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Jack Venables ‘56 The Voices of Pioneer Athletics

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A warm bass voice booms out over the PA system in Griswold Stadium: “Touchdown, Pioneers!” With his distinctive voice, Jack Venables has been the primary PA announcer for Pioneer athletics for decades—more than 30 years for football and 20 years for basketball.

Venables enjoys being a part of the Pioneer athletic community. He takes pride in the fact that Lewis & Clark’s announcer and scoreboard teams are known by officiating crews throughout the Northwest for their professionalism. In fact, when former NFL quarterback Neil Lomax was looking for someone to handle the announcing duties for Oregon’s premier high school football all-star game, the Les Schwab Bowl, he called on Venables. Now he also announces the Les Schwab Invitational Basketball Tournament in December.

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