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Maralee Foss

Maralee was born July 7, 1937 in Harrison, Idaho, thirty-five minutes after her twin sister, Charleda. After attending most of her school years in Coeur d’Alene, she graduated from Coeur d’Alene Hight School in 1956 as valedictorian. Her total sports experience outside of P.E. classes consisted of one play day at the University of Idaho, due to the generosity of a parent taking six girls to the event. After high school Maralee headed to Brigham Young University where she and her sister completed their Bachelor of Science Degrees in three years. Maralee obtained her Master’s Degree in 1970. While at BYU she earned National DGWS ratings in volleyball and basketball, allowing her to get a great deal of experience officiating ball games. The twins also had the unique experience of officiating the Utah State “hop-scotch” tournament. Both Charleda and Maralee were fortunate on the volleyball teams that demonstrated the first three-hit volleyball games ever played, at the national AAHPERD Convention in Salt Lake City. They were also lucky to be chosen as the demonstration officials for the first women’s roving player basketball game. Maralee’s years at North Idaho College. She did very little coaching until she started teaching at Rogers High in Spokane, WA, where she coached girls tennis. She set up and played exchange games of volleyball and basketball with CHS, where her sister taught. In the fall of 1969, Maralee was hired at NIC to teach PE First Aid, and start the Women’s Varsity Sports Program. NIC joined the Pine League, consisting of Eastern Washington State College (EWU), Gonzaga University, Whitworth College, and Spokane Community College. Her officiating background helped a great deal, because when she wasn’t coaching she had to officiate. While at NIC, Maralee coached volleyball, basketball, tennis, and gave softball a try. Softball didn’t work because the State of Idaho was playing slow-pitch and colleges were playing fast-pitch softball, thus no college competition. NIC’s women’s basketball team won the 1972 Pine League Championship against a four year school, and qualified for the Regional Basketball Tournament in Tacoma, Washington Her tennis teams won the 1978 and 1979 Region 18 NJCAA Tournament and Maralee was named Tennis Coach of the Year both seasons. NIC Women’s Tennis players also attended three NJCAA National Tennis Tournaments 1978-1980. She ended her career at NIC as the Department Chairperson of the Physical Education Department. In addition to coaching, officiating high school and college sports, Maralee served on the Spokane Board of Officials, served on the Kootenai Family YMCA Board, was a First Responder Instructor, and Instructor trainer for the American Red Cross. She, along with her sister, coordinated and ran the Coeur d’Alene girls Softball program for ten years. Maralee was honored by NIC with the Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award in 1988, a Certificate of Honor for service from the YMCA in 1990 and in 1993 receiving the Sterling Silver Award for Employee of the Month. Also in 1993 she was inducted into the Idaho New Agenda Hall of Fame; served a two year term on the IAHPERD Board as the District One Representative, and represented Idaho as the IAHPERD Delegate to the AAHPERD National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Along with her sister, Maralee was honored as a North Idaho Sports Pioneer in 2008. Now retired, Maralee spends her time playing golf, wishing she could play like she used to. She has only one Nine Hole Club Championship and no “hole in one”, but she is still out there, hitting short and straight down the middle, just like a little old lady who is almost eighty!!

Charelda Foss

Charleda was born on July 7, 1937 in Harrison, Idaho, thirty-five minutes before her twin sister. The family moved to Coeur d’Alene and purchased five acres and three city lots on the east side of Coeur d’Alene. Except for two years during World War II, “Char” attended CDA schools and graduated from CHS in 1956. There were no sports opportunities for girls at the time. The family had a minifarm which provided the opportunity to “love to work”; milking cows included. Char and Maralee were involved with 4-H for several years. Char attended Brigham Young University, graduating in the spring of 1959, with a Bachelor of Science degree; then earned her Masters degree in 1971. Again the only sports offered were intramurals. The twins did learn how to officiate volleyball and basketball and received DGWS National ratings in these sports. Utah had a large sports program for girls, so they had an opportunity to officiate a lot of church and intramural games. BYU had three sports days a year, with BYU hosting basketball, Utah hosting volleyball and Utah State hosting softball; all limited to one day each. After teaching and working in city recreation, Char returned to CDA in 1961 and applied for a job in CDA City Recreation. She was hired by Red Halpern to start a girls softball program, to lifeguard, teach swimming and tennis. The area was so ready some of the girls lied about their age so they could play softball. She also organized the first Idaho State women’s Slow Pitch Softball Tournament held in Coeur d’Alene in 1966. This was a great time in Char’s life. The twins ran the program for ten years. Charleda taught at North Central, then Ferris High school in Spokane, Washington, where she coached golf. She taught at CHS from 1966 to 1970. Maralee was at Rogers High School from 1964 to 1969 so they scheduled Volleyball and Basketball games with each school. Charleda also put together a golf team that was undefeated playing against the existing Spokane girls golf teams. She also scheduled Volleyball games against Lakeland High school under Alice Devers. This was the only opportunity to play that the Coeur d’Alene girls had. From 1970 to 1973 Char taught at Borah HS in Boise, ID and coached volleyball, basketball, field hockey and gymnastics. Teachers in the area exchanged softball games for fun. Sports were just beginning and were at a very elementary level. While at Borah HS, she was also the traveling basketball official for Boise State University. The rest of Char’s career was in Coeur d’Alene at the Junior and Senior High school. Char held the very first Volleyball “officials” training clinic in Northern Idaho, under the DGWS national rules. She was also asked to coach the first girls basketball team for one year in 1973-74, which met and played in a grade school gym. Volleyball was just beginning; it was a bump-bump-bump game. Charleda spent a lot of time officiating college and high school volleyball and basketball. She also started a very fun, elective class at CHS in Advanced First Aid. She retired in 1997. One of her greatest accomplishments was starting and watching the growth of girls softball in the area. Charleda was inducted into the Idaho New Agenda Hall of Fame in 1992 for outstanding service to girl and women’s sports; received an NIC Outstanding Educator Award for 1996-1997 for commitment, dedication and outstanding contributions to education, was honored as a Viking Legend from CHS in 2004 and was named a North Idaho Sports Pioneer in 2008. Char’s hobby has become golf. After winning the Nine Hole Club Championship six times, she decided it was time to move up to the Eighteen Hole league. She is proud of her three holes in one.

Tom Hennessey

Born in Boise, Idaho in 1964, Tom was the son of Tom and Alice Hennessey. He has two sisters and grew up in Boise attending Boise High School. Tom was an accomplished ski racer as a youth winning the Idaho State Championships twice and the Pacific Northwest Championship s once. While at Boise High, Tom wrestled, played baseball and football. He was named First Team All State his junior and senior year. Tom attended the University of Idaho from 1982 to 1987 on a football scholarship majoring in Animal Science. He was a four year starter at linebacker . As a junior and senior, he was named First Team Linebacker in the Big Sky Conference, as well as Defensive Play er of the year as a junior. As a two time team captain, he set the career interception record and single season tackle record, which still stands. Upon graduation, Tom worked in Boise in the insurance industry. In 1994 he went to work for Simplot Livestock as a cattle buyer. He was with Simplot for 14 years, the last 6 years as the hea d cattle buyer. From 2008 to present, Tom is self-employed as a cattle buyer/feeder. Tom lives in Mountain Home with his wife, Shana. He has two sons, Tom and Jake. Tom, who also graduated from the University of Idaho and was a team captain, lives in Boise with his new wife, Haley. Jake graduated from College of Idaho where he played baseball and football. He is currently pursuing his Masters degree from University of Idaho.

Phil Hopson

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