By News-Register staff • 

Mac High Hall of Famers headed toward induction

Call them a fearsome foursome.

The McMinnville High School Sports Hall of Fame will induct four new members as part of its ninth class on Saturday, May 16. A banquet and induction ceremony will be held at the Evergreen Aviation Museum that evening, with a social hour at 7 p.m. and inductions at 8 p.m.

“Our Hall of Fame committee worked diligently to find the best athletes and alums for this year’s class,” McMinnville athletic director and Hall of Fame committee member Mark Hinthorn said. “We’re really excited to be honoring them, knowing that they’re from different eras and different sports shows the breadth and the variety of impact these athletes have made at McMinnville High School during their careers.”

Ross Rutschman, a 1975 Mac High graduate, lettered in football, basketball and baseball as a Grizzly. Rutschman, the son of College Football Hall of Fame coach Ad Rutschman, earned nine Central Valley League honors in football and was a first-team all-state shortstop for the McMinnville baseball team. He attended Linfield College and played football and baseball for the Wildcats.

Sarah Christensen, the lone female inductee and a 1991 graduate, led McMinnville girls basketball to three Class 4A state tournament appearances and also lettered twice for the Grizzlies’ volleyball team. Christensen matriculated to Gonzaga University, where she scored 1,230 points over a four-year career, 14th on the Bulldogs’ all-time list.

Marc Benton earned nine varsity letters in football, swimming and track and field before graduating in 2002. Benton holds Mac High track records in the boys’ 100 meters (10.84 seconds) and 200 meters (21.64 seconds) and won eight Pac-9 Conference titles. He was a Pac-9 all-conference first-team selection in football his junior and senior seasons. Benton graduated from the University of Oregon in 2007, lettering one year with the Ducks’ track and field team.

Frankie Lopez will be the Hall of Fame’s youngest inductee as a member of the Mac High class of 2007. A four-year letterman in soccer, Lopez captained the Grizzlies to a Class 6A state championship in 2006 and leads the program in career goals (84) and assists (36). Lopez played soccer at the University of Portland for three seasons and is presently a midfielder for a Seattle Sounders development team.

Four current McMinnville students will be honored at the Hall of Fame banquet as four-year, three-sport athletes: Walter Stahl (football, basketball, baseball), Rachel Legard (soccer, basketball, tennis), Makayla Khatewoda (soccer, basketball, softball) and Clara Garcia (soccer, swimming, tennis). Guest-speaking at the event will be former McMinnville football and wrestling coach H.D. Waddell. Waddell served as the Linfield College football team chaplain for 20 years and the Oregon State football team chaplain for 10 years.

Tickets are available at the McMinnville High School main office or by calling Debbie Winkler at 503-565-4107.