EAST WENATCHEE — Eastmont High School has announced their 2019 inductees into the Eastmont Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established in 2014 with the selection of nine individuals, two coaches, and one athletic director.
This year’s class recognizes three athletes, Kristin Sherrill (Walton), Morgan Clem and Kimberly Toftness (Van Hoven), one coach, Bill Patrick and one team, the 2008 Girls’ state champion track team.
There is a process to select the athletes, according to Eastmont Athletic Director Russ Waterman.
“Anybody can fill out an application which is submitted to the school. It goes into a general pool of candidates for selection. Each year in June, our Board of Directors meet and we go through all the applications,” Waterman said.
Waterman said they look who has been in the pool the longest and what their ranking is according to their bylaws and constitution. The first vote narrows the field to 15. The second vote narrows the field to 10 and the final vote selects the top five.
“It always gets really tight. This year, we had to break three ties in voting. That is the first time we’ve ever had to do that,” Waterman said.
Bill Patrick was the first wrestling coach at Eastmont, from 1962 to 1972. He was an assistant for over 15 years. He’s been nominated two times for the Washington State Coaches Hall of Fame. Patrick also coached tennis for three years. He taught at Eastmont High School for 34 years and still subs.
Kristen Walton (Sherrill), class of 1993, was a four-year letter winner in swimming. She still holds the school records in 50 Free, 100 Free and 400 Free Relay. She later swam at the University of Washington and still holds the school records in the 50 Free and 100 Free.
Kim Toftness (Van Hoven), class of 1990, was a four-sport athlete. She lettered twice in cross country, twice in soccer, four times in basketball and four times in track. In 1990, she was the state champion in the 400 and tied for second in the high jump. Kim ran for the WSU track team in 1991 and 1992. Her father was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2016.
Morgan Clem, class of 2008, was a dual sport athlete, earning four varsity letters in track and four varsity letters in soccer. She was first team all-conference in soccer in 2006 and 2007. She was the captain of the state champion girls track team. She was the league MVP in track. Morgan later competed in track at WSU for four years and was a PAC-10 qualifier each year.
As part of the 2008 track team, Clem was state champion at 100 meters and 300 hurdles. Clem was also on the 4x400 team with Hannah Moreland, Nikki Dotter and Devon King which finished third in state.
Brooke Randall was second in the javelin. Mady Miller was fourth in the shot put. The 4x100 team of Jodi Hocks, Courtney Abbot, Chelsea Putnam, and Devon King finished fifth. The 4x200 of team of Hocks, Jessika Hardgrove, King, and Clem finished fifth.
“That 2008 track team was tremendous. Several of the girls went onto run at the college,” Waterman said.
A reception for the inductees will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 in the Eastmont Commons. At that time, the inductees will be presented with their Hall of Fame plaques. There is also a celebration with family and friends in the student commons.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for halftime of the Eastmont-West Valley (Spokane) football game later that night.
“They are escorted to the 50-yard line and we present them to our home crowd,” he said.