Sports Hall of Fame to add 12 names in 2014
by TP staff
Jan 30, 2014 | 3993 views | 5 5 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Tracy Sports Hall of Fame is adding 12 names to its list of outstanding local sports figures.

The hall of fame chose the honorees at its Wednesday meeting, after the hall’s members reviewed 30 nominations. The 2014 class will be formally honored at an awards banquet April 26 at the Tracy Elks Lodge on 11th Street.

The 2014 selections include a coach, two contributors to local sports, seven athletes and two teams.

Don Nicholson coached football at Tracy High for 39 years, including nine 10-0 seasons with his sophomore team. He was Tracy High’s athletic director for 17 years, and his name was given to the stadium at Kimball High, where he is an assistant coach for the wrestling team.

Contributors include Tom Hawkins, who died in 2011 at age 84. He was superintendent, principal and an eighth-grade teacher and coach at Jefferson School for 31 years and a trustee for Tracy Unified School District for 18 years. He founded an annual girls basketball tournament, which is named for him, and ran the Tracy High snack bar during football games to raise money for Bulldog athletics.

Albert Moreno, Tracy High Class of 1949, contributed to local sports as an umpire for 50 years, officiating for youth baseball and at age 82 continues to umpire for fastpitch softball.

Athletes include Gary Barlow, who played on Tracy High’s football team and was the San Joaquin Athletic Association lineman of the year. He also played at University of Wyoming and coached at San Joaquin Delta College.

Brandon Dennington is Tracy High’s only two-time state wrestling champion, in 1985 and 1986. He wrestled for University of Oklahoma and won national titles as a member of the All-Army Wrestling team.

John Gonzalez was an all-SJAA football player who received all-Northern California and All-American honors and went on to play at Oregon State University. He was also a repeat state qualifier in wrestling and state heavyweight champion in 1981.

Michael Oliveira was West High’s senior male athlete of the year in 1998 and earned the top Valley Oak League and media awards for his accomplishments in football and basketball.

Trevell Quinley was the California Interscholastic Federation state long jump champion in 2001, his senior year at West High. He attended University of Arizona on a track and field scholarship and placed first in the 2008 Olympic Trials with a jump of 27 feet, 5 inches.

Greg Reed led the Tracy High basketball team to repeat tournament championships during his senior year in 1965 and broke the single-game and single-season school rebound records. He continued as a team leader at Delta College and Sacramento State University before being drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1969.

Loyce Singleton was a three-sport athlete — football, basketball and baseball — at Tracy High, where he graduated in 1960. He was a junior college All-American at Monterey Peninsula College before attending University of California.

Hall of fame teams include the 1982 Tracy High football team. The Bulldogs won the Sac-Joaquin Section championship that year after going 12-1 and was ranked sixth in the state, having logged more shutout victories than any other team in California.

The 1997-98 West High boys basketball team held a 31-4 record, including a 14-0 record in the Valley Oak League, for the most wins by a Tracy basketball team. The Wolf Pack was the third-ranked team in the state that year.

Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.

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Nerdybirdy
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February 04, 2014
First off some of the inductees in this years class are from the late 90's and 2001 so your statement that they're all from many years past is incorrect. Almost every sport in high school has a female version, for those that do not i.e. Football/wrestling CIF rules allow girls to try out for the teams. Remember the female kicker at West and the many girl wrestlers at both schools. I am curious why Matthew Overton is not on this list considering he is a starting long snapper for the Colts AND is a member of this seasons Pro bowl team. Those two accomplishment in themselves warrant at least a nomination. It's very disappointing that he was overlooked.
ourgang
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February 05, 2014
Sure, not all of the athletes are from 30 or 40 years ago, but most are. Many of the outstanding athletes from 50 to 60 years ago have already been selected, including some women. There have been several outstanding female athletes in Tracy, but they don't always get the publicity that male athletes receive because of the sport they normally excel at. The female kicker at West was very good, but probably not the best kicker to play football at Tracy, and I don't recall any male kickers making the Hall of Fame yet. Matt Overton, without question, will someday be inducted into the Tracy Sports Hall of Fame, but be patient, he isn't through playing yet. He most assuredly will attain even more accomplishments in the future, and be inducted.
tracyhighsports
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January 31, 2014
The Tracy Sports Hall of Fame has a website with all inductees listed. You may view the site at:

http://tracysportshof.org/
1resident
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January 31, 2014
I find it very strange that there are no females on this list.
ourgang
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January 31, 2014
There will be more female Hall of Famers in the future. Just remember those selected for the Tracy Hall of fame accomplished their fetes several years ago when female athletes weren't offered the same opportunities as their male counterparts. There were very few team sports offered at the time, and even today there aren't many team sports for the ladies. I congratulate the new inductees who were well chosen and will bring honor to our Tracy Sports Hall of Fame.


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