Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SHS 1970 Championship Basketball Team to enter Sports Hall of Fame

From the Everett Herald (in case the link disappears):

Snohomish’s 1970 basketball team headlines Hall of Fame class

Those Panthers will be inducted into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

It’s been nearly 50 years, yet when Doug Love walks the streets of Snohomish he still gets recognized.
“Even today there’s not a week that goes by, if I’m in Snohomish, where somebody says to me, ‘Hey, weren’t you on that 1970 basketball team?’” said Love, who was a senior co-captain and star center on Snohomish High School’s 1970 boys basketball state championship team. “It’s remembered, especially by the old guard in Snohomish.”
“We were a team, not a group of individuals,” Love recalled. “We were a team that worked together, regardless of if you were first or second string. When five guys were on the court they worked together, they knew how each other played, we respected each other. No one player was out for his own glory, which is remarkable. I played on a lot of teams and you rarely saw that.”
Snohomish came into the season with high expectations. The previous year the Panthers went 21-4 and reached the AA state quarterfinals. Snohomish’s path was complicated by transitioning to AAA in 1969-70 and having to play against the state’s biggest schools, but the Panthers also had a strong group of returning talent that included seven different players who went on to play a sport in college.
Leading the way was Love, the team’s leading scorer (18.1 points per game heading into the state semifinals) and rebounder, who at 6-foot-8 gave the Panthers a tremendous presence in the middle.
“I don’t think he got the credit he deserved,” teammate Ben Krause said about Love. “When we played West Seattle in the tournament they backed off Doug and we kept shooting. They never came out. I think it took a lot of pressure off of us having a 6-8 guy who could score.”
The Panthers also had a dynamic backcourt duo in Krause and Evan Thomas, both juniors. Krause (12.5) and Thomas (10.4) were both proficient perimeter shooters and both capable ballhandlers.
“I’m as prejudiced as can be, but in all the games I’ve ever watched in state tournaments, that’s the best set of guards that I can remember,” said deKubber, who also described Krause as the best defensive player he ever coached. “There’s been guards who are better, but not two together, and they really came through in the finals.”
Then there was Jerry Ingalls. The senior forward and co-captain wasn’t tall at 6-foot-1, but the football star who earned a scholarship to the University of Washington used his strength to become a ferocious rebounder while also averaging 11.4 points per contest.
“He was an excellent rebounder,” Love said. “When he got the ball no one wanted to touch him. He was a bull and he was sturdy, but he was able to maneuver.”
The starting lineup was rounded out by junior forward Craig Clayton, a glue guy who went on to play tennis at Washington State University. Gordon Taylor was the first player off the bench, while Steve Kirsten and Bob Wahlstrom were Snohomish’s reserve big guys. Tom Poier and Randy Recor, who went on to play baseball in college, were also reserves, while Mark Williams and Tom Bannwarth rounded out the roster.
Bringing it all together was deKubber, who was assisted by the legendary Keith Gilbertson Sr.
“I’ve never seen a guy who could pick up what was going on in a game like him,” Krause said about deKubber. “When he called timeout he always had something pertinent to say. He’s a good guy, too. He wasn’t your buddy, he kept a certain distance, but most good coaches are that way.”
Snohomish rolled through the regular season, going 17-1 in league play. The Panthers lost to Everett in the district tournament, forcing them to beat Cascade to earn the district’s second seed to regionals. Snohomish knocked off Renton 60-51 and Ingraham 64-52 at regionals to reach state, which was played at the University of Washington.
At state the Panthers joined an elite group. Pasco and West Seattle both came into the semifinals undefeated, while Aberdeen’s only loss was to the eventual Oregon state champion.
Snohomish slipped past West Seattle in the semifinals, setting up a meeting with Pasco in the finals. After falling behind early, Snohomish caught back up by halftime, and the Panthers survived a last-second Pasco shot that bounced off the rim to get to overtime tied 43-43.
Early in overtime Snohomish lost Love when he fouled out. But then Thomas and Krause took over as the pair combined for 10 points and didn’t miss a shot. Krause’s steal and feed to Thomas for a breakaway with 30 seconds remaining gave the Panthers a 53-47 lead, rendering two late Pasco baskets — the second of which caused the clock to expire — academic.
“Just the jubilation,” is what Krause remembers most about winning the title. “It was like a kid going to play in the World Series. I know it was only high school basketball, but when we were kids playing on the blacktop, that’s what we would dream about. We’d imagine doing things like that.”
When the Panthers returned to town after the game they were met by a raucous crowd ready to celebrate.
“We came home to hundreds of cars in the parking lots, and there was a caravan that went through town that was maybe two miles long,” deKubber said. “It was 11:30 at night and the horns were blowing and people were calling asking what was going on.”
“I still kind of get goosebumps when I think back to that,” Love said.
“It was a privilege and an honor that we were able to do something like that for the community,” Love concluded about winning the state title. “It was the perfect storm, everything lined up and we were able to pull it off.”
If you have an idea for a community sports story, e-mail Nick Patterson at npatterson@heraldnet.com.

The 1970 Snohomish High School boys basketball team celebrates its 53-51 overtime victory over Pasco in the AAA state championship game in Seattle. The team will be inducted into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame at Wednesday’s banquet. (Herald File Photo)





Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mr. Roberts, 1941-2017

SHS teacher Mr. Roberts died June 29, 2017. Thanks to Harry Renken for the clip.\


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Baseball Game with Familiar Names!

Harry Renken found this clipping in a box of old stuff, and forwarded it to me. Lots of familiar names in this article. It sounds like it was a corker.

Thanks Harry!




P.S. If you have anything you'd like to post, send a scan along to me at kathleentaylor1952@gmail.com. It's lovely to have good news and memories to feature!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

August 15, 2016 Class Reunion Party at Dan and Kris Parker's House

I wasn't able to get to the coast this summer, but Harry Renken sent a few pictures from what looks to have been a lovely party. I'll try to identify everyone, but if I get any names wrong, please let me know so I can make corrections (to kathleentaylor1952@gmail.com).

I may not have proper last names for some classmates, and would appreciate corrections on that too.

Oh, and Kathy and Karen- I used to be able to tell you apart, but not any more. Forgive me for guessing who is who.

If anyone else has pictures and would like to share them, please send them to: kathleentaylor1952@gmail.com

Kathy Cline, Dan Parker, Kathy Lewis Adams (I think)


Gary Danklefsen and Mike Carr


Elaine and Jim Repp



Back Row L-R: Steve Humphries, Dan Parker, Gary Danklefsen, Mike George, Joe Thaut
Middle Row L-R: Caryl Maddy deJong, Kathy Lewis Adams, Karen Lewis, Kathy Cline, Mike Carr, Chuck Swoboda, Harry Renken, Keith Olson
Front Row: Debbie Bachart Harrington, Denise Raines Alexander, Elaine Hintze Repp, Donna Thomas


L-R: Dave Coffman, Joe Thaut, Caryl (maybe), Chuck Swoboda, Kathy or Karen, Steve Humphries, Denise Raines Alesander, Kathy Cline

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Steven C. Curnutt, July 4, 1952- July 11, 2016



I am sorry to report that classmate Steve Curnutt passed away on July 11, 2016.  Here is his obituary in the Everett Herald. 

Here is the text of the obit:


July 4, 1952 - July 11, 2016 Steven C. Curnutt, 64, of Gold Bar, Washington died July 11, 2016. Steve, aka "Reno", "Money Man", was born on July 4, 1952 in Seattle, Washington. Steve was drafted by Heavens Field of Dreams on July 11, 2016. He is leaving behind wife, Kathy Curnutt; daughter Nichole Joanis (Deven); mother, Edwina Curnutt; brother, Edwin Curnutt (Kris); and four grand kids. He is joining some of his family and teammates now, they will make quite a team up there. Nicki, his grand kids and softball were the best parts of his life. He loved, loved, loved them. Now he is free again, no crutches, no disease and no pain. He loved his family and friends, joking to almost the end. We will end with one of his favorite phrases "Until we meet again, you were #3 in our programs and #1 in our hearts." A service will be held at Mountain Valley Church, 230 Lewis Avenue in Gold Bar, on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. After the service everyone is welcome to come celebrate Steve's life at Prospectors Steak and Ale.


You can sign his guest book here



Thanks to Steve Humphries for the news. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Class Reunion Party August 14, 2016

Thanks to Debbie Harrington for the news! I'll post more specifics (registration info, etc)  as things are finalized.


Mark your calendar:

SHS
Class of 1970 and Friends / Class Reunion

August 14, 2016
2pm to 6pm

Dan and Kris Parker's Farm
12820 132nd St SE
on Lords Hill, Snohomish

Hamburgers and Beer provided, potluck salads and desserts.
Special beverages BYOB 
Picnic Setting, spread the word

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Glen Allen- 1950-2016

Classmate Glen Allen passed away on March 15. His Everett Herald Obituary is here.

In case the link disappears, here is the Obituary content:



Glen Allen, 65, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in Spokane, Wash. His home was in Odessa, Wash. He was born in Eldorado, Illinois on November 23, 1950, to Harold and Merle Allen. His family moved to Snohomish, Wash. during his childhood. Following school he was inducted into the U.S. Army and served his country in Viet Nam. Glen was a talented musician, singer, songwriter and artist. He was a member of several bands throughout the state. Glen had a one-of-a-kind sense of humor and a huge capac-ity to love. He was sensitive and giving to his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Merle Allen; his brothers, James Allen and Gordon Allen; and his grandson, Kenneth (known to the family as Tripp) Heagy. He is survived by his wife, Jackie Allen of Odessa, Wash.; his brother, Michael (Sheila) Allen, and sisters, Carolyn (James) McCullar, Kathleen (Gordon) Brougher, all of Soap Lake, Wash.; daughter, Kristina (Kenneth) Heagy and sons, Jeremy Allen and Michael (Jeanette) Allen, all of Everett, Wash.; and daughter, Coreen (H.P.) Carstensen of Odessa; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and so many friends who Glen thought of as family. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Bread of Life Church, 140 14th Ave. NW in Ephrata, WA with a fellowship to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in Glen's name be made to The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York, NY 10001. -


Thanks to Steve Humphries for passing the news along.