THE OFFICIAL SITE OF
Davis High School Athletics


HALL OF FAME

LES RUCKER

FOOTBALL / TRACK

1960 Graduate - In football, led the Big Seven League in scoring as a junior. As a senior set a school record for touchdowns that held up for 50 years as he led the Pirates to 6-0 record in the Big Seven racking up 17 touchdowns — giving him 30 in two seasons. The two-time all-state halfback and senior class president set that record tally in just eight games. At Pacific Lutheran University, In the fall of 1964, he was a two-way all-Evergreen Conference pick and earned NAIA All-American honors at defensive back. Davis Track - placed third at state in the 440-yard dash as a junior. He ran 50.3 as a senior and reached nearly 22 feet in the long jump. At PLU was part of four school records in the sprints, hurdles and relays. His PLU school record long jump of 24 feet, 1½ still stands today!!!

MEREDITH CRANE (TRIBBLE)

CROSS COUNTRY / TRACK

2002 Graduate - A two-time state runner-up in cross country and a four-time state medalist in track. She attended and competed for Texas A&M and Seattle Pacific, qualifying for nationals in cross country at both. Finished 2nd in the GNAC cross country championships in 2005. After coaching locally at East Valley and Davis High Schools, Meredith jumped to the collegiate level as an assistant at Oregon State, Mississippi and then Alabama. In 2019, in just her third marathon, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials, winning her age group while placing ninth overall at the Indianapolis Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 42 minutes, 41 seconds.

TED WIERMAN

BASKETBALL

1965 Graduate - Davis High School - 3 yr letterman in Tennis and Basketball. 2 yr letterman in Football. All conference & All state in Football & Basketball —Honor Society and Student Body President 1964-65. Member of 1965 WIAA State Championship Basketball Team. Washington State University - 1st team All PAC-8 and All-Coast basketball 1969. Drafted in 1969 by the NBA’s Detroit pistons and traded to the ABA’s Los Angeles Stars, before playing professionally in Belgium for one year.

CAMERSON TALTON

TRACK

1983 Graduate - As a Senior she was the WIAA State Champion in the 100 m dash and 2nd in the 200 meters; led team to both a Big Nine League Champion and a 6th place team award at the 1983 WIAA State Championships. Holds the Davis school records in both the 100 m and 200 m dashes at 11.8 and 24.51 seconds. Camerson accepted a Track and Field scholarship from University of Oregon

JACKIE BROWN

FOOTBALL

1968 Graduate - Davis HS - Football - All State Running Back / High School All American, Basketball - 3 year letterman / All Big Nine, Track - 3 year letterman / WIAA State. Stanford University - Football - 3 year letterman, Stanford Hall of Fame, played in 71 Rose Bowl and 72 Rose Bowl. Two time Academic All American at Stanford.

SANDRA MARTINEZ

CROSS COUNTRY / TRACK

2009 Graduate - 4 time WIAA State qualifier in Cross Country - 7th as a Sophomore, 3rd as a Junior, and 2nd as a Senior. 2 time District 5 Champion. 2 time WIAA State Track qualifier - 6th as a Junior in 3200 m / 6th as a Senior in 3200 m and 3rd in 1600 m. School Record in 3200 m - 10:41. School Record in 1600 m 4:47. Yakima Valley Athlete of the Year 2009. Full ride scholarship for Cross Country to Oregon State University.

GEORGE OLSON

COACH - CROSS COUNTRY / TRACK

Retired Teacher / Coach - 30 years teaching in the Yakima School District - 2 years at Washington JR. High and 28 years at Davis High School—taught math, social studies, and bachelor living. Coaching Career at Davis High School - 27 years head X Country coach and 28 years track coach. 5 years as head coach & 23 years as assistant coach. Cross Country Teams - 2 district championships 75-76, 4 state teams (2 that placed), ‘75 2nd place, ‘76 3rd place, 7 individual district championships, and 5 Individual State Placers Highlight of coaching career - ’89 Davis graduate Jose Garcia came back to Davis High after a stellar running career at Occidental College in California. He took over the Davis High Distance Program.

LINDA PEDERSEN

COACH - TRACK / BASKETBALL

Retired Teacher / Coach - 4 years at Washington Middle School - Physical Education, 27 years at Davis High School - Physical Education and 22 years at Davis High School - Sub Teacher Coaching Career at Davis High School - 19 years girls head track coach, 14 years girls head basketball coach, and 6 years freshman girls basketball coach Coached multiple state placing athletes. Consistently fought for Davis women athletes’ equity in women’s’ sports. Reinstituted interscholastic sports competition at Davis for women athletes

WILLIE TURNER

TRACK

1966 Graduate - State Champion both Junior and Senior years in the 100 and 220 yd dashs. As a Senior while running the 4th leg of the 4 by 200 yard relay, Willie sprinted his team from last to 2nd recording a 19.8 split time; that at that time was the fasted recorded in history for a high school student. To this day, Willie holds three school records at Davis in 100 meter at 10.5 sec, 200 meter at 21.2 seconds and long jump at 23 ft 9.5 inches. While at Davis High School, Willie won 55 of 57 races. Attended Oregon State University on a full track scholarship. Immediately broke OSU freshman records in the 100 and 220 yard dashes. Tied the world record in the 100 yr Dash at 9.1 seconds. NCAA Champion 220 yd dash. Pan Am Games - Gold medal in 4 x 100 meter relay, silver medal in 100 m dash. World Games in Europe was 200 meter Champion and 400 meter Relay Champion. American Record 4 by 100 yard relay. Injured in 1968 of all things a PE trampoline accident that prevented him from competing in the 1968 Olympics. In 1970, Willie worked hard to return to form and won Pac 8 Champion in 220 yd dash setting a Pac 8 record of 20.4 seconds. Tied Word Record 50 yd Dash and 100 yard dash. From lane 8, Willie won the 1970 NCAA 220 yard Dash In 1970 ranked the top 200/220 Runner in the World. Graduated from Oregon State in 1971. COACHING - Long Sprint Coach for Davis Track and Field and student guidance counselor at Davis High School. INFLUENTIAL PERSONS IN LIFE - College Roommate – Dick Fosbury (of Fosbury Flop fame), Olympic Camp Roommate – Bob Beamon (1968 world record Olympic long jumper ), Longtime Friend – Tommy “the Jet” Smith (1968 200 meter Olympic Champion), Muhamad Ali, and my mother and father. “Winners Win, Losers Lose, Which one are you?”

VIRGINIA HAYES

COACH / OFFICIAL

Retired Teacher/ Coach - EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS 1971-1983 Taught Physical Education & Health at Washington Junior High School. 1983-2003 Taught Physical Education & Health at Davis High School. ATHLETIC & SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS: 1972-1988 Coached track & field, Volleyball, Basketball at Washington JR High. 1983-1989 Coached Freshman Volleyball for Davis High School. 1985-1990 Coached Special Olympic Basketball for Davis High School. VOLLEYBALL OFFICIATING HIGHLIGHTS - 1972-2014 Officiated High School – Division I Volleyball Officiated NCAA Playoffs 12 years, Big Sky Volleyball for 10 Championships, and at 5 State Volleyball Championships; Head Official for 18 years at the State 1A, 2B, 1B WIAA Championships. 2004 Inducted into the Washington Officials Association (WOA) Hall of Fame for her years of accomplished work as a volleyball official. 2009 Inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Hall of Fame for 40 years of service as a volleyball official. - “I am a Pirate for life."

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