Thursday, January 10, 2013
WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi’s Athletic Hall of Fame is inducting five new members Saturday between the the Blue Devil girls and boys basketball games against Kennewick.
Eric O’Flaherty, Wa-Hi Class of 2003 and current Atlanta Braves pitcher, is joined by Phil Reser (1965), Bill Till (1952), Randy McDougall (1968) and Dick Turner (1952) as 2013 inductees.
The ceremony follows the Blue Devils girls game at 5:45 p.m., and before the boys game slated to tip at 7:30 p.m.
“In 1992, the men who had played football for coach Felix Fletcher raised over $200,000 to help build, finish and furnish the Felix Fletcher Team Room and establish the Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame in memory of their coach,” said Bill Bieloh, Athletic Hall of Fame chair. “Since that time, the room and the Hall of Fame have been, and continues to be, supported by donations from Wa-Hi alumni.”
These five former Wa-Hi athletes join the 43 inductees already in the Hall.
A reception will follow the induction ceremony in the Fletcher Athletic Team Room for the new inductees, former inductees, family, friends and Big Blue Boosters.
As a Wa-Hi senior, O’Flaherty was a Big Nine All-Conference pitcher and named the league’s Player of the year.
He was drafted out of high school by the Seattle Mariners and was the first rookie in major league history to post a sub-1.00 ERA in 70 appearances.
He is also the first pitcher in Mariners history to begin his major league career with seven consecutive wins.
He is currently pitching for the Atlanta Braves.
Reser started 70 consecutive baseball games for the Blue Devils and led the team in hitting, RBIs and stolen bases.
In the summer, he hit .459 for the American Legion team and moved on to the University of Idaho, where he earned all-Big Sky honors.
In 1968, he led the NCAA in doubles, was third in RBIs and 11th in hitting with a .408 average. He finished his career at Idaho hitting .416 and was awarded the prestigious Rich Fox Award for the athlete who had the highest four-year grade point average.
He signed a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs and finished his career with the Triple A Tacoma team in the Pacific Coast League.
Till played football, baseball and basketball for the Blue Devils, earning eight varsity letters.
He was all-District in basketball as a senior and was elected captain of his football, baseball and basketball teams.
Till was named to the All-State High School Football Team and was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Washington.
At graduation from Wa-Hi, he was honored with the Brown Trophy, which was awarded to the most outstanding athlete in the class.
Till coached football at Pasco High School and in 1962 his team was the league co-champion along with the Wa-Hi Blue Devils. He was also named the league football coach of the year in 1974.
McDougall played football, baseball and wrestled for Wa-Hi, earning eight varsity letters.
He was an all-conference running back in football and twice placed in the district wrestling tournament. He was all-conference in baseball, batting .386 as a senior. He received a scholarship to the University of Idaho, then transferred to Walla Walla Community College, where he was recognized as one of the top five receivers in the nation. He finished his college career at Weber State, where he twice earned second team all-conference honors in football and was the Big Sky 177-pound wrestling champion.
He was drafted by the Denver Broncos and finished his football career in Canada, where he played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a defensive back.
Turner lettered in football, boxing and track at Wa-Hi, was the student body president and played the lead role in the all-school play, “January Thaw.”
He was all-conference in track as a junior and senior, and was the track team’s captain as a senior. He won the state track meet with a javelin throw of 189 feet, 8 inches, which was the third best throw in the nation by a high school athlete.
Turner was selected as a Scholastic Coach Magazine Track All American.
He was the undefeated league and district champion as a 200-pound heavyweight boxer. He won many of his bouts by default because coaches of the other teams would not let their boxers get into the ring with him.