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Wheatland High School 2010 Sports Hall of Fame
submitted by Dave Contreras,Athletic Director at WHS
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 5:37 PM PST
Stanley ‚ÄúBeaver‚ÄĚ Swanson is a member of the Class 1963. ¬†A member of three Football Championship teams, he was 3 times All-League in both Football and Baseball, twice All-League in Basketball, and he was chosen as a High School All-American Football pick in his senior year. ¬†After graduating from Wheatland High School he played professional baseball for eight years for both the Cincinnati Reds and the Montreal Expos. ¬†One of his greatest memories was when he went 3 for 4 off of future Hall of Fame Pitcher Nolan Ryan.
He and his late wife Carole Swanson raised 4 children and they have 10 grandchildren. ¬†Mr. Swanson had this to say about his years at Wheatland High School. ¬†‚ÄúI loved the school and the players I spent time with and I want to give a special thank you for the best football and baseball coach ever in Northern California, Mr. Pete Torres.‚ÄĚ ¬†Mr. Swanson could not make it to the ceremony but he thanked the committee for this honor.
Dave Tex Foster (Williams)
Dave ‚ÄúTex‚ÄĚ Foster is a member of the Wheatland High School Class of 1964. ¬†As a student Athlete here at Wheatland he was a three sport letterman in Football, Basketball and Track and Field. ¬†A member of three championship football teams, he was also a two time All League selection in Football and he was named to the 1963 All Northern CIF Section football team.
After High School he attended Fresno State where he met his wife of 32 years Rosina and they have raised a son and a daughter of whom both were scholarship Soccer players. ¬†He at present lives in Texas where he owns a company called Davina International.
Dave has said that sometimes he misses the simple days of his years living in Wheatland and that he received a great education while attending Wheatland High School. ¬†Mr. Foster could not make it to the ceremony but he thanked the committee for this honor.
Bill Nicholau is a member of the Wheatland High School Class of 1962. ¬†He was a three year varsity letterman in three sports. ¬†A member of three championship football teams, two championship Basketball teams and two championship baseball teams, he was an All League selection for Football and chosen to play in the Optimist Football Game representing the North Team in 1962.
After Graduating from Wheatland High School he went on to get his degree from San Jose State University and then served for 22 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force retiring as a Colonel in 1989 and then later worked in the Aerospace Industry. ¬†The father of four sons and one daughter, he is now enjoying retirement in Paradise, California with his wife Sandra.
Reflecting on his years at Wheatland High School, Mr. Nicholau felt that all his teachers inspired him to do his best but he especially credits his former teacher and coach, Mr. Pete Torres for inspiring and motivating him by in his own words, ¬†‚ÄúMaking me so mad that I wanted to show him that I could do better‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ
Mike McAlpin is a member of the Wheatland High School Class of 1965. ¬†He was a standout three sport letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. ¬†He almost quit as a JV player but was encouraged by fellow Hall of Famer, Coach Ray Fukui to stick it out. ¬†As a result, Wheatland had a three year starter at quarterback, winning two football championships and being named all league as a senior. ¬†A three year letterman in basketball, he was named the 1965 Most Valuable Player in the 4th annual Wheatland Basketball Tournament, and was twice named all-league. ¬†He was also a two time all-league pitcher for two championship baseball teams. After Graduation he lettered in three sports at Yuba College and then played baseball at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
A retired Member of the US Postal Service, he now lives in Mount Vernon, Ohio with his wife of 38 years, Theresa. ¬†They have two daughters and five grandchildren. ¬†He gives much credit for his success to the encouragement given him by his late father and especially from his ‚Äúhis biggest fan‚ÄĚ, his mother who he describes as was always being there and giving him support. She still resides here in Wheatland to this day. ¬†He also gives much credit to his fellow Hall of Famers, Pete Torres, Ray Fukui, Roy Crabtree and Jerry Kersey who as teachers and coaches were what he describes as ‚Äúpositive role models for the man I wanted to become one day.‚ÄĚ
Clay Magee is a member of the Wheatland High School Class of 1963. ¬†A two sport letterman in both Football and Track. ¬†He lettered in varsity football three years and was a member of three championship football teams. ¬†He was selected as an all-league tackle in both 1961 and 1962. ¬†After graduation he attended the United States Air force Academy and started for two years at Middle Linebacker on the football team.
After graduating from the Air Force Academy he became a command pilot in the United States Air Force and served two years in Southeast Asia retiring as a Major and is currently working for the Boeing Company in St. Louis. ¬†Clay has been happily married for 39 years to his wife Susan and he has two sons, Gregory and Brian Magee.
Clay describes his experiences at Wheatland High School as ‚Äúfantastic!‚ÄĚ ¬†He names Mr. Drew Mallow as being his favorite teacher as well as Coach Pete Torres. He claims the only negative blemish on his high school career was losing out in the WHS ‚ÄúUgly man contest‚ÄĚ to classmate and fellow inductee Ron Jauch. ¬†Mr. Magee could not make it to the ceremony.
Dr. Myers is a member of the Wheatland High School Class of 1966. ¬†A four sport letterman in Football, Basketball, Track and Baseball. ¬†He was a member of the 1965 Pioneer League championship Football team as well as the Pioneer League Player of the Year in 1965. ¬†Chosen to play in the Optimist Football game in 1966 for the North Team, he went on after graduation to compete in football at Yuba College where he was second team all Conference and ¬†then on to the University of the Pacific where he was named twice as the Division I football player of the week. ¬†Later he signed on as a free agent with the New York Jets of the National Football League.
After his athletic career was over Dr. Myers returned to school to graduate from the School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific and has been practicing dentistry ever since. ¬†Dr. Myers has been married many years to his lovely wife Sandra and he has three children and one grandchild. Dr. Myers has this to say about his time at Wheatland High School. ¬†‚ÄúThe lessons that I learned in sports in regards to striving for excellence in competitions were never forgotten and always applied to every facet of my life.
A member of the Wheatland High School Class of 1963. ¬†A three sport letterman who lettered 4 years in baseball, three years in basketball and three years in football ¬†a member of three championship football teams, two championship basketball teams and one championship baseball team, he earned recognition as an All League and All Section member in all three sports. ¬†He was also named to play in the Northern California Shrine football game.
After graduating from Wheatland High School he attended and graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis and served in the Vietnam War. He later received a graduate degree from California State University, Northridge. ¬†He also is a co-author of the book, ‚ÄúWheatland‚ÄĚ which was written for the Wheatland Historical Society. Married to Jamie Newman and the father of four sons and six grandchildren, he hails from one of the oldest families in Wheatland.
Jauch has this to say about his years at Wheatland High school. ¬†‚ÄúI loved my four years at Wheatland High School including my freshmen year at the old high school site‚Ä¶.. I loved growing up in Wheatland‚Ä¶.. The people meant a lot to me growing up and mean a lot to me today.‚ÄĚ
A member of the Wheatland High School class of 1974. ¬†Miss Lane lettered in Field Hockey, Volleyball, Basketball, and Track and Field. ¬†As a Track and Field Athlete, Miss Lane was a member of two Track and Field Championship teams and competed in the 1974 California State High School Track and Field Championships placing third in the Discuss. ¬†She was also a discuss finalist in the 1972 Olympic Trials as well as a member of the 1974 USA Junior Olympics and competed against the Soviet Union. ¬†After graduation she competed in College for the Western Conference Championships three times in discuss and also competed in the NCAA National Championships.
She has been happily married to Mark Dolium for 33 years and is the proud mother of a daughter and son, Emily and Brady. ¬†Lane has said this about her years at Wheatland High School. ‚ÄúI love my high school years. ¬†The coaches, the teachers, and administrators were top notch and always took a personal interest in my life. I am so appreciative of the foundation they built.‚ÄĚ
Lane is considered by many of her former teachers and coaches, which include fellow Hall of Famers, Mary Ann Harrison and Marlene Robinson, as ‚Äúthe first and greatest Female Athlete to ever come out of Wheatland High School.‚ÄĚ
A member of the Class of 1977. ¬†Hopking was a four sport letterman excelling in Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track and Field. ¬†He was a member of two Football Championship teams and two Track and Field Championship teams. ¬†As a football player he was named as one of the top 100 Best High School Offensive Backs in America in 1965. ¬†A two time All League Football Player, and a two time All League baseball player, he was selected to play in the 10th annual Optimist Football Game in his senior year.
After leaving Wheatland High School, Hopking was employed with the Pacific, Gas and Electric Company for 37 years having retired in 2003. ¬†He has been happily married for the past twenty years to his wife Debbie, and he has a son Cary Hopking Jr. and two grandchildren Jackson and Payton.
Hopking has said that he really enjoyed his years attending Wheatland High School and that he has really great memories. ¬†His former coaches Pete Torres and Roy Crabtree have said that Cary Hopking was one of the most talented and successful athletes to ever come out of Wheatland High School and they were honored to have coached him.
Jerry Kersey is a member of the Wheatland High School Class of 1957. ¬†He was a three sport letterman in Football, Basketball, and Baseball while attending Wheatland High School. ¬†After graduating from Chico State, he returned to Wheatland High School and for thirty years taught Industrial Arts, Social Science and Mathematics. ¬†He also coached football for seven years along side Hall of Famers Pete Torres, Ray Fukui and Roy Crabtree and was the JV Football coach for fellow Hall of Fame inductees Wilson Myers and Cary Hopking.
In addition to his teaching and coaching, Kersey has been one of the most valuable contributors and supporters of Athletics at Wheatland High School for the last 48 years. ¬†He not only has helped or been instrumental in the construction of the football press box and the weight room and many other facilities around the campus, but Kersey has been our football scoreboard operator for the last 40 years and our basketball scoreboard operator for the last 48 years.
Kersey has been married to his wife Joyce for 50 years and has three daughters, all Wheatland Alumni as well as 10 grandchildren of whom many are Wheatland Grads as well as 2 great grandchildren who no doubt one day will wear the Blue and White. ¬†Kersey has this to say about his years at Wheatland High School. ¬†‚ÄúI appreciate the opportunities I had for achievement as an athlete, student body leader, teacher, and coach‚Ä¶‚Ä¶. Working with students of military personnel gave me an appreciation for the Sacrifices, the dedication, to duty and protection of our countries institutions‚Ä¶‚Ä¶Thank you to everyone involved in the Hall of Fame program for such a special recognition and honor.‚ÄĚ