Class of 2022
1946 Football State Champions
The 1946 football team at St. Mary's High School made history in more than one way when the Gaels clinched the 1946 Lane County Western Division title and went on to win the 1946 Oregon Class B Football State Championship. It was not only the first state championship for the school, but the first for any parochial school in Oregon.
Today, the 1946 Football State Championship banner still hangs in the Marist gym to recognize the team's efforts. The team won the state championship against Jacksonville when, as the Eugene Guard reported, Ted Brandt "intercepted a pass to save the day for the Gaels" on November 23, 1946.
According to the records, Father Albert Rodakowski officially led the team – because the head coach had to be a licensed teacher – however, Radakowski was described by one team member as "a man of theology, not football." The unofficial coaching staff which led the team to victory was made up of Francie Coughlin and several parents and students from the University of Oregon.
1980 Girls Track and Field State Champions
The 1980 girls track and field team won the second state championship for a women's sport at Marist with multiple outstanding athletes. Along with a team’s first place finish, members of the team also clinched several individual state titles that season. Dawn (Wilger) Streett '80 won both the 400 and 800 meter, Julie Skeen '81 won the 300 meter hurdles and the 1600 Meter Relay Team of Skeen, Streett, Kelley (Olsen) Kline '80 and Laura (Jones) Eicher '81 also took first.
Many of the members of the 1980 girls track and field team were also on the 1979 and 1980 volleyball teams, which won the first and third state championship titles in women’s sports at Marist.
Kendel Drew '98
Kendel Drew '98 left an indelible mark on the Marist girls tennis program as a four-year OSAA 3A State Singles Champion and leader of two tennis team state trophies.
In her freshman season, she and her teammates only had one league loss and in her sophomore season, the team placed second at the district tournament and placed fourth at the state tournament. By her junior season, the girls tennis team clinched both the district and state championship team titles. Kendel closed out her four-year career with her fourth straight state singles title and one more state first place team trophy to share with her teammates.
After graduation, Kendel attended Brown University and Georgetown University Law Center and currently works in Atlanta, Georgia as a senior counsel at Holland & Knight.
Scott Halbrook '81 ✝
Coachable, dedicated and skilled are all words used to describe Scott Halbrook '81. Scott is remembered as not just as a great athlete but as an outstanding student and an exemplary person. Scott was a four-year, three-sport athlete at Marist, participating in football, basketball and baseball.
During his sophomore year, the basketball team placed second at state, and Scott was voted Most Inspirational by his teammates. The football team won the league title in his junior season. But it was during his senior year that Scott’s teams recorded some impressive seasons. The 1980 football team again won the league title, the 1981 basketball team placed third in state, and the 1981 Marist baseball team won the league title for the first time and finished second in state. Scott received First Team All-League honors for baseball and was named the Register Guard's Baseball Player of the Year.
Scott also played American Legion baseball. He was an ace left-handed pitcher and outfielder who broke many records, including batting average, hits, doubles, triples and slugging percentage. Scott was inducted into the Challenger’s (the local American Legion team) Hall of Fame, and the annual Challengers Most Valuable Player Award is named after him.
After his Marist graduation, Scott headed to Oregon State University to play baseball on a full-ride athletic scholarship. While playing left field the spring of his freshman year, Scott and the shortstop collided with tragic consequences during practice. Scott was in a coma for three days before passing away on March 5, 1982. That same year Marist coach Dan Luby † dedicated the Marist baseball field to Scott, and Marist Brother James Halliday retired Scott’s #7 baseball jersey.
Coach Terry Lande
In 1993, the Marist girls' basketball program entered a new era with the hiring of Coach Terry Lande. In the 10 years that Lande coached, his teams won three state championships, had an overall record of 245-28 and a streak of 104-0 consecutive Sky-Em league wins. He set a precedent of athletic excellence and leadership in girls basketball. He solidified the program in the history books of the OSAA, the Sky-Em League and Marist Catholic High School.
The Spartans had a healthy run at the state tournament before Lande's hiring with 18 straight trips to the 3A state playoffs. However, it wasn't until 1996 that Lande and his team beat their league rivals, the Junction City Tigers, 48-29, to win Marist's first state championship. His teams would win two more 3A state championships, beating Cascade 50-34 in 1997 and beating Pleasant Hill 41-29 in 1999. He also finished with one second place trophy, five third place trophies and one fourth place finish to round out his tenure as head coach.
Terry was already inducted into the 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame along with his 1996 state championship team and his teams from 1997-2003. His induction as a coach this year completes this trifecta within Marist's history, reuniting this stellar coach with his exceptional teams. His legacy at Marist will live on in the championship banners adorning the gym, the trophies that line the halls, the echoes of "Ants Marching" playing during warm-ups, and in the hearts of the players, coaches and families he impacted during his time as head basketball coach.
Terry currently resides on Bainbridge Island with his wife and his first head coach, Claudia Lande, who taught him everything he knows and his daughter and team manager, Michaela Lande. His oldest daughter Aly Lande and son Travis Lande live nearby in Seattle.
Cathy (Gaughan) Mant '68
Describing Cathy (Gaughan) Mant '68 as a very involved student at St. Francis High School is a bit of an understatement. As an athlete, she participated in golf and track and field along with Student Council, the Pep Club and the National Honor Society.
Cathy began playing in national golf tournaments at age 16 and wanted to play for her high school, but St. Francis didn't offer golf at the time. During her senior year, she joined the first boys golf team for the Saints and was the ONLY female on the team. She participated in all the events and lettered.
Cathy continued to play golf outside of school as well. She won the 1967 Oregon Junior Girls Championship, the 1968 Pacific Northwest Golf Association Women's Amateur Tournament, and the Oregon Women's Amateur Golf Tournament three years in a row. She also qualified for the Women's Broadmoor Invitational and Women's Western Amateur.
After graduating from St. Francis, Cathy became an All-American golfer at Arizona State University while earning a degree in marketing. She won several tournaments as a Sun Devil, including winning the national collegiate women’s title in 1970, now known as the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.
In 1976, Cathy earned her LPGA card and was a player on the Tour for 11 years. She played in 10 United States Women's Open Championships, as well as each major on the LPGA Tour. She served as a player representative to the LPGA Board as well as the president of the LPGA Players Association in 1985.
In October of 2000, Cathy began a 19-year coaching career at Georgia State University, where she won five conference championships, was named conference Coach of the Year five times and was named the NGCA East Region Coach of the Year in 2009.
This is the fourth time Cathy has been inducted into a hall of fame. Cathy was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1989, Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2019.
Dustin Waldron '08
As a four-year, three-sport athlete at Marist, it's no surprise that Dustin Waldron '08 would end up in the Athletic Hall of Fame at some point. During his time at Marist, Dustin participated in football, basketball and track and field. Over his four years at Marist, he and his teammates has many successes.
Dustin lettered in football all four years of high school and was named First Team All-League and First Team All-State for his role as a guard and defensive linebacker in his senior year. Dustin helped the Spartans win two football state championships in 2005 and 2007.
Also, in his senior year, he and his teammates won the 2008 4A state basketball title. Dustin was named All-State Honorable Mention, First Team All-Tournament and First Team All-League.
In track and field, Dustin competed in discus, shot put and javelin. In 2007, as a junior discus thrower, Dustin helped the boys team win a 4A state team title at Hayward Field. As of 2022, Dustin still has the 9th best discus throw in Marist history.
After Marist, Dustin was an All-American football player at Portland State University and was also named to the All-Conference team. Dustin finished his football career by playing for the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League for two years.