Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame to induct six individuals, one team

Jul 13, 2017
Courtesy of: Everett Merchants Everett Merchants coach Harold Pyatte is among the six individuals to be inducted into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame.

Everett Merchants baseball coach Harold Pyatte headlines the 2017 Induction Class of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame.

The induction class includes four athletes, one coach, one team and one sports contributor.

Pyatte is the coach inductee. He has been involved in Snohomish County amateur baseball for almost 60 years as a player, coach, head coach, and general manager.

Pyatte most likely has had more influence on amateur baseball in the county than anyone else since 1962. After several semi-pro teams came and went, the Everett Merchants formed and Pyatte  was once again player/head coach until he retired as a player.

He is now, and has been for many years, the general manager and head coach of the Merchants. In 1988, he led the Merchants to the National Baseball Congress (NBC) Championship. He’s twice been named Pacific International League Coach of the Year and in 2005, he was inducted into the National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame.

The athletes being inducted are:

Adam Eaton - Baseball

Eaton was a gifted basketball and baseball player at Snohomish High in the early to mid-90s graduating from Snohomish in 1996. That year in varsity baseball he had an 8-0 win–loss record with an ERA of 0.67. He was then drafted 11th by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft and debuted in the Majors in May of 2000 with the San Diego Padres.

During his nine-year MLB career, he started 201 games and won 71 of them. He was with the Padres during 2000-05, the Texas Rangers in 2006, and with the Phillies 2007-09, which was during the time the Phillies, were the 2008 World Series Champions. He finished his career in 2009 with the Baltimore Orioles and Colorado Rockies.

Brooke Whitney – Ice Hockey

During her youth as a multi-sport athlete, Whitney was once named MVP of youth sports. She was a multi-sport star at Bothell High then chose to play ice hockey at Northeastern University where she was twice a D1 women’s ice hockey All-American and once named Northeastern’s Top Scholar Athlete.

In 2002, she was awarded the Patty Kazmaier Award (Women’s Ice Hockey Player of the Year), New England Sports Writers Female Athlete of the Year, and The Herald’s Woman Athlete of the Year. In 2003 and 2004, she played women’s professional ice hockey in Brampton, Ontario and Vancouver, B.C. In 2003 she was inducted into Northeastern’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

James Pearson – Distance Running.

Pearson’s nominator stated that he had not missed a day of running for 46 years. And, he’s had some remarkable running achievements and been awarded some very prestigious honors during these running days. Several of them include: 1) a 2-time U.S. Champion, 2) an American 50-mile record holder, 3) a 4-time World Qualifier in the marathon, 25K, and 10K, and 4) he twice ran the 2nd fastest 100K in U.S. History.

Locally, he is a 16-time Birch Bay Marathon winner. He is an inductee in both the Lake Stevens High and WWU athletic halls of fame. At Lake Stevens, he played basketball, football and ran track, and at Western Washington University, he ran cross country.

Steve Miller – Waterski.

Miller took his barefoot waterskiing skills to the Caribbean in 1983 and became a water ski instructor and show ski performer until 1992. He then returned home to be involved in the family business of American Distributing, and to redirect his show skiing skills to competitive water skiing. He’s become remarkably successful in this endeavor, as he has won many competitions in trick skiing, ski jumping, and ’overall’.

As he moved up through the national age group rankings, some his titles have been: 1) Western Regional Championships, 2) four National Overall titles, and 3) a National Jump title. In 2012, he earned a spot on the USA Championship 35+ Water Ski Team. And, at age 60 or thereabouts, he’s in pursuit of his age group’s National Overall Crown.

The team being inducted is: 1970 Snohomish High Boys Basketball team. The 1969-70 Snohomish High Panthers were the state Class 3A champions. The team was coached by Jack deKubber and his assistant, Keith Gilbertson Sr. They entered the post season playoffs with a 19-1 record but when they reached the tournament’s Final Four, they were the team with the most losses. Top ranked Pasco was 24-0 and tied for second ranking in the state polls were West Seattle with 0 losses and Aberdeen with 1 loss. But, the Panthers beat Aberdeen in the semi-finals 63-61 and Pasco 53-51 for the title.

This team is considered one of the top two Snohomish County high school boys’ basketball teams in basketball’s modern era. The other team is the 1976-77 Mountlake Terrace High team that was inducted into the Snohomish County Sports HOF in 2012. Team co-captains were seniors Doug Love and Jerry Ingalls. The other starters were juniors Ben Krause, Evan Thomas, and Craig Clayton.

The Sports Contributor being inducted is: Lou Stevenson.

He was a star 3-sport athlete at Cascade High and at Seattle University, he played baseball for four seasons. After Seattle University, Stevenson returned to Cascade to coach and teach but he may be best known as a coach for his 13 years of coaching baseball at Everett High. He’s in both the Cascade High HOF and Everett High HOF. Additionally, he’s been a tremendous sports contributor to the county’s sports scene such as his work on the: 1) Phil Johnson Ball Field Complex, 2) First Swings Camps for ages 6-12, 3) NSA Western Regional Girls Fast Pitch Tournament at Everett Parks, and 4) planning committee for the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Everett PD, and County Boys and Girls Clubs sponsored Badges for Baseball/Softball camps for girls and boys ages 8-12.

The Sports Hall of Fame inductees were nominated by the public and the 30-member Sports Hall of Fame Committee. The 2017 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees will be honored at the 2017 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Sept. 27 at Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at XFINITY Arena. Individual tickets are $65 and $600 for a table of 10 people. Online tickets are on sale now. Purchase tickets at http://snohomish.org/HOFBanquet

For the third year in a row, the collegiate male and female athlete of the year will be named at the banquet. New in 2017, KRKO 1380 will honor the high school boy and girl athlete of the year.

For more information on the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, visit www.snohomish.org/sports/sports-hall-of-fame or call Snohomish County Sports Commission at 425-348-5802 ext. 102.

The Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame exists to recognize and honor athletes, coaches, teams and/or special individuals, who have distinguished themselves as outstanding contributors to their sport or vocation on the state, national, and/or international stage and thus have brought state, national and/or international acclaim to themselves and Snohomish County. About Snohomish County Sports Commission The Snohomish County Sports Commission (SCSC) was formed in 2005 as the sports division of the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau. The SCSC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Snohomish County Tourism Bureau is a non-profit economic development agency responsible for the year-round professional tourism marketing of Snohomish County, Washington.

 

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