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Spokane Valley, Wash. – Central Valley High School will welcome a new group of inductees to the school's Wall of Fame during an evening ceremony on Friday, January 25. The event begins at 4 p.m. with a social in the school's commons followed by the unveiling of the plaques at 4:30 p.m. The induction ceremony begins at 5:25 p.m. just before the varsity girls' basketball tip-off. Presentations continue through game breaks with the final presentation during halftime of the varsity boys' game at about 7:45 p.m. Central Valley High School is located at 821 S. Sullivan.

            Eleven individuals and two teams comprise the fifth class of Wall of Fame inductees:

  • Harry Amend – Class of 1963, head baseball coach (‘70-‘79), AAA coach of year (‘74)
  • Courtney Hepton – Class of 1992; all-league basketball player, 1992 GSL MVP
  • Ron Knudsen–Class of 1956; four-sport athlete, head boys basketball coach ('71-'78)
  • Brad Lewis – Class of 1968; all-league basketball player, scored 991 career points
  • Bill Pierce – Class of 1962; official CV basketball scorekeeper for more than 30 years
  • Dale Poffenroth – head girls basketball coach ('88 – '04) with 3 state champion teams
  • Duane Ranniger – Class of 1956; three-sport athlete; WSU athletic scholarship
  • Steve Rasmussen – Class of 1970; four-sport athlete; CVHS teacher and coach
  • Stan Rhodes – Class of 1957; four-sport athlete, Spokane Athlete of Year in 1957
  • Chic Sale – Class of 1945; stand-out basketball player; teacher, coach and official
  • Bump Wills – Class of 1970; three-sport athlete; professional baseball player 
  • Boys 1968 State Basketball Champions – Head Coach: Ray Thacker
  • Girls 1993 State Basketball Champions – Head Coach: Dale Poffenroth                

 

Nineteen individuals and two teams have previously been inducted into the CVHS Wall of Fame since the first ceremony in 2008. A selection committee of current and retired staff members and a community representative reviews submitted nominations and selects the next class of inductees. Nominations are accepted on an on-going basis.                          

 

Harry Amend

A 1963 graduate of Central Valley High School, Harry Amend was CV's Head Baseball Coach from 1970-1979. His teams compiled a record of 201-86 winning the Border League four times. His 1974 team placed 2nd in State and his 1975 team placed 3rd in State. He was selected Border League Coach of the Year four times and named the Washington State AAA Coach of the Year in 1974. In 1975 Harry was named the National District 8 Coach of the Year and he was inducted into the Washington State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1994. Forty seven of his players went on to play college baseball. Harry was a major league scout for the Philadelphia Phillies. He excelled in school administration serving as both a principal/superintendent for several school districts.

 

Courtney Hepton

A 1992 graduate of Central Valley High School, Courtney was an outstanding basketball player for the Bears. She was named All-league both her junior and senior seasons and MVP of the GSL in 1992 averaging 18.7 points per game. Courtney established several records while attending CVHS, including 145 rebounds in one season, 18 for 18 from the free-throw line in one game, and twice scored 40 points in a game including a Regional Playoff game against Kamiakin. All three varsity basketball teams she played on competed in the State Tournament placing 4th twice and 3rd once. She played college basketball at St. Mary's and Sonoma State. She also played quarterback for the Santa Rosa Scorchers, a women's professional football team.

 

Ron Knudsen

A 1956 graduate of Central Valley High School, Ron Knudsen was a four-sport athlete. He was the captain and quarterback of the football team and also participated in baseball, basketball, and track. He served as Senior Class President. Ron attended WSU where he competed in boxing, gymnastics, and a ski instructor as well as a fraternity president. Ron began teaching at Greenacres Jr. High before returning to Central Valley where he taught for 24 years. He was an assistant football coach with Charlie Dean and assistant basketball coach for Ray Thacker. Ron served as CV's Head Boys' Basketball Coach from 1971-1978 compiling a 103-69 record. His 1974 team placed 5th at State.

 

Brad Lewis

A 1968 graduate of Central Valley High School, Brad Lewis was an outstanding basketball player for the Bears. As a junior Brad was named 1st Team All-league and 2nd Team All-state averaging 15.6 points per game on a team that finished 3rd in state. As a senior, he led the Bears to a state championship scoring 594 points (22 per game average). He was named 1st Team All-league and MVP All-state. He completed his high school career scoring 991 points, which at the time was the most ever by a CV player. This record stood for 22 years until the advent of the three-point shot.

 

Bill Pierce

A 1962 graduate of Central Valley High School, Bill began keeping the official scorebook for Jack Blair's girls' basketball teams. In 1985 he started keeping the official book for the boys' basketball teams. For over 30 years Bill has served as the official scorekeeper for CV basketball games, both home and away including many district, regional, and state tournaments. He is currently the unofficial historian of the Greater Spokane League compiling records of every game played in football and basketball since 1925. Bill has been a fixture at the score table keeping the official book at all CV basketball games and is highly respected by officials and coaches.                

 

Dale Poffenroth

Dale was Central Valley High School's Head Girls' Basketball Coach from 1988-2004. His teams compiled a 374-103 record including 10 Greater Spokane League titles. Dale coached teams that competed in 14 state tournaments including a run of 8 years in a row. He coached three state championship teams: 1993, 2001, and 2002. His 1993 and 2002 teams finished undefeated each posting records of 29-0. He had four other teams finish in the top four at state including two runner-ups in the state tournament. At one time Dale's teams held state tournament records for most times participating consecutively (8 years) and consecutive wins (11).

 

Duane Ranniger

A 1956 graduate of Central Valley High School, Duane Ranniger excelled at football, basketball and track. He competed in the state track meet three years in a row and established a state record in the high hurdles. Duane was named 1st Team All-league in both football and basketball his senior year. He started in the East-West football Game and was awarded an athletic scholarship to WSU where he played football, basketball, and track as a freshman before concentrating on basketball. As a junior Duane ran the high hurdles in an NCAA meet against the UW placing third. After college he taught and coached football, basketball, and track for several school districts including West Valley.

 

Steve Rasmussen

A 1970 graduate of Central Valley High School, Steve Rasmussen was a four sport athlete for the Bears. He was selected 1st Team All-league in both football and baseball. He also competed in basketball and badminton, where he won the Inland Empire Singles Championship. Steve was CV's ASB President and attended the National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. Steve attended Whitworth College where he excelled in both baseball and football. Steve returned to CVHS as a teacher and coach serving as a head coach in both baseball and golf.

 

Stan Rhodes

A 1957 graduate of CV High School, Stan Rhodes was a four-sport athlete earning 12 varsity letters in three years. He was selected 1st Team All-league and All-state in football and played in the East-West game where he was elected a co-captain. He was named 1st Team All-league in basketball and finished third in scoring his senior year. In track he finished second in State in the pole vault clearing 13'2" on a metal pole which ranked second in the nation for his age group. He was an All-league catcher in baseball and was offered contracts by both the Red Sox and the White Sox. Stan was named the Athlete of the Year in 1957 by the Spokane Sports Writers and Broadcasters. He proudly served in the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles" paratrooper unit.

 

Chic Sale

A 1945 graduate of CV High School, Chic was a three-sport athlete competing in football, basketball, and track.  However, it was in basketball where he excelled leading the Bears to the district championship and state tournaments in 1944 and 1945. Chic attended EWU, where as a freshman he was a member of their championship basketball team. He taught and coached his entire career in the CV School District and served as the Junior High Athletic League Coordinator. Chic officiated football from 1950 to 2002 serving 22 years as a college official including officiating a Rose Bowl game. In 2005 he was selected to the WIAA Hall of Fame and is a member of the EWU Hall of Fame.

 

Bump Wills

A 1970 graduate of Central Valley High School, Bump Wills was a three-sport athlete at CV competing in football, basketball, and baseball. He was a 1st Team All-league player, served as an ASB officer, a musician, and a founding member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He attended ASU on a baseball scholarship and played in the NCAA championships with the Sun Devils. After college Bump played professionally for the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs from 1977-1982. In 1977 he hit two inside-the-park home runs which at that time was only the 2nd player in major league history to accomplish this feat. He stole 52 bases in 1978 establishing a franchise record of the Rangers.

 

CV Boys 1968 State Basketball Champions:

Head Coach: Ray Thacker

Team Members: Rodney Rogers (manager), Brad Lewis, Ron Haight, Danny Ruddell, Morris Moe, Scott Stetson, Gordon Finch, Rick Carnine, Greg Hansen, Larry Bliesner (manager), Tom Thacker, Alvin Herrmann, Scott Benker, Phil Lindberg, Scott Forbes, Barry Wills.

 

CV Girls 1993 State Basketball Champions:

Head Coach: Dale Poffenroth

Team Members: Emily Spear, Tanya Kirk, Jacque Clark, Kristin Hepton, Joey Ason, Regan McCliment. Lisa Lentz, Lindsay Donaldson, Aimee Turner, Suzie Boots, Laura Fralich, Alicia Lyon

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