Tracy sports HOF gets strong interest to reopen
by Bob Brownne
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Reviving the hall of fame
Ron Duncan (left), Wayne Schneider and Rich Giambastini discuss an item during a meeting at the Tracy Press, 145 West 10th St. discussing bringing the Tracy Sports Hall of Fame back into action Monday, Jan. 28.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Fans of Tracy-based sports gathered Monday night, Jan. 28, at the Tracy Press to talk about how to resurrect the Tracy Sports Hall of Fame.

From 1982 to 1990, the hall of fame honored athletes, teams and team boosters, who made athletics a cornerstone of the Tracy community.

Sam Matthews, publisher emeritus of the Tracy Press, organized the meeting, which was attended by 12 people, including past inductees, former Tracy High football coach, Wayne Schneider, and former Tracy High basketball coach, Bill Swenson.

Swenson was appointed temporary chairman of the group for three months.

“I think there’s a lot of interest now, because we haven’t done it for 20 years and there are a lot of individuals who should be recognized in Tracy,” he said. “A lot of new people need to know the athletic history of Tracy.”

He added that the number of outstanding athletes has increased, especially with West and Kimball high schools having been founded since the last induction to the hall.

Discussion at the meeting revolved around how to nominate people for the hall, how often to add inductees, the best time of year to have an awards banquet and the categories the hall could create to honor people.

Steve Thornton, the athletic director at West High for 17 years and now the athletic director at Kimball High, suggested that the Sac-Joaquin Section could be a model.

The section opened its hall of fame in 2010 and added another group of honorees in 2012.

Lina Longmire — whose late husband, Jake Longmire, and late son, Gordon “Scooter” Longmire, are in the hall of fame — produced a statement from U.S. Bank that puts the hall of fame bank balance at just under $6,000. Longmire said she has made small deposits during the past 23 years to keep the account active.

The group will meet again at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Tracy Press, 145 W. 10th St., where it plans to create a committee to identify potential officers and a board of directors, create a procedure to nominate inductees and set a timeline for planning the awards banquet.

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