2012 Athletic Hall of Fame
Art Abrahamson played on Everett Junior College state championship golf teams in 1954 and 1955. He was the undisputed leader of the team, finishing as the Junior College State Medalist in both years. Abrahamson left EJC after two years and transferred to the University of Oregon. While at Oregon, his teams won both the PAC-8 Northern Division championship and the PAC-8 championship. He is retired and lives less than a mile from the EvCC’s north Everett campus.
One of the most successful javelin throwers ever to compete at the junior college level, Fred Andrew competed for Everett Junior College in 1965 and 1966. In 1965, his 203’2/1/2” toss won the WAACC title and contributed to the team’s second place finish overall. He continued to compete for Central Washington University. At the NAIA level he placed in two national meets (third and fourth). NAIA competitors were also allowed to compete in the NCAA National Meet, and Andrew finished in fifth place in 1968. From 1972 to 1978 Andrew coached cross country and track at Bellevue Community College, then he went to work as a self-employed contractor. He is a member of the NWAACC Hall of Fame and currently lives in Bothell.
Al Clise played basketball at EvCC during the 1967-68 season. His basketball career continued at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he played from 1969 through the end of the 1972 season. A multi-sport athlete from Bellevue High, Clise also competed as a high jumper and pole vaulter at Everett Junior College. He is a member of the NWAAC Hall of Fame. Clise is the president of Clise Properties, a family-owned business focused on property development.
In a 1973 article in EvCC’s student newspaper, “The Clipper,” Larry Lian said that the most important aspect of running hurdle races is technique – “with hard training and mere guts a close second.” Lian combined all these aspects to become the school record holder in both high and intermediate hurdle races. He won the 1973 NWAAC championship in both the 110 meter 400 meter hurdle races, recording school records that still stand today. A long-time resident of Lake Stevens, Lian coached AAU and junior athletics for over 20 years.
Lake Washington High School graduate Carol West was a multi-sport athlete at Everett Junior College. In field hockey, she led the team in goal scoring consistently and had one nine-goal game in 1965. She also was a team leader in scoring on the basketball team. Her state level success was in tennis, where she won the 1964 Junior College Women’s Singles championship and participated as the number one singles player on the 1965 state championship team. She went on to get her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, where she played three sports and was the president of the UW Women’s Athletic Association. West taught and coached at Hazen High School from 1968 to 2001. Her athletic career continued after college; West played field hockey, basketball, slow pitch softball, soccer, golf, and tackle football.
Bill Yeager played both basketball and baseball at Everett Junior College. Yeager joined the basketball team in the winter of 1964, averaging 11.6 points per game. The leading scorer in 1965-66, he averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds per game. He hit a clutch home run in the 1966 state championship baseball game that helped propel the Trojans to a state title. Already inducted as a member of that 1966 baseball team, Yeager now enters as one of several multi-sport individual athletes in the Hall of Fame.
Coaches and Administrators
Dick Rowley (deceased)
Rowley played tennis for Everett Junior College, winning both the individual state championship and the team championship in 1948. He returned to EJC in the 1960s as a tennis coach, winning state titles in 1964 and 1969. He also coached the JV men’s basketball teams. A respected Everett firefighter, Rowley was deeply engaged in youth athletics and has a scholarship fund named for him through the Blue and Gold Club at Everett High School.\
1954 Trojan Football Team
With only four returning players from the previous season, the 1954 team, coached by Walt Price and Bob Gambold, won Everett Junior College’s third straight conference title. This young squad, according to the 1954 yearbook editor, “ran roughshod over every Washington jaycee team they played.” Two significant non-conference games showed the strength of the team. In one, the Trojans handily defeated Shasta JC by a score of 37-19; and one of the strongest teams in the nation that year, Boise JC, gave the Trojans their only defeat by a single touchdown. Team member Ron Cooley was voted to the all-American junior college squad following the season.
1972-73 Trojan Women's Basketball
The highest finish for a women’s basketball team was recorded by the 1972-73 squad with a second place showing in the Women’s Northwest District Basketball Tournament. Led by Hall of Fame coach Joan Dugger, the team lost the championship game to Flathead CC (Montana) after recording earlier round victories against the University of Alaska and Pacific Lutheran University. Team member Carol Zimmerman set a school record for most points in a game by an individual (31). Her teammates included Sharon Sherman, Terry Padgett, Anne Simkins, Debbie Hefner, Laurel Brown, Nancy Ward, Mindy Decker, Ramona Johnson, Maureen Cote, Margaret Bell, Marlene Sprague and Candy Jacobsen.
1959 Trojan Men’s Basketball
Paul Blowers coached the 1959 men’s basketball team to a state championship. The team was led by Tom Hollis and Doug McClean. Other team members were Rich Broeker, Jerry Thompson, Gary Smalley, Brad Wilson, Mike Crowley, Bill Kohlwes, Larry Anderson, A. C. Chocklon, John Smith, Ken Fitch, Charles Gulley, Dick O’Leary, Bill Esswine, Jim Thornton, Buster Carter, Ted Uerling, Terry Nixon and Tom Beaman.