'Pride Of Prosser' Kelly Blair-LaBounty Is Highlight Of Central WA Sports Hall Of Fame Induction
KENNEWICK, Wash - There are four new members in the Central Washington Sports Hall of Fame. They are long-time YVCC baseball coach Bill Faller, former Brooklyn and L.A. Dodger Billy Harris, former Richland basketball coach Frank Teverbaugh, and Prosser native and '96 Olympian Kelly Blair-LaBounty.
Faller wasn't only a baseball coach at YVCC. When hired in 1961, he also coached football for the Yaks. But baseball was where he made a huge mark. Faller notched 664 wins at Yakima Valley, along with 11 conference championships and 18 league and regional titles. The NWAACC Championship trophy is called 'The Bill Faller Award'.
Harris might wonder what could have been were it not for his injuries. The short right-hander has a minor-league record for ERA, a staggering 0.83, with the then Miami Dodgers farm club. Locally, Harris is most remembered for sparking the softball craze of the '60's and '70's in the Tri-Cities. Today, he owns Billy's Bullpen tavern in Kennewick.
Teverbaugh's athletic career started at Boise Junior College. He was one of a small number of athletes to letter in four sports. They were football, basketball, baseball, and track. Teverbaugh also took over boys basketball at Richland High for the popular Art Dawald, compiling 155 wins from 1970-1977.
Blair-LaBounty is called 'The Pride of Prosser'. The 3-sport athlete as a lady mustang was heavily recruited coming out of high school and settled on the University of Oregon. It was there that Blair-Labounty decided to focus on being a heptathlete. She beat Jackie Joyner-Kersey at the '96 Olympic trials earning a spot on the U.S. Atlanta Olympic Team. Blair-LaBounty finished 8th at the '96 games. She would attempt to compete in the 2000 Sydney games, but injuries kept her sidelined. Today, she coaches at Oregon and is married to former Seahawk Matt LaBounty.