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Bio capsules on the nine 2013 WIAA Hall-of-Fame inductees

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on May 8, 2013 at 12:23 pm with No Comments »
May 8, 2013 1:00 pm
Ex-Peninsula baseball coach Marco Malich.
Ex-Peninsula baseball coach Marco Malich.

From the WIAA, which hosted its annual Hall-of-Fame induction in Renton:

* Dave Browning, athlete, Liberty (Spangle) High School (1974)
Browning was a football and basketball standout in high school. Went on to Spokane Falls CC, and was a co=captain in football at the University of Washington. Was a second-round NFL Draft choice by Oakland in 1978, and ended up on a Super Bowl-winning team.

Browning’s WIAA bio.

* Ted Christensen, music director, Inglemoor High School (1983-present)
Born in Coupeville, he’s been the North Shore School District music coordinator and Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) president for the past 27 years. He was an associate director for the Beijing Olympics’ orchestra. Inductee into Washington Music Educators Association hall of fame in 2004.

Christensen’s WIAA bio.

* Henry DeYoung, administrator, Vancouver High School (1934-50)
Former WIAA board member was a principal at five high schools around the state, including Enumclaw. Was a pivotal influence on the framework of state athletic championships and how officials would be utilized.

DeYoung’s WIAA bio.

* Carol Finney, official, Yakima Valley
The Minnesota native graduated from Edmonds High School (1959). She taught at Eisenhower High in Yakima, and was an education department chair for more than 30 years. She started girls basketball and track at Eisenhower. She also officiated volleyball at the state level for 39 years, and also basketball.

Finney’s WIAA bio.

* Keith Gilbertson, Sr., coach, Snohomish High School (1950-2010)
Started coaching at his alma mater in 1950, and coached and taught there 61 years. He was the head coach in football, track and cross country, and was part of five state title-winning squads at Snohomish. As a player and on the coaching staff, he was also part of 389 Panthers’ football wins.

Gilbertson’s WIAA bio

* Takiyah Jackson, athlete, Lakeside High School/Franklin High School of Seattle (1995)
A former basketball and track star, she led Lakeside to a pair of Class 2A state titles and 86-1 record in three season. She hit the game-winning shot in the title game as a ninth grader, and her career took off from there. Ended up going to UCLA.

Jackson’s WIAA bio.

* Marco Malich, coach, Peninsula High School (1979-2012)
A 1959 graduate from Peninsula ended up going to be a standout men’s baseball and fastpitch player. After coaching youth sports in Gig Harbor, he became an assistant football coach at Peninsula in 1979, and the head baseball coach a year later. He won 14 league titles and 439 games.

Malich’s WIAA bio.

* Mel Moore, WIAA sports advocate, Yakima
A Kiona-Benton graduate, Moore has been a longtime coach in the Yakima area. And he has been a WIAA state tournament manager for more than two decades in baseball, and 15 years in basketball. Winner of the Bruskland Service Award in 2010.

Moore’s WIAA bio.

* Sandy Schneider, coach, Lakeside of Seattle (1979-present)
Ex-University of Washington basketball and volleyball player was part of first class of post-Title IX scholarship college athletes. Hired to coach girls’ basketball at Lakeside, and has won 473 wins and five Class 3A state titles.

Schneider’s WIAA bio.

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