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  • 2012 Class: Athletes

  • Les Gutches
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  • Wrestling
    Began wrestling at age 7 and won state titles at South Medford from 1989-91. Each year he won a USA Wrestling crown and in '91 was the junior world freestyle champion. Was a three-time All-American at Oregon State, winning NCAA titles in '95 and '96. Competed in the '96 Olympics in Atlanta, placing seventh. Was an assistant coach at OSU for eight years and now is national director of program development for USA Wrestling.
    Multisport
    Was a three-sport standout at North Medford High, starting all four years in volleyball, basketball and softball. She was first- and second-team all-state in softball and second team in volleyball. Graduated in the top 5 percent of her class and earned a full scholarship to play softball at Oregon. Played second base for Ducks and made Pac-12 second team as a junior. Was second on the team in hitting with a .395 average. Also had two homers and 25 RBIs.
    Swimming
    Starred in high school for Medford. She was a four-time National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches of America All-American, setting the state record in the 100-yard breaststroke and qualifying for Senior Nationals as a sophomore. Fourth in nation as a junior and earned scholarship to Indiana. As a freshman, won Big Ten titles in 100 and 200 breast and swam leg on winning relay, but the Hoosiers didn't fund a team to the NCAAs.
    Basketball
    Finished career in 1996 as South Medford's all-time leading scorer with 1,228 points. Now fourth in scoring, ninth in assists and first in steals. At Western Oregon University, was third-team and honorable-menton All-American in three seasons. Earned numerous NAIA Pacific Northwest Section honors, including player of year in '99 and first-team selection in '99 and 2000. Has WOU's highest career scoring average (22.4) and second-highest season average (23.5).
    Track
    Played baseball in the Medford National Little League at early age but was diagnosed with kidney failure at age 11. His father, Ed, gave his son a kidney, and Tim began his track career in middle school and earned a letter at South Medford High in 1998. While at South, participated in the U.S. and world transplant championships, winning gold in the shot put at both and silver in the iron-ball throw at worlds. Passed away in 2000.
    Basketball
    At South Medford High, was player of year in SOC and as senior in 2002 and set single-game scoring mark of 39 points. At Corban College, led NAIA in scoring (30.3) and rebounding (13.1) as senior All-American. No. 2 all-time in NAIA for field goals made (1,256). First at Corban in career rebounds (1,242) and blocks (283), second in scoring (3,252). Played four years as pro, leading Salem IBL team with 31.5 average with high of 50 in 2006.
    Multisport
    Grew up in Medford playing basketball and softball but turned to racquetball and was American Amateur Racquetball Association national champion at age 15. Earned full scholarship to Cal State Sacramento, where team was three-time national champ. Three-time Pan Am Games participant, winning six gold medals. Four golds, six silvers in nine AARA nationals. Selected to U.S. Olympic team in 1988. Five-time club golf champion and SOGC 2008 winner.
    Baseball
    Was born in Grants Pass in 1965 and moved to Medford when he was 10. He played in the Medford American Little League, Babe Ruth and Senior Babe Ruth. After sustaining a broken neck in a swimming accident his junior year at Medford Senior High, Lewis came back to lead Medford to the 1984 state championship with a 10-1 record. Earned a scholarship and played four years at UNLV, then played 10 years of professional ball, including five with the California Angels. He was 9-9 with an ERA of 5.01 for them.
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