The Gold Medal Hall of Fame hit the century mark on Friday night as the late Ivan Gamble, Sr. became the 100th inductee, highlighting a class of three great players. Glen Padgett and George Erickson were honored as members No. 101 and 102, respectively, of the elite club.
Gamble, a 1968 graduate of Mt. Edgecumbe High School and a Vietnam War veteran, was active in his community and culture. He was a Council member for the City of Angoon and was President for the Kootznoowoo Inc. from 1982-1987. At the time of his death, he was vice president for the Alaska Native Brotherhood.
Gamble played in the Gold Medal Tournament for Angoon on the B and C Bracket teams from 1977-1987. He was a member of five Angoon championship teams and earned All-Tournament honors in 1978, 1983 and 1987.
In 1988, the 42nd Gold Medal tournament was dedicated to Gamble, Richard Kito, and Roger Lang, who all passed away the year before.
Glen Padgett, a former Kake school teacher and basketball coach, was a four-time MVP and was a member of three championship teams. He was a member of B Bracket championship teams in 1989 and 1991, and a C Bracket championship team in 1998.
Padgett was named to 13 All-Tourney teams and won MVP titles in 1992, 1996, 1997 and 1998.
Erickson is considered a pillar of basketball in his hometown of Sitka and has been an active participant in Gold Medal basketball since 1975. He was a member of Sitka's C Bracket three-peat teams from 1992-1994 and has earned multiple All-Tournament team honors.
Erickson has been active in his community as a member of the Elks, Moose, Sons of American Legion, Little League coach, and adult softball coach for over 30 years. Erickson is also known for his outstanding sportsmanship and has been awarded the Sportsmanship Award in the Gold Medal tournament.
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