M-P Inductees

Jeanne Maddox-Peterson

Dance Team Coach

Jeanne has been recognized by the Dance Team Coaches of Oregon as Coach of the Year in 2001 and followed that with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Her teams have won State Championships in 1991, 1993 and 2005 and have placed in the top five every year but three out of her 24 years of coaching at state competition. (More)

Lou Marconeri

Coach and Contributor

Lou has contributed to Astoria High School for over 40 years. Dedicated to coaching softball, for over 30 years he has been a valuable asset to AHS and the community. Since the 1970’s he has volunteered to be the voice of the Fishermen as the public announcer for Fishermen basketball games. (More)


Andy Marincovich

Graduating Class of 1982

Marincovich’s senior year came with much excitement for the faithful Astoria fans. Anticipation was high as the team returned Andy and All-League player Paul Tadei. The team did not disappoint as Marincovich averaged 15.6 points per game leading the Fishermen to another Cowapa League Championship and a return trip to the state tournament. (More)

Jack Marincovich

Contributor

The son of fishing parents who descended from fishing grandparents, who immigrated to the Lower Columbia area from a small island off the coast of Croatia, Jack Marincovich graduated from Westpoint High School in 1950 and went on to two careers. His livelihood was being a commercial fisherman where he also served as Executive Director of the Columbia River Fishermen’s Protective Union. His second career became super sports fan of youth athletics in the Lower Columbia area, and particularly Astoria High School. (More)

Mike Meno

Supporter

If there was ever a person that meets the requirements of a contributor to make the Astoria High School Hall of Fame, Mike Meno would certainly fit those requirements. What made Meno so unique among medical caregivers was the amount of time and dedication to AHS athletics. Starting in 1975, until his move to the Long Beach Peninsula in 1988, he conducted free of charge, annual sports exams for all Astoria High School athletes and for many years would be on the bench for all basketball and football games. (More)

Ron Middleton

Graduating Class of 1973

Ron ended his final high school football season with state honors on both offense and defense. He was awarded as a 1st Team All-State Running Back and on defense as a 1st Team All-State Linebacker, a unique recognition that few have achieved. He was also recognized with the Chris Pohl Award and was chosen to play in the Shriner’s All-Star Game. Although Ron’s high school accolades seem to be centered on football, it should be noted that he also lettered three years in track and wrestling for the Fishermen. (More)

Melinda Miller

Graduating Class of 1981

Melinda Miller, Astoria High School class of 1981, played a major role in three sports throughout her high school career; graduating with nine, count them, nine varsity letters. Melinda was a key player on the volleyball courts as a three year starter, swimming three years and softball three years. After graduation, she continued piling on the awards at Pacific University. (More)

James Monroe

Graduating Class of 1987

Once James began wrestling he was able to improve every year with many awards to his credit. In his sophomore year, he was 4th at the district meet in the 191-pound weight class and was voted Most Improved by his fellow teammates. As a junior, he was selected Most Inspirational and elected a team captain. He placed 2nd in the district tournament. At State, he placed 4th in the heavyweight division. James’s senior year he was again a team captain, with an impressive record of 24 wins and 3 losses. He won the district heavyweight class and finished his high school career placing 3rd at state with his teammates voting him Most Outstanding Wrestler. (More)

Duane Moore

Graduating Class of 1943

Known as “Duke” to his teammates, the physically mature Moore tallied eleven touchdowns and eight extra points during his final year wearing the colors of Astoria High School. An impressive total when you consider that Bob Hjorten and Pete Bryant were also fixtures in that 1942 backfield. During Moore’s junior year he was involved in one of the most memorable plays in the long history of Astoria High School football. It was Armistice Day, 1941, just a few weeks before the Japanese made their unannounced visit to Pearl Harbor. Astoria and Seaside were hooked up in one of those Clatsop County donnybrooks on the Seaside field. (More)

Neil Morfitt

Graduating Class of 1957

When you hear people talk about athletics, one of the most important factors for a successful athletic program is leadership. In the fifties, Neil Morfitt (called by half his friends as “Laddie”, a childhood nickname) was not only a nine-time letterman in football basketball and golf but also a prominent leader of the student body at Astoria High School. (More)

Jim Mott

Graduating Class of 1964

If entrance to the Astoria High School Hall of Fame were based on a point system, Jim Mott would rank at the top of the list. Mott, an All-State pick in both football and basketball, followed those sports up with marks on the track that still stand high on the AHS all-time chart. During Mott's senior season on the gridiron as a defensive tackle and offensive center, the Fishermen compiled a 7-2 record under Chuck Burns, their first winning season since 1959 and their last as a member of the strong Metro League. (More)

Martin Nelson

Graduating Class of 1913

After breaking his collarbone in an earlier football game, coach Lawrence Rogers slipped Nelson into the contest for just one play, an attempt at a 47-yard field goal. Nelson drove his drop-kick between the uprights half a field away and was quickly removed from the game. Nearly ninety years later, Nelson’s long boot still stands as a Fishermen school record. (More)

Jon Norgaard

Graduating Class of 1963

Those who saw Jon Norgaard do his thing on the Astoria hardwood in the early 1960s still remember how crossing the mid-court line was his cue to load up his picture perfect left-handed jumper. If a player dared to challenge Norgaard on the perimeter, he would simply blow by his stunned defender for an easy score from a closer zip code. (More)

Thor Norgaard

Graduating Class of 1992

Playing a major role on the football, basketball and baseball teams throughout his Astoria High School career, Thor racked up an impressive array of Most Valuable Team, All-League, and All-State awards. Even early on, rival teams and coaches knew Thor was a player to watch and defend against. He was known around the league as what the sports announcers today call “an impact player.” (More)

Dave Nygaard

Graduating Class of 1971

Nygaard’s development really started during his senior year while playing on Chuck Burn’s 1971 gridiron team . Playing for a team that went 3-5-1 on the year, he was so outstanding; he was selected as First Team All-League and Second Team All-State as a lineman, which is almost unheard of for a lineman unless your team is one of the top in the state. This made Dave a prime target of college coaches around the state, where he was recruited by Linfield College. He lettered his first two years for the Linfield team. He quickly became noticed as a very impressive lineman, as he made All-NW Conference and Honorable Mention NAIA All-American his junior year. (More)

Pat O'Brien

Graduating Class of 1991

Leading the Fishermen for three seasons, Astoria won three league titles and earned state playoff births each season during his reign. He was not afraid to shoot the three pointers and played tenacious defense. He was voted MVP by his teammates his senior year and earned Cowapa Player of the Year honors his junior and senior year. (More)

George Oja

Graduating Class of 1960

George Oja was a multi talented athlete who excelled in cross country, basketball, track and baseball at a time when Astoria High School competed in the Metro League, which was one of the most competitive large schools leagues in the state of Oregon. (More)

Brandon Olson

Graduating Class of 1989

As the Cowapa League began, the Fishermen had tough competition with three teams ranked in the top 10 in the state. With Olson averaging 18 points a game, the Fishermen netted big road wins against Seaside and Tillamook and finished first in the league, earning a trip to Eugene for the state tournament. Brandon was named to the First Team All-League and was named Cowapa League Most Valuable Player for the season. (More)

Jennifer Olson

Graduating Class of 1998

In 1988, Jennifer’s last State Championship Meet saw her set a new school record by placing second in the 1,500 meters in 4:50.55 and then come back to win the State Championship in the 800 meters (2:22.). She finished her career with a fifth race in back to back days by helping her mile relay team place seventh with a lifetime best of 59 seconds for her 400-meter split. These races gave Jennifer a career total of 13 State Championship final races. Her 1985 relay team was All-State and she was All-State in 1988 in both the 800 and 1,500-meters. (More)

Darren Palmberg

Graduating Class of 1990

Darren had the most success at AHS. as a key player on the boy’s golf team. While he represented the Fishermen during three of his four years on the links, they had an amazing run of finishing 4th at state in 1988, and 1989, and then in 1990, Astoria earned a 2nd Place trophy. Darren earned All-State recognition during his junior and senior years, where he finished in a tie for 8th in 1989, and 5th in 1990. As a sophomore, he finished in a tie for 23rd. He also earned “All-District” awards during his junior and senior years. (More)

Wally Palmberg

Coach

When author Thomas Wolfe wrote, "You Can't Go Home Again," you can bet he had not met Wally Palmberg! Arguably the best known basketball personality in Astoria history, Palmberg was the spark that led John Warren's 1931 and 1933 AHS teams to state titles. After three seasons and All-American honors under legendary Slats Gill at Oregon State University, Palmberg returned to Astoria as a coach and educator, guiding the 1941 and 1942 teams to state championship trophies. More

Brian Passo

Graduating Class of 1959

On the turf of Gyro Field, Paaso distinguished himself by helping Astoria High gain the Metro League championship and a 7-2-1 overall mark. He was also named by his teammates as one of the teams’ captains. He would be one of five Fishermen named to the All-Metropolitan first-team All-Star unit in 1958. (More)

Dick Pavlat

Graduating Class of 1952

Ray Segale's 1951 Astoria High School gridders exploded on the prep scene, winning their first eleven games with Pavlat as the catalyst behind the Fishermen's statistical smorgasbord. Pavlat's 1,500 yards, 21 touchdowns, 33 PAT's and 159 points all rank near the top of the all-time AHS record board. Honors came in bunches for Pavlat. He was 1st team All-Coast Valley League. The United Press named him to its first team All-State. Numerous organizations listed him for All-America mention, which was followed by a spot on the Shrine All-Star squad. (More)

Toivo Piippo

Graduating Class of 1937

The 1935-1936 hoop season saw the junior showcase his talents in his first season with the varsity. Piippo finished the year as the third highest Fishermen scorer (196 in 32 games), behind high scoring seniors, Ted Sarpola and Henry Kokko. As senior captain-elect for the 1936-1937 basketball team that recorded a 30-9 record, Piippo led the Fishermen in scoring with 287 points. His career high of 18 points came in a 59-25 win over Athena at the state tournament. (More)