Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame announces 2014 induction class


sports commissionThe Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame Committee has announced the 2014 Induction Class, which includes six athletes, two coaches, one team and two sports contributors.

The athletes being inducted are:

ERIK “OTTO” OLSON – Olson is a 1966 Everett High graduate who is considered one of the best wrestlers in Washington’s wrestling history. He was three-time high school state champion, a 3-time NCAA Division I All-American and in 1999 placed 2nd in the NCAA Nationals and at the University Nationals in Freestyle.

JEFF PAHUKOA – At Marysville-Pilchuck High as a senior, Pahukoa was an All-state offensive and defensive lineman. At the UW under legendary football coach Don James, he started at three different positions in his career and played six years in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons.

THERESA WAGNER ROMAGNOLO – Romagnolo grew-up in Edmonds and attended Lakeside High, excelling in soccer, basketball and tennis. She is the all-time 2A soccer leader in goals and at the UW was 4-time All-Pac 10 (1st team as a senior) in soccer. Post college, she played for San Jose CyberRays of the first women’s professional soccer league, the WUSA. She will begin the 2014 season as head women’s coach at Notre Dame.

BRET SUMMERS – A professional boxer, from the mid-1970s to 1985, Summers fought over 400 professional fights and in 1976 won the U.S. National Amateur Championship and the North American Amateur Championship at age 16. Of his 28 professional bout wins, 18 were by knockout.

MATT SURINA – Surina is a five-time Professional Bowlers Association national champion and in 1995 when he won the American Bowling Association National Singles Championship, the world’s largest bowling tournament. In 2005, Surina won the National Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour, defeating PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker by nine pins in the Tucson Open.

RICHARD “RUSTY” DONALD WAILES – Wailes grew-up in Edmonds and entered Yale University in 1954. There he began his collegiate rowing and was part of the gold medal-winning eight-man U.S. team at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. At the Olympic Trials in 1956, Wailes and his crewmates set a world record in 5 minutes, 52 seconds.

The coaches being inducted are:

MARGARET “MAGGIE” KING – King was a crusader for girls and women’s sports. She taught Physical Education for 26 years and coached volleyball, basketball, tennis, and track and field for 24 years before retiring in 1985. King promoted and expanded the opportunity for girls in high school sports in the 1970’s, in a time where equal opportunity in sports for girls and women was a contentious battle. She is recognized as the most influential coach in Snohomish County as inspired several generations of students and their parents.

JOE RICHER – Joe Richer was a star athlete in basketball and golf at Everett High School until his 1961 graduation. At Western Washington University he was a two-sport letterman in basketball and golf. In 1968, he returned to Everett High where he was a teacher, coach and counselor for 30 years. He was the head boys’ basketball coach from 1973-84 and led the team to 4 WESCO championships and 3 state tournaments.

The team being inducted is:
1952 EVERETT HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL – The 1952 Everett High football team was undefeated, outscored their opponents 248-45 during the regular season, and was overwhelmingly named state champions in the final Associated Press poll. In 1984, the team was named the best Everett High football team of the modern era and was ranked number two in Snohomish County high school football history.

The sports contributors being inducted are:
BOB AND MARGARET BAVASI – In 1984, Bob and Margaret re-launched the floundering Walla Walla Mountain Bears in Everett, securing an affiliation agreement with the San Francisco Giants. In 1995 the team switched affiliations to the Seattle Mariners, which continues today. Thanks to the leadership of Bob and Margaret, the franchise will celebrate its 30th anniversary during the 2014 season.

The Sports Hall of Fame inductees were nominated by the public and the 25-member Sports Hall of Fame Committee. The 2014 inductees will be honored at the 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Sept. 17 at Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena.

For more information on the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, visit or call Snohomish County Sports Commission at 425-348-5802 ext. 12.

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