McKinleyville High announces 2018 Hall of Fame inductees

McKinleyville High School 

McKinleyville High School is pleased to announce their Hall of Fame Inductees for 2018.  They are the 1986 Volleyball team, Travis Fleming, Class of 1994, and Sage Romberg, Class of 2010.

The 1986 Volleyball team earned Hall of Fame distinction by being the only volleyball team in school history to win a North Coast Section title.  Coached by Lucy Spinas, the Panther volleyball team won the Little 6 Conference title with a 12-2 record, winning league by 3 games over runner-up South Fork.  The team earned a #2 seed in the NCS 1A playoffs and qualified for a spot in the NCS semi-finals by advancing through pool play the previous day.  Matched up against #1 seed University the semi-finals, MHS dispatched the Red Devils 15-11, 15-10 to earn their place in the Championship Game.  In the title game, McKinleyville defeated Kelseyville by the score of 15-8, 13-15, 15-13 to claim the NCS 1A Championship.  Pacing the Panthers during the 1986 season were All-County selections Trina McCartney and Pam McCovey and Honorable Mention Dina Moore.

Travis Fleming participated in two sports at McKinleyville High School, playing a season of Freshmen Basketball and 3 seasons of Varsity Baseball.  Fleming pitched and played 1st Base for the Panthers, earning three Varsity Letters.  He was a key member of the 1993 team that won the Little 5 Championship and served as the ace of the pitching staff in 1994 when McKinleyville moved back up to the Big 5 Conference.  Fleming was recognized as a Honorable Mention selection on that 1994 team.  Fleming moved on to College of the Redwoods, pitching for the Corsairs in 1996 and 1997.  Characterized as willing, durable, and competitive, Fleming holds the C/R record for innings pitched in a single season with 103IP, and is 2nd all-time in career innings pitched with 161 and 1/3 and 2nd all-time in strikeouts with 158.  He was named to the All Nor-Cal team in 1997.  During the summer, Fleming pitched for the Humboldt Crabs, finished as their career leader in wins and strikeouts. Fleming finished his college career at University of Pacific, pitching for the Tigers in 1998 and 1999.  Following his tremendous college career, Fleming was signed as a free agent by the Baltimore Orioles and spent 4 seasons in their system.  In 2000, he went 7-2 with 11 saves for the Del Marva Shorebirds, including 3 saves and 1 win in South Atlantic League Playoffs and Championships.  In 2001, he saved 23 games for Frederick Keys, the 2nd highest single season total in franchise history.

Sage Romberg participated in two sports during her time at McKinleyville High School: Golf and Basketball.

Romberg earned four Varsity Letters in Golf.  She was the three-time Humboldt-Del Norte League Individual Champion and was the runner-up her Senior year.  During her Junior season, Romberg placed first at the North Coast Section North Qualifier, shooting the low round of 68 which placed her 3 shots ahead of the runner-up.  Romberg capped off a fine golf career by helping MHS win its first Girls Golf title in school history.  As spectacular as her golf career was, it is Romberg’s legacy as one of the finest basketball players on the North Coast that paved the way for induction into the MHS Hall of Fame.  Romberg played four seasons of Varsity Basketball helping MHS win league titles each of those years.  Romberg was selected as the Big 5 Conference Most Valuable Player each season that she took the court, leading the Panthers to a sparkling 31-1 league record over that time and capturing 3 Niclai Tournament titles.  Romberg averaged a double-double (17.7 points and 10.4 rebounds) over her four years.  She saved her best season for last as she helped to lead MHS to an overall record of 29-4 with a 2nd place finish in the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs and a 2nd place finish in the Nor Cal division of the state playoffs.  For her efforts, Romberg was named by MaxPreps as a First Team All-State selection in Division IV.  Following her outstanding prep career, Romberg attended and played for the Washington State Cougars in the Pac-12 Conference.  She distinguished herself immediately by being named to the Pac-12 All-Freshmen team. Over her four years at WSU, Romberg finished as the all-time leader in games played with 129 and is in the Top Ten in 3-Pointers Made, 3-Point Field Goal Percentage, and Blocks.  She finished her playing career with one season of professional basketball in Spain.

The inductees will be honored at the Hall of Fame Reception on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the school’s multi-purpose room.  In addition, the inductees will serve as the Grand Marshals for the Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 5th at noon and will be introduced prior to the start of the Football game at 7:15 p.m.  McKinleyville High School extends a warm welcome to all in the community to come and support these deserving people.


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