Four former student-athletes at Eatonville High School GÇô Tessa Wagnild, Keith Predmore, Russell Heard and Waylan Jumper GÇô will be inducted this Friday into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. The new members, affirmed by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, will formally be honored during halftime of the Cruisers' football game with Wright. The game will start at 7 p.m., following a reception for the inductees at 5:30 at the school.
Tessa (Stranik) Wagnild Tessa (Stranik) Wagnild was a volleyball and basketball player for Eatonville during the years 1997-2001. She was a four-year letter winner in each sport. In volleyball, she was a second team All-Nisqually League selection after her freshman year. The following year, she was a first team all-league selection, and in 1999 she was chosen as the league Most Valuable Player. As a senior, she was once again named to the All-Nisqually team and the state Class A All-Tournament team after Eatonville finished fifth at the 2000 state tourney. In basketball, Tessa was selected to the All-Nisqually team in her junior and senior seasons. Eatonville advanced to the state tournament in 2001, placing sixth. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Tessa was student body president, a class valedictorian, and winner of the Senior Honor Cup. She continued her education at St. Mary's University in Minnesota, where she lettered three years in volleyball and four in basketball. In volleyball, she was twice named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week and was chosen to the all-conference team in 2003 and 2004. She was an honorable mention to the all-regional team. She was the St. Mary's Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2003-04. She holds the St. Mary's single-season assist record and is fourth in overall career assists. She was an assistant coach at St. Mary's from 2008 to 2011 and helped guide the team to an NCAA tournament appearance and first-round win. Tessa graduated from St. Mary's with a double major in biology and biophysics. She then earned a masters degree from the University of Minnesota in aerospace engineering and mechanics. She lives in Albuquerque, N.M. with her husband Ross and daughters Andie and Sydney.
Keith Predmore Keith Predmore, who has since passed away, was an outstanding multi-sport athlete at Eatonville High School between 1944 and 1948. He was a four-year letterman in football, basketball and baseball and was a team captain in each of the sports during his senior year. As a senior, Keith was named to the All-County football team as a halfback from a team that finished second in its league. Keith helped lead the Cruisers to success in basketball. as well. In 1947, the team went undefeated in league play, was 19-1 overall and finished third in the state B tournament. The following year, they again went undefeated in league play in winning a second straight league championship. They finished third in the West Central B District Tournament and seventh in the state tournament. Keith was named to the first team of the Pierce County All-League Team and was an honorable mention on the state all-tournament team. Keith was also an excellent baseball player. He was chosen to the all-league team after his junior and senior seasons. He would go on to pitch for the University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University. Keith was also a good student (3.5 grade point average), a gifted musician, and a student leader. He was the only Eatonville High student to be elected student body president as both a junior and a senior.
Russell Heard Russell Heard was an outstanding football player and wrestler at Eatonville High School, Columbia Basin College and Central Washington College (now university). At Eatonville, Russell was selected to the Class A All-State football team as a junior and a senior as a defensive back. He also received honorable mention as a running back. Russell continued his football career at Columbia Basin, where he was a running back on the junior college national championship team in 1979. He has been inducted into the Columbia Basin College Hall of Fame for football. His team was inducted into the national junior college hall of fame for football. After sitting out the 1981-82 season following the death of his father, Russell enrolled at Central Washington in Ellensburg. He played defensive back and running back for the Wildcats as they finished third in the nation in 1982. He was rated as a pre-season All-American in 1983 before suffering a career-ending knee injury. Russell was inducted into the Central Washington University Hall of Fame for his performance in football. Russell's wrestling career was equally impressive. In 1976, he finished sixth in the state Class A wrestling tournament while compiling a 27-4 win-loss record. The following two years, he was undefeated as he won state championships in the 168-pound class. He won a combined 47 matches without a loss. At Columbia Basin, Russell finished seventh at the national tournament in 1980 at 167 pounds. The following year, he was seeded first in the regionals but was knocked out by an injury. The wrestling coaches decided to vote him into the national tournament, anyway. Russell currently resides in Concrete, Wash., where he is employed by Puget Sound Energy.
Waylan Jumper Waylan Jumper was of the rare athletes who got to experience two state championships, initially as a member of Eatonville's first football team to win a state title, and then as an individual champion in wrestling. Waylan was a two-way starter on the Eatonville football team that went undefeated and won the state Class A championship in 1985. He was voted onto the Nisqually League All-League team as a tackle on offense and as a linebacker on defense as Eatonville cruised to the league championship. As a wrestler, Waylan earned his way to the state tournament as a sophomore and a junior before completing an undefeated season in 1985-86. He capped off his undefeated senior season by winning the regional and state titles in the 178-pound class. He was selected as the Puget Sound Wrestler of the Year in 1986. Waylan lives in Eatonville with his wife Diana and his two college-age daughters, Shelby and Riley. He is a partner in a construction business and is active in community affairs.
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