For the first time, an LCC team will be part of the proceedings joining four individuals for induction into the Lower Columbia College (LCC) Athletics Hall of Fame during the 2020 Celebration of Athletics Excellence on Saturday, February 1 at the Stoller Athletic Center on the LCC campus.
The 1970 LCC Baseball Team won the first of the Red Devils 14 NWAC baseball championships. Led by fiery head coach Jack Riley, the Devils finished strong, winning several must games to get into the tournament in Centralia. LCC then beat Bellevue and Yakima Valley twice to capture the crown.
Team members include Mike McNeilly, Dave Dowdy, Terry Jones, Mike Polis, Jackie Strong, Art Carpenter, Dave Carpenter, John Mellien, Bob Kochis, Denny Fithen, Dave Reynolds, Milo Meskel, Steve Waite, Mike McMahon and Bob Fitzsimmons.
Justin Thompson was one of the most prolific scorers in LCC men’s basketball history. Thompson scored 26 points per game in his sophomore season in 2000, the highest one-year scoring total in school history. Over his two-year LCC career, Thompson averaged 22.1 points per game, second all-time behind Mike Block (22.8). Thompson’s high flying, slam dunk dominance vaulted him into a great two-year run at Central Washington University where he was named to the 2000-2009 Wildcat All-Decade Team.
Michelle (Paull) Jacoby was a record setting catcher on the 1993 and 1994 Red Devil softball teams. Michelle still holds the LCC records for batting average (.558) and triples (13). Coach Tim Mackin calls her the greatest catcher he has ever coached, and she routinely gunned down the NWAC’s best base stealers. Paull led the Red Devils to the first of their 10 NWAC Championships back in 1994.
Stephen Hinckley dominated in his two years as a Red Devil pitcher. He amassed a two-year record of 19 wins and four losses with a combined ERA of 1.50. Hinckley had two no-hitters at LCC and was named All-Conference. He was also an All-Tournament selection in the 1972 playoffs. Stephen also hit .300 as a first baseman during his time at LCC. Hinckley went on to play at the University of San Diego before he began a highly successful career as a mortgage banker, entrepreneur, and real estate project investor.
Ed Hayes is an LCC Athletic “Super Fan,” whose love of the Red Devils has been shown by attendance at games and support of scholarships through donations to the LCC Foundation. Hayes and his late wife Emma were fixtures at LCC basketball and volleyball contests. Both were LCC employees who loved cheering for the LCC teams. Emma passed away in 2009, but Ed has continued to keep her memory alive by donating towards the Myklebust Gym renovation project. He is an ongoing member of the LCC Booster Club.
We will honor the newest members of the Hall of Fame and celebrate the success of Red Devil Athletics throughout the years at the February 1 event. There will be food and drinks, and attendees will have a chance to bid on some tremendous silent auction items. The event begins at 6:00 pm. Call the Lower Columbia College Foundation at (360) 442-2130 to make a reservation.