Olympia to induct newest Hall of Fame class

mwochnick@theolympian.comApril 19, 2013 

Olympia High School will hold its third annual athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday, honoring a public-address announcer and eight athletes.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for the dinner, auction and induction ceremony, and the cost is $25 ($30 starting today). Tickets may be purchased at growlohsathletics.com.

The nine inductees are:

 • Jim McNamara, Lifetime Achievement: McNamara was the voice of Olympia High School football and basketball for more than 30 years until his retirement in 2008.

 • William “Bill” Brenner, Class of 1938: Brenner lettered three years in football and baseball, and spent almost 10 years in professional baseball. After a four-year Air Force career, Brenner played baseball in the Pacific Coast and Western International leagues. He had three 20-win seasons as a pitcher in the 1950s. He died in 1979.

 • Jim McCauley, Class of 1987: A letter winner in golf (four years) and basketball (two years), McCauley won the state AA golf title as a senior, helping the Bears to back-to-back fourth-place state finishes. He also was part of an all-senior golf team that won the Black Hills League, subdistrict and district titles.

 • Dee Dee (Bailey) Horton, Class of 1988: Horton was a rare breed, lettering in four sports (soccer, softball, volleyball and basketball). An all-state volleyball and basketball player, she focused on basketball in college, signing with Idaho before transferring to Saint Martin’s, where she finished as a third-team All-American. She coached women’s basketball at South Puget Sound Community College and now coaches at NAIA Northern New Mexico College.

 • Hadley Jensen, Class of 1999: Jensen, who coached volleyball at Olympia last fall, was

the school’s female athlete of the year as a senior. She helped the volleyball team win its first state title and earned all-state honors. She also was league MVP in fastpitch and set school records for hits, at-bats and runs scored. She played three seasons of fastpitch at Western Washington University.

 • Steve Nelson, Class of 1975: Nelson still holds school swimming records in the 100-yard butterfly, 100 freestyle, 200 free, 200 individual medley and the 500 free. During Nelson’s three seasons, Olympia won the league and district titles. He also was homecoming king in 1974.

 • Bruce Crandall, Class of 1951: Crandall, for whom Olympia’s baseball field is named, distinguished himself as an athlete and military hero. He played three years of baseball and two years of basketball at Olympia. He was a baseball All-American his senior year. Crandall retired from military service in 1977 as a lieutenant colonel and received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam in 1965.

 • Chris Juergens, Class of 1998: A three-year letter winner in football and basketball, Juergens was an all-state defensive back in 1996 and ’97. He also helped the Bears to the AAA state basketball title game in ’98. He played two seasons of football at the University of Washington, setting records for catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. A chiropractor in Olympia, Juergens was an Olympia High assistant football coach from 2007-12.

 • Kelli Jackson, Class of 1991: Jackson set a high standard in girls swimming at Olympia, starting as a freshman in 1987. She won six state titles, including three in the 100 fly. In ’87, she helped the Bears win the AA state team title. As a senior, she set state meet records in the 50 free and 100 fly. Jackson swam four years at the University of Washington, setting a school record in the 50 fly.


Tumwater hired Thomas Rowswell, a former boys basketball coach at Black Hills High School, to coach its boys basketball team, the school announced Monday.

Rowswell, a math teacher at Black Hills, coached the Wolves to a 25-39 record from 2007-10. He succeeds Curtis Medved, who resigned last month after five seasons. Medved guided the Thunderbirds to a 6-15 record this past season and they qualified for the 2A District IV tournament.

Rowswell and Medved were teammates at Olympia High School under John Kiley, who coached the Bears for 10 seasons before resigning in 2002. Rowswell spent last season as a color commentator for Roxysports.com.


“Kick Cancer Night” is the theme for tonight’s Olympia-Tumwater nonleague boys soccer game at Tumwater District Stadium. The game will highlight cancer awareness and raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. At halftime, an American Cancer Society representative will speak, and there will be a drawing for team-autographed soccer balls.

“We’re all touched by this,” Tumwater coach Bryan Winkler said.

The junior varsity game starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.


Yelm High School plays host to Thurston County’s first big track and field invitational of the spring today, with 17 teams participating in the annual Mountain Invitational. The meet begins at 3:30 p.m. … North Thurston named former assistant coach Jackie Meyer as its volleyball coach, replacing Micah McBride, who guided the Rams to a program-best second-place finish at the Class 3A state tournament last fall. … Four Timberline football players recently made college commitments: Mitch Cone and Justace Buhl (Willamette), Spencer Crump (Scottsdale, Ariz., CC) and Stone Hart (Exeter Prep, then Harvard).

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 mwochnick@theolympian.com theolympian.com/southsoundsports

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