Murphy (Class of 97) a member of the State Championship 1995 Vanden
football team is a coach for the Viking varsity football team.
Will Mosley (Class of 95) was a
sports editor in college at
Sacramento State, played semi-pro baseball, and coached basketball and
baseball teams at Fairfield High.
Jason Ott (Class of 95) has
coached a variety of sports at Deer Valley High, Fairfield High and his alma
mater Vanden High. He is currently the varsity head football coach at
Rodriquez High and a teacher at Travis Community Day School.
Eddie Wilson (Class of 95)
began coaching as an assistant at Vanden. He later coached basketball at
El Camino High and Solano College. He is now a teacher at Fairfield High
and the varsity boy's basketball coach at Fairfield High.
Rod Hammond (Class of 93)
coached basketball teams at Rodriguez High in Fairfield and Wood High in
Vacaville. Rod's father Chuck Hammond is the former Mayor of Fairfield.
Rod played basketball and baseball at Vanden.
LeVon Haynes (Class of 90) coached the Vanden varsity football team
from 2005 through 2013. LeVon is a former Viking
football and basketball player. He is now a coach at Bethel High.
Ron Beverly, Jr. (Class of 86)
followed his father Ron Beverly, Sr. (Class of 65) into the coaching
ranks. After his college days at the University of the Pacific in
Stockton, Ron Beverly, Jr. coached football teams at Fairfield High, Vallejo
High and Vacaville Christian High.
Malcom Hardy (Class of 82)
is head basketball coach at Canyon Creek Christian Academy in Texas. Previously
he coached basketball at Trinity Christian Academy and W.C Wood High School and
track at Occidental College. Malcom was a member of the football, basketball and
track teams at Vanden.
Larry Hogue (Class of 78) is
teaching Vikings how to run fast, jump high and throw far as Vanden's head track
& field coach and as an assistant football coach. Larry was a leader on
both football and track teams when he was at Vanden.
Nancy Bratcher Morin (Class of 77)
is a teacher and coach at Golden West Middle School. Nancy was an
outstanding Viking basketball player.
Joe Campisi (Class of 76) is a
martial arts instructor. He is one of the owners and coaches at
Sparta Tae Kwon Do
in Walnut Creek, CA. Joe was a member of Viking football and track
Andy San Juan (Class of 76) is
a Vanden teacher. Andy has coached teams at both Vanden and Vacaville
Christian High School. Andy played football, basketball and track for the
Dave Lukens (Class of 74) is
defensive coordinator for the Iowa Wesleyan College football team. Dave
has been teaching and coaching in Iowa for over 30 years. Dave played
football, basketball and baseball for the Vikings.
Arthur Beauchamp (Class of 73)
coached Vacaville's Wood High School cross country team. In his younger
days, Arthur ran with the Vanden cross country and track teams.
Rich Geske (Class of 72) former
Viking basketball and track athlete, coached high school basketball and track in
Prescott, Arizona. In 1996 Rich led the Prescott High Badgers to the
Arizona 4A High School State Championship playoffs.
Joe Lukawski (Class of 71)
was an outstanding center for the UC Davis football team and was selected as a
UC Davis All-Decade Team of the 70's. He has been a teacher and coach
in the Sacramento area.
Charles Wilbur (Class of 67) played
baseball at Solano College and Cal Poly. He later coached high school and
college teams to state and national baseball championships. Charles is now
a baseball scout with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Jack Jabbour (Class of 65) coached junior
high school football, girls & boys basketball, baseball, and track teams for 30
years in Colorado. He led a summer baseball all-star team to the Colorado
Rhonda Prybyloski Lee
(Class of 65) has been an English
teacher and coach for the Medford, Oregon school district the past twenty years.
Ron Beverly, Sr. (Class of 65)
was the first Vanden graduate to return to his high school alma mater as a
coach. Ron was a very successful coach of Viking football and track teams
in the 70's and 80's. He coached one season at the University of the
Pacific and then moved to Solano College were he was an outstanding head
football coach from 1988 - 1999. In 2005 Ron Beverly, Sr. and former
Vanden coach Ed Serpas were inducted into the
Solano College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Who caught Barry Bonds home
run balls 660 and 661?
Larry Ellison (Class of 69) was in the right place at the right time -
twice in one week. Larry is a computer sales guy in
Fairfield not to be confused with the other computer guy (billionaire Larry
Ellison, the founder and CEO of Oracle). Vanden's Ellison attends San
Francisco Giants baseball games in his kayak on the bay. Sometimes great
moments in sports occur
outside of the arena of play. Read
an online story about
Barry Bonds, Larry Ellison and great Moments in the History of Coincidence here.
Then check out a
photo of Giant player Barry Bonds, Larry Ellison, Larry's son Jeremy and
Hall of Fame great Willie Mays.
For the 2006 season Larry
replaced his old inflatable kayak with a faster orange kayak made of Kevlar.
What's really cool is the 12-inch Fujitsu tablet personal computer housed in a
and mounted on the
will be able to watch Giants games as he drifts in the bay with SlingBox - a
wireless unit that plugs into his kayak computer. Say hey, Barry.
Splash another one into the bay!
Which Vanden QB started on
three different varsity football teams?
Ryan Myers (Class of 05)
was a quarterback on three different varsity football teams as his family moved
across America. Then in 2005 as a freshman football player at
University in New Orleans he had to move again when Hurricane Katrina hit the
Gulf Coast. After redshirting at Tulane, Ryan is now a member of the
Colgate University football team. Here is Ryan's
Colgate player profile.
What Vanden team was always
the away team even at practice?
The 2005 Vanden swim team is perhaps the most unusual Viking sports team ever.
A swim team you wonder...but Vanden doesn't have a pool? That's right the
Viking swimmers had neither a head coach or a Vanden swimming pool.
These dedicated Vanden athletes competed at dual meets with Dixon's team and
practiced with the Vacaville Swim Club.
grad was named Gatorade National Player of the Year?
Angelica "Jelly" Selden (Class of 04) was selected Gatorade's National
Softball Player of the Year in 2004. Angelica was
featured in "Faces in the Crowd" in Sports Illustrated (May, 2004) after
pitching 10 consecutive no-hitters (a national high school sotball record) and
seven perfect games during her senior season for the Vikings. Sheldon's
other national high school softball records are career earned run average (0.06)
and consecutive shutouts in a season (23). In 2005, as a freshmen Angelica
threw every pitch for UCLA at the Women's College World Series and was second
team All-American. She was first team All- American as a sophomore leading
the Bruins to the World Series again.
Selden finished her UCLA career as a three time All-American with 1,441
strikeouts, which ranks eighth in NCAA Division I history. Click here for
Angelica Selden's UCLA Bruins bio.
Who remembers Vanden's
Cinderella Coed Championship team?
"Cinderella stories are nice, but the normal outcome is that midnight usually
strikes before the ultimate goal, a championship, is reached. Not this
time." In 2004 Vanden was Capital Valley Conference coed team tennis
runner-up. They went on to beat four league champions to win the
Sac-Joaquin Section Coed Team Tennis Championship. The next year Vanden
went to sections once more and repeated as
Sac-Joaquin Section Coed Team Tennis Champions for 2005.
Wow she's got game... in
basketball, softball and baseball.
Dominisha Britton (Class of 04) was a two sport star at Vanden
setting the all time scoring record for Vikings girls basketball with 1,503
points. She was a member of the Morgan State University Bears
softball teams. In 2004 Dominisha was a member of the
first USA Women's
National Baseball Team, that toured Japan and Canada for the Women's World
Series and World Cup tournaments. Dominisha helped the USA capture the
first Women's World Baseball Cup in Canada and was named Best Female Pitcher in
Name the grad and his
granddad who left Vanden the same year?
Sean McBride (Class of 03) was a
Viking cross country runner. Sean's grandfather, Richard Grogenberger was
a Vanden teacher, who taught in the Travis School District for 32 years.
He retired in 2003 at the same time that his grandson, Sean McBride graduated
from Vanden. Grogenberger was active duty in the Army for five years,
and then in the Army Reserve, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. Sean will also be
in the Army, after completion of his studies at
West Point Military Academy.
Who was on an NCAA national
championship basketball team?
Ronniel Herron (Class
of 99) experienced the magic of March Madness up close and personal.
Ronniel was a walk-on member of the basketball team at Syracuse University in
New York. Ronniel played for the Syracuse Orangemen team that raced
through the NCAA Basketball Tournament, beating Kansas for the national
championship in 2003.
What Vanden team won a
Section Soccer Championship?
Goal !!! Grab your shirt. The 1998 Vanden girls soccer team beat
rival Justin-Siena to take the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Girls Soccer
crown in 1998.
Who earned an unequalled 10
Vanden Varsity letters in three sports?
Chris Jessop (Class of 96) had a phenomenal sports history at Vanden.
In each of the ten varsity seasons he played his teams went to the playoffs in
football, basketball and baseball. Chris earned four varsity letters in
baseball and basketball and two in football. During his amazing four years
at Vanden he led the Vikings to two section championships in basketball and
baseball, one in football, and six Superior California Athletic League titles.
As a football quarterback, basketball center and baseball pitcher, Jessop set
records in all three sports. Chris went on to play four years of football
and two years of baseball at the Air Force Academy. He then served his
country as a pilot in the US Air Force.
Will a Vanden alum write a
book about sports?
Will Mosley (Class of 95)
wrote his first book in 2003. Will played baseball and basketball at Vanden.
Will's book is about baseball and is titled
"The Same Game; The Black Ball Journey". His next novel "Baby
Fat" covers the fitness industry.
(Class of 85) co-captain of Vanden's undefeated 1984 football team wrote
a book about the Vikings championship. Jeff told the story of Vanden's perfect
12-0 season in
Names - The Time for Vikings and Friends"
He also created a web site and
organized a 30 year reunion for the team in 2014.
(Class of 73) wrote a book about football for kids in 1990. Mr.
Boyd, Mr. Clark and Vanden High School are mentioned in the novel. Paul's
book is called
"Just for Kicks". He played basketball, football and track for
Which Viking had one catch
and two touchdowns in a game?
Sounds impossible doesn't it? How can you only catch one pass but have two
touchdown receptions in one game? Ask Rodney Blakemore (Class of 93).
Blakemore's receiving stats for Vikings 34-29 win over Justin in 1992 show one
catch, 136 yards and two touchdowns. He caught a 54 yard touchdown pass
from Jeff Vaughn. Later in the game, Jamie Moody caught a short pass from
Vaughn and pitched it back to Blakemore who went 78 yards for his second
Who was on a California #1
team and a state player of the year?
Howard Hall (Class of 86)
was the first Vanden athlete to be a member of a California # 1 team and a
California state player of the year. In 1986 Hall and the Vikings won the
Sac-Joaquin Section Division III boys basketball
championship. Howard continued to lead the Vikings all the way to a
California state Division III boys basketball title. He was honored as the
MVP of the state championship game at the Oakland Coliseum in 1986. Howard
was also named the California High School Division III boys basketball player of
the year for 1986. Hall continued playing basketball at Sacramento City
College, professionally in Europe, and on Air Force teams while serving his
Pat Haines (Class of 97) posted
some huge numbers for Vanden football. As a junior, Haines rushed for
1,904 yards and 30 touchdowns to lead the undefeated Vikings to the section
championship and Number 1 ranking in the Cal-Hi Sports Division IV poll.
As a senior he was even better, rushing for 2,291 yards and scoring 36
touchdowns. Along the way, he had 11 100-yard games, six 200-yard games
and two 300-yard games. He did it despite sitting out many fourth quarters as
the Vikings routed their opponents. Pat finished seventh in the state in
rushing and was honored by Cal-Hi Sports as the small schools player of the
Haines continued to play football at the
Naval Academy. He had a reunion on the field with former Vanden teammate
Chris Jessop (Class of 96) when Air Force and Navy football teams played
Who has had their Vanden
Deonne Bucannon's (Class of 10)
number 20 football jersey was retired at a special ceremony in the
Vanden gym in February 2015. Deonne went on to
become an All-Ameriican as a safety for the Washington State Cougars and was
selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
The number 25
posthumously by the Vikings baseball team. It was worn by Ryan Bartlett
(Class of 07). Ryan passed away from cancer in 2013. He was
honored with a ceremony at a Vanden baseball game and the
creation of Bartlett's Bullpen at the Vikings baseball field.
Angelica Selden's (Class
of 04) had her number
10 Vikings softball jersey retired.
a three sport star at Vanden and a record setting softball player for the UCLA
Scott Cerny (Class of 82)
second Viking to have their
number retired at Vanden. Scott was an outstanding baseball player for the
Vikings. Scott played college baseball at the University of California
Santa Barbara and was drafted by the California Angels in 1986.
The first number ever retired
at Vanden, was the number 73 football jersey worn by
Carter Campbell (Class of 66). Carter went on to play professional
Who was an NCAA track champion and member of the Occidental College Hall of
Malcom Hardy (Class of 82)
was the NCAA Division III champion in the 100 meters in 1985 for Occidental
College. Malcom also anchored the Occidental 400 meter relay team to an
NCAA Division III championship. The former Viking sprint & hurdles record
holder and seven time collegiate track All-American was elected to the
Occidental College Hall of Fame.
Who holds the Viking girls
record for rebounds?
Michelle Neely (Class of 80)
all-time leading rebounder with 942 rebounds. She also scored 1,116 points
in her Viking basketball career. Michelle later played basketball at
Solano College. In 1995 she was inducted into the
Solano College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Who lettered in four
different sports at Vanden?
Jeffrey Waters (Class of 80)
played and lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track during his
senior year. He was the Viking Male Senior Athlete of the Year for
1979-1980. Jeffrey went on to play racquetball very well later in life,
winning the national
Mens 35A Racquetball Championship in 2006.
Who can name the two Vikings
that were league MVP twice?
Jimmy Stewart (Class of 79)
was the first Viking to win the SCAL Basketball Player of the Year twice.
He finished his Vanden career
on the all-time scoring list with 1,336 points, but his 17.6 points per game
average is three better than those ahead of him. He's also third in
rebounding with 792. Jimmy led the Vikings to the section playoffs in ' 78
and ' 79, winning the section crown in 1979. Stewart played four years of
football for the University of California Golden Bears.
Howard Hall (Class of 86)
was the SCAL Basketball Player of the Year as a junior and senior after
transferring to Vanden following his sophomore year of high school in Germany.
Howard was on a section and state championship Vikings basketball team in 1986.
He continued playing basketball at Sacramento City College and then returned to
Germany playing professionally for three years in Europe. He later served
his country and is now retired from the US Air Force.
Who was a Section
Championship hurdler two years in a row?
Joyce Scott (Class of 78) won the 110 low hurdle race in the 1977
Sac-Joaquin Section Track Championships. She came back the following year
and won the event again in 1978.
Did Vanden win a State
Absolutely. Vanden has seven
section boys basketball championships in three different divisions.
The first section crown was in 1973. For many years California did not
have a state basketball championship. On March 22, 1986 Vanden was the
best in the state, defeating Crossroads of Santa Monica 68 - 63 at the Oakland
Coliseum to win the
California High School Boys Basketball Division III State Championship.
Vanden was coached by Jim Boyd. Experts had predicted the underdog Vikings
to lose by 10 points. In 1990 Vanden's basketball team was the second best
team in California's Division IV. Whenever there is talk about the
greatest coaches in Solano County - Jim Boyd's name and Vanden basketball is
usually mentioned. Boyd
retired after 34 years at Vanden with a Sac-Joaquin Section record 614 wins,
California's all-time win list. Coach Boyd was inducted into the
California Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000. In 1998 Vanden's
gym was named James L. Boyd Gymnasium. In 1995 the Vanden Vikings football team
were selected as state champions for their division.
Do you remember who scored
52 points in a basketball game?
Nancy Bratcher Morin (Class of 77) set a Vanden scoring record
John Swett in 1975 when she poured in 52 points.
In her senior season, playing with a leg injury, Nancy averaged 27 points per
game and was named the 1977 Superior California Athletic League player of the
Which Vanden runner set a
Section Championship record in the mile?
Mike Wright (Class of 76) won the mile at the Sac-Joaquin Section
Championships in 1976. Mike continued to run cross country and track at
Solano College. In 1997 Mike Wright was inducted into the
Solano College Athletic Hall of Fame.
How rich is Vanden Baseball
America's pastime is rich in history and
tradition. Vanden High has produced some great baseball teams and memories over
the years. In fact the Vikings have won an amazing nine Sac-Joaquin
Section Division III Baseball Championships. Vanden's section crowns in
1981, 1987, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2006 are more section
championships than any other baseball team in all divisions of the Sac- Joaquin
Section. More information about baseball championships in the
Sac-Joaquin Section can be found here. California does not have state
baseball championship playoffs, but Vanden's 1995 team, perhaps the best in the
school's history, was ranked number one in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.
Hey, who were those Vikings
that went north to play in the CFL?
Melvin Byrd (Class of 76) was a star member of Vanden's first section
football championship team in 1975. He then played outstanding football at
Solano College and UC Davis. After his college days in Davis, Mel traveled
north to British Columbia, Canada and had a successful career as a defensive
back for the
BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. In 1976 Melvin Byrd was
inducted into the
Solano College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Larry Hogue (Class of 78) had a
stellar history as defensive back for the Utah State football team and was
selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1982 NFL draft. Larry would
later follow Melvin Byrd to Canada and play football. Hogue was a member
of the CFL's
Calgary Stampeders from 1983 - 1987. Larry is currently the head track
and field coach at Vanden.
What year did Vanden win its
first Section Football Championship?
Vanden has won three Section Football Championships. The Vikings captured
their first Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Football Championship in 1975 under
Coach Ed Serpas. In 1984 Coach Ron Beverly, Sr. (Class of 65) and
his team won the section title game with Ron Beverly, Jr. (Class of 86)
at quarterback. Vanden claimed it's third Sac-Joaquin Section Division III
crown in 1995 with Rich Woods as coach. Click here for a list of
Sac-Joaquin Section Football Champions
Was a former Vanden Cross
Country and Track star in a movie?
Frank (Kip Keno) Scruggs (Class of 73) literally had a running role in
The Jericho Mile. Peter Strauss was the lead actor in this
1979 TV movie filmed on location at Folsom State Prison in California.
Frank had a non-speaking appearance running on the track at the prison.
No Frank, wasn't one of the inmate actors. After Vanden, Frank
continued his running at California State University, Sacramento. He is a
youth counselor for the State of California.
Who was first to play all
four years on Varsity?
Dave Davis (Class of 72) played Varsity baseball at Vanden as freshmen in
1969 through his senior year in 1972. In college he continued to play
outstanding baseball for the Solano College Falcons and Sac State Hornets.
Dave Davis was honored as a member of the
Solano College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
Name a Vanden wrestler who
won a Section Championship?
John Pinckney (Class of 71) won Vanden's first Section Wrestling
Championship in 1971 competing in the heavyweight division. In 1987 Craig
Doefoert (Class of 88) won the 154 lb weight class at Sections.
Doefoert finished fourth at the California State Wrestling Championships twice
(the 154 lb weight class in 1987 and the 165 lb weight class in 1988).
Are Vikings fast?
Vanden has produced many strong track and field teams. Take a quick look
at these sites with section Track and Field records:
Boys Sac-Joaquin Individual Track & Field Champions -
Girls Sac-Joaquin Individual Track & Field Champions Bobby Reifer (Class
of 68) won two Section Track and Field Championships in 1967, wining the 100
and 200 yard events. In 1968 Bobby was also the fastest man in the region
taking both races again at the Section Championship.
Do you remember the Vanden
Viking Victory bell? Where is it?
Vanden had a Victory bell that was banged each time a touchdown was scored and
at the end of football games. In 1965 the parents of Charles Wilbur
(Class of 67) donated the Vanden Viking Victory bell to the school. It
was stolen once, then found between 1979 to 1982. It is now lost again.
The bell is about 75 pounds, around 2 feet tall and was mounted on a big movable
cart. The bell is a unique part of Vanden sports history. If you
have any stories, photographs or knowledge of what happened to the Vanden Viking
Victory bell, please email the information to:
Who was one of the greatest long
jumpers in the world?
Henry Lloyd Hines (Class of 67) won the section long jump championship in
1967. At Sacramento City College,
Hines set the national
junior college record of 26 '2 3/4" in the long jump in 1969. He was the
state champion in the event also, leading the Panthers to the state junior
college runner-up position. In 1971, Hines competing for the University of
Southern California, had the longest long jump in the world and was the NCAA
indoor national champion. He repeated the championship in 1972 and was the
national runner-up at the 1972 NCAA outdoor national championship meet.
He was the national pro champion
for three years and retired as the eighth best long jumper of all time. In
2000 Hines was inducted into the
Sacramento City College Athletic Hall of Fame. Click here to read
about Henry's job as a
special coach with the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. He is the
author of the book "Quickness,
Agility, & Footwork".
The Air Force flys athletes to
Vanden whenever they are needed...
No, coaches at Vanden can't ask the Air Force to just load up a C5 and transfer
people so the Vikings have better teams. This rumor started soon after
Vanden began competing in athletics and kicking butt against bigger schools.
Gosh, you should see Vanden coaches moan and groan when they find out their star
sophomore player from last year will be in
Ramstein, Germany next season and then in
Yokota, Japan the
following year instead of playing for the Vikings.
More than a few good men and
Vanden athletes have gone on to play sports at the Army, Navy, Air Force and
Coast Guard Academies. Vanden grads have served in all branches of the US
Military. The best rise to the top. Good examples are
Jannette Young (Class of 67) a Major General in the Air National
Guard and former Vanden track team member
Frank Padilla (Class of 74), a Major General in the Air Force
Here comes the Judge!
From the field to the court. With a few detours along the way. Larry
Gaddis (Class of 67), played football at Vanden and is a Supeior Court
Judge in Auburn, California. Former Viking football player, Bill Culver
(Class of 74) was a member of the Navy Reserve, a police officer, a private
attorney, a district attorney and is now a Oklahoma Judge.
What year did Vanden win its
first Section Track Championship?
Vanden won it's first Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Team Championship in
1967 in just it's third year of competition. Was it the shoes? Maybe
the all weather track? Perhaps just great athletes. Vanden tied as
section track champs again in 1968. Here's a list of
Boys Team Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Champions.
Who was the first Vanden
grad to play in the NFL?
Carter Campbell (Class of 66) was selected in the
8th round by
the San Francisco 49ers in 1970. Carter played college football at
Weber State in Ogden, Utah. After a season with the 49ers, Carter went on
to play with the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants. Drafted as a
linebacker, Carter was both a defensive end and linebacker during his NFL
career. Pictured to the right are Coach Bob Foster, Coach Ed Serpas, Coach
Tom Kiefer, and Carter Campbell in 1970. Campbell's Vanden Viking jersey
number 73 was retired.
Guess who coached sports for
more than 45 years?
Bob Foster, former Vanden football and track coach has experienced a long sports
career. After coaching at Vanden from 1965 - 1970, Coach Foster returned
to coach at his alma mater UC Davis. Foster was an Aggie football coach
for 19 years and was inducted into the
UCD Hall of Fame in 2002. After retiring from UCD in 1992 as head
football coach he returned to the sidelines as a coach at Willamette. He later
served as defensive coordinator for the University of Oregon football team and
then linebackers coach at the University of California
(Bob Foster's Cal Bear bio) and linebackers coach at the University of
(Foster's Colorado Buff bio). In each of these coaching jobs after
retiring from UC Davis he was on the staff of teams whose head coach was a
former player for Foster.
The first Nor Cal
Scholar-Athlete lineman and back winners were?
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is dedicated to
mobilizing the constructive forces of amateur football, at all levels, for the
benefit of society as a whole. It was founded in 1947 by Grantland Rice,
General Douglas MacArthur and Colonel Earl (Red) Blaik.
Since 1960 the
Northern California Chapter of the National Football Foundation awards
scholarships to outstanding football scholar athletes. The awards are
presented to Northern California high school backs and linemen who best
exemplify these qualifications: "Outstanding academic application and
performance", "Exemplary school leadership and citizenship", and "Superior
football performance". Chip Seeger (Class of 66) was the first
Vanden lineman to be honored as a Nor Cal Scholar-Athlete. Dave Garrison (Class
of 69) was the first Vanden back to be honored as a Nor Cal Scholar-Athlete.
Other Viking recipients' of Nor Cal
Scholar-Athlete scholarships include: Danny Carr (Class of 74) back, Mark
Miller (Class of 75) lineman, Frank Scribbick (Class of 79)
lineman, Mark Funderburk (Class of 80) back, Fred Alexander (Class of
88) lineman, Jarvis Baker (Class of 89) back, Chris Jessop (Class
of 96) back, Patrick Haines (Class of 97) back, Byron Bishop (Class
of 04) lineman, and Jesse Stewart (Class of 12) lineman.
Do you know who ended a football
team's record winning streak?
Long before De La Salle of Concord set a national high school football
consecutive winning streak of 151 games, St Helena High School held the
California record. In the 60's St Helena won 46 consecutive football games
until they played the Vikings. In 1965 Vanden held St Helena to a 0 - 0
tie. St Helena had some amazing football teams for six straight years.
Read about the winning streak
in a column by Jeffery Earl Warren. Jeffrey was St Helena player and
is the grandson of Earl Warren (former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and
Governor of California). Vanden grad Carter Campbell (Class of 66)
is mentioned in the article. The coach of the record setting St Helena
team, George Davis was a unique leader of young men and the focus of the book
Fifth Down: Democracy and the Football Revolution"
by Neil Amdur. Davis later coached at Napa College. One of his Napa College players, Vanden grad
Willie Williams (Class of 65),
was featured in the book.
Oh, and that Green and Gold team that
ended St Helena's record winning streak...they went on to capture Vanden's first
football league championship...in just the second season of competition for the
new school. The Vikings were led on offense by quarterback John Crowe and
on defense by linebacker and future NFL player Carter Campbell.
Who was an All-American and on an
NCAA championship track team?
James Edmondson (Class of 65) was a member of the 1968 Cal Poly San Luis
Obispo 440 relay team that won the 1968 NCAA