CLOVIS ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

Clovis Unified School District 2017 Hall of Fame

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“We want you to teach our students to win with class and to lose with dignity. But we also want you to teach them that there is a lot more to being a winner than the final game score. We want you to teach them to root for their team to win, not for the other team to lose. We want you to teach our kids what to do when they lose. We want you to get them off their duffs and get them back in the fight. Don’t you let them give up. And if we can teach them not to be quitters by the time they finish the 12th grade in Clovis schools, they will probably make it through life.”

–Floyd “Doc” Buchanan, Ed.D.

Nominations were accepted from the community, school sites, media and district staff throughout the year. All nominations were reviewed by a selection committee and voted on based on their individual accomplishments and overall contribution to Clovis Unified School District. To provide equal representation, nominees were considered based on the decade within which he or she participated in athletics while enrolled in Clovis Unified School District. Annually there are a total of nine inductees into the Clovis Unified School District Athletic Hall of Fame. Four of the honorees are represented in the Athletic Hall of Fame: Pre-1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, with subsequent decades added in the future. There are two at-large inductees selected from any time in the history of Clovis Unified School District. The Dr. Floyd B. ‘Doc’ Buchanan award honors a person or program instrumental in representing the core values of Clovis Unified School District and is inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame each year. The final two Clovis Unified School District Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be teams or programs from any decade.  Additional information regarding the award criteria can be found online at www.cusd.com.

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The 2017 Doc Buchanan Award is presented to George Kastner, for whom Kastner Intermediate School is named. Kastner was a successful athlete at Clovis High and later at Fresno State. He earned varsity letters in track and football, and he was the 880 yards track record holder for Clovis High. In 1936 and 1937 he was the Fresno County Half-Mile Champion. In college, he earned three varsity letters in track and in 1939 was the Far Western Conference Champion Miler.

After college, Kastner served in the U.S. Army Air Corps flying missions in World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He returned to Clovis and worked for Clovis Unified in many roles, including history teacher, football coach, track coach, vice principal and principal of Clovis High. He was the first Assistant Superintendent for the district and by the time he retired was an Associate Superintendent. Mr. Kastner was the president of the North Sequoia League and of the North Yosemite League, chairman of the Central CIF Section Track Committee, and Track Commissioner for ten years.

Head Coach: Dennis Deliddo 

Accomplishments: 

  • 1973-74 NYL – Valley Champion
  • 1974 State Wrestling Tournament Winners
  • Dual Meets 17-0 

Team Members:

  • Doug Arthur
  • Rod Balch
  • Fred Bohna 
  • Paul Bolanos 
  • Nick Borjas
  • Kevin Cookingham
  • Tom Gongorra
  • Ken Henderson
  • Ed Johnson
  • Jeff Jury
  • Steve O’Bar 
  • Chino Soltero 
  • Bill Spencer

1997 Team 

Head Coach: James Patrick
Assistant Coaches: Anthony Essien, Joe Kemp, Dick Selma, Bobby Smitheran 

  • Derek Brantley 
  • Mike Bumatay
  • Randy Cook
  • Nick Diaz
  • Greg Donato
  • Mike Gonzalez
  • Tony Guzman
  • Ryan Jayne 
  • Lee Lambert 
  • Billy Miller 
  • Daryl Minugh
  • Mauro Montevecchi
  • Cody Nowlin 
  • Chris Patrick
  • Brain Pierce 
  • Dave Pugliese
  • Kent Saunders 
  • Moe Seita
  • Derek Strong
  • Lamar Verduzco
  • Willis Walker
  • Carson White

Season Record 32 – 2

1998 Team 

Head Coach: James Patrick
Assistant Coaches: Joe Kemp, Pat Ruth, Jerry Saldivar, Dick Selma, Kevin Sumter

  • Derek Brantley 
  • Mike Bumatay 
  • Randy Cook
  • Nick Diaz
  • Greg Donato 
  • Joey Esparza
  • Steve Frasier 
  • Mike Gonzalez
  • Mike Gutierrez
  • Adam Hernandez
  • Ryan Jayne
  • Nick Macomber
  • Cody Nowlin
  • Chris Patrick 
  • Jon Peterson 
  • Brian Pierce
  • Nick Ponomorenko
  • Dave Pugliese
  • Brandon Quinn 
  • David Ryan
  • Chad Scarbery
  • Moe Seita 
  • Trevor Turner
  • Lamar Verduzco 
  • Carson White
  • Walker Willis 

Season Record 34 – 2

 

  • 1997, 1998 Cal-Hi Sports Baseball Team of the Year
  • 1997, 1998 U.S.A. Today #1 team in the Nation
  • Clovis High became the first baseball program to finish two consecutive years ranked number one in California and number one in the Nation
  • 1997 and 1998 teams compiled a record of 65-4 for a 94.2% winning percentage which is the second best all-time in Central Section history
  • 1998 team had 33 wins which is tied for the second highest in Central Section history
  • 1998 team finished undefeated in conference play
  • 1998 team compiled 13 shutouts which is the second highest total in Central Section history
  • 1998 team was ranked fourth best team all-time in California by Cal-Hi Sports
  • 1998 team had 359 hits which is seventh all-time in Central Section history
  • 1998 team had 22 triples which is eighth all-time in Central Section history
  • Terry Betterton, upon his retirement from the Fresno Bee, said that the 1998 team was the best high school baseball team that he had covered during his career as a high school sports reporter at The Bee
  • Six players from the teams played D1 and professional baseball

Clovis History

  • Weldon Elementary School
  • Clark Intermediate School
  • Clovis High School

High School

  • Four-year letter winner in baseball
  • Three-year letter winner in basketball and football

College

  • Stanford University, football and baseball
  • 1946 All Pacific Coast for football and baseball
  • Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame 

Professional

  • 1947 Signed with Cincinnati Reds and played nine years of professional baseball
  • Played football for the Chicago Bears
  • 1968 Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Clovis High Baseball Hall of Fame

Clovis History

  • Fort Washington Elementary School
  • Kastner Intermediate School
  • Clovis West High School

High School

  • 1983 California State Junior Champion
  • 1984 Callaway Junior World Champion
  • 1985 CIF Women’s High School State Champion
  • 1985 CIF Southern California Reginal Individual Champion 

Amateur

  • 1986 USGA Women’s Open Low Amateur

Professional

  • 1988 qualified for LPGA Tour
  • 1988 – 2004 player on the LPGA Tour
  • 1995 – 1996 Represented the United States team in the Nichirei International matches in Japan
  • 1996 Jamie Farr Classic Champion
  • Current member of LPGA Legends Tour
  • 23 top 10 finishes on the LPGA Tour

Coaching History

  • 1980 – 1983 Kastner Intermediate
  • 1983 – 1991 Clovis West High School, Head Cross Country and Assistant Track and Field
  • 1995 – 2009, Director of State Cross Country Meet
  • 1991 – 1999, Head Coach Cross Country and Assistant Track and Field
  • 2010 – Present, Buchanan High School, Assistant Cross Country, and Assistant Track and Field

Accomplishments

  • 20 section Championships in Boys and Girls Cross Country
  • Girls State Meet Placing: 1994 – 1st, 2005 – 2nd, 2006 – 3rd
  • Boys State Meet Placing: 1999 – 2nd, 2008 – 2nd 
  • Central Valley Cross Country Coach of the Decade 90s
  • 2007 – 2009 Buchanan Boys Cross Country CIF Section Championships
  • 1993 – 1996, 2002 – 2007, 2009 Buchanan Girls Cross Country CIF Section Championships
  • 2009 State Coach of the Year, Cross Country

Clovis History

  • Fort Washington Elementary School
  • Kastner Intermediate School
  • Clovis West High School

High School

1994, 1995 Standout basketball and track athlete

1994, 1995 earned All-League, All-Section, All-State honors in basketball

College 

  • University of Southern California
  • Earned scholarship to USC where she was named First Team All-Pac 10 
  • Ninth all-time in rebounding (694)
  • Ninth in blocks (97) 
  • 10th in free throws made (258)
  • One of only 19 players to reach the 1,000 point plateau (1,185 career points)

Professional

  • 2000 drafted with the #21 pick in the WNBA by the Phoenix Mercury
  • 2003 WNBA All Star 
  • 2000 – 2008 played in WNBA:  Mercury, Silver Stars, Lynx and Monarchs
  • 2003 FIBA World Cup Silver Medalist
  • 2003 Athlete of the Year by Athletes International
  • 2007 inductee Clovis West Hall of Fame

Coaching History

  • Kastner Intermediate School
  • Clovis West High School

Accomplishments

  • 30 Conference Championships
  • 28 CIF Section Championships  (out of 30 opportunities)
  • Clovis West Girls Swimming Record 121-1
  • Clovis West Boys Swimming Record 119-3-1
  • 1997 – 2011 Girls Swimming won 15 consecutive CIF Section Championships
  • 1999 – 2011 Boys Swimming won 13 consecutive CIF Section Championships
  • Undefeated in League Dual Meets for Boys and Girls for 15 years
  • 2004 State Coach of the Year Girls Water Polo, California Coaches Association
  • Seven CIF Section Championships in Girls Water Polo

Clovis History

  • Temperance-Kutner Elementary School
  • Clark Intermediate School
  • Clovis High School

High School

  • 2000 Cal-Hi Sports Miss Softball California Player of the Year
  • 2000 All-American

College

  • California State University, Fresno
  • 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 All-American
  • 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 WAC Pitcher of the Year
  • 2002, 2004 ERA leader in the NCAA

Professional

  • 2005 first round draft pick National Pro Fastpitch League
  • 2005 National Pro Fastpitch League Champion
  • 2005 John Wooden Top 8 Award
  • 2006 World Champion Team U.S.A.
  • 2012 Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame