The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals from San Lorenzo Valley High School who have given of their time, ability, effort and/or commitment to sports while attending, coaching or supporting San Lorenzo Valley High School. These individuals, upon election by the selection committee of the SLVHS Hall of Fame shall be inducted into the HOF. The main emphasis will be athletes and their performance at SLVHS; however coaches and other athletic support people may be recognized. The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the San Lorenzo High School Athletic Boosters and the Alumni Organization.
Nominations may be made to the Hall of Fame committee at any time and by any person. Athletic Director Mark Mercer has a form which lists the pertinent information about nominees. Any and all nominations will be considered by the committee. If a nominee is not selected their name will be moved on to selections for future years.
SAN LORENZO VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Alejandra Barrientos – Class of 2001
Ale participated in Cross Country and Track. She is a three time State Champion in Track and Cross Country, finishing first in the 1600 meters in 1999 and 2001 and first in Cross Country Division IV in 1999. She is the only individual athlete at SLVHS to hold a national best time in track, having at one time the national best time in the 800, 1600 and the 3200. She was a member of the SLV National Record Holding distance medley relay team. Ale has several CCS Championships as well as league Championships in both track and cross country. Ale was the Athlete of the Year at SLVHS for three years (1999, 2000, 2001) as well as the Santa Cruz Sentinel Athlete of the Year for those three years. She earned a scholarship in track to UCLA.
Bob Locatelli – Class of 1964
Bob was a football and track athlete at SLVHS. As a senior Bob was team Captain, MVP, All-League and the Boosters Player of the Year. On the track team he was league champion in the shot-put and held the school record for 17 years. Bob graduated with academic honors and attended the University of Pacific. At UOP he played football for four years and was team captain as a senior. He was named Defensive Player of the Week on the west coast twice in his senior year. Bob is a past President of the Boosters Club and a lifetime member. He helped organize Pop Warner Football in the valley and is a local business owner. Bob has coached football at the high school in 1980-81 and from 1988 to the present.
Jackie Hale – Class of 1983
Jackie was a three sport athlete, basketball (4 years varsity) and track (4 years varsity) and added softball as a senior. She dominated SCCAL track most of her four years in the triple jump, long jump, shot put and discus. At one time she held the points per game record in basketball and was All-SCCAL for 3 years. In her one year of softball she was All-SCCAL and helped the team to a CCS Div II Championship. She attended Cabrillo where she played softball and was selected to the All-State team. In addition she was 9th in California in the heptathlon. She continues to play coed soccer, and is a personal trainer and fitness and nutrition consultant. She resides in Boulder Creek.
Jennie Warfield – Class of 1996
Jennie was a dominate track athlete in the SCCAL. She was league champion in the 100, 100 hurdles and the long jump for three consecutive years. She hold two school records, the long jump and the heptathlon. On the volleyball team she was a two year varsity player, team MVP and captain. She was also a member of the Dance and Cheerleading team for two years and was Senior Class President. Jennie is the only SLV Athlete of the Year to win Athlete of the Year, Scholar Athlete and Sportsmanship award in one year as a senior.. She earned a scholarship to Cal Poly where she competed in the Javelin and Heptathlon. Jennie is now married, working as a nurse.
Pat Verutti – Class of 1966
Pat a long time resident of the San Lorenzo Valley was a three sport athlete at SLV in football, basketball and track. As a senior in football he was team MVP, All-League, Team Captain and the Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete. His school record 100 yd dash time held up for 18 years. Pat was an ASB President and earned a scholarship to the University of Oregon where he played four years of football and at one time was the 4th all-time leading rusher. Pat is a local businessman who has been a long time supporter of SLV athletics. He is a lifetime member of the Boosters as well as a past President having served for three years.
Ross Parmenter – Class of 1992
Ross was a three sport athlete earning All-SCCAL honors in football for two years, basketball for three years and baseball for four years. He was the SLVHS Athlete of the Year and the Santa Cruz Sentinel Athlete of the Year in his junior and senior year. He earned a scholarship to Santa Clara for baseball and was first team All-West Coast Conference and Player of the Year in 1996. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. Currently Ross is a Social Studies teacher and a former Head Baseball coach at SLV. He is married to Katie and has two children. Ross holds the record for the longest run from scrimmage on a 99 and one half yard quarterback sneak.
Steve Rodriguez – Class of 1962
Steve was a three sport athlete earning all league honor in football (2 years), basketball (3 years) and baseball (3 years). He was the first SLV athlete to be all league in three sports. He was the SLV Athlete of the Year for two years in 1961 and 1962. Academically he was on the Dean’s list. Steve played football at Cabrillo where he was all-league and earned a full scholarship to Fresno State. He played at Fresno from 1964- 66 and was on the Academic Honor Roll. He was an English and PE teacher at SLVHS for 31 years. Steve coached JV baseball for many years and football at all levels. He was the head football coach in the 70’s. Currently he is a real estate investor and lives in Scotts Valley.
John Gho – Class of 1965
John grew up in Boulder Creek and was the second athlete at SLVHS to be named all-league in three sports, football, basketball and baseball. In 1965 he was the first Santa Cruz County Athlete of the Year. John continued playing at Cabrillo in basketball and baseball. In 1969 he played baseball at Sonoma State. John has been a big supporter of SLVHS through the Redwood Keg Liquor store in Boulder Creek and has coached baseball and basketball at Harbor and SLVHS. He also ran a golf tournament for 11 years at Seascape for Santa Cruz Special Olympics which raised about $80,000.
Ben Phillips – Booster President
Ben was a local resident and a writer for the San Jose Mercury News. He is credited for founding the SLVHS Boosters Club and being the first President. Prior to a 10-15 year involvement with the Booster Club he was President of the Little League. He was a lifelong sports fan who passed on his love of sports to his four children, Karen, Stu, Chris and Robin. His two sons Chris and Stu were three sport athletes at SLVHS. His daughter Karen Scarborough followed in his footsteps as a Booster President and has carried on Ben’s tradition of supporting the athletics at SLVHS.
Wayne Richards – Coach
Wayne began a long teaching and coaching career in 1957. In his first three years he was the head coach of football, basketball and baseball. He was a successful coach at a time when there weren’t many assistants. He won championships in all three sports. His most successful teams were probably in softball with league championship in 1981, 1983 and 1984. The 1983 team won the CCS Div II championship. After retirement Wayne coached softball pitchers around the league and was very instrumental in raising the level of softball in Santa Cruz County.
Bob King – Class of 1976
Bob could be the best pure athlete at SLVHS in the 1970’s. He was a three sport athlete for all four years of high school. He lettered in four varsity sports. He played two years of varsity football at QB/Safety/Punter, three years of varsity basketball (guard), two years of varsity track (sprinter, jumper including the F/S HJ record) and two years of varsity baseball. He was all-league in basketball, Co-MVP in basketball, MVP of the baseball team as a senior and the SLV Athlete of the year in 1976. In addition he was a member of the Key Club, and NoCal Youth Bowling Association All State team. As a senior he was a member of the Homecoming Court. Bob currently lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Jeff Gilbert – Class of 1989
Jeff was a three sport athlete at SLVHS. He played varsity football (QB), varsity basketball (forward) and varsity baseball (catcher). He was all-league and all-county in football, basketball and baseball. He was the first SLVHS athlete to be named County Athlete of the Year in 1989. In addition he was the SLVHS Co-athlete of the year and the KRUZ Athlete of the Year. He attended Cabrillo College and UC Davis and has been an assistant coach for frosh football, JV basketball and JV baseball. He currently lives in Scotts Valley and is employed by the San Francisco 49ers.
Joey Rodriguez – Class of 1990
A member of the Track and Cross County teams, Joey was one of the first really outstanding runners at SLVHS. At one time he held the school records in the 800, 1600 and 3200. He was the league champion in cross country for 4 years and the league track champion for 3 years in the 1600 and 3200. Joey was the first SLVHS runner to qualify for the State meet in cross country. In track he was first SLV athlete to qualify for the state in two events (1600/3200). As a senior he was 2nd in the1600 and 3rd in the 3200 at CCS. Joey qualified for the State meet as a Sophomore, Junior and Senior. He held the SLV cross country course record for 20 years. Joey had a full ride scholarship to Nebraska and spent 2 years in the Navy.
Sallee Brumbaugh – Class of 1979
A member of the swim team for 4 years, the softball team for 4 years and 1 year of basketball. Sallee participated in AAU club swimming and led our swim team 19 years before SLV had a pool. Sallee was the swim team MVP for 4 years and held three school records. She still holds the school record in the 200 Free and the 500 Free. She also held the league record in the 100 backstroke. On the softball team she was a pitcher and was all-SCCAL as a Junior and a Senior. Sallee was the SLVHS Athlete of the Year as a Junior and as a Senior. A good student she was member of CSF and attended UCLA and Chico State where she swam for 3 years and was a college all-american.
Nick Pagnini – Honorary
He is a life time resident of the San Lorenzo Valley, a former owner of Roys Market in Felton and a Captain in the Zayante Fire Department. Nick has been a supporter of SLV athletics for many years in many capacities. Initially he was a member and President of Boosters Club, assisting Ben Phillips in the early days of the Booster Club. He has been a freshman football coach and assisted in scouting at all levels. He has acted as the medical emergency person, needed for football games, for SLV and many other county school. Finally he is the ever present fan at football games and track meets. Student athletes in the Valley have had no bigger community supporter.
National Record Relay Team
In 1999 four girls from our school went to the Penn Relays and set a National High School track record in the distance medley relay, their time was 11.44:28. Those girls were Lindsay Scarborough (400), Shiloh Whiting (800), Raquel Barrientos (1320), and Alejandra Barrientos (1600). This is the first and only national record by any student or students at SLVHS. All four girls attended Division I schools on scholarship (UCLA, Arkansas and Arizona).
Special Recognition for the Athletes of Boulder Creek High
They were the “pioneers” of the present day athletic programs at SLVHS. The original Boulder Creek School was built in 1905 and rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake. Around 1947 Boulder Creek High School adopted the name of San Lorenzo Valley High. In 1954 the new school was opened in Felton serving the entire San Lorenzo Valley. Early athletic competition was primarily in basketball. The first football team was organized in 1947 by Coach Ed Grabast. Track and baseball teams came a little bit later. The first athletes to be recognized as Male Athletes of the Year were, James and Charles Hughes, Robert Tomlin and Andy Locatelli. Bob Presswood is listed as the outstanding basketball player for 1950. Around 1950 the high school population was about 80-90 and they played Carmel, Watsonville, Holy Cross, Campbell and Half Moon Bay.