Heritage Gallery Class of 1999
Tom Beall - Baseball
One of the great baseball players ever to put on the spikes at Whitworth College, Tom Beall remains a fixture in the Whitworth record book. Beall, an outfielder, batted .380 in his career and hit over .400 in both his sophomore and senior seasons. Also a stalwart on the mound, Beall finished with a career record of 10-5 and career earned run average of 2.00. He was named First Team All-District three years in a row and Second Team NAIA All-American after both his junior and senior seasons (1970 and 1971). Also a punter on the football team, Beall led all northwest small college punters with a 42.2-yard average in 1970. After graduating from Whitworth, Beall earned a graduate degree at UCLA in prosthetics and orthotics. He currently owns Valley Orthopedic in Fresno, California. He and his wife Sandra have been married for 28 years and have three sons and a daughter in law.
Tom Black - Football
A member of the only Whitworth football team ever to make the national playoffs, Tom Black ranks as one of the best two-way lineman in Whitworth history. In 1959 he was named Honorable Mention NAIA All-American after the Pirates finished 8-1 and won the Evergreen Conference title. He also led a Pirate defense that recorded one of the best seasons in modern Whitworth history (1959). That defense set records that still stand for fewest points allowed in a season (34), fewest yards allowed per game (156) and most takeaways (46). A second title followed in 1960, and with it came a berth in the NAIA Semi-finals, where the Pirates narrowly lost to Humboldt State. Black was a captain on that team and earned First Team NAIA All-American as an offensive tackle. After graduating from Whitworth, Black went on to teach math and coach football, wrestling and track & field at Wenatchee high school for 15 years. Black then went into ministry, directing evangelism and discipleship at Wenatchee Free Methodist Church for nine years. He and his wife Verna have been marries 43 years and have three children -- Sandra, John, Richard and Laura.
Jim Doherty - Basketball
Jim Doherty is one of the key players to help build Whitworth's reputation as a great place for small college basketball. He still holds the Whitworth records for career scoring average (21.6 points per game) and most points in a three-year career (1,726). In 1952 he helped lead Whitworth to its first-ever conference title and an appearance in the NAIA Tournament in Kansas City, where the team made the quarterfinals. In his senior season of 1953 he averaged 24.1 points per game and was named a Third Team NAIA All-American. Drafted by the Boston Celtics that season, Doherty decided to go into teaching and coaching instead, which he did for 31 years (28 in Washington public schools and 3 at Bellevue Christian School). In 1987 he was the interim basketball coach at Multnomah Bible College, which he led to a second-place finish at the National Christian College Athletic Association Tournament. Jim and his wife Sally have two daughters -- Cam and Shannon.
Kari Jacobson - Track & Field
One of the finest female athletes ever to compete for Whitworth in any sport, Kari Jacobson still holds several Pirate Track & Field records. An NAIA All-American two years in a row in the Heptathlon (1987-88), Jacobson finished 8th in the nation as a junior and finished 3rd in the event as a senior. She also finished as national runner-up in the 400 hurdles as a senior. She still holds individual Whitworth women's track records in the 100m dash (12.2), 200m dash (25.56), 100m hurdles (14.4), 400m hurdles (1:01.2) and heptathlon (4,786 points). After Whitworth, Jacobson coached at Mead High School (1989-90) and Richland High School (1992-94) and spent five years teaching at the elementary level. She and her husband Tim, also an outstanding Whitworth Track & Field athlete, live in Arizona. They have been married 13 years and have three children -- Kami, Zach and Joshua.
Dave Pomante - Football
One of the great defensive football players ever to wear pads at Whitworth, Pomante is an excellent example of what determination can accomplish. Listed in the program at 5'-8" tall and 195 pounds, Pomante played defensive line, a position usually reserved for much bigger players. But using exceptional quickness and strength, Pomante excelled, recording 20 sacks his senior year (1980), a mark that still stands as a Northwest Conference record. He also led the Pirates in tackles that year, and was named First Team NAIA All-American. As a junior, he recorded 15 sacks and his career sack record of 39 also stands as a Northwest Conference record. Pomante now teaches and coaches football at Rogers (Spokane) High School, where he has been since 1984. In 1990 he became head football coach and led the Pirates to their first-ever playoff appearance in 1994. He has been named GSL Coach of the Year twice, in 1993 and 1994. He and his wife Julie have three children -- Leah, Amy and Hannah.