Five set to enter SOU Sports Hall of Fame
ASHLAND — Five individuals whose performances at Southern Oregon University spanned 20 years will be inducted to the SOU Sports Hall of Fame as the class of 2015, the committee announced Friday.
Wrestlers Nick Cline (1994-97) and Paul Dodson (1983-87), women's basketball player Julie Finch (1988-92), football player/sprinter Terry Hendrix (1979-82) and decathlete Ross Kennedy (1994-97) make up the class.
An induction ceremony will be held Oct. 24. Later, the individuals will be recognized at halftime of SOU's Frontier Conference game against College of Idaho.
Cline held the Raider wins record for 15 years (and is currently No. 2) with a career mark of 129-35. He was a starter on the Raiders' 1993-94 NAIA title team, seventh the next season, a national runner-up the one after that, and finally an NAIA individual champion at 142 pounds as a senior in 1997, capping a 42-win campaign. He served as an assistant coach to Mike Ritchey in 1998 and now runs his own chiropractic and rehabilitation center in Roseburg.
Dodson is another owner of one of the 34 individual NAIA titles in SOU wrestling history. He posted a career record of 88-23-2, giving him the 12th most wins of any Raider. He was the NAIA District II runner-up at 275 pounds in 1985 and, after dropping down to 190 the next year, still managed 34 wins, a district championship and an NAIA runner-up showing. He got his national title the next year, finishing 32-2.
Finch, while remaining on several SOU all-time record lists, is remembered as one of the key figures who helped turn around the Raider women's basketball program. As a freshman and sophomore she endured the program's eighth and ninth consecutive losing seasons, winning just seven games that first year.
But by the time she became a second-team NAIA All-American as a senior in 1991-92, the Raiders went 19-10 overall and 9-3 in their first year in the Cascade Conference — marking the second of 13 straight winning seasons. She departed as SOU's career leader in points (1,384), rebounds (1,075) and steals (289). She remains No. 5 in points, No. 2 in rebounds and No. 2 in steals.
Despite initially playing football exclusively, Hendrix became one of Southern Oregon's most successful two-sport athletes and owns two of the four longest-standing records in Raider track and field history. For the Raider football team, Hendrix was a defensive back, a running back and a return specialist, and his 38 career punt returns are still the third-most for a Raider.
As a sophomore, however, he took to the track and in 1982 he established benchmarks that have survived the last 33 years for the 100 meters (10.54 seconds) and 200 meters (21.18). That year he became a regional champion in the 100 and an NAIA All-American in the 200 — the Raiders' first in the event. There hasn't been one since.
Kennedy has a similarly stacked track and field resume. He's one of five Raiders to record a pair of top-two finishes at the NAIA Outdoor Championships, and with a little luck could have won a title. His school-record score in the decathlon of 7,418 points was second in 1997 and would have been good for an NAIA championship in all but one other season since 1996.
He was a four-time Cascade Conference champ — winning three straight decathlon titles and one in the javelin — and among SOU's best marks still ranks fifth in the high jump (6-8), fifth in the long jump (23-3) and third in the javelin (193-0).