A pair of former Whatcom County student athletes will be inducted into the University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Friday evening, Sept. 12, and honored at the Ducks’ football game against Wyoming on Saturday, Sept. 13. Blaine basketball standout Luke Ridnour and former Sehome football lineman Beau G. Robey will be honored as part of the Class of 2014.
Ridnour stared at Eugene as a point guard for the men’s basketball team from 2000 to 2003 before entering the NBA when he was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics. He started 96 consecutive games and directed the Ducks to the 2002 Pac-10 regular-season title — the program’s first conference crown since 1939. Oregon went on to advance to the NCAA Elite Eight. Ridnour, who was selected 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and 2003 Pac-10 Player of the Year, averaged 19.7 points and 6.6 assists per game his final season. He set a school record with 218 assists as a junior and scored 649 points — the third-highest single-season total in team history at the time. When he left following his junior year, Ridnour stood 15th in school history in career scoring (1,399 points), third in assists (500), fifth in steals (150) and sixth in 3-pointers (203).
Ridnour will be joined in this year’s Hall of Fame class by Luke Jackson and Freddie Jones, who were teammates on the Ducks’ 2002 men’s basketball team.
Robey, who is now a lawyer in Bellingham, was a member of the 2001 football team, which will be inducted. Robey red-shirted the 2001 as an offensive lineman. The 2001 team was led by Heisman Trophy finalist Joey Harrington and had the winningest season in program history at that time, going 11-1. Oregon just missed out on an opportunity to play for the national title, instead playing Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl, where a 38-16 victory landed them at No. 2 in the final poll. The team was coached by Mike Bellotti.