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Once-in-a-lifetime experience for former Bulldogs
Danielle de la Porte, Amy Cucinella, Kevin Stewart, Chuck Fanter, Jerry Kanada and Charlie Davis traveled more than 8,000 combined miles from out of state to take their place in the Ceres High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, Sept. 14.

The former Bulldogs are members of the inaugural class, which consists of 35 individuals, two coaches and two teams from the past 50 years.

"I did have to ask my boss for time off," said de la Porte, who teaches science at a middle school. "I was a little nervous about that."

Danielle (New York) earned a total of 10 varsity letters during her prep athletic career. The 1997 graduate was a standout in softball, basketball and volleyball.

"It's very humbling to be in the presence of so many great athletes," she said. "I'm so thankful to be a part of the school's tradition and history."

Danielle earned league MVP honors twice and state recognition once for her dominance on the mound. She holds the school record for most career wins with 92.

Her sports teams won three league titles and one section championship.

"One of my proudest memories is we all excelled in academics," she said.

Amy (Washington D.C.) earned nine varsity letters. The 1999 graduate starred in softball, basketball and tennis. She earned state and league honors in softball, and conference accolades in basketball during her senior year.

Kevin (Arkansas) also graduated with nine varsity letters, including four in track and field, three in football and two in basketball. A member of the class of 1970, Stewart's most memorable season came during his junior year. Kevin shined at strong safety for the 1968 undefeated football team.

"This has stirred up a lot of great memories," he said.

Stewart's wife, Judy, attended the ceremony. They met at Ceres High. She was a cheerleader and homecoming queen.

"I told her I wouldn't come here without her," Kevin said. "We were high school sweethearts. We've been married for 36 years."

Chuck (Idaho) excelled in cross country and track and field.

Fanter, a 1980 graduate, won seven league titles and one sub-section crown during his running career. He still holds the school record in the mile (4:14).

Jerry (Idaho) was a three-sport star in football, basketball and track and field. He placed first at sub-sections and second in the section in the pole vault during his senior year (1957-58). Kanada also garnered all-league honors in football and basketball.

Charlie (Washington) was a four-year starter in wrestling. The 1998 graduate posted a 156-30 record. Davis finished 50-3, and won state and sub-section titles, during his senior year.