On Saturday, July 11, 2015, dozens of top High School student athletes, and section championship winning teams will be inducted into the Colusa County Hall of Fame. Additionally, the 1986-1987-1935 Colusa High School Redskins Basketball Team will be inducted along with five individuals, along with a director’s award and coach’s award.
The Colusa County Hall of Fame is a program which is directed by the Colusa County Hall of Fame Committee with the idea of honoring athletes from the past with those of the present to promote inspiration to the youth of Colusa County.
To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, the athlete must have been either a participant, coach or contributor, been born, attended school, or performed in Colusa County. The event or series that would make the honoree eligible to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame must have taken place at least five years prior to the nomination.
Such nominations are solicited from all the citizens in Colusa County. An abundance of information is gathered and reviewed. The final selection is made by the Hall of Fame committee. Future banquets will honor 1 to 5 individuals and teams when the committee feels appropriate.
Key members of the Hall of Fame committee are Doug Mathews, Ed Martinez, Bill Barrett, Jim McGowan, Kurt Barrett, John Scheimer, Russell Gardner, Joe Pearson, and Jim McGowan. The chairman of the Hall of Fame committee is Vance Boyes.
SENIOR ATHLETE AWARDS
COLUSA HIGH SCHOOL
Teale Stacey is the 2015 Colusa High School girl athlete of the year. She excelled at three sports over her career, winning numerous All-Area, All-League and team awards and winning three CIF Section Titles.
Teale started her sports career in Bakersfield, California where she played volleyball and basketball at Independence High School. She was a Varsity starter as a Freshman for the Independence High School team that won the CIF Southern Valley Section Championship in both Volleyball and Basketball.
Teale moved to Colusa High School at the beginning of her Sophomore year. In volleyball, she led her team to two Mid Valley League Championships and a 2nd place finish in the 2014 CIF Northern Section Finals. Teale was chosen All-League and All-Area for her three years at CHS and was chosen the Area Player of the Year in 2014. She was chosen to play in 2 All-Star games following her Senior year.
In Basketball, Teale was an All-League Selection for three years and was the Mid-Valley League MVP following her Senior year. Teale was chosen as her team’s MVP following both her Junior and Senior seasons. She was also chosen to the All-Area Team for all 3 of her seasons of Basketball. Teale was chosen to play in the All-Area All-Star game following her Senior year and was part of the 3-point shooting contest at halftime.
Teale decided to try softball out during her Senior year and was an important part of Colusa’s CIF Northern Section Championship team. Teale was an outstanding student at Colusa High School where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA and as a lifetime member of the California Scholastic Federation (CIF). Teale would like to thank all of her coaches and amazing teammates who helped make her time at Colusa High School so memorable. Teale will be attending
CSU Long Beach where she plans on majoring in Criminal Justice and continuing her volleyball career.
Matthew Steidlmayer, the son of Joe and Kim Steidlmayer, has excelled in baseball throughout his four years at Colusa High School.
Freshman year Matthew was named co-MVP for JV and also played every defensive position except for catcher. As a sophomore on varsity, he batted .443 and was selected to the Appeal
Democrat All Area Team as well as winning all league and offensive MVP for the championship-winning Red Hawks. Junior year he continued to be one of the best hitters in the lineup and also won the defensive player of the year for the Red Hawks as well as being named All-League for the second time. He and the Red Hawks went on to win the Northern Section D III title for the second time in as many years. In his Senior year, Matthew continued to produce at the plate and defensively but also was the starting pitcher, striking out nearly 70 batters in 59 innings pitched.
He earned the coach’s award for the Red Hawks, his third all-league award and was selected to the Lions Club All-Star team in Chico, California.
Matthew was also selected to play on the Tri-County Newspapers baseball team and was the recipient of the United States Marine Corps distinguished athlete award.
Along with sports, he also maintained a 4.18 GPA and was the salutatorian of his graduating class of 2015 at Colusa High School. Matthew plans to attend the University of Nevada Reno
and major in Agricultural Sciences.
MAXWELL HIGH SCHOOL
Laine LaGrande is the son of Leo and Lori LaGrande. He was a three sports athlete during his four years at Maxwell High School. He played football, basketball, and baseball. He has been on five section championship winning teams while making seven championship appearances. Along with winning the 2014-2015 Male Athlete of the Year Award, he also received the 2013-2014
Sportsmanship of the Year Award and 2014-2015 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.
Laine’s senior year of football included being a team captain and an All-League selection. He played tight end and defensive end. He helped lead his senior year’s team to Maxwell’s second consecutive Northern Section Championship. Laine lead the defensive line with 74 tackles and lead the team with 7.5 sacks (45 yards lost).
During his senior year of basketball, Laine was second on the team with 309 points and 11.4 points per game; he also recorded 372 rebounds and 38 blocks. He was an All-League selection and team captain.
As a team captain, Laine helped his baseball team reach the section championship his senior year. He played 3rd base, shortstop, 2nd base, 1st base, pitcher, and centerfield. He finished the season with a .329 batting average, 24 stolen bases, 31 runs and earned five saves. He was also team MVP and an All-League selection. Laine maintained a 4.00 GPA throughout high school and was salutatorian of his class. He will attend Fresno State University this fall and major in plant science-crop production management.
PIERCE HIGH SCHOOL
Cami attended Pierce High School and played basketball and volleyball for all four years. In volleyball, she was a strong force at the net as a middle and an outside hitter. She was awarded “Most Improved Athlete” as a freshman and “Captain’s Award” as a sophomore.
Her senior year she helped her teammates win the Sacramento Valley League. She enjoyed playing for Dynamix, a local club volleyball team, for three years. During basketball season, she contributed as a strong forward, going undefeated and winning SVL her sophomore year. She was awarded “Most Valuable Freshman” in 9th grade and “Captain’s ward” as a senior. She plans on attending a junior college and pursuing her goals, majoring in nursing.
Jake Voorhees was a three sports athlete for fours years at Pierce participating in football, basketball, and baseball.
He was twice All-League in football, playing quarterback, as well as earning two All-Leagues in basketball while leading the team in scoring and rebounds. In baseball, he was awarded three All-Leagues for his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
His E.R.A. was the lowest on the team throughout these three years. He has also won the pitcher of the year for the baseball team three consecutive years as well as team MVP his junior year. Voorhees was also very active in the community helping coach youth sports as well as receiving a scholar-athlete award for every varsity sport he ever played.
Next year he will attend Duke University and study biomedical research or law.
PRINCETON HIGH SCHOOL
Luis Angel was a three-sport athlete at Princeton, participating in football for three years, basketball for four years and baseball his senior year. He was an 8-time Scholar Athlete maintaining a 4.0 for mostly all of those times. He was defensive captain for football his senior year and played both offense and defense as a wide receiver, running back and a defensive back. In Luis’s senior year he caught over 1,000 yards and had 19 touchdowns. He helped lead the team to two League Championships his Junior and Senior year and was awarded All-League for those two years. He was also awarded Offensive Player of the year his senior year.
Luis was chosen to play in the Lions’ All-Star Football’s South team for 2015 and will play his final game at Oroville Harrison Stadium. Luis was also a strong player on the basketball court. He was 2-time All-League and was awarded Most Dedicated Player. He averaged almost four steals per game. His senior year he averaged 18.5 points per game and was awarded MVP. In baseball, Luis was a starter as a senior and played as center field, second base, and pitcher. Luis was involved in ASB, CSF, M.E.C.H.A., Block P and was Class President three years. Luis was able to
end his high school career with a 3.98 GPA.
Oscar Espinoza is a two sports athlete at Princeton High School, excelling in football and basketball. As captain, he led his team to two league championships and a semi-final game his senior year for football. He holds records in most rushing yards in a single season and most rushing yards in a single game. He was an All-League receiver his Freshman year and a three year All-League running back with a league MVP his Senior year. He finished his Senior year with 2500 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns.
He was also a two-time All-League player for basketball and was a leader on the court giving the team confidence and motivation. Oscar plans to attend the College of the Redwoods in the fall to play college
Chuck Wells could have been inducted into the Colusa County Hall of Fame, as an athlete or a coach. The selection committee decided on the coaching award, because of his many years of teaching and coaching the youth of Colusa County.
Chuck was a three sports letterman at Maxwell High School, where he was a member of the 1961 North Valley League Championship Football team. In 1962 while playing for the Panther Baseball team, Chuck was named all-league and the North Valley League’s Most Valuable Player.
After high school, he attended Chico State University. Although he did not participate in sports in college, Chuck stayed involved playing fast pitch softball with the Maxwell Merchants, and with the highly ranked Chung Sun Market team. He also played town team basketball, helping the Colusa Production Credit team win several league championships.
After college, he was immediately drafted into the army. While at Fort Ord he led his battalion football team to a base championship, playing quarterback and kicking the game winning 35-yard field goal. After attending officer training school, he spent the next two years in Viet Nam. Following his discharge, went back to Chico State for his teaching credential.
Chuck started his teaching and coaching career in 1974, coaching the varsity and junior varsity football at Princeton High School. From there he went to Williams and coached the Yellowjackets girls basketball teams for eight years, winning a league championship.
In the early eighties, he returned to Maxwell to continue his long and colorful Coaching career, winning several league championships. In 2003, his team not only won the league title, Chuck was named the league’s coach of the year. After suffering a stroke, he came back again to coach girls basketball with his sister-in-law Sue Wells. In 2012, a surgery ended his long and outstanding playing and coaching career, a career that off and on spanned over 40 years.
Chuck will be keeping the Wells name alive in Maxwell sports history, joining his Uncles Ken, Eddie, and Lloyd and his mother Irene, as a deserving member of the Colusa County Hall of Fame.
HALL OF FAME TEAM INDUCTION
1986-1987 COLUSA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM
The 1986-1987 Colusa High School Redskins brought home the first Northern California Division III basketball championship to Colusa. The Redskins went on to lose to Crossroads at the Oakland Coliseum by the score of 83-65. The Redskins Basketball team had a 19 game winning streak and a 27-2 overall record.
The squad used tremendous defense and rebounding and were champions of the Butte View League. In the era before the 3 point shot the Redskins were led by All-Area and All-Star pick Don Lyttle with double-digit scoring and rebounding averages. Rick Bryant was All-Area and All-League with his double-digit averages in scoring and rebounding.
All-League defensive player Marty Hernandez and All-League Sean Borrowman (15 points in Nor Cal Finals) were key starters. Point guard Dave Paletta ran the show with great leadership and court presence. Charlie Lyss was first off the bench for the Skins.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Mark is still considered by many as one of the most dominant basketball players in Maxwell High School history. In 1980, he was the North Valley Leagues leading scorer, and rebounder, averaging 22 points and 16 rebounds per game. The same year, he was named to the Sacramento Bee’s All-Superior California Basketball team. Mark was also a McDonald’s All American pick in 1980.
Basketball was not the only sport that Mark excelled in. He was also an excellent football player. In 1980, he led the Panthers to a North Valley League Football Championship and earned All-League honors three consecutive years.
After his outstanding high school athletic career, he was recruited by many colleges and universities. Mark opted to attend Pomona College on an academic scholarship, and because of the teams young charismatic basketball coach, Greg Popovich, the same Greg Popovich that is now the superstar coach of the NBA San Antonio Spurs. While playing two years for Coach Popovich, his size (6’5”, 240 pounds) also got the attention of the Pomona Football coaches, which resulted in Mark playing football for three years at Pomona.
He was a standout football player, playing both ways, a tight end on offense, and a defensive end. Because of his outstanding play, the coaches of the Southern California Inter-Scholastic conference, named Mark and all-conference player on both the offensive and defensive teams. He was one of a very few players ever to receive this honor.
Mark’s size, speed, and smarts also drew the attention of numerous professional football teams including the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, and Buffalo Bills.
Although he was not drafted, Mark was invited by the Dallas Cowboys to sign a free agent contract. He decided not to try pro football, but to go on with his career. In 1985, he majored and graduated with degrees in economics and mathematics. After college Mark remained active in sports playing softball, basketball, and volleyball. He also volunteered and was named head coach of no less than 15 of his four children’s various sports teams.
It is very apparent Mark Reckers, has earned all the credentials needed for induction into the Colusa County Hall of Fame.
HAL RAYMOND CHARTER
Raymond was born December 28, 1934, in Arbuckle. His parents were Halbert and Marie. His Dad was called Hal, so the family called him Raymond. He married Mary Young in 1965. They had three children, Lillie, Ellen, and Halbert. He now has eight grandchildren all playing sports.
Raymond enjoyed sports at an early age. To play ball with his friends in vacant lots when he was in elementary school, Raymond would hitchhike to Arbuckle from Charter Oaks Ranch. This fueled his passion for sports. Raymond played all sports, at Pierce High School from 1948-1952. Raymond developed his skills in all sports under the leadership of Coach Charles Grimmer. He was never sure why, but Coach called him “Champ” Charter. In the years 1951 and 1952, Pierce played Sutter High School for the valley championship. Raymond graduated from Pierce in 1952.
He then graduated with a two-year Agriculture degree from U.C. Davis.
Raymond was drafted to serve two years in the U.S. Army in 1958. He was stationed in Germany for 18 months playing football, basketball, and softball.
He played town team basketball for Arbuckle sponsored by Frank Basilli (Arbuckle Hotel) from 1955-1965, with the exception of the years of his Army service. Doug Mathews was coach and manager of the team.
He started playing golf at 30 and played in many tournaments at Arbuckle Golf Course and many other courses. For ten years, he played on a four-man best ball team representing Arbuckle Golf
Course in the North Section Zone for the NCGA. The team competed at Spyglass Golf
Course and brought home six medals.
Raymond has always supported youth sports in Arbuckle. In 2014, he and his wife Mary received the Golden Bear award. This is the highest award for school support that is given by Pierce School District. In 2013, Raymond was named Grand Marshal for the Home Coming Football game. Also in 2013, Raymond was chosen to throw the first pitch for the season at Arbuckle Little League.
Vernon did not participate in sports until his junior year at Chico High School where he played football and basketball. In his senior year, he was the first athlete in many years to earn varsity letters in four sports: football, basketball, baseball, and track.
After graduation in 1945 he joined the Marine Corps and was assigned to the aircraft carrier Saidor in the Pacific area. At the end of the war, he enrolled at Chico State and participated in football, baseball, track and boxing. In his senior year, I was the Far West Coast Boxing Champion in the 175-pound division.
While working for the California Department of Fish and Game in Chico Vernon played catcher for one of the recreational softball teams. He then transferred to Alturas with the Fish and Game and volunteer with the High School football and basketball teams and decided I enjoyed coaching more than counting antelope.
He returned to Chico and re-entered college and finished a teaching degree in Industrial Arts. Upon completion, he returned to Alturas to teach woodshop and drafting and coached football, basketball, and baseball. His JV boy’s football and basketball teams were undefeated that year.
In 1958, he moved back to Chico and was employed by Los Molinas High School to teach woodshop and drafting. While there I coached JV basketball
and varsity football.
In 1963, Don Vedo, the principal at Colusa Junior High convinced Vernon to move to Colusa and teach Industrial Arts at Colusa High School. This started his 24-year commitment to teaching and sports. He was involved with JV football, basketball, track and girls basketball.
At 50 years of age, Vernon joined the Masters Track Program and ran the 50 meters, 100 meters and 200-meter sprints. At 69 he ran the 100 meters in 12.2 seconds.
Vernon participated in meets in California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, and Florida. Overall, in competition he won 86 first place ribbons and 26-second places.
JAMES W. DUNLAP
For the first time in the existence of the Hall of Fame, a Saddle Bronc Rider will be installed.
Jim first started rodeo saddle bronc riding at Williams High School in 1979 and in 1980 at 17 years of age he qualified to compete in the national finals of high school rodeo, he finished 15th of 107 saddle bronc riders. In 1981, his senior year, he finished 9th.
Also, in his senior year he placed 2nd at the Junior Grand Champion at the Cow Palace.
After high school, he attended Hartnell College and qualified for the national intercollegiate rodeo finals at Bozman Montana after finishing first at Hartnell. His second year at Hartnell he finished 2nd at the Nationals.
After Hartnell, he went on to Cal Poly earning an Ag Rodeo scholarship and then on to the Nationals, riding in the Western Region of Collegiate Rodeo (CNFR), finishing 2nd.
After graduation at Cal Poly in Animal, Husbandry Jim went on to the pro circuit and was very successful ending up in the top 25th in the nation.
Jim’s band (FBR), a very popular band in the area, has been playing for several years.