For Immediate Release
January 10, 2014
Hall of Fame
|Saturday, February 1
Social Hour: 6:30 pm
Dinner/Program: 7:30 pm
Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center
510 South Kelso Dr.
Kelso, WA 98626
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|Lower Columbia College Foundation|
2014 Lower Columbia College Athletics Hall of Fame Class to be Honored
Four former Lower Columbia College athletes will be inducted into the Lower Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday February 1, 2014.
A banquet and induction ceremony will be held at the Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center with a social hour at 6:30 pm and the dinner and program at 7:30 pm.
Lou Mace competed in Track & Field at LCC in 1954 and 1955. He won the Washington JC pole vault championship with a vault of 12’ 9” ¼”, a record at the time. Following his stellar athletic exploits at LCC, Mace went on to study engineering at Oregon State University, where he is a member of the OSU Engineering Hall of Fame.
Mace began his career working on hydro projects on the Columbia and Snake rivers. He started his own company that was later purchased by S.J. Groves and Mace stayed on to manage their western operations. Among the notable projects are the I-205 Bridge, I-84 widening, a second powerhouse at Bonneville. Mace later started another company that specialized in Air Force specialized contracts and projects. He continues to consult and stay active during his retirement.
Mike Polis has been involved with LCC athletics for close to 20 years as an athlete, coach, parent, fan and supporter.
Polis was a two sports athlete for the Red Devils, playing baseball and basketball from 1968-70. He was a member of the Washington JC champion Red Devil baseball team and also was a star guard on the LCC basketball team that lost a memorable double OT Washington JC championship game in 1970.
Following an athletic career at Central Washington University, Polis became a top-flight teacher and coach at Omak and R.A. Long High School. After serving as an assistant coach for LCC men’s basketball and baseball, Polis took the reigns as the head basketball coach and compiled a record of 146 wins and 103 losses. Polis led the Red Devils into the playoffs seven out of nine seasons. Polis’ son Mickey was a star guard for the Devils before transferring to Portland State. The younger Polis is now an assistant at Linfield.
Kathy Lehning was a record setting guard for the Lower Columbia women’s basketball teams in 1979 and 1980. She came to LCC after becoming the all-time leading scorer at Kelso High School, a record that still stands.
Lehning did not slow down at LCC, where she set the school record for single game and season assists as a freshman and was also the second leading scorer on the team. That earned her All-NWAACC Tournament first team honors. As a sophomore, Lehning led the Devils in scoring at 16.1 pts. per game and also led the team in minutes, assists and steals. She then went on to a two-year playing career at Lewis-Clark State University in Lewiston, Idaho.
Kathy began her teaching and coaching career in California and she is currently a teacher in Fresno.
Hank Jones played one season of baseball at Lower Columbia College in 1972, where the Kelso native was a slick middle infielder with great hands. Jones was so good that he was drafted in the 15th round of the Major League Draft following his Red Devil season.
Jones played three seasons in the Giants minor league chain, before joining the Dodgers organization. After four years in the Dodger minor leagues, injuries changed his path into coaching and scouting. Hank is the longest tenured scout in the Dodgers organization, nearing 40 years. He has been a leader in the Pacific Northwest Scouting Association and was instrumental in bringing the annual PNSA meeting to Longview-Kelso, many times as a fundraiser for LCC Baseball. Jones impact on Red Devil baseball runs deep as he has scouted, drafted, mentored, instructed, and encouraged hundreds of players as to the strength of LCC baseball.
A Legacy of Athletic Excellence
Lower Columbia College Red Devil Athletics has long enjoyed a legacy of Athletic Excellence! The LCC athletic programs are an important avenue to education and careers for our student athletes who regularly rank near the top of their peers in academic achievement and go on to successful careers both on and off the court or field.
For more information
Tiffany Stewart, Marketing & Event Planning Specialist, Lower Columbia College, 360.442.2112,
Sue Groth, Director of College Relations & Marketing, Lower Columbia College, 360.442.2110, firstname.lastname@example.org