Class of 2005
Kelly Blair LaBounty - Athlete
A 1989 Prosser High School graduate, Kelly Blair was a three-sport standout for the Mustangs and declared "arguably the best school girl athlete ever in the state" by the Seattle Times. Kelly was an all-league volleyball player, three-time all-league and two-time all-state basketball player, winner of 10 individual state track titles, and state basketball tournament MVP while leading her team to the state championship. Additionally, she was the USA Juniors Heptathlon Champion in 1988 and 1989.
While basketball was Kelly's first love, track seemed to be her strongest suit. After being heavily recruited for her skills on the court, Kelly decided to attend the University of Oregon on a basketball and track scholarship. After Blair was awarded two letters in basketball, she decided it was time to concentrate on her track career and focus on the heptathlon.
Kelly was among the top heptathletes during her National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) career, becoming the second woman in NCAA history to win consecutive heptathlon titles. At age 25, she won the U.S. Olympic trials heptathlon, beating out the legendary Jackie Joyner-Kersey for the title. Blair went on to place 8th in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. By 1998, she was ranked seventh in the world.
In 1999, she didn't compete due to a spinal disc injury, but bounced back in 2000 when she qualified third in the U.S. Olympic trials and earned a berth at the Sydney Olympics. Unfortunately, she pulled out of the event due to injuries and illness.
Kelly is married to former Seattle Seahawk, Matt LaBounty and lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she coaches track at the University of Oregon. She and Matt have one son, Jacob.
Bill Faller - Coach
During his high school career at Mt. Vernon, Bill "Butch" Faller was a varsity athlete in baseball, basketball, and tennis. He continued his athletic success while attending both Western Washington College and Washington State College, having joined the U.S. Air Force in between. For several years Butch played semi-pro baseball, before signing on with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1948. He played two summers for the Klamath Falls Gems under manager, Hub Kittle (Central Washington Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2001 Inductee). Beginning in 1950 and continuing for nearly forty years, Butch Faller coached student athletes in the Yakima Valley, including Prosser and Wapato High Schools.
In 1961, Bill was hired by Yakima Junior College (later known as Yakima Valley Community College) as head baseball and football coach. With a 7-1 season, Faller led the YVCC football team to its first and only conference title in 1964. In his 26 years of coaching YVCC baseball teams, he acquired 664 wins, 11 conference championships and 18 league and regional titles. Faller was selected by the Yakima Monday Morning Quarterbacks as Yakima Valley Coach of the Year in 1960 for football, and in 1977 and 1983 for baseball. He was also selected by the Yakima Herald Republic as their Coach of the Year in 1964. He is a member of the YVCC and NWAACC Halls of Fame and is proud to be the namesake for the NWAACC Baseball Championship trophy-"The Bill Faller Award."
Although, Butch officially retired from coaching in 1987, he is still actively involved as President of the Parker Youth & Sports Foundation. Bill has been married for 56 years to Nancy Putney Faller and they have five children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Billy Harris - Athlete
Former Dodger (Brooklyn and Los Angeles) standout Billy Harris led an outstanding career playing with the Dodger Association for more than 10 years from Class D to Triple A. He was a right-handed pitcher, left handed batter, won 189 games while losing 107 and holding a lifetime batting average of .318.
Born in New Brunswick, Canada, William "Billy" Harris was quickly recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers after high school (1951) and became the first Canadian to play in the "big leagues." Harris was a "phenom" pitcher, beginning his career at age 19. He compiled a 25-6 record, with an incredibly miniscule Earned Run Average of 0.83 with then Dodger farm club Miami. This ERA record still stands and earned him a spot on the All-Star Team. The next season saw him jump into Double A ball with the Mobile Bears. He compiled a combined record of 11-10 highlighted by a perfect no-hit, no-run game against the Memphis Chicks - the first perfect game in 36 years of the Southern Association. In 1956 and 1957, he played for the Montreal Royals and was voted Most Valuable Pitcher before joining the star-studded Brooklyn Dodgers in 1957.
After returning to the minors due to injuries, he was again promoted, this time to the pennant winning LA Dodgers in 1958. In 1959, while playing winter ball in Venezuela, he broke the strikeout record with 19 strikeouts.
Continued arm trouble sent Harris back to the minors in 1960, where he pitched for Spokane Indians and eventually the Tri-City Braves and Tri-City Angels. Due to persistent arm pain, he retired in 1964. But within the year, Billy, along with several friends, formed a slow-pitch team, helping to ignite a Tri-Cities softball craze in the 60's & 70's, making him a fixture in the slow-pitch scene. Harris managed, coached, and played, finding new fire in his arm with the different style of pitching. His team would later win numerous tournaments including five state championships, and represent the Northwest at nationals on three different occasions. Today he keeps baseball alive with his business, Billy's Bull Pen, located in Kennewick.
Frank Teverbaugh - Coach
Although born in Coldwater, Kansas, Frank Teverbaugh has always been athletically connected to the Northwest. While attending Boise Junior College, he was one of the few to letter in four sports, football, basketball, baseball and track, and was selected to the Boise Junior College Hall of Fame. He then moved on to the University of Idaho to be a standout athlete in football and baseball. The highlight of his college football career came in 1954 when Idaho beat Washington State College for the first time in 29 years. In the 10-0 victory, Teverbaugh scored the only touchdown in the upset win.
In 1961, Frank's storied coaching career began in Reardan, WA. The following year, he became head basketball coach. Teverbaugh led the boys' basketball team to an eight year record of 165-29, which included a 57-game winning streak through two undefeated seasons and Class B state titles in 1966 and again in 1967.
In 1970, he made the move to Richland and took over the program for the very popular and successful Art Dawald (Central Washington Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2001 Inductee). Here, he compiled an enviable 155-23 record with a state championship crown in 1972. His teams also placed second three years, and fourth place another year.
In 1977, Coach Teverbaugh left Richland High School and went on to coach men's basketball as both an assistant and head coach at Columbia Basin College for eight years. In his inaugural year as head coach, he led the Hawks to a junior college title in 1981.
Frank Teverbaugh is the only coach in the state's history to have won titles at three different levels: Class B, Class 3A and college.
Teverbaugh credits all of his success to the athletes he has had the privilege of coaching. Frank and his wife Roberta have been married 54 years and reside in Richland. They have four children, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.