EvCC Inducts Five Athletes, Four Teams into Athletic Hall of Fame June 3

Press Release

Release Date: May 5, 2014

Contacts: Larry Walker, EvCC Athletics Director, 425-388-9328; lwalker@everettcc.edu
John Olson, Vice President of College Advancement and Executive Director of the EvCC Foundation, 425-388-9555; jolson@everettcc.edu

EvCC Inducts Five Athletes, Four Teams into Athletic Hall of Fame June 3

EVERETT, Wash. – Five former athletes and four teams will be inducted into Everett Community College’s Athletic Hall of Fame at a dinner June 3.

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.

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 May 28.

The players selected for EvCC’s Athletic Hall of Fame include multi-sport athlete Barbara Burleson, soccer star Greg Sambrano, track and field champion Christian Sievers, pitcher Zach Simons and golfer Tom Wells.

Teams selected this year include the 1954 state championship track team, two of the college’s best golf teams – 1969 and 1970, EvCC’s 1981-82 school record-holding women’s basketball  team and the 1994-95 men’s basketball team.

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.

For more information, visit www.everettcc.edu/alumni or call John Olson at 425-388-9555.

Athletic Hall of Fame – Athletes

Barbara (Bonnell) Burleson
A multi-sport athlete, Barbara Burleson played field hockey, track, and tennis at EvCC between 1973 and 1975. She was the team captain of the field hockey team in 1973 and 1974, receiving the recognition as a first-team all-state performer both years. Burleson led both squads to second-place finishes in the state, competing against schools that included Pacific Lutheran University, University of Puget Sound, Western Washington and Washington State University. Her track and field performances were also at the highest level; she finished second in the state in both the 100 yard dash and the long jump in 1975. After transferring to WSU, where she played on the field hockey team, Burleson entered the education field.  She is currently employed in the North Thurston school district, where she has been a physical education teacher for more than 30 years. 

Greg Sambrano
EvCC’s soccer team’s highest finish to date came in fall 1983. That team was led by first team all-conference defender Greg Sambrano, who played in both 1982 and 1983. Sambrano continued his playing career at the University of South Carolina Coastal, where he was chosen team captain and honored as Player of the Week in September 1984.  He decided to return to his home state and pursue a degree in education at Central Washington University. His contributions to the soccer community continued when he was selected to coach the CWU squad, becoming one of a very few to ever be an NAIA head soccer coach and a full-time student at the same time. Over time, Sambrano coached the Yakima Reds, the Selah High School boys’ and girls’ teams, Olympic Development teams, and most recently the Southridge High (Kennewick) girls’ team. He lives with his family in Kennewick.

Christian Sievers
Christian Sievers attended Everett Junior College in 1954, earning recognition as a member of the track and field squad. A graduate of Everett High, Sievers joined an EJC track team that would go on to win the Washington State Junior College track and field state championship in large part due to his individual efforts. Sievers was the state champion in the high hurdles, low hurdles, and placed third in the long jump. He was a second-place finisher in the 100-yard dash and competed on the third-place mile relay team. In the process, Sievers tallied 18 of the teams 49 ¾ points, set a new state record in the low hurdles (24.7 seconds), and tied the high hurdle state record (15.8 seconds). He went on to the University of Washington and became a three-year letterman for the Huskies. Sievers retired from a successful career in the banking industry, and he resides in north Everett.

Zach Simons
Simons was drafted by the Oakland As in the 38th round in 2003 right out of high school, but the 2003 Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year chose to go to college instead and play for EvCC. He helped rebuild the college’s baseball legacy in the 2004 and 2005 seasons after EvCC restarted the program in 2002 after a 20-year hiatus. Simons was named to the NWAACC Northern Region 1st Team and the NWAACC All-Conference 1st Team in 2004. In 2005, he was selected as both the region and the league’s MVP. The Colorado Rockies drafted Simons in the second round of the 2005 June amateur draft, and he spent the next seven years playing professionally. He currently resides in Mountain Home, Idaho with his family.

Tom Wells
Tom Wells is one of many golfers to attend Everett Junior College and enjoy success at the amateur and professional level. A graduate of Roosevelt High in Seattle, Wells played at EJC in 1966 and 1967 as the number one varsity golfer. The 1966 team won the state championship and the 1967 team came in second. Wells finished as the medalist in the 1967 state tournament and subsequently enrolled at Seattle University on a full-ride scholarship. He competed in the 1969 NCAA championships against Johnny Miller and Tom Watson, and other high-profile golfers, finishing in the top 20. Over the years Tom has been the low gross champion in over 20 tournaments. He owns and operates Tom Wells Golf in Mukilteo.

 
Athletic Hall of Fame – Teams

1954 Track
Everett Junior College’s 1954 track and field team, coached by Chace Anderson, won the state championship following a stellar regular season series of meets. Five returning letterman led the team, and newcomers from around the region joined them to form a very competitive group. The team featured a combination of runners, jumpers, and throwers who could tally up points in a variety of events. Chris Sievers led the team in point totals and placed first in three events at the state meet. Ron Cooley won the discus and came in second in the shot put; Jerry Wester placed second in the two-mile run, and others contributed to the six-point victory. Team members included: Dave Olling, Jerry Wester, Chris Sievers, Roy Benson, Jerry Ullery, Bill Goerlich, Gordon Kimbell, Chuck Lincoln, Ron Cooley, Dick Knutsen, Bob Boushey, Ken Dahl, Roger Peterson, Pete Morris, Jake Bergslien, Don Prater, George Donnelly, Wayne Anderson, Bob Wilder, Mel Davenport, Jim Siler, Chuck Tutton and Wayne Linke. 

1969 and 1970 Golf
The 1969 and 1970 golf teams were among the school’s all-time best. A strong tradition of golf excellence continued in 1969, when the undefeated 10–0 regular season was followed up with both the league’s Northern Division title and the state championship. The team was composed of 11 freshmen and only one returning sophomore, Mike Gugich. The following year, coach Bill Deller ran the table again, winning the league, division, and state titles and setting an EvCC team record with a 277 score against the UW junior varsity team. Steve Ebert shot a record 66 in that match. Golfers on these teams included: Dick Faulkner, Steve Farrand, Mike Gugich, Gary Hoiby, Dave Jackson, Ron Wike, Steve Ebert, Joe Pereira, George Schindler, Gordon Shewfelt, Steve Thomas, Bob Zimmerman, Harold Andersen, Tom Douglas, Tom Hardy and Terry Wiens.

1981-82 Women’s Basketball
The highest finish by an EvCC women’s basketball team came in 1981-82. The team finished with a 21-7 overall record, 8-2 in the league. The title game was against an outstanding Highline CC team which finished 26-2.  Coach Doug Nixon was assisted by EvCC Hall of Fame coach Dick Rowley, who passed away shortly into the season. This team was led by state finals MVP Cathy Swetalla, a freshman from Enumclaw High, who was joined by teammates Cheryl Mc Allister, Dee Dee Goodspeed, Michele Gardner, Eva West, Whitney Sleigh, Greta Schwenke, Rosalyn Jones, Sheralee Bachofner and Monica Murphy.

1994-95 Men’s Basketball
In 1994-95, Coach Larry Walker led his men’s basketball team to the NWAAC league championship game. The team showed its ability to play well when it mattered, winning the final four games in the regular season to qualify for the playoffs. Once in, they went out and beat both the number one and number two ranked teams in the conference to advance to the title game. The team’s second-place finish was the highest in many years for the program. Players on the team included Chad Baransky, Jason Creek, Bary Gould, Desi Szechenyi, David Bloom, Alfred Harvey, Rusty Houston, Maurio Lewis, Michael Pederson, Brad Victor, Peter Ventrella and Zach Ward. Walker was assisted by Jim Elsner and Mark Williams.