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Ceres High establishes Hall of Fame

Staff reporter of the

Ceres (Calif.) Courier

The Ceres High School Hall of Fame has selected its inaugural class.

Approximately 35 individuals, two coaches and two teams will be inducted during a special ceremony on Sept. 14 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium. The event will get underway at 2 p.m. Admission is $5.

"I've been thinking about this for years," current athletic director and former coach Glenn Driskell said. "I decided we would get it off the ground in conjunction with our school's 100th anniversary. It's a great recognition for our athletes. We're just going to grow from here."

This year's inductees are:


Jerry Kanada (class of 1958), Frank Cusenza (1958), Dick Davey (1960), Larry Berryhill (1964), Bruce Sitton (1966), Gary McBride (1968), Rex Holm (1969), Kevin Stewart (1970), Osvaldo Bertolotti (1971), Randy Mittelstadt (1971), Gary Krigbaum (1974), Randy Self (1974), Ivan Clay (1975), Rick Arnold (1977), Mary Cunha (1977), Kimli Washam (1977), Grace Chew (1979),

Chuck Fanter (1980), Genise Arnold (1980), Larry Farriester (1983), John Harless (1984), Bret Durossette (1986), Kyle McRae (1986), Donnie Donaldson (1989), Alicia McLelland (1989), Sam Vink (1990), Angel Rubio (1993), Mel Claxton (1994), Kari Abbey (1995), Vanessa Morris (1995), Callie Lemont (1996), Danielle de la Porte (1997), Charlie Davis (1998), Amy Cucinella (1998) and Shannon Donnelly (1998).


Art McRae (baseball, 1960-1996) and Pierce Butler (boys basketball, 1958-67; girls basketball, 1980-93).


Football (1968) and baseball (1990).

Inductees were selected by a five-member committee which included Driskell, McRae, Butler, Phil de la Porte and Ben Brenning.

They met several times before narrowing down a list of more than 60 candidates from the last 50 years.

For athletes to be eligible for induction, at least 10 years must have passed since graduation.

"I know there are a lot of great people out there, but we had to keep it manageable," Driskell said. "The one thing we looked at is what they did at Ceres High, not after."

The athletic department is looking for nominations for next year's Hall class.

"We want to do the same thing for the first 50 years (1908-1957)," Driskell said. "We're going to need input from the public."