|Rick was selected to the "All-State" football first team both his junior and senior years becoming the first Panther gridder to accomplish that feat. Voted "Best Running Back in Washington" by state football coaches after the 1971 season, he was "first team All-Big 9" in football for two years and was a captain of the Panthers' 1971 state championship grid contingent.
Equally as dominant on the diamond, Rick earned a first team berth on two consecutive "All-Big 9" baseball squads as a power-hitting outfielder. He also started for two seasons on WHS's basketball team. In all, Rick earned eight varsity letters.
After graduation, "Mitch" was an "All-Conference" football player at Wenatchee Valley College and "All-Pac 8 Northern Division" baseball player for Washington State University. Rick finished his collegiate career earning "All-Evergreen Conference" and "All-District" first team honors in 1976 and '77 as a baseball player for Central Washington University.
- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.