Let’s hear it for the Blue Train! The first thing you have to understand is that engineer coach Bainter knew how to keep the train moving in the right direction. His conductors, those skilled and dedicated coaches, made sure the train stayed on track, always moving forward. As the passengers, or players, boarded the train, they learned very early that they were in for the ride of their lives. As the train gathered speed, they were joined by the students who bled blue and white. Parents, faculty, alumni and fans bought their tickets at the first stop. Even the city merchants showed their support with colorful window signs, and the train continued to roll.
The Blue Train faced challenges each week as it made stop after stop! The ride, the journey, the road map all pointed toward a final destination in Tacoma on a December Saturday. However, despite a gallant effort, this was not to be. So, next year, the Blue Train will start again down the same track with different passengers, and you are welcome to come aboard. With a newly remodeled Pop Keeney Station, the Blue Train will have another wild ride. This old coach has already reserved his seat.
Dee Hawkes, Retired Bothell High football coach