Four join Aberdeen High Hall of Fame


Three former athletes and a longtime coach have been selected for Aberdeen High School’s Hall of Fame.

Ex-Bobcat standouts Jack Hansen, Tim Langhans, Lu Walters and ex-AHS track and cross country coach Don Churchill will be inducted in ceremonies planned for 6 p.m., June 7 at the high school commons.

Aberdeen High assistant principal and former athletic director Derek Cook will receive the Ken Waite Award for distinguished service.

As is customary, the Hall of Fame ceremonies will be combined with Aberdeen’s Senior Athletic Achievement Awards. Seniors who have received at least six varsity letters will be honored.

Capsule biographies of the newest Hall of Fame members:.

JACK HANSEN Class of 1970

Hansen was a key performer on some of Aberdeen’s greatest football and basketball teams in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

A receiver and outside linebacker, Hansen received all-Southwest Conference recognition on both offense and defense and was an all-state selection as a linebacker in 1969. He was later included on Aberdeen’s All-Century Team for his contributions on both sides of the ball.

In basketball, he was a starting guard on the Bobcat team that captured league, district and regional championships and placed third at state in 1970. He earned all-league recognition that season. Hansen spent one year at Grays Harbor College, where he was named to the all-conference football team as a tight end.

He continued at that position at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he established a school record for most single-season receptions by a tight end (38). The record lasted for 34 years. Hansen was the team captain in 1973.

The manager of a Coca-Cola distributorship, Hansen lives in Port Orchard.

LU WALTERS Class of 1979

One of the first stars when AHS girls sports were instituted on an extensive basis in the late 1970s, Walters established several school records.

She set a Sam Benn Gym record of 42 points in a girls basketball game against Hoquiam in 1978. She led Black Hills League scorers in that sport with a 17.1 point per game averaging, helping the Bobcats share the division title with North Thurston.

In track, Walters set a school record in the girls discus with a throw of 125-10.

She also excelled in volleyball, once serving 15 consecutive points without being broken in one game.

An employee of Coca-Cola for 31 years, Walters lives in Montesano and works in Tacoma.

TIM LANGHANS Class of 1987

The son of Hall of Famer Ron Langhans, Tim Langhans made a considerable impact of his own as a multi-sport athlete.

A running back and defensive back, he earned all-league status in football as both a junior and senior. As a senior, he ran for the game’s only touchdown in a 6-0 victory over Hoquiam in 1986. He was selected as the Black Hills League’s Most Valuable Player and earned all-state recognition as a defensive back that year.

A power-hitting second baseman, Langhans was a two-time all-state selection in baseball and was the league’s MVP in 1986.

He was also a two-year letterman as a guard in basketball.

Langhans enjoyed a distinguished football career at Boise State University. A four-year letterman, he started at outside linebacker for the final three and wound up 10th on the school’s all-time career list for tackles.

Having worked in sales focusing on media, Langhans recently relocated from Idaho to the Seattle area.

DON CHURCHILL

Churchill coached numerous state champions during a 25-year career as an Aberdeen High School coach.

A graduate of Carbon County High School in Red Lodge, Mont., Churchill lettered in track, football and basketball, making the all-district team in track as a senior.

He went on to letter in track and cross country at Eastern Montana College of Education in Billings.

Joining the Aberdeen High faculty in 1967, Churchill coached the Bobcat cross country team until his retirement in 1991. He guided the Bobcat girls to a district title and had three other girls teams earn state berths.

Starting as an assistant, specializing in the distances, under Hall of Fame coach Al Bivens, Churchill succeeded Bivens as the head track coach in 1976. He also continued in that position until his retirement and coached several state champions.

An avid booster of Bobcat sports, Churchill continued to volunteer at track meets long after his retirement. A resident of Cosmopolis, he is a past recipient of the Ken Waite Award for distinguished service.