2022 Hall of Fame Inductee Walt Blauser

Three sport athlete and 1955 graduate Walt Blauser was inducted as the Distinguished Honoree in the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame for 2022. The below is from the induction ceremony program.

Walt was a very versatile athlete. He helped lead his teams to a 72-29 overall record during his career. In Baseball he lettered 3 years and helped lead the team to its first WCL championship in 16 years (1955). In Basketball he lettered 3 years, and they were WCL champions twice (1953 & 1954). Walt led the team in scoring his junior and senior years. He was the league's 3rd leading scorer his final year with a 13.3 average. 

In Football Walt lettered 4 years. He is the first known athlete at BHS to do so! His freshman year he was brought up to be a starting defensive halfback. He started his sophomore year at halfback and helped lead the team to a perfect 7-0 1st place finish. This was the first one in 8 years. His junior year they finished 5-3. Walt twice scored 2 touchdowns in a game and won the "Best Tackler Award". His senior year they went 6-1, losing the one game by only 1 point. Walt won the Captain and Inspirational Awards. That year he set a new school record with an 80 yard run. In another game he ran for 5 TDs and threw for the other 2!! The 5 rushing TDs was another school record that stood until 2001. In his final game Walt ran for 3 long touchdowns. That year Walt ran or threw for multiple touchdowns throughout the season. His senior year Walt was named Blaine Athlete of the Year. 

After graduation Walt attended Clark College and worked different local jobs. In 1957 he met his future wife Patsy. They will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary this coming December. Walt joined the US Border Patrol (1965), and after 6 years of service in the southern sector received a transfer to Lynden, where he retired. He then worked for Immigration where he retired a second time in 1999. Walt and Patsy now live in the Lynden area.