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McAbee, Carrigan, Haga head for the Hall

Gordon Carrigan and Greg Haga of Central Point and Talent's Jim McAbee are among seven slated for induction to the Southern Oregon University Sports Hall of Fame next month.

The local trio will be joined by Melanie rne, Dale Grant, Dr. Gerald Insley and Dennis Shields.

The ceremony is June 5 at the Stevenson Union.

It's a big thrill for me, Carrigan said. It's quite an honor. There are a lot of good athletes in that Hall of Fame.

Carrigan said he's especially excited about being in the 1999 class.

It sounds like a good group going in, he said. Jim (McAbee) and I were teammates together in football and basketball. I think it's really great to be inducted the same year as him. It should be a great day.

A seven-member committee, selected by athletic director Monty Cartwright, chose the inductees. Criteria for the Hall includes All-American or all-conference honors, and there is a 10-year waiting period.

McAbee was the school's first three-sport, all-conference athlete. The Talent native was named to five Oregon Collegiate Conference all-star lists, including twice as a tight end in football, twice as a point guard in basketball and once as a catcher in baseball.

McAbee's .461 season batting average in 1959 is the second-highest in school history.

One of the school's most dominating wrestlers, Haga finished his career as a three-time NAIA All-American. The current Crater High wrestling coach compiled a 33-3 record at SOU as a senior en route to the NAIA 190-pound district and national championships.

Carrigan was the fourth basketball player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau for his career. He was a three-time Oregon Collegiate Conference all-star guard from 1958-61 and also finished 11th in the nation for receptions and receiving yards as a member of the 1959 football team.

Carrigan became the school's first academic All-American in 1959-60, and coached the SOU men's basketball team from 1975-80.

rne is the first SOU track athlete to win two national championships, capturing the NAIA heptathlon title in 1988 and '89.

Grant became the school's third NAIA track and field champion in winning the javelin in 1977 and still holds the school record at 242-3.

Insley served as an assistant men's track coach for eight years until 1974 and helped solidify the SOU women's program as its coach from 1978-86.

Shields broke eight school rushing and scoring records as a running back, place-kicker and kick returner from 1974-77.

The seven inductees join 58 previous honorees since the inception of the Raider Sports Hall in 1989. The induction coincides with the university's annual intercollegiate awards banquet. The event starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and a dinner buffet at 6 p.m.

A limited number of tickets for the event are available for $15 each. Call the SOU athletics department at 552-6772 for reservations.