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Mac Hall of Fame events soon underway

Apr 11, 2013


News-Register Staff

The induction banquet is at 7 p.m. May 11 at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Tickets are $35 each and can be bought by contacting Ross Peterson at petersonross@comcast.net or 503-816-9083 or Wendy Buchheit at 971-241-3610.

Coinciding with the banquet is another opportunity for alumni, former coaches and friends to reconnect. The second annual MHS Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be held May 18 at Michelbook Country Club to help fundraise for future hall of fame inductions. The tournament features a 1 p.m. shotgun start and is in a four-person best ball scramble format. It is $110 per person and $440 per foursome. The entry fee includes a golf cart, 18 holes of golf, prizes, range balls, three raffle tickets, two mulligans and dinner. The priority registration deadline is May 1. The MHS Hall of Fame is also looking for sponsors for the golf tournament. For how to become a sponsor or to register for the tournament, contact Ross Peterson.

This year’s class features a wide variety of athletes from nearly a century of McMinnville athletics. Here is a brief rundown of the inductees. Look for a feature on each person to run in the News-Register sports section from April 26 to May 10.

n The oldest member of the class is the late Orile Robbins, who graduated from McMinnville in 1922. A four-year varsity letterman in football and three-year letterman in both basketball and baseball, Robbins helped Mac to several runs in the state playoffs. He enrolled at Oregon State University and played on the football and baseball teams. He still is listed in the OSU football all-time record book for the longest return of a blocked punt.

After graduating from college, Robbins had a distinguished coaching career with stops at Linfield during post-undergraduate schooling, Amity and Vernonia. Robbins returned to Mac in 1945 to teach and coach. He had a successful run coaching football, basketball and baseball, winning numerous league championships. Robbins died Oct. 23, 1950 of complications of a stomach ailment after spending five weeks in the hospital. He was 47.

n Larry Phillips, class of 1959, played on three league championship football teams at McMinnville, was a two-year starting center on two state tournament basketball teams and a standout track and field athlete. In 1959, Phillips was a first-team all-league center (at 6-foot-2) and was the league’s leading scorer with 14.9 points per game and 13.5 rebounds per game. Throughout his four years at Mac, Phillips set and reset records in the high hurdles, high jump and low hurdles.

Phillips went on to play basketball from 1960-63 at Lewis & Clark College and played on two conference championship teams.

n Mike Smithey is a 1968 graduate of McMinnville High School where he excelled at basketball and baseball. In 1967 and 1968, Smithey led the Grizzlies in scoring on the basketball court and was an all-state selection. On the diamond, he was equally good as a pitcher and earned spots at Linfield College on the basketball and baseball teams. Smithey had a distinguished career at Linfield as well, his biggest accomplishment coming during the 1971 baseball season when he went 8-4 as a starting pitcher, threw the most innings on the team and helped the Wildcats win the NAIA national championship.

n Amy Roberts-Wark graduated from McMinnville in 1991. She played volleyball, basketball and tennis. During the 1989-90 basketball season, Roberts-Wark was an all-league honorable mention player and helped the Grizzlies to a fifth-place finish at the state tournament. Roberts-Wark was first-team all-league her senior basketball season and the Grizzlies again played in the state playoffs. Her and her doubles partner Lisa Macy competed in the state tennis tournament that spring. After graduation, Roberts-Wark played basketball at Whitworth University and graduated from the School of Dentistry at OHSU in Portland. Roberts-Wark joined the Air Force and completed her service in Dayton, Ohio and in England before returning to McMinnville to join her father’s dental practice, which she now owns.

n Katie Brewster is the youngest of this year’s class, having graduated in 1997 from McMinnville. Unlike the other candidates, Brewster narrowed her focus to one sport. She played two years of junior varsity volleyball and basketball but soon dropped those to focus on softball. She was a four-year starter for the Grizzlies and a first-team all-league selection her sophomore, junior and senior years. In 1997, the Grizzlies qualified for the state tournament for the first time in program history, and Brewster earned a scholarship to play softball at the University of Utah.

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