By Oliver Lazenby
The Blaine Athletic Booster Club is working on establishing a Hall of Fame to honor former Blaine High School athletes, coaches, teams and contributing community members.
The club is looking for nominations for its first induction ceremony, planned for Fall 2019.
The Hall of Fame committee includes former high school baseball coach and athletic director Gary Clausen and former sports announcer John Liebert. The pair has a lot of recent knowledge of Blaine athletics between the two of them, so they’re especially interested in nominations for early Borderites sports heroes, they said.
The Blaine High School Leadership class requested that the booster club start a hall of fame, but BHS coaches and athletic directors had discussed the idea for years, Clausen said.
Once the booster club voted to establish a hall of fame, it began reviewing other districts’ hall of fame programs – Bellingham, Stanwood and Lynden all have established programs that nominate former athletes, coaches and others involved in high school sports annually.
The deadline for the first round of nominations is Monday, October 1. Nominations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hall of Fame committee members said they hope to have criteria for consideration posted online at blaineathleticboosterclub.com soon.