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City not represented in 2014 SJS Hall of Fame class

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Daje Pugh in the 100M Hurdles. (Photo by Gary Kazanjian)

The third class for induction into the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame was announced earlier this month and there were no athletes, coaches or officials with ties to the city on the list.

But that doesn’t mean the area won’t be represented in future classes. Here’s a look at who may be candidates for induction down the road:

Locks

Alicia Hollowell, Fairfield softball — Hollowell set numerous national and state pitching records and undoubtedly will be found to hold most of the records in the Sac-Joaquin Section when the list is compiled. Her being named Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2002 makes her a lock after she turns 35, the first year she’s eligible, in 2019. Leading Arizona to the 2006 national championship and membership on the 2008 U.S. Olympic softball team are nifty feathers in her cap.

Anjelica Selden, Vanden softball — Any SJS records not held by Hollowell are likely held by Selden. Being named Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2004 also makes her a lock. That she went on to become UCLA’s all-time strikeout leader and led the Bruins to Women’s College World Series finals doesn’t hurt, either.

On the bubble

Mike Diaz, Armijo boys basketball — A candidate since the first SJS hall of fame class was chosen, Diaz set state records for most points in a game (64), in a season (736) and in a career (1,677) for the Indians in the early ’50s, marks that have been surpassed at the state level but remain untouched in the city.

Cheyenne Cordes, Rodriguez softball — Arguably the best hitter in city history, Cordes was named Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2011. Winning on the state level – and leading the Mustangs to two SJS titles – may be enough for induction.

Daje Pugh, Fairfield girls track — The former Falcon won the state 300-meter title in 2012 with a time of 40.57 seconds that’s still the SJS record. She also set the section record in the 100 hurdles while finishing third that same year in 13.68 seconds, a time that was eclipsed by Vacaville’s Pattriana Perry this spring.

Keshia Baker, Fairfield girls track — Baker won the SJS Masters 400 title in 2006 and later took third in the state. She went on to star at the University of Oregon and won a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics in the women’s 4×400 relay.

Dominique Jackson, Fairfield girls track — The two-time SJS Masters 800 champion captured the state title in 2007. If it gets to the point there they’re down to voting in state champions, Jackson should be high on the list.

Dave Monk, Fairfield track coach — Before heading across town to coach at Armijo, Monk led the Falcons boys to two SJS titles and their girls to four. He will improve his chances if he can turn Armijo into a similar powerhouse. It doesn’t hurt that he coached state champions in Jackson and Pugh.

Long shots

Bryan Jones, Fairfield girls basketball coach — In 10 seasons, Jones led the Falcons to three SJS championships and another finals appearance. Did he coach long enough in the section to eventually sway the voters?

Desmond Bishop, Fairfield football — Bishop remains the Falcons’ all-time leading rusher and led them to an SJS finals appearance in 2001. He made a bigger splash by starting at middle linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, even recovering a fumble in their Super Bowl XLV win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Was it enough?

Stevie Johnson, Rodriguez football — Playing on the first two Mustangs varsity teams – what were essentially expansion squads – Johnson fought his way to the NFL and had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons with the Buffalo Bills. That he’s one of the most sought-after interviews over the national airwaves doesn’t hurt his candidacy.

Adrienne Conde, Rodriguez badminton — If voters chose to take badminton seriously, they’ll have to consider Conde. She won SJS singles titles in 2009 and 2010.

Pat Haines, Vanden football — The leading rusher in Solano County history finished with 5,042 yards, a total that ranked 17th in state history at the time, according to the CalHiSports.com State Record Book and Almanac. He led the Vikings to SJS and mythical state championships in 1995.

Mike Dailey, Fairfield track coach — Dailey coached the Falcons boys to three SJS titles when points were tallied in what’s called the Masters meet today. Not an easy task. But was it enough?

The jury’s out

Deone Bucannon, Vanden football — The two-time Solano County Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year went on to star at Washington State and was picked in the first round of this year’s NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. While he had a solid prep career, the Vikings never made it past the second round while he played for them so his candidacy will be based on what he does as a pro.

Jason Verrett, Rodriguez football — Injuries limited what Verrett was able to do in high school – the main reason he went to Santa Rosa Junior College before heading off to star at TCU. He was a first-round pick of the San Diego Chargers and, like Bucannon, his hall of fame chances are tied to his pro career.

Allison Johnson, Vanden girls basketball coach — The Vikings have won league titles in each of her 10 seasons as coach, but she has no chance of being inducted unless they capture at least one SJS crown.

Eddie Wilson, Fairfield boys basketball coach — Wilson is in the same position as Johnson. His Falcons have been dominant during the regular season and routinely go deep into the postseason, but they need to win an SJS title for him to have a shot.

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or pfarmer@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.
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