Eddie Smith Jr.Class of 1971Eddie Smith was something of a triple threat at Aberdeen, earning three varsity letters apiece in football, basketball, and baseball. H
e was a three year starter at quarterback in football, guiding the Bobcats to a 17-2 record in games he started. He passed for 1,200 yards as a senior in 1970, earning all-league recognition as the Cats completed their only unbeaten, untied season in school history.
Smith was the starting point guard as a junior on the 1970 AHS basketball team that won league and district titles and finished third at state. The following year, he averaged 17 points per game and received all-Black Hills League honors for a Bobcat team that repeated its district championship.
He was also a three year starting infielder in baseball, earning all-league status for two years and being voted the Most Valuable Hitter in the all-state game.
Smith later excelled in baseball and basketball at Grays Harbor College, earning division MVP honors in basketball in 1973 and receiving all-league recognition as a shortstop in baseball. He went on to play baseball at Gonzaga University, hitting .301 for a team that played in the NCAA Tournament in 1974.
A long-time educator at North Thurston High School, he has received league honors as a boys basketball coach and athletic director.