February 2024 – CHSAA Athletic Hall of Fame

Five graduate athletes and one coach will be inducted into the Mel Krause C.H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 16 in the gym.  Three inductees were to be inducted in 2023 but weather closed the schools so they will join the 2024 inductees this evening.  We thank the sponsors of this event, the Booster Club and the Commerce-Cleveland Alumni Assn., for their continuing support of this tradition, now in its 31st year.

We invite our Alumni and friends of these outstanding athletes to attend the evening of Feb. 16.  The program will begin immediately after the Varsity girls basketball game, about 6:45 p.m., and then the Varsity boys game will begin after the induction.  Those who would like to attend should call or email Jan Watt at Cleveland, 503-916-5120, or jwatt@pps.net so we can add you to our guest list.

Terrence Smyth – 1982 graduate. A three sport athlete, cross country, golf and wrestling, Terrence excelled as a wrestler. He placed in District all four seasons, reigned as District champion and took 5th in State as a senior.

Terrence wrestled at Pomona College and was a two-time Far West Regional champion and qualified for Nationals.

His professional career focused on education as an administrator. He served as an assistant principal, principal, and Superintendent in Oregon districts and now enjoys his retirement in Arizona.

Emma Wren – 2015 graduate. A three sport athlete, cross country, swimming and track and field, Emma enjoyed success in all three sports: the swim team was PIL champion, and she was crowned PIL champ herself in both the medley and free relay teams. Running, however, is her passion. She was twice a cross country PIL champion and her team also won the PIL championship. Not surprisingly, she was a two-time All-State runner.

In the spring, her track stats speak for themselves:  An individual PIL champion five times; a four-time 3000 meter PIL champion; on three PIL relay championship teams; on two PIL track and field teams that were crowned champions; recognized 11 times for All-State. AND, in her junior year, she was crowned the State champion in the 3000 meters, becoming the first female athlete from Cleveland to win a State championship in track. In short, Emma earned a total of 13 medals in State competitions in her four years.

Emma went to Kansas State University where to she earned Freshman of the Year honors in cross country, was an indoor track Big 12 finalist in the mile run, and in outdoor track, was the mile relay champion at the prestigious Drake Relays, a 10K champion in the Kansas Relays and her team won the Big 12 championship.

After her graduation, she has served as an assistant coach  at Adams State University in Colorado and at Washington State University, and now is the assistant cross country and track coach at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. 

Simon Brown – 2017 graduate. A two sport athlete, cross country and wrestling, Simon competed as a runner in the fall for four seasons and became a heralded Varsity wrestler. He was a three-time District champion, placed at State all four years, and earned the Outstanding PIL wrestler award.

At the competitive annual invitational tournament called the Coast Classic, Simon placed at this event all four seasons.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at OSU and is continuing his education to earn a Master’s degree this May on his way to a career in marriage and family counseling.

Erik O’Donnell – 1988 graduate. A two sport athlete, he played basketball for four seasons and led his baseball teams to impressive accomplishments.

Erik was voted baseball’s first team All-City and first team All-State honors, and the Active Old-Timers Assn. selected him as Oregon’s State Player of the Year. His pitching led the Cleveland Summer team to the State quarterfinals in 1987 and to the State finals in 1988.

At the University of Portland he was voted to the  PAC 10 all-star team, and earned Academic first team PAC 10 honors.

He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners, where he competed for three years, then he was signed by the Colorado Rockies and eventually finished his professional career in the Texas Rangers organization.

Odie Hollingshed – 2007 graduate.  A three year letterwinner in football and basketball, Odie was a wide receiver and defensive back for the Warriors football team, and in the spring he could be found on the baseball diamond.

He earned first team All-League and first team All-State honors as an outfielder, was voted the PIL Player of the Year, and was  named to the Oregon All-State High School Baseball Series. 

Odie earned two college degrees from Concordia University. He played baseball there for four years and as a senior, led his team in stolen bases and on base percentage.

He has coached baseball and girls and boys golf after beginning  his teaching career at Vestal Elementary, then taught health and PE for five years at Cleveland, and in 2021 became athletic director at Grant. 

Don Nelson – soccer and baseball coach at Cleveland for 39 years.  In 1974, Don served as the first ever CHS Varsity boys soccer

coach, a position he held for seven seasons before then coaching either Junior Varsity or Freshman team soccer athletes for years.

He began coaching baseball in 1975, either JV or Freshman teams, and has always said it is those two levels of competition he enjoyed the most, which is understandable because he was an elementary PE teacher for 30 years.  His players describe him as a great coach; not only was he knowledgeable, but he encouraged a team atmosphere of competition that valued respect for teammates, support, learning the essentials of the sport, and having fun. His players described his mantra: “Play your best, support your teammates, and have a good time doing all of it!”

  Not only was Don a respected coach here, but he was a great athlete himself, playing City League semi-pro baseball for 15 years. As someone who shies away from personal attention, Don could not avoid all the awards he has won over the years.  He was the PIL’s assistant coach of the year at least four times, and won multiple Merit awards from different baseball organizations. He was a favorite among the Babe Ruth baseball athletes and was a fixture at Alpenrose and Old Timers baseball clinics. 
Again, those who would like to attend the induction on Feb. 16 should call or email Jan Watt at Cleveland, 503-916-5120, or jwatt@pps.net so we can add you to our guest list.