Wenatchee High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Pete Young
CLASS of 1947 Track, Football and Basketball ATHLETE
Lanky Pete Young dominated cinder tracks as one of the state's premier hurdlers. As a senior, Pete broke his own district 120-yard high hurdles record at :15.1. In all, he won three district titles including one as a high jumper. After pacing a preliminary high hurdles heat in the 1947 state track meet, Pete stumbled and almost fell at the start of the finals and narrowly placed second behind the winning time of :15.2.

On the gridiron, he was a sure-handed pass receiver and dependable blocker as well as a dominating defensive end for the Panthers during a pair of seasons as a starter. Pete was a mainstay for two campaigns on the basketball squad and was noted for superior rebounding as well as strong inside scoring. The 1947 team compiled an outstanding 15-5 season, but lost to Clarkston in the finals of the first Class 'A' District Playoffs, 27-26, to miss a state tournament berth.

Legendary WHS coach Doc Conway described him as "one of the finest athletes I ever coached - not so much because of natural ability, but because Pete worked hard to master every sport."

He earned eight letters, was a team captain in three sports and also served as student body president. After attending Wenatchee Junior College and starring in football, basketball and track, Pete transferred to Stanford University and competed as a hurdler.

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