PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark College Department of Physical Education & Athletics is pleased to announce the 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Class. The class features Mike Capka (Baseball – 1988), Barry Clock (Wrestling/Football – 1970), Jason Hill (Football/Track & Field – 2002), Michael Thompson (Football – 1984), and Nina Young (Swimming – 1987), as well as the 1981 Baseball team. The Pioneers will also honor alumnus Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 37th Annual L&C Sports Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, Oct. 10 in the Pamplin Sports Center. The event will feature a social hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by the dinner and awards program.
Tickets for the event will go on sale in August and can be purchased for $35.00 each. Hall of Fame tickets include a ticket to the Pioneer football game the following day, Saturday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. against Pacific Lutheran at Griswold Stadium. The 2014 Hall of Fame class will be recognized at halftime of the football game, along with other members of the Hall of Fame class in the Pioneers annual Walk of Fame.
Capka was a star on the diamond for the Pioneer baseball team, where he still ranks fifth all-time in career doubles, ninth all-time in career homeruns, while ranking in the top-10 in RBI’s. A three-time All-Conference honoree (1986, 1987 & 1988), Capka helped the 1987 earn the District II Championship. For his efforts, Capka was named the Gold Glove Winner by his teammates, while also earning All-District II First-Team honors as well as being named the NAIA District II Player of the Year.
Clock proved himself to be a solid two-sport athlete for the Pioneers, earning All-Conference First-Team (1968 & 1970) and All-District First-Team (1968-1970) honors with the football team, while winning Conference Championships in wrestling in 1968 & 1970. As a wrestler, Clock was a part of the 1968 & 1970 teams that won the Northwest Conference Championship. On the football field, Clock helped the Pioneers to two conference championships (1967 & 1969).
Hill remains one of the best football players to have played at Lewis & Clark, where he ranks third all-time in receptions in a season and seventh all-time in career receptions. Hill led the team in receiving yards and points in 2000 and 2001 on his way to All-Conference First-Team honors both of those seasons. Hill was named a USA Football.com All-American in 2000 and a Little All-Northwest First-Team Receiver and Division III All-West Region Third-Team in 2001. Hill was also named the Dell Smith Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2000-2001.
Thompson was a two-time All-Conference First-Team and All-District II Defensive Tackle honoree for the Pioneer football team. Thompson captained the team his senior season, the same year he was named the Joe Huston Male Athlete of the Year, as well as earning NAIA/NWC Scholar-Athlete honors.
Nina Young [Earle] remains one of the best freestyle swimmers in Pioneer history, ranking fourth all-time in the 1000 yd. free, fifth all-time in the 1650 yd. free and seventh all-time in the 500 yd. free. Young earned two Conference Championships during the 1984-1985 season, taking home the top prize in the 500 and 1650 freestyles respectively. That same year Young was named a NAIA All-American, All-District and team MVP. Young also picked up All-Conference honors in the 400IM in 1984-1985.
The 1981 baseball team ended the season with a 25-11 overall record and 13-5 conference standing en route to a Northwest Conference Championship. After winning the conference championship, the Pioneers went on to win the NAIA District II Championship, advancing to the West Coast Playoffs. Four players on the team were named to the All-Conference First-Team, while three of those players earned All-District honors. For his work, legendary Pioneer coach Jerry Gatto was named the District II Coach of the Year.
Alumnus and Life Trustee Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. is nationally recognized as a business pioneer and philanthropist. A lifelong athlete and advocate of physical fitness, in 1992 he sponsored the Chairman’s Challenge. More than 2,000 members of the Lewis & Clark community gathered to “Beat Bob” in a series of athletics contests that raised funds to expand the library. He will reprise a similar challenge this September during New Student Orientation. Lewis & Clark’s prestigious Pamplin Society of Fellows, which he founded, recognizes students deeply committed to academic excellence and physical fitness. Dr. Pamplin is an avid and successful weightlifter, boxer, and practitioner of karate.
For additional information please contact Monica Baker in the Athletics Development Office at (503) 768-7710.