Edmonds-Woodway High School Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes Class of 2017

By David Pan | Oct 12, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Courtney Ellis (right) poses with school athletic director Angie McGuire.

Twelve individuals and three teams were among the 2017 inductees into the Edmonds-Woodway Athletic Hall of Fame.

The inductees were honored during a ceremony Thursday, Oct. 5, in Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Great Hall.

Two of the individuals – Courtney Ellis and Gerik Baxter – were the first two athletes to have spent all four years at Edmonds-Woodway High School, which opened in 1990.

Ellis, 1999 graduate, is the first swimming and first female athlete from Edmonds-Woodway High School to be inducted. She won five individual state titles and swam at the state meet all four years. Ellis went undefeated in all meets, including districts and state, during her junior and senior seasons. Ellis swam at Clemson University and competed in the 2000 Olympic trials. She still holds seven Edmonds-Woodway High School swim records.

Ellis told the audience that she was honored and humbled to be inducted into her school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. As she reflected on her swimming accomplishments the last several weeks, Ellis admitted that the memories and the details have become fuzzier and fuzzier.

But the life lessons she learned in swimming have stuck with her forever, Ellis said.

“Passion, perseverance and attitude are the key to success,” Ellis said, “And they are also the key to getting through some of failures. You can’t be a success without having a few bumps along the way. … You can get through life’s challenges with passion, perseverance and a winning attitude.”

Ellis recalled a conversation with her father when she was 16 years old. Ellis’ father asked her, “Do you know what the secret to your success is?”

She said, “What is it? And he said, ‘Your mind will quit long before your body ever will. … Your body is strong, but you need to make your mind even stronger.’”

The conversation was a pivotal moment in Ellis’ swimming career.

“It has been a life changing moment for me,” she said.

Ellis’ message to young people was that life is not always going to be sunshine and roses.

“You will be faced with things that you just don’t think your body can handle,” Ellis said. “But I’m here to tell if that you pursue life with passion, you persevere against life’s challenges and if you have a winning attitude, you will overcome a lot of things that you just don’t think you can.”

Baxter, a 1999 graduate, was a four-year starting pitcher for the baseball team. He is the first Edmonds-Woodway High School baseball player inducted. He recorded a 21-6 career record as a starting pitcher and a .379 career batting average. Baxter helped lead the Warriors to three straight district tournament appearances and two state regional appearances. He was drafted in the first round of the 1999 Major League Baseball draft with the 28th pick by the San Diego Padres. Baxter and his best friend Mark Hilde were killed in a car accident in 2001.

Baxter’s family accepted the Hall of Fame plaque and former Edmonds-Woodway High School baseball coach Joe Webster spoke about the impact Baxter had on his teammates, the baseball program and the school.

Webster was teaching eighth grade social studies when he first met Baxter. He told his future coach that he would be playing baseball for him as a freshman at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Baxter did make the varsity team, only one of two freshmen to make varsity in Webster’s 15 years as coach.

“I remember Gerik fitting in as a great teammate,” Webster said. “He knew his place. He had no fear of competing against older kids.”

What Webster appreciated the most about coaching Baxter was his passion for playing baseball.

“I think it was all he ever wanted to do,” Webster said.

During his senior year major league scouts from across the country came out to see Baxter pitcher.

“As he got more attention, he appeared to be more humble and tried to give more credit to his teammates, which isn’t an easy thing for an 18-year-old to do,” Webster said.

Baxter gave back to the baseball program, donating money to build a new backstop and to renovate the bleachers.

“He took great pride in our high school and in our program,” Webster said.

Baxter’s legacy lives on through the Edmonds-Woodway High School Baseball Baxter/Hilde Scholarship Award and the annual Gerik Baxter Award by the Lake Elsinore Storm baseball team.

The other Edmonds-Woodway High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are:

Stu Smith

Coach, Edmonds High School

Smith started at Edmonds High School in 1947 as a history teacher and assistant football coach—holding both positions for the next 23 years.  During this time he also served as head track coach and head boxing coach, helping lead EHS three Western Washington Boxing Titles. After leaving EHS in 1960, Smith became the first head football coach at Mountlake Terrace High School. He later served as Edmonds School District Director of Plant Facilities from 1965-77, overseeing much of the growth in the Edmonds School District and the building of new schools.  Overall, Smith dedicated 30 years of service to the Edmonds School District.

Bill Peterson

Coach, Edmonds High School, Woodway High School

Coach Bill Peterson, or “Coach Pete” as many of his athletes called him, started out his career at Edmonds High School in 1960 as a history teacher, assistant football coach, head wrestling coach, and head track coach. During this time he coached alongside Hall of Fame coaches Rich Rowe and Jerry Karnofski. When Woodway High School opened in the fall of 1967, Peterson moved over to Woodway to help open the school as its first head football coach, head track coach and assistant wrestling coach.  In his time coaching wrestling at EHS, he coached three State Champions.

Don Meyring

Community Contributor

Edmonds High School, Class of 1943

The first individual to be inducted as a Community Contributor, Don Meyring dedicated most of his life to bettering the Edmonds Community through athletics. A 1943 graduate of Edmonds High School, he was an outstanding athlete in his own right, at one point setting the world record in the discus.  Meyring’s biggest contribution came through his dedication to the youth in his community; in the mid 1950’s he helped create the Edmonds Mid-City Little League—offering opportunities for Edmonds youth to compete in baseball, football, and basketball. He influenced many lives as a youth coach of over 20 years through his constant presence on the sidelines and by providing opportunities for kids to compete.

 

Mary Garner

Edmonds High School, Class of 1950

A pioneer in women’s sports, Mary Garner (Olson)—a 1950 graduate of Edmonds High School—competed in all sports made available to her in this pre-title IX era: tennis, volleyball, soccer, track, basketball, ping pong, baseball and badminton. A standout athlete during the “sports days”, Mary went undefeated as a tennis player at EHS for two consecutive seasons. A talented and hard-working athlete, she took every lettering opportunity made available to her, earned every honor, and every point possible by the end of her junior year—something no other female athlete at the time came even close to doing. Inspired to continue to take every opportunity available to her after high school, Mary competed throughout her adult life on the volleyball court, participating in numerous state, national, and World Senior Volleyball Games.

Ted Neff

Edmonds High School, Class of 1950

A talented multi-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball, Ted was best known in the Edmonds community for his performance on the football field.  A three- year letter winner in both football and basketball, he earned first team all-Northwest League recognition at fullback and was selected first team all-State football after the legendary undefeated season of the 1949 EHS football team. Ted played two years of football at WSU and then made his move to the University of Washington where he attended dental school. He went on to practice dentistry in the Edmonds area for 39 years.

Dave Hamilton

Edmonds High School, Class of 1966

A talented three-sport athlete, Dave made his presence known on the basketball court, the football field, and on the baseball diamond. With his dominating pitching, Dave led the 1966 Edmonds Tigers to a 20-0 season and a Northwest League Championship. His senior season he went 11-0 as starting pitcher and threw a no-hitter against Blanchet, earning him all-league honors for the second year in a row.  Drafted by the Oakland A’s in the fifth round of the 1966 draft, Dave played six years in the minor leagues, nine years in the Major Leagues and won three World Series Championships with the Oakland A’s. He was inducted into the Snohomish County Hall of Fame in 2013

 

Chris Peterson

Edmonds High School, Class of 1971

Chris was a standout two-sport athlete in football and wrestling.  He received first-team, all-Western Conference honors at linebacker and was selected first-team, all-state center for the 1969 season. After placing fourth at the state wrestling tournament his junior season, Chris re-focused himself and came back for his senior season on a mission. In his senior year campaign for the Tigers, Chris went undefeated with nine pins, was Sub Regional Champion, Regional Champion and ultimately won the 1971 State Championship at heavyweight. Chris went on to earn his teaching degree and taught and coached in the Lake Washington School District for 32 years.

Debbie Quatier

Edmonds High School, Class of 1976

An exceptional talent and legendary runner in the area, Debbie set out on a path that would take the running world by storm. As a senior Debbie placed second at the State Cross Country meet as an individual and helped her team earn a second place finish as well.  She competed on the club circuit throughout her high school years and was a three-time selection for the All American AAU Cross Country Team in 1973, 1974 and 1975.  She still holds two Snohomish County Track and Field records (1600 meter, 3200 meter) and held the 3000 meter National High School Sophomore record for 43 years.  Overall, she was selected to seven US Track and Cross Country Teams, competing with the best in the nation and against the best in the world.

Phil Zevenbergen,

Woodway High School, Class of 1982

A three-sport athlete competing in football, basketball, and baseball, Phil truly excelled on the basketball court.  At the center position for the Warriors in 1982 he received all-Wesco and all-State recognition.  After setting the school record for most rebounds (314) Phil took his skills to Edmonds Community College where he led the Titans to an NWAACC Championship and received the NWAACC MVP Award for the 1984-85 season. Next, the University of Washington came calling where Phil was selected to the Pac-10 All Conference Team in 1986 and 1987.  After being drafted by and playing for the San Antonio Spurs in 1987, he played professionally on the international level for 10 years.

Brenda Dobbelaar

Edmonds High School, Class of 1989

A phenomenal athlete in whatever sport she was competing in, Brenda was a feared opponent on the soccer field, the basketball court, and the softball diamond.  She was the first soccer player in the area selected to the Everett Herald All-Area Soccer first team four years in a row.  As a senior at EHS in 1988-89 Brenda dominated Wesco in all three sports, earning first team all-area honors in soccer, basketball, and softball. It is no surprise that she was named the Everett Herald’s Athlete of the Year in the spring of 1989. Brenda went on to compete in softball at PLU where she was a two-time NAIA all-American and helped the Lutes win a National Championship in 1992.  She was also a member of the U.S. National Team at the Pan American Games in Cuba.

 

1985 Woodway High School State Softball Champions

This talented team poured it on late in the season to win the Wesco League Championship and continued on that pace by going undefeated in the Northwest District Tournament to win the 1985 Northwest District One Championship. They entered the State AA Softball Tournament on a roll and went undefeated, taking down West Valley 4-3 in eight innings to win the State Championship. They were coached by Bruce Evans and assistant coach Mike Olson.

Team: Kristen Larson, Sandy Feaser, D’Arcy Russell, Michelle Rael, Jen Ryan, Maya Chrestensen, MaryLou O’Neill, Katie Romstead, Shawn Burns, Jenny Galbreath, Carol Olsen, Vanessa Bates, Sharon Rathe.

1975 Edmonds High School Boys Cross Country Team State Champions

Coached by the legendary Tom Campbell, this special group of young men won the very first Cross Country State Championship for Edmonds High School—setting the tradition for many talented runners and strong teams to come.  They were Wesco Champs, Northwest District Champs, and State Champs.

Team: Tom Kutrich, Mike Lyons, Dan Clark, Bill Fisher, Lasse Brautaset, Tim Love, Phil Lavery, Mark Stensland, Jon Elslip; head coach: Tom Campbell

1976 Edmonds High School Girls Cross Country Team State Champions

Coached by Tom Campbell, this outstanding group of runners was determined to make the 1976 cross country season their year after placing second the previous season. The 1976 team was the first Girls Cross Country State Champion for Edmonds High School, launching a new generation of runners and creating excitement in the community for running. They were Wesco Champs, District Champs and State Champs.

Team: Bonnie Tuller, Dana Arnim, Nancy Quatier, Karen Schaefer, Linda England, Merrie Duryee, Thea Ewing, Tracy Richards, Cathy Schaefer

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