Eight new members of the Hartnell College Athletic Hall of Fame were inducted over the weekend and honored at halftime in the football team’s 73rd meeting with Monterey Peninsula College for the Presidents Cup.
Headlining the list was former football and track star Tom Peterson, who played for the Panthers in 1979-80, and is still among the best discus throwers in the history of the program.
Janna Hawthrone had two stints at Hartnell, playing basketball and tennis in 1981-82, returning 10 years later as a mother of two to lead the basketball team in points and rebounds in 1992.
Luis Granado was enshrined for his efforts as a cross country and track and field player between 1994 and 1996, while Israel Cisneros joined an elite roster of football players, having played between 2005 and 2007.
Mike Weingard, who was a linebacker and All-American on the Panthers’ 1980 state title team and later played at Illinois, was also enshrined.
Frank Geller entered the Panthers Hall of Fame as a baseball and football coach, while Don Basotti and Joe Nemeth were also enshrined for their services as volunteers for numerous sports at Hartnell over the past four decades .
Hankin inducted into the Hall of Fame
Former Gonzales High wrestling coach Frank Hankin has been inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for his lifetime service to the sport.
During his tenure as Spartans coach, Hankin’s teams compiled a 112-5-2 record, with five Mission Trail Athletic League tag team titles.
Hankin also coached a season at Hartnell College, started a youth wrestling club, and refereed high school wrestling after his coaching days.
A former high school football, gymnastics, track and field and wrestling player in Yuma, Arizona, Hankin was a three-time WAC champion at 177 pounds at the University of Utah and earned All-American honors in 1958.
A volunteer counselor at Soledad State Prison, who spent 30 years as a teacher and counselor, Hankin was an alternate for the 1964 United States Olympic team in Freestyle and Greco.
Monterey’s Myers helps travel team move forward
Moonlit as a fall water polo player, softball pitcher Ella Myers pitched the 16-under California Storm Cougoule/Merillana team for a spot in the Alliance Nationals next summer.
The Monterey High sophomore pitcher posted a 0.70 ERA in two outings at the Strikeout Cancer Alliance Qualifier in Stockton.
In 10 innings of work, the right-hander struck out 13. Opponents hit .029 against Myers, who allowed one hit.
Last spring, Myers led Monterey to its first Central Coast Section Division II title and a Northern California Division IV championship, leading all freshmen in the state with 12 circuits.
Myers is a three-sport star in Monterey, playing water polo in the fall, while wrestling in the winter, where she reached the CCS final last year.
Mendez contributes to Puget Sound
Former Gonzales multisport star Gabe Mendez got his first extended playing time for Puget Sound, catching three passes for 26 yards last week.
The 6-foot, 170-pound true freshman appeared in two games for Puget Sound, which is still looking for its first win this fall.
Last year, Mendez caught 39 passes for nearly 700 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Spartans in scoring. He also intercepted four passes, a team record.
Mendez was an all-league player last year in baseball’s Cypress Division and a member of the Santa Lucia Division’s all-league basketball team.
Pulealii finds role at UCLA
Redshirt freshman Noah Pulealii is a backup offensive lineman for UCLA this season.
Redshirted last year, the 6-foot-3, 310-pound guard/tackle played on special teams this fall for the Bruins, who lost their season opener last weekend.
A three-year starter at Palma, the Marina native was one of the county’s most recruited players.
Pulealii is one of two County players to play college football in the Pac 12, joining Oregon State freshman tight end and Carmel product JT Byrne.