CBC to honor Didier, Ramberg and Skaife

January 23, 2013 

The Columbia Basin College athletic department inducts a new class into its Wall of Fame today at the seventh annual Follow Your Dreams banquet at the Gjerde Center on campus.

The reception and silent auction begin at 5 p.m., while dinner starts at 6 p.m.

This year’s class includes Clint Didier, Tom Ramberg and Jerry Skaife.

Didier and Ramberg were both part of the 1978 CBC football team that won the national junior college championship.

Didier played football at Connell High School before coming to CBC as a wide receiver.

He moved on to Portland State, where he played with future NFL quarterback Neil Lomax.

Didier would play nine seasons in the NFL as a tight end, mostly for the Washington Redskins. He caught a touchdown pass in the 1988 Super Bowl for the Redskins in a 42-10 rout of Denver.

Didier also is a member of the following halls of fame: Central Washington Sports, NWAACC, and Portland State University.

Ramberg came to CBC from Enumclaw High School, and he was an All-NWAACC running back for the Hawks in both 1977 and 1978.

He finished his career with numerous school records, and he finished his collegiate career at Eastern Washington University. Ramberg was inducted into the NWAACC Hall of Fame last year.

“This is very cool,” said Ramberg, who lives on the west side of the state and has been a pipe fitter for Puget Sound Energy the last 20 years, about the induction.

He has nothing but fond memories of his CBC days.

“It was mostly being with the other players and coaches,” Ramberg said. “It was the funnest bunch of guys ever. And that season we won the nation title, everything came together. It was like the perfect storm.

“It was a shame (the school) shut the football program down. But I guess I get to keep all of the records.”

Ramberg said he and his good friend, former Hawks linebacker Lee Beedle, will head over from the Seattle area today.

Skaife, who went to Rogers High School in Spokane, was part of those 1963 and 1964 CBC men’s basketball teams that won the state titles. The 1964 title team went 27-0 and also featured Byron Beck, who would play in the NBA.

Skaife would go on to play at the University of Idaho, where he was All-Big Sky Conference his two seasons there, leading the Vandals in scoring both seasons.

He coached basketball and softball at Spokane Falls Community College, winning three NWAACC sotball titles.

Skaife also is in the NWAACC and the Community Colleges of Spokane halls of fame.

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