If you’re familiar with the history of Kentridge boys basketball, you should know the name Doug Helgeson.
And you’ll have an opportunity to catch up with him at a 70th birthday party this Saturday (details to follow).
Helgeson coached the Chargers from 1970-85 and was also an assistant football coach at Kentridge. I always enjoyed covering his teams when I worked for the Valley Newspapers in the early 80s (I started at The Seattle Times in June of 1987).
Helgeson actually started his coaching career at Sequoia Junior High in Kent in 1967. After stepping away from coaching, he became an assistant principal at Kentridge until 1992, when he and his wife, Dinah, moved to Montana.
In 2001, the Helgesons moved to Bangkok, Thailand, to live and work at International School Bangkok. They retired in 2010 and moved to Vashon Island.
Last July, Doug was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma and, not surprisingly, is putting up quite a battle.
Saturday’s party is a chance to celebrate of his love of ife, Dinah says. The open house is from 2-4 p.m. at the home of Ron and Connie Grimstad, 21842 148th Ave. SE, Kent. Grimstad is a former football coach at Kentridge.
I’ll be covering West Central District softball that day, or I would jump at the chance to catch up with Doug and his family. I hope you can stop in for the celebration.