|It wasn't much fun for opponents to have Tom, a 6'1", 208-lb. tackle glaring at them from across the line of scrimmage. Considered to be exceptionally strong, he was usually the spearhead of the Panthers' running attack during three varsity football seasons. Just as adept defensively, Tom was known for stuffing ball carriers in their tracks. He not only captained the WHS team, but also was co-captain of the "All-State Football Game" and one of the game's stars as a senior.
Tom was outstanding on WHS's inaugural wrestling squad and became the first Panther to compete at the state tournament. He helped to set a foundation of success for Wenatchee High's wrestling program.
Also a track athlete who excelled in throwing events for the Panthers, Tom earned a total of six letters.
After starting for the University of Washington frosh team, he transferred to Whitworth College and was a stalwart for three seasons at tackle. Tom was an "NAIA Little All-American" grid selection his senior year after being named to the "All-Evergreen Conference" team twice. He also competed for Whitworth's track squad.
Tom returned to WHS as head wrestling coach from 1962-75 as well as an assistant in football and track.
- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.