River Ridge announces inaugural athletic Hall of Fame class; ceremony open to public Thursday

mwochnick@theolympian.comFebruary 25, 2014 

River Ridge High School, in conjunction with the school’s 20th anniversary of opening its doors, will celebrate its first inaugural athletic hall of fame class Thursday, athletic director Gary Larson announced.

The ceremony, honoring 12 athletes and one coach -- takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the high school’s commons and theater. It is open to the public.

The inaugural list of inductees are:

LaShonda Christopher (Class of 1995): One of the most decorated track and field athletes to come out of Thurston County. Began prep career at Timberline, winning two state titles (long jump, triple jump). With the opening of River Ridge in 1993, she transferred and won a combined six state titles (long jump, triple jump, 800 relay) as a junior and senior. Later became an All-American at North Carolina.

Gabe Garrett (1995): Won five state titles -- three as a senior (100-, 200- and 400-meter dash) and two as a junior (200, 400) -- and was a national age-group decathlon champion who went on to compete at Tennessee. 

Erin Rinear (1995): Captured the 4A state title in both hurdles (100, 300) at state, as well as part of back-to-back state title-winning 800-meter relay teams. Went on to compete at Tennessee.

Jameka Stevens (1996): Was 4A Narrows MVP in volleyball in 1994, who excelled at the club level as a member of the 1996 Junior Olympic Championship and Youth National teams. Also was a top-eight placers in the high jump as a junior and senior. Went on to compete in volleyball at Cal and Hawai'i. 

Dale Chase (1999): Led Class 4A in passing yards (2,516) and touchdowns (25) as a senior and helped the Hawks to the Narrows Bridge Division title and 4A state quarterfinals. Went on to play at Central Washington.

Ricky Gaspar (1999): Remains the school’s only two-time all-league offensive lineman in Class 4A. Also was  three-time Mat Classic participant, placing sixth at heavyweight in 1997. Went on to become an all-conference football player at Linfield.

Bryan Hooper (1999): First-team all-Narrows football standout as a wide receiver, safety and kick returner as a senior. Still holds school records for receiving yards in a season (1,215) and receiving touchdowns (15). Went on to play football at Linfield.

Jessica Scott (2000): Three-sport athlete who also became one of the top volleyball players in the Pac-9 League. Went on to play volleyball at Central Washington.

Richmond Sanders (2001): Was an all-league standout in football, basketball and baseball, who led the Hawks in rushing in football as a sophomore in ‘98. Was Pac-9 League MVP in basketball in ‘01 who later played football at Eastern Washington.

Keisha Hyman-Gifth (2004): Three-time all-league pick at middle hitter who helped the Hawks to the 3A state semifinals in 2003. Went on to play at Texas-El Paso.

Greg Ford (2004): Became the school’s first state champion in wrestling when he won the 3A 140-pound title as a senior, finishing the season 30-1. Also was a standout outfield in baseball who later played baseball at Green River and Prairie View A & M.

Ian Davis (2006): At 6-foot-8, Davis dominated in the pool. Set multiple school records and won district titles in his specialties -- the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Phil Lonborg (coach): Lonborg, the school’s longest-tenured coach, has been at the high school as a teacher and coach since it opened its doors in 1993. Led the Hawks to back-to-back 4A girls state track and field team titles in its first two seasons, and track athletes under Lonborg have captured more than two dozen state titles. Currently coaches track and field, cross country, and bowling at River Ridge.

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