August 4th, 2020

Northwest loses basketball giant

The Pacific Northwest lost a college and high school basketball giant Sunday with the passing of Loren W. Anderson here in Anacortes. Anderson, whose coaching career included Anacortes High School boys basketball from 1967-1979, was a Seattle Pacific University Hall of Fame recipient for his prowess as a player. In 1979 he was named to the Seattle P-I’s All Time Top 10 among Washington State basketball coaches. A full obituary will appear later this week, arrangements under Evans Funeral Chapel. (Photos here from an August 2008 reunion of the coach, some AHS players and a handful of fans at the Seafarers’ Memorial Building on the downtown Anacortes shoreline. What a day that was!)

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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