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Andy Helling was born
on January 27, 1928 and graduated from Sumner High School in 1946.
Following a tour of duty with the Marines he enrolled at Pacific
Lutheran College and graduated in 1956 with a degree in Education.
He subsequently taught Industrial Arts at Puyallup high with
an emphasis on woodworking and carpentry.
While at Sumner, Andy earned three letters in football along with the team's Most Inspirational Award, one letter in basketball and just one in baseball since his senior year was the first year baseball was offered again following the war years. " Although I was more of an infielder, in high school I caught most of the games because nobody else wanted to do it. And, I ran too slow to earn a letter in track, but I did participate anyway", recalled Andy.
While in the Marines, Andy helped organize and played for the Pearl Harbor Marines team on Kwajalein that played in a 13-team Naval Base League. He the team's third sacker and got a chance to play in Honolulu Stadium when his club faced SubPac for the island's 14th Naval District championship, the winner traveling to Brooklyn to play in the All-Service championships in Ebbets Field. In the battle for the District crown Andy went 5-6 and played flawlessly at the hot corner to help his team qualify for the trip back East with an 18-hit attack as they edged SubPac, 16-15. With only two days left of his military commitment, Andy was unable to join his teammates in New York so he headed home and enrolled at PLC.
"I started out coaching when I was in the third grade. I formed a baseball team at Mt. View, Near Edgewood, to play the nearby grade schools from Edgewood, Jovita and Milton. Later I held to from and coach a 16 & under team from Edgemont and then I coached and played on a fastpitch team in Sumner," Andy recalled.
During his tenure at the help of the Viks, they won three Puget Sound League championships and Andy was named Coach of the Year three times as well. His first Regional crown was claimed in 1967 led by pitcher Tom Horne. Horne joins Jim Streleski, Doug Theriault, and Scott Hohensinner as Viks under Helling's tutelage that went on to play professionally. Additionally, pitcher Steve Sand went on to play college baseball at the University of Southern California where he garnered All-Star honors under legendary coach Rod Dedeaux, himself a former Tacoma Tigers infielder in 1938.
Helling also coached the Puyallup entry for two years in American Legion competition and in the 1950s he played in the Valley League for Puyallup and for McKinley Hill, and also played one season of fastpitch for the Sumner A.C. where he was an All-Star selection.
Clearly, Helling's contributions to baseball locally are worthy of presenting him with the Marv Scott Coaches Award.break; case 'Denny Brand': ?> break; } // end switch } // end if ?>