Olympia High names 4th Hall of Fame class

mwochnick@theolympian.comApril 24, 2014 

Olympia High School will honor five individuals and five state championship teams during its fourth annual athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for the dinner, auction and ceremony at the high school. Tickets cost $30 and may be purchased at the school or at ohsgrowlathletics.com.

The inductees: longtime volleyball coach Laurie Creighton (lifetime achievement award; coached two state title teams and earned 17 top-eight state trophies); Mel Melin (Class of 1958; all-state football player, quarterbacked at Washington State before heading to the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League); Brian Boulac (1959; 10-time letterman, played football at Notre Dame); Cheryl Brandell (1984; three-sport athlete, all-state basketball

player, four-year starter at Montana); and Jessie McLaughlin (2002; all-state cross-country/track and field runner, ran at Arizona State).

The ceremony also will honor five state championship teams: 1929 boys basketball, 1984 football, 1996 and ’98 girls golf, and 1998 volleyball.


Tumwater High School’s fifth annual athletic Hall of Fame induction is May 10, when the school’s athletic booster club will induct four new members. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with a live auction starting at 7. The induction ceremony will follow.

The inductees are: Jim Madison (Class of 1965; 11-time letter winner who held state discus record for almost 30 years, played football at University of Puget Sound); Scott Gurnsey (1990; three-sport athlete, all-state football player, led Thunderbirds to two state titles); Kevin Clark (1992; won five state titles in track, led T-Birds to two undefeated football seasons); and coach Deb Matuizek (1978-2003; volleyball and fastpitch coach, led T-Birds to 1993 fastpitch state title).

Advance tickets are $25 ($30 at the door) and may be purchased at the school.


Centralia announced this week that Doug Ashmore has been named its new girls basketball coach.

Ashmore, who teaches physical education at Centralia, spent this past season as the boys C-team coach after the previous six seasons as Onalaska’s girls head coach. He led the Loggers to six consecutive state tournament appearances, including a fourth-place Class 1A finish in 2012.

Ashmore replaces Tom Kelly, a former River Ridge coach, who resigned earlier this month after two seasons.


For the fourth consecutive year, the Capital and North Thurston baseball teams will play a nonleague game at Cheney Stadium, home of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers, at 3 p.m. Saturday. ... Tenino girls basketball coach Wanda Blanksma resigned after six seasons. The Beavers went 1-19 last season. ... Shelton boys basketball coach Del Sandberg, brother of Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, resigned after two seasons. The Highclimbers went 0-20 last season. ... W.F. West senior Nike McClure, The Olympian’s All-Area girls basketball Player of the Year, will participate Saturday in the annual Northwest Shootout, an all-star game featuring the top players from Washington and Oregon. The girls game is set for 4 p.m. at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Ore.

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 mwochnick@theolympian.com theolympian.com/ southsoundsports

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