Wenatchee High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Dean Kalahar
CLASS of 1960 Football and Wrestling ATHLETE
A lot is said about "playing with heart." Dean did it. Wenatchee World sports editor Dick Pieper noted in a 1959 column that "Demon Dean Kalahar is the finest high school player we've ever seen." He was a starting center and linebacker, leading the team in tackles for two years. Including the 1958 state championship season, the Panthers compiled a 24-2-1 record during Dean's three campaigns on the gridiron.

Following the 1959 football season, he was selected to the "All-State" first team and earned "High School All-American" recognition.

Also an accomplished grappler, Dean wrestled at state as a junior, but was denied the chance to challenge for the title as a senior due to knee surgery. In addition to athletic accomplishments, he served as A.S.B. president.

Although considered "undersized," he went on to star for Washington State University at linebacker and center as a three year starter. Dean was named Cougar captain and earned the team's "Outstanding Defensive Player" award.

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