Ed Bucklin played golf for the Trojans in 1948 and 1949. He led the team to state championships in both years, and was the Junior College State Medalist both years as well. Bucklin was also the Everett City Champion in 1948, and is a three-time Snohomish County Amateur Champion, winning the tournament in 1947, 1949, and 1950. He won the Southern French Open championship in 1952. He served as an assistant golf pro at both the Everett Golf & Country Club (1954-1955) and the Overlake Country Club (1956-1959) before settling down in Moses Lake, where he was the Head Golf Professional from 1960 until his retirement in 1982.
Bucklin was presented the Ben Hogan Service Award for his years of service on the advisory staff of the Ben Hogan Company in 1980.
Dave Holden came to EJC from Garfield High School, where he was the first athlete to play and letter in basketball as a sophomore, junior, and senior. He competed at EJC in 1957 and 1958, becoming the team’s leading scorer in both years. He was also the state’s leading scorer (27 ppg) in 1958. A multi-talented individual, Holden was the drum major at the College, a talented musician, and was nominated as the Everett Herald’s Man of the Year in sports in 1957.
Holden was offered a scholarship to Seattle University, where he would have teamed up with Elgin Baylor, but instead he pursued a career in the music industry. As a musician, he played across the country, including a memorable gig with James Brown at the Apollo Theater. Holden lives in Seattle and is still active in the music business.
George Holland was a Trojan golfer in 1947, the first year of competitive golf at the College. The 1947 team won the state championship, and Holland was the Junior College State Medalist. He was the Everett City Champion in 1947, then transferred to the University of Washington. At UW, Holland was a member of a PAC-8 Northern Division championship team, and played competitively for over 40 years.
Holland was won the following championships as a senior golfer: Pacific NW Golf Association (PNGA); Washington State Seniors Golf Association; Northwest Senior Golf, and was a semi-finalist at the 1987 United States Golf Association Sr. Amateur championships.
Holland is a member of the Pacific NW Golf Association Hall of Fame. He lives in the Seattle area and is retired.
Randy Montgomery competed in football and track at Everett. He competed at the state level in the 440 relay, broad and triple jumps, and the 100 and 220 yard dashes. In 1967, Montgomery averaged more than 20 points per meet. He recorded a 9.6 time in the 100 yard dash, breaking the school record. He also came close to the state record in the triple jump, recording a 45’1/2” jump, just 2 ½ inches off the record.
Montgomery was the leading rusher on the 1967 championship football team. He transferred to Weber State College, and is in that school’s Hall of Fame. Drafted in the seventh round of the 1970 NFL draft, he signed with the Denver Broncos and became a starter at defensive safety and dangerous kick returner. After three years with the Broncos, he finished his NFL career after one season with the Chicago Bears.
Nancy Snyder competed in field hockey, tennis, and basketball during her years at EvCC. She was chosen captain of ‘67-‘68 field hockey team and named All State Goalie. On the tennis court, she was part of the 1966-67 championship team and placed second in state in women’s doubles.
After EvCC, she transferred to Eastern Washington State College, successfully competing in volleyball, badminton, track and field. As a college athlete at both EvCC and EWSC, she earned three letters in volleyball, field hockey, track & field, tennis and basketball; two in badminton; and one in softball.
She continued participating in athletics after Eastern, most notably as a fast-pitch and slo-pitch softball player. Snyder pursued a career in education in the Darrington School District as a teacher, coach, athletic administrator, referee and umpire. Her 1981 boy’s baseball team was the Class ‘B’ State Champions.
Snyder was recognized as the 1997 Snohomish County Woman of Year in Sports, and is the 2003 recipient of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s (WIAA) Elmer Clarkson Award. She retired in 2003 but continues to substitute teach and volunteer for different school activities.
Joan Dugger (deceased)
Joan Dugger was hired as a new full-time P.E. faculty member in 1966 and immediately assumed the lead role in women’s athletics.. She coached EvCC women’s sports teams (field hockey, basketball, softball and tennis) from fall of ’66 through fall of ’74. Throughout her career, she worked tirelessly for the growth and development of women’s athletics, and started the women’s track, volleyball, and gymnastics programs during her tenure. Only EvCC, Centralia and Skagit had a full schedule of women’s intercollegiate sports in ‘68-’69, which was seen as a major accomplishment as Title IX federal legislation mandating equal levels of participation by men and women did not occur until June of 1972.
Her 1967 tennis team won the state title, and her basketball team placed 2nd in the 1969 & 1970 NW District College Women’s Basketball Tournament. She coached the 1972 field hockey team to a second place state finish.
Dugger remained at the College until she passed away in 1984; she was inducted posthumously into the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Hall of Fame in 1992.
Jim Ennis (deceased)
The first two years of the WSJCAC went without any bylaws until the spring of 1948 when Executive Secretary Jim Ennis of Everett JC along with Dave DuVall of Skagit Valley and Maury Phipps of Grays Harbor wrote the original constitution governing scholarship limits, grade eligibility requirements and overall philosophy of the conference's athletic programs.
1967 Trojan Football Team
The 1967 EJC football team won six games and lost three, earning them an undisputed state championship. Marv Cross coached the team; players included Tom Fryer, Ray Colombo, Bob Wickersham, Don Gregory, Don Prather, Jim Iazeolla, Pat Lombard, Greg Posey, Bill Dunsdon, Bob Snow, Randy Montgomery, Jack Hall, Jim Katsenes, Jim Blanchard, Mike Dobner, Gary Hughes, Tommy Perry, Mike Buzzard, Eddie Bush, Tracy Johnson, Ray Kahler, Joe Maxwell, Don Lockhart, Jim DuBois, Doug Sjoquist, Mike Lambert, Don Monta, Joe Richer, Chris Perry, Mark Bailey, John Puntillo, Dave Pauley, Tom Odegaard, Al Mork, Bob Hendershott, Jim Hampton, Bill Hughes, Bill Turner, Ron Schutte, Murray Cassidy, Steve Daily, Mike Ware, Dave Knapman, Fred Minch, Marv Wolever, Chuck Doies, Frank Foster, Frank Imhof, Terry Klimpel, Bud Ryan, and Doug Woodward.
The Trojan women won the state championship in the 1964/65 season. Team members were Donna Berry, JoAnne Larson, Annette O’Connor, Paula Clifford, Carol West, & Marianne Joslin.
Both the 1947 and 1948 golf teams were state champions. Team members on the 1947 squad included George Holland, Ken Anderson, Gardner Taylor, Morgan Barofsky, and Bob Gay. The 1948 club included Ed Bucklin, Bill Dunlop, Sandy Gross, and Norris Johnson. Earl Benson, Howard Silver, and Herb Tegelberg played on both championship teams.