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SOU to honor athletic greats from past

ASHLAND — Nine individuals and two teams will be inducted into the Southern Oregon University Sports Hall of Fame this week during Homecoming festivities.

The Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at a reception today at 5:30 p.m. at the Rogue River Room at Stevenson Union.

The inductees will be featured guests at halftime of SOU's game against Dixie State at 1 p.m. Saturday at Raider Stadium.

The inductees are the 1946-47 SOU basketball team, the 1982-83 wrestling squad, and individuals Ron Williams (football), Dave Hughes (football, basketball, baseball), Nada Janackovic (basketball), Howard Hartman (football, track), Lee Howard (swimming), Craig Johnson (track, basketball, football), Greg McMackin (football), Phil Pifer (athletic trainer) and Carl Nelson (football).

The '46-47 hoops team won the Far West Conference championship with a 24-2 record and went on to the National Association of Intercollegiate tournament in Kansas City as the Pacific Northwest representative.

The '82-83 Southern Oregon National Champion wrestling team featured three NAIA national champions in Greg Haga (190 pounds), Nathan Winer (142) and Brent Lofstedt (158), and had six more District II champions in Hal Fabrycki (118), Doug Samarron (126), Jim Fitterer (158), Tim Jones (167), Russ Hanson (177) and Rick Chandler (275). The Raiders also became the first team in school history to go unbeaten, compling a 12-0-1 record.

Williams was a three-year all-conference running back during the 1964-67 seasons. He turned down a tryout with the Detroit Lions, then went on to coach at Phoenix High, where he led the Pirates to two state titles.

Hughes is considered one of the best all-around athletes in school history after lettering and earning all-conference honors in football, basketball and baseball. He is also the only athlete in conference history to achieve All-Region status in all three sports his senior season.

Janackovic, a native of Pirot, Yugoslavia, was a first-team All-American in 1998 and '99, as well as a Cascade Conference and NAIA all-star those same seasons. She is at or near the top of all SOU basketball records, including career and season scoring, made free throws, rebounds, steals and blocked shots.

Hartman excelled in football and track from 1960-62. He set school and Oregon Collegiate Conference records for receptions, yards gained and touchdown receptions each year he played.

Howard coached the Southern Oregon swim team to a dual-meet record of 112-62 from 1966-82, while his water polo teams won 11 Pacific Northwest championships.

Johnson, a three-sport letterman, played wide receiver for the football team, a guard on the basketball squad and was a star sprinter.

McMackin was an all-conference defensive back under football coach Al Akins from 1963-66 and later coached, while Pifer served as an athletic trainer for 32 years at the collegiate level and was the SOU Athletic Director for four years.

Nelson earned all-conference honors as a middle linebacker during the 1964, '65 and '66 seasons.