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WVC Hall of Fame To Induct
Assistant Football Coaches Gene Baker and John Murio
This year on June 6 at the Town Toyota Center, the WVC Hall of Fame will honor two influential assistant coaches who contributed to the college’s great success in football between 1980 until 1991 (the last year of the football program).
In 1980, WVC Head Football Coach Sandy Cooprider added Gene Baker (Wenatchee) and John Murio (California) to his coaching staff at WVC. WVC went on to have many excellent seasons thanks in part to Baker and Murio’s influence.
Baker was an innovative defensive coach who assisted Lee Bofto at Wenatchee High School. Murio, his friend who was an offense-oriented coach at Mission Viejo High School in California, brought the innovated offense to the table. Together, their different ideas meshed perfectly.
“Coaches throughout the Northwest looked to send their athletes to play for the Knights because of the player development that occurred under the tutelage of Baker and Murio,” said Greg Franz, WVC athletic director. “During their time at WVC, 17 players went on to play in either the NFL (quarterback Kenny Mayne) or CFL (Canadian Football League). Innumerable players went from WVC to area colleges and universities across the country.”
Franz said the WVC “Cascadian Football Camps” each summer drew 150 junior high school athletes for the first week and more than 200 athletes for each of the two high school camps. Coaches and players from throughout the state of Washington and the contiguous states participated in these camps. Both Baker and Murio enthusiastically shared their passion and knowledge of the game with area coaches. They impacted many lives through their coaching.
Chelan Native, NBA Player Joe Harris Jr. to Keynote 2017 Event!
Wenatchee North Rotary and the Wenatchee Valley College Department of Athletics is proud to announce that Lake Chelan native and current Brooklyn Net Joe Harris Jr. will be our keynote speaker for the 2017 North Central Washington Sports Awards banquet and WVC Hall of Fame ceremony.
Harris will be introduced by his father and retired Lake Chelan High School basketball coach Joe Harris Sr., who coached his son during a high school career that saw him ranked as the no. 32 shooting guard and the no. 119 overall player in the nation in 2010. After high school, Harris went on to play for the Virginia Cavaliers under Tony Bennett, who recruited the promising young player.
In 2014 he was selected 33rd overall in the draft, being picked up by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2016, Harris signed with the Brooklyn Nets and scored 16 points in their season opener against the Boston Celtics.
Join us at the Town Toyota Center on June 6, 2017 for the 47th Annual NCW Sports Awards & WVC Hall of Fame Ceremony!
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2017 Scholar Athlete Honorees Announced!
Congratulations to Eastmont High School student Kalea Bokma and Henry Elsner of Lake Chelan High School! They are this year's Scholar Athletes and both will be awarded a $1,500 scholarship at this year's 47th annual NCW Sports Awards & WVC Hall of Fame Ceremony. Read more about these outstanding student athletes here.
Bruce Bennett To Be Honored with Don Elliston President’s Award
Wenatchee North Rotary and the Wenatchee Valley College Department of Athletics are proud to announce the 2017 Don Elliston President’s Award honoree is Bruce Bennett.
For 17 seasons since 2000, Bennett has had perfect attendance as the official scorekeeper for the Wenatchee AppleSox before retiring. Bennett also wrote “The Bruce Report” - blurbs and in-depth analysis - and he was also a historian for a variety of sports in the Wenatchee Valley.
Bennett will be honored at the North Central Washington Sports Awards Banquet & WVC Hall of Fame Ceremony on June 6 at the Town Toyota Center.
“Bruce Bennett is one of the most honest and hard-working people I know. His professional integrity is beyond reproach,” said Jim Corcoran, co-owner/general manager for the AppleSox. “And he’s the only person I know that always has a sharp pencil with a clean eraser, ready to record whatever statistic needs to be kept for future reference. Bruce is a class act in all ways.”
Each year, the president of Wenatchee North Rotary, an organization dedicated to supporting student athletes in our region, selects an someone who has been integral to the sports culture of our region to honor with the Don Elliston President’s Award.
In addition to the Don Elliston President’s Award, the NCW Sports Awards & WVC Hall of Fame Ceremony honors the year’s Wenatchee Valley College Hall of Fame inductee(s) as well as the outstanding Female Athlete, Male Athlete, Female Team, Male Team, Female Team Coach and Male Team Coach in the NCW region.
This year, the Wenatchee North and Wenatchee Valley College are pleased to announce that Chelan native and current Brooklyn Net Joe Harris Jr. will be the keynote speaker.