Hornet Hall of Fame Inducts New Class June 8

Courtesy sabr.org    According to the Society for American Basebal Research, third baseman and Alameda High School graduate Andy Carey had a turbulent career as one of Yankees Manager Casey Stengel’s frequent targets for blame.

The third annual Alameda High School (AHS) annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Saturday, June 8, at the Alameda Elks Lodge. The AHS Hall of Fame Committee will be inducting 10 former AHS athletes with stellar careers while members of Hornet athletic teams.  

Nicole Carroll-Lewis
Nicole Carroll-Lewis was a track-and-field athlete who graduated from AHS in 1986. Carroll-Lewis competed in the shotput and discus while playing for the Hornets. After graduating she competed in the javelin while at College of San Mateo and represented the United States at the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta.

Herb Turner
Herb Turner graduated in 1952. He, too, was a track-and-field standout for the Hornets. In his senior year Turner won the men’s 100-yard (9.9) and the 220-yard (21.6) competitions at the state meet, leading the Hornets to third place in the team competition.

Angel Martinez
Angel Martinez is a class of 1973 graduate. He competed in cross country. Martinez was named to the All-League and All NorCal first team cross country in 1973. He also helped build Reebok to a national brand and later became CEO of both Rockport and Decker’s footwear brands.

Grace Na
Grace Na graduated from AHS in 2011. She became one of the best golfers in AHS history. Na became the first individual state golf champion in school history in 2010. That same year she led the Hornets to a NorCal championship and a fourth-place finish in the state team competition. In 2016 she qualified for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) by finishing second in the LPGA qualifying tournament in Florida.

Dr. Barry Parker
Dr. Barry Parker graduated in 1961. He competed on the AHS swim team. In 1951 he won the North Coast Section title in the men’s 50-yard freestyle (23.1). He held the school 50-yard freestyle record for 11 years and 200-yard relay record for 31 years.

Sarah Walker
Sarah Walker is a class of 2001 graduate. Walker is being inducted as a soccer player, but she earned 12 varsity letters in four sports. She was a four-time All-League player in soccer, four-time All-League athlete in cross country and two-time All-League player in softball as a shortstop. Walker led her team to league championships in soccer, cross country (twice) and softball. After graduating from Yale she played soccer professionally in Sweden.

Andy Carey
Andy Carey graduated from AHS in 1949. He was a standout on the baseball team. Carey played 11 seasons in the Major Leagues and won two World Series Championships with the Yankees in 1956 and 1958.

Dan Lufkin
Dan Lufkin graduated in 1959. He will be inducted as a basketball player, but also played baseball and football at AHS. He enlisted in the Army after leaving UC Berkeley in 1964. He was wounded in Vietnam during the Tet offensive and was  awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He eventually attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Charlene Murphy
Charlene Murphy graduated in 1977. Murphy, a woman, played on the AHS men’s tennis team because there was no women’s team in the 1970s. She won the league doubles title with her brother and was named team MVP 1976. She was selected an All-American tennis player at Brigham Young University in 1979. She won the National indoors doubles championship in 1980.

Rich Zecker
Rich Zecker is a class of 1961 graduate. He played on the AHS football team. He was named to the All NorCal team as a lineman in 1960. Zecker played three years in the National Football League with Raiders, Dolphins and Bills.

The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $60 in advance and $80 at the door. Tickets for children 10 and under cost $40. The Alameda Elks Lodge is located at 2255 Santa Clara Ave. 

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