Wenatchee High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Jim Mengelos
CLASS of 1975 Football, Baseball and Wrestling ATHLETE
The legendary "Baker's Dozen" defense of 1973 didn't allow any points during the entire football regular season. Jim played an important role as a junior linebaker on that incredible team. Undersized at 5'9", 188-lbs., he was also one of the most dynamic players as a linebacker and guard the following season for a Panther team that only lost to eventual champion Blanchet in the state playoff semifinals. The importance of this 'fireplug' was summed-up by coach Lee Bofto, "He alone held us together at times."

After earning "All-Big 9 Conference" berths both offensively and defensively, Jim was seleted as an "All-State" guard. He started both ways for two seasons on the gridiron and was team captain as a senior.

Jim was a top flight catcher on the diamond for WHS while hitting both for power and a .356 average as a senior. After serving as team captain, he was selected as "All-Big 9" catcher in 1975.

As a wrestler, Jim placed second in the conference and fifth regionally. In all, he earned seven letters and was named "Panther Best" as a senior.

While catching for a season at Big Bend Community College, Jim received "All-Conference" honors before going on to catch for the University of Washington baseball team.

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