This October, the Blaine High School Athletic Booster Club Hall of Fame will induct 10 individuals and teams who were supposed to be inducted last year but were delayed because of the pandemic. In its second induction ceremony, the booster club will recognize the 1990 state championship wrestling team and baseball team among others.
Seventeen individuals and teams were inducted into the hall of fame in the group’s first ceremony in 2019. This year’s induction ceremony is scheduled for October 8-9 at Blaine High School (BHS), and the inductees are:
Contributor – Dale was best remembered for being the original “voice of the Borderites.” Dale was also instrumental in helping to start the booster club and Blaine’s little league football program.
Class of 1939 – Ernie led BHS to a second-place finish in basketball at the state tournament where he became BHS’s first all-state player. He was also the athlete of the year in 1939. He went to the University of Washington where he was a team captain on the golf team.
Class of 1954 – Bob was a versatile athlete and lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He helped lead the basketball team to the state tournament his junior year in 1953, and was named athlete of the year.
Class of 2002 – Becky earned letters in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She helped her basketball team earn two trophies at state. She went to state in track and field three years, earning several medals, and then went to the University of Utah and won medals in field events.
Teresa (Holleman) Goninan
Class of 1984 – Teresa participated in volleyball, basketball and track all four years. She was chosen as BHS’s female athlete of the year as well as being honored by the Bellingham Herald. She participated in track for all four years at the University of Puget Sound.
Class of 1990 – Rod participated in football, wrestling and baseball. He was a two-time state wrestling champion and chosen as the male athlete of the year in 1990. He wrestled at Highline College, finished second at nationals and earned a spot on the NJCAA All-American team in 1991.
Class of 1997 – During his time at BHS, Dwayne was a two-time state champion and two-time state runner up in wrestling, with an overall record of 138-5 during four years. He wrestled for the Canadian Olympic team and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, earning an All-American honors.
Class of 2007 – Joe earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. He helped lead the baseball team to a third place finish at state in 2005. The Milwaukee Brewers drafted Joe in 2007 and he played seven years in minor league.
1990 wrestling state championship team
The 1990 wresting team became BHS’s second team to win a state championship. There were four individual state champions. The team set a state record for the most team points at a tournament.
1990 baseball state championship team
The 1990 baseball team became BHS’s third team to win a state championship. The team tied the school record for most wins in a season (20) and came from behind to defeat Connell High School in the championship (5-2).
The hall of fame committee is also seeking nominations from parents, coaches and community members who know of past school athletes who may be eligible. The committee will keep all nominations on file and reconsider them for three years, if not immediately inducted.
To learn more and see the nomination criteria, visit the Blaine Athletic Booster Club website at blaineathleticboosterclub.com/hall-of-fame.html.
Correction: This story was updated July 12 to correct the year Joe Paciorek graduated and was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers, which was in 2007. We regret the error.
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