At halftime of its football game against Mariner last Friday, Woodinville High School inducted the first members of its Athletic Hall of Fame. One by one, the athletes, coach and community supporter were introduced at midfield at Pop Keeney Stadium and presented with plaques. Every recipient smiled brightly and many shared the moment with proud spouses and family members standing nearby.
"It’s kind of uncomfortable," Woodinville athletic director and inductee Terry Agnew said, as he walked off the field afterward. "I was nominated to be in this because I was involved in organizing this whole thing the last few years. It has taken awhile to actually transpire. We had a group of old coaches that have been at the school for a number of years and some retired people in the community that formed the committee. I was glad to see it because some very deserving people have come through our school and it was nice that we could start giving them some of the recognition they deserve."
Agnew, who used to coach Woodinville football and recently retired as the school’s baseball manager, expressed appreciation for his experience. "Woodinville’s been a great place to work," he said. "I grew up in Bellevue and went to Newport. I came back from Central Kitsap High School and always wanted to come back to this area. I never expected to become a football coach, I just kind of fell into that. That turned out to be one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I had a great run of kids. I had a coaching staff with people who were my close friends. We took vacations together with our families. That was a really, really fun time for me.
"Then when I got the baseball job, that was pretty much the same thing. I had great kids come through Woodinville. It’s been a great time for me," he continued. "My kids all went to Woodinville. I was fortunate to coach both of my boys. Kevin was my quarterback for three years and was the shortstop on the state championship team. Andy played baseball for me for two years. My daughter Laura was a cheerleader for three years at Woodinville. It was a great time, a great experience."
The following were named to the Athletic Hall of Fame :
Marques Tuiasosopo 1997 Football, Basketball, Baseball
Ryan Lentz 1995 Football, Baseball
Trent Schultz 1987 Soccer
Trent Arrivey 2006 Basketball, Track
Pat Runez 1997 Wrestling
Leslie (Tuiasosopo) Gabriel Volleyball, Basketball
Brittany Billmaier 2003 Gymnastics
April (Saunders) Meyer 1994 Volleyball, Basketball
Amy (Van Lobensels) Moorhead 1990 Swimming
Suzanne (Culpepper) Hart 1998 Soccer, Softball
Shannon (Anderson) Grandbois 1991 Volleyball, Basketball, Track
2002 State Champion Baseball Team
Mike Dale Community Supporter
Terry Agnew 1990-Present, Head Football Coach (retired), Head Baseball Retired (retired) and Athletic Director.