Modesto Junior College to induct 14 into Hall of Fame

ragostini@modbee.comApril 5, 2014 

The walls of the lobby at Modesto Junior College Gym are covered with the photos of the school’s all-time best athletes.

The Pirates will need more room on those walls after 14 former stars and supporters of the sports program are inducted to the MJC Athletic Hall of Fame.

The list features such distinguished performers such as former MJC quarterback Tim Garcia (2002), distance running stars Delfino Arevalo (2002) and Bob Stewart (1950), state champion golfer Henry Solario (1951) and soccer standout Katie Cooke (2004).

Three of the 14 are honored as either former coaches or contributors to the MJC program. The 11 athletes eventually graduated from four-year institutions.

The public is invited to the 10th Hall of Fame induction dinner on Friday night, April 25, at MJC Gym. It begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and program. Tickets cost $30 apiece. Call the MJC Athletic Department, 575-6269, by April 18.

The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees:

Delfino Arevalo (2000-02) – State champion in 10,000 meters, All-American; continued at the University of Utah.

Victor Hugo Camargo (1999-2000) – Northern California tennis champion, Central Valley Conference singles champion and MVP, All-American; continued at Santa Clara.

Katie Cooke (2003-04) – Soccer school record-holder with 51 goals; continued at San Francisco State.

Elizabeth Chavez-Rodriguez (1987-88) – Northern California cross country champion, All-American, MJC MVP; continued at Fresno State.

Victor DiGiovanni (1955-57) – Outstanding basketball player; all-league at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

George Foster (contributor) – Friend of MJC athletics, 1963 MJC tennis player.

Tim Garcia (2001-02) – Passed for 3,402 yards and 27 touchdowns over 2 seasons, completed 69 percent of his passes; 1st-team all-league quarterback, team captain at Graffiti Bowl; Hall of Fame inductee at University of Mary.

Tom Harris (contributor) – Bus driver for MJC sports teams from 1969 to 2011, volunteer clock operator at football and basketball games from 1969 to present, MJC grad (1966).

Barbara Mortensen (1967-2002) – Health and P.E. professor, promoted and organized MJC women’s sports before Title IX, coached many MJC sports including four basketball championship teams.

Henry Solario (1950-51) – State champion golfer, Big 7 conference champion, team MVP; continued at San Jose State.

Sandra Pinto (1992-94) – Three-sport star in basketball, softball and track, all-conference in basketball; continued at Cal State Stanislaus.

Robert L. “Bob” Stewart (1949-50) – Outstanding distance runner with MJC and Pacific AAU, 1,500-meter walk champion; continued at San Jose State.

Stacey Tate-Foxson (1991-93) – Northern California and State medal winner in track, All-American, excelled in heptathlon; continued at Cal State Stanislaus.

Lura Wilhelm (2001-02) – State swimming champion in 100 individual medley and runner-up in 100 butterfly and 50 breastroke; water polo star; San Jose State swimming MVP in 2004.

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