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“The Shot . . .”
Our last issue of LIFE displayed a sequence of two pictures showing three students celebrating an event. We asked you a two-part question: the names of the students and the occasion.
The correct answer to the first (left to right): Kari (Ketterling) Goodman (G92), Michelle (Sackman) Emra (G90), and Susan (Barnett) Bos (G90).
The event? George Fox’s dramatic winning of the NAIA District 2 men’s basketball championship in a March 7, 1990, playoff game with Willamette University in Miller Gymnasium. The trio of basketball hostesses — volunteers who served as greeters — watched in anticipation as senior forward Rich Schlachter (G90) launched a buzzerbeating three-point shot from the top of the key in an attempt to tie the game and send it into overtime. Their reaction tells the outcome. The Bruins went on to defeat the Bearcats 98-95 and play in the NAIA national championship tournament in Kansas City.
The pictures ran in a full-page feature in the March 14, 1990, Newberg Graphic, headlined "Once in a Blue Moon." Of the gametying shot it said: "The crowd was standing, holding its collective breath...
"Time seemed to stand still.
"Schlachter, the hometown hero playing his last game on the GFC hardwoods, put up a shot, a 22-footer from the top of the key. The shot went in. The game went into overtime. The season was saved. And, Schlachter’s shot, in the lore of the game in these parts, became ‘The Shot.’"
Editor Keith Fredrickson reported: "An estimated 1,600 persons — [then] the largest sports crowd in the history of GFC’s Miller Gym — watched this game in person; a decade from now, probably 10,000 will say they were there."
"One of the most memorable events in my George Fox experience," wrote Brian Martin (G91), a junior guard on the team. "It was a wonderful memory. Thanks for taking me back!"
"It was an amazing game," responded team member and senior forward Chris Patoine (G90). "Guys made shots that had no business going in, including me."
"One of my fondest sports memories from my four years at GFU," wrote Eldred Brown (G93), a member of the pep band for that game. Brown, in fact, was selected in the drawing of this contest.
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The setting is the south entrance of Wood- Mar Hall and the sign on the truck says "Pacific College." But what’s the sentimental occasion and who are the people? We’ll enter all responses in a drawing for a gift from the University Store. Submit your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to: Journal, George Fox University, 414 N. Meridian St. #6069, Newberg, OR 97132.