Elra Hunter


Another Moscow native who was fine athlete at Moscow high school and then at the University of Idaho. In playing guard for the Vandals basketball team, he was selected to the All-Pacific Coast team.

He also coached the frosh team while a senior at Idaho. Started coaching career at Lewis-Clark high school in Spokane in 1924. He won first city league title and his first state title in 1926. He left to become assistant coach at St. Louis University for one year only to return to Lewis-Clark, where he re­mained to complete an outstanding career. His record includes 21 city league titles, including a string of 12 straight titles running from 1933 to 1944. He won state titles in 1926, 1944, and 1949. His 1949 team was deemed the finest Washington high school team in history.

The team included future Vandal Hartley Krueger, Idaho's great center of the early 50's. He won the city league title in his final year of coaching in 1963-64. He had a league record of 269 wins and 114 losses when he retired after 39 years of coaching. He was in­ducted into Inland Empire Hall of Fame in 1968.

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