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2015 Mesa Athletic Hall Of Fame Inductees

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George Allen

Hall of Fame

Mesa Public Schools
2015
George Allen

In appreciation for more than a decade of volunteer service to the Mesa City Sports Hall of Fame as a colorful commentator of the Induction Ceremony. Allen will always be remembered for his personal touch, having witnessed firsthand many of the honored athletes compete over his tenure with Cox Cable Sports. [More...]

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Rusty James

Football

Mountain View
1996
Rusty James

Rusty James twice earned the Taco Bell Tough Guy Award, later renamed the Rusty James Tough Nut Award. He was named Arizona Defensive Player of the Year, All-State Nose Guard, Blue Chip All-American, and was an Academic Athlete. He played at MCC, Hawaii, and U. of Arizona. At U of A he holds the record for the most minutes in one game against Cal and twice earned the Bronco Nagurski Award and the Mary Roby Award. James was a NCAA Conference Offensive Center and 2nd Team All-American. James played in a College All-Star game in Osaka, Japan earning Offensive MVP. He continued playing football with the Arizona Rattlers earning two lineman awards and a game ball. [More...]

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Justin Roth

Swimming

Dobson
1994
Justin Roth

Justin Roth is the 1994 5A State Champion in the 50 and 100 free and a 4-time All-American. Roth continued with accolades swimming at the U. of Arizona. He was a member of the PAC-10 Championship 200 free relay team, and placed in the NCAA Championship in the 200 free relay, the 400 free relay, 50 free and 100 free. He earned 2 All-American honors and an Honorable Mention All-American honor. Justin is the founder and operator of Black River Energy, a commercial electrical construction company. [More...]

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Jesse Udell

Wrestling

Red Mountain
2001
Jesse Udell

Jesse Udell is a 2-time 5A State Champion for 2000 and 2001. With a varsity record of 108-2 he had 61 falls and earned the 2001 USA Wrestling Honorable Mention All-American recognition. Jesse is a 1st Degree black belt in Judo and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Udell is giving back to the community as a volunteer coach for Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Wrestling at Southwest Training Center. [More...]

1995 Westwood Boys Cross Country- State Champions

Westwood Boys Cross Country

Coach Kyle Sawyer

Allen Kenney, Jacob Williams, Jonathan Harris, Jayson Wells, John Harker, Shawn Miles, John Aldredge, Gabe Scabby, Kevin Romney, George Canez, Curtis Clark

1995 Dobson Boys Tennis- State Champions

Dobson Boys Tennis

Coach Ralph Crabtree

Front Row: Matt Holloway, Nitin Katariya, Jared Jarecki, Mark Kramer, Ian Pryor, Jay Weiner

Back Row: Andrew Cheney, Lucas Coelho, Greg Lueking, Anup Shah, Lee Murphy, Manoel Coelho, Coach Ralph Crabtree

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Ryan Brooks

Golf

Red Mountain
2004
Ryan Brooks

Ryan Brooks is the 2002 5A Golf State Champion. He earned recognitions as the All-Tribune teams for 3 years and Arizona Junior America’s Cup team. After placing in many junior golf tournaments, he continued playing golf at University of Tulsa, OK while competing on the Amateur circuit, winning the 2007 AZ Western Champion and placing in several others. At Tulsa, Brooks placed in the top 5 at the Windon Memorial Intercollegiate in Chicago. Brooks played professionally from 2009-12 including the PGA Tour Phoenix Open. He is currently on staff at the Patriot Golf Club, in Tulsa. [More...]

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Matt Kelley

Football, Wrestling, & Baseball

Westwood
1992
Matt Kelley

Matt Kelley earned 9 varsity letters at Westwood HS. He won the 1992 Mutt Ford Award as the most outstanding athlete at Westwood. In Football, Kelley was 5A 1st team All-Conference, All-East Valley, and All-State. In Wrestling Kelley earned 2-time Region Champion, 1st Team All-State, and 1991 State Runner-up. Baseball brought more recognition with 1991 2nd Team All-Conference and 1992 1st Team All-Conference. Kelley continued football and baseball at Mesa Community College earning All-Conference honors. He continued football at University of Northern Iowa earning 2nd team All-Gateway honors, 3-year varsity letter winner, 3 Conference titles, and played in the National Semi-Finals. [More...]

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Sean Stapley

Football & Baseball

Westwood
1988
Sean Stapley

Sean Stapley excelled in both football and baseball. In football he was named 1987 Offensive Player of the Year, 1986 and 1987 All-East Valley, and 1987 All-State. In Baseball, Stapley was named 1987 and 1988 All-East Valley, 1987 and 1988 All-State, 1987 finalist Golden Diamond Amateur Junior Baseball Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball Magazine Top Five High School Catchers in the Nation, and recognized as one of the 1988 Top 50 US Prep Stars for baseball. [More...]

1995 Red Mountain Boys Golf- State Champions

Coach David John

Front Row: Ryan Blair, Paul Goana, Phil Krass, Jason Goodwyn, Scott Souza, Chris Whitworth Jack Whitworth

Second Row: Dustin Byars, Adam Wahnespack, Ryan Hogue, Coach David John, Stuart Anderson, Nick Manthey, John Rodemeyer

 

After suffering a devastating 4-shot loss to Brophy in 1994 the Red Mountain Boys Golf team was determined to win the title in 1995.  The team did just that at Las Sendas Golf Course to win the first of 4 straight and 8 overall state titles.

1995 Mountain View Boys Basketball- State Champions

Coach Gary Ernst

Team Roster: 10-Grif Hiatt, 12-Scott Arnett, 14-Monk Johnson, 20-David Woffinden, 22-Eddie Christensen, 24-Ammon Woods, 30-Mike Schmidt, 32-Nate Nikolaus, 34-Scott Law, 40-Ryan Smith, 42-Hunter Moore, 44-Travis Burnett, 50-Keaton Allen, 52-Corey Culbert, 54-Joe Ashcroft

George Allen - Tribute
Coach Jim Jones - WWRed Mtn.
Quin Rodriguez - Dobson
Sean Stapley - Westwood
Matt Kelley - Westwood
Justin Roth - Dobson
Nicki Barna-Darst - Mtn. View
Courtney Rang-Gehl - Mtn. View
Rusty James - Mountain View
Junior Taylor - Mesa High
Jesse Udell - Red Mountain
Ryan Brooks - Red Mountain 

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Coach Jim Jones

Football

Westwood/ Red Mountain
1981-2010
Coach Jim Jones

Coach Jim Jones began his coaching career at Mohave High School in 1973. He also coached at Cortez High School. He moved to Mesa public Schools in 1981 as the assistant football coach at Westwood. He opened Red Mountain High School as their head football coach in 1988. Jones coached the Mountain Lions to back-to-back State Championships in 2000 & 2001. After Mesa Public Schools, Coach Jones was the assistant at San Tan Foothills. Jones is currently the head football coach for Mesquite High School. [More...]

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Quin J. Rodriguez

Football

Dobson
1987
Quin J. Rodriguez

Quin J. Rodriguez is a 3-time Varsity Letterman in football at Dobson as a kicker. Rodriguez placed 26 of 30 Career Field goals, and 76 straight extra points. He received several awards and recognitions including All-Star First Team, All-State, City Player of the Year, Longest Field Goal in Arizona History at 61 yards, AZ Republic’s All-Century Football Team First-Team Offense and Bally’s National High School Football All-America Honorable Mention. He was a 4-year letterman at USC. Rodriguez led the USC football team in scoring all 4 years, played in 3 Rose Bowls, holds the USC All-Time Career Field Goals Made with 57, and in 2001 was placed on the Greatest Players in USC Football History “All-Time All-Trojans Team.” [More...]

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Junior Taylor

Football

Mesa High
2001
Junior Taylor

Junior Taylor earned 3 varsity letters in football receiving 2-time All-American, PrepStar Dream Team, PrepStar All-American, and PrepStar Super 20 All-Western Region honors. Junior was twice named All-Republic, All-Tribune, All-Informant, All-City and All-Region First-Team on both sides of the ball. He was named 2-time All-State on offense and defense, and played in the first National All-American High School Football game in Dallas. He was consistently ranked nationally in the top 20 high school football players. Taylor continued his football career at UCLA scoring a 49-yard touchdown on his first college play. He was named team captain for 2 years and MVP of multiple games ending his career in the top 15 of all stats for UCLA Wide Receivers. [More...]

1995 Mountain View Girls Track- State Champions

In 1995, the Mt. View Girls track team won the State Meet with a score of 121 points.  As was written in the May 19, 1995 Republic, “When it was over, the Lady Toros stamped themselves as the greatest 5A girls team ever, winning six firsts and scoring in 12 of the 15 events en route to an all-time state 5A record 121 points.  That shattered their old girls standard of 88 and also bettered any mark posted by a boys team in 84 years of competition on that level, topping the mark of 106 set by the 1990 Westwood boys team”.


Key Members: Amy Allen, Emily Cardon, Jacque Cartwright, Robyn Coons, Sumer Decker, Beth Higgenbotham, Monique Hyatt, Robyn Mattingly, Kristi Mechelke, Holly Smith, Stacey Smith, Linea Thomas, Lashunda Tippett, Ali Wood