The second Olympic College Hall of Fame class was announced Thursday by the athletics department.

Track and field star Dick McKimson, basketball standout Jill Bekar and longtime sports enthusiast and former Ranger athlete Bob Fredrickson, along with his late brother Bill, are among the inductees for basketball and tennis.

The reception celebration is June 9 at OC’s Bremer Student Center.

“This second Hall of Fame class is outstanding,” OC athletic director Barry Janusch said. “Their accomplishments at OC and beyond are indicative of the rich history of OC athletics.”

McKimson starred on the 1952 state championship tournament team by winning the javelin, the 100-yard run, the 880-yard run and was part of the winning mile relay team. He singlehandedly scored 17 points for the Rangers. McKimson went on to earn a letter at the University of Washington.

Bekar helped the women’s basketball team to a sixth-place finish at the 1996-97 NWAC tournament. She was named the North Region MVP as well as second team NWAC All-Star and went on to play at Cal State San Bernardino, where she was named first-team All-CCAA in 1998.

Fellow inductees are;

Mark Keel, football: Keel was a stellar receiver for the Rangers football team in 1979 and 1980. He was second in receiving yards in 1979 with 238 yards on 15 catches. His sophomore season, Keel had 27 catches for 593 yards and was nominated for the AACC All-Conference football team. Keel received a scholarship to play at the University of Arizona where he was named Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 in 1982. He is the current head coach at Central Kitsap High School.

Charlie Koon, men’s basketball: Koon helped the Rangers to back-to-back National Junior College basketball tournament appearances in 1950 and 1951. In his second trip to the tournament, he was named an NJC All-American. After OC, he went on to play at the University of Washington, where he helped the Huskies to their first Final Four appearance in 1953.

Renae Ross (Landram), women’s basketball: Ross (Landram) was a multiple-sport athlete for OC, starring on both the women’s basketball and volleyball teams. She helped the Rangers to a sixth-place finish at the NWAC women’s basketball championship tournament in 1997. In 1998, she was named to the first team Northern Region All-Star team. She went on to play at Cal State San Bernardino.

Mike Latimer, wrestling: Latimer won the Washington State wrestling tournament in the 177-pound division in 1968. He also captained that team. He went on to wrestle for Washington State where he won the Pac-8 conference championship in the 190-pound division.

Jack Stenhjem, distinguished service: Stenhjem worked at Olympic College for 30 years. He served as the Athletic Director while also assisting both the men’s basketball and football teams along the way. In addition, he served as a physical education instructor and the associate dean of students.

1948-49 men’s basketball: Led by head coach Phil Pesco, the Ranger men’s basketball team took fourth at the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament after winning both the conference and Regional III championships. The team became the first in history to go undefeated in conference play, setting numerous other records along the way.

1950-52 track and field teams: After placing second in 1948, Olympic’s track and field teams won the conference championship three years in a row.  In 1952, the team won 10 of 15 events, setting a WSJCAC team scoring record with 77 points.


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