Athletes, coaches to be inducted into Edmonds-Woodway Hall of Fame Oct. 20

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Among those to be honored: The 1985 Edmonds High School girls cross country championship team. (Photos courtesy EWHS)
Among those to be honored: The 1985 Edmonds High School girls cross country championship team. (Photos courtesy EWHS)

There’s still time to RSVP for the second annual Edmonds-Woodway Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony, set for Thursday, Oct. 20 at the EWHS Great Hall, 7600 212th St. S.W.  There will be a meet and greet from 6-7 p.m., followed by the ceremony from 7-9 p.m. with dessert and coffee.

Those to be inducted include:

Anya Aardahl, Woodway HS basketball.
Anya Aardahl, Woodway High School

Anya Aardahl, Woodway High School class of 1982, a multi-sport athlete who led the WHS girls basketball team to a second-place state basketball finish in 1982 and went on to play basketball at Western Washington University — where she led her team to the NAIA national tournament.

Bill
Bill Demeroutis, Edmonds High School

Bill Demeroutis, Edmonds High School class of 1968, who played football, wrestled and competed in track and field, winning the state shot put championship in 1968. He went on to complete in all three sports at Washington State University, where he placed fourth in the PAC-8 wrestling tournament and completed in the NCAA wrestling championships.

Warren Lashua, Edmonds High School class of 1955, a multi-sport athlete who quarterbacked the football team for three seasons, leading the 1953 football team to an undefeated season and Northwest League Championship. Lashua earned an athletic scholarship to Whitworth College in football and track, attending from 1955-1959. While at Whitworth, he was named a Small College Football All-American. He later played in the NFL for the Detroit Lions as a defensive back.

John Garner, Edmonds High School
John Garner, Edmonds High School

John Garner, Edmonds High School class of 1949, played football, basketball and baseball and later competed in football and baseball at Everett Junior College. He served as team captain of the Everett JC baseball state championship team in 1951 and also captained the University of Washington baseball team in 1952. He returned to EHS to teach history and PE, serving as an assistant football and baseball coach before becoming head football coach at Ferndale High School, head baseball coach at Mountlake Terrace High School and then the first head football coach at Meadowdale High School. He served on the Snohomish County Council for four years.

Robert Shannon, Woodway High School
Robert Shannon, Woodway High School

Robert Shannon, who attended Woodway High School from 1978-80, was a 115-lb. wrestler who finished sixth in state in 1980. He went on to become a boxer, earning titles as Washington Golden Gloves Champion, National Junior Champion (1978), Junior World Champion (1979) and National AAU Champion (1980). He completed in the Olympic Trials for both the 1980 and 1984 USA Olympic Boxing Teams and was on the 1984 Olympic Team.

John Casebeer, Edmonds High School
John Casebeer, Edmonds High School

John Casebeer, Edmonds High School class of 1963, who was a state wrestling champion in 1963 at 123 lbs and a state participant in cross country. Casebeer placed second in state in wrestling while at Everett Junior College in 1964 and third at nationals while at Central Washington State College in 1968. He also taught and coached wrestling for 30 years in the Edmonds School District. He was inducted into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 2015.

Erika Klein, Edmonds High School class of 1989, a member of the 1985 state championship cross country team and an individual champion in 1987 for both track and field 1600 meters and cross country, and in 1989 for track and field 3200 meters. Klein went on to complete in University of Oregon cross country and track, and was a member of the Oregon cross country tream that won the Pac-10 championship in 1990.

Tony Volpentest, who attended Woodway High School and graduated from the combined Edmonds-Woodway High School in 1991, was a member of the Edmonds-Woodway track team who went on to win two gold medals and set new world records, for the 100 and 200 meters, at the 1992 IX Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. He also earned a silver medal in those same games for the 400 x 100 relay. In the 1996 X Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Volpentest won gold medal and set a new world record in the 100 meters, and earned a gold in the 200 meters.

Frank Bly, Edmonds High School class of 1951 who served as quarterback of the 1948, ’49 and ’50 EHS football teams. Bly quarterbacked both the EHS 1949 undefeated championship team and also the 1950 championship season. He was awarded a football scholarship to Washington State College in 1951 and played nine seasons as the quarterback and defensive back for the Seattle Rambler semi-pro football team.

Jerry Karnofski, Edmonds High School coach who was EHS assistant football coach from 1950-1963, head basketball coach from 1953-1963, assistant baseball coach from 1950-53, and head tennis coach from 1954-56. Karnofski also was a member of the Edmonds semi-pro baseball team from 1950-59. He opened Meadowdale High School as principal in 1963, serving until 1969; opened Lynnwod High as principal, where he served from 1970-1982; and was Mountlake Terrace High principal from 1982-85.

Bill Medin, Edmonds High School coach
Bill Medin, Edmonds High School coach

Bill Medin, an Edmonds High School coach who served as head boys tennis coach at Edmonds High School from 1962-1988 and also coached the girls team from 1975-1988. He compiled 278 victories as boys coach and 165 wins as girls coach. As boys basketball head coach from 1963-1977,  Medin earned 160 wins, taking his team to state basketball tournaments in 1969 and 1971.

The event will also honor:

Woodway High School’s 1979 AAA state baseball championship team, which finished 24-3 for the year. It was the first and only baseball state championship won by any WHS, EHS or EWHS baseball team.

The 1983 EHS boys cross country team
The 1983 EHS boys cross country team

The 1981, ’82 and ’83 EHS boys cross country teams, and the 1982, ’83 and ’84 EHS girls cross country teams, all of which won state championships.

It’s not too late to RSVP, said EWHS Athletic Director Angie McGuire, who added she will ensure you have a space if you reply as soon as possible. Contact EWHS Athletic Secretary Denise Lewis at 425-431-6177 or lewisde@edmonds.wednet.edu. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $20 per person at the door.

— By Teresa Wippel

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