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Where Are They Now'

St. Mary's High School, 1982

It's not surprising has fond memories of growing up in Medford.

What I remember is, we did a lot of winning, he laughs, which is kind of a strange reflection when you think about it.

Strange, perhaps, but true. Weinhold was part of state championship teams in football and baseball and state playoff teams in basketball.

Success has continued for Weinhold, 42. He and his wife, Nannette, have lived in Carbondale, Colo., for five years. He is a forest hydrologist and she teaches grade school. They've been married 18 years and have two children, Aisha, 14, and Bobby, 12, both of whom are heavy into soccer. Prior to moving east, they lived in Gold Beach for 12 years.

We've been very fortunate, says Weinhold. Between the Oregon Coast and here, we've always lived where other people go to vacation.

— Weinhold grew up in a golfing family. His brother, Paul, starred at Medford High. Living near Rogue Valley Country Club, Mark remembers summers of playing golf, then going to swim at a buddy's house, then playing a few more holes in the evening because there was nothing else to do.

But in high school, Mark turned to other endeavors.

In football, the Crusaders lost only one game in four years ' the state title contest to Regis in 1980, his junior year. Otherwise, the former running back who ran for about 1,200 yards as a senior was part of a St. Mary's dynasty that won five state crowns in six years under coach Larry Walker.

We ran a fullhouse with three backs, says Weinhold. We just ran the ball for 3, 4, 5 yards. I don't think it was very exciting to watch, but we pretty much marched up and down the field. Teams got so accustomed to us running the ball that when Dan Dugan, our quarterback, would call play-action passes, we'd get these really long plays because no one was watching for it.

The Crusaders beat Riddle 19-8 for the 1981 title and Weinhold went on to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star game. He credited the coaching at St. Mary's, which also had Dennis Murphy guiding its basketball team. Walker and Murphy both went on to success at South Medford when it opened.

Can you imagine a school of that size having coaches like that? says Weinhold. It's not like we had tremendously gifted athletes. We were just good athletes that were pretty well coached and worked pretty hard.

A one-point basketball loss his senior year in the second round of the state playoffs to LaPine was one of those, he says, that sticks with you and you have trouble shaking it. We'd been to state the previous years and fully expected to go back and didn't.

Baseball season helped make up for it. The Crusaders defeated Oakland 2-1 for the championship after Weinhold belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Chris Stormberg had walked, and after the idea of bunting him over subsided, Weinhold, the star shortstop, turned on a fastball.

It was a Charlie Brown thing, he laughs. Close your eyes and swing the bat.

Weinhold attended Oregon State, then transferred to Arizona State for a couple of years, where he attended a couple of baseball tryouts before putting that notion to rest. He returned to OSU, earned his civil engineering degree, married soon after and went to work.

In the scheme of things, I was real fortunate, says Weinhold. Depending on who you talk to, junior high and high school could be great or it could be hell on earth. It worked out pretty well for me.

Where Are They Now?"ttrower@mailtribune.com.

Mark Weinhold