Emtman leads WIAA 2007 High School Class
YAKIMA, Wash. - Washington Interscholastic Activities Association and The Seattle Times hosted the 2007 Hall of Fame class that was inducted on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at the Yakima Convention Center.
This year's class includes a two-sport professional athlete still active in Major League Baseball, a three-time high school All-American in swimming, two coaches with over 500 wins each, a swimming program with 24 state titles, an official with over 35 years of experience and a former WIAA Executive Board member with over 25 years experience as an administrator. Below is the complete list of the inductees by category followed by their biographies.
2007 WIAA Hall of Fame Inductees
Wilson Boys Swimming
William "Jake" Maberry
Buddy Lee Gibson
Steve Emtman was an All-American selection in football, All-League selection in basketball, and a two-time track and field state champion in discus at Cheney High School. In football, Steve was named to the All-State Offensive and Defensive teams during his senior season, in addition to being named Frontier Lineman of the Year.
Steve went on to play collegiate football at the University of Washington where his accomplishments include being named the Lombardi Award Winner (1991), a Heisman Trophy Finalist (1991), the Pac-10 Lineman of the Year twice (1990, 1991), the Chevrolet National Defensive Player of the Year (1991), and to the All-America Team twice (1990, 1991).
He was the number one pick in the 1992 NFL Draft, where he played for six seasons. Steve has already been inducted into the University of Washington Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame.
Mount Vernon High School (1992)
A three-sport standout in tennis, basketball, and baseball, Mark Hendrickson from Mount Vernon High School is one of the finest athletes to come out of the state of Washington.
During his sophomore year, Mark was a member of the state championship baseball team and the runner-up state basketball team. Mark was a member of the state championship basketball team during his junior year, where he earned recognition as the co-MVP of the tournament for his play. He was also named team captain, team MVP, and named to the All-Area and All-State teams. A tennis state qualifier, Mark was also named to the baseball All-Area team.
As a senior, Mark led the Bulldogs to a second basketball championship. He was team captain, team MVP, All-Area, All-State, and the state basketball tournament MVP. For his performance on the basketball court, Mark was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year. In addition to his remarkable basketball play, Mark was able to help his team win the state championship in baseball, while also qualifying for state in tennis. He was named the Skagit Valley Herald Athlete of the Year both his junior and senior years.
After graduating from high school, Mark made his way to Pullman, Washington, where he played basketball for Washington State University. He was named to the Pac-10 All-Rookie team his freshman year. Before graduating from college, Mark was named WSU MVP twice, WSU team captain, 1st team All Pac-10 twice, and among the top six in WSU history in five different categories.
In 1997, Mark decided to further pursue his passion for basketball. He was drafted 31st overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. Mark played in the NBA four seasons before making his move to baseball. One of a select group of athletes to play two professional sports, Mark is currently preparing to start his sixth season in the MLB.
Stadium High School (1963)
A three-time All-American while at Stadium High School, Chuck Richards was a six-time state swimming champion, winning the 400 freestyle and 200 individual medley as a sophomore, the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly as a junior, and the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley as a senior. During his senior year, he held seven of the eight individual state records.
After high school, Chuck attended the University of Indiana, where he was a two-time Collegiate All-American. He went on to win the Junior Modern Pentathlon Champion in 1967 and become the Modern Pentathlon record holder in the 300-meter swim in 1969. He also was the National Modern Pentathlon Champion in 1970, 1971, and 1972. As part of the 1972 Olympic Team in Munich, Chuck won the Pentathlon 300-meter swim with an Olympic and World Record time.
Richards was inducted into the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and established and funds the Bruce Suttles Scholarship, an award for a Stadium High School swimmer who is college bound.
Wilson Boys Swimming
Between 1960 and 1983, the Wilson Boys Swimming program won 24 state championships. This streak is recognized as the longest recorded by one coach, Dick Hannula, at one public school in high school boys swimming history.
During those years, the Wilson program also remained undefeated through 323 meets, including both district and state championships, and produced 48 All-Americans. The 1970 team won 10 of 11 events at the state championship, including a sweep of the top four places in the 200-yard freestyle. Because of their efforts in the pool, the Wilson team was considered one of the two top teams in the nation that year.
Four swimmers finished with the fastest time for their relative event in the US High School All-American listings during this 23 year span; Dave Hannula (1972): 200 individual medley, Rod Steward (1972, 1973): 100 butterfly, Dick Hannula Jr. (1975) 200 and 500 freestyle (both were national records), and Mark Smith (1975): 100 freestyle.
A 1993 Golden Apple nominee, Wayne Lackman is recognized nationally as an adjudicator and clinician. He is considered one of the top choral instructors in all of Washington. Named the Washington Music Educators Association Outstanding Music Educator - Pierce County League in 2000, Wayne has been actively involved with the WMEA for many years.
From Washington D.C to London to Salisbury, Wayne has led his choral groups to competitions and performances all over the world. In 2003, he led his group to a second place finish at the San Francisco Choral Festival. Gig Harbor High School, under his direction, became the first performing group to ever perform on the floor of the Washington State Senate in 2002.
The Gig Harbor Meistersingers received an invitation to represent Washington State in the Cultural Arts Festival connected to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Wayne is currently the choral music instructor at Gig Harbor High School and involved in numerous other community activities.
Steve Escame spent many years coaching Washington state high school athletes. His speech and debate coaching career spanned from 1969-91 and produced numerous state qualifiers and champions. He also coached volleyball for 12 seasons, resulting in eight winning seasons over that time period. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Escame's career is the success of his tennis teams at both Foster and Decatur High Schools.
Over the span of 23 years at Foster and 11 years at Decatur, Steve was able to come away with a record of 517-156. He has coached tennis teams to 20 league/division championships and was voted Coach or co-Coach of the Year 18 times. He won one team championship at Foster and two more at Decatur. Steve has prepared his athletes for life and competition at the next level, with more than 100 athletes competing beyond their high school careers.
Steve spent time with every athlete from the novice to the state champion. Even though winning was important to him, he taught morals over victory and is admired by former and current athletes, coaches, and administrators.
William "Jake" Maberry
In 29 years of coaching, Jake Maberry compiled a 521-118 record and held the state record for most victories until 1989, six years after his retirement. Coach Maberry has only been passed by six coaches with more victories than he has since his retirement 18 years ago.
In his 27 years at Lynden High School as the head boy's basketball coach, Jake guided his teams to collect 16 Whatcom County "A" League titles, nine Northwest District championship titles, and four "A" championships (1961, 1962, 1967, and 1981). The 1981 championship team was undefeated under Jake's direction, and Lynden basketball teams qualified for state 15 times, placing in all but three of those appearances.
Referred by many Lynden fans as "Mr. Lion," Jake taught each of his athletes the importance of true character development. For his dedication to the Lynden program, the Lion gymnasium was named "Jake Maberry Gymnasium" in 1983.
Jake Maberry was inducted into the Washington Coaches Hall of Fame in 1992.
Jack Reynolds has been officiating in the state of Washington for 38 years, including 36 wrestling league tournaments, 30 regional wrestling tournaments, 24 state wrestling tournaments, and was named the head official for the state wrestling championships 12 times.
Jack has been a wrestling clinician since 1986, assignor for the Pacific Northwest Wrestling Association, Washington Officials Association Executive Board member, and wrestling evaluator. He has received numerous awards for his involvement in wrestling and softball, including the WOA Meritorious Service Award, the Joe Babbitt Contributor Award from the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association, 2001 NFHS Wrestling Official of the Year, and 2004 Seattle Metro Umpire of the Year.
A leader and mentor for both his wrestling and softball officiating, Jack was inducted into the WOA Hall of Fame in 2006. He exemplifies what an official should be and carries himself in a way that creates a positive example for young officials.
Buddy Lee Gibson
Buddy Lee Gibson worked within the Oakesdale School District for 34 years in education as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and principal.
He was a WIAA Executive Board member from 1979-94. Buddy was the Vice President for the 1986-87 school year and the President from 1987-88. He was a tournament director for the Southwest ‘B' Boys Basketball Tournament for 20 years, and Assistant Director of the "B" Girls State Basketball Championships for four years.
Buddy assumed the role of Title IX Coordinator for the Oakesdale School District and was responsible for providing Oakesdale's female athletics, not just the opportunity to compete, but the opportunity to excel. His belief in gender equity set a standard in Whitman County.
In 1994, Buddy was inducted into the Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame, and in 1996 he received the WIAA Gareth Giles Memorial Award in recognition of distinguished service to the youth of Washington.
Barbara Twardus served 25 years as an administrator, including 23 as an athletic director within the Seattle School District. She was a member of the WIAA Executive Board for 10 years and a member of the WIAA Representative Assembly for five years. She was a past President of Washington Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association and served on numerous other WIAA committees. A Director for the Metro League for 14 years, she managed and organized tournaments for most sports. She was President of the WIAA Executive Board from 1986-87 and President of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association in 1985.
In 1976, Barbara was a member of the Title IX Compliance Steering Committee. She has written many articles and given presentations on athletic safety, women's athletics and the purpose of interscholastic programs. Considered by many to be a model of what an athletic director should be, Barbara was at the forefront of legal issues involving football helmet construction and equality for girls in sports.
Barbara has been inducted into the WSSAAA Hall of Fame, the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame, and the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association exists to assist member schools in operating student programs that foster achievement, respect, equity, enthusiasm and excellence in a safe and organized environment.