Steve Skogmo- Class of 1970; Inducted 2012

Lettered in football, and track. First Team All-NW Running Back 1968 and 1969.Skagit County Champion Pole Vault 1970; Member of 880 Relay Team that won County, League and District Championship (Setting School and District Records) and placed 5th in State in 1968. Member of B-E Track Team in 1968 that won County, NWL, and District Championships. Upon Graduation, ran 3rd fastest 100 yd. Dash time in School History, Tied for School Pole Vault Record and Ran on 4x100 Relay School record Setting Team.

Received Football Scholarship to WWU. Played 3 years as Running Back and Punt Returner. Personal: Worked for Skagit/NW Distributors in retail sales of beer and wine for 25 years. Currently works for Walton Beverage, pop distributors for Pepsi. Lives in Burlington. Memories of B-E: Great memories of the best coaches like Glenn Rickert, Jerry Garcea, Bo Campbell and Don Leach. Also track coaches Ted Whan and Don Erickson. “They brought out the Tiger spirit in all of us.”


Steve Sooter - Class of 1970; Inducted 2011
Skagit County Champion, Mile 1969; Mile and 880 1970. NWL Champion, 880 1970. 2nd NWL Cross Country; District Champion XC; 3rd in State XC 1969. Upon Graduation ranked #2 in school history in mile (4:22.7); School Record Holder in 2 mile (9:30.8). Track and Cross Country Scholarship to SPU. 2nd in NW AAU XC Championships, 1973; All-American NCAA DII 3000 Steeple Chase, 1972; 1st Place Vancouver Relays, 3000 Steeplechase, 1974; National Champion 3000 Steeplechase, 1974.School Record Holder at SPU in Steeplechase at graduation (8:55.8). SPU Athlete of the Year 1974.
: BEHS Salutatorian (3.94 GPA); B.S. in Biology Cum Laude with Education Degree form SPU, 1974. Taught Woodshop at Bellevue Christian School, 1974-76; Started and operated Sooter’s Oak Shop in Seattle, 1974-82. Graduate of University of Puget Sound School of Law 1987; Member , Washington State Bar Association; President of Legal+Plus Software Group, Inc., 1988-present.


Curt Knudsen - Class of 1971; Inducted 2011
Lettered in football, track and basketball. First Team All-NW Linebacker, Football Captain 1970. Skagit County Champion LJ and TJ 1971; NWL 2nd Place LJ; League Champion TJ 1971; District Champion Long Jump 1971; 9th in State LJ 1971. BEHS School Record Holder in TJ upon graduation (42’2.75”); Current School Record Holder (as of 2010) LJ (22’8.25”). Started at Middle LB 1971-74 at Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada. FB Captain 1972-74. NW Small College Player of the Week, 1971; UPI Little All-Coast 2nd Team, 1974; Honorable Mention NAIA Dist. 1, 1974; Linebacker Coach SFU, 1976. Starting Linebacker Portland Storm, Professional World Football League, 1975.
Personal: Univ. of Wa. B.S. Fisheries, 1982; M.S. Fisheries 1985; Fisheries Biologist UW 1982-85. Fisheries Biologist Wa. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife 1985-1999; Research Scientist Wa. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife 2000; Private Consultant, Oncorh Consulting, 2000-2011. Married to Bonnie for 26 years with 2 children (Jessie and Hannah).
Memories of B-E: “I enjoyed playing sports at B-E immensely. The combination of community support, good friends, and a supportive coaching staff made it something I wanted to be a part of, and was in fact, almost every day of my four years at B-E. I understood that an education was important and B-E prepared me for that as well. But it was on the field where I experienced real joy. I am grateful to both the school, particularly Glen Rickert, Ted Whan, Don Leach, their staffs, and the community for providing me that environment and opportunity and to my friends who shared that experience with me.

Dave (Kong) Stevens- Class of 1971 - Inducted 2014

Lettered 9 times, 3 each in football, wrestling, and track. 1968 two way starter in football on NWL Co-Champion Football Team; Honorable Mention MLB. 1969 1st Team All-NW MLB, 2ndTeam All-NW FB; 1970 1st Team All-NW FB, 2nd Team All-NW MLB. Started 30 straight varsity games both ways as linebacker, fullback and on all special teams.

Offered Football Scholarship to Notre Dame junior year, but injured shoulder senior year. AAU Heavyweight wrestling champion 1969. Track: 1971 Skagit County Champion Shot Put ; #3 Shot Put in School History upon graduation (51-4).

Personal: Joined USAF in 1971 instead of college. Narcotic Detector/ Guard Dog Handler in Air Force. Received Commendation for Operation Homecoming (Return of POW’s from Vietnam). Played Football on Clark Air Base Team as well as Rugby. Coached 3 years of Little League Baseball and 5 years of Red River Football, the last year going undefeated and winning the championship. Competed in Powerlifting from 1971-1990 In 1981 Bench pressed 510 pounds; Squat 745; Deadlift 825. Back Injury ended powerlifitng career. Inducted into Automobile Hall of Fame in Midland Michigan in 1990 (ASE Certified Triple Master Automobile –Truck Paint and Body. Married to Wife Sheri for 40 years (hopes to have 40 more!) 2 Children, Jack and Kristina (passed away in 2006) Grandson named after him and Granddaughter Annalee( the loves of his life). Resides in Deville, LA.
Memories of B-EHS: Could not ask for better teammates and classmates. Also the coaches and all the faculty were outstanding. I am truly proud to be a part of the Tiger Spirit. Thanks for all of the great memories


Bob Lacey- Class of 1972; Inducted 2012

Lettered in Football, Basketball, Baseball and Golf

1st Team All-NW Football Def. End 1971. Member of 1971 State Football Champions. 2ndTeam All-NW Baseball 1971.

Memories of B-E: Vivid memories of beating Ferndale on the road the 2nd game of the season in 1971 as well as the legendary win in the game with Mt. Vernon. Really enjoyed and appreciated playing for Coach Rickert and the other coaches who gave so much of their time to make us the players we were.

Dan Berentson

Dan Berentson- Class of 1972; Inducted 2012

Lettered in Football,basketball, and track. First Team All-NW Middle Linebacker 1971. Member of 1971 State Champion Football Team. Skagit County Pole Vault Champion 1972. School Record Holder in PV 12’ 10.5”; 1972. Member of County, League and District Champion Track Team 1972. Received Football and Track Scholarship to Everett Community College. Skagit Valley Raiders Semi-Pro Football Team 1974-76. Personal: Graduated from WSU in 1977, BA Communications; Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica 1978-79; 18 Year Career as newspaper publisher for Skagit Argus (1982-2000). Honored as Lifetime Member of Washington State Newspaper Publishers Association in 2010. Married to Susan for 34 years. 3 Children , Mike, Jane, and Emily. All 3 are B-E Tiger Letter Winners. Memories of B-E: Beating Mt. Vernon in the “Big Game” in 1971. Saturday morning track practices with Coach Ted Whan.


Randy Tastad- Class of 1972; Inducted 2012

Lettered in Football, Wrestling and Baseball. First Team All-NW Linebacker and starting center Football 1971. Member of 1971 State Champion Football Team. Baseball Captain 1972. First Team All-NW Catcher 1972. Selected for All-NW Feeder Baseball Game in 1972, catching for future Philadelphia Phillie, Larry Christenson from Marysville HS. Personal: Graduated from WSU with a BA in Systems Management from the School of Business. Has worked for National Frozen Foods for 35 years in eastern Washington overseeing 30,000 acres of vegetable production. Lives in East Wenatchee with wife Shari (Entriken) also a ’72 B-E grad. Two grown children, Tyler and Stephanie , son-in-law James Flowers, grandchildren Addison, and Blade. Memories of B-E: Being on a football team no one expected to excel, but instead became one of the best ever at B-E. Making friends in high school that continue to be good friends to both Shari and myself. Having coaches and teachers that were inspirational mentors in high school and friends today.


Dan Peth- Class of 1972; Inducted 2012

Lettered in Football and Wrestling. 2 year starter on both offensive and defensive lines 1970and 1971. Outstanding blocker award 1971. First Team All-NW Football offensive guard, 1971. Member of 1971 State Champion Football Team. Played in Regional Semi-Pro Football League from 1972-1976. Personal: Graduated from WSU in 1976 BA in Agricultural Econ. Director of a Burlington-based community bank. Owns and manages a farm and cattle ranch in Bow. Married to Rondi in 1979. Two children, Owen and Rhea, both B-E and WSU graduates. Expecting first grandchild. Memories of B-E: “It was a privilege to be involved in academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities under my dedicated teachers and coaches, who always inspired us to reach the best of our capability. Along with sports, I especially enjoyed being involved in the B-E Band program, which at the time was second to none. Being able to contribute on a dominating 1971 Tiger football team alongside many talented and driven teammates was a very special experience, leaving us all with memories we won’t soon forget.”


Jay Overway- Class of 1972; Inducted 2012

Lettered in both football and track. Quarterback, linebacker, kicker, and punter on 1971 State Champion Football Team. Football Team Captain 1971. After the 1971 season, held school records for Most Punts in a Season and career. Most Passing yards in a season and in a game, as well as most yardage passing in a career. 2 Year Letterman in football, WWU. Member of B-E Mile Relay team that won Skagit County, NWL, and District Championship. Team placed 2nd in State 1972. Relay Team set Skagit County record of 3:24.9 that still stands as of 2011. Mile Relay School Record, 3:21.5. Member of B-E Track Team that won County, NWL, and District Championships. Personal: Married to Nanci and lives in Bayview. 4 Daughters and 8 Grandkids. Worked for Skagit/Northwest Distributing for 19 years and then owned and operated 3 different convenience stores. Enjoys chasing grandkids to their various activities.


Steve Mueller- Class of 1972; Inducted 2012

Lettered in Basketball and Baseball. 2nd Team All-NW basketball and leading scorer, 1972. First Team All-NW pitcher 1971. ERA of 0.63; pitched 19.3 consecutive innings without allowing a hit. Pitched 4 shutouts and 2 no-hitters. First Team All-NW pitcher 1972. ERA of 0.50. Pitched 6 Shutouts including 1 No-hitter. Had 25 strikeouts in a 12 innning 2 hitter vs. Marysville. Had 11 consecutive strikeouts against Monroe. Elected to State Feeder Game where he had a 10 strikeout shutout. Winning pitcher in the All-State Game, a 1-0 victory. Pitcher for Washington State University 1973. 1st Team N. Division All-Star at Skagit Valley College. 1.09 ERA; Pitched 1st No Hitter in SVC History vs. Edmonds, 1974. Personal: Retired in 2005 from Washington State Ferry System. Two Children, Brad and Brenna. 3 Grandchildren. Lives in Anacortes. Memories of B-E: “I’ll always be thankful for how readily I was accepted at B-EHS when I transferred from Mt. Vernon halfway through my freshman year. My classmates were very nice to me! I couldn’t have asked for a better high school experience. I had wonderful teachers and coaches.”


Stanley Rader- Class of 1972; Inducted 2012

Earned 8 varsity letters in Football, Basketball, and Track. 2nd Team All-NW Defensive HB , 1970. 2nd Team All-NW FB, 1971. 1st Team All-NW Def. HB 1971. Member of 1971 State Champion Football Team. Skagit County, NWL, District Champion 120 yd. High Hurdles 1972 Skagit County, NWL, District Champion 180 yd. Low Hurdles 1972. 7th State 180 yd. LH. #2 Time in School History Upon Graduation 120 yd. LH. Member of B-E Mile Relay Team that won Skagit County, NWL, and District Championship, 1972. Team Placed 2nd in State 1972. Member of Skagit County Record Setting Mile Relay and School Record Mile Relay, 3:21.5.

Personal: Distinguished Graduate, United States Air Force Academy, 1976. M.S. Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1981. Doctor of Engineering (Structural Engineering), U. of Missouri-Rolla,, 1986. 21 Years as Air Force Civil Engineering officer, Retired as Lt. Colonel, 1997.


Richard Sakuma- Class of 1973; Inducted 2012

Lettered in both Football and Track. 1st Team All-NW Offensive Tackle 1971. Member of 1971 State Champion Football Team. 2nd Team All-NW Defensive Tackle and 1st Team All-NW Offensive Tackle. Member of ’71 and ’72 teams that combined for 20 straight wins and scored 686 points to only 51 points scored against. Spokane CC. Skagit Valley Raiders Semi-Pro Football 1974-78. 1975 All-State Team at Offensive Tackle. Personal: Owner of Sakuma Farms. Married to Tami (Mahaffey) for 29 years. 2 children, Amanda and Rick, both B-E grads. Continues as a community supporter of B-E Football Booster Club. Hosts the Annual Homecoming Football Bonfire. Memories of B-E: Proud to be a part of the long line of B-E football players that continued the winning tradition of our school. “We were coached by the best staff ever assembled- Glenn Rickert, Bo Campbell, Don Leach, Jerry Garcea, and Jack McTaggart.” Enjoyed being part of the ’71 Skagit Super Bowl and beating Mt. Vernon 21-6 in front of a record crowd. Also to be on the first B-E football teams to finish undefeated 2 years in a row and receiving both home and away jerseys for the accomplishment. Will also never forget: “ I right, 23 Wham’ 2 back through the 3 hole…”


Buck Gower- Class of 1973; Inducted 2012

Lettered in Football, Basketball and baseball. Ended Football career ranked in top 3 in career receiving yardage. Member of 1971 State Champion Football Team. 1st Team All-NW Basketball 1973. Team Captain Basketball 1973. School Record for Points in a Season (468) 1973. Upon Graduation, ranked 4th All-Time in Points Per Game (18.7) 1973. 1st Team All-NW Baseball. Team Captain 1973. Played Basketball at Skagit Valley College.


Bob Bourns- Class of 1973; Inducted 2012

Lettered in Track and Cross Country.1972 Skagit County Champion 100 and 440. NWL Champion 440; 3rd in State 440. Ran anchor leg of Mile Relay that won County, League, District, and placed 2nd in State 1972. Mile Relay School Record of 3:21.5. Mile Relay also set Skagit County Meet Record that still stands as of 2011. Member of Track Team that won County, NWL, and District Championship. 1973 Set State Indoor 440 Record of 52.4. Set Kirkby Field 440 Record of 50.0. Won Skagit County Championship 440 setting record that still stands as of 2011. NWL Champion 440 Meet Record 49.2. District 440 Champion. 2ndin State 440. Anchor of Mile Relay team that won Skagit County, and NWL and Dist. Championships and Placed 2nd in State. Earned Track Scholarship to Spokane CC; U. of Hawaii, and University of Utah. All- Western Athletic Conference at in 1978 indoors for 600yd, run, U of Utah. Personal: BS Education, Univ. of Utah. Married to wife Victoria for 26 years. Owner of investment properties in Salt Lake City. Memories of B-E: “Burlington was a wonderful place to grow up and attend high school. The school had an eclectic mix of teachers, from the incredible Junior English teacher Mr. Williams, to the guru of chemistry, Mr. Macy. Going to school there was just a great experience. The athletic program was steeped in memories of past greats like Eugene Fitzgerald, and Roland Kirkby, clear through to the ‘60’s stars like Vic and Gary Randall, Rod Dahl, and Chad Dodd. I also had the privilege of being coached by the incomparable coach and teacher Ted Whan. He was a very good biology, P.E. teacher and the best quarter mile coach I have ever seen!”


Dave Komar- Class of 1973; Inducted 2012

Lettered in Football, Basketball, and Track and Field. First Team All-NW Running Back 1971. Member of 1971 State Champion Football Team. Skagit County Champion Javelin, 6th in State Javelin 1971. First Team All-NW RB, First Team All-State RB, High School All-American RB 1972. Upon Graduation set football records for: Most Carries in Career (493), Most Yards Rushing Career (2,954), Most Yards in a Game (330), Most Yards Season (1499), Total Yards in a Season (1769), Most Points Season (154), Most Points Career (360). 1972 and ’73 Skagit County Champion Javelin, 1972 NWL Champion Javelin, 1972 and ‘73 NW Dist. Champion Javelin. 4th in State Javelin 1973. #2 All-Time Javelin Thrower in School History upon graduation ( 201-3)1973 and ’74 First Team NW Community College RB. 1973 First Team All-American Junior College Grid Wire RB. 1974 Second Team All-American Junior College Grid Wire RB. Personal: Lives in Lake Tapps, WA with wife Tamara Bokker (1974 B-E Grad). Sales, Marketing and Operations Manager Wholesale Lumber for 29 years. Sons Jay and Max. Jay was a Nationally Ranked Hurdler at Cal State- Northridge; Max currently plays in the NFL. Memories of B-E: “Winning team and individual awards won’t be forgotten, but what I remember most was the sense of community. The citizens and businesses of Burlington could not have been more supportive to events involving the high school. Whether it was a school play, sporting event, fundraiser or passing a school levy the support was always there. I can’t remember playing in an away sporting event where the BEHS fans didn’t outnumber the home team. I am grateful to have played for such great coaches and to have played in front of such great fans. I would especially like to thank Glenn Rickert, Don Leach, Ted Whan and their staffs. I would also like to thank Principal Norris for creating the sense of community and family at BEHS. Glory and Fame to the Gold and Blue.”

Dan Estabrook

Class of 1975; Inducted 2013
Lettered in Football and Track. Member of NWL Champion Football Team that finished 10-1 and played in state AAA semi-finals. 1973 Member of Mile Relay Team that won County, NWL, and District Championships and finished 2nd in State. Member of 1973 Track Team that won NWL Championship and finished 8th in State. 1973 Won County, NWL and District Championship in 880. 1974 won County, NWL, District Championships and finished 5th in state in 880. 1975 Won County, NWL, District and finished 6th in state 880. Member of Mile Relay Team that won County, League, District and placed in State Meet. Upon graduation ranked #5 in school history in 440 (50.8). As of 2012 holds school record in 880 (1:55.2). Member of #2 in school history 440 Relay and Mile Relay teams.

Jay Shepler

Class of 1975; Inducted 2013
Lettered in Football and Wrestling. 2 year starter on both offensive and defensive lines 1973and 1974. Member of 1974 NWL Champion Football team that finished 10-1 and played in AAA State Semi-Finals. 1973 1st Team All-NW Defensive Line. 1974 1st Team All-NW Offensive and Defensive Line. 3rd in NWL Wrestling 1974 5th in Regionals 1975. Memories of B-E: “I have fond memories of being on the “meat squad” my sophomore year against some very capable athletes, most of the class of 1973. Coach McTaggart always told us that not only did we help the varsity get to be the best, but we got to practice against the best."

Jay Garcea

Class of 1976; Inducted 2013
Lettered in football,wrestling and track. Member of 1974 NWL Champion Football Team that finished 10-1 and played in the state AAA semi-finals. 1974 2nd Team All-NW Football. 1975 2nd Team All-NW Quarterback. 1975 1st Team All-NW Football. Led NWL in interceptions and was Named NWL Defensive Player of the Year. Skagit Valley Herald Defensive Player of the Year. At time of graduation set school record for most interceptions in a game (3) and interceptions in a career (13). 1976 Wrestling 2nd NWL, 2nd in Regionals, 6th in State. Upon graduation tied for 5th in school history PV (12-6). Played Football at Grays Harbor Community College; Played Semi-Pro Football for Skagit County Raiders. Memories of B-E: Playing for the great coaches, including Glenn Rickert, Don Leach, His father Jerry Garcea, Jack McTaggart, and Don Erickson. Also playing in the 1974 State AAA Playoffs.

Gerry Schutte

Class of 1975; Inducted 2013
Lettered in Football,basketball, and track. Set school record in 100yd. Dash (10.1). Skagit County Champion LJ 1974. Competed in Track at Skagit Valley College. Team Captain Football 1974. First Team All-NW Safety and Quarterback 1974. NWL Champion Football team played in AAA state Semi-finals and finished 10-1. 1974 NWL Offensive Player of the Year. 1974 Skagit Valley Herald Offensive Player of the Year. First Team All-State Defensive Back. Upon graduation held B-E school records for career passing yardage (1344); passes thrown, completed, as well as interceptions in a season (8). Personal: Graduated from Skagit Valley College, Plant Manager of Twin City Foods in Stanwood and has worked there for over 35 years. Married to Pam for 20 years and have blended their family of 6 kids together and now has 3 grandchildren. Memories of B-E: Proud to be a B-E Tiger, the school spirit and the supportive community involvement. Being coached by Rickert, Thursday night under the lights and making it to the AAA playoffs in football. The whole experience is something I will always treasure; memories that will be with me forever.

Bill Storie

Class of 1975; Inducted 2013
Lettered in both football and wrestling. Member of 1974 NWL Football Champions who went 10-1 and played in AAA State Semi-Finals. Started at Offensive Guard and Nose Guard. During 1974 Quarter final against Mt. Tahoma recorded 22 tackles; 18 solo. 1st Team All-State Defense. 4 year wrestler qualifying for state twice. 1973 3rd in Regionals; 1974 2nd in NWL and 3rd in Regionals. Semi-Pro Football with Skagit County Raiders for 10 years. Tried out with Seattle Seahawks in early 1980’s. Personal: Currently a Sedro-Woolley Police Officer for the past 20 years. Son Jon (Cassedy) Storie. Met wife who works and Skagit County Jail and married in 1997. “I hooked and she booked the bad guys.” Loves to travel and has run into past Tiger teachers and coaches, Glenn Rickert, Pepe Garcia, Mr. Forbes and Ed Brunz while at Mariner Spring Training or vacationing. Memories of B-E: I met many people, BEHS staff and students during my high school years who I have become lifelong friends with and stayed in contact with. Whenever I reflect on my high school years at Burlington-Edison it always brings a smile to my face.

Bonna Schibret

Class of 1976; Inducted 2013
Lettered in Volleyball, Track, and Basketball. School Record in Javelin and High Jump. 1975-76 Volleyball and Basketball Skagit Valley Herald All-Star Team. 1975-76 1st Team All-NW Volleyball and Basketball. Skagit Valley Herald Basketball Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year. 1976 NWL, District, and State Champion Javelin. National High School Honor Roll for Track and Field. 1977 Seattle University Lettered in Volleyball, Basketball and Track. Basketball Scoring Record and Female Athlete of the Year. Competed in National Championships Javelin setting Seattle U. School Record. School Record in High Jump. 1978 WWU Lettered in Basketball and Track. School Record in High Jump and Javelin. 1979 Basketball NW Empire Basketball Coaches All-Star Team. 1980 NCWSA Division 2 All-Tournament Team and Regional All-Star Team. Personal: 30 Years teaching P.E. and health at Sehome High School. For first 20 years coached basketball, softball, track and field, soccer, and golf. Currently Head Boys and Girls Tennis. In the last 9 years as boys coach has a record of 132-5 winning 7 NWC Titles, 7 District Titles and 2 State Championships. Has been coach of the year the last 4 years. In last 10 years as girls coach has a record of 111-38 winning two NWC Titles. Currently still coaching and teaching at Sehome. Memories of B-E: Athletic funding was for boys only. Karen Fure, our head basketball coach, drove our bus to contests. We made our own uniform tops. When I think of my high school athletic experience, the very first thing that comes to mind is the two coaches who influenced my life and career choice. I’m not sure that girls’ athletics of any sort would have made it off the ground if it wasn’t for two extremely dedicated teachers and coaches, Karen Fure and Christie Carder (Peterson). They single handedly took over the athletic program, coaching volleyball, basketball, and track to name a few. Both were great role models for us. They transformed our athletic program from GAA (Girls Athletic Association) where we did who knows what, to organized sports.

Shannon Wilson

Class of 1979; Inducted 2013

Lettered in Tennis, Track, and Basketball. ASB President 1978-79. #1 Varsity Singles in Tennis all 4 years. 1976 District Tennis Singles Champion and State Qualifier. 1977 Member of Tennis Team that finished 12-1 and won Sub-District and District Titles. 1977and 1978 Tennis State Placer. Member of 1976 and 1978 State Qualifying Basketball Team.

Personal: Graduated from BYU with a degree in history. 5 Children: Amy, Alison, Paul, Kevin , and TJ. Her father, Kirk, also elected to B-E Hall of Fame in 2006. Shannon passed away in 2011. She is represented tonight by her sister, KariWilson Hull.

Josie Reyes

Class of 1979; Inducted 2013
Lettered in Volleyball, Basketball and Track. Skagit County Champion Discus 1977; Skagit County Champion 440 1978. #2 All-Time HJ at time of graduation (5-1.5). School Record in 440 at time of graduation (62.1). School Record Discus at time of graduation (102-3). Member of 1978 State Qualifying Basketball Team. 1978 Honorable Mention All-NW Volleyball. Member of 1979 Volleyball Team that finished 19-1 District Champions and 7th in State.

Heidi Vallencourt

Class of 1978; Inducted 2013

Lettered in Volleyball, Basketball and Track. 1st Team All-NW setter 1976 and 77. 1977 Skagit Valley Herald Volleyball Player of the Year. Member of 1976 and 1978 State Qualifying Basketball Team.

Gretchen Knutzen

Class of 1978; Inducted 2013
Lettered in Volleyball, Basketball (4years), and Track and Field(4 years). 1976 Most Inspirational Volleyball; 1977 All-Star Team Volleyball and Volleyball Captain. 1976 and 78 Basketball Captain; 1977 & 78 1st Team All-NW and All-opponent team. Most inspirational 1978. Member of 1976 &78 State Qualifying Basketball Team. Member of School Record Setting 880 Relay Team. Skagit Valley College Volleyball; Basketball, 1980 All-Region 2ndTeam; Softball, All-Conference 1st Team. Skagit Valley College Athlete of the Year 1978-79 and 1979-80. Currently active in golf playing in WSGA, WSWGA and PNGA state events. Was medalist at WSWGA State Tournament at Sandpoint Country Club in 2012; 2nd Place finish at WSWGA Senior Tournament at Overlake Country Club in 2012. Eight Time Club Champion at Grays Harbor Country Club. Personal: Lives in Hoquaim, WA with husband Ed. Has 2 children, Kramer (22) and Kelsey (24). Father Gary Knutzen inducted into B-E Hall of Fame in 2006. Brother Greg Knutzen is currently Head Girls Golf Coach at B-E. Graduated from WSU in 1982. Teacher/Coach at North Beach HS 1983-85 (Volleyball, Basketball and Softball); Hoquaim HS 1985-89(Tennis, Golf, Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball). Memories of B-E: State basketball tournament senior year at 9:30AM at Bellevue CC.; Boys football team winning the state title in the Kingdome (played in the band); Friendly rivalry with Mt. Vernon girls basketball team, “we were all friends off the court.” ; Coaches Karen Fure and Christy (Carder) Peterson- “Great coaches who by their example set me in the direction to want to become a teacher/coach.”
Dean Erickson- Class of 1974 - Inducted 2014
Lettered in Football, Basketball, and Track. Member of 1972 Undefeated NWL football Team. Member of 1972 and 1973 NWL Champion Track Teams. 1974 County and NWL Champion 120 High Hurdles. Upon Graduation #2 All-time 110H in B-E History (15.0) 1976 Skagit Valley College 120 High Hurdle School Record Holder (14.9) Lettered in Track Central Washington University 1977 and 1978. 1977 CWU School Record 110 HH (14.4). 1978 NAIA Dist. Champion 110 HH.
Personal: Lives and teaches in Grand Coulee Dam area with wife Rhonda and daughter Kelcee. Father, Don Erickson, also a member of B-EHS Hall of Fame.
Memories of B-EHS: Great Friends! Great Coaches! Great Teachers! Go Tigers!
Bob Bridgman- Class of 1976- Inducted 2014
Lettered 3 times in Football, 2 times in wrestling and once inTrack. Member of 1974 NWL Champion Football Team that finished 10-1 and played in state AAA semi-finals. 1975 1st Team All-NW Linebacker; Skagit Valley Herald All-NW Offensive Line. 1975 Wrestling 4th in Regionals 8th in State; 1976 2nd in NWL; 2nd in Regionals; 2nd in State. Went to Centralia College, NWAACC 2nd in State Wrestling. 9 years played football in Northwest Football Alliance- 1st Team All-League Linebacker.
Personal: 30 years driving for Jim’s Hauling. Raised 2 sons who both went to B-EHS and played baseball. Both received full scholarships for baseball. Currently lives in Bow.
Memories of B-E: I felt like a part of something special. The friends and mentors meant a lot to me and still do. Staying in the valley has been a blessing and I love running into them now and then. You’ll see me standing on the sidelines Friday nights from time to time.
Mark Bianchi- Class of 1977- Inducted 2014
Letter winner in football and golf. Member of 1974 NWL Champion Football Team. 1974 First Sophomore running back to start for Coach Glenn Rickert. Led Team in rushing 1974-75-76. 1st Team ALL-NW Tailback 1974-75-76. 1976 2nd Team All State Tailback. Rushed for 2221 yards in career. Upon Graduation #2 in B-E History. Scored 205 Total Points. Over 50 different running backs carried the ball during Hall of Fame Coach Glenn Rickert’s career. Mark was the 4th leading rusher and 4th leading scorer among all 50. Offered several football scholarships but was unable to play due to injury. Member of 1975 State Golf Champion team. Placed 4th in State Golf as an individual.
Personal: 1976-77 ASB President. Graduated from University of Washington with a BA in Education- History. Taught at Arlington High School from 1988-2005. Served as Head Football Coach and Head Baseball Coach. 1991 NWL Coach of the Year. 1989-90-91 PTA Teacher of the Year. Mark has Twin sons Monte and David who both attend Everett CC. Both of Mark’s parents taught in B-E school district father for 38 years, mother for 36. Sister Monica graduate of B-E and UW with 3 grown children.
Chris Loving- Class of 1977- Inducted 2014
1977 Track Skagit County Champion; NWL Champion; District Champion; State AA Champion High Hurdles. Member of County Champion 440 Relay. Upon Graduation Ranked #2 All-Time 110H (14.8); Upon Graduation member of #2 (1976) and #4 (1977) 440 Relay All-Time.
Personal: Currently lives in Burlington, has a great family with 2 kids. Was a Burlington Firefighter for 30 years. Member of Burlington City Council since 1994.
Memories of B-E: Having a mom and dad with stop watches in the stands timing. Having a great coach in Don Erickson. Having great teammates- having lots of fun on and off the track.
Kevin Leach- Class of 1977- Inducted 2014
Earned 9 Varsity Letters in Football, Basketball and Track. (Freshmen could not letter at the time.) Member of 1974 NWL Champion Football Team. 1976 2nd Team All-NW Basketball. 1976 Quarterback of NWL Champion Football Team that lost in State Quarterfinals. 1977 1st Team All-NW Basketball, 1st Team All-Area Skagit Valley Herald and Bellingham Herald Basketball. 2nd in NWL Scoring Avg. 1976 County Champion Triple Jump. Upon Graduation #4 All-time High Jump (5-10). Upon Graduation #3 All-time Triple Jump (41-1). 1977 Winner of Brad Gower Memorial Award as Outstanding Senior Athlete. Basketball Scholarship to SVC where he was a 2 year starter.
Personal: Father, Don, is in B-E Hall of Fame as a coach.
Memories of B-E: Being part of successful programs due to over-qualified coaches he had in all 3 sports, specifically his father, Don Leach, and coaches, Glenn Rickert, Jerry Garcea, Don Erickson, and Jack McTaggart. Favorite memories include asking his football center, Jon Rickert, what play to call when they needed it most (when QB’s called their own plays). Thanks to the entire community for the great support he received as a Burlington-Edison Tiger.
Terry Shaffer- Class of 1978- Inducted 2014
Member of 1977 NWL Champion Football Team. Member of 1977 Kingbowl AA State Champion Football Team. 1977 1st Team All-NW Football. NWL All-Opponent 1st Team. Skagit Valley Herald All-Area Team- Defense. Skagit Valley Herald Defensive Player of the Year.
Personal: Skagit Valley Rugby Club voted Rookie of the Year. Rugby Division Two Champions. Graduated from SVC with a degree in electronics technologies. Current career in machine automation and control and mechatronics. Married high school sweetheart in 1984. Has 3 great kids: Kaylee, Lacey, and Tye. Memories of B-EHS: Glenn Rickert, Jack McTaggart, Don Leach, and Jerry Garcea were coaches that instilled in us the competitive spirit and sportsmanship. Not just to win games, but enabling us to carry that with us in all our future endeavors.
Jay Breckenridge- Class of 1978- Inducted 2014
Lettered in football and wrestling. Member of 1977 Kingbowl AA State Champion Football Team. 1977 1st Team All-NW Football RB. Upon graduation 4th All-time in football scoring and top 10 All-time in rushing yardage. 1976 Wrestling 6th in State. 1977 Wrestling Regional Champion; 5th in State; 1978 Wrestling Regional Champion and State Champion. Skagit Valley Herald Overall Athlete of the Year 1978. As Wrestling Coach at Sedro-Woolley, won multiple team state championships. 2006-07 National Region 7 Coach of the Year. Washington State Wrestling Coach of the Year.
Dale Nuessen- Class of 1978- Inducted 2014
Member of 1977 Kingbowl AA State Champion Football Team. 1st Team All-NW Football RB and NG. Skagit Valley Herald Offensive Football Player of the Year. 1976 Member of NWL Champion 440 Relay Team. 1977 County Champion 440. Member of District Champion Mile Relay. 1978 County Champion 100. District Champion 440. Member of County, NWL, and District Champion Mile Relay. Upon Graduation #6 All-Time 440 (51.3); Member of #2 All-Time 440 Relay (44.5). Member of 1978 NWL and District Champion Track Team.
Mike Rabenstein- Class of 1978- Inducted 2014
Lettered in Football and Track. Member of 1977 Kingbowl AA State Champion Football Team. 1st Team All-NW Football OT and DT. 1977 County Champion Discus. Placed 2nd in Districts and qualified for State Meet. 1978 District Champion Discus. Competed in State Meet. Upon Graduation #4 All-Time Discus (143-8). Member of 1978 NWL and District Champion Track Team. Received football scholarship to Spokane Falls CC where he started for 2 years.
Personal: Lives in Sedro-Woolley with wife Darci. Has 3 children, Brad, Kevin, and Haylee. Has worked at Waste Management in Burlington for the last 20 years. Memories of B-EHS: Playing in Kingdome alongside my great teammates and winning the state championship. I was fortunate to be coached by some of the best coaches B-E has ever had. Thank you Glenn Rickert, Jerry Garcea, Don Leach, Jack McTaggart, and Don Erickson for all your support.
Dave Erickson- Class of 1979- Inducted 2014
Eight total letters in football, basketball and track. Member of 1977 and 1978 NWL Champion football teams. Member of 1977 Kingbowl AA State Champion Football Team (Scored touchdown in championship game). 1978 1st Team All-NW Football. Member of 1978 and 1979 track teams that won County, NWL, and District Championships. 1978 County Champion High Hurdles, NWL Champion High Hurdles, District Champion High Hurdles. 1979 NWL Champion High Hurdles. 1977-78-79 State Qualifier High Hurdles. Upon Graduation #2 All-time 110H in B-E history (14.8); Upon Graduation School Record 300H (42.5). 1980-82 Played football for Spokane Falls CC.
Personal: Graduated WWU with BA in Education PE, Health, Exercise, Science, and Dance. Taught PE and Health for 10 years in Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland. Throughout college coached track with father (Don Erickson), Ron Whiton, and Alan Heyntson. Currently working in campgrounds in Birch Bay for KM Resorts of America. Father , Don Erickson, also a member of B-EHS Hall of Fame. Memories of BEHS: Athletics are huge at BEHS. Football, Basketball, and Track and Field were my favorites. My mentors were elementary coaches: Ed Johnson, Brossard, Kink, and Sargo as well as High School Coaches Rickert, Whan, Leach, Garcea, Brunz, McTaggart and most important, my father, Don Erickson, were some of the best coaches in the state!!! Not only were you taught and coached great skills, but most importantly, sportsmanship.
Betsy Benson- Class of 1979- Inducted 2014
Earned a Total of 12 letters in Volleyball, Basketball, and Track. 1978 Member of Volleyball Team that finished 19-1 won District Championship and placed 7th in State. SVH All-Area Volleyball. 1979 Member of Basketball Team that finished 3rd in State. 1977 Javelin District Champion. State Qualifier Javelin. Upon Graduation #3 All-time Discus (94-4); Upon Graduation #2 All-time Javelin (125-9). Played Volleyball, Basketball and Track at Skagit Valley College. 1981 SVC Female Athlete of the year.
Personal: Took year off from college and went to Germany. Played and coached a 1st Division Bundesliga Team. Assisted coaching Girls Basketball at SVC for Steve Epperson for 5 years. Won AACC Championship in 1988. Graduated from WWU with degrees in k-12 German, Elementary Ed. And k-12 P.E. Has been homeschooling 4 children for the past 23 years.

Marc Breckenridge

Class of 1974. Inducted 2015.
Earned 9 Letters in Football, Basketball, and Track. 1971-72 Member of NWL Champion Football Team. 1971 Member of Undefeated State Champions. 2nd team All-NW 1972. 1stTeam All-NW 1973. Led NWL in interceptions 1973. 1972-74 3 year starter in basketball. Led Team in assists 1974. Member of 1972-73-74 County Champion Track Team. Member of NWL Champion Track Team 1972-73. Member of District Champion Track Team 1973. 1974 County Champion 180 Hurdles. Upon Graduation Member of #2 All-time 4x100 Relay Team. 1974 Brad Gower Memorial Trophy Outstanding Sr. Male Athlete BEHS. Personal: Enlisted Air Crew Member C-141 Starlifter Cargo Jet 1974-1980. Vietnam Veteran. USAF Racquetball Team 1978-79 Won several military tournaments throughout the world. Currently Field Safety Coordinator for Diamond B Constructors at BP Oil Refinery. Has one daughter, Alyssa, who was valedictorian of BEHS Class of 2004. Lives in Bow/Edison. Memories of B-EHS: Always looking up into the grandstands, no matter what sporting event or after school activity and seeing my mom and dad there along with my brothers. Priceless!

Jeff McMillen

Class of 1975. Inducted 2015
Member of 1975 State Golf Champions. 1975 2nd in NWL Golf. NW District Golf Champion. 1975 State Champion Golfer.

Steve Kahns

Class of 1976. Inducted 2015

Lettered in Cross Country, Basketball, and Track. 1975 Team Captain Cross Country. 1976 Basketball led team in assists and rebounds. School Record at the time with 11 assists in one game. 1974-76 Member of County Champion Mile Relay. 1975 NWL and District Champion Mile Relay. State Qualifier Mile Relay. 1976 County, NWL, Sub-District and District Champion 880. 5th in State 880. 1976 NWL and Sub-Dist. Champion Mile Relay. Track Team Captain. Upon graduation #6 All-time 880. #2 All-time Mile Relay.

Personal: Graduated from WSU and worked 31 years for Frito Lay. Retired in 2012 as Zone Sales Director for Oregon. Currently lives in Arizona with wife Gina. Has 2 sons, Noah and Drew.

Memories of B-E: All the great teammates and coaches I had the pleasure to compete with. Don Leach, Ted Whan, and especially Don Erickson who always had my best interest at heart. Also a shout out to my #1 Fan, my mother, Marilyn Forbes, who traveled alone many times to watch all the activities I participated in.

Tim Loving

Class of 1976. Inducted 2015

Lettered in Football and Track. Member of 1975 State Qualifying Football Team. 1975 County Champion 120HH and 180 LH. District Qualifier 120 HH, 180LH, 4x100 Relay. 1976 2nd in County 120 HH; County Champion 180 LH. Member of County Record setting 4x100 relay. NWL Champion 120HH and 4x100 Relay. State Qualifier 120HH. Upon Graduation, member of #2 All-time 4x100 Relay Team and #2 All-time 110 Hurdles (14.8). Received scholarships from Everett CC and University of Idaho. Injured knee in NWL meet senior year and never fully recovered.

Personal: Lives in Burlington with best friend and wife, Tracy. Works for Veca Electric and Technologies as a safety professional. Greatest wish would be to have my daughter, Anna, here with me tonight. I know she is looking down smiling.

Memories of B-EHS: Fondest memory was the day Mr. Rickert met me after 7thperiod, walked me to the gym and told me I was starting. Meeting Mr. Erickson at 5AM in the winter to work out and run 3 hurdles we set up in the very gym we are in tonight. All the great B-E Coaches I tried to be like as a soccer coach for my daughter’s teams.

John Henriot

Class of 1977. Inducted 2015

1975 Member of State Champion golf team. 1975 NWL Champion. 1975 2nd in State. 1976 NWL Champion. Winner of Thrifty Foods (Later Bill Egbers) Golf Invitational; Skagit Valley Herald Golfer of the Year. 1978 University of New Mexico Golf. 1979 Skagit Valley College Player/Coach. 1992 Winner of Washington State Amateur. Winner of The Skagit Open 4 Times.

Personal: Still plays golf competitively in the area. Lives on Whidbey Island with wife Kelley (Also a B-E Grad) and son Jordan.

Mark Jackson

Class of 1978. Inducted 2015

Earned 8 Varsity Letters in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Member of 1977 State Champion Football Team. 1977 2nd Team All-NW Football. 1978 Basketball Team Captain. 1978 1st Team All-NW Baseball Shortstop; Led NWL in Stolen Bases (35) Hit .389 and was voted to the All-State Feeder Series at Civic Field. 1978 All-Sports Award Winner. 1979-80 Played for Spokane Falls Community College; elected Most Inspirational and 2nd Team All-NWAAC in 1980. Played 2 seasons with the Bellingham Bells.

Personal: Have worked for Wilbur Ellis Fertilizer in Mt. Vernon for 27 years. Branch Manager for 12. Has 2 Children, Reanna and Ryan. Memories of B-E: All the great friends and the football state champion team I was on.

Mike Nevitt

Class of 1979. Inducted 2015
Earned 8 varsity letters in Football, Basketball and Track. Started at Fullback and Linebacker all 3 years of varsity football. 1977 Starter on offense and defense on NWL and State Champion Football Team. Credited by teammates as “One of the best and most unselfish blocking backs in the NWL.” 1979 Football Scholarship to Wenatchee Community College. 1978 starter on District Champion and State qualifying basketball team. Member of 1979 County, NWL, and District Champion Track Teams. 1979 County Champion Pole Vault. Upon Graduation #5 Pole Vaulter All-time. Personal: Mike’s father, Richard “Dick” Nevitt also played football at BEHS under Glenn Rickert making Mike his first 2nd generation legacy player. Mike lives in Bow, with wife and high school sweetheart of 30 years, Shelley (Lathrop) Nevitt. They have proudly raised 3 children, Hannah, Sallie, and Marcus. All 3 graduated from BEHS and continued the legacy of being involved in B-E athletics. Graduated from UW with a degree in Electrical Engineering. There he found a passion for woodwork and cabinetry. After 30 years in the woodworking business, Mike is an established business owner of Argusea Marine Woodworking, which makes custom Teak interiors for luxury boats and catamarans in the U. S. and abroad. Memories of B-E: Winning every game against rival teams from Mt. Vernon and Sedro-Woolley while in high school and sharing that with his father.

Scott Breckenridge

Class of 1979. Inducted 2015

Lettered in football, wrestling and baseball. 1977-78 Starting Quarterback for Coach Glenn Rickert. Qb for 1977 State Champions, threw for 2 td’s ran for 1. Member of NWL Champion Football Team 1976-78. Combined 32-3 record over 3 years of football. 1977-78 2nd Team All-NW Football. Led NWL in touchdown passes. Upon graduation, #2 All-time at B-E in touchdown passes. 1978 2nd Team All-NW Baseball. 1979 1st Team All-NW Baseball. 1980-81 Baseball at SVC. 1981 Baseball EWU.

Personal: Graduated from EWU with a degree in Industrial Technology- Production Management. Plant Manufacturing Manager at Dri-Eaz Legend Brands, Burlington. Married to Laura Minton Breckenridge for 28 years. Two Twin boys Thomas and Andrew. Very proud of accomplishments of his family. For many years has been involved in coaching and organizing youth sports and activities in Mount Vernon. Memories of B-E: I was fortunate to be coached and mentored by some of the greatest coaches and teachers in the history of the State of Washington schools. I enjoyed the opportunity to play in, and win, the 1977 State Football Championship alongside my brother Jay. I very much enjoyed playing baseball for Coach Clem in my senior year. I wish I could have had him as coach for four years instead of just one. Other memories include Friday pep rallies, practicing in the Kingdome just prior to the State Championship Game, prepping the baseball field during 5th and 6th periods, riding as a freshman on the football team bus, Tiger Club, the “Freshman Pond” and catching my future wife changing the B to an MV on Burlington Hill.

Barry Hastings

Class of 1979. Inducted 2015

Member of 1977 State Champion Football Team, 1978 1st Team All-NW Football. Led Team in rushing 1979, 1979 Member of State Qualifying basketball team. 1979 County Champion Track TJ County Record. School Record TJ and HJ. 1978-79 Member of County, NWL, and District Champion Track Teams. Football scholarship to Wenatchee Valley College. Lettered in FB and Track at WVC. Football All-Conf. Running Back. Semi-Pro Football for 5 years. Offered Tryout with CFL. Personal: Married with 2 children and 2 step children. Currently working as a construction superintendent for a large construction company. Lives in Mt. Vernon.

Marty Lopez

Marty Lopez

Marty Lopez- Class of 1971

Lettered in Cross Country, Basketball, and Track. Member of Undefeated County, NWL, District Champion Cross Country Team 1970. Member of State Cross Country Teams: 3rd 1968; 2nd1969; 3rd 1970. Placed 25th in State 1969; Placed 16th in State 1970. Individual Skagit County Cross Country Champion 1970. Lettered in Cross Country and Track at Skagit Valley College. Personal: Lives in Burlington. Wife Kay, Children Danielle, Lance, Brienna, and Christian; all B-E graduates. Retired from State of Washington Employment Security Department. Served on Burlington-Edison School Board, Little League Board of Directors, Coached Baseball, Softball, basketball and officiated high school basketball. Memories of B-EHS: Being able to compete at state cross country with my brother, John. The passion shown by coaches Ted Whan, Glen Rickert, and Don Leach had an impact on me in working hard to get better and at that time not knowing they were teaching life lessons that hard work does pay off. The support the community gives the school district not just at the high school level, but the elementary level also. Friends and memories made in high school last a lifetime.

Jon Rickert

Jon Rickert
Jon Rickert- Class of 1977

Earned 6 letters in football and basketball. Team Captain and most inspirational in football and basketball 1976-77. 1976 Football 1st Team All-NW Linebacker, 2nd Team Center. 1977 Football WWU. Player/Coach Skagit Valley Raiders Semi-Pro Football 1985-94. College and High School Basketball Official 1984-2008 (12 State Tournament Appearances.) Personal: Children Brett (27), Chelsea (24) both B-E Grads. Currently a partner in Bob’s Burgers and Brew, Cook Rd. Shell, and Mariott Hotel on Cook Rd. Has lived in Burlington entire life. Memories of B-EHS: Fondest memories are of playing for the great coaches we had at BEHS, Glenn Rickert, Don Leach, Jerry Garcea, Jack McTaggart, and Don Erickson. Also, Kevin Entriken’s minus 6 yard punt against Oak Harbor when we were seniors.

Don Olcott, Jr.


Dr. Don Olcott, Jr. - Class of 1973

Earned 8 letters in football, basketball, and baseball. Leading WR on 1971 State Champion Football Team. Led NWL in Receiving Touchdowns. 2nd Team All-NW 1971 and ‘72 Starting TE and LB on undefeated, 3rd in state Football Team. 71-72 teams went 20-0.

1972 2nd Team All-NW Basketball. Team Captain. Upon Graduation, School Record Rebounds in a Game (28). 1973 District Tournament Leader Points (19.3) and Rebounds (12.5) per game. Team Placed 8th in State. Golf Team SVC 1979. Personal: U.S. Air Force 1973-77. Master's Degree WWU and Doctorate Oregon State Univ. 2010 Recipient of WWU Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award for leadership in the U.S. and globally. Lives in Romania and the U.S. with wife Nicoleta. 2 Children and 2 Grandchildren. Brother of B-E Grads, Mark Olcott and Kathi Knutzen. Memories of B-EHS: Discussions and laughter about music and athletics with Jerry Schreuder in the B-E Band Office. The Spirit of the students and the town- quite remarkable in retrospect and you felt part of something special. Memories of Coach Rickert, Coach Leach and the other coaches. Jerry – you were my best coach and teacher, RIP.

Frank Dodd


Frank Dodd - Class of 1973

Starter on Back to Back Undefeated Football Teams 1971-72. Football Teams won NWL Titles in 1971 and 1972. Member of State Champion Football Team 1971 and 3rd in State Team 1972. 1st Team All-NW Offensive Guard 1972 and 2nd Team All-NW Linebacker. Voted Most Inspirational 1972. Played College Football at University of Puget Sound.