Port Angeles’ Jenny Nixon, second from right, was a member of a state championship Roughriders 400 freestyle relay team in 1989. She was named to the Port Angeles Hall of Fame in 2020 and will finally be inducted in a ceremony in August. (Courtesy photo)

Port Angeles’ Jenny Nixon, second from right, was a member of a state championship Roughriders 400 freestyle relay team in 1989. She was named to the Port Angeles Hall of Fame in 2020 and will finally be inducted in a ceremony in August. (Courtesy photo)

ROUGHRIDERS HALL OF FAME: Three added to Class of 2021; ceremony to be held in August at Civic Field

PORT ANGELES — Three more people were elected to the Port Angeles High School Hall of Fame to add to a big ceremony at Civic Field this summer that will include both the 2020 and 2021 classes.

The Port Angeles Hall of Fame Committee earlier this month selected Pete Hohman, football and track coach; team physician Roger Oakes and gymnastics coach Jan Urfer as its 2021 class.

They will join 11 inductees from the Class of 2020 and the 1966 boys and 1986 girls basketball teams at the hall of fame dinner, set for Aug. 21 at Civic Field. The 2020 induction event was set to be held at the Vern Burton Center last spring, but had to be postponed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID forced us to cancel last year’s event,” said Hall of Fame Chairman Bruce Skinner. “So we chose to bring in two classes at the same time. We are planning to do it outdoors so that it can be done safely — we will follow all Washington and Clallam County guidelines.”

Tickets are on sale for the dinner and can be reserved by going to www.pahshof.org, or by calling 360-417-7144.

Skinner said that he expects the dinner to sell out fast, just like it did for the first two versions of the event. “There is a lot of interest — many businesses have stepped up to sponsor the event. It’s shaping up to be the largest fundraising dinner in Port Angeles history in terms of attendees.”

All proceeds from the event will benefit Port Angeles High School athletics.

The 2021 inductees are:

• Pete Hohman, football and track, 1964-1973. Hohman coached the 1967 Port Angeles High School team to a 9-0 record, only the second team in Port Angeles history to finish undefeated. His 1973 team was 9-1 and finished the season at No. 6 in the state. He had the best winning percentage of any Roughriders coach (.710).

• Roger Oakes, team physician, 1974-1997. A chance meeting in the emergency room at Olympic Medical Center led to Oakes becoming the first Port Angeles High School team physician as a volunteer. He treated an injured player (Phil Early, who went on to a distinguished collegiate coaching career), and mentioned that he would serve as a volunteer going forward. He attended every home and away game for football during his tenure, and also served as a volunteer consultant for every sport.

• Jan Urfer, gymnastics, 1990-2004. Urfer coached for 25 years at Port Angeles High School and was inducted into the Washington State Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2001. She became an assistant gymnastics coach at Port Angeles in the late 1970s and became head coach in 1990. She also is a nationally rated judge, serving as an adjudicator since 1992 for USA Gymnastics.

The class of 2020 inductees include:

Curt Bagby, football and basketball coach, 1974-1992.

Austin Fahrenholtz, diving, 2012. Two-time high school state diving champion.

Sam Hurworth, football, 1957. Led the state in scoring in 1956 and played at the University of Washington.

Matt Lane, baseball, 2003. He hit .702 during his senior year at Port Angeles and played at UW.

Sonny Luke, football, 1960. Second team all-state. He was a junior college All-American at Grays Harbor.

Jenny Nixon, swimming, 1989. Was member of the state championship Riders’ 400 freestyle relay team, and went on to be the captain of the University of Washington swim team.

Bob Peterson, football, 1963. He later played at Stanford and served as a U.S. Air Force aide to President Jimmy Carter.

Janessa Roening, softball, 2002. The Most Valuable Player in the Olympic League, she went on to earn All Big 12 honors at the University of Missouri.

Bob Sheedy, track and cross country. Won league track and cross country championships 30 times. He was the head track coach at Port Angeles for 42 years, and also won four national masters championships in the pentathlon.

Cherie Simkins, badminton, triathlete, 1962. Won Port Angeles’ first national badminton titles playing doubles with Tina Barinaga, a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee. She went on to run 26 Ironman races, winning 18 races and 13 world championship titles, making her one of the most decorated athletes in the sport.

Randy Steinman, 1983. A pitcher, third baseman and shortstop, Steinman was all-state as a pitcher. As a coach, he led the Roughriders boys baseball teams for 10 years. In his 10th year as the girls softball coach, he led the Riders to a second-place state finish in 2017, that team’s highest finish ever.

The 1966 boys and 1986 girls basketball teams finished second in the state.

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