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The Sonora High School Wildcat Hall of Fame will induct 12 new members Saturday, Nov. 4 during a banquet at the Elks Lodge in Sonora.
The class includes Becky Fray Aguilar, class of 1984, Cam Fray, class of 1967, Dennis Jackson, Class of 1959, Don Moore, class of 1961, Howard “Socky” Keefe, class of 1950, Jessica Peterson McCormack, class of 2003, Jodi Gardella Richey, class of 1986, John Wagner, class of 1978, Lexi Kopf Scoles, class of 2008, Mark McCollough, class of 1979 and coach Lloyd Gaspar.
This year’s event begins at 5 p.m. with a no host bar. Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony takes place at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $40 for adults, and $20 for children 12 and under. Reservations must be made by Oct. 20 with a check. Checks should be made out to Sonora High School Foundation and mailed to: Hall Of Fame Committee, 18440 Lambert Lake Road, Sonora, CA., 95370. For more information, call Rick Francis (209) 533-0364.
Howard “Socky” Keefe, class of 1950
Socky lettered in five sports which included football, basketball, baseball, swimming and track. Although a good athlete in all sports played, he excelled in the sport of baseball. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in their farm division before being drafted to serve in the Korean War. He received the Fred Rowe Award as the Outstanding Male Athlete of his class. After returning from Korea Socky played in local baseball and softball fast pitch teams such as the Outlaws, Coca-Cola Cubs and Westside.
Dennis Jackson, class of 1959
Dennis was an outstanding athlete in the sports of football, wrestling and track. He was an outstanding running back next to his running mate Dale Clifton. During his senior season the Wildcats football team won the league championship. He was selected to play in the Elks North-South All Star game. Dennis had a great deal of success in track. He was a record holder in the 180 yard low hurdles and qualified for the state meet in the 440 yard dash. After high school Dennis played two years of football and ran track for the Monterey Junior College. He then played at the University of Oregon and San Francisco State University.
Don Moore, class of 1961
Don was an outstanding athlete lettering in the sports of tennis, football, and basketball. In his junior year he was selected to the 2nd team all-central Cal football team and 1st team VOL as a receiver. In basketball Don was selected 1st team VOL and was the leading scorer in league play. He went on to play basketball at Modesto Junior College and at the University of California, Davis. At MJC he was all conference 2 years and at UC Davis made the All Far West Conference Honorable Mention team. After college Don was in the Air Force 4 1/2 years before returning home to become a teacher and coach at both Soulsbyville and Twain Harte Schools and Principal at both Twain Harte and Tenaya Schools. He was in education for 33 years.
Cam Fray, class of 1967/Coach
Cam was an outstanding football and baseball player during his Wildcat years. In football he was the 1966 Mountain Valley Conference Defensive Lineman of the year and made the All Inland Empire Honorable Mention team. He was a two year starting catcher in baseball where he lead the team in batting with a 326 average.
In 1971 Cam stared his coaching career at Sonora High which lasted for 20 years. During that time he coached the sports of football, girl’s basketball and baseball. He coached or was part of the coaching staff that won 6 VOL titles.
Jon Wagner, class of 1978
Jon participated in the sports of football and wrestling. He was All VOL 1 st team in football, team captain, and made the Lions All Star football team. His wrestling career was truly outstanding. He had a combined record of 115-15 in dual meets, Section tournaments, individual tournaments and freestyle tournaments. He was the VOL Champion for his weight class and was invited to the USA Olympic Training Camp in 1978. Jon received the Fred Rowe Outstanding Male Athlete for his class. After high school Jon wrestled for Arizona Western College where he was an Academic All American.
Mark McCollough, class of 1979
Mark was a two year varsity letterman in the sports of football and baseball. Although Mark was an outstanding baseball player it was football where he truly excelled. Many would agree that Mark was one of the finest running backs to ever wear the green and gold. What he accomplished his senior year may never be seen again. In one game he ran for 276 yards and ran for over 1600 yards his senior year. He was the leading rusher in the state of California in 1979. During his senior season he was selected the VOL Most Valuable Offensive Player and was also selected to the All Northern California Team. Mark went on the play at Butte College.
Becky Fray Aguilar, class of 1984
Becky was a three sport athlete participating in volleyball, basketball and softball. Her success in all three sports was amazing. In volleyball: 1 st team VOL junior and senior years, Team Captain. In basketball: 1 st team VOL junior and senior years, MVP Sonora Kiwanis Basketball Tournament. In softball: 4 year varsity starter, freshmen, sophomore, junior years, VOL Honorable Mention, senior year 1 st team VOL. 2 nd Runner Up for the the Union Democrat Athlete of the Year, 1983. Becky received the Elks Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year for her class. In 1984 Becky was one of 8 students to receive the Kiwanis Student of the Year awards. Becky is now an educator at a middle school in Nipomo California.
Jodi Gardella Richey, class of 1986
Jodi was a three sport athlete participating in the sports of volleyball, basketball, and softball. Another truly outstanding athlete. In volleyball: All league player leading her team to the VOL Title, Team Captain. In basketball: All league player leading her team to two VOL titles and one Section Championship, Team Captain. In Softball: All league and Team Captain. To quote her volleyball coach, Barbara Smith, “she was the real deal” Jodi went on the play college basketball and become a physical education teacher.
Lloyd Gaspar, Coach/Honoree
Lloyd was a teacher, coach and administrator for 19 years. He coached boys and girls tennis for 12 years winning 4 VOL championships and also coached JV baseball. He was the Athletic Director for 6 years being name the California State Athletic Director’s AD of the Year for his contributions to athletics for the Sac-Joaquin Section in 1981. He was the co-founder for the annual Sonora High Girls Basketball tournament which is still one of the longest running tournaments in the state. Lloyd officiated high school basketball for 37 years and has been a volleyball official for 22 years which he continues to do.
Jessica Peterson McCormack, class of 2003
Jessica was a 3 sport athlete participating in volleyball, basketball and track & Field. Volleyball: Selected 1 st team All VOL 3 times. As a sophomore set the all time block record with 105. As a junior she was named the VOL MVP and made the Modesto Bee All District team. In her senior year she was named the VOL Most Valuable Hitter and again named to the All Area team. Basketball: She was a 4 year varsity letter winner making 2 nd team her freshmen year and 1 st team her sophomore, and junior years and was named MVP of the VOL her senior year. Jessica shared the Elks Outstanding Female Athlete award for the class of 2003 along with being named the CIF Women of the Year. She received a full scholarship to play volleyball for Fresno State University.
She now teaches in St. Helena
Gary Smith, Coach
Gary was the Head Varsity Football Coach for 13 years with a record of 79-59-1. His teams won 5 VOL titles and one Section title (1995). He was the Varsity Girls Basketball Coach for 23 years and recorded the most wins in Sonora High School history with 497. His teams won 14 VOL Championships and 2 Section Championships, (1986 and 1988) Gary also coach gymnastics when it was a sport in the VOL. After retiring from Sonora High, Gary continued coaching football and girls basketball in the valley.
Lexi Kopf Scoles, class of 2008
Lexi participated in the sports of girls soccer, girls water polo (2 years) and girls golf (2 years). It was in the sport of soccer where she excelled. She was a 4 year varsity starter making VOL All League each season topping it off by being named the VOL MVP her senior year. She has the record for most goals in her career (128) and a record 36 goals her senior year. The teams she played on won 3 Section Championships in a row. Lexi was a 2 time CIF 1st team award winner and was a 3 time All District award winner. During her high school years she gratuated with a 4.5 GPA. Lexi receive a Division 1 scholarship to UC Irvine. In 2011 she was named to the All Big West 1 st team and in 2012 was named the Big West Scholar Athlete of the Year. Lexi is now studying to become a doctor.