MIAMI — The Miami Sports Hall of Fame announces that the third induction ceremony will take place this Saturday, October 17th at Miami High School at 1 p.m. The ceremony will be in the auditorium of Miami High School and the public is invited to attend.
Three coaches will be honored at the event. Mr. Harry Wilhite who coached 5 state championship teams in tennis will be represented by his daughters. Mr. Jose Sanchez who coached 3 state tennis championship teams, and is a graduate of Miami High School, will be in attendance. Coach Bud Doolan who coached from 1930 to 1935 when there was only one class of athletics will be represented by his son, Buddy Doolan, a former coach at Westwood High in Mesa.
The tennis teams from 1973 to 1982 all state champions coached by Cherry Roberds will be inducted onto the Wall of Champions. This was a span of 10 years when the girls’ tennis teams ruled the Arizona high school tennis competitions. Several of them won singles and doubles competitions, and they will also be honored.
Members of the 1971 state basketball championship team are being honored. Ed Acevedo, Gary Stiles, Bob Foley, J.C. Brooks, and several other team mates will be in attendance. This was the first championship team coached by Dick Vargas who coached three championship teams.
The 1972 state football champions that beat Eloy 22 to 21 will be inducted as a team. Two of the team’s all-staters who will be in attendance are George Padilla and Lorenzo Baeza. They and several other teammates to include Leonard Lopez, Vince Perez, Dan Osteros, and Dale Dalle Nogare have indicated they will be there. Assistant Coach Jerry Goetz is also expected to attend.
There will be several athletic families recognized at this induction ceremony. The Trujillo girls, Rosemary, Deanna and Cristie who excelled in tennis and volleyball will be in attendance. Three of the Jonovich boys to include John, Wayne and Peter will be on stage during the ceremonies. Debbie and Patricia Galvan will be there to be recognized. Two Dorame girls, Rosie and Liz who were tennis champions will be in attendance. The Alvarado family will include Andy for basketball and Angela for tennis.
The badminton doubles champions of 1974 composed of Sheryl Martinez and Vivian Saenz will be honored as they also led the team to a state championship. We also have a 1948 badminton doubles championship team of Billie Mauzy Perino and Cheryl Long representing Johnnie McLendon scheduled for induction on the Wall of Champions.
The 1984 1600 yard relay team that won the state championship will be represented by Mike Madison and Larry Lopez. Their time of 3:28.88 minutes still stands as a Vandal track record.
Jeff Hernandez who set a state record by kicking a 54 yard field goal will be honored and represented by his wife, Helen Hernandez.
There are several other individual all-state athletes scheduled to be in attendance. In football honorees include Chuy Elicio, Larry Alonzo, Tom Irish and Peter Jonovich. In basketball honorees include Frank Medina, George Hernandez and Andy Alvarado.
Ed Long, Chairman of the Miami Sports Hall of Fame stated : “A great program to honor the legacy of athletics at Miami High School is open to the public. The time the program starts is 1 p.m. The place is the auditorium at Miami High School. The date is Saturday, October 17th, 2009. The public is invited to attend as we honor the greats of Vandal athletics.”