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Press release from the Snohomish County Sports Commission

SNOHOMISH COUNTY – The Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame Committee is proud to announce the 2024 Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Class. The inductee class includes five student-athletes, one coach, one sports contributor and one team. The 2024 Inductee Class is the 14th class of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame.

The five athletes included are:

2007: Rachele Kloke, contribution from the Snohomish County Sports Commission.

RACHELE KLOKE STOHL, BASKETBALL AND ATHLETICS
A multi-sport athlete at Stanwood High School, Rachele Kloke Stohl made local history from 2003 to 2007 with notable accomplishments in basketball, track, cross country and golf. Her high school years were decorated with titles, including state triple jump champion and state decathlon champion. She was selected to the 2007 All-State basketball team and was the All-Area Basketball Player of the Year (as she was in 2005). When she moved on to college basketball at the University of Idaho, she continued to be successful, becoming a member of the 1,000-point club and being named to the WAC Second Team. She pursued her passion professionally, playing for the Burnbury Southwest Slammers in Australia.

BEN SOMOZA, FOOTBALL
Benjamin Somoza’s athletic career is marked by notable accomplishments in high school, college and professional soccer. A product of Edmonds Woodway High School, Somoza was named All-Area Soccer Player of the Year by the Everett Herald in 1998 and North End Male Athlete of the Year by the Seattle Times that same year. At the University of Washington, he was twice selected to the All-Pac-10 1st team and represented the national amateur team in 1999. He played professional soccer for five years for the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders. In his professional career, Somoza played a crucial role in the Seattle Sounders’ historic USL First Division Championship title in 2005. As the Washington Rush Executive Director since 2009, he continues to shape the soccer landscape in the community.

GEOFF REECE, FOOTBALL
Geoff Reece, a football legend from Everett, Washington, attended Cascade High School. He started as a walk-on at WSU, was twice named All-Conference and earned All-American honors his senior year. He was selected 61st overall by the Los Angeles Rams in 1975, capping his rise from walk-on to star. Reece left his mark in the NFL, spending four seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Colts. Reece’s legacy remains as a testament to his accomplishments and perseverance, as he was inducted into the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

WHITNEY HOOKS, ATHLETICS
A standout track and field athlete at Cascade High School, Whitney Hooks achieved unprecedented success as a multi-sport athlete. After graduating in 2006, Hooks captured four WA state titles in the shot put and two in the discus, setting a shot put record that still stands today. During her college years at Cal State Northridge, she helped win the Big West Championship and set a personal best of 50’6″ in the NCAA West Regional. She was inducted into the Cascade High School Hall of Fame in 2012. Hooks has also served as a coach and mentor, opening the Hooks Academy, influencing young athletes in Snohomish County.

PETER LEE, SWIMMING

Peter Lee of the Snohomish County Sports Commission contributed.

Peter Lee was a paragon of excellence as an athlete, veteran, coach and educator. His swimming skills were evident early when he won his first state title in 1939. Nicknamed “Torpedo” for his agility in the water, Lee dominated freestyle swimming and set the state record in the 50-yard freestyle that stood for over a decade. After serving in the Navy from 1942 to 1946, he continued his athletic career with the UW swim team. After a six-year hiatus from competitive swimming, he earned All-American status at UW. Lee’s coaching career at Everett High School spanned nearly two decades, marked by a four-year stretch from 1957 to 1960 in which he won two consecutive state championships and two runner-up finishes. Peter was well respected by his peers and students and was a true inspiration to the community.

The new coach is:
DAN PARKER, CROSS COUNTRY
Spanning from Snohomish High School to Glacier Peak, Dan’s coaching career is marked by an unparalleled number of championships. Over three decades, he led cross country and track teams to remarkable success, securing numerous league, district and state titles. 17 WESCO League championships for girls, 11 for boys; 14 Northwest District championships for girls, 9 for boys; and 4 Washington State championships at Snohomish, followed by 5 more at Glacier Peak. He is a multiple Washington State Coach of the Year and a member of the Washington State Track & Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame. Dan worked tirelessly to find the best competitors for his team and found creative ways to fund extensive travel through fundraising. Dan created lifelong memories for his teams and the impact reverberates through generations of athletes.

The sports contributor included is:
FRANK FOSTER, SPORTS ADMINISTRATOR AND SPORTS COMMENTATOR
Frank Foster served as Chairman of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame from its inception in 2008 until November 2023, and his leadership has paved the way for success. Frank’s career as a teacher, coach and administrator at Kamiak and Mariner High Schools underscored his commitment to nurturing young talent in both academics and athletics. Outside of the classroom and the field, Foster’s altruistic spirit led him to serve in various civic roles, including Chairman of the Mukilteo Parks and Arts Commission, Board Member of the Mukilteo YMCA, and Board Member of the Snohomish County Board of Equalization. A graduate of Cascade High School, Frank was also a great athlete as captain of the football team there.

The admitted team consists of:
2006 JACKSON BASEBALL TEAM

Photo of the Jackson baseball team, the 2024 inductee into the Snohomish County Hall of Fame. Courtesy of the Snohomish County Sports Commission.

The 2006 Jackson High School baseball team left an indelible mark on Washington State baseball. Led by new head coach Alan Briggs, this team featured unwavering determination and unmatched skill. With future MLB veteran Travis Snider at the helm, they swept through the season with an unblemished 27-0 record, culminating in the 4A state championship. Their rallying cry of “1-2-3-SAFECO” reflected their determined pursuit of victory at Safeco Field and symbolized their relentless drive to achieve greatness. They defeated 20 regular season opponents 232-34 and their postseason opponents 61-6 in seven games. Their triumph not only inspired their teammates, but united the entire Jackson community and marked a historic milestone for the school with the first team sport state title. Jackson also became the second best baseball team in the nation according to Baseball America Magazine.
The new inductees to the Sports Hall of Fame were nominated by the public and the 19-member Sports Hall of Fame Committee.

The 2024 Sports Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on September 25, 2024, at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Angel Of The Winds Arena. Banquet tickets can be purchased at www.snocosports.org/banquet/.

The banquet will also feature the presentation of KRKO Russell & Hill High School Male and Female Athletes of the Year, Snohomish County Collegiate Male and Female Athletes of the Year, and Herald Male and Female Athletes of the Year awards.

For more information about the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, contact the Snohomish County Sports Commission at (425) 309.2744 or visit www.snocosports.org/banquet/
Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame

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The purpose of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor athletes, coaches, teams and/or special individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievement in their sport or profession at the state, national and/or international level, thereby bringing state, national and/or international recognition to themselves and Snohomish County.

About the Snohomish County Sports Commission
The Snohomish County Sports Commission (SCSC) is a 501(c)3 sports destination marketing organization. The Snohomish County Sports Commission works to enhance Snohomish County’s economy, its image as a premier sports destination, and the lifestyle of its residents by attracting a variety of regional, national and international sporting events, supporting sporting events, and promoting the development of sports facilities.

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