Voting for 2014 CVSF HOF inductees has concluded and announced (see below). The 2014 CVSF Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at Willow Park in Castro Valley. To be considered for future induction, please mail all Nomination forms to CVSF, P.O. Box 20687, Castro Valley, CA 94546. Please use the following Nomination Form and Nomination Criteria Here. For HOF Banquet tickets, please email email@example.com or can be purchased directly at the Castro Valley Adult School Main Office. The last two HOF Banquets have been sold out, so please get your tickets early.
Nominations for the Hall of Fame were solicited from the public and a nine-person committee appointed by the CVSF has met regularly for the past eight months as part of the selection process. A plaque and photograph recognizing the 2014 Hall of Fame class is on permanent display at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior & Community Center on Redwood Road.
Major league baseball players, Olympians, All-Americans and other record-setting athletes highlight the group of 16 that entered the Castro Valley Sports Hall of Fame for the Spring of 2012. Some of Castro Valley’s finest sports figures comprise the second class of the Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Castro Valley Sports Foundation. The inaugural class of 16 was inducted in 2010. The 2012 Class includes current Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro, Oakland A’s bullpen coach Rick Rodriguez, former Castro Valley High School athletic director and coach Dale Berven, Olympic wrestler Buck Deadrich, Olympic weightlifter David Langon, basketball standouts Kim Manifesto-Windsor and Allison Greenaway, tennis great Rolf Wiedenmeyer, winning jockey Bobby Gonzalez, softball stars Lizzy Prescott and Paula Frueh-Labrador, miler Larry Guinee, racquetball champion Gerry Price, multi-sport sensation Lloyd Johnson, champion wrestler Mike Remer and the late Jerry Campbell, CVHS’s first sports super star.
Nominations for the Hall of Fame were solicited from the public and a nine-person committee appointed by the CVSF has met regularly for the past eight months as part of the selection process. A plaque and photograph recognizing the 2012 Hall of Fame class is on permanent display at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior & Community Center on Redwood Road.
More than 320 people packed the Willow Park Event Center to witness 16 of Castro Valley’s most prominent sports figures be inducted into the Castro Valley Sports Hall of Fame Saturday evening, April 24, 2010. From amateur wrestling champion Bill Bolar, the first one inducted, to former San Francisco Giants infielder Brad Wellman, the 16 sports celebrities thanked the people most influential in their athletic careers and many talked about the advantages of growing up in Castro Valley.
The intent of the Castro Valley Sports Foundation, which ran the inaugural event, was to honor the accomplishments of the community’s most outstanding athletes and coaches while at the same time raise money to support youth sports in the community. “The night was a huge success,” noted CVSF Vice President Ted Riche. “It was a complete sellout and everyone seemed to have a great time.” The organization intends to honor a new Hall of Fame class every two years.
Several of the inductees came a long distance to attend the event. Professional golfer Ron Cerrudo flew in from South Carolina, former basketball star Dave Brown made the trip from San Antonio and swimmer Candace Weiman Mullervy, who announced that she and her husband were expecting their first child, journeyed here from Houston.
Master of Ceremonies Dave Del Grande, who as a sportswriter for the Hayward Daily Review covered the careers of many of the inductees, introduced the guests of honor in alphabetical order with a personal history or anecdote about each one.
In addition to the aforementioned, the Hall of Famers are football coach John Brosnan, softball pitcher Nicole Friery, thoroughbred trainer Greg Gilchrist, basketball and football standout Wes Howell, Redwood Christian’s Bruce Johnson, volleyball sensation Amy Kohl, basketball star Charlotte Lusschen, former New York Yankee slugger Kevin Maas, sprinter Jeff Perenon, wrestling and golf coach Zack Papachristos and former Oakland Raider tackle John Vella.
A handsome plaque with the names of the first Hall of Fame class, along with a group photograph, will be on display at the new Castro Valley Public Library beginning May 1. Jim Negri, Superintendent of the Castro Valley Unified School District, addressed the sellout crowd at the midway point in the program. He noted that the financial crisis affecting our schools has forced the school district to cut all funding for athletics in the next school year (2010-11) and unless funds can be raised privately, some or all of the district’s sports programs will have to be eliminated.
The Castro Valley Sports Foundation accepts donations on its website. Just click on “Donate” and follow the instructions. Also, anyone wishing to purchase Sports Hall of Fame T-shirts or DVDs may leave a message on the "Contact Us" link and someone will get back to you. T-shirts are $20 and DVDs are $10, with proceeds benefitting youth sports in the community.
Hall of Fame DVDs and T-Shirts are still available! DVDs are $10 and T-Shirts are $20. Sizes are XL or XXL, preshrunk. To order, contact Ted Riche at firstname.lastname@example.org