Longtime KONP morning host, sportscaster and columnist Scooter Chapman has been named to the 2011 Hall of Fame Class of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, the radio station announced last week.
In addition to Chapman, the Hall of Fame class includes a former NBA basketball player, one of the state’s premier track and field athletes, a collegiate quarterback and one of the best wrestlers in state history.
Chapman said he’s humbled and honored to be included in the WIAA Hall of Fame with so many outstanding athletes, coaches and supporters of high school athletics.
“It’s a nice reward for all these years with high school sports,” Chapman said. “They don’t take very many broadcasters and writers. I don’t know who instigated it — they won’t tell me who.”
Chapman recalls a comment from former Sequim coaching great Rick Kaps, who claimed Chapman’s blood was “green and white,” like Roughrider colors.
Not so much anymore, the radio broadcaster says.
Chapman has been the voice of the Port Angeles Roughriders since the early 1960s. He started his radio career in 1950, while attending Roosevelt High School. KONP hired Chapman as a spotter for football games and scorekeeper for basketball games. After graduating from Roosevelt, Chapman attended the University of Washington for a year, but returned to KONP as a radio announcer and salesman. He worked as a sports columnist for years at the Port Angeles Evening News and for the Sequim Gazette since 2003.
He recalls refereeing basketball games in places like Neah Bay, taking notes at halftime to write in his column the next day. He used to referee junior varsity Port Angeles games, then jump into the radio booth for the varsity contest.
“I was a one-man sports department for a while,” Chapman says.
Chapman continues to umpire baseball and softball games but recently has stepped aside as the Western Peninsula Umpires assigning secretary after 30 years.
Other WIAA Hall of Fame athlete inductees include wrestler Otto Olson from Everett, football star Doug Porter from Lakeside and Ron Cox, a multisport athlete from Coulee City who went on to play in the NBA. Coaches named to the Hall of Fame include Gene Smith, Dave Johnson, Kim Cox and Denny Humphrey, along with Chapman, Virginia Hays (official) and Clarence Acox (jazz band director).
The induction ceremony will be held May 11 at the Spirit of Washington Events Center in Renton.
Read biographies of the 2011 inductees at wiaa.com/subcontent.aspx?SecID=521.