Nancy Girt accepting the
2010 Hall of Fame plaque
on behalf of her husband Fred Girt
The third of four sons, Fred Johnson Girt
III was born July 15, 1951 to Fred and Dorothy Girt of Coos Bay, Oregon.
He has spent most of his entire life living in the Bay Area, attending
Market Street Elementary, Michigan Avenue Jr. High and graduating in the
class of 1969 from Marshfield High School.
Fred was a three sport athlete all four of his high school years
lettering in basketball, football and track. Football was Fred's
greatest passion where he earned 1st Team All State Honors in 1967 and
1968 as a running back. He was also selected Team Captain, was a member
of the State Finals in 1968 and was selected to participate in the State
All Star Shrine Game in the summer of 1969.
Track and Field was yet another sport Fred excelled in where he long
jumped, sprinted, and ran the high and low hurdles. In 1969 he was the
District Champion in both hurdles. He earned honors at the State Track
and Field Meet his Junior and Senior years running the high and low
hurdles, placing 2nd his Junior year. Today Fred continues to hold the
Coos County record in the high hurdles.
Following high school Fred earned a full ride scholarship to play
football at Oregon State University for Coach Dee Andros. While playing
football for four years, Fred earned degrees in Mathematics, Physical
Education and Health. During the summer of 1972 he married his high
school sweetheart, Nancy Susick.
Upon graduating from OSU in 1974 Fred and Nancy moved back to the Bay
Area to begin their teaching and coaching careers until they retired in
2009. Fred has a special gift that enables him to reach out to all
levels of students and athletes truly making a difference in the lives
of children. Using his quick sense of humor, compassion and dedication,
he has taught and coached at every level including kindergarten through
12th grades in the Coos Bay School District. Fred has also participated
on numerous Math and PE committees at the district and state level,
coached the Math Counts Team and has been a volunteer coach for the Boys
and Girls Club.
Fred's most valued treasures are his family. Nancy and Fred have been
married for 38 years and have two children, Chelsey and Casey, both
graduates of MHS. Chelsey and her husband Michael Seedborg teach and
coach at Marshfield High School. Casey and his wife Amity live in
Portland where Casey is a manager for Conrad Wood Forest Products and
Amity is Assistant Dist. Attorney for Multnomah County. They are
expecting a baby boy in Sept. and perhaps another generation of Girt
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.
Born in 1950, Des Moines, Iowa.
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,
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
Married Cindy L. White, Albany, Oregon in 1987.
Moved back to Oregon in December 1989; reside in West Linn, OR
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,
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.
- 1983 Graduate, Marshfield High School
- 1988 Bachelor of Arts Degree, English from University of
- 1990 Standard Teaching Certificate, Language Arts, University
of Oregon, Eugene, Grades 5-12
- 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
Ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN; best of 2:33:20.
- 1999: 10th at Chicago; ranked #3 by T&FN; best of
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
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
- 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
- Moved to Coos Bay, October 1960
- Marshfield Pirate Sports Announcer
- A-2 State Basketball Tournaments in Coos Bay for OAB in the
Don Megale was
Marshfield High School's all-time tennis stars. He was at Marshfield
from 1944 to
Coos County High School
leading the Pirates to 3 undefeated seasons.
During his four
years at Marshfield, he played # 1 singles
and won a total
placed 2nd in
the State Championships. Don was also a
member of the
selected to the United States Air Force Tennis Team. He later
coached basketball and tennis at Klamath Union High School. His 1958
won State Championships.
Don went on to become
the head tennis coach at Oregon
University. He is a USTA Nationally ranked Senior
2001, he was ranked #3 in Doubles,
in Singles. He
is now retired, but is still playing Senior Tennis. He resides in
Janet (Stamper) Holland -
1977 MHS Graduate
- 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,
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
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
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.
Marshfield State Championship Football TeamHead Coach Pete Susick
Assistant Coaches Chet Haliski, Tony Koreiva, Walt Paczesniak, Dean
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