The class of 2011 includes Olympic athletes, a World Cup soccer player, a football player who was part of a Super Bowl team, a major league baseball player, three of Snohomish County's coaching legends, and a high school football team that might be the best ever from this area.
"This is really a unique group of individuals," said Frank Foster, chair of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame committee. "The myriad of coaching and athletic abilities is incredible. We thought last year's group was really good, but this group is on a par with last year's."
Six former athletes will be inducted at the Hall of Fame banquet in September. They include:
Vicky Foltz of Monroe, a world-class distance runner in the 1960s and 70s;
Chris Henderson of Everett, who was the national high school soccer player of the year in 1989, a three-time Major League Soccer All-Star, and a member of the 1990 United States World Cup team;
Sarah Jones of Stanwood, who was a member of the U.S. rowing teams at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games;
Curt Marsh of Snohomish, who was a high school All-American and played on two Rose Bowl teams at the University of Washington before going on to the National Football League, where he was part of the Oakland Raiders 1984 Super Bowl championship team;
Lee Orr of Monroe, who competed for Canada at the 1936 Olympics in the 200 meters and was part of the world record-setting mile relay team at Washington State College in 1937, and;
Earl Torgeson of Snohomish, who played 15 major league seasons and appeared in the 1959 World Series for the Chicago White Sox.
The class also includes three coaches:
Keith Gilbertson, Sr., of Snohomish, who coached football, basketball and track at Snohomish High School for 61 years, and was still coaching at the time of his death earlier this year;
Lynda Goodrich of Lake Stevens, who coached basketball at Western Washington University for 19 seasons and was a two-time finalist for national coach of the year, and;
Jim Lambright of Everett, who spent 24 seasons as an assistant football coach and six seasons as the head coach at the University of Washington, and was on the staff of the team that won the 1991 national championship.
The Hall of Fame committee is also recognizing one special inductee:
Ed Aliverti of Edmonds, who announced countless high school, college and international wrestling events, including five Olympic Games.
Also being honored is one team:
The 1976 Snohomish High School football team, under legendary coach Dick Armstrong, which was undefeated on its way to the state championship.
The class was chosen by the 20-member Hall of Fame committee, which includes individuals from around Snohomish County, some with longtime coaching backgrounds and all with an appreciation of the county's sports history.
"The committee worked so hard," Foster said. "It was a really wonderful effort on their part, but also by the community for submitting nominations during the time we had the public vote."
The committee is seeking corporate sponsorship and individual donations for this year's banquet, and also for a permanent Hall of Fame display at Everett's Comcast Arena. Donations can be sent to the Greater Everett Community Foundation, PO Box 5549, Everett, 98206; and checks should include "Hall of Fame."
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