On October 27, 2015, at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, seven individuals were inducted to the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame. Get to know each inductee by watching their stories below. Next induction is scheduled for October 2017. Read more on how to nominate.
Athletic programs at the Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) flourished under the direction of Dr. Maury Ray, Athletic Director from 1974 to 2006. The CCS athletic program added six new women’s sports with Ray at the helm, offering 15 sports for over 350 student-athletes a year. He facilitated the consolidation of the athletic programs at Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College. CCS teams won 94 Northwest Athletic Conference championships (NWAC) during this span as well as three national (NJCAA) titles. Ray was named to the Community Colleges of Spokane Athletic Hall of Fame and the NWAC Hall of Fame following his retirement in 2006. The NWAC honored him in 2013 by naming their annual All Sports award for the top athletic program in the league, the Dr. Maury Ray trophy.
Classification: Scroll of Honor
Jim Stinson wore many hats in his 38-year teaching and coaching career. Besides being an educator, he was greatly impassioned by the long history of the WIAA State “B” Basketball Championships. As a result, he wrote three books; Tournament Fever in 1975, Tournament Fever II in 1979 and Remembering the “B” in 2012. He coached six Davenport High School girls teams in the tournament where they played in the championship game three straight years, winning the title in 1992 and 1993. He also coached two Northwest Christian boys teams at State. His career included more than three decades of coaching track and cross-country and he served for many years as an athletic administrator.
Classification: Scroll of Honor
Insightful, entertaining and thought-provoking, John Blanchette’s sports stories and commentary are legendary in the Inland Northwest. In more than three decades at The Spokesman-Review, his distinctive writing style has earned him dozens of national and regional honors, including seven Washington Sports Writer of the Year awards. In 2009, the Associated Press Sports Editors judged Blanchette as the top sports columnist in the country for newspapers with circulations of 40,000-100,000. He is a member of the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame Committee.
He may have come from the small farming communities of Moses Lake and Ephrata but Lanny Davidson made a big impact as a collegiate wrestler at Eastern Washington University. Davidson lost his first collegiate match, but went on to finish second place at the NAIA Wrestling Championships his freshman season. During Davidson’s sophomore season, he finished undefeated at 44-0 and won the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the NAIA Wrestling Tournament. Davidson won three consecutive individual national championships in 1975, 1976 and 1977. During his senior season in 1977, Davidson also led the EWU Wrestling team to a national team title by pinning four of his six opponents. Davidson finished his collegiate wrestling career with 159 wins, 6 losses, and 78 pins in the 177 pound weight class. Following Davidson’s collegiate wrestling career, he went on to wrestle internationally (Freestyle, Greco-Roman), and coach at the college level. In 1982, Lanny was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.
A remarkable running career has followed Annette Hand Peters since her 4A state title for the 1,600 meters at Central Valley High School in 1983. She holds three national USATF titles, including the 1993 title for the 1,500 meters and the 1993 and 1994 titles for the 3,000 meters. Peters made eight national teams and competed in the 1992 Olympics, along with seven world championships. This four-time All-American was a member of the 1987 national championship cross country team from the University of Oregon. Track and Field News ranked Peters as one of the top 10 runners in the country a total of 22 times, four times as number one. Peters still holds records as one of the fastest distance runners in the country.
Mike Price led the Washington State University Football team to the Rose Bowl in 1997, a feat that had not happened in 67 years. That same year, Price was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. From 1989-2002, Price’s 14 year career at WSU produced three 10-win seasons and five bowl appearances with an overall record of 83-78. His 2002 team compiled a Pac-10 conference record of 7-1 and again, earned a trip to the Rose Bowl. WSU football fans call Mike Price one of the best coaches in the program’s history.
As one of Idaho’s most successful high school coaches, Mitch Santos led the St. Maries High School Volleyball team to 11 Idaho A2 Volleyball Championships, ten consecutively. Santos started coaching in 1979 and throughout his career compiled an impressive record of 527-62. The Idaho Volleyball Coach of the Year was awarded to Santos 11 times. His St. Maries team set the longest high school winning streak of 145 straight victories.
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The committee is comprised of Spokane Sports Commission board members, as well as sportswriters, broadcasters and other sports-minded people in the community. Nomination categories are as follows; athlete, coach, contributor, and special category. To be eligible for nomination to the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame, the candidate must have been a resident of the Inland Northwest at the time he or she gained recognition.
Athletes are not eligible for consideration until five years after his or her last competition. Coaches will be eligible three years after their last coaching date, or retirement. Contributors are eligible at the discretion of the committee. Under special circumstances, the Hall of Fame Committee has the ability to waive requirements for athletes and coaches.
The Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame Committee, in considering qualified nominees, shall limit annual selection to no more than two athletes, two coaches, one contributor, and one special category.
Nominations should be submitted by mail or email with detailed information regarding the nominee’s full name, present address, and outline of achievements in the classification for which he or she is being nominated. If the nominee is deceased, the date of death is required.
The Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame depends on the support of individual donations and corporate sponsors.
Sponsor, donate, or nominate by contacting:
Spokane Sports Commission
714 N Ironbridge Drive, Suite 202
Spokane, WA 99027
The Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame, a committee of the Spokane Sports Commission, celebrates the achievements of top athletes, coaches, and contributors in the Spokane region. Our region's athletic talent is a huge source of pride and positive recognition for our area, and we want to honor those who have attracted regional and national attention. Hall of Fame memorabilia for all inductees can be viewed year-around at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.
Spokane Sports Commission is a 501(c)3. Contributions may be tax-deductible.
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