Siuslaw Athletic Hall of Fame inductees announced
Award ceremony will be held Friday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. at the FEC
Record breakers, champions and historians are just some of the honorees to be inducted into the Siuslaw High School Athletic Hall of Fame, during a special banquet and ceremony on Friday, Aug. 11, at 5 p.m. at the Florence Events Center, located at 715 Quince St. Tickets, which are $20 and include a dinner, can be purchased online at bit.ly/siuslawtickets.
A total of eight inductees will be celebrated during the evening, spanning over four decades of Siuslaw Athletic history.
Don Hunt (1971)
Hunt literally wrote the book on Siuslaw football. His 454-page masterpiece, “The History of Siuslaw High School Football, a Tradition of Excellence,’ chronicles every season dating to the program’s beginning in 1929.
Hunt recounts the secrets and successes of Siuslaw’s top coaches – Erv Garrison, Len Lutero, Tim Dodson and Sam Johnson. He also shares feature chapters on the Vikings’ best players in captivating detail; pens detailed, game-by-game recaps of every season from 1955 through the present; and provides individual and team records that include the top 10 performers in virtually every statistical category.
Hunt himself is a part of Viking history. He was a two-year starting quarterback for the Vikings, and as a senior in 1970 he ran and passed for 1,119 yards and 14 touchdowns (seven rushing, seven passing) in helping Siuslaw to a 7-2 overall record and a co-league championship with Newport. He was named first-team all-conference and fourth-team all-state.
Hunt was also a two-year starter in basketball and led the Vikings in scoring and assists as a senior.
Allen McMullen (1973)
Football, basketball, track
On a comfortable September evening in 1972, McMullen accomplished a feat no other Viking has matched in its storied football history – register three rushing touchdowns from beyond 60 yards in the same game.
McMullen pulled off the impressive trifecta when he sped 65, 67 and 68 yards during a 48-28 win over Elmira. Along the way, McMullen set a single-game rushing record with 255 yards on just 10 carries.
McMullen burst on the scene a year earlier when he set a single-season rushing record of 1,211 yards and 16 touchdowns in helping the Vikings to the Coast League championship, an overall record of 9-2 and a berth in the state semifinals.
One of McMullen’s signature moments came in week four of the 1971 season when he broke three tackles on his way to a 7-yard touchdown run on the final play of the game that snapped a 14-14 tie and lifted the Vikings over state-ranked Bandon.
McMullen, the first of many great running backs to suit up for coach Len Lutero, used a blend of power, balance and deceptive speed to emerge as Siuslaw’s career rushing leader with 2,264 yards by the time he graduated.
While football was McMullen’s best sport, he was no slouch in basketball. The athletic guard led the Vikings to their first state tournament appearance in school history during the 1972-73 season when he was selected first-team all-conference and was named the team’s MVP.
Brad Wilson (1976)
Football, basketball, track
Pound for pound, Wilson might be the toughest player in Siuslaw football history. Tipping the scales at just 145 pounds, Wilson set a single-season rushing record in 1975 when he amassed 1,405 yards and 15 touchdowns in just eight and one-half games.
Wilson set another school record when he sped 99 yards for a touchdown in a win against Newport. The record run was more like 99 yards and 2 feet after a Newport punt rolled out of bounds just inches from the Siuslaw goal line.
Wilson was the Vikings’ bell cow running back as a senior in 1975, and he also was a major contributor on the Vikings’ state runner-up in 1974 while sharing rushing duties with first-team all-state halfback Rob Dimick. With opponents often keying on Dimick, Wilson ran for over 500 yards and eight touchdowns. He scored three touchdowns in two separate games – once during a 29-0 win over Bandon and also during a 55-28 romp over Newport.
Wilson saved his best for the state playoffs. His 34-yard gallop on the first play from scrimmage kick-started Siuslaw to a 14-0 state quarterfinals win over Gladstone, a game in which he finished with 108 yards rushing on 13 carries.
The following week, in a 6-0 semifinals win over Scappoose, Wilson ran down Scappoose halfback Al Adams from behind after Adams had ripped off a 50-yard gain, helping to preserve the Viking victory.
In the state championship game, Pleasant Hill took advantage of a couple of big breaks to defeat Siuslaw 22-13, but Wilson was the game’s leading rusher with 115 yards on 18 carries. Wilson also played basketball and was a standout sprinter on Siuslaw’s track team.
He went to the state meet in the 440 and was also part of the Vikings' 4 x 100 and mile relay teams in 1976.
Josh Thomas-Dotson (2003)
Football, basketball, baseball, track
Thomas-Dotson is believed to be the only Siuslaw High graduate to play major college football and professional baseball. The multi-sport athlete played football for the Oregon Ducks for four seasons (five, counting his redshirt year) and earned three letters.
He excelled on special teams and also logged spot duty at linebacker. In the spring of 2005, Thomas-Dotson was drafted by the San Diego Padres and played one season in a rookie league in Peoria, Az. After breaking his wrist in fall camp with the Ducks, the Padres parted ways with the rookie outfielder.
Thomas-Dotson was a standout for the Vikings on the gridiron. He was a first-team all-conference tight end and linebacker for three straight seasons. As a senior in 2002, he set a school record for tight ends with 533 yards receiving, and was the Vikings’ top tackler on defense. He also intercepted five passes, returning one of them for a touchdown. Thomas-Dotson also excelled in baseball and track. Although he played baseball only two seasons, he hit .400 as a junior and was named honorable mention allstate. In track, Thomas-Dotson set the school record in the discus with a throw of 156 feet and was a state placer in 2003.
Shelbey McClellan (2009)
Siuslaw Viking Athletics strives for excellence, balanced education & competition to provide a well-rounded learning experience, with a “Winning Legacy!” As perhaps the hardest hitter in Siuslaw High volleyball history, McClellan routinely left welts, bruises and an occasional bloody nose on opponents as she earned first-team all-state accolades in 2008 while leading Siuslaw to the Far West League championship.
McClellan was a standout in track as well, and didn’t let a shoulder injury stop her from winning the 2009 district shot put title. Throwing with her left hand and thus needing to reverse her mechanics in the ring, McClellan claimed the district crown. She returned to her right hand at the state meet and, despite throwing in pain, managed a fourth-place finish at state.
Joseph Dotson (2015)
Football, basketball, baseball, track
Dotson excelled as a four-sport standout at Siuslaw before focusing on track in college, where he became a six-time NAIA All-American – four times in the decathlon and twice in the indoor heptathlon while starring for Southern Oregon University.
Dotson never quite claimed a national title, but he came close, finishing second in the 10-event decathlon in 2017 and 2021. His best point total of 6,957 points ranks fourth in SOU history. Dotson also finished second in the heptathlon in 2020.
At Siuslaw, Dotson focused on the hurdles and the sprints. He won the state title in the 300-meter hurdles in a school-record time of 39.24 seconds as a senior in 2015, and finished third in the 400.
On the gridiron, Dotson shined as the Vikings’ quarterback during the 2013 and 2014 seasons, passing for more than 1,000 yards each year with a combined total of 15 touchdown passes. He also showcased his running skills, amassing more than 800 yards on the ground and 18 TDs during his two seasons behind center in leading the Vikings to the state playoffs both years.
Dotson also participated in basketball, where he was a four-year varsity performer and two-year starter. He gave baseball a shot his first two years at Siuslaw and earned first-team all-league honors as a utility player his sophomore year.
Brandon Lockman (1999)
Football, basketball, track
Lockman’s path to the 1999 state pole vault championship was anything but easy. Lockman cleared a lifetime best of 14 feet, 10 inches, but so did three other vaulters – Myrtle Point’s Caleb Krantz, Sisters’ David Martin and teammate and good friend Eric Daniel.
Lockman and Daniel edged out Krantz and Martin on fewer misses, but Lockman and Daniel were still deadlocked. Not until Lockman won a jump-off could be breathe more easily and secure a spot at the top of the awards stand.
All told, six vaulters went 14-6 or higher in one of the most competitive pole vault competitions in state history. Lockman’s experience in the vault at the district meet was no less stressful.
When the bar was at 13 feet, his pole got caught between the mats as Lockman went airborne. He missed the pit, landing on the ground – a vaulter’s worst nightmare. But he regrouped and made the state qualifying standard of 13-7.
Lockman also placed at district in the 100, long jump and 4 x 100 relay. He went on to compete at Lane Community College and Portland State. Lockman was also a standout in basketball and football, where he developed into a sure-handed punt returner.
Alexis Reavis (2010)
Reavis emerged as the No. 2 girls shot putter in Siuslaw High history with a throw of 43-7 while winning the event at the state meet in 2010 and finishing second in 2009.
At the 2010 state meet, Reavis won the state title coming from behind on her last throw of the competition. Reavis also took second in the discus at the 2010 state meet and ranks third in school history in that event with a throw of 145 feet. Notably, that throw came from a standing position (no spin) due to an injury.
Reavis also ranks fourth in school history in the javelin and is in the top 10 in the high jump. A three-year starter in basketball (she missed her sophomore year with a knee injury), Reavis was a force around the basket as a scorer and rebounder.