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Hall of Fame celebration set for April 12

Six inductees will make their way into the Orange Lutheran Athletics Hall of Fame on April 12.
Orange Lutheran is pleased to introduce the 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees. Tickets available at

Elizabeth Brehm '81
Elizabeth was a four-year varsity softball player, named as All-CIF "utility player" because of her ability to play multiple positions on the field. She also was an All-CIF basketball selection in '79, as her team won the CIF Southern-Section Championship (small schools division). 

Mike Senne '82
Mike played football, basketball and baseball during his Orange Lutheran career. He was the starting pitcher and "big bat" before being named an All-CIF baseball selection in '82. Additionally, Mike was an All-League and All-CIF Southern Section selection in basketball in the '81-82 season.

Patrick Bagatourian '89
Patrick was a standout basketball player who was named All-League in the '88 and '89 seasons. He achieved All-League MVP in '89 and was named to the All-CIF Southern Section team in the '89 season.

Anna Klitzing Preus '00
Anna competed as a four-sport varsity athlete in track, basketball, volleyball, and cross country. She achieved All-CIF in track and field in '97 (1600m) and '98 (800m and 1600m). Anna was also All-League in cross country in '99 and All-League in track for four consecutive years, from 1997-2000. Additionally, she was Olympic League track MVP in '98.
Patrick Salyer '00
Patrick played football and basketball while at Orange Lutheran. In 2000, he was named All-CIF Southern Section for basketball. Additionally, Patrick was an All-CIF Southern Section selection in basketball in '00 and an All-League selection in the '99 and '00 season. He also was selected an All-CIF football player in the '99 season.

Coach Bob Dowding
Bob was one of the five original, full-time faculty members at Orange Lutheran. He served our ministry from 1973-1994. Bob taught p.e. and science and served as Athletic Director, while coaching football, basketball, and track in the early years. Early league membership required playing a varsity schedule. Every team member played both offense and defense, and, where there were only thirteen able bodies on the field, the remaining games had to be scratched. Dowding continued as head football coach until 1989. The lifetime Husker fan was active in the Orange County Athletic Directors Association and served as president of the Arrowhead League. 

In the early '90' Bob was diagnosed with sinus cancer and fought a tough battle while here on campus. By God's grace and the miracles of modern medicine, the disease appeared in remission as the Dowdings joined the Seattle LHS Saints' family. Last year, the lifelong Husker retired after serving God's high schoolers in the Northwest since 1994. After twenty years, the invasive disease had returned. Bob Dowding was called home to Glory with his Heavenly Father on February 24.

His players considered Coach Dowding a role model and true confidant, a man whose family know show much they were loved; his peers appreciated his work ethic and what he stood for. He was a true man of God. We look forward to honoring his legacy.

-Nancy Paul (2/24/15)

Join us at the 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 12, 2015, as we recognize and celebrate our most accomplished alumni athletes and coaches -- a proud Lancer tradition. 

The Athletics Hall of Fame will feature cocktails, dinner, a memorabilia exhibit and inductee presentation, including tours of the recently expanded athletic facilities!

Experience your alma mater on Sunday, April 12, from 5 - 8 p.m. at Orange Lutheran High School. Invite your friends and families and make this Lancer Family event one to remember!

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Founded in 1973, Orange Lutheran High School is a comprehensive private Christian co-educational college preparatory high school, grades 9-12, that exists to help students internalize the gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus. The culture and climate of Orange Lutheran are based on caring relationships that strengthen our community as a Lancer Family. High standards of excellence coupled with a warm, energetic atmosphere create a safe, nurturing environment where students can thrive, as they discover and develop their unique gifts, talents, and passions.