Baseball at Lakes High School flourished from 1972-89 under the direction of head coach Ed Hardenbrook, who guided the Lancers to four South Puget Sound League titles and one state crown in two championship game appearances.
Hardenbrook was born Jan. 29, 1934, in Cosmpolis. Growing up in Aberdeen, he played baseball at Weatherwax High School and in the Grays Harbor semi-pro summer league. After graduating in 1952, he had a four-year college career at Central Washington, at the same time playing more semi-pro summer ball for the Deming Loggers and Snohomish. His playing days came to an end only after two more years of ball while in the U.S. Army at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Hardenbrook coached baseball at Mann Junior High from 1960-71 before taking over the job at Lakes High School. His 1974 team finished 23-4 and won league, regional and state championships. Pitcher Mike Wholey was the team's star, throwing a shutout in the state semifinals and pitching in both the Pierce County and state all-star games. Hardenbrook led Lakes back to the state title game in 1979, only to come up short.
In addition to coaching school teams, Hardenbrook coached summer youth baseball from 1960-86. Rick Austin, a major league pitcher, and Harold Adams, the 1973 state all-star game MVP, were among his standout players.
Hardenbrook coached in four Pierce County all-star games and in one state all-star contest. He was an inaugural member of the Washington State High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988.