Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame reveals 2018 class

Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame reveals 2018 class

Four of the 5 athletes that will be honored at a banquet in September are female.

It’s the year of the woman in this year’s Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame induction class.

The Snohomish County Sports Commission revealed this year’s class late Sunday night, and four of the five athletes being inducted are female.

Tracy Osborn Nelson was a standout soccer player at Cascade High School and the University of Portland in the late 1980s and early 1990s who was a member of the U.S. Youth National Soccer Team from 1990-92. She was a member of the U.S. Amateur national championship team in 1999, and she went on to coach three Northwest Athletic Conference championship teams at Clackamas College in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

Deni Boswell Maxwell, a graduate of Meadowdale High School in 1994, was a three-time NCAA Division II national champion at Seattle Pacific University, winning the all-around national title as a senior while also earning All-American honors on the vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and balance beam.

Karen Church, who graduated from Stanwood High School in 1985, won two high school state titles in the 400 meters and one in the 200 meters before being recruited to compete at the University of Oregon. In 1987 she finished fourth in the 400 at the NCAA Junior Nationals, and in 2004 at age 37 she was top-five in the nation in the masters age group in the 100, 200, 400 and 800.

Janet Kusler was a member of Snohomish High School’s first ever girls basketball team, then attended Washington State University where she was a four-year starter and finished her career as the Cougars’ career leader in points and rebounds. Following college she competed with the AAU SeaBaskets in the early 1980s, helping the team win an AAU national championship.

The fifth athlete being inducted is former University of Washington and Lake Stevens High School graduate Richie Chambers. Chambers was a star football player and a state champion hurdler and wrestler at Lake Stevens before going on to play linebacker for Washington, where he earned Pac-10 honorable mention honors as a senior and played in the 1991 Rose Bowl.

The coach being inducted this year is longtime Snohomish High School track and field coach Charles “Tuck” Gionet. Gionet began his career at Snohomish in 1988 and had teams win state titles in 2001 and 2002.

The team being honored is the 1991 Cascade High School football team, which was coached by Terry Ennis and went on to win the 3A state championship. It was the last Snohomish County high school team to win a 4A or 3A football state title.

The sports contributor being inducted is Warren Larsen, who spent 58 years officiating sports in the county, including baseball, softball, football, basketball and wrestling.

The induction banquet is on Sept. 19 at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Silvertips’ Andrew Petruk (26) fights for the puck during a game between the Everett Silvertips and Victoria Royals at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. The Silvertips won, 5-3. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Some good, some bad for Silvertips in season-opening split

Everett was missing three key players over the weekend but significantly outshot its two opponents.

A look at the Seattle Sounders’ new crest and secondary images unveiled on Tuesday. (Seattle Times photo)
Sounders unveil new crest, colors as 50th season approaches

The new look, which gives a nod to the past, will start being worn by the team next season.

Mike Thomas (6) owner of the Everett Royals, shares a laugh after practice at Archbishop Murphy High School on February 2, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Everett’s new arena football team announces owners, coach

The franchise had been shrouded in mystery since the league announced it was relaunching in April.

Washington's Sami Reynolds bats during a Women's College World Series game this past June in Oklahoma City. (UW Athletics photo)
The Herald’s 2022-23 Woman of the Year in Sports: Sami Reynolds

The Snohomish grad capped an outstanding five-year career with an All-American season and one of the biggest moments in UW history.

Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for Sept. 18-24

The Athlete of the Week nominees for Sept. 18-24. Voting closes at… Continue reading

Prep roundup for Tuesday, Sept. 26

Prep roundup for Tuesday, Sept. 26: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

The 1987 Cascade boys soccer team poses for a photo in front of the Space Needle in Seattle. (County Sports Hall of Fame photo)
County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2023 bio: 1987 Cascade boys soccer

The 1987 Cascade boys soccer team won the AAA title and kicked off a run of five straight appearances in the state title game.

Arlington’s Caleb Reed is thrown into the air by lineman Dylan Scott after scoring a touchdown against Ferndale on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Prep football power rankings after Week 4

Here are our top 8 local teams after all the action from Friday and Saturday.

Monroe’s Mason Davis (1) celebrates with Trent Bublitz (11) after Bublitz’s touchdown reception against Edmonds-Woodway on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Edmonds School District Stadium in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Reader poll: Make your picks for Week 5 prep football games

Do you think you can beat the experts in our weekly high… Continue reading

Most Read