Four former greats selected to Lynden Athletics Hall of Fame

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 18, 2014 

Lynden High School has announced its 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame class and is set to induct former Lion greats Doug Crabtree, Marv Nelson, Chuck Taubenheim and Mark Van Achte.

Lynden will host its seventh annual Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Homestead Resort. Dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the induction program will begin at 7 p.m. The cost is $40, and that includes a prime rib/chicken buffet dinner and entry into the banquet. Tickets can be purchased at Lynden's main office, and checks can be made payable to Lynden Hall of Fame Banquet.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, there will be a Hall of Fame members-only social at 5:30 p.m. in the LHS library, which will be followed by the Lynden boys' basketball Hall of Fame game against Ferndale at 7:15 p.m. in Jake Maberry Gymnasium.

Crabtree, class of 1968, was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball. He amassed over 1,600 yards as a quarterback his senior year, helped his basketball team win a state title and played catcher and hit for a .454 batting average in his final season.

Nelson taught at Lynden High School for 30 years as a science, math, history, creative writing and PE teacher. He also served as a middle school and high school football coach for 31 years, a wrestling coach for 17 years and a track and field coach for 25 years.

Taubenheim, a 1953 graduate, was a three-sport athlete and played football, basketball and baseball. He was a quarterback and punter, led the Lions to the state tournament in basketball and earned a 7-0 record with a 0.00 ERA pitching his senior year.

Van Achte was a three-sport standout in basketball, cross country and track and field. He led the Lions to multiple state tournament basketball berths and his 816 career rebounds stands as the best in program history. He placed 31st in state his senior year in cross country and was a standout track and field athlete.

UMPIRE SEACH

The Whatcom County Umpires Association is looking for people interested in learning how to umpire softball.

Training begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at First Presbyterian Church at 1031 N. Garden St. in Bellingham.

The association can provide officials for junior high, high schools and summer softball, as well as women's and men's slow-pitch leagues. Umpires will receive pay for calling games.

Contact Brenda Terpstra at 360-319-6233 for more information.

FORMER SEHOME COACH IN CONTENTION FOR NATIONAL AWARD

Pat Fitterer, who coached the Sehome boys' basketball team for 13 years and led Sehome to a 1996 Class 4A state championship, has been selected by USA TODAY as one of the top six active prep boys' basketball coaches in Washington and is in the running to be voted top coach in the nation.

The Best Of contest was launched in 2012, when USA TODAY began its search for the top prep football coach in the country.

Six coaches from each state have been selected, and three rounds of voting will narrow all coaching candidates down to a national final. Voting can be done at contest.usatodayhss.com/vote/bball-coach-2014/round-1.

Fitterer now coaches at Ellensburg, but compiled a record of 265-82 during his 13 years at Sehome. He's amassed 716 career victories.

Andrew Lang can be reached at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or 360-756-2862.

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