Release Date: April 29, 2013
Contacts: Larry Walker, EvCC Athletics Director, 425-388-9328; firstname.lastname@example.org
John Olson, Vice President of College Advancement and Executive Director of the EvCC Foundation, 425-388-9555; email@example.com
EvCC Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration June 19
Former KJR Sports Talk Host Mike Gastineau to Speak
EVERETT, Wash. – Six former athletes, one coach and five teams will be inducted into Everett Community College’s Athletic Hall of Fame at a dinner June 19.
The event is at EvCC's Fitness Center, 2206 Tower St. Social hour is at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Participants are required to RSVP in advance.
The keynote speaker for the event is former KRJ 950-AM sports talk radio host Mike “Gasman” Gastineau, who stepped away from the mike in December after 21 years on the air.
The players selected for EvCC’s Athletic Hall of Fame include softball MVP Jamie Foote, baseball and football letterman John Garner, multisport athlete JoAnn Larson Timpone, basketball star Ciara Papac, golfer Bob Whisman and runner Cindy Yahne Peterson.
Legendary coach Ed Puck, who coached at North Junior High, Everett High and Everett Community College, will also be inducted. At EvCC, Puck was the head track coach, head golf coach, and assistant football coach during his tenure.
Teams selected this year include the 1953, 1954, and 1955 Trojan golf teams, which had a three-year run of state championships and produced several of the finest golfers to ever come out of the area. The record-setting 1959 men’s track team, which earned the state title, will also be inducted. The 1960 Trojan football team, which went 7-1, winning the league championship, is also joining the Hall of Fame.
EvCC is looking for members of the 1959 track team and 1960 football team to notify them about the award and invite them to the ceremony. If you played for either team or know how to contact team members, call John Olson at 425-388-9555.
See below for more information about the inductees.
Members of the Hall of Fame were selected by a committee of community members, coaches and EvCC leaders.
The event is open to the public. Dinner is $50 per person for adults; $25 for youth, with reservations required. To RSVP, call EvCC at 425-388-9535 by June 10.
For more information, visit www.everettcc.edu/alumni or call John Olson at 425-388-9555.
Athletic Hall of Fame – Athletes
Jamie Foote played women’s softball at EvCC during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, earning Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) conference and team MVP honors in both years. Foote was also selected as the EvCC Female Athlete of the Year in 2006 and 2007. As a freshman, she was voted the most inspirational player and was the captain of the team her sophomore year. The Trojans took first place in the Northern Division of NWAACC behind Foote’s .540 batting average. Foote, a graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School, excelled in the classroom as well, posting a 3.53 GPA at EvCC. She transferred to Seattle University, earning numerous academic and athletic awards during her two-year career as a Redhawk. She remains connected to the EvCC softball program as a coach and lives in Lynnwood.
A two-year letterman in both baseball and football at Everett Junior College, Garner still holds the college record for the longest touchdown run (99 yards). He attended the college from 1949 to 1951, and led the EJC baseball team to the state title his sophomore year. While at EJC, Garner also served as the president of the Associated Men Students. Following two successful years at the University of Washington, Garner entered the U.S. Navy, serving two years’ active duty. He worked for the Marysville School District for more than 25 years, and also served on the Snohomish County Council for four years. He lives in Marysville.
JoAnn Larson Timpone
JoAnn Larson Timpone competed as a multi-sport athlete in the 1964-65 school year. She was the leading scorer in basketball, played field hockey and was a member of the state championship doubles tennis team. In 1964-65 she also served as the student vice president of the Women’s Athletic Association. She lives in the Olympia area and is retired.
Basketball player Ciara Papac competed at the college in 2000-2002. She was selected to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College’s all-conference team in 2000, and was the college’s female athlete of the year that same year. In her sophomore year, she was the team captain, leading the conference in both total points and assists. Her success led to a full scholarship offer from California State University – Northridge. She returned to the area to coach at the community college level for one year and currently resides in Snohomish County.
Bob Whisman played golf for Everett Junior College in the 1953 season, earning state medalist honors that year. The golf program was in the middle of a highly successful run of state championships, and Whisman led that 1953 team to a state title. He continued to play during his service in the U.S. Army, earning post and Northern Division championships in 1954 and 1955. Whisman is a five-time Snohomish County Amateur Champion and finalist for the Everett Herald’s Man of the Year in Sports in 1964. He worked as the head golf professional at both Legion and Walter Hall golf courses and still resides in the Everett area.
Cindy Yahne Peterson
Cindy Yahne Peterson is the EvCC record holder in the 800m and 1500m, and her times in the 5,000m and 10,000m are in the top six performances in school history. She ranks as one of the top performers in the history of track and field at EvCC. Peterson went on to compete at Brigham Young University. She is married to a runner and continues to enter marathon events near her home in Utah.
Athletic Hall of Fame – Coaches and Administrators
Ed Puck (deceased)
Ed Puck had a long and distinguished career as a coach in the city of Everett. He arrived in the early 1950s and coached at North Junior High, Everett High and Everett Community College. At EvCC, Puck was the head track coach, head golf coach, and assistant football coach during his tenure. Along with Coach Bill Deller, Puck coached the golf team to two state championships (1969 and 1970). In 1965, he became the college’s director of student activities, retiring in 1976. Puck passed away in 2007.
Athletic Hall of Fame – Teams
1953, 1954, 1955 Trojan Golf Teams
Three golf teams were selected to enter the Hall of Fame this year. This three-year run of state championship teams produced several of the finest golfers to ever come out of the area, including state medalists Bob Whisman and Art Abrahamson. Coached by Harry Simmermacher, these three teams each won the state title. Abrahamson was the state medalist two times (1954 and 1955) and Whisman earned that honor in 1953. The teams were rarely defeated during these seasons, and many of the players continued to play at the university level. Team members include Don Erickson, Don Lehman, Ed Morrow, Bob Whisman, Van Wilson, Del Bland, Ken Brydges, Miles O’Dell, Art Abrahamson, Jim Cole, Rodney Williams, Bob Brill, Jim Buselt, Gordon Carpenter, John Heller and Ken Mundy.
1959 Trojan Men’s Track Team
EvCC Coach Ed Puck led the 1959 men’s track team to the state title. Four returning letterman from the 1958 team (Len Andreason, Aaron Pascal, Floyd Skinner and Cal Papritz) were part of the record-setting team. The team lost only one meet to the University of Washington freshman team. Team members included A.C. Chocklon, John Napiontek, Norm Olsen, Bob Sabo, Jerry Blevins, George Bean, Cal Papritz, Pete Johnson, Dave Stackle, Wilbert Johnson, Floyd Skinner, Aaron Pascal, Hilrey Warren, Jim Williams, Ed Bergeson, Gordy Turner, Len Andreason, William Johnson, Freddie Beckwith, Bob Fay and Phil Perry.
1960 Trojan Football Team
EvCC Coach Walt Price led the 1960 football team to the state championship with a record of 7 -1. The Trojans’ only loss came at the hands of Yakima Community College. The squad beat highly ranked Boise Junior College (now Boise State University) in the annual Evergreen Bowl, and placed eleven players on the All-Conference team. Price was selected as The Herald's “Man of the Year in Sports” following the season. He was assisted by Ed Puck and Paul Blowers.
Team members included Ralph Fahey, Ralph Sager, Dennis Frimml, John Friberg, Leonard Bluhm, Rich and Joe Broeker, Larry and Ron Corpuz, Mike Kalyk, Larry Negriff, Dennis Beeman, Ed Bretz, Dwight Lewis, Keith Roulet, Bill Knudsen, Norm Reilly, Einer Thompson, Dave Hudson, Dave Radke, Jim Egawa, Jim Actor, R. Allwine, Mark Antonich, Gil Bjorling, Roger Bohannon, Bill Bufkin, John Cannon, Len Carney, Jack Crabbs, Gil Davis, Tom Dieu, Bill Farrow, Norm Furukawa, Shirb Gilbreath, Norm Glover, Jim Harper, Dick Johnson, Bob Jundt, Dick Larson, Bob Lee, Wayne Madsen, Frank Matthews, John McBrady, Glen Miles, George Nikula, Ron Schulke, Bob Simpson, John Sites, Dennis Sorweide, Gary Spiller, Bob Stoddard, Bill Thomson, Ken Vereb and Jim Whalen.