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Purple and Gold Club inducts two new Hall of Famers

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Published on Wed, Dec 5, 2007
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Purple and Gold Club inducts two new Hall of Famers

BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR It was a busy week for the Purple and Gold Club with the induction of not one but two former Lake Stevens High School students to their prestigious Viking Hall of Fame.

It all started last Thursday night at the boy’s basketball game against Edmonds/Woodway when they inducted former Lake Stevens High School Student Body President and Class of 1944 Valedictorian Gordon Hungar to the Viking wall.

Hungar was not only a star student but also a star athlete.

In high school he earned three letters in both football and basketball and four in baseball.

He continued both his academic and athletic careers at the University of Washington where the Seattle-Intelligencer sportswriter Royal Brougham named him “The Last Minute Kid” after running for a thirty-eight yard touchdown to win the 1945 Apple Cup for the Huskies.

“He is an amazing man,” Ed Bailey, Athletic Director at Lake Stevens High School said.

After his college career, Hungar enlisted and earned a commission in the U.S Navy, taught mathematics and coached in Mount Vernon and Lake Washington school districts, became a principal, and then returned to college where he graduated from the UW School of Dentistry.

As a dentist Hungar provided charitable dental practice with the Northwest Medical Teams, volunteered at the Seattle Cerebral Palsy clinic, led two dental teams to Southern Mexico, served on the faculties of the University of Washington School of Dentistry and of Shoreline Community College and was honored as Dentist of the Year for his charitable practice.

With his incredible background he was a natural for the LSHS Hall of Fame.

“Several people felt that he was a good nomination including many of his former classmates from LSHS,” Bailey said.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the LSHS wrestling match, Richie Chambers a class of 1990 star athlete, was also inducted into the Viking Hall of Fame.

Chambers rushed for over a thousand yards in 1989, earned All-WESCO honors as both linebacker and running back, and played in the All-State game in 1990.

Chambers was also an accomplished track athlete taking third at the State Meet in the 100m and 300m hurdles in 1989 and then returned to win State Championships in both the 100m and 300m hurdles in 1990.

As a wrestler, he took second at state as a junior in 1989, won the State Championship as a senior, and helped the Viking Wrestling Team win its first State Championship in 1990.

After graduating from Lake Stevens High School Chambers headed for the University of Washington and their championship football team.

Chambers earned fours letters, played on three Rose Bowl teams and one National Championship squad (1992), and, in a career highlight, intercepted a pass in the 1994 Miami game to help break the Hurricanes’ 58 home-game winning streak. Chambers earned honorable mention as a PAC-10 linebacker in 1994 and was honored as an Everett Herald finalist for Sportsman of the Year in 1995.

“Chambers epitomizes what we all hope being a Lake Stevens High School Viking means.”

Both of these men are deserving of the honors they have been given. The Purple and Gold Club continues to seek out new inductees for their Viking Hall of Fame.

“We have a committee that works on this and they continually meet and develop potential candidates,” Bailey said.

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