Wenatchee High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Dave Petersen
CLASS of 1963 Football, Baseball and Basketball ATHLETE
Dave was an exceptional three-sport athlete who earned the respect of coaches and teammates for leadership and was chosen to be captain of the football, basketball and baseball squads his senior year.

On the gridiron, Dave was a two-year starter at defensive back and quarterback. He was named to the "All-Western Conference" team in 1962, and selected as WHS's "Most Valuable Player."

A catcher and leading hitter for the baseball contingent, Dave played in the "State All-Star Classic" in Seattle after earning an "All-Conference" berth as well as recognition as Wenatchee High's "Most Valuable Player" on the diamond.

In basketball, he paced the Panthers in point production, was a tenacious defender, and team "MVP." Dave earned a total of seven letters and received the "Panther Best" award as a senior. He also excelled in the classroom and served as student body vice president.

While at Washington State University, he saw action at quarterback before switching to defensive back as a junior to help propel a team dubbed "The Cardiac Kids" to Cougar legendary status. Dave paced the Pac-6 with five interceptions as a senior, was a second team "All-West Coast" selection and played in the Hula Bowl All-Star Game where he picked-off two Steve Spurrier passes. He received WSU's J. Fred Bohler Award and as longtime Cougar broadcaster Bob Robertson commented, "He is, in all respects, a 'Hall of Fame' human being."

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