It’s Hall of Fame induction week at Astoria High School, and it will be a crowded field at Friday night’s football game, where six individuals and six teams/groups will be recognized as they prepare to take their places on the school’s Wall of Fame.
The inductees will be honored at halftime at CMH Field, where Astoria will host Philomath for a nonleague football game, kickoff at 7 p.m.
Following the game, there will be a ‘no host social’ at Buoy Beer, No 1 8th street, Astoria.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Lodge, 453 11th street. Doors open at noon, with a lunch at 12:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony.
This year’s inductees include student-athletes from the classes of 1954 to 1995, with teams and groups from 1928 to 1991.
Bob Reiter, 1954
A standout in football, basketball and baseball, Reiter collected 10 varsity letters on his way to becoming one of the most decorated AHS athletes of the 1950s.
His top sport was football. The 1951 team went undefeated in the regular season, and played in the state semifinals.
In Reiter’s senior year, he was team captain and named to the Loop Valley-Coast league first team.
He settled in Astoria, raised his family and worked as a longshoreman for 44 years.
Brian Babbitt, 1985
He began as a freshman football player in the fall of 1981, and four years later graduated as one of Astoria High’s premier three-sport athletes.
In football, he was a first-team all-league receiver as a senior (and also earned a cameo appearance in the “The Goonies,” during a scene filmed at John Warren Field).
Babbitt’s basketball career included a first-team all-league honor, and he was voted team MVP.
He earned another all-league honor in baseball, was named team MVP and selected first-team all-state.
He played basketball and baseball at Pacific University.
He began coaching at Astoria High School in 2004, serving as the offensive line coach for the 2008 state championship football team. He was head coach for the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, leading the Fishermen to the 2011 4A state title (and earning state Coach of the Year honors).
Babbitt has coached 65 sport seasons in his career with the Astoria School District.
Jeff Canessa, 1990
In Canessa’s four years on the Astoria boys golf team, the Fishermen placed at state every year (1987, fourth; 1988, fourth; 1989, fourth; 1990, second).
Individually, Canessa competed at state every year and earned an All-State award as a junior, finishing fourth. He was the District 1-4A champion his senior year, and team MVP in 1989 and 1990.
He competed collegiately at Oregon State, where he played two years for the Beavers. He has won the prestigious Oregon Coast Invitational twice (2007, ‘09).
Darren Palmberg, 1990
A three-sport athlete in golf, basketball and soccer, Palmberg was at his best on the links, helping the boys’ golf team to top four finishes in 1988, ‘89 and ‘90. They were the district champions each of those years, and as a team, they only lost one Cowapa League match over that span.
Palmberg was all-state as a junior and senior, finishing fifth as an individual in 1990.
He was honorable mention all-league in basketball, and when soccer made its debut as a varsity sport at Astoria, Palmberg played his junior and senior years.
Kammy Hunter, 1993
In her freshman cross-country season, Hunter won the district individual title and led the Lady Fishermen to their first of three consecutive district titles.
In the spring of 1990, she won the 1,500 meters at the district track meet, and was a member of the state-qualifying 1,600 relay team.
As a junior in 1991, she returned to cross country, won the district title again and helped Astoria win its third consecutive district title.
Hunter would be sidelined by injuries for the rest of her high school career.
Amy Goin, 1995
Goin played on three consecutive state qualifying basketball teams at Astoria. In her junior year, the Lady Fishermen were 23-2, league champions, and brought home the state consolation championship trophy. Astoria also won the league title her senior year, and advanced to the state semifinals. Goin was first team all-league both years.
On the volleyball court, she helped Astoria to a league championship her senior year. She was the Cowapa League MVP and all-state honorable mention.
After high school, she played volleyball at Pacific Lutheran, where she was a three-year starter and second team all-conference in 1997 and ‘98. She is still the career leader in solo blocks and blocks per set average in PLU history.
Under first-year coach John Warren, the 1928 Fishermen — the “Purple and Gold Gridiron Boys” — claimed the mythical “state title” based on their 6-0-1 record. (Medford High also claimed the state title — officials from both schools tried to schedule a game with each other, but an agreement could not be reached.)
The Fishermen outscored their opponents 133-6 that season, playing what was considered the toughest schedule in the state.
1972 football linemen
The first group of position players to enter the Hall, the 1972 line dominated the trenches on both sides of the ball. Dave Paschall, Arnie Takko, Jim Forrester, John Gjovik, Davis Kauppi and Al Richardson all collected all-league honors. Gjovik is also a member of the OCE (Western Oregon) Hall of Fame.
1990 boys golf
Coached by Miles Brenden, the team of Jeff Canessa, Steve Davis, Darren Palmberg, Timber Stevens and Jason Palmberg placed second at state in the spring of 1990. The four seniors on the team lost just one match in Cowapa League play.
1989-91 girls cross country
Coach Joe Dominey had success with previous teams at the district level, but his three teams of 1989, ‘90 and ‘91 raised the bar.
The Lady Fishermen dominated the district meets, and highlighted their state meet appearances by finishing sixth in 1990 and seventh in 1991.