2.6.15 - 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
All of the inductees in the Chelan High School Hall of Fame gathered together with their families and presenters for a group photo.
Chelan inducts past graduates to its ‘Hall of Fame’
by Richard Uhlhorn
One team and four past Chelan High School athletes were inducted in to Chelan High School’s first annual ‘Hall of Fame’ induction. Each representative of or athlete was given a plaque and each team or athlete inducted will have a much larger plaque installed at the Community Gymnasium.
1935 Chelan High School Football Team
The 1935 CHS football team dominated North Central Washington teams in 1932 by defeating 24 teams without a loss. They then went on to 1933 when they were not scored on in 16 games and scored 612 points. Led by Coach Bob Brunbey, a WSU graduate, this team had an eight year record of 46 wins, 12 losses and 5 ties.
The 1935 team was made up of Swede Carter, George Novotny, Bob Johnson, Alo Thomas, Harry Spake, Jack Veroske, Lloyd Marchal, Pony Novotny, Martin Faletto, George (Doc) Snyder and Jean Pasley.
Robert (Inky) Engstrom
In 1949, Robert Engstrom came to Chelan to accept a teaching/coaching job. He had just graduated from the University of Washington and while at the UW he was on the Husky basketball squad that won the Pacific Conference League.
In 1949, Engstrom led the Chelan basketball team to a fifth place finish in the state. The next year it was third place and then in 1951, the Chelan team won the State Championship. During his tenure at Chelan High School, Engstrom led Chelan to six state appearances in his first seven years of coaching. He was also a football and baseball coach and served as the Athletic Director. He retired in 1979.
Bill Veroske was an outstanding Chelan High School athlete from 1938 to 1942 in football, baseball and track. He was a captain on the football team, won the Golden Gloves boxing championships in 1942, helped start the boys and girl’s golf teams at Chelan and notably, Veroske held the State Shot Put record for 52 years. He actually helped Michael Young beat his record.
After high school, he helped establish Echo Valley Ski Hill and volunteered on the Mission Ridge Ski Patrol where he skied into his 80s. Bill also helped the Lake Chelan Recreation Association start the Lake Chelan Slam ‘n Jam 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament which is now a major fund raiser for Chelan’s AAU program 21 years later.
At 94 years young, Bill and his wife Thelma were both in attendance at the induction.
Drafted by the New York Yankees in 1966, Steve Kline was one of the greatest high school athletes to ever come out of North Central Washington.
In 1966 he was on the non-tourney all state baseball team and helped Chelan win three Caribou Trail League baseball titles.
His best season in the majors was 1972 when he posted a 16-9 record for the Yankees with an ERA of 1.20. It was a year in which he led the American League. Steve now lives with his wife in Chelan and is a regular fan at Chelan sporting events.
Last, but not least in the first athletes to be inducted into the Hall of Fame was Coco Poirier. Coco was an outstanding three sport athlete from 1999 to 2003, earning 12 varsity letters.
She was a four year starter on the Lady Goat Volleyball Team and was a CWAC 2nd team and 1st team athlete in volleyball as well as being honored as the Most Valuable Player in the league. She was a member of the first Chelan Volleyball Team to play at a State Volleyball Tournament and helped Chelan take a second place trophy home.
Coco was also a four year starter on the basketball team. In her junior and senior year she was a 1st Team-All Tournament player and was the leading scorer in 2A State Basketball. She was voted co-MVP in 2003 at the tournament averaging 17 points per game.
She still holds the record in the long jump and triple jump at Chelan. Coco was the District and State Champion in the long jump in 2002. In her senior year, she was co-Valedictorian and after graduation, accepted a volleyball scholarship at Eastern Washington University. Coco is currently working as a Sports Physical Therapist in the Seattle area.