Kris Minarik (Gymnastics, 1975-1977): Kris was an outstanding gymnast at University HS in Spokane where she was an All Around competitor. Kris competed in the first year of the CCS gymnastics program and was the first of many outstanding All Around gymnasts that Spokane would have. Kris took first place as an All Around and on Floor Exercise in 7 out of 8 meets her sophomore year against four year colleges. She regularly scored in the top three on balance beam as well. Minarik was Team Captain her second season and Most Valuable for both of her seasons in Spokane. Kris went on to get a degree in Education from Brigham Young University.
Shawn Roberts (Gymnastics, 1978-1979): Shawn Roberts graduated from Deer Park HS where she qualified for the WIAA Gymnastics Championships. She went to Oregon College of Education her freshman year to compete in gymnastics. Roberts then transferred to CCS her sophomore year and became our first National Junior College Athletic Association All-American. At the NJCAA Nationals she was 3rd on Balance Beam, 3rd on Floor Exercise and took 6th Place in the All Around. Shawn helped Spokane earn a 3rd Place finish in it’s first appearance at the 1979 NJCAA Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. She came back to CCS to be an assistant coach in 1983 & 1984 after competing at WSU her junior and senior years.
Toni Swanson (Gymnastics, 1978-1979): Toni Swanson was from perennial Washington State Gymnastics Championship Team Sehome HS in Bellingham, Washington and coached by WIAA Hall of Fame Coach Nola Ayres. Toni was a Uneven Bar specialist. At the 1979 NJCAA National Championships, she took 2nd Place on the Unevens to Australian Olympian Wanta Lynch and became CCS’s second NJCAA All-American. Toni helped Spokane earn it’s 3rd Place Team Finish at the National Championship Meet in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dauphyne Yocom (Gymnastics, 1978-1980): Dauphyne Yocom came to CCS from Juanita HS in Kirkland, Washington. She competed all-around at CCS with her best single event being the Uneven Bars. In the 1979 NJCAA Championship she placed 6th on Bars, 8th on Floor and 7th All Around. Then in 1980 Yocom became our first National Uneven Bar Champion . Her excellent performance contributed to CCS’s first NJCAA National Team Championship in Essex, Maryland.
Suzy Hutchinson (Gymnastics, 1978-1980): Suzy Hutchinson was from Lake Washington HS in Kirkland Washington. She was 11th on Floor Exercise and 13th on Vault in the 1979 NJCAA Championship Meet in Birmingham, Alabama. Hutchinson helped CCS to win its first NJCAA Team Title with her 4th place finish on Vault and 7th on Floor in the 1980 NJCAA Championship. Suzy later went on to compete at the University of Washington.
Suzy Barrett (Gymnastics, 1978-1980): Suzy Barrett joined the CCS team after competing at Shadle Park HS for WIAA Hall of Fame Coach Lyle Pugh. She was always a top beam competitor for CCS. After she earned an 11th place finish on Beam at the 1979 National championships. Suzy earned a 5th place Balance Beam medal at the 1980 NJCAA National championship meet in Essex Maryland and helped CCS win its first NJCAA Gymnastics Championship Team Title. Barrett went on to compete in gymnastics at Eastern Washington University her Junior and Senior years.
Becky McWilliams (Gymnastics, 1979-1980): Becky competed for local gymnastic power Ferris High School where she was a state championship finalist before coming to CCS. She placed 4th on Floor Exercise at the 1980 NJCAA Gymnastics Championships in Essex Maryland. Becky also earned a place in the Top Ten Balance Beam competitors at the NCWSA Regional Championship against Pacific Northwest four year colleges and universities. Becky went on to compete for the University of Washington.
Kerri Kanegae (Gymnastics, 1979-1981): Kerri was a WIAA state gymnastics qualifier from Interlake High School. She became CCS’s first National Junior College All Around Champion in 1980. Kanegae also brought home the Gold Medal on Floor Exercise, the Silver Medal on Uneven Bars, and the Bronze Medal on Vault, winning All American honors in each of these events. Her sophomore year she placed third on the Uneven Bars at the NJCAA Championship meet held in Spokane and again earned All American honors. Kanegae’s efforts helped CCS to two win National Championships.
Shelli Waddell (Gymnastics, 1979-1981): Shelli came to CCS from Central Valley High School in Spokane. She had been a gymnastics state qualifier and was coached by CCS Hall of Fame Coach Jo McDonald before she came to CCS. At the 1980 NJCAA Championships Shelli was Bronze Medalist in the All Around, Bronze Medalist on Floor and took 4th place on Uneven Bars earning herself three All American Awards and helping CCS to its first NJCAA National Gymnastics Championship Title.
Lisa Bollinger (Gymnastics, 1980-1982): Lisa was recruited from Wenatchee HS, where she was in the Wenatchee Youth Circus as well as a competitive gymnast. At the 1981 NJCAA Championships she placed 3rd All Around, 3rd on Balance Beam and 2nd on Floor Exercise, winning All American Honors. Lisa followed that up with a 5th place All Around, 5th on Beam and 3rd place Floor finish at the 1982 National Championships held in Odessa, Texas again earning All American honors. Lisa competed her next two in gymnastics years at Washington State University. She came back to Spokane be an assistant gymnastics coach at CCS in 1986.
Theresa Peterson (Gymnastics, 1980-1982): Theresa was from Shadle Park High School in Spokane where she competed for WIAA Hall of Fame coach Lyle Pugh. She was 2nd on Balance Beam at the 1981 NJCAA Championships in Spokane, 7th on Floor Exercise and 10th All-Around becoming an All American for her efforts. Theresa went on to compete for Eastern Washington University for her next 2 years and later became a successful High School and Club coach as well as a Gymnastics Judge.
Rhona Roberts (Gymnastics, 1980-1982): Rhona competed for Deer Park High School and was a WIAA Gymnastic Finalist. She followed her sister Shawn Roberts to CCS. Rhona is tied for our All Time High Beam Score with a (9.05). At the 1981 NJCAA Championships Rhona placed 2nd on Beam, 4th on Floor and 4th All Around becoming an All American. The next year at the 1982 National Championships in Odessa, Texas she placed 7th on Beam, 8th on Bars, 9th on Vault and was 6th in the All Around, again earning All American Honors.
Gail Thieman (Gymnastics, 1980-1982): Gail came to CCS from University High School in the Spokane Valley. She is one of the all time top vaulters that competed for Spokane. Gail became the 1981 NJCAA Vaulting Champion at the Championship Meet held in Spokane and placed 6th in the All Around. At the 1982 Championships in Odessa, Texas she took 2nd on Vault, 5th on Bars, and 8th place All Around. Gail earned All-American honors at both Championships.
Karen Erickson (Gymnastics, 1981-1983): Karen Erickson came to CCS from Ferris High School. She is a 2 time NJCAA National Floor Exercise Champion (1982 & 1983) and was also the 1982 Beam Champion. Karen Placed 2nd in the All Around, 3rd on Bars and 4th on Vault at the 1982 Championships. At the 1983 NJCAA Championships heald in Farmingdale, NY she earned 2nd on Floor and Vault, 6th on Bars as well as 4th All Around. Erickson went on to compete in gymnastics at Washington State University. Karen continued with gymnastics as a judge and successful high school and club coach.
Pam Sinclair (Gymnastics, 1982-1984): Pam Sinclair came to CCS from Central Kitsap High School in Bremerton, Washington where she was a WIAA State Gymnastics Finalist. At the 1983 NJCAA Gymnastics Championships she won Gold both in Vaulting and Bars. Sinclair turned in a 3rd place finish on Floor and 8th on Beam to earn 2nd Place in the All Around and All American honors. Pam has continued working in gymnastics as a club coach.
Pauline Anderson (Gymnastics, 1983-1985): Pauline Anderson competed in high school Gymnastics at Olympic HS in Bremerton, Washington. CCS was unable to attend the 1984 NJCAA Championships but Pauline helped make up for it in 1985 by becoming the NJCAA Gymnast of the Year. Anderson was 3rd on Uneven Bars as well as well as Vaulting and took 4th place All around and earning All American Honors. Pauline has the CCS All Time All Around record high score of (34.85).
Shelli Anderson (Gymnastics, 1984-1986): Shelli Anderson was from Port Angeles High School. She became CCS’s Third NJCAA National Vaulting Champion in 1986 after a 6th place finish at the 1985 Championship where she also finished 6th on Balance Beam. In the All Around Shelli was 7th in 1985 and 8th in 1986. Anderson won All American Honors each year for her outstanding efforts. Shelli has the All Time highest Vaulting score ever recorded for CCS (9.20).
Kerri Chong (Gymnastics, 1984-1986): Kerri Chong traveled to CCS from Milwaukie High School in Milwaukie, Oregon. She was 4th on Balance Beam at the NJCAA Championship Meet in 1985 and 12th All Around. At the 1986 NJCAAChampionship Meet Kerri was 6th All Around, 5th on Floor and 7th on Bars, again winning All American Honors. Chong is tied for our All Time Beam high score with a (9.05), is 4th All Time in the All Around (34.65), 8th All Time on Vault (8.85), 10th on Bars All Time, and 9th on Floor All Time.
Melanie Vacca (Gymnastics,1984-1986): Melanie Vacca competed for Lindberg High School in Renton, Washington. At the 1986 NJCAA Gymnastics in Championship Spokane, WA, she finished 6th All Around, 4th on Vault and 7th on Floor Exercise winning Melanie All American Honors. She received the highest CCS All Time Score on Uneven Bars with a (9.05) and also on Floor Exercise with a (9.30). She is 5th on our All Time Vault high score list with a (8.95) and 2nd on our All Time All Around list with a (34.80).
The 1978-79 SCC women’s gymnastics team placed third at the NJCAA National Championships in Birmingham, Alabama. Coach Rick Harrison, assisted by Jo McDonald, was named Coach of the Year at the end of the meet. The team was led by All-Americans Shawn Roberts, who placed sixth in the All-Around, third on Floor Exercise and Balance beam, and by Toni Swanson, who placed second on the Uneven Bars. Dauphyne Yocom placed sixth on Uneven Bars. Helen Balabanis, Suzy Barrett, Karla Everett, Tracey Hildebrand, and Suzy Hutchinson were the other team members who contributed to the third-place finish.
The 1979-80 CCS women’s gymnastics team won the NJCAA National Championship and set a new championship meet team scoring record in the process. Coaches Rick Harrison and Jo McDonald were named Coaches of the Year at the end of the meet. The team was led by All-Americans Kerri Kanegae who won the floor exercise and all-around championships and Dauphyne Yocom who won on the uneven bars. Jennifer Moseman and Shelli Waddell were also named All-Americans for their performance in the championship meet. Helen Balabanis, Suzy Barrett, Karla Everett, Tracey Hildebrand, Suzy Hutchinson, and Becky McWilliams were the other team members who contributed to the championship effort.
The 1980-81 CCS women’s gymnastics team won the NJCAA National Championship for the second straight year and set a new team scoring record as well. Head Coach Rick Harrison was named the Coach of the Year for his effort with the team. The team was led by All-Americans Lisa Bollinger (floor exercise and all-around), Kerri Kanegae (uneven bars), Rhona Roberts (beam and all-around), Theresa Peterson (beam), and Gail Thieman who won the individual vault medal. Other team members who helped win the championship included DeAnn Brewer, Shelly Bolton, Tracy Flanigan, Shelli Waddell and Assistant Coach Jo McDonald.
The 1981-82 CCS women’s gymnastics team won the National NJCAA Championship for the third straight year and again set a national team scoring record. Rick Harrison was named the National Coach of the Year at the end of the meet for the fourth year in a row. Four Spokane gymnasts were named All-American for their performance in the championship meet; Lisa Bollinger (all-around), Rhona Roberts (all-around), Gail Thieman (vault) and Karen Erickson who won both the beam and floor exercise championships. Debbie Gettig, Tracy Grant, Vivian Norby, Jolene Olson, Theresa Peterson, and Assistant Coach Jo McDonald all contributed to the championship effort.
The 1982-83 CCS women’s gymnastics team took second place at the National NJCAA Championship held in Farmingdale, New York with the smallest margin in history. Only 1/2 a point separated the top three teams with Spokane taking second by only 5 one-hundredths of a point. All-Americans Karen Erickson and Pam Sinclair lead the team as National Individual Champions with Karen winning her second Beam championship while Pam won Bars and Vault. Jodie Lilienkamp and Jolene Olson also made Finals. Cindy Chapin, Debbie Gettig, Kim Galley, Lynn McLaughlin, and Coaches Rick Harrison and Jo McDonald completed the team.
The 1984-85 CCS women’s gymnastics team took second place at the National NJCAA Championship in Camden, Arkansas. Four Spokane gymnasts were named All-American for their performance in the championship meet; Melanie Vacca (Floor Exercise), Kerri Chong (Balance Beam), Shelli Anderson (All-Around, Vault, Bars and Beam) and Paulene Anderson (All-Around, Vault, Bars and Beam), was named NJCAA Gymnast of the Year. DeAnn Tschantre, Sue Swoboda, Kristie Robinson, Danette Hautala, Chris Tongue, and Coaches Rick and Kathy Harrison all contributed to the effort.
The 1985-86 CCS women’s gymnastics team took second place at the National NJCAA Championship for the third straight time. The event was held in Spokane, Washington, and four Spokane gymnasts were named All-American for their performance in the meet; Kerri Chong (All-Around, Bars and Floor), Melanie Vacca (All-Around, Vault, Beam, and Floor), Deidre Cherry (Vault and Floor) and Shelli Anderson (All-Around and Vault) also became Vaulting Champion. Other team members included Lisa Beery, Beth Jessup, Lori Ohl, Angela Pappel, Kris Shagina and Karen Smith, with Coaches Rick and Kathy Harrison.
After graduation from Ferris High School, Jo attended Eastern Washington University. She earned All-American honors in gymnastics in 1970 when she led Eastern to the women’s collegiate Class II national title. She was fifth in the floor exercise and sixth in the balance beam at that meet to begin an honor-filled career. Jo competed in three more national tournaments, helping Eastern to finishes of fifth in 1971 and seventh in 1972. After winning the all-around competition at Eastern and UW her sophomore year, Jo placed 13th at the national competition. In 1974, she started the gymnastics program at Central Valley High School and was assistant coach at Spokane Community College from 1977-1985. The CCS teams won three national junior college titles, including several individual champions, and she was selected NJCAA Co-Coach of the Year three times. Jo served as CCS Women’s Athletic Commissioner from 1980 through 1994, the same year she was inducted into the NWAACC Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the EWU and CCS Halls of Fame.
Harrison competed in gymnastics at Rogers High School before attending SFCC. He then went on to Eastern Washington University where he became a competitive college gymnast. Upon graduation, Rick became girl’s head coach for Rogers High School. He then began serving as long-time head gymnastics coach for the Community Colleges of Spokane from 1976-1987. Harrison’s teams won the National NJCAA Championships in 1980, 1981, and 1982 and Rick was named National Coach of the Year four consecutive seasons 1979-1982. He also was awarded the NCWSA Regional Coach of the Year in 1980. Coach Harrison’s 1983, 1985, and 1986 teams were runners-up in the national championships. After gymnastics was dropped at CCS in 1988, he coached high school teams in Spokane for another 18 seasons. Following his gymnastics coaching career, Rick continued as an assistant coach for two years in tennis and five years with the soccer program at CCS. He taught a variety of physical education classes before his retirement in 2018 and still serves as the CCS sports photographer. In 2006 he was inducted into both the CCS and the NWAACC Halls of Fame.