Barb (Hanen) Gerrone (Class of 1967): Gerrone was the all-around state gymnastics champion in 1966, during just the third year of the program’s existence. That year she was the district all-around champion and at the state meet placed first on the vault, second on the uneven parallel bars, third on the floor exercise and fourth on the balance beam. She also led the Pirates to third-place finishes at the state meet in both 1966 and 1967, when she placed third on the vault and sixth in the all-around competition. She went on to compete in gymnastics for the University of Oregon. Her father, Dick Hanen, was inducted into the Marshfield Hall of Fame in 2005.
Rich “Mac” McIntosh (Class of 1971): McIntosh was co-valedictorian and won the state title in the high hurdles in 1971 and then went on to compete in track and field at the Air Force Academy, where he was part of a world-record setting shuttle hurdle team. He became a distinguished fighter pilot in the Air Force and retired after a 30-year career as an officer, which included 2,000 hours of flight time and commanding several detachments. He and his wife, Lennea, returned to the area and McIntosh joined Marshfield’s track coaching staff as a hurdles coach. He became head coach last spring, when his first boys team won the state title.
Judy Parker: Parker holds the school record for most state titles as a coach, guiding the Marshfield dance team, the Upbeats, to four state titles in her 12 years as director of the program. Her teams won trophies at the state tournament all 12 years, placing second three times, third twice, fourth twice and fifth once. She was named Oregon Dance Coach of the Year in 2001. A graduate of Brigham Young University, she also taught in the physical education department at Marshfield. At BYU, she was a member of a national dance organization called Orchesis and was a member of BYU’s famed International Folk Dancers.
Wayne Van Burger: Van Burger taught and coached at Marshfield for three decades. He was an assistant football coach from 1974 to 2005 and was an assistant wrestling coach from 1974 to 1983 and then head coach from 1984 to 2005. His wrestling teams won nine Midwestern League tournament titles and 10 dual meet crowns, and only finished worse than second just once in the dual meet standings. He also coached on several cultural exchange teams or other summer all-star teams. He was inducted into the Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005. As a teacher, he was recognized as a leader in developing career education programs.
1967 state champion tennis team. The Pirates, coached by Jan (Rust) Oden, won the first state title for a girls team in school history, tying powerhouse Roseburg for the crown. The team members included Mary Paczesniak, Vicki (Crumpacker) Newman, Kathleen (Krummel) Scmitz, Peggy (Eddy) Lucas, Janie (Cheine) Miller, Carol (Hanson) Bigart, and twins Angie (Guenther) Morrison and Annie (Guenther) Messerle. The squad won the district title, with Paczesniak taking the singles title, Crumpacker winning the singles consolation title, and the Pirates sweeping the top three doubles spots with teams of Chiene and Eddy, Guenther and Guenther, and Krummel and Hanson.