Let the voting begin (Hall of Fame)
Voting for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2011 has begun.
Periodically, we will share some of the write-in recommendations submitted by readers.
Here are a few:
Recommendation: Cedar Bourgeois
Submitted by: Dori Hollingsworth
Why: Seven consecutive Mt. Marathon women’s victories with some of the fastest times ever posted in the race. A top contender in all Alaska Mountain races and even elsewhere. Last year she won and set a record in a California race as well.
Recommendation: Peter Lekisch
Submitted by: Robert Voris
Why: I believe Peter’s accomplishment in Race Across America in 2001 makes him worthy of induction into the fold. Peter became the first 60 year old to complete the most difficult race on earth. Since then Peter has given back to the cycling community by founding the Fireweed 400. It is by far the most popular cycling event in the state.
Recommendation: Hilary Lindh’s world title
Submitted by: Charles Bingham
Why: One key international sports event for an Alaskan that was missing from your Hall of Fame vote was the downhill gold medal Hilary Lindh won at the 1997 World Championships in Sestriere, Italy. When I interviewed her, Hilary was prouder of the world championship than the Olympic silver medal in 1992.
Recommendation: Jeannie Herbert-Truax
Submitted by: Steven Imoe
Why: Pioneer of women’s basketball in the state of Alaska. One of the first female basketball players from Alaska to play Division I basketball; she played at the University of Miami, where she is now in the ACC Hall of Fame for her performance as a point guard there. Brought her talents back to Alaska where she has coached Wasilla High School to a large number of Northern Lights Conference titles and a state title in 2006.
Recommendation: Dayna Pendergraft
Submitted by: Jenny Baker
Why: President of the Rage City Rollergirls. She has helped lead her travel team to victory in the Battle for the Coast tournament taking second in the B division in May and helped rally them to take fourth in the B division last winter in Iowa’s Rollin’ Along the River Tournament. She is a leader, a coach, a team captain and an aspiring marathon runner. Her athletic abilities are an inspiration to her entire league.
Recommendation: Geoff Roes
Submitted by: Gary Snyder
Why: While he is still actively competing he is setting a new standard both locally and nationally in distance running races.
Recommendation: Roger “Ramjet” Evans
Submitted by: Bari Hite
Why: Not only has Roger lived all of his life in Alaska, but continues to live here and to build recreational facilities in the state. Roger was a young skiing enthusiast whose enthusiasm has inspired generations of youngsters and others to pursue outdoor sporting interests. Roger was recognized and honored at the Salt Lake City “pre-Olympics” and is still regarded by all as one of the “legends” of freestyle. He is an inspiration to all.
Recommendation: Joe Tompkins
Submitted by: Charles Bingham
Why: You might add Joe Tompkins of Juneau being the first person to win an officially sanctioned Disabled World Cup ski event when he won a two-run downhill in Breckenridge, Colo., in December 1999. Joe is a monoskier (sit-skier) who has competed in three Paralympics and has been a member of what now is known as the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team (it used to be the U.S. Disabled Ski Team).