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Hall of Fame wrestling coach calls it a career By Kevin Hanson Senior Writer

After 37 years of molding boys into young men, a Hall of Fame induction, six state championship teams and more individual state placers than you can shake a trophy at, Enumclaw High wrestling coach Lee Reichert knew it was time to call it a career. “It’s been coming for awhile,” Reichert said of his retirement from the coaching ranks. He hinted

at stepping down decision and secure the past few years, in the knowledge that but the same thing the EHS program is always stood in poised to remain the way: “It was a power – not just always so much in the South Puget fun, I thought Sound League 3A, Lee Reichert I’d maybe go one but in state wresting more year.” circles as well. While he still loves com“It’s time to pass the peting, building the Hornet baton to the younger guys,” program and developing the 60-year-old Reichert lifetime relationships with said. wrestlers and their families, He leaves with a record things proved a bit different that would be envied by this year. Reichert is step- any coach, any sport, at any ping aside, at peace with his level.

After graduating from Tahoma High and wrestling four years at Central Washington University, Reichert was an assistant from 1976 to 1980 at KentMeridian High. He then spent a season at the junior high level before moving to Kentwood High School where he was co-coach from 1985 to 1995. During that time, Kentwood won three state titles, featured 18 state placers and had five individual state champions.

In 1996 he made the move to Enumclaw High, where his teams have posted some staggering numbers. Reichert leaves EHS with a dual meet record of 1177. His squads have ground out 15 league titles, 18 subregional titles, 14 regional championships and four state championships. There have been 88 state placers and 13 state champs. Reichert’s greatest success came near the end of

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A close call and a lesson about life

Safe at first The Enumclaw boys defeated Federal Way 8-1 Friday at Osborne Field. Page 9

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Dorothy Clark discovers Lifeline does not work when her telephones are off the hook

The forecast calls for rain today, Wednesday, with highs to 54 and overnight lows to 46. The forecast calls for rain to continue Thursday and Friday with highs in the 50s and lows to 42. Rain is forecast to continue Saturday changing to showers Sunday.

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White River High standout Tanner Williams dives safely back to first base Friday afternoon, during the early stages of the Hornets’ lopsided, nonleague victory over the visiting Lakes Lancers. For more from the world of Hornet athletics – both White River and Enumclaw – see sports on pages 9 and 10. Photo by Kevin Hanson

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Dorothy Clark, 83, had gone down for a nap on Jan. 4. As was her routine, she took each of her phones off their hook; she frequently received calls from telemarketers and did not want to be disturbed. A few hours later, she woke up and turned on the shower. Then everything dropped out from under her. This had happened to Clark before, she said; these sudden fainting spells. As she described it, gravity snuck up from behind

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Enumclaw Courier-Herald, March 13, 2013