June 17, 2002
City movers and shakers applaud slingers and sluggers
by Jeanette Knutson
One would think each young man on the 2002 Woodinville High School Falcons baseball team already had a head full of baseball memories enough to last a lifetime. The team earned, after all, the Kingco 4A Class title and State Championship.
But the team had one more honor coming, recognition from the City of Woodinville and its City Council.
In fact, at last Monday's City Council meeting, Mayor Scott Hageman read the team roster into the official city record. And as he read, each player stepped forward to shake each council member's hand and receive words of praise.
Though the players could just as well have received the official city candy, the Fireball, they received instead, a more lasting memento, a lapel pin containing the city logo.
Head Coach Terry Agnew received a certificate entitled Hometown Heroes Award, to be hung in the team's trophy case. He also received a key to the city.
"If you can figure out what it opens, let me know," joked Mayor Hageman.
The highlight of the evening for some was the presentation to Coach Agnew of a baseball autographed by none other than Pete Rose. The inscription read, in part, "Fielding your dreams, going the distance, Congratulations, Pete Rose."
It must be mentioned, of course, that the signer of the gift baseball was City of Woodinville's own City Manager Pete Rose, who enjoys the rare occasion when he can play off the megawatt recognition his own name shares with the Cincinnati Red "hit king," Pete Rose.
Mayor Hageman was genuinely proud of what the WHS baseball team had accomplished.
"It was not an easy journey for them. It didn't happen overnight. There was a lot of hard work and effort. But it showed and it paid off. The team had a 24-2 record. It's hard to believe there is that kind of excellence. ... The only team that could challenge these guys is at Safeco (Field)," said Hageman.
Coach Agnew said the championship was something he'll never forget, something for which he worked a long time. He said his team was a team in every sense.
"It was a great mix of seniors, juniors and sophomores. There was no complaining when someone didn't get to play. There was no animosity."
Agnew said he was very proud of his team and grateful for the community support.
Principal of Woodinville High School Vicki Puckett thanked the City Council for the sports fields it built, for the recreational opportunities it provided young people.
"Without these opportunities, these young men would not be able to grow up to be who they are today," said Puckett. "Thank you for recognizing teenagers who are doing great things. Thank you City of Woodinville and City Council for your support."