Craig Morton to Join San Jose Sports Hall of Fame
Aug. 7, 2002
BERKELEY - Former Cal quarterback Craig Morton heads a list of five new inductees into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. The others, who will be formally inducted Nov. 13 at the Compaq Center, are Dennis Awtrey (basketball), Ed Burke (track & field), Betty Hicks (golf) and Carney Lansford (baseball).
This year's induction ceremony is presented by the Private Banking Group of Comerica Bank, in cooperation with SBC Pacific Bell, Hewlett-Packard Company, and San Jose Magazine. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Silicon Valley Region of Special Olympics.
Also being honored at the ceremony will be the Amateur Athletes of the Year: Logan Tom (Stanford volleyball) and Jeremy Guthrie (Stanford baseball); High School Athletes of the Year, Adrienne Herbst (Santa Teresa) and Trent Edwards (Los Gatos); and Lindsay Mibach will be honored as the Special Olympian of the Year.
This is the eighth annual induction for the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the dinner and ceremony at 7 p.m. This year's ceremony will also feature a silent auction. For information regarding the purchase of tickets for the event or sponsorship packages, please call the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame information line at 408-288-2932.
The San Jose Sports Hall of Fame recognizes great athletes and coaches of San Jose and Santa Clara County. A bronze relief of each of the inductees will be permanently displayed on the concourse level of Compaq Center at San Jose.
A graduate of Blackford High School in San Jose, Dennis Awtrey is considered to be one of Santa Clara University's greatest athletes. In his three years as a member of the varsity team at Santa Clara, Awtrey led the Broncos to three straight West Coast Athletic Conference championships and captured back-to-back conference MVP awards in 1969-70. During his sophomore and junior seasons, Santa Clara advanced to the NCAA Regional Championships but lost to the eventual NCAA champion UCLA Bruins. His stellar college career also included two first-team Academic All-American honors and graduating as Santa Clara's all-time scoring and rebound leader. Awtrey went on to play 12 seasons in the NBA, the majority of it with the Phoenix Suns. Revered for his strong and tenacious rebounding ability, he won an NBA Championship as a member of the Seattle Supersonics. Awtrey remains the WCAC's second all-time career field goal shooter (58.2%). In 2001, he was named one of the top 50 athletes in West Coast Conference history. Today, Dennis and his wife Peggy reside in Phoenix, Arizona.
The epitome of unwavering determination, Ed Burke's Olympic hammer throwing career spanned two decades. Arriving at San Jose State in 1959 on a football scholarship, he quickly became intrigued by the hammer. An accident in 1962 caused Burke to abandon the sport, but with the support of his wife, he returned and soon became one of the country's premier hammer throwers. Burke made his first Olympic team in 1964 and went on to win three straight national titles from 1966 - 1968. In 1967, he set an American record that stood for 14 years. Disappointed by the results of his second Olympic Games, he retired in 1968. After an 11-year absence from the sport, he embarked on a difficult comeback trail. In 1984, at the age of 44, he made his third Olympic Team. The oldest member of the United States Olympic team, Burke was chosen by his teammates to carry the American flag in the opening ceremonies in Los Angeles. Today, Ed and his wife Shirley own and operate the Los Gatos Athletic Club.
A pioneer in the truest sense, Betty Hicks paved the way for today's professional woman golfer. Encouraged to take up the game of golf by her father, Hicks won her first tournament at the age of 18. In 1941, she won the U.S. National Amateur Championship and was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. Her competitive drive and rigorous preparation propelled her to second place finishes in the U.S. Open in both 1948 and 1954. Her pioneering spirit led her to become one of the Women's Professional Golf Association's three founding members in 1944. The organization sought to address the inequalities that existed in women's golf and counter racial discrimination. Her list of extraordinary achievements also includes serving as a member of the Coast Guard reserves, co-authoring a golf manual for instructors, and earning her pilot's license. In 1999, Hicks was honored with the LPGA's Ellen Griffin Rolex Award for teaching. A member of five golf halls of fame, Hicks is currently finishing her first autobiography.
A graduate of Wilcox High School, Carney Lansford became a Major League All-Star and played in three consecutive World Series. Drafted by the California Angels, Lansford's breakout season in 1978 earned him the team's rookie of the year award. His career highlights continued, when in 1981, as a member of the Boston Red Sox, he was crowned American League batting champion with a .336 average. The following year he was traded to Oakland, where he would spend the remaining ten years of his career. Lansford was named to the All-Star team in 1988; the year Oakland made their first of three straight World Series appearances. In 1989, he helped lead the A's to a World Series victory over their cross-town rivals, the San Francisco Giants. After returning from reconstructive knee surgery, Lansford won the Fred Hutchinson Award in 1992 for his fighting and competitive spirit. He retired that same year with a .290 lifetime batting average, 1007 runs scored, and 884 runs batted in. Recognized as one of the games outstanding hitters, Carney and his wife Debbie currently reside in Santa Clara with their two sons.
One of the finest quarterbacks to come out of Santa Clara County, Craig Morton's brilliant career began with Central Coast MVP honors, continued with All-American honors at University of California, and concluded with two Super Bowl appearances. Heavily recruited out of Campbell High School, he accepted a scholarship to Cal, where he was a three-year starter and received All-American honors his senior year. In 1965, he was chosen as a first round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys and the fifth selection overall. Under legendary coach Tom Landry, Morton led his team to Super Bowl V in 1970. After a brief stint with the New York Giants, he joined the Denver Broncos in 1977. In his first season with the Broncos, he led Denver to their first ever Super Bowl appearance. His performance that year - 1,929 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, and a 12-2 regular season record - earned him the American Football Conference's MVP and the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year. Morton was inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in 1988, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. He is currently the proprietor of Mel Hollen's restaurant in San Francisco.
Amateur Athletes of the Year
A member of the United States National Volleyball Team, Logan Tom is currently a senior at Stanford University. After leading the Cardinal to the 2001 NCAA Championship, she was named the NCAA Final Four and Regional MVP. Last season, Tom was also recognized as the American Volleyball Coaches Association's National Player of the Year, the ASICS/Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year, and the Pac-10 Player of the Year.
The Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, Jeremy Guthrie was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft. He finished his junior season at Stanford University with a 12-1 record, 2.34 ERA, and 125 strikeouts. His performance in the postseason earned him a 2002 NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team selection and the Regional's Most Outstanding Player. Guthrie was also named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American Team.
High School Athletes of the Year
Rated as one of the top goalkeepers in the Bay Area, Adrienne Herbst led Santa Teresa High School to the CCS Championship. Her efforts earned her the CCS MVP, as well as a CCS first-team selection. Named Soccer Player of the Year by the San Jose Mercury News, Herbst's outstanding achievements also extend off the soccer field. She was named Valedictorian of Santa Teresa with a 4.0 GPA. Herbst will attend University of Pacific on a soccer scholarship in the fall.
Trent Edwards was a two-sport athlete at Los Gatos High, excelling at both football and basketball. His skills earned him first-team all-league selections in both sports. As the team's quarterback, Edwards led Los Gatos High School to the CCS Division II Title, and was named the CCS Football Player of the Year. He finished with a career passing percentage of .741 and will attend Stanford University on a football scholarship in the fall.
Special Olympian of the Year
Lindsay Mibach, a senior at Lynbrook High School, is the 2002 Special Olympian of the Year. Mibach has been a Special Olympics participant for 12 years. A talented all-around athlete, Mibach has won gold medals at regional softball and golf competitions and silver medals for floor hockey, basketball, and bowling. A member of the student council at Lynbrook, she was selected as the Outstanding Student of the Year for the 2000-2001 school year and earned a place on the honor roll every quarter of that year.