||The Panthers went 21-2 while Rick started at quarterback. One of those losses came after he was injured, late in the state championship game against Kentridge, as the team was moving goalward for the winning score. The other loss came the following year in the state semifinals against eventual champion Blanchet. Rick broke every WHS passing record despite seldom playing full games because of Panther dominance over opponents. A team captain, he earned "All-State" and "All-Big 9" quarterback berths in recognition of his senior season.
Standing 6'2", Rick also served as captain for the Panther basketball team and started for the baseball team as well. He was named "NCW Sports Awards High School Athlete of the Year" in 1974-75.
In college, he was a starting quarterback at the University of Oregon before leaving the team, with a year of eligibility remaining, to attend dental school.
- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.