Wenatchee High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Jim Arnsberg
CLASS of 1959 Baseball, Basketball and Football ATHLETE
When the hard-throwing, 6'2", righthander took the mound for the Panthers, opposing batters might as well have been swinging toothpicks. As a senior, Jim only gave up a single earned run and struck out 105 in 56 innings pitched while posting an 8-0 record. During three years as a hurler, he was 15-4 with 237 strikeouts in 151 innings. Also one of the team's top hitters, he had the distinction to be the first sophomore to belt a homerun over the fence at Rec Park. Arnsberg was selected to play in the "All-State Game" in Seattle as a senior.

A three year starter for the Wenatchee High basketball squad, he scored 777 career points. His senior season, Jim was the leading point producer on a squad that played in the state tournament and earned a "second team All-State" berth. In the opening game of the state tourney, he tallied 30 points in a 55-44 loss to Ballard.

Arnsberg was also a starting end as a gridder for the 8-1 Panthers as a junior, but elected not to play football his final year. Jim was named "Panther Best" as a senior and earned seven letters.

Rather than signing a minor league contract, he accepted a scholarship to play baseball at Seattle University. He was a stalwart for the Chieftains on the mound for two seasons until injury curtailed his career.

- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.