The Colusa County Hall of Fame is a program which is directed by the Colusa County Hall of Fame Committee. The event started 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, an athlete must have been either a participant, coach or contributor, been born, attended school, or performed in Colusa County. The event or series which would make the honoree eligible to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame must have taken place at least 5 years prior to the nomination. Nominations are solicited from all the citizens in Colusa County.
Key members of the Hall of Fame committee are Wally Dowell, Doug Mathews, Bill Barrett, Kurt Barrett, Jim McGowan, Kevin Askeland, Russell Gardner, John Scheimer, and Ed Martinez. The chairman of the Hall of Fame committee is Vance Boyes.
Sponsors for the event include: Alsco-Geyer Irrigation, Inc.; Colusa Rotary Club; DePue Warehouse Company; Douglas D. Mathews Ranch;
Richter Aviation, Inc.; Strain Orchards; LP Edward Jones Investments; Colusa Industrial Park; T&P Farms; Ridgetop Warehouse; Maxwell Firefighters Association; NCI; Jeff & Debbie Charter; Sun Valley Rice Company, LLC; and D&G Jimenez Farms.
SENIOR ATHLETE AWARDS
COLUSA HIGH SCHOOL
■ Hayden Bailey excelled in both baseball and basketball in his Senior year at Colusa High School. Leading the Northern Section CIF in pitching wins in 2014, going 11-2. His 0.82 Earned Run Average ranked as the 5th lowest in the Northern Section. He struck out 70 batters, which ranked 9th highest in the Northern Section. Bailey was also the winning pitcher in the Division III NSCIF Baseball Championship game, the Varsity MVP for the Redhawks, and the Mid valley League MVP. As a Senior, Bailey was a Wendy’s High School Heisman winner and the recipient of the Gil Walker Scholarship, the Jordan Hillis Memorial Scholarship recipient and the 2014 Colusa High School Male Athlete of the Year. Bailey plans to attending Oregon State University and major in business.
■ Coral Imhoff is the 2014 Colusa High School female athlete of the year. Imhoff played Varsity tennis, soccer and softball for all 4 years of high school, earning 12 Varsity letters. She won 10 League Championships and 3 CIF Northern Section Championships during her career as a Redhawk. Coral earned All-League honors 10 times and was chosen as MVP of her team 5 times. She was given the Miss Redhawk Award for being the top Senior female athlete at CHS. As a Senior she was named team MVP and was the winner of the John Diest Memorial Award. She was also picked to play on the NOR-CAL soccer All-Star team. Imhoff excelled academically as well as athletically at CHS, graduating with a 3.90 overall GPA and a lifetime membership in the California Scholastic Federation (CIF).
MAXWELL HIGH SCHOOL
■ Shelen Boyes is and a three sport athlete; participating in Volleyball, Basketball and Softball.
In volleyball, Boyes played as a setter for all 4 years, 3 of those years she was on the varsity team. Her freshman year she was All-Tourney at the Los Molinos tournament and received the Offensive MVP award. During her sophomore year Boyes received the Coaches Award. During Boyes’ junior year, her team were co-champions of the Mid-Valley League and they won the league out right her senior year. Boyes was selected All-League twice, MVP of the Mid- Valley League and was selected 1st team All- Area and 3rd team All-Section in 2013. Boyes helped lead Maxwell High School to their first section championship in the history of the school.
In basketball, Boyes played all four years on the varsity team as a point guard, where she was selected All-Tourney twice. Boyes and her team won the Mid-Valley League during in her junior year and was given the Team Leader award by her coaches. During her senior year, Boyes and her team once again won the Mid-Valley League. Shelen was voted All-League and was given the Most Valuable player award by her coaches.
In Softball, Boyes played all 4 years on the varsity team. Her career batting average at Maxwell High School was 520. During her senior year she had 49 stolen bases on 49 attempts. Boyes was named All-Tourney twice, All-League twice and All-League honorable mention. In 2013 she was selected 1st team All-Area as a center fielder.
Boyes plans to attend Feather River Junior College this coming fall and extend her athletic career playing volleyball for the Golden Eagles.
■ Jessie Otterson had been a three sport athlete at Maxwell High School, participating in basketball, softball and volleyball.
During Otterson’s freshmen year she was awarded the J.V. Volleyball Coach’s Award, J.V. Basketball MVP, All Tourney at Pierce, and East Nicholas Tournament. Otterson and her team won the League and Section Championship in Softball.
During Otterson’s Sophomore year, she was award the Varsity Volleyball Coach’s Award, Varsity Basketball MVP, All Tourney at Pierce, and Elk Creek Tournament, Varsity Softball I received All League, All Tourney at the Liberty, and Maxwell Tournament, and took the Section Championship.
During Otterson’s Junior year, she was awarded the Varsity Basketball All League, All Tourney at the East Nicholas, Pierce and Princeton Tournament, Varsity Softball I received All League, Defensive Player, Golden Glove and made the All Metro Team.
During Otterson’s Senior year she was awarded the Varsity Softball All League Team, M.V.P., All tourney at the Maxwell Tournament, and led the League in hitting, Golden Gove; and in the final week of the season Jessie was named Max Prep Western Region player of the week.
Academically, Otterson have carried a 3.7 grade point average throughout high school, and was an active member in the FFA. In the fall, Otterson will attend Butte Community College to receive her General Education, then transfer to Chico State University where she will attend their registered nursing program.
■ Zachary Troughton is a three sport standout athlete his four years at Maxwell High School, lettering in football, basketball, and baseball.
In football Troughton was selected for all league in his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Troughton and his team won the Northern Section Championship his senior year.
In basketball, he was the Mid-Valley League MVP both his junior and senior years. Troughton and his team won the Northern Section Championship for the first time in Maxwell High School history.
In baseball, he was all-league his sophomore and junior years, co-MVP of the Mid-Valley League his senior year and was selected to participate in the Lions All-Star game. Troughton and his team won the Northern Section Championship his freshman, junior, and senior years.
Troughton maintained a 3.98 GPA and was the valedictorian of his class. In the fall, Troughton will attend Butte College where he will play football and pursue a degree in Kinesiology.
■ Blake Vierra has been a three sport athlete all four years at Maxwell High School, participating in football, basketball and baseball. He has been a member of six section championship teams, three during his senior year.
Vierra was a two year all league quarterback, was all league two years in basketball and was all league four years in baseball.
During his Senior year, Vierra batted 500. For the past 4 years he has played summer baseball, 3 years with the Colusa Channel Cats, and is now starting his second year with the Chico Nuts. Vierra has great ability as a leader, and was chosen to play in the Lions All Star baseball game.
In the Fall Vierra will attend Butte College and play baseball for the Roadrunners.
PIERCE HIGH SCHOOL
■ Mariah Diaz is a three sport athlete, participating in volleyball, basketball, and track during her high school years. As a volleyball player, Diaz was a four year starter playing right side and middle hitter and blocker. At the end of her 2013 volleyball season, Diaz finished with 198 kills and 85 solo blocks. When she was on the basketball court,
Diaz was a strong defensive player and was not afraid to attack the boards on offense. Diaz participated in the triple jump and long jump in track.
Diaz was given volleyball awards of “Captain’s Award” in 2011, “Teammate of the Year” in 2012, “Most Valuable Player” in 2013, and “All American” in 2013. Diaz was named “All-Tourney” at the PHS Tournament in 2013 and “Captain’s Award” at the end of her 2013-2014 basketball season.
Diaz didn’t only work hard in sports but achieved to maintain a 3.5 and higher GPA all four years of high school. Diaz plans to further her education and major in business while she plays Women’s Volleyball at Feather River College.
■ Joe Howard was a three sport athlete for four years at Pierce, participating in football, basketball, track and baseball, and he is a 2-year scholar athlete as well.
Howard was the defensive captain for football during his Junior Varsity years, playing both on offense as a fullback and defense as linebacker. He was defensive captain his senior year, playing both on offense as a tight end and defense as middle line- backer with 118/220 varsity career solo tackles. I
In 2013, his junior year, Howard helped Pierce football become league champions and his 2014 varsity average of 9.6 tackles a game helped make him the number 2 Northern Section CIF Division III Stat Leader for 2014 with 126 solo tackles.
Howard received all-league honors for his two years on varsity.
In basketball, Howard was a strong player and was team captain his junior varsity and senior varsity years with a game average of 4.5 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game.
In baseball, Howard played right field his freshman year on the varsity baseball team and made the switch his sophomore year to track, participating in discus, shot-put and 4×100 relay.
WILLIAMS HIGH SCHOOL
■ Freddy Cervantes is a three sport athlete: playing football as quarterback, basketball as guard and ran the 400 meter race on the track team.
Cervantes plans to attend college and obtain a degree in kinesiology with aspirations to coach football.
■ Emilee Cranford a five sport athlete, participating in volleyball, softball, track, basketball and served as a cheerleader.
Outshining in basketball, Cranford was a three-time all league choice, was the team point leader, finishing her high school career with 932 points.
Cranford received the 2013 All Metro Sports award by the Marysville Gold Sox.
A scholar athlete, Cranford maintained a 3.0 GPA, and participated in the FFA, ASB, Girls State delegate and served as the yearbook editor.
In the fall, Cranford plans to attend San Diego Mesa College where she will complete her general education and transfer to San Diego State University and major in Physical Therapy.
PRINCETON HIGH SCHOOL
■ Amanda Hansen a three sport athlete, participated in volleyball, basketball and softball.
In volleyball, Hansen was selected All-League during her junior and senior year. Hansen was also awarded best offensive player my sophomore year. Hansen was ranked 5th in the Northern Section CIF at the service line, where she aced an average of 1.3 serves per game, and during her senior year she was selected to play on the North vs. South All-Star Volleyball team.
In basketball, Hansen was selected All-League her junior year. During her sophomore and senior year, Hansen was awarded as MVP.
In softball, Hansen was selected All-League all fours years and was also awarded the MVP her sophomore and junior year.
Academically, Hansen was a scholar athlete and maintaining an overall 3.54 GPA.
■ Maryssa Martin a three sport athlete, participated in volleyball, basketball, and softball.
Martin received All League 7 times and League MVP 3 times. I have also received awards such as team MVP, Offensive Player of the year, Defensive Player of the year, Coach’s award, Most Inspirational Player, Chairman of the Boards and the Team Spirit Award.
Outside of sports, Martin was the ASB Treasurer, FFA President, Senior Class President, Block P President and the CSF President for Princeton High School.
In the Fall Martin plans to attend the College of the Siskiyous, and play volleyball.
NORTHERN SECTION CHAMPS
Frank Ferraiuolo represents everything the Hall of Fame Directors Committee looks for when selecting their coveted Directors Award. Not only an outstanding athlete, he was very involved with the youth of Colusa County.
As an athlete Frank could do it all, without a doubt his best sport was baseball. In the 1930’s he played with, and managed the Colusa Pruners Semi-Pro team in the Sacramento Valley League. He also played with the Colusa Cubs and The Princeton and Williams town teams, competing in the West-side Nor-Cal, and River Leagues. Like most of the old time ballplayers of that era, on week nights Frank played city league fast pitch softball. He played for the Italian AC and the P S E A teams, among others. In 1934 he boasted an amazing 520 batting average.
Along with his baseball career, he was a talented professional boxer. During the early 1930’s, he was the trainer for his brother Julius, who was a featured fighter in Yuba City, and other north state boxing arenas. Each year, Frank also had several professional fights of his own.
Frank spent many years teaching the game of baseball to the youth of Colusa County. Coaching at all levels from high school to semi-professional. He was both a junior varsity and varsity baseball coach, for several years coaching with his nephew Frank at the Colusa High School.
He was very proud of his nephew, who is a member of the Yuba College, Colusa, Chico State and Northern California Hall of Fames He and his wife Irene seldom missed a game young Frank played whether it was football or baseball, high school or college.
In the early 1950’s he was the coach of several Post 59 Junior Legion baseball teams. The 1953 team won Colusa County’s first ever District Four Championship. Some of the Junior Legion Players he coached, were Colusa County Hall of Fame members Ron Meyers, Frank Cloak, Doug Mayberry, Charlie Johnson, Bryant “Joe” Pearson, and one of tonights inductees Bill Barrett.
For more than 50 years, Frank was the custodian and bus driver for the Colusa School District. As the “Official” team bus driver he traveled to almost every sports venue in the North state. In his 50 plus years, and thousands of miles of driving, Frank was proud of his record of never having an accident. He had a great sense of humor and all the kids loved him and wanted to ride Mr. Ferraiuolo’s bus.
Frank Ferraiuolo’s was determined to meet all the credentials needed, and was elected to receive the 2014 Colusa County Hall of Fame prestigious Directors Award.
Dale Townzen has been involved with youth programs for most of his life. His family moved to Colusa from Vallejo when he was a fifth grader. He graduated from Colusa High School in 1955, after participating in four sports. Unfortunately, he suffered a very serious hip injury during a varsity football game which ended his athletic career.
One of his teammates on that team was Doug Mayberry, a past inductee into the Colusa Sports Hall of Fame. Dale was also a member of the record holding Class C, 440 relay team.
Dale spent two years at Yuba College and two more at Chico State before being drafted and stationed in Puerto Rico where he taught English to soldiers. After his discharge, he returned to Chico State and completed requirements for his General Secondary Teaching Credential in Science and Physical Education.
Dale’s first teaching job was in Williams where he taught fifth grade and coached sixth graders. He then returned to Colusa for the rest of his teaching career, and by the time he retired in 1998 he had touched the lives of a multitude of people.
Over the years, he has coached junior varsity football and basket- ball, Special Olympics basketball, Little League baseball and Youth Recreation League basketball and football. The last team he coached was an eighth grade girls’ basketball team which included his granddaughter, Molly.
On June 20, 2014, Dale and his wife, Peggy, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Their family includes daughter Cammie, and sons Darren and Patrick, both of whom were successful college basketball players.
Dale and Peggy have traveled extensively since retiring, including trips to Europe, South America, Canada, Alaska and Hawaii. After Hurricane Katrina, they were part of Habitat for Humanity, building house in Alabama.
They also are avid bike enthusiasts.
The Colusa County Sports’ Hall of Fame is proud to include Dale Townzen as a 2014 inductee.
Hall of Fame Team Induction
1933-1935 Red & White Grocery Baseball Team
Maxwell has always been known as a baseball town.
For more than a century this small community has produced many outstanding players and championship teams. One of the more dominate of these, was the 1933-1935 Red and White Grocery Baseball team. Over a two season span, they were undefeated int league play, with an overall record of 31 and 2. In their five years of competition they played in three different leagues, the River League, West-side League, and the Golden Empire
League, winning championships in all three, these leagues were made up of teams from many north valley towns, such as Chico, Colusa, Orland, Williams, Arbuckle, Sterling City, Willows, Guinda, Madison, Esparto, Artois, Willow Oak and Princeton to name a few.
The 1920’s and the 1930’s were known as Colusa County’s Golden Era of Baseball. The games were competitive, and not uncommon for some of the “Grudge” games to draw crowds in excess of 500 fans with plenty of wagering, making the games ever more exciting. The Maxwell team also played independent baseball with the winner take all format.
The Red and White team was sponsored and managed by L.L. (Bill) Barrett local merchant, who was also a director of the Sacramento Valley League Colusa Pruner Baseball team. It was said some of the Sacramento Valley League teams were very reluctant to play the Red and White team during their undefeated seasons.
The team roster was comprised of many of the top players from throughout the county, such as Jim Dunlap, Alva Lane, John Coleman, and Joe LaGrande from Williams. Mel, Marv, and George Pence, Earl Sites, Henry and Finis Cooper, Ralph Reckers, Chick Locey, Andy Detlefson, John L. Azevedo, Bud Boyes, Wilbur Bruggman, Bob Carpenter, Ernie Smith, Marion Cunningham, and Henry “Bun” Reading. “Bun” joined the team just out of high school, and at 96, is the teams only surviving member.
The team disbanded in 1937, with the players joining other teams throughout the North Valley.
The Red and White Grocery team was one of a long line of outstanding baseball teams to represent the town of Maxwell, and his rightfully earned its place, in the Colusa County Hall of Fame.
Hall of Fame Selections
■ Brock Boyes began his athletic career early by pitching and playing shortstop in Little League baseball playing for the West-side All Stars. At Williams High School he was a four-sport athlete excelling in football, basketball, baseball and track and field.
Boyes played varsity baseball as a freshman and got his first All League honors as a sophomore playing varsity baseball with a batting average of .455. Boyes was picked as an All League selection three times in varsity baseball, twice in varsity football, and once in varsity basketball.
In basketball and football Boyes help lead Williams to league championships throughout his high school career.
In football Boyes’ rushing and receiving yards exceeded 1000 yards as a Junior and Senior despite missing two games. He also was named outstanding back in football. In his final football game as a Senior Boyes scored 6 touchdowns and rushed for 199 yards. A great accomplishment only made better as he did not play a single down in the second half. Boyes received the gold award for outstanding leadership twice at Williams in his high school career, once for basketball and football.
Following his career with the Yellow Jackets, Boyes attended Shasta College to play football. There, starting as tailback, Boyes helped the Knights win the Golden Valley Conference championship in 1983 with an unprecedented 6-0 league record. Boyes was named All Conference and helped lead Shasta to play for the state championship against the Merced Blue Devils. At Shasta he was named athlete of the week by the Record
Searchlight. As a tailback at Shasta Boyes averaged 6.2 yards per carry.
After Shasta Boyes starting playing competitive softball and played for 10 years as a starting shortstop and power hitter for Watega Construction, a traveling softball team. In his final tournament with Watega Construction, Boyes finished his career with two home runs leading them to a 27-28 victory in the open tournament at Big League Dreams in Redding. It seemed only fitting to end his competitive softball career on his home turf and in the winning column.
Boyes is a Public Safety and Regulatory Supervisor for PG&E which he has been employed for 24 years. Boyes has stayed active in sports coaching youth basketball, football, and baseball teams in the Redding area. He has been married to wife Kristin for 14 years and his three boys Hayden, Brier, and Gannon.
■ Joe Garofalo excelled at Colusa High School from 1987-1990.
Garofalo was a 3 year letterman in varsity baseball where he earned all-league honors at shortstop. He also lettered 3 years in basketball. and 4 years of football.
As the varsity Quarterback, Garofalo passed for over 3000 yards and 40 touchdowns.
Garofalo was selected all-league, team MVP and League MVP his senior year, and was selected to participate in the Lions all-star game.
Garofalo started at Quarterback for Yuba College in 1990 and 1991, and was honored as the team’s Most Valuable Player both years.
Garofalo set numerous offensive records; most passing yards in a game (430), season (2385) and career (4650). He also holds the record for career completions (348) and most touchdown passes in a career (36). In 1991 he was voted the Yuba College Male Athlete of the Year.
After completing his career at Yuba College, Joe received an athletic scholarship to play at Sacramento State University. During his career at Sacramento State, Garofalo was under the tutelage of now long time NFL coach Greg Knapp.
At Sacramento State Joe completed 190 passes out of 327 attempts for 2614 yards with 19 touchdowns. Garofalo ranks 3rd all-time in Career passing efficiency (137.7), 4th all- time in Career completion percentage (58.1%), and 5th all-time in yards per pass (7.99). In 1994 Garofalo was voted team offensive MVP and selected to 1st Team All- Conference.
After his playing days were over Garofalo remained at Sacramento State and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. After graduation Garofalo returned to Colusa County started his Law Enforcement career with the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office. Garofalo has been married to his wife, Nicole for 17 years and they have 3 children together.
■ Andy Geyer has always had the love of sports as an important part in life, but the complex game of golf became a favorite early on.
As a 1977 graduate of Pierce High School, Geyer was involved in four years of football. During his senior year, he was selected as a Sacramento Valley League, All-League QB as a member of the 1976 Sacramento Valley
Championship team. Four years of high school golf lead to several selections to All-League teams, participation in several sub-sections and section championships.
Geyer’s next move involved two years of varsity golf with the Modesto Jr. College Pirates golf team.
Geyer attended Cal State Stanislaus from 1980 to 1981 where he was on two NCAA Division III National Champion golf teams. The 1980 championship was played in Des Moines, Iowa and in 1981 it was played in Pinehurst, NC. During these years he was twice selected NCAA Division III All-American. Also, during these years he was selected to the Farm Western Conference All-League. Andy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Cal State Stanislaus in 1981.
As an amateur, Geyer was able to participate in the California State Amateur at Pebble Beach and Cypress Point as well as being a 1980 quarter-finalist in the NCGA Match Play Championship at Spyglass Hill Golf Course.
Geyer currently lives in Arbuckle and works at Alsco-Geyer, and is married to his wife Carol. They have three children, Jake, 25, Ben, 22 and Molly 20.
Geyer continues to enjoy golfing at his local Arbuckle Golf Club as well as attend many of the golf events his children now enjoy.
■ Rick Manor will be posthumously inducted into the Colusa County Sports Hall of Fame for his superior accomplishments.
Manor was a graduate of Williams High School in 1970. Manor was a popular honor student who served as vice president of CSF, vice president of the sophomore class, and was an academic scholarship winner. He participated as a 3 sport athlete in football, basketball, and track.
As a quarterback and kicker in football, Manor made all North Valley League and Superior California All Star Team second team defensive back. His 1969 football team, which won the championship, was undefeated in league play.
Manor was all league in basketball when his team won the championship in 1969-70 while racking up a 22-0 record in season games. Williams had a 14-0 record in league play and won their 3rd straight championship in a row. Also, his track team won the championship.
As a high jumper, Manor still holds the record at Williams High at 6 foot-1/4-inch.
Manor, also attended Yuba College where he played basketball in 1970 and played on the 1970 and 1971 football teams. Manor was a trusted kicker there and still holds the record for the most field goals in a game, that record was tied 35 years later.
Manor did not get to finish the football season in 1971 because he lost his life in a tragic accident. A dedication of homecoming was conducted at Yuba College for Rick at the Siskiyou/Yuba football game October 20, 1971
■ Bill Barrett, Sr. started his playing career at Maxwell High School in 1950, competing and lettering in football, basketball, and baseball. He was the football team captain for two years, and in 1953, he won the baseball batting championship.
In Barrett’s junior year he was invited to play with the Colusa Post 59 Junior American Legion baseball team, joining former Colusa County Hall of Fame’rs Joe Pearson, Doug Mayberry, and Charlie Johnson.
This 1953 team, coached by Frank Ferraiuolo, won the American Legion District four championship.
After high school Barrett played three years with the league champion Maxwell Merchants Baseball team, competing in the West-side and Central Valley leagues.
While in high school Barrett started his long softball playing career, which he continued for the next 43 consecutive years, playing well into his fifties. At the age of 52 he was named most valuable Player of the Arbuckle Invitational Softball tournament. He competed in leagues and tournaments throughout the north state, being fortunate enough to play with Colusa County Hall of Famers Virgil Azevedo, Frank Vierra, Charlie Johnson, John Pappa, Lloyd Wells, Dave Perry, Ed Wells, Doug Mayberry, and Ken Wells.
Barrett also competed against Hall of Fame softball greats Ed Drennen, Kirk Laux, Doug Mathews, Wally Dowell, Jim Vossler, Ed Martinez, Gary Roper, Lane Davis, and Vern Vierra. In all, he has played with, against, or coached 33 members of the Colusa County Hall Sports of Fame.
Barrett’s coaching career started in 1955 when he was named coach of the Maxwell Women’s Softball team. The team played in the Sacramento Valley Women’s softball league, competing with teams from throughout the north state. In his four years as coach, Barrett’s team won two league championships and finished second twice. In 1957 he was named coach of the South Section League All-Stars.
Barrett also coached both men’s fast and slow pitch softball in the Colusa, Willows, and Maxwell leagues for over 10 years; and is one of the founding members of the Colusa County Sports Hall of Fame, and has served as a director for over 12 years.
Still an active supporter of high school sports programs, Barrett and can usually be seen hanging around the Maxwell High School baseball field every spring.
Barrett continuous 60 plus year commitment to Colusa County sports, as a player, coach, and long time supporter makes him a unanimous choice for induction in the Colusa County Hall of Fame