Black Tornado adds to Wall of Fame
Fourteen individuals with remarkable histories in Black Tornado athletics will be recognized Saturday, Sept. 7, as Class of 2019 inductees to the Black Tornado Wall of Fame.
The ceremony will be held beginning at 5 p.m. at Rogue Valley Country Club, with the cost of the buffet dinner at $40 per person.
Ticket sales warp up Wednesday and can be purchased online by going to https://bit.ly/2PnIPLQ.
Top athletes, coaches and special contributors to Black Tornado athletics will all be included in this year’s induction, which will include emcee Marc Bayliss and guest speaker Danny Miles.
The event will also be recorded by tablerocksports.net and made available after its conclusion.
The following are this year’s batch of Inductees, listed alphabetically, and some of their notable achievements as a Black Tornado.
LARRY BARKER: Athlete, Class of 1977. Barker was part of the football, wrestling and track and field teams and went on to compete for the Calgary Stampede in the Canadian Football League. He was also a state champion in wrestling.
TOSHA BARNICOAT: Athlete, Class of 1996. Barnicoat was an all-state volleyball player who went on to become a three-time all-conference contributor at Southern Mississippi, where she already holds a spot in the college’s hall of fame.
RUSS BATZER: Athlete/Special Contributor, Class of 1978. Batzer was the Southern Oregon Conference player of the year in baseball and also competed in football. Batzer played baseball at the University of Oregon and as president of JB Steel/Batzer Construction, he has been involved in many contributions toward developments at Harry & David Field and on the North Medford High campus.
MARIE BOWIE: Athlete, Class of 1988. Bowie was a three-time all-conference performer in softball and all-state pitcher who went on to pitch with a 1.60 ERA at the University of Nebraska.
DAVID FAAETEETE: Athlete, Class of 2004. Faaeteete competed in football, track and field and basketball, earning state defensive player of the year honors as a senior in 2003 when he helped lead North Medford to a runner-up finish in the state championships. He was a three-year starting defensive tackle at the University of Oregon who later participated in mini camps with the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders.
RYAN FOLSOM: Athlete, Class of 2006. Folsom was an all-state running back in football and two-time district champion in wrestling. He held the school rushing record of 1,756 yards until this past season and was a walk-on contributor at Brigham Young University.
TAI KINNEY: Athlete, Class of 2001. Kinney was a two-time conference champion and state champion in girls golf and also competed in softball. She played golf at the University of Minnesota before it dropped the sport and transferred to play her final three years at San Jose State.
MIKE & CASEY MAYBEN: Coaches, Class of 1994 and 1993, respectively. With Mike as head coach and Casey as his top assistant, the Black Tornado softball program won eight conference championships in their 12 years and four state championships. Mike Mayben was a seven-time conference coach of the year and four-time state coach of the year, compiling a 276-64 record in his Black Tornado career.
SETH MCEWEN: Athlete, Class of 1998. McEwen was an all-conference football player and honorable mention USA Today All-American who recorded a school-record 91 tackles during his tenure. McEwen was a three-year starting defensive end at the University of Oregon and part of the 2001 Fiesta Bowl Hall of Fame team.
NATE PHILO: Athlete, Class of 1997. Philo was an all-conference baseball player and football standout at North Medford. He was named the American Legion baseball national player of the year and held several Medford Mustangs records at the conclusion of his prep career. He went on to play baseball at Azusa Pacific, where he twice earned all-conference and honorable mention All-American honors.
TAYLOR SCHMIDT: Athlete, Class of 2009. Schmidt was an all-state pitcher and state player of the year after leading the Black Tornado to a state championship. She later became an All-American pitcher and national champion competing for Oregon Tech.
TIM SAM: Special Contributor. Sam served as a teacher, boys basketball and girls golf coach and athletic director in his 27 years at North Medford. He started the Black Tornado Wall of Fame, was instrumental in the Black Tornado Booster Club and held many positions for the Oregon Athletic Directors Association.
ANDY VOBORA: Athlete, Class of 1978. Vobora was a football, basketball and track and field standout for the Black Tornado. As an all-conference linebacker, he was named best lineman at the annual Shrine game and was a three-time conference champion in the shot put in track and field. He went on to become a three-year starting linebacker at the University of Oregon.
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