Gardner, Tubbs among Stanislaus County athletes honored at OAA

ragostini@modbee.comApril 30, 2014 

Central Valley football player Ja'Quan Gardner, Modesto Christian basketball player Lexi Tubbs and Modesto High grad and San Jose State softball player Amanda Pridmore talk about their Outstanding Athlete Awards honors on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The awards dinner was held at the Sportsmen of Stanislaus Club in Modesto, CA.


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    Hall of Fame

    2013--Suzy Powell, Dan Gonsalves. 2012--John Azevedo. 2011--Dick Davey. 2010--Doug Streeter. 2009--Ray Lankford. 2008--Tisha Venturini-Hoch. 2007--Dave Ashleigh. 2006--Bill Heaston. 2005--Visco Grgich, Proverb Jacobs. 2004--Alex "Chief" Olmedo. 2003--Bruce Coslet, Ed Maurice. 2002--Jim Hanny. 2001--Paul Wiggin. 2000--Paul "Red" Ellman. 1999--Dean Sensenbaugh. 1998--Chuck Hughes, Susan Taylor. 1997--Karl Finch. 1996--John Rade. 1995--Bill Werle. 1994--Jeff Winans. 1993--Gino Marchetti. 1992--Bill Heath. 1991--Paul Larson. 1990--Jim McDonald. 1989--Claude Terry. 1988--Kenny Roberts. 1987--Joe Rudi. 1986--Tom Moore. 1985--Harvey Hand. 1984--Wilbur "Moose" Thompson. 1983--Emerson "Bud" Spencer. 1982--John Podesto. 1981--Dave Maggard. 1980---Eddie LeBaron. 1979--Cy Young.

    Open Division

    2013--Isaiah Burse, Amanda Pridmore. 2012--Reggie Jones, Karenee Demery. 2011--Adrian Oliver, Karlee Bispo. 2010--Colin Kaepernick, Maria Sanchez. 2009--German Fernandez, Marissa Drewery. 2008 -- Tommy Mendonca, Erin Cafaro. 2007 -- Tom Brandstater, Ashley Walker. 2006 -- Byron Storer and Bryan Haile, Vanessa Stanfield. 2005 -- Ryan Thornberry and Jeff Burda, Breanna Vaughan. 2004 -- Chuck Hayes, Chaunte Mitchell. 2003 -- Lucais MacKay, Alison Cox. 2002 -- Wade Wheatley, Diljeet Mendoza. 2001 -- Matt Bettencourt, Shannon Donnelly. 2000 -- Mike Thiessen, Barbara Miller. 1999 -- Kenny Roberts Jr., Katy Joslin. 1998 -- E.J. Jackson. 1997 -- Dan Reichert. 1996 -- Suzy Powell. 1995 -- Mark Garcia. 1994 -- Carrie Neugebauer. 1993 -- Jimmy Filice. 1992 -- Raymond Lankford. 1991 -- Tisha Venturini. 1990 -- John Kocinski. 1989 -- Kirsten Dumford. 1988 -- Greg Wakefield. 1987 -- Andre Weiglein. 1986 -- Dana Arnold. 1985 -- Yolande Mavity. 1984 -- Doug Burke. 1983 -- Dot Jones. 1982 -- Jeff Blobaum. 1981 -- Tyke Peacock. 1980 -- John Rade. 1979 -- John Azevedo. 1978 -- Bill Hurst. 1977 -- Rusty Kuntz. 1976 -- Laura Siering. 1975 -- Leo Camarillo. 1974 -- Frank Duffy. 1973 -- Kenny Roberts. 1972 -- Ace Berry. 1971 -- Claude Terry. 1970 -- Joe Rudi. 1969 -- Jack McCoy. 1968 -- Dave Maggard. 1967 -- Ron Whitney.

    High School Division

    2013--Ja’Quan Gardner, Lexi Tubbs. 2012--Ray Lomas, Gabrielle Maurice. 2011--Billy Flamion, Faith Makau. 2010--Kevin Cramer, Shawnee Martinez. 2009--Isaiah Burse, Brandy Henton. 2008 -- Rudy Burtschi, Julianna Santos. 2007 -- German Fernandez, Karlee Bispo. 2006 -- Louis Bland, Marina Martinez. 2005 -- Billy Murphy, Maria Sanchez. 2004 -- Mike Hurst, Ashley Walker. 2003 -- Deshon Brown, Julianna Uhrik. 2002 -- Justin Moye, Omaira Estremera. 2001 -- Brianne Ferguson, Byron Storer. 2000 -- Chuck Hayes, Reshundra Smiley. 1999 -- Luke Bell, Shannon Donnelly. 1998 -- Justin Willingham, Wendy Watkins. 1997 -- Ryan Carter, Christine Zador. 1996 -- Tony Lomelli, Vanessa Morris. 1995 -- Josh Ichord, Kari Abbey. 1994 -- Oscar Castaneda, Holly Yost. 1993 -- T.J. Walker, Sara Norwood. 1992 -- Ryan Green, Jill Endicott. 1991 -- Kyle Porter, Suzy Powell. 1990 -- Tisha Venturini, Steve Soderstrom. 1989 -- John Belew. 1988 -- Dana Arnold. 1987 -- Christy Pohl. 1986 -- Kelly McMurray. 1985 -- Tim Baker. 1984 -- Raymond Lankford. 1983 -- Brad Brink. 1982 -- Dennis Wend. 1981 -- Lynn Henderson. 1980 -- Kirk Barry. 1979 -- Carrie McLaughlin. 1978 -- Larry Kasinger. 1977 -- Rick Arnold. 1976 -- Tim Holmes. 1975 -- John Azevedo. 1974 -- Doug Streeter. 1973 -- Arlen Peters. 1972 -- Joe Zimmerman. 1971 -- Lynn Zwahlen. 1970 -- Asvaldo Bertolotti. 1969 -- Max Goldstein. 1968 -- Rick Jones. 1967 -- Balvino Irizarry.

    Jay Pattee Award

    2013--Ray Baltz. 2012--Bill Moorad. 2011--Frank Hart. 2010--Carl Rice. 2009--Jeff Hickman. 2008--Bob Nard. 2007--Will Keener. 2006-- Jerry Streeter. 2005--Bob Stuhlman. 2004--Tony Lema. 2003--Jerry Freitas. 2002--Mike Glines. 2001--Paul Cooper. 2000--Ismail Ontiveros. 1999--Dave Gomes. 1998--Lee Hampson. 1997--John Bava, Glen Streeter. 1996--Bobby Cole. 1995--Jack Koski. 1994--Dick Peterson. 1993--Bill Silva. 1992--Chuck Hughes. 1991--Robert Carson. 1990--Larry Inderbitzen. 1989--Rev. Michael Kelly. 1988--Al Brenda. 1987--Frank Godinez. 1986--William "Bill" Stivers. 1985--Ralph "Lefty" York. 1984--George Costa. 1983--Frank Russo. 1982--Ezio "Atch" Pedretti. 1981--Ralph Johnson. 1980--Frank Salas. 1979--Joe Meyers. 1978--Leon Lafaille. 1977--Tom Mellis. 1976--Dick Windemuth. 1975--Gil Prouty. 1974--Herb Staggs. 1973--Ed Jalli. 1972--Jim Riddle. 1971--Tom Moore. 1970--George Maroney. 1969--Fred Earle Jr. 1968--Stan Pavko.

    Darell Phillips Coaches Award

    2013--Kim Duyst. 2012--Bob Thomason. 2011--Marty Boer. 2010--Glen Davis. 2009--Wayne McGhee. 2008--Sam Young. 2007--LeAnn Millar. 2006--Frank Cusenza. 2005--Jim Bowen. 2004--Don Lanphear. 2003--Jack Albiani. 2002--Paul Cornwell. 2001--Dan Gonsalves. 2000--Art McRae. 1999--Brent Bohlender. 1998--Steve Da Prato. 1997--Marc Malone.

Don’t blame Ja’Quan Gardner for being a few minutes late for the 47th Outstanding Athlete Awards Dinner.

The Central Valley senior, who set Stanislaus District football records last fall for the Hawks, was conflicted by a track meet at Ceres High. So he raced to the Sportsmen of Stanislaus Club, changed clothes and walked straight to the dais for the press reception Wednesday night.

But not after he won the 100-meter dash and helped his victorious 4x100 relay team.

“I just had to rush it,” he said.

Gardner was right on time, however, to receive the OAA’s high school boys Athlete of the Year award. The prolific Central Valley running back, who totaled 2,467 yards and 27 touchdowns last fall, edged fellow finalists Spencer Stark and Matt Ringer of two-time state football champion Central Catholic, state wrestling champion Israel Saavedra of Modesto and Oakdale star pitcher Bryce Dyrda.

About 400 attended the OAA dinner, which recognized Stanislaus County’s best athletes of 2013.

Winning the girls high school top award was Modesto Christian senior Lexi Tubbs, a throwback volley-basketball-track star who keyed the Crusaders’ drive to a state basketball title earlier this year.

Tubbs joined fellow finalists Shelby Stender from Sac-Joaquin Section water polo champ Oakdale, Gregori’s Pacific-bound volleyball hitter Maycie LaBass, Hughson star pitcher Katelyn Harden and Turlock Christian’s high-scoring basketball star Halie Bergman.

“All the hard work has paid off,” Tubbs said. “There’s a million and one families I have to thank....and my coaches who’ve always been there. I owe it all to them.”

The men’s Athlete of the Year award was won by former Modesto Christian star Isaiah Burse, who became one of the most productive wide receiver/kick returners in Fresno State history. Other men’s finalists were UCLA national champion pitcher Nick Vander Tuig of Oakdale and USC All-American golfer Sam Smith of Turlock.

Burse became only the 13th athlete who’s swept to both the OAA’s high school and open honors. Modesto Christian coach Mark Dobbins accepted.

Amanda Pridmore, the pitcher who anchored San Jose State’s march to its first Western Athletic Conference softball championship, was named the women’s open champion.

“It’s cool to get recognition from your hometown, especially when you leave and move on to something bigger,” said Pridmore, a Modesto High graduate. “I want to thank everyone who helped me.”

Pridmore’s fellow open finalists were Modesto Junior College stars – track-cross country runner Becky Hobby and state champion javelin thrower Kianna Weinzheimer (now at Kansas).

Former NFL linebacker Seth Joyner, the guest speaker, spoke directly to the athletes and made sure they thanked their parents for all their sacrifices.

“If you expect little, you’ll get little,” Joyner instructed. “If you expect the best, it’s there for the taking.”

Modesto three-time discus Olympian Suzy Powell was inducted to the OAA Hall of Fame along with the late Modesto coach-official-administrator Dan Gonsalves.

“I guess it’s official. I’m an old-timer,” said Powell, the Downey High graduate who’ll be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame this summer. “The community has supported me so much, and I’m so grateful.”

Chella Gonsalves, Dan’s widow, recognized family members after she was introduced by former longtime Grace Davis coach Don Lanphear.

Oakdale High’s baseball team, which took home its fourth straight section title and sixth in the last seven last springs, walked en masse to the stage – along with its coach Hondo Arpoika – to be honored as the Team of the Year.

Kim Duyst, the men’s and women’s track and cross country coach at Cal State Stanislaus for 21 years and today the Warriors’ Associate Athletics Director, received the Darell Phillips Coaches Award. She was introduced by one of her former athletes, Stanislaus coach Diljeet Taylor.

“I’m up here today because of them,” Duyst said in reference to all her former Stanislaus athletes, including nine national champions. “It’s been a great ride.”

The Jay Pattee Award, for public service to the sports community, was given posthumously to Ray Baltz, the former principal of Caswell School in Ceres who transported young skiers and campers for 40 years as Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts. His son Chis accepted the award.

Patterson High’s Brooke Hejnal and Modesto’s Kelly Wesley each received a $2,500 grant from the Tom Mellis Memorial Scholarship.

Check back later Thursday afternoon for video from the dinner.

Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at or (209) 578-2302. Follow him on Twitter @ModBeeSports.

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