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West Seattle Herald/White Center News Wednesday, November 6, 1996 7 my pre- Uldn't want to work !of years. I've decided to as a sports editor occasional columns tt l'm taking a job as Northwest Catholic Archdiocese than working in of the people Interesting job I've the closest thing since I left Stanberry, Pioneering climber's ~ansfiguration and bigger than life, human. Mike is Sealth High brought the Sea- League in volley- xs no better interview. write too much :al Neighborhood personifies the that set West Scat- east of the No school had tile stability )b Matthews (cross on (girls' soccer (boys' soccer), :etball) and Ken all been true to the They bring their programs a sense of continuity that is rare these days. Bud Pripp -- A liv- ing legend in West Seattle, Bud first brought citywide suc- cess to West Seattle's baseball program in the 1940s. He's still the man Westside coaches should measure them- selves against. The tale of his exploits was my first big feature story for Dart Madden the Herald. Velko Vitalich and Kerry Tupper -- They are the continuation of Pripp's baseball legacy. As a writer, I'm not supposed to be a fan, but I admit I broke the rule when these two coaches were guiding their team to three straight Metro League crowns. Burt Pride and Sam Segawa -- They did what seemed impossible just a few years ago. They brought state prominence back to Evergreen High School. Pride's passion led the Wolverine volleyball team back to the state tournament last season. And if Evergreen keeps the dedicated, enthusiastic Segawa, who knows how far the wrestling program can go? Tom Burggraff-- He is a good coach just waiting for his day in the sun. Indian fans should thank Burggraff for bringing their team back home to West Seattle Stadium. I regret that I won't be around next year when the Indians finally realize their potential. Leon Joslin and AI Bostrom -- Joslin is 84 and still breaking world track and field records. Bostrom, at 80, has 10 national hand- ball titles, and was recently inducted into the Handball Hall of Fame. If they can't inspire you to get off your butt and exercise, you're a hopeless couch potato. The adults of youth sports -- I've had my battles with some bad apples, but the silent majority of moms, dads and coaches out there -- people like l~es Mullcn, Butch Lewis, Grant Brown, Stevic Woolen, Dave Green, and Ed and Judy Landin -- are caring people who offer a glimmer of hope in an age when it's never been tougher to be a kid. Clyde Shaw -- Clyde personified every- thing good about the Southwest Athletic Club junior football program. Sadly, the longtime coach died a few years ago, but not before organizing a reunion of former players. Sandy Baker and Kathy Newman -- Get- ting even the simplest information from a public high school can sometimes be a real pain in the neck. But not at Sealth. These two women usually had the answers I needed, and if not, they quickly hooked me up with some- body who did. And more important, they never lost their good humor with my incessant phone calls, and sometimes moronic inquiries. Naomi Mulitauaopele -- I've seen thou- sands of West Side athletes compete, but Naomi stands out figuratively and literally. The 6-foot-3 basketball and volleyball star came to Sealth about the same time I joined the Herald-News. If-a high school athlete can be a role model, she was. Naomi balanced a high-profile sports career and the classroom expertly, earning a 3.96 grade-point average. It paid off. She's now playing for the nation- ally-ranked Stanford University basketball team. I expect to see "'Omi" on the U.S. National Team in a few years. Phil Talmadge -- He's worn many hats: senator, state supreme court justice and youth baseball advocate. Justice Tahnadgc is a quote machine. He always knows what hc's talking about, and he knows it well. The old-timers -- Some of the most fascinating stories l'vc worked on came from this community's seniors. From the World War I1 heroics of AI Skaret to the alma mater pride of the West Seattle High Monogram Club, I've learned that West Seattle and White Center have thou- sands of rich histories that often go untapped. And finally, thc Herald-News is made up of a staff of good and considerate people who are olien unappreciated. I've learned here that work can be fun, and co-workers can be like family. If there is one person who ensured that I leave this paper a better person and journalist than when I came, it's reporter Tim St. Clair. For eight years, Tim has been the con- science of the paper. He's a perfectionist who brings compassion, fairness and dogged deter- ruination to the Herald-News. He made me a better reporter and he makes the West Side a better place. Dan Madden has been sports editor- reporter at the Herald News since 1990. SOUND Callers to the Herald-News voice mail last week vented rants and raves, a la a downtown daily. "Rants to the person who com- plained to the city about moving the cottage brick from the parking strip when I was physically unable to do it." "Raves to the person or persons who anonymously gave me $100 to finish by cottage brick bank." Got a comment? Call 901-1343 any- time and leave a message. White ted Every Manager Director Center News Wednesday 3500 S.W. Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98126 P.O. Box 16069, Seattle. WA, 98116 Editorial: 932-0300 Circulation: 932-6456 COPYRIGHT 1996, WEST SEATTLE HERALD, INC. 1.1~ ON 10 P.M. ON a-IANNB. 29 1HURSI3eV NOVEMB 141h Does Your Car Need An Attitude Change? Professional auto detailing -- at your home or o~ce. Call today: l [lA, It$ LICENSED J~" INSURED AT TOWIR & EASY STllET-W. SEA. 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