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Medford Sports HOF seeks nominations

Applications available online or at three Medford sites for Class of 2022 induction

In preparation for its first induction in five years, the Medford Sports Hall of Fame committee is seeking nominations for its Class of 2022.

Applications can be obtained online by visiting the Medford Parks & Recreation Foundation website at medfordparksfoundation.org, going to the Events tab and clicking on the Medford Sports Hall of Fame link.

A nomination form can be downloaded from that site and provides the pertinent information required for submission. The direct link is medfordparksfoundation.org/events/medford-sports-hall-of-fame/

Nomination forms are also available for pickup in Medford at the Santo Community Center (701 N. Columbus Ave.), Cascade Athletic Supply (2930 Biddle Rd.) and Pronto Print (9 E. 4th St.).

Deadline for nomination applications is June 3, with a selection of inductees expected July 1 for what will be an Oct. 22 induction dinner and ceremony at Rogue Valley Country Club.

“The application form is fairly self explanatory,” said Dick Entinger, chairman of the Hall of Fame committee, “but it’s just not name, address and phone number. There has to be some documentation, articles about their success in whatever level it might be.”

“We don’t want a book but you need documentation,” added Entinger, who was on the original Hall committee in 1985 and has remained active. “I’ve seen nominations where people think you fill out nomination forms and that’s enough and the committee is going to do all the research to validate that, but that’s not going to happen. We don’t have the time to do all that research.”

The Medford Sports Hall of Fame currently boasts 159 members, ranging from prominent Medford athletes to coaches or special contributors. Inductions are held every five years, with the last class including 11 inductees.

Prominent HOF members include a “who’s who” of Medford sporting lore with the likes of Bill Bowerman, Dick Fosbury, Bob Newland, Marshall Holman, Fred Spiegelberg, Danny Miles and so many more.

“You have coaches, you have incredible athletes and you have supporters of student-athletes in the City of Medford,” said Entinger. “It’s just a remarkable group.”

The Hall was created in 1985 by the City of Medford in conjunction with its centennial celebration. The Medford Linebackers took over custodial duties, and the linebackers created a committee that would remain intact as new club presidents came and went. Once the linebackers went away after serving their purpose for the Medford sports community since 1961, the HOF committee took center stage in putting together induction ceremonies before teaming up with the Medford Parks and Recreation Foundation in 2016.

“I think we have a good core committee that is going to be able to continue this,” said Entinger of a current 12-person panel that includes a handful of Hall members. “I feel very good about the strength of the Hall of Fame as it stands today as opposed to where it may have been 15 or 20 years ago. I think we’re in good shape right now.”

The most recent class in 2017 included Steph Adams (softball), Jeff Barry (baseball), Missy Coe (softball), Ryan Fiegi (basketball), Rob Folsom (multi-sport), Craig Johnson (basketball), Sam Pecktol (powerlifting), Bryn Ritchie (soccer), Bill Rowan (coach), Gary Miller (special contributor) and Jim Wise (special contributor).

“I’m not saying that we’re looking for the guy that was the six-time all-pro in the NBA, that’s probably not what’s going to happen out of a small town like Medford,” Entinger said of this year’s application process, “but there has to be a length of time of commitment or a level of success that’s not just mainstream.”

“It has to be a longevity thing,” he added, “it just can’t be some guy who hit a grand slam home run to win a semifinal state championship baseball game one year. There has to be substance, and really has to be some excellence of success and length of competition, especially considering the peer group you’re going in with. I think all Hall of Fames are that way.”

To submit a nomination, email the completed application form and one high-resolution photo of the nominee to medfordorsportshalloffame@gmail.com.

Reach sports editor Kris Henry at 541-776-4488, khenry@rosebudmedia.com or www.twitter.com/Kris_Henry

The Medford Sports Hall of Fame was created in 1985. MT file photo