More on Tacoma Hall of Fame Inductees
GoHuskies.com ran a story yesterday about several former UW student-athletes who will be honored this summer as inductees into the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame.
Thanks to Marc Blau of the Hall of Fame for providing some biographical information on a couple of the inductees. Click on the link above for date, time and ticket information for the annual induction banquet.
RAMON "RAY" BARNES
Ray Barnes was an exceptionally successful wrestling coach at Puyallup High School from 1956-70. His Vikings teams won 115 dual matches with 36 losses and four ties. They won the South Puget Sound League championship five times and the West Central District title six times.
Barnes was inducted into the state wrestling coaches hall of fame in 1986.
Barnes became the athletic director for the Puyallup School District and the SPSL Wrestling Commissioner. He was inducted into the state Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 1991.
Born May 27, 1931 in York, Nebraska, Barnes graduated from Puyallup High School in 1949. He played two seasons of football at the University of Washington before transferring to Pacific Lutheran to finish his athletic career. A left guard and nose tackle, Osborne was an honorable mention Little All American at PLC. He also coached football at Puyallup for 12 years
Joe was a 1955 graduate of Lincoln High School where he earned 9 letters--3 each in football, basketball, and track and field. Joe actually earned two letters in football and basketball at Marion High School in Iowa as a 6'4" freshman before the family moved to Tacoma.
After entering Lincoln High School in 1952, Joe and Luther Carr became the first sophomores to earn varsity letters in football. Joe also went on to letter in Basketball and Track that year and qualified for a Decathlon letter.
Rumored to have been the first player in the state to duck two basketballs with one hand--but not in a game!! He even sang bass in an a cappella choir for 3 years and performed in a quartet as well. Known for his legendary strength, when a 400-pound grand piano needed to be moved across the state for a school play, Big Joe crawled underneath it, put it on his back and walked it across the stage.
In the fall of 1955 Joe went to the UW along with four other Abes players (Luther Carr, Duane Lowell, Jack Walters, and Dennis Adler) on scholarships to play football for Johnny Cherburg. Joe participated in frosh football & crew at the University of Washington. He later received an offer to tryout for the Los Angeles Rams. But, had already started his career with the Washington State Highway Patrol, where he retired after 27 years of service.
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