Class of 2013 of the Montesano Hall of Fame announced


Four former athletes, a track relay foursome, a basketball team and a coach will be inducted into the Montesano Hall of Fame next month.

Ex-Bulldog athletes Ernie Furnia, Archie “Clem” McCallum, Marv Zillyett and Shelly Pascoe, the 1950 Monte basketball team and former Montesano coach Aldo Anderson will be honored in ceremonies scheduled for Nov. 2 at the high school commons. A social hour is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 and the ceremonies planned for approximately 8 p.m. Furnia and Anderson are deceased.

Pascoe was also part of a Bulldog state championship girls 4x400 relay team that will be inducted. Similarly, McCallum was a member of the 1950 basketball team that will be honored.

Other inductees include teacher Diana Smith and distinguished alumni Jim Jonassen and Pat Clemons.

Prime rib and chicken entrees will be offered. Admission is $25 per person. Reservations may be obtained by phoning the Montesano High School athletic office, 249-1665.

Capsule biographies of the inductees:

ERNIE FURNIA

Class of 1948

A three-sport letterman at Montesano, Furnia was part of one of the greatest backfields in University of Washington football history.

He was a starting right halfback (primarily a blocking back position) on a Husky team that featured All-Americans Hugh McElhenny and Don Heinrich, earning a varsity letter in 1951.

At Montesano, Furnia was a three-year starter in football, basketball and baseball. He was also the class valedictorian.

After earning a law degree, he worked in private practice and for the Boeing and as an assistant attorney general for Washington before retiring in 1990. He died in 1997.

ARCHIE MC CALLUM

Class of 1950

Known as Clem (from his middle name) at Montesano, McCallum excelled primarily in basketball.

An all-league guard, he won the Central League scoring title by tallying 107 points in eight games.

He was also a three-year letterman in football (earning second-team all-league recognition as a tackle) and baseball and also served as student body president. He concluded his high school career by receiving the award as the Outstanding Senior Athlete.

McCallum made the Central Washington State College basketball team as a freshman and eventually earned a starting berth. He left Central to help his parents operate the family farm, but eventually returned to the Ellensburg school to earn a degree in education.

He continued to play basketball and baseball until the age of 50 and was a member of an AAU basketball team that won the Northwest men’s championship — beating an Oregon team that included future NBA standout Red Rocha.

McCallum then began a distinguished career in teaching and coaching. He coached basketball for North Thurston and Timberline, directing the Blazers to a state runner-up finish in the early 1970s. The principal at Auburn High School for 18 years, he spent another two in the same capacity at Tahoma High School in Maple Valley.

Retired from education, McCallum lives in Tumwater.

MARV ZILLYETT

Class of 1958

Zillyett was a key performer on league-championship football and basketball teams.

A running back, he was the MVP on a Monte football squad that won the league title and upended state-ranked Shelton.

He was a junior on a Bulldog basketball team that beat Chehalis in a district championship team and qualified for an all-classification state tournament. He starred in basketball as a senior and was also a four-year letterman in baseball.

Zillyett still lives in Montesano and has been involved in community affairs. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball for years and is a retired Montesano Fire Department volunteer.

SHELLY PASCOE

Class of 1990

One of the most versatile track athletes in school history, Pascoe earned 12 state medals — including three state titles.

She was a member of a state championship 4x400-meter relay team as a sophomore and swept the 100 and 300 hurdles as a senior in 1990. Pascoe won the 300 hurdles in the prestigious all-classification Sammamish Invitational and still owns the school record in the 100 hurdles.

Pascoe utilized her all-around skills in the the heptathlon and pentathlon. She twice finished second in the AAU Heptathlon and earned All-American recognition in 1989. She was later invited to the U.S. Olympic training camp in the heptathlon.

She also played girls basketball for four years and lettered in cross country and volleyball for two years each. As a senior, she received the Outstanding Female Athlete award.

Pascoe participated one year in track at the University of Washington and set a freshman record for the pentathlon (which is no longer contested at the college level). She now lives in Portland.

1950 BASKETBALL TEAM

Although it fell barely shy of a state tournament berth, the 1950 team is still regarded as one of the finest in school history.

Coached by Art Acuff, the Bulldogs swept their final eight games to capture the league championship. Archie “Clem” McCallum played in the title-clinching 40-21 victory over St. Martin’s wearing a catcher’s mask to protect a broken nose. Bud Hood scored 21 points as Monte closed out the regular season with a 47-42 win over Elma.

Following a district victory over Raymond, the Bulldogs hooked up with Hoquiam in what was regarded at the time as one of the most exciting games in district history. Hoquiam scored with three seconds remaining in regulation and went on to earn a state berth with a 43-40 overtime victory.

Team members included McCallum, Hood, Cecil Hampton, Bill Fosdick, Merv Clevenger, Rex Valentine, Darrell Crait and Barry McKeever.

1988 RELAY TEAM

The foursome of Pascoe, Tammy Bell, Shannon Holliday and Kim Cokeley won the state Class A 4x400 relay with a time of 4:10.0. Their 4:09.5 clocking earlier in the season remains a school record.

ALDO ANDERSON

An Aberdeen High School graduate, where he played basketball and baseball, he started in the same sports at Western Washington State College and was a stalwart for the Harborites’ semi-pro baseball team.

Anderson spent only four years as Montesano’s basketball coach in the early 1960s. but was notably successful in those seasons. He guided the Bulldogs to a 20-5 record and a state tournament berth in 1961.

Relocating to Fremont, Calif., in 1965, Anderson was even more successful at Mission San Jose High School. His basketball teams won six league championships and had winning records in 14 of the 15 seasons he coached there.

Anderson died in 1992.

DIANA SMITH

Smith is in her 33rd year teaching elementary school in Montesano.

After two years at Simpson Elementary, she spent two years as a kindergarten teacher at Beacon Elementary and the next 27 instructing first graders at Beacon (including five years in a combined first-second grade program). Since last year, she has served as a Title I reading and math interventionist at Beacon.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMS

Jim Jonassen is one of the nation’s foremost architects in health care design. His designs have included major projects for the University of Washington Medical School, Virginia Mason and Children’s Hospital in Seattle and the Mayo Clinic.

A former teacher and librarian in the Montesano School District, Pat Clemons has long been active in community affairs. A charter member of the Chehalis Valley Historical Society and a longtime member of the Friends of the Library, she received the Montesano Lions Club Citizen of the Year award in 1994 and a similar honor from the Montesano Chamber of Commerce in 2008.