Wenatchee High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Stephanie Burns
CLASS of 1992 Softball ATHLETE
With a disarming pixy smile belying the dynamite in her left arm, Stephanie mowed down opposing hitters at a rate of 1.42 strikeouts per inning her senior season. Although Wenatchee didn't have a fastpitch program until her last year, the diminutive southpaw developed as a pitcher on regional all-star teams during summer months. Then as a senior in 1992, she shined for the Panthers as the state's preeminent prep fastpitch twirler.

Stephanie propelled the fledgling WHS fastpitch softball team to statewide prominence with a district title and third place state tournament finish. At state, Stephanie won five games while striking out 50 batters. Her season earned run average was an incredible 0.38 while compiling 18 wins.

As if pitching prowess wasn't enough, Stephanie hit .471 and played outstanding defense as an outfielder when not on the mound. She was selected as the "Big 9 Offensive Player of the Year" and also earned "All-Big 9 Conference" berths as both a pitcher and outfielder.

At the University of Washington, Stephanie was named to three "All-Pac10 Conference second teams" while pitching for powerful Husky squads that finished as high as second in the nation. She earned "NCW Sports Awards College Female Athlete of the Year" honors three times.

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