A group of South Pasadena High’s finest athletes will be recognized on Friday night prior to the Tigers hosting San Marino in the traditional rivalry football game between the two schools.
About a half hour before the 7:00 p.m. kickoff at Roosevelt Field, 24 former student-athletes and a coach will officially be inducted into the SPHS Hall of Fame.
The athletes selected to the prestigious honor start with Kathryn Larkin, a standout tennis player back in 1940, and conclude with the Luck brothers, both graduating in 2016. Greg made his mark in volleyball and basketball while Max showcased his talents in football, basketball and volleyball.
On the coaching side, Tammy Lai earned her place on the list coaching girls’ basketball from 2012 – 2016.
“It’s great to continue the Hall of Fame at South Pasadena High School,” said SPHS Athletic Director Anthony Chan. “There have been a variety of great student-athletes who have walked from Fremont to Diamond and made an impact in our athletic programs. I hope our current student-athletes also see that they can also join that elite company through hard work and dedication. I’m looking at the names. They were all names that have been heard before – whether it be through coaches/teachers and talking about amazing stories from years ago or just hearing these names as I grew up locally. These student-athletes, and coaches, have left a lasting impact on South Pas athletics.”
The following is a complete list of South Pasadena High Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees who will be honored at Friday night’s game:
•1940 Kathryn Larkin, Tennis
•1990 JJ Young, Football, Track
•2006 Courtney Anderson, Soccer
•2007 Michael Flynn, Football, Basketball and Baseball
•2007 Caitlin Yuen, Soccer, Swimming/Diving
•2007 Taylor Thurman, Soccer
•2008 Chloe Fata, Track-3,200, 1,600, 800
•2008 David Allen, Football, Volleyball, Soccer
•2009 Nicol Biesek, Basketball, Track
•2009 Steven Colliau, Football, Soccer, Track, Baseball, Golf
•2009 Aubrey Thurman, Soccer, Track
•2010 Shelby Gogreve, Softball, Water Polo
•2011 Sam Pons, Cross Country, Track
•2011 Kelsey Lee, Basketball, Track
•2011 Tara Aalem, Soccer, Track
•2011 Mathew Nelson, Football, Soccer, Track
•2013 Paul Messana, Cross Country, Track
•2013 Laura Anuakpado, Track 200/400
•2014 Devin Grab, Water Polo
•2014 Claire Kieffer-Wright, Track-high jump, Volleyball
•2014 Kamia Rodil Willis, Track – 100, 200, 400
•2015 Sophia Hathaway, Volleyball, Basketball, Track
•2016 Greg Luck, Volleyball, Track
•2016 Max Luck, Football, Basketball, Volleyball
•2012-2016 Tammy Lai, Girls Basketball Coach