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Eatonville High School to induct new members of its Hall of Fame

Each year the Eatonville High School Athletic Hall of Fame inducts its new members during halftime of a football game. This year’s ceremony will be held at halftime of Friday’s football game against Bellevue Christian. Friends, family and the Eatonville community are invited to show their support as these new members are inducted. Below is the Hall of Fame class of 2022’s newest members.

Becca Schrimpsher: Class of 2011 basketball, track and field, fastpitch

Schrimpsher was a multi-sport athlete who competed for Eatonville from 2007-11. In her freshman year, she was selected to the All-Nisqually League Second Team as an outfielder in fastpitch. In her sophomore year, she was named to the second-team all-league team, and in her junior year, she was named to the first-team all-league team. In her senior year, she participated in track in the 800- and 1600-meter races and the 4×400 relay. She qualified for districts in the 800.

Schrimpsher’s most notable sport in high school was basketball. She scored 1,249 points in her varsity career. She averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per game. She helped lead her team to the state tournament all four years she played. In 2009 and 2010, she was named the Nisqually League Most Valuable player in girls basketball. In her senior year, she was named co-MVP of the AA South Puget Sound League. She was named to the second team of the Tacoma News Tribune’s All-Area team and to the second team of the Seattle Times AA all-state team. She was also named the Athlete of the Year for girls basketball by the Tacoma Athletic Commission.

Following graduation, Schrimpsher accepted a scholarship from Idaho State University to continue her basketball career. In her freshman year, she played in 18 games, averaging 5 minutes per game, as Idaho State women won the Big Sky League championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years. Schrimpsher became the only Cruiser to ever play in the NCAA Division I basketball tournament.

By her sophomore year, Schrimpsher was playing 22 to 34 minutes per game and averaging 12 points per game. By her junior year, she was the starting guard for the Bengals. In both her junior and senior years, Idaho State finished second in the Big Sky and played in the women’s NIT Tournament.

The following year, the Bengals returned to the NCAA tournament, meeting Gonzaga at The Kennel in Spokane. As a senior, Schrimpsher was co-captain and twice selected athlete of the month during the 2014-15 season. She hit game-winning shots against Weber State and Northern Arizona and hit five three-pointers against Northern Arizona.

After briefly coaching middle and high school basketball, Schrimpsher followed in her parents’ footsteps into law enforcement. She is currently a police officer in Blackfoot, Idaho. She is married to Austin Horrocks, and they reside in Blackfoot.

Erik Swartout: Class of 2012 basketball, track and field, baseball, tennis

Swartout was a four-sport athlete who competed for Eatonville from 2008-12. He competed at the Class AA level all four years.

Swartout played baseball his sophomore year and was named to the All-Nisqually League team.

He played tennis for four years and was named to the all-league first team all four years in two different leagues: Nisqually AA League and South Puget Sound AA League. In 2012 he was the SPSL singles champion. He was the Tacoma Athletic Commission Athlete of the Year for tennis in 2011 and an Athlete of The Month in 2012. He was a captain in 2011 and 2012 and a league scholar-athlete all four years.

A four-year starter in basketball, Swartout was named to the all-league teams all four years he played. He scored 1,350 points and handed out 435 assists during his high school career. He played on the Cloud 9 all-star team, as well. In 2012, he played on the Washington Coaches Association all-state team. He was a team captain as well as a league scholar-athlete all four years. He won the team MVP award in 2011 and 2012. He was twice named the Tacoma Athletic Commission Athlete of the month and was chosen as The News Tribune Male Athlete of the Year for basketball.

In track and field, Swartout twice placed in the top four in the AA West Central District in the javelin. He also placed seventh in the state championships in 2011 and fourth in the javelin in 2012. He was awarded the MVP for field events by the South Puget Sound League in 2012 and was the Tacoma Athletic Commission Athlete of the Year in 2012.

At graduation, Swartout was chosen as the most outstanding male athlete in the class and finished his academic career in the top 10 in his class with a 3.9 grade point average.

Swartout continued his athletic career at Pacific Lutheran University in both basketball and track and field. In his freshman year in basketball, he appeared in 12 games for the Lutes despite missing half the season due to injuries. As a sophomore, he started all 27 games for the Lutes and helped them reach the Northwest Conference championship game. During his junior and senior seasons, he appeared in over 40 games and started 15 times despite again fighting injuries.

In track and field, Swartout continued his success with the javelin. He was a four-year letterman and finished eighth at the Northwest Conference Championships. As a sophomore, he won all-NCAA Division III honors and advanced to the national meet, where he placed 20th. The following year he again won All-West Region honors and finished 13th at the national meet. He had the seventh-best throw in Division III of 207 feet, 1 inch during that season. After missing a season due to injury, Swartout was again named to the All-West Region team in the javelin after recording the fifth-best throw in the region at the NWC championships.

In 2016-17, he was awarded the Frosty Westering Most Inspirational Award for all athletics from PLU.

Erik and his wife Machaela live near Eatonville where he currently coaches and teaches at Eatonville High School.

George Fairhart: 1989-2017 head and assistant football and track coach, athletic director

Fairhart had a long and distinguished career as an Eatonville High School coach in both football and track and as athletic director. He began his tenure in Eatonville in 1990 as an assistant football coach and was instrumental in three Nisqually League championship teams and the 1990 and 1992 state championship teams. In 1993, he was chosen as the new Cruiser football head coach. He went on to compile a 169-77 record from 1993-2016. Under his leadership, the Cruisers won league championships 12 times, 10 times in the A classification and twice in the AA classification. They made the state playoffs 13 times and reached the state semifinal game three times. Fairhart was chosen as the football coach of the year seven times in three different leagues and was the Tacoma-Pierce County Coach of the Year in 1994. He was twice an assistant coach of the East-West All-Star Game and the head coach for that game in 1998.

Fairhart was also the head track coach from 1996-2002 and served as an assistant coach from 2006-17 specializing in field events. He coached 29 athletes to top-eight placements in throwing events at the state track meet. That number included four third-place finishes, seven second-place finishes and three state championships. He also helped community groups build the current track, and he twice served as the 1A district track meet director.

Fairhart also served as Eatonville High School athletic director from 2013-17, where he supervised and coordinated all athletic events. In 2017, he was presented with the WIAA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Fairhart is currently teaching and coaching in Gig Harbor. He lives in Morton with his wife, Patty, and daughter Karah. Sons Nick and Zach and daughters Courtney and Zayna all attended Eatonville High School for either their entire or part of their high school careers and are now pursuing careers throughout the region.

Jason Stevens: Class of 2002 football, basketball, track and field, baseball

Stevens was an all-around athlete who competed in four different sports in his career at Eatonville. He competed in four years of basketball, three years of football, two years of track and field and one year of baseball.

In football, Stevens was an all-league choice at both wide receiver and defensive back his senior year and was named to the all-state team first team as a wide receiver. He was a team captain and was voted the most inspirational player that same year.

In basketball, Stevens was named to the all-tournament team at the Clark Cochrane Christmas Tournament in Ketchikan, Alaska, in 2001. He helped the Cruiser boys team advance to the state tournament in 2002.

In track and field, Stevens was again team captain and most-inspirational award winner and won the equivalent of the MVP award as the leading point scorer for the season. In the spring of 2002, he won the district championship in the long jump and triple jump and was part of the champion 4×400 relay and the runner-up 4×100 relay. He participated in all four events at the AA state track meet and finished fourth in the long jump.

Stevens was honored as a Tacoma-Pierce County Scholar-Athlete and was given the Athletic Achievement Award by the US Navy upon graduation.

Following graduation, Stevens enrolled at what is now Whitworth University. He was one of two freshmen to earn playing time as a true freshman as he played wide receiver for the Pirates. He also participated in track and field for Whitworth in 2003. He was named to the All-Northwest Conference team as he ran the anchor leg on the league champion 4×400 relay. He finished in the all-time top 10 at Whitworth in the long jump, 400 meters — placing fifth all-time with a time of 49.18 seconds, the 4×100 relay and the 4×400 relay.

Following two years at Whitworth, Stevens transferred to Eastern Oregon University where he played wide receiver for two years. He also participated in track and field and was named to the All-Cascade Conference team in 2005 where he won the league championship in both the 400 meters and the long jump. He was a team captain and the track and field MVP in 2005. He again finished in the all-time top 10 at Eastern Oregon in the long jump, 400 meters ā€“ placing second all-time in 49.07 seconds, the 4×100 relay and 4×400 relay. .

Stevens currently lives in Amboy, Washington, where he is employed as the territorial manager for Central Welding Supply. He is married to Meghan, and they have three sons: Landry, Lincoln and Lochlan.

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