SEATTLE - The Seattle Times, in a June 27 story, said Steve Hawes, current boys basketball coach at Seattle's class 1A Bush High School has signed a contract to coach boys basketball at class 3A Anacortes High School next season.

Hawes, a graduate of the University of Washington, is a good friend and ex-roommate of Gary Raemhild, who graduated from Naselle High School and then graduated from UW. Hawes has often visited with the Wally and the Buelah Raemhild family and other families in the Naselle area and is quite well known in the local area.

The Times reported, "Hawes is a member of the University of Washington's all-century team, a 1968 graduate of Mercer Island High School, has the top scoring average (20.8 points) in UW history. Hawes, 6 feet 9, played professionally for 13 years, 10 of them in the NBA with Atlanta, Portland, Houston and Seattle.

"Hawes, 53, has coached at Bush School the past seven seasons and guided the 2000 Blazers to the state B tournament."

Of the trip to the State B Basketball Tournament in Spokane, Hawes reported that the Bush team's state tournament participation was one of the most enjoyable experiences that he had experienced in his many years in athletics.

The Times reported, "Hawes is familiar with Anacortes because his family owns a cabin on nearby Guemes Island. Hawes is president of Advent Print Resources. He said there will be a lot of 'back and forth' travel as he balances business with coaching."

"We've gotten to know and enjoy the Anacortes community," he said in the Times story.

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