Snohomish County Hall of Fame honoring 8
Last updated 7/10/2018 at Noon
Five athletes, one coach, one team and a local sports contributor are all members of the latest class of inductees into the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame.
The eight ladies and gentlemen are being recognized and honored for their “outstanding contributions to their sport or vocation at the state, national and/or international stage and thus have brought state, national and/or international acclaim to themselves and Snohomish County.”
A 30-member Sports Hall of Fame Committee and public nomination selected the 2018 induction group.
The 2018 induction class includes
Tracy Osborn Nelson a stand out soccer player at Cascade High School in Everett and collegiately at the University of Portland. Nelson’s playing career stretched throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In that span, she was a member of the U.S. Youth National Soccer Team for three years and spent one year on the U.S. Amateur National Champion Team. She was the Herald’s 1994 Woman of the Year in Sports. She coached the women’s soccer team at Clackamas Community College for eight years and won three Northwest Athletic Conference championships, as well as three coach of the year awards.
Deni Boswell Maxwell graduated from Meadowdale High School in 1994 and attended Seattle Pacific University where she competed in gymnastics at the Falcon Gymnastics Club. During her senior year, Maxwell qualified for the Girls Junior Olympic National Championship. At SPU, Maxwell was a 3-time national champion and during her senior year she was an All-American in the vault, uneven bars, floor and beam.
Richie Chambers was a three-sport star at Lake Stevens High School. Chambers was a state champion in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles, a state champion wrestler and an All-WESCO running back and defender for the Vikings. He continued his football career at the University of Washington where he was a three-year starting linebacker.
Karen Church graduated from Stanwood High School in 1985 as a state champion runner and three-year letter winning basketball player. On two occasions, Church won the 400m state championship race and won the 200m competition during her senior year. She attended the University of Oregon on a track scholarship and competed in four events including to 100, 200, 400 meters and the 4 by 100m relay. In 1987, she placed fourth in the 400m at the NCAA Junior Nationals.
Janet Kusler, an original member of the Snohomish High School girls’ basketball team, still holds the Snohomish single game rebound record at 25. She led the team in scoring and rebounding, before attending Washington State University where she was a 4-year starter and finished as the teams all-time leading scorer and rebounder. She played AAU basketball in the 1980s and won a AAU national championship as a member of the SeaBaskets.
Charles ‘Tuck’ Gionet is well-known for his time as a track and field coach at Snohomish High School. Snohomish won state track titles in 2001 and 2002 under Gionet. As both a coach and an educator Gionet has received awards including being inducted into the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame and being named the 2013 Washington State Civics Teacher of the Year.
Cascade High School’s 1991 State Champion football team is the most recent 3A or 4A Snohomish County school to win a state football championship. The team was 8-1 during the regular season and ultimately won the state title in KingBowl XV over Puyallup 14-7. The team was coached by hall of famer Terry Ennis and had four players continue their football career collegiately.
Warren Larsen officiated baseball and softball in Snohomish County for 58 years. Not to mention his time as a referee in basketball, football and wrestling, and as a collegiate referee of football and baseball. Larsen earned the respect of his peers which allowed him to referee more than his fair share of playoffs, all-star games and tournaments. He was the 1986 recipient of the Washington Officials Association Meritorious Service Award.
The inductees will be honored on Sept. 19 at the annual Sports Hall of Fame Banquet inside the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Angel of the Winds Arena.