OLYMPIA, Wash. – On a night that honored all the achievements within The Evergreen State College Department of Recreation and Athletics, the Geoducks inducted the second class of the Recreation and Athletics Hall of Fame.
Joining the inaugural class of 2012 were US Soccer paralympian Josh Blue, former men’s basketball player Troy Torbert and former men’s soccer coach Arno Zoske.
Josh Blue ‘01
A member of the 2004 U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team that competed in Athens, Greece, Josh is a 2001 graduate of The Evergreen State College. He was voted the Last Comic Standing on NBC’s reality show Last Comic Standing during its fourth season.
Troy Torbert ‘99
The first All-American in Evergreen basketball history, Troy transferred to Evergreen prior to the 1997-98 season from Cornell University. In his first season with the Geoducks, he was named First Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-America. He remained at Evergreen as an assistant coach for the 1998-99 season, graduating that spring.
The second head coach in Evergreen men’s soccer history, Arno arrived on campus following a journey that should be on the big screen. Born in 1939, his family escaped Eastern Germany and eventually immigrated to the United State in 1956. He served as athletic trainer for the University of Notre Dame basketball team under Digger Phelps before moving to Washington to start a soccer coaching career. After stints at Tacoma CC and Pacific Lutheran, he arrived at Evergreen in 1983, earning 93 wins in 12 seasons at the helm of the Geoducks.
In addition to the hall of fame inductions, the Geoducks also handed out a number of awards, including Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
Sophomore high jumper Anthony Johnson (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) was named Male Athlete of the Year after earning a pair of All-American honors. He placed fifth at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships before earning a runner-up finish last week at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He also became the first individual Cascade Conference champion in school history, winning both the high jump and long jump at the CCC Championships in Nampa, Idaho.
Senior women’s basketball player Sammi Clark (Monroe, Wash./Monroe HS) earned Female Athlete of the Year honors after earning First Team All-CCC honors. Clark led the Geoducks in scoring with 15.0 points per game and added 115 assists to her now-school record total of 290. She finished her three-year career at Evergreen with 969 points.