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Saturday, June 29, 2019
East Oregonian
HOF: Meet the Linebacker’s Club Class of 2019
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AP Photo/Francisco Seco
United States goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher defl ects the ball away
from France’s Valerie Gauvin during the Women’s World Cup
quarterfi nal match Friday at the Parc des Princes, in Paris.
USA: England
looming in semifi nals
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good defensively, so strong.
We hit them where it hurt. We
took our chances,” Rapinoe
said. “This team — unreal,
unreal amount of heart.”
The U.S. team is used to
grabbing attention both on
and off the fi eld. Rapinoe was
caught up in a controversy
this week when a video sur-
faced of her using an exple-
tive while vowing not to visit
the White House. While the
interview was from January, it
attracted the president’s atten-
tion and he tweeted: “Megan
should never disrespect our
Country, the White House, or
our Flag, especially since so
much has been done for her &
the team.” Trump also said he
would invite the team, win or
A day before the match,
Rapinoe said she stood by her
comments , except the coarse
language. Rapinoe, who also
had a pair of goals on penalty
kicks in the United States’ 2-1
victory over Spain to open
the knockout stage, even sug-
gested the uproar might help
her team. “I think, if any-
thing, it just fi res everybody
up a little bit more,” she said.
Coach Jill Ellis said Rapi-
noe’s night was typical of the
outspoken 33-year-old play-
ing in her third World Cup.
“She’s just a big person-
United States
Tuesday, noon, at Parc
Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon
France TV: FOX
ality on and off the pitch and
I think she honestly thrives
off these big moments,” Ellis
The United States went
to a fi ve-player backline and
repeatedly kept the aggres-
sive French team at bay. Goal-
keeper Alyssa Naeher was
stellar in the second half, fi ght-
ing off a fl urry of attempts
until Renard’s header.
“I’m proud of the defense,
sliding, blocking shots, deny-
ing service, denying crosses
coming in,” Naeher said.
“France’s offense is potent and
can hurt you in so many ways
and I thought our defense held
strong all night. It’s an honor
to be behind them.”
The Americans have
played the French 24 times,
with France winning just
three. But the three matches
prior to Friday’s quarterfi -
nal had tilted toward France,
with two wins and a draw.
catch. He was named to the
All-Eastern Oregon Team
by the East Oregonian as
a tight end and safety. He
is 16th all-time in career
He gained All-Confer-
ence First Team recog-
nitions in his senior year
in Bucks basketball, and
holds the third all-time
longest triple jump at 44.6
feet, as well as ninth in jav-
elin throwing at 159.3 feet
in 2002. He now teaches
and coaches at Lakeridge.
Mike Rickman
Rickman was a two-year
starter on the Bucks 1981
and 1982 football teams
and was twice an All-IMC
linebacker. He also earned
the Hammer Award for
most tackles both seasons.
Rickman earned three
letters in basketball and
earned another All-IMC
mention for his 1983 senior
year. He also found time
for one year of baseball
under Lyle Phelps.
He would earn a full-
ride scholarship to the Uni-
versity of Montana, where
he played one more season
of football.
Leon Ransom
In the fall of 1970, Ran-
som grabbed 12 passes for
165 yards with a 13-yard-
per-catch average. He
would go on to score 50
points to earn a Shrine All-
State honor for his one and
only season with Pendleton
football. His talent got him
a football scholarship to the
University of Las Vegas,
1963-64 Buckaroo
Football Team
This legendary Pend-
leton football program
included Linebacker’s Hall
of Famers Dick Jones, Jack
Baird, Jim Rackley, Eric
Larson, Steve Cary, Mike
Temple, and Gary Froberg.
“They were all really
great athletes,” said Jim
Rohde, a defensive tackle
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Mike Hodgen, three-sport athlete and baseball coach, chats with admirers before being
formally inducted Friday evening into the Pendleton Linebacker’s Club Hall of Fame.
on the team. “We were
undersized, but we were
light and quick.”
Under coach Requa, the
team scored 322 points and
gave up just 68. They went
9-1 and fell 14-9 against
the North Salem Vikings at
Round-Up Stadium.
“You respected him a
lot,” Rohde said of Requa.
“When he spoke, you lis-
tened. He could be tough.”
Chuck Jenson
A football, basketball,
and baseball athlete, Jen-
son collected three letters
from 1968-72.
On the court, he scored
over 600 career points,
averaging 18.2 per game
as a senior. He also led his
team in assists and was
named to the All-Confer-
ence First Team.
Jenson is an active
member in the Pendleton
athletics community, hav-
ing coached a variety of
youth sports over the past
40 years, including AAU
basketball and youth bas-
ketball, baseball, softball,
and soccer. He also serves
on the Pendleton School
Board, and is a director at
Happy Canyon.
Sue Johnston
A two-time All-Con-
ference volleyball player,
Johnston’s team went 17-5
for her junior year, and
19-5 as a senior. She led her
team in attacks.
For her 1984-85 bas-
ketball season, she and
her team made school his-
tory with their fi rst state
appearance under coach
George McClendon. She is
the second-highest Bucks
scorer of all time with 779
career points and an 18 per-
game average. She was
also hot off the board with
11 rebounds per game.
Her basketball skills
earned her a full ride at
Oregon State University,
where she competed in the
In track, Johnston placed
sixth in the discus event as
a junior, hurling for 134.1
feet, the second-longest
throw in school history.
In addition to the night’s
inductees, three Bucks
from the Class of 2019
were also honored with a
series of scholarships.
Aiden Patterson, a foot-
ball player and wrestler,
earned the $10,000 Don
Requa Award. He’ll play
football at Western Oregon
University this fall.
“I remember being
a freshman and seeing
seniors receiving this schol-
arship, and thinking, ‘I
really want to be that guy,’”
Patterson said during his
acceptance speech. “And
now, I’m really proud to be
that guy.”
ball teammate Kirk Lis-
com received the $4,000
Alex Stuvland Memorial
The $10,000 Schindler
Bush scholarship, awarded
to a three-sport Buckaroo,
went to Shawn Yeager, who
excelled in football, wres-
tling, and track.
And the Lineback-
er’s own $1,200 scholar-
ship, comprised entirely of
donations, was awarded to
Hunter Blake, a kicker for
the Bucks football team.
Blake was the school’s
fi rst-ever female varsity
football player.
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