Wenatchee High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Blaine Brownlow
CLASS of 1960 Baseball, Basketball and Football ATHLETE
According to football coach Tom Byrne, "It's been like a morgue around here," after Blaine broke his collarbone in practice the day before a showdown battle between two undefeated powerhouses - #1 ranked Everett and the #2 Panthers. Little wonder since the diminutive 5'8", 145-lb. Brownlow not only quarterbacked WHS to a 9-0 state championship season the year before, he also handled the team's punting, place kicking and was a cog in the defensive secondary. Blaine, ever a team leader, made the trip to Everett and was an inspiration to teammates on the sidelines as WHS posted an upset victory.

As a three year starter for the basketball squad, Brownlow gave the opposition fits with superb passing, dribbling and ball-hawking. A sequence against Eastmont demonstrated his value. With the Panthers up by a point late in the game, he pilfered three passes and, as described in The Wenatchee World, " hit three straight shots from the field - two long howitzers and a driving lay-in."

A slick-fielding shortstop, Blaine led the baseball team in batting average both as a junior and senior. He was selected to play shortstop in the "All-State Game" as a senior.

Blaine was also a "second team All-State" selection in football and "third team All-State" in basketball. In all, he earned nine letters and was named "Panther Best" as a senior.

Brownlow played baseball at the Air Force Academy before transferring to the University of Washington.

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