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Mack High to celebrate 2018 Hall of Fame class

Sage Romberg will be inducted into the 2018 McKinleyville High Hall of Fame this week, alongside Travis Fleming and the 1986 Panthers volleyball team.

Romberg was a standout two-sport athlete, dominating both on the basketball court and on the golf course, where she combined to win eight league titles before graduating in 2010.

Fleming, who graduated in 1994, was a standout baseball player, going on to play for both College of the Redwoods and the Humboldt Crabs, while the 1986 volleyball team, coached by Lucy Spinas, was the only Panthers team in the sport to ever win a North Coast Section championship.

Romberg won three individual Humboldt-Del Norte League golf titles, as well as finishing runner-up in her senior year.

As a junior, she placed first in the NCS North Qualifier and capped her prep golf career a year later by leading the Panthers to a first-ever H-DNL team title.

On the basketball court, Romberg was even more impressive, leading the Panthers to four straight league crowns and earning Big 5 MVP honors all four years.

Romberg led the Panthers to a remarkable 31-1 league record in those four years, while capturing three Dick Niclai Tournament titles. 

She saved her best season for last, helping the Panthers to a 29-4 overall record and a second-place finish in the NorCal Tournament as a senior.

For her efforts, Romberg was named by MaxPreps as a First-Team All-State selection in Division IV.  

Following her outstanding prep career, Romberg played for the Washington State Cougars in the Pac-12.  

She distinguished herself immediately by being named to the Pac-12 All-Freshmen team. 

Romberg finished her years there as the school’s all-time leader in games played with 129, and is in the top-10 in 3-pointers made, 3-point field goal percentage, and blocks.  

She closed out her playing career with one season of professional basketball in Spain.

NCS champions

The 1986 Panthers volleyball team, meanwhile, won the Little 6 Conference title with a 12-2 record, before advancing through the playoffs and defeating Kelseyville in the NCS championship game. 

Pacing the Panthers that season were all-league selections Trina McCartney and Pam McCovey, as well as honorable mention Dina Moore.

Fleming, meanwhile, was a key member of the 1993 baseball 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.  

Fleming was recognized as an all-league honorable mention selection on that 1994 team.  Fleming pitched at CR in 1996 and 1997, where he holds the school record for innings pitched in a single season with 103, and is second all-time in career innings pitched with 161.3.

He is also second all-time in strikeouts with 158, and was named to the All-NorCal team in 1997. 

During the summer, Fleming pitched for the Humboldt Crabs, finishing as their career leader in wins and strikeouts. 

Fleming closed out his college career at the 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 four seasons in their system.  

In 2000, he went 7-2 with 11 saves for the Del Marva Shorebirds, including three saves and one win in the South Atlantic League playoffs.  

In 2001, he saved 23 games for Frederick Keys, the second highest single season total in franchise history.

The inductees will be honored at the Hall of Fame reception on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the school’s multi-purpose room.  

In addition, the inductees will serve as the Grand Marshals for the Homecoming Parade on Friday at noon and will be introduced prior to the start of the football game at 7:15 p.m. on Friday night.

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