Hall of Fame Inductees
Alan Scott Gilbreth -Graduated 1964
In Medical Lake, the Gilbreth name has long embodied civil responsibility and service to the community and to our country. Alan Gilbreth is one of many Gilbreth’s who have walked that path and to have attended and played sports at MLHS as a Cardinal.
Alan was a three year varsity letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. Alan played on the 1964 Cardinal basketball team that played in the Washington State “A” basketball Tournament and received “Honorable Mention” recognition for his efforts in seeing the Cards finish 2nd in state that year. Besides participating in sports, Alan was involved at school with the Letterman’s Club, Future Teacher of America, and the Annual Club.
After graduation from MLHS, Alan attended Eastern Washington University, receiving a BA in finance in 1968. Following this, Alan served in the United States Army where his first assignment was a tour in Vietnam where his actions resulted in his being awarded the Bronze Star Medal. In 1973 Alan returned to EWU and completed a Master of Science in Business prior to teaching ROTC there for three years. This assignment was followed by a three year tour in Germany as a Pershing Missile Officer. Alan made a specialty change from Artillery to Contracting in 1981 and served at several posts here in the US and abroad. Alan completed his military career of 24.6 years as a Lieutenant Colonel at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Wright Patterson AFB, OH where he was a Professor of Contracting and Chief Advisor for the Army faculty. Along with the Bronze Star from service in Vietnam, Alan was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal four times during his military service.
After completing his military career Alan was hired in 1993 as a civilian faculty member in Contracting at AFIT, which later became Defense Acquisition University (DAU). During his time at AFIT and DAU he became a renowned expert in contract management and a university leader in development of DAU’s key contract management level III training. He served as a Professor, Department Chair, and Course Manager. Alan was also a skilled researcher, writing numerous articles that were published to great accolades across the acquisition community. He retired from civilian service in December 2009 after 16 years of service to DAU, his students, and his colleagues. During his civilian service Alan received many communication and leadership awards, culminating in his induction into the Defense Acquisition Hall of Fame. Now in 2016, Alan joins the MLHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
Alan and his wife Norma were married in June 1968 and have three children and twelve grandchildren. Their goal in life is to serve the Lord in ways that honor Him.
Jim Dicus-Graduated 1971
Like so many others who have gone through Medical Lake High School, Jim was a military transfer kid, arriving at Fairchild AFB with his family in 1969. While here for only his last two years of high school, Jim Dicus made an immediate impact and left a lasting impression.
Jim was Northeast “A” League All Conference in basketball both his junior and senior years. He was the Cardinals leading scorer and rebounder on the basketball court both years, averaging 22.9 and 20.3 points per game respectively. Jim was voted MVP in 1970 and helped lead the Cards to a league championship in 1971. Jim set a school scoring record of 40 points in 1970, which lasted for over thirty years. He also has the distinction of scoring the first two points in the new gymnasium built in the summer of 1970.
Basketball wasn’t Jim’s only athletic talent. He proved to be an outstanding track/cross country athlete as well, helping the track team win the Northeast “A” League Championship in 1970. He ran the 220 yd. dash and never lost a race until the state meet where he finished fourth (22.9 sec.). He was a District Champ in four events (220, 880 relay, 440 relay, high jump) in 1970 and went to state in all four events. Due to a severe illness his senior year in 1971, he was unable to run track which only left a feeling with many as to what might have been.
Following graduation from MLHS in 1971 Jim was awarded a basketball scholarship and played four years of college ball at both Centralia Junior College and Saint Martin’s College (1971-1976). Jim led the NW Junior College District in rebounding with a 14.5 rebound average for the 72’/73’ season. Upon completing college, Jim went to work for the government and served the Air Force community for 30 years before retiring. He felt fortunate to have a career field in sports and recreation which he excelled at most of his life. Jim’s last assignment was serving as Deputy Squadron Commander over Services at McChord AFB here in Washington.
The illness Jim suffered during high school eventually caused his kidneys to deteriorate which resulted in three transplants. Jim never let that keep him down or impact his quality of life. He attributed his ability to bounce back from adversity to the characteristics he developed from competing in athletics while in school.
Jim received numerous accolades and awards as a federal employee between 1981- 2011 which included the Meritorious Achievement and Outstanding Service Award and was a three time recipient of the MAJCOM Employee of the Year Award at Kadena AB and McChord AFB. Jim continued to add to his athletic resume by receiving gold medals at the US Transplant Games for basketball and golf in 1996 and 2000 respectively along with silver and bronze medals in 2000 for basketball and softball. Jim coached two state championship youth basketball teams in 1987 and 1989 while at Hill AFB, Utah. He volunteered countless hours teaching, coaching and running clinics for youth over a thirty year period.
Jim Dicus always remembered his two years at MLHS as being two of the best years of his life and was proud to represent MLHS as a Cardinal athlete. Jim married in 1979 and at the time of his induction to the MLHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016 he and his wife are the proud parents of three great kids, all of whom played high school sports and are college graduates.
Troy Clute-Graduated 1986
Graduating from Medical Lake High School in 1986, Troy Clute was a three sport standout athlete and team leader. Along with participating in athletics, Troy involved himself in other school activities as well, such as band, ASB Student Council, and as a member of the National Honor Society.
Troy was Team Captain of the Cardinal basketball team both his junior and senior years and also served as Team Captain for the football team as a senior. He garnered 1st Team All Conference honors in basketball and baseball his senior year along with being 1st Team All Conference both offensively and defensively that same year in football coupled with being named Northeast “A” League “Back of the Year”.
After graduating from high school, Troy went on to play football at Spokane Falls Community College for two years and then at Central Washington University for one year. Ending his football career, Troy transferred to Eastern Washington University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree.
In 1997 Troy went into Mortgage Banking, holding several positions including: Salesman, Branch Manager, Area Manager covering five states with such companies as GMAC Mortgage, Countrywide Home Loans, Bank of America, and in 2016 was the Real Estate Manager for Mountain West Bank in Spokane, overseeing the Real Estate Production Team.
It was while attending EWU that Troy met and married his wife Karri. At the time of his induction into the MLHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016 they have been married for 26 years and have two children, Kellen and Kennadie, both accomplished college athletes in their own right.
Carl Liggins - Class of 1965
While in high school, Carl kept busy. Besides being an excellent four sport letter winner at MLHS, Carl managed to handle the responsibilities of being Junior Class Representative to Boy's State, holding the offices of Senior Class President, Student Council Treasurer, and Letterman's Club Secretary/Treasurer. Carl was a member of the 1964 Cardinal basketball team that placed 2nd in the State Tournament. Some say his best sport was track where he set school records in the 100 yard dash, 220 yard dash, 180 yard low hurdles, and a member of the record holding 880 yard relay team. At the State Track Meet in 1965, Carl set a new school record for the 100 yard dash with a time of 10 sec. flat, and placed 2"d in the long jump and low hurdles.
Following high school, Carl enrolled at WSU and ran track for the legendary Jack Mooberry. After walking on to the WSU football team in the spring of 1967, Carl earned a scholarship that summer to continue playing for the Cougars. Carl left WSU early and moved to Seattle where he gained employment with the IBM Corp. That too was short· lived, as he was drafted in 1968 into the US Army and served in Germany. Upon his release from the military in 1970, Carl returned to Pullman and WSU. In 1973, Carl returned to Spokane and settled down, working for a myriad of technical and challenging jobs. At the time of Carl's induction into the Hall of Fame in 2015, Carl is working as an AudioNideo Technician at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Carl is a proud father and grandfather with two sons and a daughter along with six grandsons.
In high school, Carl was always known to be a hard worker with a great attitude. He's always been humble about his athletic and life accomplishments, seemingly always to praise the efforts of others around him before himself. Carl has endeavored to live his life with honesty, integrity, and humility, while instilling those qualities in his children and their children.
David Southwick - Class of 1974
A stellar athlete in high school, Dave Southwick was a four year letterman in track and a three year letterman in football and wrestling. He started on both sides of the football as a sophomore for the Cardinal team that captured both the Northeast 'A' League Championship and District Championship.
The track team that year was both 'A' League Champions and Northeast 'A' League Champions. As a junior, Dave was awarded the "Coaches Award" in wrestling and was Team Captain of the Northeast 'A' and District 'A' championship Cardinal track team.
The MLHS Cardinals stepped up to the 'AA' Frontier League in 1973. Dave relished the challenge, making giant leaps of his own during his senior year. Numerous awards and accolades were bestowed on Dave for his football prowess his senior year, culminating with recognition in the national publication of "Who's Who in National High School Football". Dave set a new MLHS single game rushing yardage record of 281 yards against then undefeated West Valley, prompting their coach to proclaim, "Southwick is without a doubt the best high school back I've seen." Numerous additional awards came his way for his participation in wrestling and track. That spring, Dave set two MLHS records in the long and triple jumps. At graduation, Dave received the Scholastic Excellence Aw_ard and Outstanding Senior Athlete Award.
Following graduation from MLHS Dave began employment with the State of Washington here in Medical Lake. In 1982 he transferred over to western Washington for more advancement opportunities. He retired in 2004 from the Department of Corrections as an Interstate Extradition Lieutenant. In 1984 he married his wife Jolyn. They have two married daughters and three grandchildren. In 2010 he and his wife started a successful small business. At the time of Dave's induction in 2015 into the MLHS Athletic Hall of Fame Dave is working for Senate Security in our state's capital during the legislative session. When the legislature is out in the spring, summer and fall, Dave enjoys golfing, racquetball, building and flying radio controlled aircraft, RV-ing, and salt water fishing.
Don Gallo - Class of 1986
While in high school, Don Gallo participated in football, basketball, and baseball. During his senior year the Cardinal football team made the playoffs having their first winning season in eleven,years. That same year, after winning the league basketball title and subsequent playoffs, the Cardinals took their 17-6 record to the Tacoma Dome for a berth in the State 'A' Tournament. After winning their first two games against tough opponents, their lack of height became evident as they dropped the next two and finished with a very respectable 6th place finish. In the spring of 1986 Don was a member of the Cardinal baseball squad that had been rated 2nd in the state, being undefeated during their regular season of play.
After graduating from MLHS, Don enlisted in the US Navy to protect our country's freedom and pursue the challenge of becoming Navy SEAL. He was selected and completed BUDS/S (Basic Underwater Demolition I Seal training with Class 147 in 1987). After BUD/She went to SEAL Team Two from 1987-1993 and then to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) from 1993-2007. During his 21 year career as a SEAL he completed multiple deployments around the world. Amongst his many duties, he served as a SEAL Platoon Operator, SEAL Scout Sniper Instructor, Mountain & Arctic Warfare Instructor, Advanced SEAL Tactics Instructor, SEAL Assault Team Operator, Assault Team Sniper, Military Freefall Jump Master, Communications Department Head, and had various other Naval Special Warfare qualifications.
During the end of his career, Don used his leadership and operational expertise to design and develop the latest operational equipment and soldier survival· systems to enhance the Navy SEALS and other Special Operations Forces war fighting capabilities. As Survival Systems Program Manager he was responsible for the development, testing, procurement and fielding of the latest in material and technology solutions.
Don Gallo's service decorations include: the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Award, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation and various other campaign and unit awards.
After retiring in 2007, Don continued to stay involved by supporting those who continue to serve in harm's way by working directly with the users to design and manufacture the best tactical gear for our military and law enforcement professionals through his work at Eagle Industries.
At the time of Dan's induction into Hall of Fame in 2015 he and his wife Linda have been married for twenty years and are blessed with two beautiful children, Nicholas and Ava.
Jackie McCall-Class of 2002
Jackie McCall participated in soccer, basketball and track during all four years while at MLHS. She earned a varsity letter in soccer and track each of those years and added another for basketball her senior year. She excelled at playing soccer, earning All-League honors as a forward for three consecutive years along with also being named Team MVP and leading scorer for the team those same years. Jackie was a sophomore class officer, member of the Key Club and also was involved with the schools JROTC. She was named Senior Athlete of the Year in 2002 and received the US Army Reserve National Athlete I Scholarship Award upon graduation.
Jackie attended college at Western Washington University from 2002-2006 where she competed and lettered in Track and Field all four years. Her main event was the Heptathlon and the individual events associated with it at regular track meets (100m hurdles, 200m, 800m, high jump, long jump, shot put, and javelin): She also ran the 400m dash and the 1600m relay. While at WWU, Jackie set indoor track records for the 800m run and the 4x400 relay. Her hard work earned her a spot on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. Jackie graduated from Western in 2006 with a degree in recreation.
After graduating from college, Jackie worked as a coach for high school track and field as well as being a coach for Paralympics track and wheelchair basketball for several years.
At the time of her induction into the MLHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015, Jackie provides recreational opportunities for people with physical and developmental disabilities and works as a Recreation and Athletics Specialist for a state run facility housing people with disabilities. She was a volunteer firefighter for four years at Orting Valley Fire and Rescue and was commander of her fire academy, earning the Chiefs Company Award upon graduation. .
She continued on as an athlete, playing for a semi-professional women's football team, the Seattle Majestic for many years. She played defensive corner, wide receiver, kick returner and kicker. In 2011 she w.as a member of the Majestic team that won the national championship against the New England Intensity. She also had the honor of representing the Majestic on three different all-star teams alongside female football players from across the country.
John Higgins-Class 1966
As a typical small town kid growing up in Medical Lake during the early 60's, John found friends, adventures, and a great close knit community easy to find. At MLHS, John played football, basketball and baseball. His senior year he was named Defensive Back of the Year for the Cards. He involved himself in other school activities as well, being a member of the Audio Visual Club, Letterman's Club and Chorus. John joined the US Army ·upon graduation from high school in 1966 and following basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia was shipped off to the war in Viet Nam. After his tour of duty was over he returned to VietNam a second time at the height of the war during the Tet offensive in 1968. In 1969 John left the army and returned home to Medical Lake where he began working for the State of Washington beginning at Lakeland Village and then Eastern State Hospital until 1993. During that time John attended Ft. Wright College and Eastern Washington University.
In 1991 John began his coaching career as an Assistant Baseball Coach at MLHS and in 1992 became the Head Girls Softball Coach. He stayed in that position for the next twenty years. He coached girls basketball and volleyball along with assisting with the Cardinal football team at MLHS. He also coached volleyball at the M.L Middle School. John worked in the Special Education Department at MLHS for nine years.
In 2005 John Higgins was elected Mayor of Medical Lake and at the time of his induction into the MLHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 he was continuing his service to the community and citizens of Medical Lake as their Mayor, working to maintain the friendly close knit community that he knew as a kid.
John was blessed with five children, all of whom attended Medical Lake schools. Added joys are his nine grandkids and of course, "A great wife (Carrie) as all coach's wives are."
Wayne Terry-Class of 1968
While in high school, Wayne played football, wrestled, and ran track. He was a member of the Drama Club and served as the Annual Editor his senior year. As a senior he was voted "Most Valuable" on the track team. Wayne represented MLHS and placed seventh at the state track meet that year in the long jump. In PE class,Wayne broke the long standing sustained push up record with a count of 89. Far greater accomplishments and a strong community impact awaited as Wayne began his post high school path in life.
Following his graduation from MLHS, Wayne enlisted in the Army National Guard and after two years transferred to the Washington Air National Guard where he served for an additional 37 years, earning numerous awards - two of which were the First Sgt. of the year for the state of Washington in 2002 and the Outstanding Senior N.C.O. of the year for the 141st Air refueling Wing in 2004. At the time of his induction in 2014 Wayne was the only Guardsman to have ever received the Senior Master Sgt. and Chief Master Sgt. Ranks by Exceptional Personnel Promotion. In addition to serving in the military, Wayne owned and operated his own business, Whitewater Construction, Inc. coupled with directing and coaching the Mat Maulers Wrestling Club in Medical Lake for 32 years. In addition, Wayne founded the Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament which is certified as the world's largest one day wrestling tournament by the Guiness Book of World Records.
Wayne Terry's dedication and work with kids in the state of Washington earned him the Citation of Merit Award - by the State of Washington Park and Recreation Dept. for outstanding contributions and continuous service in 1999, an award presented only once annually. In 1986 Wayne was a co-founder and helped in the in the start of the "Washington Little Guys Wrestling League" which grew from an initial 5 teams and 150 kids to 73 teams and 3557 kids in 2014. Because of his work with the Mat Maulers Wrestling Club, Wayne was selected to carry the Olympic Torch in Spokane for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. In 1996 Wayne was the venue chairman for the Olympic Wrestling Trials in Spokane and served in that same capacity for the World Cup Wrestling Finals in 1999 and 2002.
At the time of Wayne's induction into the MLHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 Wayne was continuing his mentoring work with youth not only with Mat Maulers but also as a strong inspirational speaker. He positively affected the lives of countless young boys and families. He has always been an inspiration to those around him and has influenced many through his public speaking. He has been a guest speaker for a myriad of organizations including schools, hospitals, clubs and professional organizations, instilling a sense of self worth and patriotism. The Medical Lake community is fortunate to have Wayne Terry and has benefitted greatly from his generous contributions and countless hours of giving to others.
Crystal Protzman (Appia)-Class of 1981
A very active student in high school, Crystal participated in Drill Team, Future Homemakers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, concert choir, cross country, basketball, and ran track all four years.
Upon graduation from MLHS, Crystal attended Clackamas Community College where she ran cross country and participated in several indoor track meets. After a year she returned home to Medical Lake to reflect on what direction she wanted to go after leaving school. Crystal took her father's advice and began volunteering at Sacred Heart Hospital in order to help build some work ethics and gain experience so she could enter the job market. Crystal's first job was in retail sales in 1983. She rose quickly to Store Manager and in four years became a manager at a major retail outlet. After a year she moved to Seattle to begin a new life journey with her future husband, Michael. Crystal found Seattle a bit overwhelming at first but soon found employment with McDonald-Klein Business Machines. She worked in the Service Dept. taking calls for the technicians. In 1990 Crystal accepted a position in the corporate office of R&D Industries who were a distributor for Hewlett Packard. During her ten years with R&D she ran the Purchasing Department, handled Customer Service, and was Personal Assistant to one of the owners in the Operational Division. After twelve years working in an office environment, Crystal was itching to get back into sports. After encouragement from her personal trainer and her husband she became a Personal Trainer herself with 24 Hour Fitness. Finding success in this field prompted Crystal to open her own personal studio in her home where she enjoyed working for the next seven years. In 2007, with Crystal's support, Michael was able to start their own company, Eclipse Demolition, a field that Michael knew well. Crystal managed the office and occasionally ran the crews. Her life at that time was working hand in hand with her husband.
At the time of Crystal's induction into the MLHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014 she and Michael had been together for thirty years, married for twenty. They have two children, Chanel and Chandler and two grandchildren, Nivaeh and Landon. Crystal loves being a mother and "Nana" to the loves of her life. Not sure what might be in store for her in the second half of her life, she was still looking forward to it. Perhaps a second chance with the Masters Track and Field.
Tricia Nilles-Class of 1988
Tricia played varsity basketball three years and volleyball for two while attending Medical Lake High School. During her junior year she was a member of the girls basketball team that qualified for the state tournament. She was named to the All State Team that year as well. Tricia was All League in basketball her junior and senior years. She was also a member of the National Honor Society her senior year.
Following graduation from MLHS, Tricia attended Spokane Falls Community College where she played basketball for two years, gaining admittance into the SFCC Hall of Fame this past year. She received her BA from Eastern Washington University and began substitute teaching and coaching in the Medical Lake School District for several years. At the high school, Tricia coached the JV girls basketball team and the freshman volleyball team.
At the time of Tricia's induction into the MLHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014, she was in her tenth year as a teacher with the Head Start program in Leavenworth Washington where she worked to support the positive mental, social, and emotional development and well being of young pre-school aged children. Tricia made it known just prior to her induction into the Hall of Fame that undoubtedly her greatest accomplishment and joy has been the adoption and raising of sons, Collin and Avie. Tricia Nilles now joins her father Mike Nilles (2008 Inductee) into the Medical Lake High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Arnold Brown-Graduated 1982
A prominent three sport athlete at MLHS, Arnold contributed greatly to the success achieved by the Cardinal teams he played on. As a senior, his athletic skills and leadership made him a 1st Team All-League and All State selection in football along with being Team Captain. Basketball once again brought the same honors to Arnold. He was Team Captain and selected to the 1st team All-League and All State teams.
In addition, Arnold was selected to the 2nd Team All-League in baseball. After graduating from MLHS in 1982, Arnold attended Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon where he played both basketball and baseball, earning All-Conference awards and serving as Team Captain. Transferring to Oregon Tech, he managed to play three sports and again was an All-Conference selection and Team Captain. Rounding out his college experience, Arnold enrolled at Whitworth College in Spokane, WA and continued playing football, basketball and baseball while still concentrating on his studies. While at Whitworth he again was a Team Captain and earned All-Conference honors.
Although an exceptionally gifted athlete, Arnold must have realized at an early age that his true calling would be coaching and inspiring those around him. He began volunteering as a youth coach in Japan where his father was stationed and continued to volunteer during his summers for over twenty five years. Following his college career Arnold continued his journey into the coaching arena. He was an assistant men's basketball coach for seven years beginning at Oregon Tech and then at Whitworth College. Following this, Arnold became the Head Basketball Coach at Rosalia High School for two years and while there developed and initiated the Camp Classic Basketball Tournament in 1994. Arnold returned home and continued his coaching within the Medical Lake School District. He coached basketball at the Medical Lake Middle School and was an assistant baseball coach there as well. In 2003 he became the Cardinals Head Basketball Coach and restarted the popular Camp Classic Tournament. In 2005, under Coach Arnold Brown, the Medical Lake Boy's Basketball Team won the school's first 2A Boy's State Championship. Arnold is the proud father of three sons, Micah, Donte, and Damarius. Just about any time you see Coach Brown outside of school, he is surrounded by his boys.
Michael Dunn-Graduated 1975
Michael Dunn, a well rounded student athlete while at Medical Lake High School continued reaching goals long after he graduated. Michael played varsity football and basketball for three years at MLHS and even tried his hand at golf his freshman year. He was Co-Captain of the Cardinal football team his senior year and was also selected as the Most Inspirational Player. As a senior, Michael was a member of the Cardinal basketball team that won the Frontier League and Region Four Basketball Championships. That team finished 6th at the state tournament. Michael served as class president his sophomore and junior years. He was a perennial member of the Honor Society and involved himself with student government.
Following graduation from MLHS Michael earned bachelors (political science), masters (educational administration) and doctoral (education leadership) degrees from Washington State University. Michael spent the first six years of his public education career as a teacher and coach at Ritzville High School. He then taught and coached at Lewis and Clark High School for two years followed by nine years at Shadle Park High School in Spokane, three years as assistant principal for Curriculum and Instruction and six years as Shadle's principal. Michael then moved on to the Mead School District for two years where he was the first principal for their new Mt. Spokane High School. He then returned to the Spokane Public Schools where for the next five years he served as an Executive Director for 17 schools in the Northwest region of the district. He spent five years as Superintendent of the Cheney Public School District and at the time of his induction in 2013 into the Hall of Fame was serving as Superintendent of Northeast Washington ESD 101. While in these positions, Michael maintained a close association with the Medical Lake School District and helped foster a positive working partnership between districts. Throughout his educational career, he has been a member of a multitude of professional organizations, often serving in a leadership role. Michael has been married for 26 years to his wife, Teresa, who is an elementary school teacher. They have two sons, Chris, a WSU graduate and teacher at Rogers High School in the Spokane Public Schools, and Aaron who is a senior at WSU. Michael now joins his younger brother Greg (2009 inductee) into the Medical Lake High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
John Musser-Graduated in 1963
A four-year letterman in football and baseball, and a three-year letterman in basketball, John's desire, competitive drive and hard work ethic made him an outstanding athlete at Medical Lake High School. John was a charter member of the high school's FFA program and was a member of the Livestock Judging Team. Additionally, he was vice president of the Letterman's Club, treasurer of National Honor Society, on the honor roll all four years, ranking third in his class academically and was voted most likely to succeed by his class.
John was a starter on the Cardinal baseball team for four years and the team won their league championship his freshman and sophomore year. His senior year, he received the Coaches Award recognizing him for having the most tackles and sacs. Also that same year, John was Co-Captain for the basketball team and was voted the Most Inspirational. Culminating his senior year, John was awarded MLHS Athlete of the Year.
After graduating from WSU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture and a teaching certificate, John taught and coached at both Connell -High School and Medical Lake High School. During his first year of teaching he coached the Washington State Livestock Judging Team at the national convention in Kansas City. John served 30 years as director on the board for Inland Farmers' Fertilizer/Petroleum/Chemical Association and eight years on the board for the Spokane County Cattlemen's Association. Besides farming locally for 40 yea.rs, John continued to play recreational basketball until age 47 along with softball until age 57.
As a Medical Lake High School graduate and supporter, John serves as the Vice President of the MLHS Alumni Association Scholarship Committee. He continues to attend most home athletic events at MLHS.
Arnie Ross (Poteet)-Graduated 1995
Arnie stayed busy during high school. Besides achieving high accolades in athletics she managed to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better throughout her four years at MLHS.
Arnie participated in the ROTC program for three years, was involved in the Student Council and attended Evergreen Boys/Girls State. She was recognized by the Lions Club several times for being an "outstanding example of a student that strives to excel at all her endeavors."
Lettering all four years in cross country and track, Arnie also played varsity basketball for two years. She continually earned Team MVP honors year after year in cross country and track. As a freshman she was voted Most Inspirational by her teammates. She served as Team Captain for several years on both squads. Arnie set school records for both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. She was a State Champion her senior year in the 3200m run thereby being the first Girls State Champion in 20 years from MLHS. Arnie was named MLHS Female Athlete of the year prior to graduating in 1995.
Arnie took her running to the next level, earning a full athletic scholarship to Eastern Washington University. She was a top performer for the Eagles as a runner and graduated in 1999 with a degree in Business Management. Arnie worked in the business field for a number of years before marrying her husband Damian in 2006 and then becoming a full time mom with the birth of their son Dawson in 2009 followed by their daughter Roslyn in 2011. Arnie continues to run in her spare time, participating in many local organized runs and triathlons.
Jonny Varona-Graduated 2000
A four year letterman in wrestling, a three year letterman in football and two years with the track and field team resulted in many achievements and honors for Jonny Varona while at MLHS. As a sophomore, Jonny qualified to participate in the State AA Wrestling Tournament. As a junior, Jonny earned Great Northern League 1st Team Offensive Guard and 2nd Team Defensive Tackle. At 215 lbs. Jonny was the AA State Champion in that weight class and was also a State Academic Champion. Jonny placed 8th in the shot put at the State Track and Field completion. All State football honors were bestowed on Jonny as a senior as well as being selected to the 1st Team offensive and defensive line for the GNL. He was the Cardinal Football Team Captain and a 110% Player. In wrestling, Jonny placed 3rd at State, was Team Captain and Team MVP.
After demonstrating his prowess on the high school football field, Jonny accepted a full ride scholarship to play defensive tackle for the University of Montana Grizzlies. Jonny started three seasons at Montana, having to sit out his sophomore year with.a shoulder injury. While at UM Jonny received several honors including 2nd Team All Big Sky Defensive Tackle in 2001, helping the Grizzlies win the Big Sky Conference Title and the NCAA 1-AA National Championship that same year. During his time at Montana the team advanced to the national championship game in 2000, 2001, and 2004. As a senior, Jonny was named Defensive Captain by his teammates before suffering a career ending back injury. Even though he couldn't play, Jonny continued his duties as Defensive Captain and was able to go in for one last play to down the ball on the final play against in-state rival Montana State and win their 1oth consecutive Big Sky Championship. That year, the Grizzlies advanced to the NCAA 1-AA National Championship game and finished the year 13-3. Jonny was named "Most Inspirational Player" by his teammates.
After graduating from the University of Montana with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Management, Jonny moved to Portland, OR in 2005 and began rehabilitating his back while working in internet sales and as a mortgage lender for several years. Jonny was healthy enough to become a Firefighter for the City of Portland. He soon was an EMT and with that became a Portland Fire and Rescue Firefighter in 2009, promoting to Fire Inspector in 2013. Prior to this, Jonny met his wife Aina (also a PFD firefighter), who was an outstanding athlete herself, being an NAIA All American in college and playing professional basketball in Australia. Jonny and Aina were blessed with twins. Their boy Kimo and daughter Kini were born on Aug. 5, 2011.
Mike VanMatre-Graduated 1972
An all around athlete while attending MLHS, Mike VanMatre lettered all four years in track, three years in football and two years in basketball. As a junior, Mike was awarded 1st Team Northeast "A" All Conference Running Back, MLHS Best Back Team Award, and Most Valuable in track and field. Mike continued to accrue honors his senior year by being named Co Team Captain and Most Inspirational and again achieving the honor of being selected as a 1st Team All Conference Running Back and 1st Team Defensive Back. As a Cardinal senior athlete, Mike led the basketball and track teams as their Team Captain and at the time of his Hall of Fame induction in 2012 he continued to be a co-record holder in the 100 meter dash (10.9 sec.) and sole record holder in the 200 meter sprint (22.1sec.). Mike culminated his high school athletic career by being named Outstanding Senior Athlete upon his graduation from Medical Lake High School.
In the Fall of 1972, Mike accepted a football scholarship at Spokane Falls Community College, later transferring to and graduating from Eastern Washington University with a BA in Education in 1976. While at Eastern, Mike married his high school sweetheart and Cardinal cheerleader, Gayle. During his last year at EWU, Mike student taught and coached at University High School in Spokane. He was hired at U-Hi the following year to teach and coach Football along with Track and Field. He remained at U-Hi for the next thirteen years and had the opportunity to serve as the Defensive Coordinator under his mentor, Washington Football Hall of Fame Coach, Dave Holmes. In 1988 Mike completed Masters Degree studies in Secondary School Administration and began pursuing an administrative position in hopes of having a greater impact in the education and lives of students. He became an Assistant Vice Principal at West Valley H.S. and then moved to East Valley H.S. six years later and served as Assistant Principal I Principal for the remainder of his 31 year career in education, retiring in 2007.
Besides supervising and supporting all interscholastic activities as an administrator, Mike has stayed connected to track and field by officiating high school and college meets at all levels of competition. He has been an area starter for many years and was selected to start the 3A and 4A State Meets for fifteen years as well as the Big Sky Championships when hosted by EWU. He has served the WIAA as a Co-Meet Director for the 1A, 1B, 28 State Meet. In 2009 he was recognized by the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association as Track and Field Official of the Year and was awarded a GSL Lifetime Pass by the WIAA District 8 GSL Board of Control for his many years of supporting high school activities as a coach, administrator and track and field official.
At the time of his induction into the MLHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012, and after 38 years of marriage and having raised two daughters, Mike and his wife Gayle decided to leave the Spokane Valley and move back to the Medical Lake area, "coming full circle".
Dan Alderman-Graduated 1981
An all around student athlete while at Medical Lake High School, Danny Alderman excelled from the start. As a first year student, Danny not only was his freshman class President and member of the student council, he served as the Team Captain for both his freshman football and basketball teams. It was during his freshman year that he set a new MLHS high jump record in track. He placed 1st in the long jump that year at the All Frontier League Track Meet. After lettering in both football and basketball his sophomore year he again had success in track and field, finishing 6th in the long jump at the State Track and Field Meet. His junior year again saw Danny on the football field and leading the basketball team as their Team Captain. He was voted Most Valuable on the track. team in the spring of 1980.
Danny's senior year seemed to bring it all together as he achieved one honor after the other in three sports.Team Captain in football, Danny made the All Frontier League Football Team and was Most Inspirational for the Cardinal squad. He again was Captain of the basketball team and made the All Frontier League Basketball Team. During the track season Dan piloted the squad as their Captain, Most Valuable Player, and broke three MLHS track records (long jump, triple jump and 110 high hurdles). Danny placed 1st in the long jump, 1st in the triple jump, and 1st in the 110 high hurdles at the Frontier League Championships. At the State Track Meet that year, Danny finished 5th in the 110 high hurdles, 4th in the triple jump, and 2nd in the long jump. Danny's final achievement at MLHS was being named the 1981 MLHS Male Athlete of the Year.
After graduating from Medical Lake High School in 1981 Danny attended Eastern Washington University and Washington State University. He pursued a degree in Applied Psychology. While in college he met his wife Lydia and they were married in 1990. Danny gained employment with the State of Washington at Lakeland Village working with the developmentally disabled and at the time of his induction into the MLHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 he had been employed there for 22 years. During those years, Danny and his wife raised three children, with all of them achieving academic and athletic successes of their own, like their Dad, who encouraged and supported them by coaching them as kids and volunteering at their sporting events.
Sam Petersen-Graduated 1985
Lettering in wrestling for four years, football for three and track for two, Sam Petersen stayed busy. As a wrestler, Sam earned All League honors each of his four years at MLHS and was a District I Regional Champion his junior and senior years. He was named Team MVP both his freshman and junior years and wrestled for Team Washington AAU his first two years. As a junior, Sam took 3rd in his weight class at the State Tournament. Sam wrapped up his high school wrestling career as the Cardinal Team Captain and went on to become a State Champion at the State Tournament. If that wasn't enough, Sam played football and played it well. He was named Cardinal “Sticker of the Year" twice, was a Team Captain and made the All League Offensive and Defensive Teams as a senior. Sam was recognized as the MLHS Male Athlete of the Year prior to graduating in 1985.
Following high school, Sam attended North Idaho College on a wrestling scholarship and later wrestled at Eastern Washington University, graduating from there in 1989 with a B.A. in Education and a M.A. in History. Sam began coaching in the Medical Lake School District in 1988 and began teaching at the Medical Lake Middle School in 1991. Sam married his wife Sandy in 1992 and they had four children, Dean, Nicole, Ricky and Brayden, all of whom attended Medical Lake Schools. At the time of his induction into the MLHS Hall of Fame in 2012, their children Dean and Nicole were in college at EWU, Ricky was in 11th grade and Brayden in 61 . By 2012 Sam had coached 24 years of football, 20 years wrestling, 6 years track and basketball and 1 year of baseball. In addition, Sam ran the summer weight lifting and conditioning program beginning in 1995. As a coach, Sam accumulated a dual meet record of 116-73-1, had four League Championship teams along with four District/Regional Championship teams (00-01, 02-03, 03-04, 04-05), four top ten finishes in State (3rd 01-02, 7th 02-03, 9th 03-04, 9th 05-06). Sam coached 76 State participants, 33 State medalists, and 5 State Champions. Sam was a two time Coach of the Year.
Jennifer Maxwell (Jundt)-Graduated 1985
An outstanding student athlete throughout her high school career, Jenny was always proud to represent MLHS and did so with a spirit and dedication that has so often seen the Cardinals come out on top. Jenny excelled at volleyball, basketball, and tennis, lettering multiple times in all three. She achieved First Team All Conference honors in both volleyball and basketball her senior year, making her selection as MLHS Female Athlete of the Year no surprise.
Besides playing sports, Jenny involved herself in other areas of school life as well. She participated in band, was the Junior Class Homecoming Princess, and then in her senior year was a Junior/Senior Prom Princess and crowned Homecoming Queen. She served as Junior Class Secretary and Senior Class Treasurer and was a member of the Annual Staff her senior year. Jenny was interested in a wide variety of school activities and belonged to several organizations that either promoted school spirit or enriched her development as a student.
Upon graduation from Medical Lake High School, Jenny attended Seattle Pacific University and earned a B.A. in Clothing and Textiles. Returning to Eastern Washington, Jenny worked for many years in the local retail clothing industry before deciding to pursue what she really wanted to do, and that was working with children. Jenny went back to school and received her B.A. in Elementary Education at Eastern Washington University. Jenny worked at St. Aloysius Montessori School and later was able to teach and coach 6th and 7th grade volleyball at All Saints Catholic School. Jenny stayed very involved with her daughters' childhood, coaching her in basketball, being a Girl Scout Leader and volunteering at her school.
At the time of her induction into the MLHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012, Jenny was working for her family, managing family owned property in the Spokane area.
Brandon Moore-Graduated 1998
Brandon Moore was a dominant force while playing sports at Medical Lake High School. A local news reporter had dubbed him "Bad Medicine" and the nick name stuck. He excelled in football, basketball and baseball, lettering multiple years in all three sports. His junior year saw him garner 2nd Team All Conference honors in football along with being voted MVP by the Cardinal football squad and achieving entry into the Cardinal Tie Club. That following winter, Brandon earned All Conference 2nd Team in basketball and competed at the State Tournament with the Cardinal team. During his senior year and after winning the League Football Championship, Brandon made the leagues 1st Team Defense, 2nd Team Offense, 1st Team All State Defense, and was again voted MVP on the team and rejoined the coveted Cardinal Tie Club. The Cardinals finished 3rd in State that year. Brandon's senior year of basketball was also very successful. He made 1st Team All Conference, was selected for the All State Team, and voted MVP for the Cardinals. He was 2nd in voting for the League MVP award. In the spring of 1998, Brandon was 2nd Team All Conference and voted Most Inspirational by his teammates. At graduation time Brandon was voted Most Athletic for the school year.
In the summer of 1998 Brandon was selected to play in the East/West All State football game where he was named Defensive Player of the game. He also was a starter in the All State Basketball game.
Brandon was recruited heavily out of high school by over twenty five different colleges and universities. He accepted a full athletic scholarship to Eastern Washington University and played four years of football, receiving Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention his final two years.
Shortly after signing a contract in 2003 to play in the Canadian Football League, Brandon chose to return home to be a full time father to his young daughter and soon to be new born son and accomplish his goal of graduating from EWU, which he did in 2004. Several opportunities to continue playing football within Arena Football came Brandon's way, however family and long term career goals plotted a different course. In 2007 Brandon met his future wife Keri and shortly thereafter gained employment with the State of Washington as a Probation Officer in Everett, WA. He later became a Social Worker and at the time of his induction into the MLHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 he was working towards obtaining his Master's Degree in Social Work.
1992 Cardinal Wrestling Team
Jason Adams Rick Knott Steve Russell
Tim Cruger Eric Nelsen Shawn Simmons
Viet Do Todd Paikuli Chris Sprague
Wayne Edgar Chad Ripke Travis Terry
Matt Giannandrea Rob Robinson
Even though wrestling is often thought of as an individual sport, it takes a lot of teamwork to win the first state title in Medical Lake High School athletic history. With exceptional experienced coaching provided by Coaches Mike Carr and Larry Petersen, the 1991-92 Cardinal "Mat Men" were determined to live up to their rankings in the polls. Although ranked #1 in the state at the beginning of the season, they were not at full strength until halfway through the season. The successful football team that year kept many wrestlers from joining the team until late in the season.
The Cardinals sent nine wrestlers to the state tournament. Medical Lake led from start to finish, and while they had no individual champions, the team won the state championship title by a wide margin, ending the final day with 115 pts., the seventh highest team score in A/8 state history.
With the combined talent of all the returning veterans and the young new blood of the others, the season was good for the Cardinal Wrestlers as they claimed the titles of League Champs, Sub-District Champs, District Champs, Regional Champs, and Washington State Champs.
Alexis Alexander-Graduated 2001
Graduating in 2001 and certainly being one of the most outstanding athletes to come out of Medical Lake High School, Alexis Alexander was a force to contend with in the Great Northern League during his years of play. Alexis was a four year letterman in baseball, three year letterman in football, and lettered his sophomore year in basketball.
Alexis earned All League honors in football and baseball his sophomore, junior and senior years. In 2000 he was voted MVP in both baseball and football. Alexis' prowess on the athletic fields of Medical Lake did not go unnoticed. Upon graduating from MLHS, Alexis was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and played in that organization for three years.
In 2004 Alexis returned to school, enrolling at Washington State University where he played football for one year. At the start of his sophomore year of college Alexis transferred to Eastern Washington University where he played football for three years and graduated with a BA degree in Electrical Engineering. While at EWU Alexis earned 2nd Team All Conference (Big Sky) honors in 2005 and 2006.
After graduating from EWU Alexis began a career with Avista Utilities in Spokane, WA. Alexis married former MLHS standout athlete Nicole Alexander (Jones) in 2010 and in June of 2011 started back at school to work towards his MBA.
Kathy Wanner (Giannadrea)-Graduated 1992
Kathy was a three sport athlete while attending MLHS, lettering in softball for four years and basketball and volleyball for three years. She led her basketball and softball teams to state tournaments where they both placed. She was a scholar athlete and was·also involved in many leadership roles throughout the school.
She was selected to attend Girls State and was Student Body Sergeant At Arms. Kathy received Team MVP and Team Captain Awards for the 1990/91 basketball season. During that season the Cardinals were District Champions and placed 4th in the state tournament. The following year, Kathy was named to the 2nd Team All League. While playing volleyball Kathy was awarded Tearn MVP in 1990 and 1991. She was selected 2nd Team All League in 1991. Participation in softball saw Kathy continuing her athletic skills. She was named 2nd Team All League in 1990 and 91 as an infielder. She was on the All State Academic Scholarship Team in 1991.
In 1992 she was team Captain, League Co-MVP, 2nd Team All League, and selected for the All State Softball team. As a senior, Kathy was voted Female Athlete of the Year in 1992.
Upon graduation from MLHS, Kathy attended Pacific Lutheran University on a softball scholarship. She also played lacrosse. While at PLU she was enrolled in the Army ROTC program. She graduated in 1996 with a BS in Physical Education and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Ordnance Corps. Kathy earned her Master's Degree in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology in 2005. Kathy remained in the US Army for twelve years serving our country in a myriad of leadership positions around the world. Kathy's military awards include: Bronze Star, Meritorious Service medal (2), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. She also received her Parachutist Badge.
Married and with two beautiful daughters, Kathy left the Army in 2008 to pursue another career in support of our military with Tapestry Solutions. In 2011 Kathy transferred to URS to be a logistics planner with Joint Program Office Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP).
William A. Kennedy-Graduated 1963
Like many who have and will attend MLHS, William Kennedy was part of a military family, experiencing the transfers and moves that is a part of being a military dependent. Bill arrived at MLHS in October, 1961. He graduated from MLHS in 1963. Although attending MLHS for just shy of two years, Bill certainly made his mark. Bill earned varsity letters in football, wrestling, track, and baseball. Besides sports, Bill was an excellent student. As a senior he held the post of Honor Society President. On the lighter side, Bill was chosen to be "Principal for a Day" during his senior year and was also voted "Friendliest" by his classmates.
After graduating, Bill received a four year football sch.olarship at Washington State University where he majored in Pre-Med and lettered all four years. While at WSU Bill enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program and graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Bill flew in B-52's as a Radar Navigator with over 300 bombing missions in S.E. Asia. He was a member of the last crew to fly over Hanoi, North Vietnam just prior to the end of the war.
Following his military service, Bill worked for Xerox Corporation in Sacramento, CA for four years followed by a seventeen year career with Phillips and Siemens Corporations selling a variety of sophisticated medical diagnostic equipment. Bill was named Salesman of the Year for Philips Corp. in 1980 followed by Western Zone Salesman of the Year in 1981. From 1994 to 2008 Bill worked in the financial and insurance industry, retiring in 2008.
Chad Ripke-Graduated 1993
An all around athlete throughout his high school years. Chad Ripke earned three varsity letters for football and four in wrestling and baseball. Honors in all three sports abounded for Chad. Chad was named Medical Lake High School's Male Athlete of the Year his senior year.
Chad was named All League (Northeast A) in wrestling for four years and All District for three. He was voted Wrestling Team Captain and earned NEA Wrestler of the Year as a senior. Chad was selected to an area All Star Team in 1993 to wrestle against the Russian Wrestling Junior National Team. During the four years that Chad wrestled, the Cardinals finished at the state level, 3rd, 7th,1st, and 3rd. He was the first wrestler from MLHS to be a four time placer at state and ended his high school career as the all time wins leader with a record of 106-23-1. Playing short stop for the Cardinals, Chad earned 1st Team All League his junior and senior years. He was voted Most Inspirational in 1991, Team MVP in 1992, and Team Captain in 1993 coupled with being selected for the All State team and garnering the MVP award for the Feeder All Star Team. During his sophomore and junior years, the Cards qualified for regional baseball play.
Chad also excelled at playing football. He was named 1st Team All League as a defensive back his junior and senior years and 2nd Team All League quarterback and Team MVP his senior year. Chad was a wide receiver and defensive back for the 1990 Cardinal team that reached the state quarter finals and the following season played quarterback and defensive back for the 11-1 Cardinals that vied for the state title.
Chad continued playing baseball throughout his college years graduating from Eastern Washington in 2001 with a BAE in Physical Education/Health. During much of that time he student taught and coached in the Medical Lake School District. After becoming a certified teacher he taught and coached in St. Maries, ID for three years. In 2005, Chad married and has been blessed with two beautiful daughters. In 2009 Chad earned his Master's Degree and Principals Credentials. At the time of his induction to the MLHS Athletic Hall Of Fame in 2011, Chad was continuing his teaching and coaching at Freeman High School.
Pharelon Johnson-Graduated 1983
During her four years at Medical Lake High School Pharelon participated in volleyball, basketball, and track every year, earning a varsity letter in track each of those years. Varsity letters followed in volleyball her junior and senior years and basketball her senior year. During her senior year, Pharelon was named the MVP in volleyball and selected Team Captain for both the basketball and track teams. Her high school athletic career culminated with her selection as Best Female Athlete for 1983. Following high school, Pharelon attended Spokane Falls Community College for two years where she continued to display her athletic skills in volleyball. After college Pharelon became a restaurant manager for five years and during this time and during this time she also began coaching (1986) at MLHS. For the next twenty three years she coached young ladies at the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity levels, imparting her knowledge and experience to many young people over that period of time. During fifteen of those twenty three years Pharelon ran the score clock during the girls basketball games.
At the time of her induction into the Medical Lake High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, Pharelon was still helping kids in the area through her work with the City of Airway Heights Recreation Department where beginning in 2002 she managed the children's program through Sunset Elementary School and was head of the Summer Day Camp program. Pharelon also found time to volunteer at the Medical Lake Outreach and Food Bank for fifteen years.
MLHS Football-1968 Season-Record: 8-0-1
Following a 1- 8 season in 1967, pre-season polls for 1968 had the Medical Lake Cardinals ranked last in the Northeast "A" League. Needless to say, this didn't sit well with a small core of veteran seniors. Joining with just a handful of returning senior lettermen were nine additional seniors coupled with eighteen sophomores and juniors, playing MLHS varsity football for the first time.
The Medical Lake Cardinals worked two weeks to prepare for their opener. A great advantage implemented by Head Coach Jerry Connors and staff at the start of the season was the implementation of a two platoon system. Having twenty two starters was unheard of at the time. This, coupled with excellent conditioning allowed the Cards the luxury of being able to play into the "5th quarter". Another great asset for the team was the support provided by the community. Standing room only was the norm at all Cardinal football games. The MLHS Booster Club was very active and provided much, especially on the long road trips. The dedication of the team and the excellent coaching staff paid off as they upset Newport 13-7, to give the Grizzlies their only defeat of the season.
Even though the·cards had an impressive victory over Newport they were still taken lightly and were 14 point underdogs in their next game which pitted the Cardinals against league favorites, Deer Park. For the second time in a row the Cards pulled off another upset by trouncing Deer Park 32-13.
The Medical Lake Cardinals went on to defeat Riverside (20-6), Colville (20-0), Cheney (13-0), Chewelah (19-6), Selkirk (34-7), DeSales- Walla Walla (13-0).
In the final game of the year the Cards clinched the Northeast "A" League Conference title with a 0-0 tie with Kettle Falls. The Cardinals were selected 3rd in the final Class "A" state ratings. Eight players earned First Team All League honors.
MLHS Football-1969 Season-Record: 9-0
Coming off the heels of a spectacular season for the Cards the year before and with continued great coaching along with a new group of senior leaders, the Medical Lake Cardinals continued to fuel the fire of "Cardinal Pride". Rebuilding this team was necessary due to the departure of so many from the year before. Many questioned whether or not the Cards could repeat as Champions. The team banded together and accepted that challenge by once again earning the top spot in the Northeast "A" League, finishing with an undefeated season of 9-0.
Individual players and the team as a whole were learning that success was not solely measured by the outcome on game night, but by what they did to prepare and the road to get there.With twelve returning letterman providing leadership to twenty four first year varsity players, the team once again worked hard to achieve that "5th quarter" edge against opponents. The two platoon system along with excellent conditioning and great coaching paid off as the Cards racked up victory after victory.
Again, the season opened with a 12-0 win over Newport. The winning tradition continued with wins over Deer park (22-16), Riverside (26-0), Colville (49-14), Cheney (30-0), Chewelah (20-12), Selkirk (32-0), DeSales- Walla Walla (14-8), and Kettle Falls (24-20). Seven players earned First Team All League honors.
MLHS Football-1970 Season-Record: 9-0
Now with an established tradition to uphold, the Cardinal football team was faced with many of the same challenges experienced the year before. Twelve returning lettermen joined up with twenty new recruits to dedicate themselves to the task. A new challenge arose this year. For the first time and after two previous undefeated seasons, the Cardinals were finally being taken seriously and were considered league favorites.
Again, as in the past, senior leadership along with great coaching and conditioning paved the way as the team rose to meet all challenges. Tremendous student and community fan support played a key role in the Cardinals continued success on the field. "Cardinal Pride" was not limited to just the school. The Medical Lake community knew they had something special and on Friday nights it was quite evident.
The Cardinals once again seemed headed for a championship season. As the team prepared for the season it became apparent early on that hard work, dedication and teamwork would once again make the difference. After two years of undefeated football the Cards continued _their winning ways by defeating Omak (28-20), Kettle Falls (49-12), Deer Park (34-7), Colfax (15-14), Cheney (35-14), Newport (33-10), Chewelah (36-0), Riverside (56-28), and Colville (23-6).
Eleven players earned First Team All League honors. At the conclusion of the 1970 MLHS Cardinal football season, the program had compiled a three year record of 26-0-1.
Greg Dunn - Class of 1976
An outstanding athlete during high school, Greg was a three sport varsity letterman in football, basketball, and track, earning MVP honors for football more than once. After being selected for the First team All Frontier League as a running back, Greg was listed in Popular Sports Magazine as being among the top one hundred high school running backs in the nation. Besides playing football and basketball, Greg’s speed was quite evident during the track season, where, besides being the Team Captain he was Frontier League Champion in the low hurdles. This qualified him for State, and he finished 2nd in the Frontier League in the 100 yard dash.
Greg was Class Valedictorian and Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 1976. Voted First team All Frontier League both as an offensive running back and defensive back certainly caught the eye of coaches at the University of Montana in Missoula where Greg continued to shine. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1980 with a GPA of 3.2 and was a member of Beta Alpha Psi.
While at the University of Montana he played in 40 consecutive football games earning First Team All Big Sky Conference as a defensive safety. He achieved Academic All Big Sky honors and was an Honorable Mention - All American in 1978. Similar honors followed in 1980 as he was again selected for the First Team All Big Sky Conference as a defensive safety, Second Team as a kick return specialist, Academic All Big Sky, Honorable Mention - All American, Football Team Captain, and Golden Helmet award winner.
Following graduation from the University of Montana, Greg was signed on by the Seattle Seahawks as a defensive back and later released on waivers.
At the time of his induction into the MLHS Hall of Fame in 2009, Greg was a Computer Consultant working in the San Francisco area with their public transit system.
Tammy Simmons - Class of 1987
Tammy played softball, basketball, and volleyball every year during her high school career. A four year letterman in softball, three years in basketball and two in volleyball, Tammy was selected as Female Athlete of the Year her senior year. She was selected First Team All Conference in both softball and basketball her junior and senior years and also Second Team All Conference in volleyball both years. Second Team All Conference honors during her freshman and sophomore years resulted from her play in softball and basketball.
Besides her outstanding athletic high school career, Tammy was active in other areas as well. She graduated in the top 10% of her class academically, was voted Senior Class Vice – President and Senior Homecoming Queen.
Following high school, Tammy enrolled at Spokane Falls Community College and after attaining a two year degree transferred to Eastern Washington University where she earned her four year degree.
At the time of Tammy’s induction into the MLHS Hall of Fame in 2009, she worked in the Special Education Department at the Medical Lake Middle School and coached softball, volleyball, and track for twenty years. She coached the MLMS volleyball team in 2002 to an undefeated season.
James Hillbrick - Class of 1964
Jim played football, basketball and baseball every year while attending MLHS, adding track to that list his last two years. Jim batted 353 during the baseball season of 1963 and later received the “Football Coaches Award” that same year. He was Co-Captain of the Cardinal basketball team in 1963 and 64’ and as a member of the 1964 team that finished 2nd in State, made the 2nd All State Team. Jim was designated an Honorary Captain for the high school baseball team his senior year.
Following graduation from MLHS, Jim attended Seattle Pacific College (University) on a basketball scholarship. During his sophomore year there, his team made it to the NCAA Small College Regional Championships.
After receiving his BA in Education in 1969, Jim coached basketball at Northwest College (University) in Kirkland, Washington for four years. In 1972 Jim attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and graduated with a Master’s of Divinity degree in 1975. He began his ministry as Pastor for the Moscow Assembly of God Church in 1976 and served in that post until 1988. During this time he also enjoyed substitute teaching and coaching 9th grade girls basketball.
After a temporary absence from the pastorate, Jim worked for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Farm Service Agency where he had worked part time previously during his college years. He returned to full time pastoral ministry in 2000 until his retirement in 2009.
Jim remained active in recreational activities such as hiking, golfing, swimming, cycling, triathlons, and particularly basketball throughout his life.
The joy of Jim’s life has been his three daughters and three grandchildren. “To continue to live for the Lord and share His life and love with those around me” remained a personal goal of Jim’s throughout his adulthood.
Barbie (Goll) DeWitte - Class of 1980
A stellar scholar athlete throughout all four years of high school, Barbie was active in many other areas as well. She served as her Freshman Class Secretary and Sophomore Class Vice – President in addition to being elected as ASB Vice – President. She was a member of the Windborne Singers, Wind Ensemble, National Honor Society, High School Band, Flag Corp, Foreign Language Club, and Frontier League Leadership Committee. Barbie also was Co-Editor of the MLHS Annual.
Barbie earned varsity letters in both volleyball and track, Barbie really excelled in basketball, playing at the varsity level all four years. She was selected Team Captain for three years and was a two time MVP. She earned All Frontier League Team honors her senior year and was the second leading scorer in league play her junior year and third leading scorer her senior year.
Following high school, Barbie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Visual Communications with emphasis in Graphic Design from Western Washington University in 1984. Putting her education to work, Barbie was self employed for many years as a Graphic designer in the Seattle and Ellensburg areas. Barbie began teaching at Ellensburg High School in 2000 and at the time of her induction into the MLHS Hall of Fame in 2009, Barbie was serving as an Administrator for Ellensburg H.S., handling the responsibilities of Activities Director and ASB Advisor while still teaching Leadership classes and being the proud mom of two teenage children.
Gary Gilbreth - Class of 1961
A lifelong resident of Medical Lake, Gary attended MLHS from 1957 to graduation in 1961. Gary made the transition from the old high school which was built in the early 1900’s to the “new current school” between his junior and senior years. Gary was an outstanding athlete throughout his high school career. He lettered in baseball all four years and played on the District Championship Team in 1960. Football and basketball were also two sports that Gary participated in, lettering his sophomore, junior, and senior years as well.
Besides athletics, Gary was active within the Medical Lake High School Student Council. His senior year he was voted for having “Most School Spirit”.
As a young man, Gary partnered up with his father Fritz Gilbreth and worked along with his dad in their service station in Medical Lake that his dad had started in 1946. After his dad retired, Gary ran the business until 2006 when after sixty years of involvement, the business was sold and he retired.
Gary did not retire from community involvement however. For several years Gary served as the Medical Lake Lion’s Club President, Secretary, and as of 2009 continued to maintain his membership. For many years, Gary was a Medical Lake Volunteer Fireman and also drove the ambulance when the town had its’ own ambulance service. Gary served on the Civil Service Commission in Medical Lake for 8 years during the 1990’s.
Along with his wife, Marlene, Gary helped raise a son and daughter, both of whom graduated from MLHS.
James Lundgren - Class of 1964
A lifelong resident of Medical Lake and a 1964 graduate from MLHS, James Lundgren is entered into the Medical Lake High School Hall of Fame as an Honorary Inductee for his unwavering and longtime support and devotion to the Medical Lake School District.
During all of his four years of high school Jim was the Varsity Football Student Team manager. He also filled the role of Varsity Baseball Student Team Manager his junior and senior years.
After graduating from MLHS, Jim attended Washington State University for several years before joining the U.S. Army Reserves. He re-entered WSU in 1969 and graduated in 1970 with a degree in Music Education. Jim returned to the Medical Lake area and worked for the University of Washington Primate Center for two and a half years. In 1973, Jim was hired by the MLSD and became the High School Band Director and added the Band Directorship for the Middle School to his teaching responsibilities in 1978. He also coached varsity tennis for several years at MLHS.
Jim retired from the Medical Lake School District in 2003 after 30 years of dedicated and devoted service. Jim Lundgren was a constant presence at most all home and away athletic events, directing the band in support of the Medical Lake Cardinals.
At the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2009, Jim still involved himself with Medical Lake students as a District School Bus Driver.
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Mike Nilles - Class of 1956
An outstanding athlete while at Medical Lake High School, Mike was a four year letterman in baseball and basketball and a three year letterman in football. An MVP at least once in all three sports, Mike also earned All League honors three years running in baseball and two years in football and basketball. A star quarterback and co-captain for football at MLHS, Mike led the team with drive and determination. Mike was a member of the 1956 basketball team that set a new one game scoring record in Washington high school basketball play with a team score of 123 points. Mike was selected as a member of the 1st Team All District basketball team his senior year. Elected class president his freshman year, Mike also served as Student Body President his junior year.
Following high school Mike attended Eastern Washington State College and worked the mound in baseball and carried the ball as a tailback on the football team. Injuries sidelined Mike while in college ending his competitive athletic career.
Mike was an active member of the Washington Air National Guard for fourteen years and has farmed in the Medical Lake area for thirty years raising four children in the process with his wife Linda.
A great supporter of and fan of Medical Lake High School sports, Mike has watched his children play sports at MLHS and now enjoys watching his grandchildren attend and play sports at the same school he and his wife attended.
Gary Glasgow - Class of 1964
Gary was a four year letterman in basketball and baseball, three year letterman in track and a two year letterman in football while at Medical Lake High School. An MVP and team captain in football, basketball, and baseball, Gary earned 2nd Team All State in basketball his senior year.
Following a stellar athletic high school career, Gary attended Eastern Washington State College in 1964 majoring in math and gaining his BA in Education in 1968. Gary achieved his Master’s degree in Administration in 1975. While at EWSC Gary played baseball for four years, starting in every game he played. He was an All Evergreen Conference player all four years and was an Honorable Mention All American player year. Gary also played three years of basketball at EWSC.
After college Gary became a teacher at Toutle Lake H.S. and was their head basketball and baseball coach from while there from 1968-71. Returning to MLHS Gary taught here from 1971 until his retirement in 1998. During that time Gary coached baseball for twenty seven years. He also coached football and boys and girls basketball for several years. Gary served as the Athletic Director at MLHS from 1995-98.
Dana Jensen - Class of 1964
Besides his interest and participation in varsity sports at MLHS, Dana was active in other school activities as well.
Growing up and working on the family farm, Dana was naturally very active in the MLHS chapter of the Future Farmers of America. He served as FFA President in 1964 along with being a member of the Dairy Judging Team. He was a member of the Parliamentary Procedure Club and served as a Junior Class Officer in 1963.
An excerpt from his mothers’ memoirs about Dana reads, “Dana – our oldest son, was so much help to us on the farm. He would try “anything” – sometimes it just didn’t work out – you might say he was the one his younger brother’s “learned” from – what to do and what not to do! They learned from his mistakes. He loved a challenge and always did his best”.
Dana fulfilled his youthful dreams of becoming a deep sea diver upon entering the US Navy in 1965. He became a casualty of the Vietnam War on April 17, 1969 leaving behind a wife and two children.
Our nation honors the courage, sacrifice, and devotion to duty and country of its Vietnam Veterans. In honor of the men and women of the armed services of the United States who served in the Vietnam War, the names of those who gave their lives and those who remain missing are forever inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.
We now humbly honor the name Dana Bruce Jensen here in the halls of Medical Lake High School.
Dannie Turnbough - Class of 1966
Dannie enjoyed his high school years. He had many friends. John Jensen was among his very best. Dannie was a three year letterman in wrestling and assuredly influenced John to wrestle during their remaining two high school years together. Dannie, in turn, followed John’s footsteps and joined the Cardinal football team his senior year. They were in the same class. They grew up together, worked together and were like adopted brothers to each other. Immediately after high school they joined the United States Marine Corp together. They died in the service of their country during the Vietnam conflict, two days apart from each other.
Dannie entered the United States Marine Corp in July, 1966. He became a casualty of the Vietnam War on August 29, 1967.
Our nation honors the courage, sacrifice, and devotion to duty and country of its Vietnam veterans. In honor of the men and women of the armed forces of the United States who served in the Vietnam War, the names of those who gave their lives and those who remain missing are forever inscribed on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC.
We now humbly honor the name Charles Dannie Turnbough here in the halls of Medical Lake High School.
John Jensen – Class of 1966
While attending MLHS, John participated in varsity football for several years and earned “Lineman of the Year Award” in 1965. Following the football seasons, John participated and lettered in wrestling.
John had other interests while in school and managed to participate in other school activities while still competing in varsity sports. In 1963 he was a Freshman Class Officer. In 1964 he was a member of the MLHS chapter of the Future Farmers of America and was on the Dairy Judging Team. In 1965 John was a Junior Class Officer, Vice President of the FFA and a Dairy Judging Team member. During his senior year John was the FFA President and member of the Livestock Judging Team.
An excerpt from John’s mothers’ memoirs reads, “Johnny, our middle son was easy going – a wonderful help to us on the farm also. In fact, that was the happiest time of our life when we all lived together and worked together on the farm – each of the boys learned how to work, each had a tractor to take care of and use and each had a horse to love. Johnny loved sports and took an active part. He was dependable and kind – I’m so thankful we all had that “time” together”.
John entered the United States Marine Corp in July, 1966. He became a casualty of the Vietnam War on August 27, 1967.
Our nation honors the courage, sacrifice, and devotion to duty and country of its Vietnam Veterans. In honor of the men and women of the armed services of the United States who served in the Vietnam War, the names of those who gave their lives and those who remain missing are forever inscribed on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC.
We now humbly honor the name John Ace Jensen here in the halls of Medical Lake High School.
Neal Sealock - Class of 1970
Neal participated in football, wrestling, and baseball all four years while attending MLHS, earning varsity letters twice in football and three times each in wrestling and baseball. In the winter of 1969-70 Neal earned a berth at the State Wrestling Tournament. Neal was the MVP for baseball in 1970. Besides staying busy with athletics, Neal was a member of the National Honor Society and began to display his outstanding leadership qualities through his involvement in student government. Neal was very active in MLHS Student Council activities and served as the Associated Student Body President his senior year.
Neal enrolled at Eastern Washington State College during the early 1970’s and through the ROTC program earned his Bachelor’s degree in Military Science along with his private pilot’s license in 1974. Neal was recognized as Eastern Washington State University’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2003. Neal received his Master’s degree in International Relations from Troy University in 1985.
Neal became a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army in 1974. He attended a variety of military schools and rose steadily through the ranks, culminating in his promotion to Brigadier General on Jan. 1, 2002. Neal has received over a dozen military awards and honors for meritorious service during his long and distinguished military career.
Neal has spent his life serving our country through distinguished service to thousands of soldiers and a myriad of organizations. Besides serving at many U.S. Army Posts throughout the United States, his assignments have taken him and his wife Donna (MLHS Class of 1970) around the globe and he has served in virtually every level of command responsibility in the U.S. Army. Neal culminated his Army career as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Ft. Monroe, Virginia in 2005. Neal culminated his Army career as the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Ft. Monroe, Virginia in 2005.
Neal became the Director of Spokane International Airport in December 2005.
Ron Dittemore - Class of 1970
Ron lettered in football, wrestling, track, and tennis during his four years at MLHS. Elected Captain of the wrestling team his senior year, Ron achieved 2nd in Sub-district and 3rd in Bi-district. Ron was named MLHS Male Athlete of the Year in 1970.
After graduating from Medical Lake High School in 1970, Ron attended the University of Washington and received his Bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 1974. He received a Master’s degree in the same subjects one year later.
Before joining NASA at the Johnson Space center in 1977, Ron worked as a turboprop / turbofan engine development engineer in Arizona. While at the Johnson Space Center, Ron held several positions, including Flight Director on 11 shuttle missions, Deputy Assistant Director of the Space Station Program and Manager of the Space Shuttle Program Integration. He assumed the position of Manager of the Space Shuttle Program in 1999.
Ron left NASA in 2003 and currently is President of ATK Launch Systems Group of Brigham City, Utah. ATK (Alliant Techsystems) was selected in 2005 as the prime contractor for the first stage of NASA’s Ares 1.
Sally Chapman (McCarthy) - Class of 1979
A four year letterman in basketball and track, Sally also lettered in volleyball and cross country while attending Medical Lake High School. Besides lettering all four years in track, Sally earned track MVP honors each of those four years. She was Most Inspirational Player in basketball her freshman year and named Female Athlete of the Year in 1979. Not only being an outstanding athlete, Sally was an Academic Honor Society member throughout high school.
Sally continued as a student / athlete after entering the University of Oklahoma in 1979. En route to earning her Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1983, Sally was the BIG 8 Conference Champion in the high jump (6’0) in 1980. In 1981 she placed 6th in the A1AW Nationals (6’0) and 2nd at the BIG 8 Indoor Championships. She placed 4th at the BIG 8 Indoor Championships in 1982. Sally has a career best high jump of 6’1 ¼”. As in high school, Sally’s concentration wasn’t solely on athletics. She found her name on the Dean’s List more than once with a 4.0 grade average.
Sally has two grown children and currently is a business woman in the Yakima Valley, where she continues on the path she has followed for over thirty years in pursuit of fitness and wellness. She has coached, volunteered, and officiated track and field in the Yakima Valley for many years. She has competed at the Master’s level in track and field for three years.
Lennie Parham - Class of 1983
A four year letterman at Medical Lake High School in track, a three year letterman in basketball, and a two year letterman in football, Lennie was a superb all around athlete and a joy to watch. He earned 1st team All Frontier League honors in basketball in 1982 and again in 1983 along with being the league’s MVP that same year. Lennie was also his teams MVP and Captain his senior year. At the conclusion of his last year of high school basketball Lennie had reached career highs of over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Following graduation from MLHS in 1983, Lennie attended Spokane Community College and was a two year starter for the men’s basketball team. He was named Team Captain and MVP in 1985. The SCC team captured the league championship that year with a 15-0 league record. Lennie then enrolled at Gonzaga University and was a member of the Bulldogs men’s basketball team for two years.
Lennie coached at the college level from 1988 to 2001. From 2001 to 2005 he was a Physical Education teacher and Head Basketball Coach at Plainfield H.S. in New Jersey. Lennie currently is Director of Athletics at Dumont High School in Dumont, NJ.
Lori Napier - Class of 1991
A four year letterman in softball, basketball and band, Lori also participated and lettered in soccer and cross country. As a freshman, Lori earned 2nd team All League honors in both softball and basketball. She advanced her sophomore year by attaining 1st Team All League status in softball and basketball along with being the League MVP in softball. Selection to the 1st team All League teams in softball, basketball, and soccer followed during her third year. Athletic and academic accomplishments followed throughout her senior year. She was 1st Team All League, League MVP, and All State in softball followed by 1st Team All League, League MVP, All State in basketball. She was 2nd Team All League in soccer, a Spokesman-Review Athlete of the Week, US Army Reserve Scholar Athlete, MLHS Female Athlete of the Year for 1991, and was her senior Class Salutatorian.
Following high school, Lori attended Eastern Washington University where she received her BA in Psychology. While playing basketball at EWU she was a four time Academic All-Conference selection. Being named to All Tournament Teams was not uncommon for Lori. She attained these distinctions while competing in tournaments at the University of Kansas, BYU, Wisconsin – Green Bay, and also the Big Sky Conference Tournament. In 1994-95 Lori was named 1st Team All Big Sky Conference, Conference Athlete of the Week, Big Sky Conference EWU Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Lori received her Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was an Assistant Coach at Whitworth College for three years, Interim Head Coach at Whitman College for a year, Assistant Coach for two years at Spokane Falls Community College and currently and for the last five years is coaching at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington.