Hall of Fame honors Edmonds grad, Woodway team

By Kate Agbayani | Jul 18, 2019
Brenda Dobbelaar-Morris

The Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 includes one of the top athletes from Edmonds High School and a legendary girls basketball team from Woodway High School.

Brenda Dobbelaar-Morris was a multisport athlete, graduating from Edmonds High School in 1989. She played soccer, basketball and softball throughout her childhood. She continued those sports at high school.

“At first it was a nice surprise. It’s been a long time since I’ve played so it was nice to look back on those times,” Dobbelaar-Morris said.

As a senior, she was an All-Wesco athlete in soccer, basketball and softball. After high school, Dobbelaar went to Pacific Lutheran University, where she played softball and was the team’s shortstop. She batted a .422 and was a two-time NAIA All American, and twice on the NAIA All-National Tournament Team.

She said one of the highlights of her athletic career was when she won a gold medal at the Pan Am Games as part the U.S. National Team in 1991.

“We weren’t really slated to make it that far, but we willed ourselves to win there, and we did,” she said.

Dobbelaar-Morris is not currently involved in sports, but has coached some youth softball for the last five years.

Although her time with sports has died down, she’s very thankful for how it has impacted her life. Sports allowed her to make life-long friends and memories. Sports also taught her hard work and discipline.

“If I wasn’t playing on a team, I was playing sports with friends,” Dobbelaar said. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

1984 Woodway
girls basketball team

The 1984 girls basketball team from Woodway High School was Snohomish County’s second girls’ basketball team to win a state championship.

Bruce Evans coached the team.

“I found it extremely rewarding to work with so many fine young women,” Evans said.

The Woodway team won the Wesco, Northwest District and Region I Titles. The team continued on to the state tournament and won three games, including a victory over North Kitsap in the championship game. The team’s overall record was 25-2.

“Kitsap’s defensive pressure overwhelmed us in the first quarter of the game,” he said. “But we fought back. With 12 seconds left, we got the ball back on a turnover and attacked their full-court pressure.”

Evans continues to stay involved in sports, managing and playing for a variety of senior teams in Arizona. This fall he will put together and play in the first Super-Senior League in the area.

Evans loved his time coaching the Woodway team.

“It’s a great honor for me and all the players to have our 1984 championship team included into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame.”

Other athletes

The other athletes to be inducted in the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame include Orlondo Steinauer (football); Eleanor McElvaine (rowing); Jarred Rome (track and field), Dave Lyon (snow skiing); Carl Zaretzke (race car); coach Troy Summers (boxing); Jim Piccolo (athletic administrator).

The 2019 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees will be honored at the 2019 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet Sept. 18 at Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Angel of the Winds Arena. Individual tickets are $65, and $600 for a table of 10 people. Online tickets are on sale now. Purchase tickets at Seattlenorthcountry.com/sports/hall-of-fame/banquet/.

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