Merced College set for first HOF class

slynch@mercedsun-star.comApril 11, 2013 

Merced College is celebrating its 50th year of existence.

Along with educating the minds of Merced County's youth for the last half century, the school has produced several storied athletic programs.

With that in mind, Merced College decided it was past due in its recognition of the school's greats. The inaugural Merced College Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on May 4.

The ceremony will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. near the entrance to Stadium '76. The event is open to the public and tickets are on sale for $40 or $1,200 for a table.

"The school's 50th anniversary is what got the whole thing going," athletic director Steve Cassady said. "We're probably 25 years late in getting this thing going, so we're going to have a big first class.

"The premise was that Merced College athletics is on the map, both locally and around the state. We wanted this first class to reflect the people who helped put it there."

The 2013 class will have 11 inductees, including five coaches and six athletes. Many of the names are etched in Merced County athletics history.

The coaches include Don Odishoo (football), Don Reid (basketball), Butch Hughes (baseball), Dody Anenson (volleyball) and Bob Pollitt (aquatics).

The athletes will be Dan Walsh (football), Greg Mesa (baseball), Alvin Torres (basketball), Lori Suffecool (volleyball), Gena Piper-Lanz (softball) and Rob Strickland (aquatics).

For more information about the event, contact Cassady at (209) 658-1659.

Demery going campin'

Karenee Demery has done nothing but flourish while at Cal State Stanislaus.

In three years on campus, the Merced native has rewritten the Warriors' record books. Demery is the school's single-season and all-time leader in goals and points.

She's a three-time All-American, was just named an Academic All-American and is a two-time West Region and CCAA Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year.

Others have apparently taken note.

The junior was one of 21 players from around the country invited to participate in the Under-23 U.S. National Team camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

Demery is the only Division II player to be invited to the camp.

NorCal Diving

The swim postseason gets under way on Saturday with the NorCal Diving Championships at Modesto Junior College.

Participants will be competing for a spot at the State Meet on April 25, as well as for points in their respective conference meets.

Merced College swim coaches Scott McCall and Susan Miller hope it's the start of sixth consecutive Bay Valley Conference title.

Freshman Tamarah Kateghian will represent the MC women. Miller said the converted swimmer volunteered to dive to help the team and has made major strides in the few months since.

Richard Cagle will represent the MC men.

The BVC Championships get under way next week at Suisun City.

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