Four locals join WIAA hall
Former Mead wrestling coach Cash Stone, Reardan star Aileen McManus, Wilbur-Creston volleyball state fixture Chuck Wyborney and Odessa administrator Walt Thorp are among this year’s inductees into the Washington Interscholastic Activities Hall of Fame.
The quartet will be inducted April 16 during luncheon ceremonies in the Spirit of Washington Events Center in Renton.
Stone arrived at Mead in 1959 following a distinguished wrestling career. His teams won 450 matches, lost 124 and tied six times during 38 years. The Panthers won state titles in 1983 and 1993 and had 10 individual champions among 60 placers. He won numerous coach-of-the-year awards and is a member in four halls of fame.
McManus was dominant in basketball, in which Reardan reached the state finals three times, won one title and had a third-place finish, and in volleyball, including titles in 1982 and ‘83. She never scored less than 10 points in a basketball game, averaging 18.5 for her career, including 23.3 points as a senior. She went on to the University of Washington, played in four NCAA basketball tournaments, including back to back Sweet 16s, and won the Pac-10 when she was a senior.
Wyborney coached volleyball for 25 years, compiling an approximate 500-56 record. During that time, Wilbur and Wilbur-Creston made 15 State B tourney appearances and won four championships. He was also a clinician, passing his knowledge on to other coaches.
Thorp taught in Wilson Creek schools from 1953-69 and spent 1969-83 as principal and athletic director at Odessa. He won numerous awards, including the WIAA Meritorious Service Award and WIAA Gareth Giles Memorial Award for service to youth.
Others in the class are athletes Dan Strode from Moses Lake, Pat Connors of R.A. Long and Curt Marsh of Snohomish; the DeSales baseball program that won 15 state titles between 1986-2006; coach Maggie Trimble of Auburn; Okanogan county sports official Clyde Pock; and Ruben Van Kempen from Seattle for his work in the performing arts.