(Alphabetically by "Category")
- Justin Anderson -
Won Gold Medals for slalom, jump, overall champion and team championship representing the USA Waterski Team competing in the 1990 World University Olympic Games in Sophia, Bulgaria. 1989 United States Trick Champion - Men's Division. 1988 Coors Light Professional Waterski Tour jump finalist and Top 5 money winner. 1987 Cancun Pro Jump champion. 1986 Bridgewater (Australia) Pro Jump champion. 1985 Junior World champion and U.S. National champion (Boy's Division). Winner of numerous other national, collegiate, professional, regional and junior championships. Justin graduated from Enterprise High School.
- Megan Barcroft -
A top level collegiate gymnast. Named 1st team NCAA All-American and All-Pac-10 on Balance Beam in 1996. In 1998 took All-Pac-10 Team (Balance and All-Around) and Academic All-Pac-10 honors. In 1999 was named All-Pac-10, individual Pac-10 Champion in Vault and Balance Beam, and Western Regional Champion in Vault and Floor Exercise. Named to the USA Team and competed in the 1999 World University Games held in Majorca, Spain, where she placed 7th. Earned 1993 Jr. Olympic National Champion honors at championship held in Maryland. Won numerous other regional and state awards and honors. Megan is a graduate of Foothill High.
- Dennis Bennett -
Major League Baseball career included playing for the Philadelphia Phillies 1962-64, Boston Red Sox 1965-67, and the New York Mets 1967. Also served as pitching coach for the California Angels AAA team 1969 through 1973. A member of the 1967 "Impossible Dream" Red Sox team that won the American League Championship and lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. A lifetime record of 43 wins and 47 losses. Was the Opening Day pitcher for the Phillies in 1964 and went on to win 12 games that season. Posted 9 wins in 1963 and was named Most Courageous Athlete by the Phillies. Dennis starred in baseball at Shasta College.
- Rick Bosetti -
Major League baseball career included playing for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1976, St. Louis Cardinals in 1977, Toronto Blue Jays 1978-81, and the Oakland A's in 1981. An arm injury shortened his career. Received the most votes for the 1978 All-Rookie Team. Led all American League outfielders with 446 putouts and 15 assists in 1979. Also led the team with 35 doubles. Once held Blue Jay record with 196 consecutive games played. Considered the smoothest and one of the best defensive outfielders in the American League during his time. Rick graduated from Anderson High School and played baseball at Shasta College before signing pro contract.
- Keith Brown -
Spent entire Major League Baseball career with the Cincinnati Reds, 1988-1992. The discovery of cancer in 1993 and several years of treatment thwarted opportunities for a comeback. In 1986 dominated Rookie ball at Sarasota posting a 4-1 record and a 0.95 ERA. Led Chattanooga with a 13-4 record and 1.54 ERA. In professional debut in 1988 beat St. Louis Cardinals 4-1, giving up just four hits and one run in seven innings of work. Ended his career with a lifetime earned run average of 3.40. Helped his California State University-Sacramento team to the Division II College World Series. Keith graduated from Central Valley High School.
- Tami Brown -
An original member of the three-time National champion Redding Rebels, playing sixteen (16) seasons total. A Pacific 10 All-Conference and NCAA All-Region player at Arizona State University. Named to ASA All-American team at shortstop position and has played on the USA National team. Served as head softball coach at Stanford University in 1986 and 1987, and head coach at University of Oregon from 1989 to 1996, where Tami established herself as the University of Oregon winningest softball coach in school history. Owner of the Tami Brown Softball Academy in Red Bluff. Tami is a graduate of Red Bluff High School.
- Tim Burnham -
Played professional football in the National Football League for the Seattle Seahawks for the 1986/87 season and in the Canadian Football League for the British Columbia Lions in 1987. In 1988 was offered a reserve (non-roster) position with the Oakland Raiders, but chose to retire. Played four years at University of Washington at Guard. Played in the 1985 Orange Bowl, beating Oklahoma and finishing the season ranked #2 in the nation behind BYU. In 1985 played in the Freedom Bowl beating Colorado. Tim graduated from Anderson High School where he lettered in Varsity football and basketball.
- Vaughn Cartwright -
Won the 1977 World Wrist Wrestling Championship (205 lb. weight class) in Petaluma, California. The event was nationally televised on ABC's Wide World of Sports. In 1975 won the National Arm Wrestling Championship held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Won State arm wrestling titles in California, Nevada and Oregon. Named outstanding competitor at the Oregon Championship. A standout athlete in football and track and field at Shasta College. His shotput record stood for ten years. Dreams of playing professional football ended when he lost a leg in an industrial accident in 1967. Vaughn was the first head football coach at Liberty Christian High.
- Mike Chase -
Raced in the inaugural NASCAR Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Speedway in 1994. Drove for several teams in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, including four races for A.J. Foyt, Jr. Drove in the NASCAR SuperTruck Series for the DieHard Race team in 1995 and SMS Motorsports Team in 1996 and 1997. Was 1994 NASCAR Winston West Champion. Named Closed Wheel Driver of the Year in 1991. Named NASCAR Winston West Series Rookie of the Year in 1990. Held the record for All-time wins and was 1987 NASCAR Southwest Tour Champion. Former Foyt Racing Team Manager. Mike graduated from Shasta High School.
- Jim Clark -
A member of the 1987 USA Silver Medal softball team at the Pan-American Games and the USA Gold Medal softball team in the World Championships. Led the U.S. team in hitting. Received Amateur Softball Association of America All-American honors in 1981, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990. Named to the ISC All-World softball team in 1983, 1989 and 1991. Played in seven (7) Nationals for the Guanella Brothers of Santa Rosa from 1983 through 1992, leading the team seven times in batting average and four times with the second highest batting average. Redding has been Jim's home since graduating from McCloud High School.
- Rod Curl -
Joined the Professional Golfers Association Tour in 1969 and played regularly through 1978. A top player and money winner during the mid 1970's. He beat Jack Nicklaus to win the 1974 Colonial Golf Tournament. Shasta County proclaimed May 20, 1974 "Rod Curl Day". Career earning exceeded $675,000. Before taking up golf at age 19, was an outstanding high school baseball player. Plays in some Senior PGA tour tournaments and is a corporate Instructor with VIP Golf Academy. His Wintu Indian name is "Yoso", meaning Johnny comes from behind. Rod graduated from Central Valley High School.
- Hailu Ebba, M.D. -
The 1972, 1973 and 1974 Pacific-10 Conference Champion running for Oregon State in the mile. Earned All-American honors in 1973 placing 4th at the NCAA Finals. In 1972 was the first runner in college to run a sub-four minute mile outdoors (3:57.8). Ran the 1500 meter in the 1972 Olympics for his home country Ethiopia, losing in the semi-finals suffering stomach cramps. Selected to run 1500 meter in 1976 for the Ethiopia Olympic team; however, the team boycotted the Olympics and did not participate. Won the 1983 Houston Marathon and was runner-up in the Australia Marathon. Hailu graduated from Anderson High School.
- John Frank -
In 1980 captured the National Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship title at Hightstown, New Jersey. Won the California State Cross Country Championship in 1979. After winning consecutive NSCIF Section and Northern California Championships in 1979 and 1980, was selected 1980 "California Runner of the Year". Received a four-year track and cross country scholarship to Oregon State University where he competed successfully. Unfortunately, an industrial accident at Yosemite Park took his life just after his 24th birthday. John graduated from Central Valley High School.
- Greg Gibson -
1984 Olympic Silver Medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling. 1980, 1984 and 1985 World Cup Champion in Greco-Roman. Third in 1982 World Cup in Greco-Roman. 1981, 1982 and 1983 World Silver Medalist in Freestyle wrestling. 1983 Pan-American Games Greco-Roman Champion. 1981, 1982 and 1985 Greco-Roman National Champion. 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985 Freestyle National Champion. A seventeen (17) time senior level All-American. Eighteen (18) time All-Armed Forces Champion (11 in Freestyle and 7 in Greco-Roman). Placed second in the 1975 and 1976 NCAA Championships. Greg graduated from Shasta High School.
- John Handegard -
The oldest player ever to win a title on the National Professional Bowlers Association Tour when, at age 57, captured the Northwest Classic in Kennewick, Washington. Was the number one All-time PBA Senior Tour titles leader through 2010. Named PBA Senior Player of the Year in 1991, 1995 and 1996 and Bowling Writers Association of America Senior Bowler of the Year in 1994. Named team captain of the ABC Senior All-American team in 1994. Was 1992 and 1994 PBA Senior Tour Average Leader. John assisted in the development of Shasta Lanes bowling complex and served as General Manager in 1988. First inductee into the PBA Senior Hall of Fame.
- Matt Hamon -
A member of the USA 4,000 meter Team Pursuit that finished second at the 1994 World Track Cycling Championships in Palermo, Sicily (The best finish by an American quartet in the 32 year history of World Championships). Member of the 1995 USA squad that won a bronze medal at the World Track Cycling Championships held in Bogota, Columbia. 1992 member of the 4,000 meter USA Olympic Team Pursuit squad. US National Team member 1990, 1993-96. A six-time National Champion (1991, 92, 93, 94, 95 and 1996). Set American record in Team Pursuit with a time of 4:10.065 in 1995 in Paris. Matt is a West Valley H. S. grad.
- Joe Hatten -
Major League Baseball career: Brooklyn Dodgers 1946-51, Chicago Cubs 1951 and 1952. Lifetime record of 65 wins and 45 losses, pitching 51 complete games. Pitched in the 1947 and 1949 World Series against the New York Yankees. Selected to the 1947 National League All-Star team. Was the starting pitcher when Jackie Robinson made his Major League debut. Threw the pitch to Joe DiMaggio in Game 3 of the 1947 World Series in which Al Giofriddo made the famous catch, leaving DiMaggio kicking the dirt. Inducted into the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame. Coached Redding American Legion baseball team 1963 through 1967.
- Wayne Hawkins -
American Football League/National Football League career: (An original member) Oakland Raiders 1960-1971. Starting Guard entire career. Played in 5 All-Star games and was named All-League 3 times. Considered one of the best blockers in the AFL. Played in SuperBowl II versus the Green Bay Packers. Co-authored "Raiders-How offensive can you be"- a 25 year history of the Raiders. Named to Raiders All-time team in 1985 by Oakland Tribune. At University of Pacific was named All-Conference and "Lineman of the Year". Wayne graduated from Shasta High School where he earned All-League and All-NorCal honors.
- Mel Hein -
Spent entire National Football League career with the New York Giants, 1931-1945. Named All-NFL ten (10) times. 1938 NFL Most Valuable Player - a rare honor for a Center. Played in seven Championship games, winning two championship rings. When he retired from football in 1945 he was the highest paid lineman in the NFL at $5,000/yr. Inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1963. Charter member of the College Hall of Fame too. In 1994 was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time team. His #7 was retired by the Giants on Mel Hein Day in 1945 at the Polo Grounds. Mel was born in Redding.
- Paul Howard -
Played entire National Football League career with the Denver Broncos as a starting right Guard, 1973-1987. Second in team history to John Elway in games played. Played in two SuperBowls. Named to the 20th Anniversary All-time Denver Bronco team. First team All-Western Athletic Conference at Brigham Young University and a Coaches' All-American. Played in the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine games. A dedicated weightlifter, set BYU records for bench press, squat and dead lift. Paul graduated from Central Valley High School where he was All-League in football, basketball and track.
- Mike Humiston -
National Football League career included Buffalo Bills 1981, Baltimore Colts 1982, 83 and Indianapolis Colts 1984, San Diego Chargers in 1987. Played all 16 games for the Bills in 1981. Made six tackles in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on 9/19/81. Was voted "Most Valuable Rookie" by the Bills in that same season. Played primarily on special teams, goal line defense and reserve roles during career. Earned first team Associated Press and Kodak All-American honors a Weber State University. Also named Big Sky Conference "Defensive Most Valuable Player" averaging 12.6 tackles per game. Mike graduated from Anderson High School.
- Ryan Hutchings -
Won over 165 titles and is a three-time World Champion in the Featherweight Division (under 160 lbs.). 1993 World Wrist-Wrestling Champion, both right and left handed - a sports feat rarely achieved in wristwrestling. A member of the 1993, 94, 96, 97 and 1998 "Team USA" that has competed in Russia and Canada. Eight-time medallist in World Championships (2 Gold and 6 Silver). Six-time California State Champion. Also won State championships in Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado and Florida. A six-time California State Amateur Champion. Ryan graduated from Central Valley High School.
- Kelly Jackson -
An original member of the three-time National champion Redding Rebels, playing 18 years. A seven time ASA All-American and former member of the USA National team and 1993 Team USA Gold Medal winner. A finalist for the 1996 USA Olympic team. All Pacific-10 and All NCAA Region while competing at Arizona State University. Assists with Junior Olympic program. Served as an instructor at USA Olympic softball clinics. Former assistant softball coach at University of Oregon. Owner and Director of the All-American Softball School in Sacramento. Kelly is from Cottonwood and graduated from Red Bluff High School.
- Gary Lewis -
1973 NCAA All-American member of the Arizona State University mile relay team at the NCAA Track Finals that ran the third fastest time in the world. Qualified for the 1972 USA Olympic Trials in the 120-yard high hurdles. Set school records in the 120 and 440-yard high hurdles at University of Pacific in 1970. Coached Shasta College Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track teams to forty-three (43) Conference Championships from 1975 through 1995. Named California Community College "Coach of the Year" for men's track and field in 1991 and women's track and field in 1994. Gary graduated from Enterprise High School.
- Eddie Machen -
Once a #1 ranked Heavyweight contender. Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson refused to fight Machen during his rein. Fought heavyweight greats Zora Folley, "Hurricane" Jackson, Sonny Liston, Nino Valdez, Ingemar Johannson, Floyd Patterson (after Liston became Champion), Johnny Summerlin, Jerry Quarry and Joe Frazier. In 1965 he was finally given an opportunity to fight for the heavyweight title but lost by decision to Ernie Terrell. Career record: Won 50 bouts, Lost 11, 3 Draws - scoring 27 knockouts. Voted by Ring Magazine in 1957 "Boxing's Hardest Puncher". Eddie was born in Redding and attended Shasta High.
- Buck Martinez -
Major League Baseball Career: Player - Kansas City Royals 1969-71 and 1973-77, Milwaukee Brewers 1978-80, Toronto Blue Jays 1981-86; Manager - Toronto Blue Jays 2001-2002; Manager - USA 2006 World Baseball Classic Team. Led American League Catchers in fielding percentage in 1976. Hit .333 with 4 RBI in 1976 AL Championship series. Presented "Good Guy" award by Toronto Baseball Writers in 1982. Broadcast career includes ESPN baseball color analyst, The Sports Network and ABC/Baseball network. Authored "From Worst to First - Blue Jays", 1985, and "The Last Out", 1996. Buck was born in Redding.
- Rondo O'Connor -
In 1996 was ranked 10th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Bull-Riding standings and on track to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo before a near fatal accident on a bull occurred in Oregon. Competing in Rodeo since age seven, won numerous titles, events, prizes and awards. All-Around California State High School Rodeo Champion in 1991 and 1992. Also High School District All-Around Rodeo Champion 1989 through 1992. As a student at Blue Mountain Community College, won the Regional All-around Rodeo Championship in 1994. Rondo graduated from Fall River High School.
- Mark Parent -
MLB career: San Diego Padres 1986-90, Texas Rangers 1991, Baltimore Orioles 1993 and 1996, Chicago Cubs 1994 and 1995, Pittsburgh Pirates 1995, Detroit Tigers 1996, Philadelphia Phillies 1997 and 1998. Hit a career season high 18 homeruns in 1995 for the Pirates and Cubs. His homerun on 9/15/96 for Baltimore was their 241st of the year, breaking the 1961 New York Yankees major league record for team homeruns in a season. An outstanding defensive catcher throwing out 42% of would be base stealers during career. Managed the "A" Lancaster JetHawks in 2000 to a Championship. Mark graduated from Anderson H. S.
- Luanne Park -
An elite USATF ultra runner winning numerous Masters' titles. A seven-time participant in the Hawaii Ironman World Championship Triathlon placing 8th twice and never lower than 20th. 2000 U.S. National 50 mile Trailrunning champion. Voted runner-up "Runner of the Year" by Ultra-running magazine. Placed 4th at the Western United States 100 mile Endurance Run in 1998. Qualified for the 1980 and 1984 US Olympic marathon trials. Named 1994 S.W.E.A.T. Triathlete of the Year. Selected Butte College Athlete of the Year in 1980 and elected into their Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
- Jim Pierce -
1949 Three-way National Champion with championships in 400 ga. Skeet - high overall, 400 ga. Trap (16 yard) - high overall, and 100 live bird - high overall. Held in Reno, Nevada, the competition consisted of nine days of shooting. Named to the U.S.A. AAU All-American Skeet Shooting team in 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954 and 1955. Took Third in the 1953 National Championship. Inducted into the National Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame in 1990. Inducted into the California Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame in 1984. Taught and coached north State residents in shooting skeet. Jimmie is a Past President of the Northern California Skeet Association.
- Bill Plummer -
Major League Baseball career included as a player: Chicago Cubs 1968, Cincinnati Reds 1970-77, Seattle Mariners 1978; Coach: Mariners 1988-91, Colorado Rockies 1994; Manager: Mariners 1992. A member of the World Championship Reds team in 1975 and 1976. Outstanding defensive Catcher with strong throwing arm, but saw limited play as back up to Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. Hit two homeruns in one game against Hall of Famer Steve Carlton. Hit a single, triple and homerun, driving in 7 RBI against St. Louis on 6/5/76. Bill graduated from Anderson High School and was All-Conference in basketball at Shasta College.
- Jim Price -
A Division II All-American in the 5,000 meter at California State University, Chico in 1973. Also All-Conference in cross country and All-Conference in the mile and 3 mile. Established school records at Shasta College in the mile, 2 mile and 3 mile. Section runner-up in the mile at Anderson High School in 1969. Ran a 4:06 mile at the San Francisco Examiner Indoor Games. Has won every major road race in the North State setting numerous records. A top Master runner (over 40) in the West. Named to the All-Western Regional Master cross country team seven (7) times.
- Bill Schmitt -
Four (4) time NASCAR Winston West Series Champion winning in 1977, 1979, 1989 and 1990. Five (5) time runner-up to NASCAR Winston West Series Champion in 1978, 1980, 1983, 1988 and 1991. In 1986 won the first ever NASCAR sanctioned race outside the United States in Calgary, Alberta, winning the 500-lap race by a six-lap lead. Also competed in the first NASCAR sanctioned race outside the North American continent in Melbourne, Australia. Inducted into the Gatorade Circle of Champions in 1989 and West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in 2002. Received four Motor Sports Press Association awards.
- Jason Sehorn -
A standout cornerback in the NFL for 10 seasons, 9 with the New York Giants. Named the NFL National Conference "Defensive Player of the Week" twice and "Defensive Player of the Month in 1997/98. Winner of the 1998, 1999 and 2000 "Superstars" competition. Named All-Madden team in 1998. Played in SuperBowl XXXV, losing to the Baltimore Ravens. Voted third team All-American at University of Southern California. Voted first team Junior College All-American and League MVP in 1990 and 1991 at Shasta College. Played professional baseball in the Chicago Cubs minor league organization in 1989 and 1990.
- Michele Smith -
A Gold Medal member of the 1996 and 2000 USA Olympic Softball team and three World Championships. Named USOC Sportswoman of the Year for softball in 1990, 1993 and 1994. Led the Redding Rebels women's fastpitch team to three (3) consecutive National Championships in 1993, 1994 and 1995. A ten-time ASA All-American. Winner of the Bertha Tickey Award in 1990, 1993, 1994 and 1995. Played in Japan league also where she was named league MVP 7 times and won seven shampionships. Two-time All-American at Oklahoma State. Worked as an ESPN commentator. Michele was inducted into the National Softball HOF in 2006.
- Lisa St. John -
Enjoyed a stellar career from 1966 until 1973 when she suffered a serious back injury at the California International Cup. Won sixteen (16) National water ski event championships and five (5) National overall championship titles. Set a World jump record and won the World overall champion title in 1973 in Bogota, Columbia. At age 11 became the youngest skier ever to be invited to the National Masters competition and scored over 3200 points. An outstanding three event skier (jumping, slalom and tricks). Was elected to the American Water Ski Hall of Fame in 1995. Lisa graduated from Fall River High School.
- John Strohmayer -
Played Major League Baseball for the Montreal Expos 1970-73 and the New York Mets 1973 and 1974. A member of the National League champion Mets in 1973. As a starting pitcher for the Expos in 1971, appeared in 27 games and posted a 7-5 won/loss record. Named "Player of the Month" for the Expos in July 1971. At University of Pacific was named All-West Coast Athletic Conference. Also honored with the Amos Alonzo Stagg award in 1968 recognizing the most outstanding graduating athlete with the highest grade point average. Coached the Central Valley High School Varsity Boy's basketball team to a State Division III title in 1989.
-Mike Suyderhoud -
Five overall World water ski champion titles between 1967 and 1977. Five-time World jump record holder and three-time World slalom record holder. Sixteen- (16) National water ski championship titles. Coached the USA water ski team at the 1992 Pan-Am Games and the 1992 and 1993 World Championships. Inducted into the American Water Ski Hall of Fame in 1987. Inducted into the International Water Skiing Hall of Fame in 1993. Named by Water Ski magazine in 1998, one of the ten greatest male water skiers ever. Owned and operated the Mike Suyderhoud Water Ski School at Shasta Lake for twenty-four years.
- Jim Taylor -
Has won over 110 All-around Lumberjack titles throughout the Pacific Northwest, including 11 California State All-around titles. 2000 and 2002 Silver medal in Hot Saw at ESPN Great Outdoor Games.Won the Ax throw at the 1995 World Championship Albany Timber Carnival throwing a perfect score - the only one in the 54 year history of the Carnival. 1993 and 94 Stock saw champion and 1995, 96 and 98 Hot Power saw champion of the Stihl Timbersports Finals competition. Placed 2nd in the springboard chop at the 1979 World Lumberjack Championships. Took 5th place All-around at the 1992 World chain saw championships.
- Nicole Teter -
Competed in 2004 and 2008 Olympic games. 2002 USA Outdoor and 2002, 2003 and 2008 Indoor 800m Champion; 800m American Record Holder. Competed at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials. Competed in the 1994 World University Games held in Japan. While at Arkansas, won the 1992 SEC Conference Indoor 800m championship. Earned NCAA All-American honors in 1992 placing fourth in the 800m NCAA National Championships and in 1993 placing fourth in the 4X800m NCAA National Championships. 1991 Junior National Champion. Nicole is a graduate of West Valley High School.
- George Theobald -
1978 - 1982 was the Far West Freestyle Ski champion. Member of the 1982/83 United States World Cup ski team and individually ranked 10th in the World in combined freestyle. In 1983 co-starred with Shannon Tweed and David Naughton in the movie "Hot Dog". 1985 - 1990 competed professionally as a mountain bike racer, placing first, second or third in numerous races. Nationally ranked 6th in 1988 and 10th in 1989. Finished seventh at the 1987 World Mountain Bike Championships. Has coached the KHS team and designed several championship mountain bike racecourses. George graduated from Enterprise High School.
- Roger Dawes -
Sponsor and coach of the Redding Rebels women's fastpitch softball team from 1977 through 1998, earning three (3) ASA Major National Championships in 1993, 1994 and 1995, runner-up in 1990 and 1992, and, an ASA "A" Division National Championship in 1985 - their first. Coached the USA National team to a Gold Medal in the 1998 World Championships held in Australia. Has amassed over 800 wins in 20 plus years of competition with over 90 victories in International competition and a lifetime winning percentage in National competition that is over .800%. Roger graduated from Shasta High School.
- Leon Donohue -
Coached at Shasta College 1971-1997. Head Football coach for 16 years, winning four (4) Conference championships. Was a starting right Guard entire NFL career playing for the San Francisco 49ers 1962-64 and the Dallas Cowboys 1965-69. Named to the NFL All-Rookie team in 1962. Played in the famous "Ice Bowl" NFL Championship game versus Green Bay in 1967 and in Vikings Jim Marshall's "wrong-way run" in 1964. Named to the San Jose State University football "Team of the Century" in 1995 by the University and San Jose Mercury newspaper. Donohue also served as head wrestling coach at Shasta College.
- Lynn Giovannoni -
Lifetime Shasta College women's basketball coaching record of 271 wins and 120 losses. Captured fifteen (15) women's basketball conference championships between 1973 and 1989, winning two State Division II titles in 1980 and 1985. Named conference "Coach of the Year" five times. Served as President of the California Community College Coaches Association 1990 through 1992. Inducted into the Chico State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 as a player. Inducted into the California Community College Coaches Association Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. Lynn also served as Women's Golf coach and Assistant Softball coach.
- Mike Hastings -
Presented the prestigious United States Swimming Award for exceptional contributions to the sport of swimming. Assistant coach of the 1992 USA Olympic Women's Swim Team. Personal coach of John Naber (4 Gold, 1 Silver medal in the 1976 Olympics) and Summer Sanders (2 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal in 1992 Olympics). Coached the USA Women's National team at the 1991 Pan-Am Games and the 1995 World University Games. Also coached the USA National team in numerous dual meets versus the Soviet Union, West Germany, East Germany, Canada, and New Zealand teams. Mike is a graduate of Shasta High School.
- George Kutras -
Coached Shasta College Men's basketball team for nineteen (19) consecutive years, 1952/53 to 1970/71 posting a lifetime record of 232 wins and 189 losses. Won two conference championships and was selected conference "Coach of the Year" for the 1961/62 season. In 1979, serving as Shasta College Vice-President for instruction, was appointed to the Golden Valley Conference Commission for Athletics and continued in that capacity even after being promoted and serving as Shasta College President from 1988 to 1993. Played on three varsity championship basketball teams at Chico State. George is a graduate of Shasta High School.
- Bob Reid -
Anderson High School varsity head football coach for 30 years, beginning in 1970. In 1999 was named California Coaches Association Football "Coach of the Year". Compiled 219 wins, won 14 League championships, and 4 North Section titles (7 times Section runner-up) with seven undefeated regular season finishes. Selected North Section "Coach of the Year" four times. Selected by Cal-Hi Sports State football (Medium school) "Coach of the Year" in 1995 and All-Superior California football (Large school) "Coach of the Year" in 1989. Bob also coached wrestling for six years winning two North Section championships.
- Mario Serafin -
Shasta College golf coach for 25 years, winning seven- (7) conference titles, placing fourth in the State in 1972 and winning the State championship in 1992. Head Shasta College football coach 1969-1976 winning the conference title in 1972. In 1969 was selected for the "Team of the Century" Centennial Football Award at Chico State University. The all-century honor included being named first team offensive guard and first team middle linebacker. Elected to the Chico State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. Placed third at Racquetball National Doubles Championships in 1986. Inducted into the Northern California Sports Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
- Sharon Yox -
Coached Shasta College women's volleyball for twenty (20) years, 1976-1995, winning seventeen (17) conference championships and placing second the other three seasons. Compiled a conference record of 218 wins and 18 losses, being undefeated in conference play from 1982 to 1986. Took second place at the California State Community College Finals in 1984. Finished fifth at the Northern California Regional in 1993. Sharon played on the 1973 Division I Volleyball National Championship team at Long Beach State University. Inducted into the California Community College Coaches Hall of Fame in 2002.
- Chuck Clark -
Helped in the formation of the Anderson Little League and then coached from 1955 through 1972. Two of his players, Bill Plummer and Rick Bosetti, went on to play Major League ball. Helped start the Anderson Wildcats Pop Warner youth football program and coached in 1974. Here too, one of his players, Mike Humiston, went on to play in the NFL. Refereed basketball and umpired softball and baseball for 45 years. During that time donated countless hours to many groups and fundraising events. Twice an All-League fullback at Shasta College and named to their Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. Chuck is a graduate of Anderson High School.
- Gerry Cornet -
The pioneer who brought soccer to the Redding area. Formed the Redding Soccer Club in 1968. Helped organize and supervise the Redding Teen Center soccer league in 1977 (the first youth soccer program in Shasta County). In 1978 helped organize the City of Redding parks and recreation department youth soccer program, in which he continued to supervise for 20 plus years. Coached soccer at Pacheco Junior High, Central Valley High, and Shasta High School. Played professional soccer for the Los Angeles Toros of the National Pro Soccer League 1965-67. Gerry emphasized sportsmanship and love of the game to everyone he came in contact with.
- Gary Cressey -
Recognized as one of the top auto racing announcers on the West Coast. Credits included: NASCAR Winston Cup at Sears Point, Washington State 500, NASCAR Winston West Series, SuperTruck Series, Northwest and Southwest Tours, and, announcing televised auto racing for Sports Channel Northwest (a Fox Affiliate network). Served on NASCAR's rules and competition committee. Received honors as Top NASCAR Short Track "Promoter of the Year" and NASCAR "Team Player of the Year" and was the first recipient of the City of Redding "Volunteer of the Year" award in 1994 for his community service. Gary is a Shasta High grad.
- Art Gatts -
Covered sports from 1965 to 1982 with the Redding Record-Searchlight newspaper, thirteen years as Sports Editor. Named California "Golf Writer of the Year" in 1981 by the Professional Golfers Association. In 1978 as Sports Editor, the Record-Searchlight sports section received the "Best Sports Coverage" award from the California Newspaper publishers Association. In 1976 the sports section received runner-up accolades for best sports coverage in a daily newspaper under 50,000 circulation. Art was a member of the University of Missouri football team that played in the 1946 Cotton Bowl.
- Mike Mangas -
KRCR Television Channel 7 Sports Director from 1978-2005, covering local sports in four decades with dedication, enthusiasm and unparalleled professionalism. A mentor to many; however, most notably to Rich Eisen, former sports anchor on ESPN. Mike was well respected, fair and unbiased. He never had an interest to make the big time, instead, found immense satisfaction and enjoyment covering North State sporting events and local athletes. Prior to his sports director position, Mike worked as Bureau Chief for KRCR Chico Bureau, News Anchor for KSXO Radio Station and reporter for KCHO. Mike is a graduate of Shasta High School.
1993 Redding Rebels Fastpitch Softball Team
The Redding Rebels won the 1993 American Softball Association Women's Major Fastpitch National Tournament beating the Raybestos Brakettes in Stratford, CT. The Rebels also won the 1993 Canada Cup Invitational held in Softball City, Surrey, British Columbia. The Rebels beat Australia for the championship. The Invitational included some of the best international teams in the world.
The 1993 Rebel team members included: Tami Brown, Jennifer Brundage, Cindy Cooper, Denise Day, Michele Gromacki, Kelly Jackson, Angie Jacobs, Barbara Jordan, Suzie Lady, Chris Parris, Lori Sippel, Julie Smith, Michele Smith and Dee Dee Weiman. Coach: Roger Dawes. Assistant Coaches: Ken Dedontney, Art Martineau and Rhonda Revelle. Secretary: Vicki Dawes.
1994 Redding Rebels Fastpitch Softball Team
The Redding Rebels repeated in 1994 as ASA Women's Major Fastpitch National Champions beating the Southern California Jazz 3-0 in Decatur, Ill. The Rebels outscored their opponents 66-6 in 10 games. Kelly Jackson led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo home run to break the scoreless tie. Michele Smith was named the tournament Most Valuable Pitcher. Kim Maher was named the tournament Most Valuable Player for her 5 HR's, 12 RBI, and .406 BA. Accomplishing the mission wasn't easy. The Rebels lost their second game of the 28 team tournament and had to fight their way through the loser's bracket to win eight straight games to defend their title. In one game, Kelly Jackson stroked a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Rebels a 1-0 win over the Riverside Hurricanes. Vicky Dawes referred to it as the "Season-saving hit". The 1994 Rebel team members included: Jennifer Brundage, Kristin Davidson, Michelle Gromacki, Kelly Jackson, Angie Jacobs, Barbara Jordan, Kim Maher, Jennifer McFalls, Chris Parris, Lori Sippel, Julie Smith, Michele Smith, Kathy Stahl, Dee Dee Williams,and Cathy Wylie. Coach: Roger Dawes, Assistant Coaches: Ken Dedontney, Art Martineau and Rhonda Revelle. Secretary: Vicky Dawes.
1995 Redding Rebels Fastpitch Softball Team
In 1995 the Redding Rebels won their third straight ASA Women's Major Fastpitch Championship by beating Southern California Commotion 1-0 in Decateur, Ill. Michele Smith pitched a two-hit shutout and claimed both the Most Valuable Pitcher and Most Valuable Player awards. Roger Dawes said "Smitty (referring to Michele Smith) is one of the top players in the world and she was the key." The National tournament was no cakewalk. Once again, Redding had to battle through the loser's bracket after losing its fourth tourney game 9-0 to the Southern California Commotion. The 1995 Rebel team members included: Jennifer Brundage, Michele Granger, Michelle Gromacki, Kelly Jackson, Angie Jacobs, Barbara Jordan, Kim Maher, Jennifer McFalls, Chris Parris, Alani Silva, Lori Sippel, Julie Smith, Michele Smith and Kathy Stahl. Coach: Roger Dawes. Assistant Coaches: Art Martineau and Rhonda Revelle. Secretary: Vicky Dawes.
1983 Anderson High School Girls Varsity Basketball
The Anderson High School Girls Varsity Basketball team made an incredible journey to the Los Angeles Sports Arena to become the first Northern Section team of any kind or gender ever to win a State championship. They beat LaReina High School of Thousand Oaks on March 19, 1983 by the score of 42-39. The team finished with an 18 game win streak and a 26-1 record overall. More than 500 people turned out to a parade in Anderson to celebrate the team's achievement.
Team members included: Daina Seale, Chris Bloom, Jackie Knaeble, Debbie Vaughn, Lisa Crane, Cathi Hall, Kelly Patton, Monica Powers, Lisa Haines and team captain Wendy Bates. Coach: Larry Newman.
1976/77 The Center A.A.U. Boxing Team Elite
In 1975 The Center (Redding Teen Center) started an A.A.U. sanctioned amateur boxing program for teens. The 1976/77 boxing program developed four outstanding boxers. The elite boxers were: Mike Childers, 125 lbs.; Louis Santoro, 145 lbs.; Rob "Mad Dog" Harding, 155 lbs.; and light heavyweight Frank Dabrowski, 178 lbs. Kent Dagg directed the program while Frank Church and Claude Sutherland coached the team. The Center boxers competed primarily against sanctioned teams from Northern California and Southern Oregon. Students and boxing fans would jam Shasta High gym to watch the fights.
Childers was 1976 Southern Oregon Golden Gloves Novice division champion and 1977 San Francisco Examiner Golden Gloves Junior division runner-up. Childers went on to become a Military champion. Santoro was 1977 Northern Regional Golden Gloves runner-up. Dabrowski was 1977 Southern Oregon Golden Gloves Senior division champion. He turned professional and was undefeated at 8-0 until a retina eye injury abruptly ended his boxing career. Jack Reiser, owner of Redding Oil Co., was the boxing program's biggest supporter and financial sponsor.
1988 Challenge of the Champions
- Lane Frost versus Red Rock -
The "Challenge of the Champions" series in 1988 pitted 1987 champion bull rider Lane Frost against 1987 bucking bull of the year Red Rock. Man versus bull in a best of seven series at various locations in the West. Unique to the event was that Red Rock had never been riden. In 309 attempts no man stayed on the bucking bull's back for the required eight seconds. Red Rock, owned by Growney Brothers Rodeo Company outside of Red Bluff, was brought out of retirement for the series. Frost got bucked off the first two times, running Red Rock's unbeaten string to 311.
What makes Redding special is that it was Redding, site of the third match, which Frost finally hung on for the eight seconds. Red Rock had finally been riden. The event was featured in Sports Illustrated and later portrayed in the movie "Eight Seconds"- the life story of Lane Frost. Unfortunately, Frost was killed in 1989 after being hooked by a bull he was riding. Red Rock passed away in 1994. Both were inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1990. Red Rock was only the fourth bull ever to be inducted.
Redding Browns 1948 through 1951
The Redding Browns played in the Far West League and was a class "D" team affiliate with the St. Louis Browns, later to become the Baltimore Orioles. Both the Browns and the League operated during the seasons of 1948 through 1951. Ray Perry, player and manager, was the star of the team and the League. The 5'7" third baseman hit .366 with 44 homeruns and 170 RBI in 1950. He also stole 23 bases that season. Perry is featured in "The Bill James Historical Abstract" book.
Two Redding Browns players went on to have Major League careers. Al Heist, an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs and Houston Colt 45's, and, Darrell Johnson, a catcher for the Browns, White Sox, Yankees, Cardinals, Phillies, Reds and Orioles. He later managed the Boston Red Sox, 1974-76, leading the Red Sox to the 1975 American League pennant and near World Series win. In 1977 he was named the Seattle Mariners first manager.
Vulcan Stage Tour Race 1983 through 1986
Race promoter Jeff Roake brought world class cycling to Redding in 1983. Originally called "The Ring of Fire Criterion" the 1983 one-day event brought Olympic hero Eric Heiden, five-time gold medal Olympic speed skater turned cyclist as a competitor. He finished second.
In 1984 the race became the "Vulcan Tour" and had grown to a five stage, four-day event with over 118 world caliber cyclists. The overall champion that year was Alexi Grewal, 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist. Some of the biggest names competed at the Vulcan Tour from 1984 through 1986, including Andy Hampsten, Davis Phinney, Jeff Pierce, Steve Hegg, Roy Kickman and Ron Keifel.
Stage 1 was 84 miles; Stage 2 was a 18.6 time trial; Stage 3 was the most exciting leg - 30 laps around downtown Redding; Stage 4 was the most taxing - 105 miles called the "Tour of the Valley"; and Stage 5 was 40 miles and called the "Ring of Fire Criterion". 290 miles total.
Lack of big money sponsors and Roake moving ended the event.
1959 Women's National A.A.U. Outdoor
Swimming and Diving Championships
The eyes of the sports world were on Redding to watch the best swimmers and divers in the nation compete July 16-19, 1959 at the Lake Redding Pool. Some of the biggest names were on hand including divers Paula Jean Pope and Juno Stover, and swimmers, Carin Cone, Sylvia Ruuska, Susie Ordogh and Chris von Saltza, would would go on to win 3 Gold and 1 Silver medal in the 1960 Olympics, and coaches, like former Gold medal divers Sammy Lee and Pat McCormick. Also competing was a young 13 year old Donna DeVarona, who would star at the 1964 Olympics.
John Riley, Redding swim team coach, was the meet director. Thirty-eight records changed during the four-day championships. 4 World, 16 National, 14 American and 4 Citizen marks fell. The Berkeley YMCA team was the top team scorer edging out Santa Clara 76-75. Al Seahorn, Pacific AAU chairman, along with contestants and officials praised Redding for "putting on one of the top National Championships of the past 15 years".
Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch (Pro football Hall of Famer) was the master of ceremonies at the party for coaches and officials. The Asphalt Cowboys and Shasta County Medical Society Auxilary hosted the Gala closing reception at the Riverview Golf and Country Club. Young men of the Redding Swim Club and Redding DeMolay escorted the swimmers. The Country Club orchestra played the dance music.
The 1907 Fistic Carnival featuring Stanley Ketchel
The headliner match of the Fistic Carnival, held March 23, 1907, at the Armory in Redding featured Stanley Ketchel (born Stanislaus Kiecal). Ketchel had quite a reputation in Butte, Montana, but knew he would have to move to California, the center of big-time boxing, if he were ever to become World champion. This first match pitted him against a much bigger opponent named Mike McClure. According to the Searchlight newspaper a sell-out crowd witnessed one of the fiercest fights ever seen, with Ketchel knocking out McClure in the seventh round.
Ketchel briefly lived in Redding and trained near Buckeye. One year later he would become the World Middleweight champion beating Jack Sullivan at Colma, CA. Not being content with being king of the middleweights, he no decisioned Light Heavyweight champion Jack O'Brien, and then took on heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. In the 12th round Ketchel knocked Johnson down; however, the glory was short lived. Johnson angrily jumped to his feet and knocked Ketchel out cold with a single punch.
Ketchel was only 24 years old when a jealous husband shot Ketchel in the back killing him. He was the middleweight titleholder until his death.
Elected as a charter member of the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954, Ketchel fought 64 professional bouts, winning 52, losing 4, 4 draws, 4 no decisions, scoring 49 knockouts. Many consider him the greatest fighter, pound for pound, who ever lived.
1992 ASA Women's "Major" Fastpitch Softball
National Championship Tournament
August 10-15, 1992 Redding hosted the ASA Women's Fastpitch Softball National Championship Tournament. It brought the best national teams and many of the best women softball players in the world to compete. The highlights of the tournament surrounded the play of the Raybestos Brakettes and the host team Redding Rebels. The Rebels were bumped into the elimination bracket at the hands of a convincing 7-1 loss to the Brakettes. The Rebels fought their way back to the title round, but the Rebels would have to beat Raybestos twice if they were to dethrone the champs in this double-elimination tournament.
In the scorching afternoon sun, Lori Sippel pitched a gutsy complete game beating the Brakettes 2-0, forcing a second game for the National championship. The seemingly invincible Brakettes had been beaten for the first time in 55 games. In a exhausting eight-inning championship game Raybestos won 1-0 when Dot Richardson scored in the eighth inning with two outs.
Lisa Fernandez demonstrated her pitching dominance finishing the tournament with a 0.00 earned run average and being named most valuable pitcher and most valuable player of the tournament. In the end, the Braketttes came away with their third straight National championship and 24th in their storied history. However, the Redding Rebels would go on to win the next three National championships (1993, 94 and 95).