Pat Fitterer and Tom Moore are two of the Valley's most successful and respected high school coaches of all time. All of Washington knows that.
This month, the audience for who else knows will grow much larger.
Fitterer, the second-winningest boys basketball coach in state history, was inducted into the National High School Basketball Coaches Association's Court of Honor on Wednesday in Seattle.
Moore, who amassed an unprecedented .860 winning percentage over 23 years as Prosser's football coach, will be inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on July 25.
Fitterer, a graduate of Ellensburg High School and Central Washington University, accumulated 728 wins over 37 years, a run that included stops at Highland and Eisenhower before concluding at Ellensburg in 2014. He won state titles at Sehome and Highland, where he still teaches physical education at Highland Elementary.
The NHSBCA's Court of Honor seeks to acknowledge those who not only win a bunch of games and titles but also grow the sport and coaching organizations through their lifetime involvement. Anyone involved with prep basketball in this state and beyond can attest to how well-suited Fitterer is to receive this honor.
He was inducted into the 2019 Court of Honor along with Don Showalter of Iowa and Chris Nimmo of Missouri at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.
Moore turned Prosser into a state powerhouse, winning 234 of 272 games from 1986 to 2008 with four state championships, four second-place trophies and 21 league titles. Nearly all of the Valley's offensive records are held by his former Mustangs.
In the spring of 2009, Moore stepped down as head coach to spend more time watching his sons, Kellen and Kirby, play collegiate football at Boise State. He still teaches physical education at Prosser High School.
The 30th annual Pacific Northwest Hall of Fame luncheon will have Moore rubbing elbows with a 2019 induction class filled with Seattle luminaries. The class includes Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, the 2005 NFL MVP and three-time Pro Bowler, University of Washingtontight end and 14-year NFL veteran Mark Bruener, Seahawks executive Mike Flood and Seahawks Ring of Honor coach Chuck Knox, who passed away last year.
Trio of All State Cadets
Eisenhower's Chance Ward, Drew Reyes and William Yocom — all first-team CBBN picks last fall — are teammates once again this week leading up to the East-West All State football game at Central Washington University's Tomlinson Stadium on Friday.
The seniors-only game for Class 4A and 3A players kicks off at 6 p.m. Athletes, 10 of whom are CWU signees, arrived on campus Tuesday.
Ward was voted the CBBN's lineman of the year, Reyes caught 117 career passes for 2,109 yards and scored 24 touchdowns over three season and Yocom was a CBBN first-team linebacker and honorable mention tight end.
All State softball announced
Eisenhower's Jackie DeGrasse earned All State honors for the second year in a row from the Washington State Softball Coaches Association, which announced its teams this week. Ike's three-sport standout made the Class 4A second team as an outfielder.
Cle Elum's Ariana Lombardi (utility) was selected to the 1A first team while teammate Katelyn Nass (infielder) was a second-team pick.
Locals who received honorable mention included West Valley's Sydney Remsberg, East Valley's Kendall Locke and Ellee Siebol, Selah's Sydney Wells, Naches Valley's Cienna Gunter and Cle Elum's Davi Vaughn.
Catching up on coaches
Eisenhower has hired Ray Harris as its new girls basketball coach, and Amanda Gall is taking over as Davis' new volleyball coach this fall.
Tim Ravet stepped down as Kittitas' boys basketball coach and the school has hired Chet Weekes to take over, and Sunnyside has a new girls soccer coach in Morgan Green, who has been involved in the girls basketball program.
Summer in the ring
Kahlani Schloss, who will be a senior at Davis this fall, capped her busy track and field summer last weekend with a ninth-place finish in the discus at the USATF Region 13 Junior Olympic meet at Mount Tahoma High School.
Competing in the age 17-18 division, Schloss threw 118 feet, 4 inches in the same ring where she placed fifth in the 4A state meet in May. She was also 10th in the javelin and 11th in the shot.
Schloss swept the shot and discus at the Inland Empire and Northwest qualifiers in June.
Honors and such
The CBBN's spring recipients for the NECA/IBEW awards went to Cassie Kim and Alejandro Borges of Davis, Sophia Rodriquez and Zachariah Coscarart of Eisenhower, Kiana Hellner-Gomez and Mike Rivera of Sunnyside and Katharine Whitman and Luke Powers of West Valley. ... East Valley's Haley Benedetti, who's headed to CWU and already has her AA degree from YVC, was one of the state's 15 recipients of the Burnett-Ennis scholarship from the state coaches association.