Clark set to honor first Hall of Fame class

Sold-out event scheduled for Saturday

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Seven individuals and one team will be honored Saturday as the first members of the Clark College Athletics Hall of Fame.

A 6 p.m. ceremony will be held on the second floor of the Penguin Union Building on the Clark College campus. The event, which begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., is sold out.

Members of the first class of the Clark College Athletics Hall of Fame are: Karen (Remy) Morgan Hill, Jacob “Vern” Kindsfather, Randy Myers, Claude “Skeet” O’Connell, Jim Raines, Gaydena Thompson, Mary Lou White, and the undefeated 1992-93 women’s basketball team.

Karen (Remy) Morgan Hill played volleyball and basketball at Clark from 1969-71. She averaged 33 points per game in basketball.

Kindsfather, who died in 2008, coached baseball and taught at Clark for 25 years.

Myers played baseball at Clark before going on to a 14-year career in the major leagues as a relief pitcher.

O’Connell coached basketball and baseball and served as the athletics director for Clark during a career that spanned 31 years. Now 96, a reception in his honor was held Thursday at the Vancouver retirement community where he lives.

Raines is being honored for his service to Clark College and its athletic programs.

Thompson was the first female athletic director in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. She served as Clark’s AD from 1977 to 1982.

White, who died in 2007, coached several sports, including fencing and softball, over 13 years at Clark.

The 1992-93 women’s basketball team went 33-0 and won the NWAACC championship.

A permanent campus location has not been selected for the Hall of Fame. Once a site is chosen, a commemorative plaque will honor each inductee.

Basketball finale

The Clark men and women basketball teams will honor their sophomores at the final regular-season game Saturday at the O’Connell Center.

The Penguins face Grays Harbor at 1 p.m. (women) and 3 p.m. (men).

Both Clark teams are bound for the NWAACC Tournament, which begins March 3 at Kennewick.

The Clark men (24-2, 14-1 West Division), ranked No. 2 in the NWAACC, can wrap up the No. 1 seed from West with a win.

The Clark women (19-6, 12-3), ranked fifth, look to end a three-game losing streak as they attempt to lock down one of the West’s top three seeds.