I am leaning more toward sleeping in. Once I get going I am so glad that I did! Besides being a great husband and friend, he is also a great workout buddy.

     In 1992 we decided to start a family. Our daughter, Brooke Lucille, was born in 1993 and her brother, Lee Stamper, joined her in 1995 to make our family complete. I ran and swam through both pregnancies and but soon lacked the drive to spend as many hours training and being away from my family. I still felt the competitive drive to compete so turned to running road races since I could do that with little time away from my family and I really enjoy it. Since my 40th birthday I have been racing the local Master's road races circuit and find it a great way to keep my competitive fire burning. Though I might not break any of my old running times, I'm not too far off and hope to keep racing into the next year when I break into a new age group-50-54! Yikes! In the back of my mind the lure of the triathlon still lingers and turning 50 might just be the new challenge to put me back at the waters edge with bicycle and running shoes waiting not too far behind.

     The honor of being nominated and selected for the Hall of Fame at Marshfield High School is one that I'll always treasure. It only seems like yesterday that I was getting up at the crack of dawn for morning swims and later returning for afternoon volleyball and track practices. In closing, so many people have helped me along the way to living an adventurous life that I can only describe as a gift from God. Thank you.


1956 Marshfield State Championship Football Team
Head Coach Pete Susick
Assistant Coaches Chet Haliski, Tony Koreiva, Walt Paczesniak, Dean Sheldon

1956 State Champions



33 Benson   6          
46 Coquille   6   Quarterfinals
20 Grants Pass   0   46 LIncoln   7  
20 Medford 20          
32 Roseburg   7   Semi Finals
27 Springfield   7   32 Pendleton 14  
38 Eugene   7          
32 Prineville 19   Finals
38 North Bend   0   40 Medford 19  


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