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2009 Inductees

Don Durdan Coach Ellis Williamson Fred Whitmire
1960-61 Boys Basketball Team Cindy Bradley Skrien Debby Ryles Brown
Bob Figas

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2009 Inductees


DON DURDAN

Don Durdan graduated from Eureka High School in 1938. As a sophomore he was a halfback on the 1935 Wonder Team, a starter on the lightweight basketball team and baseball team. For two years he was All-County in football, basketball, and baseball. In 1937 Durdan led the Loggers to the Northern California Football Championship with a winning touchdown against San Jose 14-7. At Oregon State College Durdan was a 3 year starter in football, basketball, and baseball. In the football season of 1941 Durdan led the Beavers to the Pacific Coast Conference Championship. In the January 1, 1942 Rose Bowl against the #2 ranked Duke Blue Devils, Durdan led the Beavers to a 20-16 victory with a 16 yard touchdown run, a 2 point safety and a 47.8 yard punting average. Durdan was selected Rose Bowl M.V.P. Durdan was the floor leader and leading scorer for the Beaver basketball team 1942-1943 and was selected Look Magazine All-American.

 

 

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COACH ELLIS WILLIAMSON

Ellis Williamson graduated from Eureka High School in 1939 and taught in the social science department at Eureka High for 32 years. Williamson coached girls and boys tennis for well over 20 years, Coach Williamson’s teams had 486 wins and only 36 losses and won 19 league championships. Williamson has been active in tennis for well over sixty years and as a player has won over 600 matches. Ellis Williamson was the number two ranked tennis player in the world for seniors 80 years and over

 

 

 

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1960-61 Boys Basketball Team

The 1960-61 basketball team was undefeated in league and (17-1) at the end of the regular season. The team was awarded the only at-large birth to the Tournament of Champions played at the University of California, Berkeley. At that time the TOC was considered the Northern California Basketball Championship. As the at-large team Eureka was seeded eighth and scheduled to play the Richmond Oilers. Richmond was (24-0) and Eureka beat the Oilers 48-42 in what the papers called the biggest upset ever in the TOC. Eureka lost the next two game to Vallejo and Monterey ending the season (18-3). Coached by Mark Melendy Sr. the players were: Eugene Albonico, Mark Carlson, Mike Daly, Bill Goodwin, Tom Hash, Gary Hibler, A.J. Mayo, Tom McGuire, John Murray, Jack Nash, Ed Norton, Dave Oswald, Larry Sample, Randy Teach, and Mike Walsh. John Theilen was the manager.

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Fred Whitmire

Fred Whitmire graduated from Eureka High School in 1956. Whitmire was a starting halfback on the 1955 Logger team. He lettered also in track and field. Whitmire attended Humboldt State College where he was a starting quarterback on the 1958, 1959, and 1960 Lumberjack teams. The 1960 Lumberjacks were guided by Whitmire to an 11-1 season and played in the NAIA National Championship Holiday Bowl in Florida. Whitmire was named Little All Coast Quarterback in 1960 and was an honorable mention All American. At College of the Redwoods Whitmire was the head track and field coach for 19 years, assistant football coach for 10 years, and head football coach for 14 years. Whitmire was the head football coach for the Humboldt State Lumberjacks for 9 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CINDY "BRADLEY" SKRIEN

Cindy Bradley graduated from Eureka High School in 1985. She excelled in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. At Eureka High School Bradley was All County in volleyball, basketball, and track and field for 2 years. She was also awarded Most Valuable and Most Inspirational player in volleyball and basketball. In 1985 Bradley set a new EHS high jump record at 5'7" and took 1st place at the Meet of Champions and 11th place at the California State Track and Field Championships. Cindy Bradley was the 1985 Jay Willard Award winner as the top female athlete at Eureka High School. Bradley attended the University of Minnesota on a Full Basketball Scholarship from 1985-1989 and was a 2 year starter and a 4 year letter winner. In 1987 Bradley was the Golden Gopher freethrow percentage record holder. She was the basketball captain her senior year. Bradley was also on the Golden Gopher track and field team in 1986 and set the school record at 5'7.5" in the high jump.

 

 

 

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DEBBY "RYLES" BROWN

Debby Ryles graduated from Eureka High School in 1988. As a student athlete she was involved in the basketball and softball programs. As a 3 year softball letter winner Ryles was a two time All-County softball performer and the 1988 Jay Willard Award winner as the top female athlete at Eureka High. Ryles continued her softball career at Humboldt State University and was selected 3 time to the All Conference softball team. Debby Ryles was also an All-American catcher for the Lumberjacks. In the HSU record book Ryles is listed among the top leaders in: most games played, most at bats, most runs scored, most RBI's, and most hits. She also lead the team with a .413 batting average. Ryles was also awarded the Joan Wallace Conference Student-Athlete of the Year Award in 1992. After finishing her stellar softball career she was inducted into the Humboldt State University Hall of Fame in 1999.

 

 

 

 

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Bob Figas

EHS Class of 1972
Bob Figas was a H-DN All-County athlete in football and wrestling at Eureka High.  At the CIF State Wrestling Championship Bob was forth in 1972. Figas continued his athletic career at College of the Redwoods and was again All-League in both football and wrestling.  He was also named to the All-State football team as a linebacker at College of the Redwoods and was later named to the C/R Athletic Hall of Fame.  One of Bob's career highlights at C/R was winning the Junior College Football State Championship. In 1974 Bob traveled on the first All Star Wrestling Team to compete in Japan and South Korea. Figas finished his athletic career at Humboldt State University and was an All-League performer in football and wrestling.
In 1999 Bob Figas was selected to The Times-Standard All-Century Football team as a Linebacker.

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Last edited on: 10 June 2011