Hall of Fame – 2019 Inductees

September 28, 2019

Inaugural EHS Hall of Fame Class Announced

Ephrata Tiger tradition and pride is being celebrated with the creation of the Ephrata High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The EHS Athletic Hall of Fame 13 member committee selects the outstanding individuals, teams, and/or coaches who through their athletic achievements or contributions have brought honor to themselves, our school, and the community. The purpose for establishing and maintaining the Athletic Hall of Fame is as follows:

  1. To recognize and honor the great accomplishments of Ephrata High School athletics.
  2. To encourage youth in our community to participate and excel in interscholastic activities.
  3. To preserve the rich tradition and pride of Ephrata High School (24 Team State Championships, 70 Individual State Champions, 233 League Championships, 146 District Championships, 144 State Top 8 Team Finishes)
  4. To recognize that athletics helps students develop “The Tiger Way” core values such as dedication, integrity, competitiveness, pride, and respect, which are necessary for success in life. 

Twelve former Ephrata High School athletes and coaches, along with one team, have been selected as charter members to the phenomenal class of 2019. The 1977 baseball team was the first ever male state championship team at EHS, posting a 28-2 record on way to their state championship season; Jay Stierwalt was a state champion wrestler for the Tigers, winning the 190 pound title in 1959, when all Washington school competed in the same state bracket, and also starred in football and track; Jim Freer was a 3 sport standout in football, basketball and baseball in the 1960’s, earning 8 varsity letters, 4 team captain awards, and multiple conference championships; Marsha (Kinney) Lance was a 5 time state track champion, helping pave the way for female athletes in the early 1970’s; Jeff Plew was the definition of a 3-sport star, winning 3 state titles for the Tiger baseball team, earning all-conference awards in football, basketball, and baseball; Becky (Wiersma) Packard was a 4 year varsity letter winner/starter in basketball and also starred in volleyball and track, earning numerous all-state/all-conference awards, along with 7 team captain awards; Gary Hagy was a 3 sport standout in football, basketball, and baseball, earning all-conference in all 3 sports and 3 state titles; Heidi (Moritz) Saville earned 12 varsity letters, and was a 9 time 1st team all-conference athlete in volleyball, basketball, & track; Dave Johnson coached baseball for 36 years earning 8 state titles, 45 league/district titles, 687 wins (state record), and is also a member of the state baseball coaches and WIAA halls of fame; Don McFarland coached cross country and track, with 14 XC teams finishing in the top 6 in state, including 4 team state titles, 21 league/district XC titles, and is a member of the state cross country coaches hall of fame; Marty O’Brien totaled 340 wins & 6 state trophies (‘93 State Champs) in his 22 years as head boys’ basketball coach, was part of 8 state baseball titles, and is a member of the state basketball and baseball halls of fame; Chuck Panerio led Tiger wrestling to 11 league titles and 5 state top-10 finishes from 1963-77, tallied a career dual record of 184-53-3, and is a member of the state & national wrestling coaches hall of fames; George Smethers has lived and breathed EHS athletics the past several decades, serving as a coach, volunteer, statistician, historian, and loyal fan. Congratulations, Tiger greats!