||The 1958-59 Panthers were undefeated state football champions, lost only one game in two years, qualified for the state basketball tournament, and were a perfect 17-0 in baseball. Gene starred for each of those teams. 'Bake' earned "All-State" honors at guard and played in the "East-West State All-Star Football Game." He was a leading hitter and outfielder for one of the premier baseball teams in the state. Gene also played an important role for the state final sixteen WHS hoopsters.
Bake played football and baseball at Whitworth College and earned "honorable mention Little All-American" honors on the gridiron.
As a coach, Gene developed the fabled 'Baker's Dozen' grid defensive unit that dominated for a decade. Under his guidance, WHS went through the 10 game regular season without being scored on in 1973.
- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.