Class of 2019
This rugged fullback authored one of the most outstanding football seasons in Antioch High history leading his team to an undefeated regular season and its only blemish was a loss in the North Coast Section Championship game. The 1977 AHS football team was inducted into the Antioch Sports Legends Hall of Fame in 2015. Led by Bill Douville the Panthers claimed another Diablo Valley Athletic League title along the way. Douville was known for his massive leg strength and powerful running style and capped his senior year by topping the 1,000 yard rushing mark, ending the season with 1,053 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns, leading the league in both categories. Bill earned first team All-DVAL honors to go along with being named first team All-East Bay and to the very prestigious All-Northern California team. The Oakland Tribune voted him the Player of the Year for the DVAL and the Concord Transcript presented him with the Back of the Year award for the area. Douville led an amazing backfield that also consisted of Sports Legends Inductees, Tony Lang (2011) and Mike Shaw (2012). Douville was honored by his teammates and coaches by being named the team’s Most Valuable Player. He also won the Ron Pritchard award as the most outstanding back and the Babe Mercado award as the MVP of the Pittsburg game. He was further honored by Pittsburg High being tabbed to their all-opponent team. He was named to and played in the Contra Costa-Alameda All-Star game after graduation. He went on to play one year at Los Medanos College and a year at St. Mary’s College. He also participated in wrestling and track and field during his prep career. Bill and his high school sweetheart Dee Anne have been married for 37 years and reside in Kingsburg. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.
To achieve the highest level of performance in any given endeavor requires a rare combination of talent, passion, dedication, intelligence and commitment. Few individuals are able to reach a level of performance where they are considered the best of their peers. For Alexis Edwards, being the best was a way of life as she possesses all of these characteristics and as a result has exceled at virtually everything she has attempted. This talented multi-sport athlete not only has excelled in Softball and Golf, but was also an outstanding student and musician playing clarinet, flute, violin and piano. Alexis achieved her highest recognition in Golf. In her senior year, 2003, she was recognized as the All Area Most Valuable Player, Bay Valley Athletic League Most Valuable Player and was named 2002 Player of the Year for Girls Golf by the Contra Costa Times. She won Medalist honors at Bay Valley Athletic League Championship Tournament, finished 2nd in Northern California Golf Association/California Interscholastic Federation Championship at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico with a score of 74 and was named as one of the Top 100 athletes in 2002 by the Contra Costa Times. In addition, Alexis won Medalist Honors at the Tracy Invitational Golf Tournament, the Deer Valley Invitational Golf Tournament and earned a full ride scholarship to Brigham Young University. In each of her 4 years in high school Alexis was named to 1st Team All-BVAL and was voted MVP for the Deer Valley Golf Team. Alexis qualified for North Coast Section Championship Tournament for 3 years and placed 4th her junior and senior years. Her senior year she placed 2nd at the Northern California Regional Championship Tournament. At Brigham Young University, Alexis was a 4 year starter and was named an Academic All American in 2004. She finished with the highest team scoring average her sophomore year and was ranked in the top 3 for the BYU Golf team her freshman and junior years.
Tim Foote definitely started his high school career off on the right “foot”. In 1985, his sophomore year at Antioch High School, he led the JV team with a .518 batting average. In Tim’s junior year at AHS, he led the Bay Valley Athletic League in hitting with a .489 batting average. His average still ranks as the 8th best all time for an AHS or Deer Valley High School player. He was rewarded by being named 1st Team All-BVAL and 2nd Team All-East Bay. Tim pounded pitchers with a .755 slugging average and a .574 on base average. In Tim’s senior year he quieted down somewhat with a .357 batting average and was once again named 1st Team All-BVAL. He compiled these lofty batting averages while playing outstanding defense. Tim’s baseball career really began to soar at Diablo Valley College in 1988 and 1989. In his freshman year at DVC, he was a unanimous selection as the 1st Team All-Golden Gate Conference shortstop. His .404 league batting average earned him a 2nd Team All- State selection. In his sophomore year, Tim had given himself a very tough act to follow. All the slick fielding shortstop did was hit .422 in league and .385 overall. His 77 base hits ranked second in the state. He was selected unanimous 1st Team All- Golden Gate Conference and 1st Team All-State. He was also named the GGC Player of the Year. His league batting average of .404 and .422 still holds as DVC’s all- time best. In 1990, Tim accepted a full baseball scholarship to Lewis and Clark College in Idaho, he played his junior year and batted .320 but sustained an injury that prevented him from finishing his senior season. In 2000, Tim was named to the DVC All Half-Century Baseball team and in 2008 he was inducted into the DVC Athletic Hall of Fame.
Track & Field
From 2000 thru 2016 Deer Valley Track Coach Bernard Stephens produced some amazing female sprinters including Chizoba Okodogbe and Briana Guillory both State meet 400 meter runner ups and multiple All-Americans at the University of Oregon and University of Iowa respectively. While these spectacular athletes readily come to mind Deer Valley’s Christina Harrison ranks up there with the very “best of the best” women sprinters ever produced. The school record holder in 100 meters at 11.96 and 2nd all-time in the 200 meters at 24.03 Christina burst on the scene as a sophomore winning the Bay Valley Athletic League Championship in both the 100 and 200 meters. As a junior Christina would, once again, repeat as the BVAL Champion in both the 100 & 200 meters but took it to a different level during the championship meets to follow. She won both the 100 and 200 at the North Coast Section III-A meet and followed that at the North Coast Meet of Champions by winning the 200 becoming the fastest Northern California female qualifier to the California State Track & Field Championships while also finishing 2nd in the 100 meters. At the State Meet Christina would qualify for the finals in both events and would finish 7th in the 100 and 8th in the 200 in Saturday’s finals both won by future United States Olympic Gold Medalist Allyson Felix. Her 11.96 100 meter time in the trials still stands today as the Deer Valley School record and as of 2013 ranked as an All-Contra Costa Times top area performance. In what should have been Christina’s premier season as a Senior, circumstances beyond her control did not allow her to complete her Track & Field journey but nevertheless her remarkable Junior year cemented her as one of the best sprinters ever to come out of the City of Antioch.
Mickey Lowery was a very gifted two sport athlete excelling on the baseball diamond and on the gridiron as a spectacular quarterback. It was on the football field where his legendary performances grew. At the time of his graduation Lowery was the most prolific passer in AHS history. In his junior year season of 1972 he became the first passer in school history to throw for more than 1,000 yards in a single season leading his team to a share of the Diablo Valley Athletic League title and a victory in the Turkey Bowl. His team ended the season ranked Number 3 in the East Bay. All that was just a prelude to his magical senior season where he again threw for over 1,000 yards and led his Panther team to a league championship and a ranking of fifth in the final East Bay poll. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and team captain. He also garnered the Ron Pritchard award as the team’s outstanding back. He was named first team All-DVAL, first team All-East Bay and to the All-Northern California team. His backfield mates included ASL Hall of Famers, Dan Sweeney (2009) and Carl Pantle (2012). He ended his marvelous career at AHS with school records of 2,617 yards passing and 23 touchdown passes. He received a full ride scholarship to the University of Arizona. In the spring of his senior year he starred as a pitcher and shortstop for the baseball team garnering first team All-DVAL honors to go along with second team All-East Bay recognition while being named team MVP. He was recognized as the Most Deserving Senior Male Athlete. Upon returning from Arizona he played two seasons of both football and baseball at Los Medanos College where he led his teams and was named to All-Conference teams in both sports and second team All-Northern California in baseball.
In a coaching career that spanned over four decades beginning in the mid-80’s at Antioch Junior High and that continues today with stops at Antioch High School and Deer Valley High School, Coach Dennis Luquet has always been linked with Antioch sports, success, and athletic excellence. Upon Luquet’s retirement from coaching at DVHS in 2012, his teams had an amazing overall record of 269 wins and 123 losses. In the 15 years under the guidance of Luquet the Wolverine baseball team advanced to the North Coast Section playoffs 14 times. In this tenure the Wolverines never had a losing season. In 1998 he was named Contra Costa Times Baseball Coach of the Year. In 2003 Coach Luquet led the Wolverines to the North Coast Section Championship with a 24-8-1 record. In addition to the North Coast Section title, the Deer Valley baseball squad also won the Bay Valley Athletic League Championship five times. Coach Luquet had 13 players drafted by Major League Baseball and an additional 19 players earned college scholarships. Daniel Denham, Hall of Fame class of 2017, coached by Luquet, was a first round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the Major League Baseball Draft. He also coached ASL Hall of Famers Keisha Johnson (2015), Stephanie Andrews (2016) and Kris Gravelle (2017) to mention a few. During his long career as a teacher and coach for the Antioch Unified School District Luquet served as Athletic Director at Antioch Junior High, coached varsity volleyball and tennis at Antioch High as well as softball and basketball at Antioch Junior High. Coach Luquet has continued his career at Diablo Valley College initially as head baseball coach, he then moved over to head softball coach and currently has resumed the duties of head baseball coach at DVC.
Jeff Lyon’s golf career at AHS started by being named the team’s Most Improved Golfer his sophomore year as the Panther linksters rode to an undefeated Bay Valley Athletic League record and championship. As a junior, Jeff took second place at the league tournament, and he along with Antioch Sports Legends Hall of Famer, Scott Olds (2013) led the Panthers to the title at the North Coast Section and Northern California Championships. He was named first team All-BVAL. He again took second at league his senior year, where he again earned All-BVAL honors and was named his team’s MVP. He qualified for the Northern California Championships where he finished a very stellar third place that vaulted him into the State Tournament in which he competed. After graduation Jeff golfed at San Joaquin Delta College for one season and was named team Most Valuable Golfer while leading his team to a conference championship while winning the conference tournament individually by an amazing nine strokes, thus earning Lyons first team All-Camino Norte Conference honors and being named the conference’s Most Valuable Player. Lyons then enrolled at the University of Oregon where he would stake his name into the annals of Duck golfing history becoming a three-year letterman. Jeff led his Duck teammates his junior and senior seasons with the lowest stroke average on the team both years. In 1992, Jeff’s junior season, he was named first team All-Pac 10 Conference and Honorable Mention-All American, becoming only the 14th University of Oregon student athlete in golf to earn such honors. He followed that up with another stellar campaign his senior season being named to the second team All-Pac 10 Conference. During his Division I collegiate career Lyons won both the Duck Invitational and the Southwestern Intercollegiate Invitational.
Ken “Kenny” Maghuyop started his wrestling career at Antioch High when he was in the 8th grade practicing with the varsity 98 lb. wrestler. He continued with a JV league championship as a 9th grader. Upon enrollment at AHS he quickly burst on the scene by winning the championship at the San Ramon Tournament. He followed that up with a second place finish at the Diablo Valley Athletic League Championships. Maghuyop followed up with an outstanding campaign in 1981 as a junior where he won the very tough Vacaville Tournament and again advanced to the championship match of the Diablo Valley Athletic League Championships where he finished second. All that was a prelude to a fabulous senior season. Kenny pinned every DVAL wrestler in his weight class at least once on his way to a spectacular 29-3 season record. He was the tournament champion at both the Alhambra and Roseville Tournaments. Kenny again advanced to the championship match at the Diablo Valley Athletic League Championships, this time he walked away as a league champion. Maghuyop advanced to the North Coast Section Championships where he wrestled fabulously throughout the tournament and was crowned NCS Champion. He was the first Antioch High wrestler to win a NCS title since Pat Zech (ASL Hall of Famer, 2009) did so in 1974. Ken advanced to the California Interscholastic Federation State Meet where he performed well before being eliminated before the medal rounds. He teamed with fellow 1982 graduate and ASL Hall of Famer Shannon Felix (2017). Ken was named his team’s Most Valuable Wrestler in 1982 and ended his career with a superlative 88-13 record. Maghuyop lives in East County and has five children; Morgan, Kaitlin, Cody, Kennah and Kendall. He is currently the CEO of Brentwood-based Pacific World Marketing, LLC.
This year’s Community Leader inductee is a 1961 graduate of Antioch High. Tom grew up in Antioch playing most sports, but his greatest love was always baseball as a team member at Antioch High and Diablo Valley College. After receiving his A.A. degree from DVC, he earned his B.S in Recreation Management from Sacramento State in 1965. He would later earn his Master’s in Recreation Administration from San Francisco State. After graduating from Sacramento State Tom entered the U.S. Army serving in Monterey, CA and Stuttgart, Germany. Menasco was awarded the very prestigious Joint Services Commendation, Meritorious Special Services Award for Base Recreation Programs in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge Tom began his career as a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Yuma, Arizona from 1969-71. He couldn’t resist returning home when he was offered a position with the Antioch Recreation Department from Recreation Director and 2007 ASL Hall of Famer, Worth Shaw. That would begin a 28 year stay with the city that impacted so many youth and adults throughout the community recreation programs. He founded the Antioch Youth Football Program, the Los Medanos College Booster Club and the local chapter of the Elderly Wish Foundation to mention just a few. He served many community organizations as a board member including the Antioch Historical Society (16 years), Delta Memorial Hospital Foundation, Antioch Senior Citizens Club, Antioch Kids Club, the Salvation Army and Community Scholarship Board. He was named the Jaycee of the Year in 1972, the Citizen of the Year- “Most Impact” by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and again in 2015 – Lifetime Achievement along with many local, regional and state recreation awards. It was Tom’s vision in the mid-90’s for Antioch to have a Hall of Fame commemorating all the sports achievements and athletes that have come from the Paper City. In 2005 Menasco, combined with Leo Fontana, Jim Boccio Sr., Eddie Beaudin and the late Dave Sanderson to form the Antioch Sports Legends program under the Antioch Historical Society. In 2007 his dream came true with the first induction class. We are honored to have Tom now enter the place that he envisioned as an inductee of the Class of 2019.
Christine Perez is the 2nd fastest female cross country runner in Antioch High School History. As part of the fantastic duo, with 2018 Sports Legends Inductee, Janie Nolan, they would not only go on to re-write Antioch High School’s girls cross country records but would lead their 1999 team to a 3rd place finish in the Division II California State High School Championships, the highest placing of any girls team in Antioch History. Perez would go to earn 1st Team All- Bay Valley Athletic League honors and qualify for the State Meet 3 years in a row. She earned 1st Team All-Northern California Honors her sophomore, junior and senior years finishing as the 4th fastest individual each year. As a sophomore she was 1st Team All-League, 1st Team All-Northern California and was the 2nd Antioch High School finisher in the 1999 State Meet. As a junior she struggled with health problems during the season but still earned 1st Team All-BVAL and 1st Team All-Northern California honors in spite of coming down with strep throat 2 days before the North Coast Meet where she would finish in 4th place for the second straight year. She could not run at all the week before the State Meet but still managed to perform and place second for the team finishing only 5 seconds off her sophomore time. Christine’s senior year would include one more 1st Team All-Northern California award and her 3rd All-BVAL 1st Team honor. The only difference in the League Meet this year was that instead of finishing 2nd as she had her previous 2 years she would become the BVAL individual champion and would qualify for the California State meet for the 3rd time. After graduation Christine attended San Francisco State University where she ran cross country and track for 4 years. The highlight of her college career came in 2005 when she was named Most Valuable Runner for San Francisco State’s Women’s Cross Country Team.
Bill Pillon becomes the sixth member of the 1988 AHS Wrestling team that won the California Interscholastic Federation State Championship title to be enshrined in the Antioch Sports Legends Hall of Fame joining teammates Jason Verduzco (2011), Anthony Camacho (2013), Casey Rhyan (2014), Patrick Sweeney (2015) and Sean Ponce (2018) as inductees. Coach Steve Sanchez was inducted in 2007 and the team was inducted in 2010. Pillon was a three year varsity wrestler at the 98 pound division capping off his wonderful career with a stellar senior season where he posted an awesome record of 34-7 ending his career at AHS with a spectacular 65-18 record. Bill finished first at some to the top wrestling tournaments in the state his senior season of 1988, winning at San Marin, Overfelt, Bellarmine and taking third at the very prestigious Sierra Nevada Classic in Reno that featured wrestlers from all over the Western United States. He was crowned Champion at the Diablo Valley Athletic League Meet leading the Panthers to a team title and advanced to the North Coast Section Championships. At the North Coast Section Championships Pillon went undefeated into the finals where he took runner-up and again led his Panther teammates to a Section title. It was then on to the CIF State Meet where Bill led off the tournament at the 98 pound division and wound up with a stellar fifth place finish. Pillon amassed 13 team points that would contribute greatly to the Panthers total and putting them over the top in the team category bringing home the State Championship to Antioch. Pillon also enjoyed fabulous success in the classroom earning Academic Block “A”. He currently resides in Roseville and has three children; Alexandrea, Joy and Jordan.
All-Around Female Athlete
When Shane Felix became the first Antioch High School Girls Diablo Valley Athletic League Cross Country Champion in 1978 little did people realize that it would take 10 years for another girl to finish first in the DVAL Championship race. This year’s Female All-Around Athlete Inductee, Jennifer Sells, accomplished that feat her senior year as part of her outstanding high school Cross Country and Track distance running career which included her being named Cross Country MVP 3 years in a row. As a sophomore, the year before there was a State Cross Country Meet for girls, Jennifer was 1st Team NCS III-A and followed that up the following week with an incredible 2nd place finish in the North Coast Section Meet of Champions. Her 2nd place was the best NCS finish ever for an Antioch Cross Country girl runner allowing her to become only the second girl ever to finish in the top ten at the Meet of Champions to that time. As a junior, the last year of the original DVAL, Jennifer would earn 1st Team All-DVAL honors, 1st Team NCS III-A recognition and repeat as 1st Team All-North Coast Section by finishing 6th in the NCS Meet of Champions. That finish would earn Jennifer her first trip to the State CIF Cross Country Championships, the inaugural year of the meet. Her senior year was special as she led her Panther teammates to the BVAL Varsity Cross Country Team Title. She would go on to not only be 1st Team All-BVAL in Cross Country but would match that 1st place effort by winning the 1600 meters at the BVAL Track & Field Championships. In Cross Country she would win her third 1st Team All-NCS III-A honor. She followed that with her third All-North Coast Section 1st Team honor by finishing 6th at the Meet of Champions qualifying her for her second State Cross Country Meet making her, at that time, the first Antioch High School runner ever to qualify for 2 consecutive State Meets.
Getting hit by a truck would usually be a once in a lifetime experience. Unfortunately for opposing quarterbacks, it was a frequent occurrence! On the football field, Anthony Trucks was a force to be reckoned with on both offense and defense. In his senior year, the speedy and powerful Trucks earned 1st team All-BVAL and All-East Bay honors at Wide Receiver. A gifted athlete, Anthony also participated in Track for 3 years where he excelled in the Long Jump and Triple Jump. In 2002, he was ranked #10 in the CC Times “Cream of the Crop” and was the only Antioch High School athlete to be listed as one of the Top 100 athletes by the Times in their annual ranking in 2002. After high school, Trucks attended the University of Oregon on a scholarship where he excelled and led the Ducks defense his junior year in tackles with 55 and QB sacks with 6.5 sacks. During his senior year, he led the PAC-10 in tackles for loss (15.5 for 78 yds) and QB sacks (11) where he was ranked 8th nationally resulting in Trucks earning 2nd Team All-Pac 10 honors. Anthony’s performance has been also recognized in the Oregon record books where he is listed as 7th for QB sacks in a season and is tied with 49er first round draft pick DeForest Buckner for 10th in career sacks. After College, Trucks attended the NFL combine and spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he played in one pre-season game prior to sustaining a career ending injury. More recently he participated in the American Ninja Warrior competition in Los Angeles where he advanced to the city finals in 2017, 2018 & 2019.
All-Around Male Athlete
To be considered for nomination as a Sports Legends All-Around Male Athlete, minimally, one must compete in 3 varsity sports in the same year and must be 1st or 2nd Team All-BVAL or better in two of those 3 sports. In the days of sport specialization this is a very difficult standard to meet. This year’s All-Around Male Athlete Inductee, 2001 Antioch High School graduate, Daudi White, not only met the standard but exceeded it. He competed in football, basketball and track & field and was 1st team or better in all 3 sports a feat not equaled by any other of this year’s nominees. In football, Daudi was a 1st Team All-BVAL defensive back for the Panthers as a Senior and 2nd Team as a junior. For his efforts he was named to the Contra Costa Times All-CC Times 2nd team. In basketball he was 1st Team All-BVAL and was honored as the team’s Most Valuable Player In track & field he finished 2nd in the League Meet but went on to win the high jump at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions qualifying him for the CIF State Track & Field Championships in Sacramento. Daudi’s awards continued to roll in as he was honored by the Contra Costa Times as one of the Top 50 Male Athletes in the area and finished off his senior year in 2001 by being named Antioch High School’s Senior Athlete of the Year. Daudi’s college football career started at LMC where he played for 2 years before transferring to Missouri Rolla College where he played in 21 games over two seasons as a defensive back with the Miners scoring 2 touchdowns with 6 interceptions and 49 individual tackles. After college in 2010 and 2011 Daudi had the opportunity to play professionally in Alaska with the Fairbanks Grizzlies of the Indoor Football League. The Grizzlies hold the distinction of being the “northern most gridiron football team in history”.
Melissa Young started off her high school career with a bang, being named to the All-BVAL first team her sophomore year, and leading her team to an undefeated 14-0 league record and title. The versatile catcher and infielder would continue her prowess on the diamond improving each year. Young was named to the first team All-BVAL team in her junior season and adding a All-East Bay selection as well. Melissa would repeat those honors in her senior season in 1992, while leading her team to another league crown. Young was named Top Offensive Player and team Most Valuable Player. Melissa did not limit her success to the ball field as she excelled in the classroom as well, being named the Antioch High Scholar Athlete. Young parlayed her athletic and scholastic excellence into a scholarship to the University of Iowa. At Iowa, Young continued her mastery on the diamond as a versatile infielder starting in her freshman season. Melissa followed that up with another fine season her sophomore season when she was also named to the Academic All-Big Ten squad. She was the only player that started all 58 games that year finishing second on her team in batting average and third in slugging percentage while amassing a stellar fielding percentage of .974, committing only three errors the entire season. In 1995, she not only repeated her Scholar Athlete honors, but also led Iowa to the College World Series. Her dramatic home run pushed Iowa past Fresno State 1-0 in advancing. Iowa finished that season ranked third in the country. Melissa capped off her collegiate career with another trip to the College World Series. All in all Young was a four year starter for the Lady Hawkeyes and earned four varsity letters.
The 1999 Antioch High School Girls Cross Country Team was one for the ages. Coached by Sports Legends Hall of Fame nominee Mike Amorosa this group of talented young women set performance standards that have never been equaled. The Team consisted of 2018 Inductee Janie Nolan, this year’s Individual Female Inductee, Christine Perez along with Stefanie Nunez, Angela Flood, Katie Wallace, Jennifer Townsend and Laura Simoncini. The 1999 Team was the first cross country team to qualify for the State Cross Country Championships and on November 27, 1999 their 3rd place Division II performance made them the highest placing girls’ team ever in a State Championship event in any sport in Antioch High School history, a mark that stands to this day. In fact they are the 3rd highest placing team in any sport, male or female, a mark only bettered by the 1987-88 State Champion wrestling team and the #2 ranked 1994-95 baseball team both Sports Legends Team Inductees. They are only the second girls’ team to be inducted into the Sports Legends Hall of Fame following 2011 inductee the 1983-84 softball team. The State Meet performance was the culmination of a remarkable year of achievements. The team was a perfect 9-0 in League meets beating powerhouses Clayton Valley and Carondelet along the way. In addition they beat Carondelet by 10 points in the league meet to run away with the BVAL Title. They were the North Coast Section Champions beating runner-up San Ramon by 31 points. In winning the Section title they became the 1st team other than softball to win a Girls North Coast Section Title for Antioch High School. In addition to their league and NCS titles they won 6 of the elite Cross Country Invitationals they entered and finished 3rd in the prestigious Stanford Invitational. Four of their top 6 runners (Nolan, Perez, Nunez and Flood) were 1st Team All-BVAL recipients with (Wallace and Simoncini) being named to the 2nd Team.