Santa Cruz High School
Athletics Hall of Fame
1990 - Mike Jones
Mike Jones was a Cardinal track phenom and three sport standout, excelling also in Cross Country and Basketball. At one point Mike held 10 SCHS records in track and field. In 1989 he was crowned SCCAL champion in the triple jump, long jump, and the 400 meter dash. That same year Mike won the Region IV Track Championships in the 400 meter dash, long jump, and high jump. He placed 12th in the 1989 State Track Meet and in 1990 he repeated as the SCCAL champion in the triple jump, the long jump, and the 400 meter dash. Mike finished strong his senior year earning all SCCAL and All County athlete recognition.
1990 - Tim Shields
Tim Shields was an elite hurdler and three sport athlete, excelling in Cross Country, Soccer, and Track and Field, where he was a Cardinal record holder. In 1989 he was selected First Team All SCCAL in Track and in 1990 became the SCCAL champion in the 110 meter high hurdles. That same year, he earned second place in the 300 low hurdles and fourth place in the 110 high hurdles at the CCS Championship Meet. Tim earned an invite to the State Track Meet where he finished 11th place in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles. After high school, he continued his Track career at UC Irvine in 1991 and 1992 and finished at UCLA in 1993 and 1994.
1990 - Bernie Escalante
Among his many achievements, Bernie Escalante made his athletic mark at Santa Cruz High by excelling in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. In 1989 Bernie was selected to the All County Football team and named Santa Cruz County Scholar-Athlete. In 1990 Bernie selected All League and All County in three sports: Football, Basketball, and Baseball. After high school, Bernie went on to play Baseball at San Jose State University (1991), Cuesta Community College (1992), and San Francisco State University (1993 and 1994). He finished playing baseball in 1995 as a professional for the Vienna Bulldogs in Austria.
1990 - Paul Friedenbach
Paul Friedenbach was a multi-sport athlete, excelling in track and field and football. He is arguably the greatest Cardinal pole vaulter of all time. Starting at the age of 12, after he was given a broken pole from a high school neighbor down the block, Paul took every opportunity to practice, including vaulting over the backyard fence. Now, after more than 30 years, his 15’ Santa Cruz High vaulting record still stands. While Paul only attended SCHS for 1 year, he set multiple records and won many vaulting championships at St. Francis High School in Mountain View. After arriving at Santa Cruz he quickly made his mark. The Cardinals had very little history in the event and at the time did not have the equipment for a competitive vaulting program. Soquel high coach, Joe Myoshi, generously worked with Paul and loaned him poles until the Santa Cruz High Cardinal Club raised enough money for new equipment. Paul went on to win both the league and regional qualifier that year. The thoughtfulness and generosity of the community was a defining moment for Paul who never forgot this kind gesture. In the spring of 1990, Paul jumped 14’8” at both the league and regional meets, then a lifetime best of 15’ at the section meet, which is still a Cardinal record. That jump secured him a spot in the State Meet where he finished better than any Pole Vaulter from Santa Cruz ever had before. Recruited at UCLA, Brown, Cal Poly and CSU Fresno, Paul chose Fresno. There, he competed in four outdoor and three indoor championships. He placed at every conference meet and in 1994, jumped a lifetime best of 16’10” at the Modesto Relays. Later in life at the age of 36 he started training and competing in the Pole Vault again, winning the Masters National Championships three times: at ages 37, 38 and 39. He went on to win the Masters World Championships at age 40. Paul had also begun coaching again, first at SVHS, then SCHS when Brian Wall convinced him to come over. He “borrowed” a portion of a landing pit from Soquel HS, SCHS helped purchase pieces that were missing, and later he built his own runway. For nearly 20 years, he has coached all comers including UCSC students and kids from other high schools, while donating whatever money SCHS tries to pay him back into the track program. He has coached four different athletes that went on to compete at Division 1 programs.
1990 - Auddrena Mauga
A dynamic two sport athlete, Auddrena Mauga made an impact early on as a Cardinal Basketball and Softball player. In 1988 she was selected SCCAL Basketball Sophomore of the Year. A year later she was named First Team SCCAL All League in Basketball and Softball. That same year she was also selected to the All County team as the Junior of the Year. In Auddrena’s senior year she was again selected First Team All SCCAL in Basketball and Softball and earned top honors on the All County Softball Team as the Player of the Year. After high school, Auddrena played Basketball and Softball at West Valley College continuing her career at The University of the Pacific.
1991 - Diane Gergen
Diane Gergen was an incredible three sport Cardinal athlete. In 1990 and 1991 she was selected First Team All SCCAL and All County in Softball. In 1991 she was also named All County Softball Player of the Year and SCCAL Volleyball Player of the Year. She concluded her career at SCHS with top honors being named Santa Cruz County Athlete of the Year. After high school Diane played Softball at Oregon State University (1991-1995 and remains a high ranking OSU leader in all time career plate appearance, hits, and stolen bases.
1991 - Victor Lang-Plata
Victor Lang-Plata was a standout Cardinal track athlete, cross country runner, and swimmer. In 1990 and 1991 he was selected First Team All SCCAL in Track, earning a spot in the 1990 CCS finals and the State Meet. In his senior year Victor also won the SCCAL in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:42:7. He has the unique distinction of competing in the SCCAL league finals and CCS in both track and swimming. After high school, Victor ran track and swam at Cal Poly where he won the Collegiate National Championships in the Triathlon in 1997. Victor also earned a prestigious spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team.
1992 - Tim Nordahl
Tim Nordahl was a phenomenal Cardinal basketball player and two sport athlete, competing also in Track. He was twice selected to the Dad’s Club All Tournament Team in 1990 and 1991. In 1991 and 1992 he was selected to the All SCCAL and All County Basketball Teams. In 1991 he was named SCCAL Junior of the Year. As a senior Tim was chosen to be a member of the North Team in the Annual Kiwanis North South All Star Basketball Classic. Tim set a record in the Allstar game scoring 34 points. After high school, Tim played basketball at West Valley College where he was selected Second Team All State and Team MVP before transferring to The University of the Pacific.
1992 - Femi Ayanbadejo
Femi Ayanbadejo lettered in 3 Varsity sports while at Santa Cruz High School. He played football, basketball and baseball. As a senior on the football team he and Neil Churchill combined for over 1000 rush yards. Femi was a key contributor to Santa Cruz High's 1992 Basketball league championship. He hit the game winning 3 pointer vs Harbor High in the championship game to seal the win and secure the title for SCHS. To finish his senior year Femi was voted 1st team All Santa Cruz County and 1st team All-SCCAL on the baseball field. He finished 3rd in the County in hitting with a .429 batting average and was the team's #2 pitcher behind Chris Crawford. Santa Cruz High won 12 of their last 13 games and made it to CCS finals in 1992. At the time it was SCHS's first appearance in the CCS title game since the mid 70s. Femi went on to Cabrillo College to play football and baseball where he was a blue chip All-American tight end and football first team All Coast Conference and led the baseball team in home runs and received All Coast Conference honors. Femi received a scholarship to San Diego State University where he played 2 years of football before signing an undrafted free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings in 1997. He would Parlay that into an 11 year NFL Career, including a Super Bowl XXXV Championship with the Baltimore Ravens.
1992 - Allison Agosti
Allison Agosti was a standout four-year varsity soccer player. She was named SCCAL All League in 1990 and 1991, leading the league with 8 goals. In 1992 Alison was named SCCAL Co-Player of the year and Athlete of the Year. Following her Cardinal career, Allison played for 2 years at De Anza college where she was part of the state community college championship team.
1992 - Heather Singer
A four-year varsity basketball and SCHS track and field record holder, Heather Singer was a dynamic Cardinal athlete. In 1990 she was named 2nd Team All League in basketball and in 1992 was named 2nd Team All League and 1st Team All County. In track and field, Heather was the 1991 SCCAL shot put and discus champion, placed 4th in discus at CCS, and was the Regional discus champion. In 1992 she was a CCS discuss finalist. Heather also set the SCHS record in shot put at 34.1. Following her Cardinal career, Heather played basketball at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. There, she became the All-time leading rebounder, 2nd Team North Coast Athletic Conference (three-time conference choice). Heather also participated in track and field for the Quakers.
1993 - Neil Churchill
A dynamic multi-sport athlete, Neil Churchill was a Cardinal standout in football, soccer, baseball. As a junior, he was named First Team All-County and Junior of the Year in football, where he was the county’s second leading rusher with 771 yards. That same year he also earned All-League Honorable Mention in soccer and baseball. As a senior, he was again the second leading SCCAL rusher with 716 yards, All-League Honorable mention in soccer, and batted .389 with 17 RBIs as an SCCAL 2nd Team All-League baseball player, while also sprinting in track. Neil went on to play both football and baseball at Cabrillo and the University of Redlands where he was All-SCIAC outfielder in baseball and is ranked 10th in all time slugging percentage.
1993 - Aaron Woliczko
By the time SCHS Hall of Fame Basketball Coach, Pete Newell, had designed the now famous play “Aggie 4” for his new 6’6” shooting forward, Aaron Woliczko was already well on his way to becoming one of the greatest 3-point shooters in Cardinal and Santa Cruz County history. An elite level marksman who was most accomplished on the hardwood, Aaron also lettered in 5 sports during his high school career. Running cross country then playing basketball as well as tennis during his freshman year before settling into football, basketball and baseball his final 3 years at SCHS. He was an All-League Strong Safety on the gridiron (1992), 2 time All-League Utility player on the baseball diamond (1991, 1993) and 3 time All-League Forward in basketball (1991-1993). As a senior, Aaron was the recipient of Santa Cruz High’s Bob Vega Memorial Scholarship for his baseball success on his way to being named the 1993 TCI Cablevision Santa Cruz County Co-Male Athlete of the Year (with teammate and fellow inductee Neil Churchill). Following graduation from SCHS, Aaron attended West Valley College (along with teammate and fellow inductee Tim Nordahl) to play basketball. Over a 2 year span his teams posted a 60-7 record playing their way into the 1995 California State Championship game ultimately finishing as state runner-up and a 4th place national Junior College ranking. Aaron was an All-Coast Conference performer earning an NCAA Division 1 scholarship to the University of the Pacific. At UOP his teams saw tremendous successes winning back to back Big West Regular Season Championships while playing in the 1997 NCAA Tournament and 1998 NIT. Aaron was a team captain his senior season at UOP while being awarded the teams Leadership Award after continuing to play the 2nd half of the season with a broken hand. He had a brief professional career playing in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium before an injury sidelined him in 1999. After his playing career, Aaron has made a career in athletics that began with a stint as an assistant coach alongside Pete Newell Jr. at Santa Cruz High during the 1999-2000 season. Starting in 2000, he spent time as an administrator at UOP prior to becoming an assistant basketball coach, all together as a player and coach during his time at UOP he was part of 227 wins which include 6 Big West Conference titles and 7 postseason appearances (including 4 in NCAA’s “March Madness”). Aaron spent time as the head coach at Montana Tech, an NAIA university in Butte, Montana and is currently the Senior Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball & Sport Administration at the West Coast Conference, a post he has held since 2015.
1993 - Jessica Lang
“A franchise player” in softball, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Jessica Lang was a phenomenal three sport athlete, excelling in the gym, on the field, and in the pool, playing basketball, softball, and swimming. Jessica was First Team All-County in Softball all four years, earning Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior of the Years honors, before being named League MVP her senior year. That same year she made SCCAL Honorable Mention in basketball and competed on the varsity swim team in a variety of events and represented the Cardinals in CCS on the 400 medley relay team. Jessica went on to earn a softball scholarship at the University of Michigan.
1993 - Fatih Hasty
A two sport athlete playing basketball and volleyball, Fatih Hasty is well known as one of the most gifted Cardinal basketball players ever. Transferring to Santa Cruz from Harbor, where she was SCCAL Freshman of the Year, Faith went on to be named Sophomore of the Year and then selected First Team All-League 3 consecutive years (91-93), earning All-County Basketball Player of the Year honors in both 1992 and 1993, and numerous Santa Cruz Sentinel Athlete of the Week awards. As a senior she also guided the Cardinals to two tournament wins (Wildcat Invitational and Pioneer Classic), earning MVP at both events. That same year, Faith led the SCCAL league in scoring and led the Cardinals to an SCCAL Co-Championship, taking the team deep into the CCS tournament. Faith went on to earn All-Coast Conference honors at Cabrillo College.
1993 - Kenna Karst
An exceptional three-sport athlete, Kenna Karst ran cross country, and played basketball and softball. In 1991 she was named 2nd Team All-League in basketball. In 1992 she was Junior of the Year and 1st Team All-League and All-County in basketball, and named 2nd Team All-League in softball, batting .312. In her senior year, Kenna was selected First Team All-League and All-County in both basketball and softball. That same year Kenna was Santa Cruz Sentinel Athlete of the Year.
1993 - Chris Crawford
Chris Crawford was a scholar athlete for the Cardinals, excelling at soccer, basketball, and baseball. His greatest achievements came on the mound as a 4 year varsity pitcher. As a Junior, Chris went 12-1 with a 1.81 era and threw 82 strikeouts, leading SCHS to the CCS Finals. That same year he was named Junior and Pitcher of the Year. Chris earned many additional honors including being named to the All-County Team for baseball. Chris also played varsity goalie and center forward on the soccer team and played varsity basketball.
1994 - Reggie Stephens
One of the greatest to ever don a Cardinal uniform in any single sport - Reggie Stephens was sensational in three. Dominant in football, basketball, and track, his individual achievements facilitated SCCAL team championships in each sport in which he competed, including four Track league championships and four CCS playoffs. Reggie was named Athlete of the year his Junior and Co-Athlete of the year his Senior year (sharing with teammate Jermaine Robinson), he was first Team All-League in Football, Basketball, and Track. In Reggie’s sophomore year he was invite to the very Elite Nike Basketball League - where he played with other Nor-Cal all stars in San Francisco. Following Santa Cruz High, Reggie went to play basketball & football at Cabrillo College where he was All Coast Conference player for football coached by Steve Cox. That season his team won the Lion’s Bowl and Reggie received the MVP of the game. After transferring to Rutgers University and coached by Terry Shea, Reggie was chosen to receive the Homer Hazel MVP Award, named 1st Team All Big East Sporting News and played in the East West Shrine Game in 1998 at Stanford Stadium. Reggie played professional football for the NFL's New York Giants between 1999 and 2003, including the Giants Super Bowl XXXV team in 2000. In 2005 and 2006, he played for the AFL's Nashville Kats. After his retirement from professional sports, Reggie established the multi-faceted Reggie Stephens Foundation (RSF) and The Central Coast All Star game where 7th, 8th and now Seniors from the north and south counties compete against each other. RSF is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive athletic, academic, and mentorship programming for Santa Cruz and Central Coast student athletes.
1994 - Jermaine Robinson
His athleticism is the stuff of Cardinal legend. A celebrated 2-way player in football, multi-positional basketball player, and explosive track competitor, Jermaine Robinson embodied excellence in sport. Unstoppable in the red zone, in 1994 Jermaine was named Santa Cruz County Co-Athlete of the Year and quarterbacked one of the greatest SCHS football teams of all time, winning a league championship and reaching the CCS Finals. On the basketball court, Jermaine played a range of positions from point guard to small forward, earning First Team All County honors and leading the Cardinals to two SCCAL championships and multiple CCS victories. Jermaine also anchored an SCHS track team to 4 consecutive SCCAL league championships and 4 straight CCS bids, excelling in a seemingly inexhaustible range of events including a variety of sprints, jumps, and relays. Perhaps most admirable, Jermaine Robinson was always a fearless and multi-faceted athlete who ensured team success before personal achievement.
1994 - Brendon Ayanbadejo
Brendon Ayanbadejo was one of the most versatile Cardinal student-athletes, lettering in five sports. A strong contributor in baseball, basketball, and track, Brendon particularly excelled in football and wrestling. The Cardinal football team won the SCCAL in 1993 with a 10-0 record and reached the CCS finals. During this run, Brendon was named the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY). However, Brendon’s greatest success came from his single season (1994) of varsity wrestling under coach Garth Taylor when he won the SCCAL, placed 3rd in CCS and made it to California’s State Championships. In 1995 Brendon attended Cabrillo Community College earning ALL-Coast Conference DPOY and Freshmen All-American honors. From 1996-1999 Ayanbadejo attended UCLA, winning two PAC-10 Championships as well as being named a 1st team ALL-PAC10 Linebacker. Through thirteen seasons of professional football including NFL Europe and the Canada Football League (ALL-CFL 2002) Brendon’s last ten years on the gridiron were spent in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and Baltimore Ravens. Ayanbadejo earned Pro Football Writers Association All-NFL (1st Team) two times as well as being named a three-time Pro Bowler (2006-2008). In the last football game of his illustrious career, Ayanbadejo and the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco Forty Niners.
1995 - Evie Smith
Is there a sport Evie Smith did not play well? She held the Cardinal High Jump record for nearly a decade from 1995’ to 2014’ and qualified for CCS in the high jump all 4 years. She was named 1st Team All-League as a diver on the swim team and 1st Team All-League and All-County on the basketball team. At one point she played for the swim team and the volleyball team simultaneously. Evie also played tennis her senior year because, “why not”? In 1995 Evie was recognized as a Santa Cruz Sentinel Scholar Athlete.
1995 - Megan Fleming
Megan Fleming was a standout Cardinal tennis player going a remarkable 41-4 over the course of four years. After an impressive freshman season where she went 9-1, in 1993 she made it to the CCS finals. In 1994 and 1995 Megan would not lose a singles match, going undefeated in the SCCAL and winning the league championship both years. She earned a bid to CCS all four years and ultimately received both an academic and athletic scholarship to Westmont College.
1995 - Gabe Murphy
A dominant four year tennis athlete, Gabe Murphy was a top Cardinals singles player going 44-2, also winning the doubles championship his senior year. During his time at SCHS, the Cardinals won the SCCAL championship all four years. As a senior, Gabe was named Santa Cruz Sentinel Scholar Athlete of the Year. Gabe would go on to play collegiately for Pomona College.
1996 - Kelly Kaiser
A sensational three-sport athlete, Kelly Kaiser was in a league of her own in volleyball, basketball and softball. She was a four-year starter on both the basketball and softball teams, contributing her freshman year to the 1993 Co-Championship basketball team. Just a sophomore, Kelly was the starting libero on the varsity volleyball team, the starting point guard on the basketball team and the starting 2nd baseman on the softball team. In basketball, Kelly was named the 1994 SCCAL Sophomore of the Year, earned SCCAL First Team All-League and Second Team All-Santa Cruz County. In softball, Kelly was named to the SCCAL First Team All-League & First Team All-Santa Cruz County. She was listed as one of the Sentinel’s 1994 Top Female Athletes of the Year. As a junior, Kelly was named All-Santa Cruz County Second Team in volleyball, lead the women’s varsity basketball team to a league championship with a 11-2 finish, named the 1995 SCCAL & All-Santa Cruz County women’s basketball Player of the Year, achieved First Team honors on both teams, and All-CCS Girls Basketball Team honorable mention. In her junior softball season, Kelly was part of a 12-0 season league championship team and named SCCAL Second Team All-League & All-County First team batting. She topped off her phenomenal junior year being named the Sentinel 1995 All-County Female Athlete of the Year. As a senior, Kelly led the women’s basketball team to another SCCAL Championship with a record of 12-0 and finished her season off as the 2nd highest leading scorer in the league. She was, for the second consecutive year, named All-SCCAL and All-Santa Cruz County women’s basketball Player of the Year as well as First Team honors for both. On the softball diamond, she was again part of the 11-1 Championship softball team and earned All-SCCAL and All-Santa Cruz County First Team honors. Kelly was named the 1996 TCI Cablevision Santa Cruz County Female Athlete of the Year. After graduating from the University of San Diego in 2000, Kelly returned to competitive sports playing volleyball at San Diego City College, where she was named to the All-Pacific Coast Conference First Team, two years in a row. She also earned the SDCC’s 2006-2007 James Swinson Award for Top Female-Scholar Athlete.
1996 - Kimberly Reimann
Kimberly Reimann was a dominant aquatic athlete, swimming without rival on the Varsity girls swim team from 1992-1996. As a Freshman she quickly gained attention earning a spot to swim in CCS for two relays and 1 individual event the 100-yard Backstroke. In the summer of 93’ Kimberly placed first in the Distance Swim at the National Junior Lifeguards Championships held in Hermosa Beach. Sophomore year Kimberly broke her first of 5 individual school records in the 100-yard Freestyle and also anchored the 200 Free Relay team setting a new school record. In her junior and senior years Kimberly continued breaking records in the 100-yard backstroke, the 200-yard Freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, and 50-yard Freestyle. Kimberly qualified for CCS all 4 years and was a member of the Central Coast Sections Scholastic Achievement team for 4 years. In the Spring of her Senior year Kimberly qualified for the U.S. Swimming Junior National Championships in Federal Way Washington. During her visit she was recruited and then signed a week later with the University of Washington to swim on the Women’s Team. Kimberly continued her journey in college as a NCAA-Divison I student athlete at the University of Washington, earning PAC-10 Academic Honors her Junior year. After college Kimberly returned to Santa Cruz High and coached the Varsity Girls swim team from 2004 – 2020, winning League Title in 2008 & 2009.
1996 - Naomi Rothman
An incredible two-sport athlete, Naomi Rothman was a standout four-year varsity shortstop on the softball team and a four-year defender and midfielder on the varsity soccer team (serving as team captain in Soccer in her senior year). She won awards in both sports over her four years. In Softball Naomi earned All-County Honorable Mention in 1993), All-county 2nd Team in 19944, and in 1995 was named All-County 1st Team and 2nd in league in RBIs, batting .350. In 1996 she was named All-County 1st team, leading the Cardinals to a league championship. On the soccer field, in 1995 Naomi was named All-County 1st Team and was part of the first SCHS Girls' Soccer Team to make CCS and win a league championship. In 1996, Naomi was named All-County 1st Team and earned the Barbara Mitchell Athletic Scholarship (1996). Her competitive athletic career ended in college while studying at UC Davis. Now a Professor of Organizational Psychology at Lehigh University, she studies leadership––the kind of leadership inspired by her time on the softball and soccer fields in Santa Cruz, where she learned to play with some of the most incredible teammates who remain lifelong friends.
1997 - Wes Bare
An outstanding multi-sport athlete, Wes Bare dominated varsity soccer all 4 years and made significant achievements on the baseball diamond. He was a 3-time All-County First Team soccer player, SCHS Junior and Senior Male Athlete of the Year, 1997 All-County Outstanding Forward and All-CCS First Team member. Wes was also a 4 year varsity baseball player, earning All-County Honorable Mention honors his freshman year and All-County Second Team his sophomore year. After graduation Wes played 4 years of collegiate soccer at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. He is the all-time leading scorer at Notre Dame de Namur and a 2-time NAIA All-American. He was also a member of NPSL Santa Cruz Breakers Semi-Pro Soccer from 2007-2008. Wes has also made tremendous contributions to youth sports with 20 years of coaching for Santa Cruz County Breakers Soccer and Breakers FC. From 2002-2016 he was a basketball, soccer coach, and athletic director at St. Francis High School in Watsonville. More recently he served as the Head Coach of Harbor High girls’ soccer from 2019-2021.
1997 - Corey Miller
A powerhouse in the pool, Corey Miller was an outstanding swimmer and a pioneer in girl’s water polo. As a freshman varsity swimmer Corey was invited to tryout for the Boy's Water Polo team, eventually playing three seasons with the boys before dominating the competition her senior year in the SCCAL’s inaugural season of girls water polo. Corey was a Santa Cruz High record holder in the 200 Freestyle Swim Relay and an SCCAL Finals Champion in the 100 backstroke. She is the recipient of the 1995 Danny O'Connell Sportsmanship Award in Swimming and Waterpolo. In 1997, Corey led the first SCHS girls water polo team to victory in the SCCAL championship. That year she was named All-County Player of the Year, received the SCCAL Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award in swimming and water polo, and the Distinguished Athletic Award from the US Marine Corps. Upon graduation Corey continued her water polo career at UC Berkeley, where her leadership and athletic performance were an integral part of the top ranking Division 1 team.
1997 - Jennifer Cummings
Jennifer Cummings is one of the greatest pitchers this county has ever seen. A highly accomplished three sport Cardinal athlete, she was also a varsity volleyball player and member of the Santa Cruz High record holding 200 freestyle relay team (1:46.94). In her four years pitching for the Cardinals, she led the team to two SCCAL conference championships, three CCS playoff invitations and a 17-consecutive conference game unbeaten streak between 1995 and 1996. Jennifer was named league Freshman of the Year in 1994 and went on to earn consecutive SCCAL Player of the Year awards as a sophomore and junior. She was named SCCAL Pitcher of the Year in 1995 and 1996, and SCCAL First Team All-League each of her four Cardinal seasons. Jennifer finished her Cardinal career with top ten rankings in doubles, home runs, runs batted in while at the plate and in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched while in the circle. Following her Cardinal career Jennifer received a full scholarship to pitch for the University of Wisconsin. As a Badger, she earned Team Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 and in 2001 was named Team MVP, leading Wisconsin to their first ever NCAA Championship Tournament bid. Jennifer went on to pitch internationally, primarily in France, where her teams from Lyon earned runner-up finishes in two national championship tournaments. Following her playing career, Jennifer has remained heavily involved in the game, serving as an Assistant Coach at Wellesley College until 2013 and working with young girls at the art of pitching for roughly 25 years.
1997 - Nick Theodosis
An electrifying Cardinal basketball player known for his dazzling passes and buzzer beating victories, Nick Theodosis was a 4-year varsity player and 3-time All-County First Team point guard. In 1995 Nick was named SCCAL Sophomore of the Year and SCCAL Championship game MVP. As a Junior Nick led the SCCAL in scoring and the Cardinals to their 3rd of 4 league championships during his tenure. In his final year at Santa Cruz High Nick was named SCCAL Basketball Player of the Year.
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