PIL Hall of Fame Monthly News October 2023 PIL HOF Update

October 2023 PIL HOF UpdateOctober 2023 PIL HOF Update

Shawn Lindsey, Franklin, 1995 photo

Shawn Lindsey
Franklin, 1995


PIL  HOF FAME Induction Banquet - October 15, 2023

The annual PIL HOF Induction Banquet will be held October 15, 2023 at 3:30 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at 1000 NE Multnomah St. Portland, OR 97232, 503-281-6111


  • Social Hour begins at 3:30 with a no hosted bar
  • Displays of Hall of Fame Member will be available for viewing in easels in the lobby
  • Background music will be provided by the Franklin High School Jazz Band
  • Have your picture taken at one of the PIL HOF backdrops

For information or tickets please see link below or contact Jack Bertell at 503-244-1533 or at jrbertell@gmail.com

2023 PIL HOF Induction Banquet

We are looking for a $1000 brochure sponsor for our 2023 Induction Banquet. If interested, please contact Jack Bertell at 503-244-1533 or at jrbertell@gmail.com

Bill Wiitala Senator Alumni Fieldhouse Update

Walsh Construction finished their work on The Bill Wiitala Senator Alumni Fieldhouse at McDaniel High School in late September and are working through the final occupancy permits with the City of Portland. Installation of an elaborate heavy duty rail system that moves and carries up to four baseball and softball safety nets will be installed shortly after and then the installation of wall-to-wall artificial turf. Paver pathways extend access to the two main entrances and two larger patio and paver pathways extend from the larger roll-up door to the fields on the South and the Track and Football Stadium on the North.

The Madison Alumni Association hired award winning Infinity Images, an integrated design, print, and fabrication house headquartered in NE Portland to create a mural styled timeline depicting the Bill Wiitala's era and his significant influence on students, players, teams, coaches, and the community. Every donor will be named and highlighted as well as Impact Coaches, a program honoring donations in the name of over a dozen coaches on other inside walls. A grand opening celebration is targeted for early November.

For further information, or to donate, please contact Bill Booth at bbooth@medstarnw.com or at 503-616-8427.

McDaniel's Bill Wiitala Senator Alumni Fieldhouse Update

Have a PIL related story or photo you would like to share?

If so, please email to Steve Rudolph at rudy6@hotmail.com

Mel Krause Memorial PIL HOF Golf Tourney Sept. 11 at Langdon Farms
-- a Sold-Out Success!

149 golfers showed up for a perfect day of camaraderie, story-telling, and most importantly fund-raising to support the student-athletes of the PIL. A good time was had by all at our new venue, with rave reviews about the course, format, food and ability to visit with old friends.

We want to once again thank our generous sponsors below who along with the participants, hole sponsors and individual donors allowed us to raise approximately $25,000 to help support the PIL

Current Sponsors:

Title Sponsor - Harold and Margaret Taylor Foundation
Dinner $1000 - The Rudolph Team / Cascade Hasson SIR
Tee Prize $1000 - The Clopton Team
Registration $1000 - The Denny Sullivan Foundation
Beverage $500 - The Barbers
Cart - $500 - Walsh Construction Co.
Raffle $500 - Platt Electric
Hole - in - One $500 - Manor Management Services, Inc.
Win a Free Haircut Hole $500 - The Barbers
Lunch Sponsor - Direct Sales - Mike Keller
Hosted Hole - $500
Hole Sponsor - $150

2023 Golf Tournament photo with 6 people posing in front of a red awning/tent.


For our 2024 Tournament to be held Monday September 9,  2024, back at Langdon Farms! Due to the sell-out this year, we already have commitments for half-the field next year! Registration will be available soon at www.pilhalloffame.org, but if you want to secure your spot please email Steve Rudolph at rudy6@hotmail.com or give him a call at 503-449-0438.


In Memoriam

We are sad to pass on the news of the following PIL HOF members who have recently passed away:

  • Harvey Jones - Cleveland (Commerce) 1955, please see Harvey Jones' Obituary  Also see Harvey's PIL HOF profile.
  • Dick Hennessy - (Benson, 1948)   no official obituary, the following from his son Rick: "Dad was born March 8, 1930, in Tacoma but spent most of his youth in billings Montana. When WWII broke out his father was put in charge of the lumber distribution for the war effort and they were moved to Portland. He attended Benson HS where he played football and ran track. In 1948 he played in the first Shrine football on the North side. He went to OSU his freshman year where he captained the rook team. He transferred to Grays harbor then finished at Lewis and Clark playing on the offensive and defensive lines. Graduated in 1954. Married Mom February 6,1954. Drafted to the Army in 1954 and was discharged in 1956. Coached football and wrestling at Sweet Home HS from 1956-58, Grant HS 1958-65, Benson 1965-1970. At Benson was Athletic director and Vice Principal retiring in 1987.
    "In retirement he and mom traveled extensively in the US and Europe. Four Children, 10 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Passed away August of this year at the age of 93. He left it all on the table with no regrets. A life well lived!" Please see Dick's PIL HOF profile.
  • Tom Brauckmiller (Benson, 1958) - No obituary available, passed away Sept. 7, 2023, please see Tom's PIL HOF profile.

Tom Brauckmiller Life Celebration notice photo

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