Jessica Daley became a Cross Country runner during her sophomore year at Deer Valley High School to help her get in shape for soccer season. Little did she know it would lead to an outstanding high school and collegiate running career. During Jessica’s senior year at Deer Valley she was the individual BVAL champion and helped lead the team to a second place BVAL finish and North Coast Section. She was 1st team All-Northern California, finishing 3rd with a time of 18:51 for the 3-mile race and qualifying for the CIF State meet. She was also recognized as the Deer Valley High School “Outstanding 2003 Multi-Sport Female Athlete”, having played four years of soccer, and run two years of track. Among her fondest DVHS memories are the friendships she had with her teammates. “The lessons learned” she says, “in reflection were awesome.”
Jessica continued her Cross Country career in the “Big West Conference” at the University of Pacific, where she earned three varsity letters before graduating early with a BA degree in Business. Jessica strove for a “Runners High” where she felt like she was floating on the air during her races. During her first two seasons, she broke the UOP 5K record and was their top runner, finishing first for the team in all 7 invitationals they attended. She was UOP’s Most Valuable Runner as a Sophomore.
Following her time at UOP, Jessica attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she earned her MFA degree in Interior Architecture & Design. Living in Irvine, she is currently working for Toll Brothers as the assistant design studio manager for Southern California. Jessica (Daley) Teeter is married to Tim, has a son (Nyte), daughter (Daley), a cat (Kitty), and dog (Daisy).
As a sophomore Clinton Hayes burst onto the scene for the Wolverine Track Team in his specialty the 800 meters. Hayes won the Bay Valley Athletic League Championship with a victory in the 800. Next was a second-place finish at the North Coast Section Divisional Meet which qualified him the NCS Meet of Champions.
Hayes’ junior year started with a stellar Cross-Country season, capping off the season by finishing 5th individually at the BVAL Meet, good enough to garner 1st team honors. He followed with a spectacular junior campaign on the track with league championships in both the 800 and 1600 meters. Clinton went on to win the NCS Divisionals in the 800 and followed that up by winning the NCS Meet of Champions 800 earning him his first trip to the California State Meet.
His Senior year was epic, starting with a second consecutive 1st team All-BVAL in Cross-Country, followed by a 1st team All-NCS selection that qualified him for the California State Cross-Country Meet. That heralded senior cross-country season was only a precursor for Hayes’ achievements to come on the Track. At the BVAL Meet Clinton notched his fourth and fifth league titles by winning both the 800 and 1600, earning him BVAL Track Athlete of the Year honors and CC Times top 50 Male Athletes. He followed by defending his title in the 800 at both the NCS Divisional and the Meet of Champions. The latter qualified him for his third state meet (2 in track, 1 in Cross Country) where Hayes ran a fabulous race in the state finals to finish 8th in a time of 1:54.05.
Hayes followed his brilliant prep career with a sterling college career at Chico State University. His blistering 1:51:51 still stands as the 4th best 800 Meters in school history.
Robyn Hunte began her outstanding track and field journey as a freshman. Over the next 4 years under the tutelage of Coach Bernard Stephens, Robyn would become an integral part of the Deer Valley girls sprint team, running the 100 and 200 meters along with the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays for the Wolverines.
League meet success began early for Robyn when she won the Bay Valley Athletic League 100 meter title and placed 2nd in the 200 as a 9th grader. As a senior she would repeat that 100 meter championship, running a season best 12. 32 seconds. Over her career she and her relay teammates would qualify for the State Track and Field Championships 4 times, 3 times in the 4×400 relay and once in the 4×100 meter relay.
At the North Coast Section qualifying meet, Robyn would finish 2nd in the 200 her freshman year and would win the 100 and finish 2nd in the 200 both her junior and senior seasons.
As a senior Robyn’s versatility would be recognized by being named Bay Valley Athletic League Most Valuable Track Athlete. That year she was also honored by her coaches as Deer Valley High School track and field Co-Captain.
After high school Robyn attended Laney College where she was named Freshman of the Year after winning the California State Community College long jump title and finishing 6th in the 100 meters.
Robyn finished her college running career as a Golden Bear with the University of California, Berkeley track and field team. Her personal records are 11.91 for 100 meters, 24.8 for 200 meters and 19’4” in the Long Jump.
She finished her education at Oklahoma City University where she received her post graduate nursing degree. She exemplifies the term of what it means to be a “Student Athlete”.
In the storied history of Antioch Panther football, only two players have rushed for over 1000 yards in multiple seasons. Joe Madrigal became the first member of that club in the 1980-81 seasons, followed by Najee Harris over 30 years later. The bruising back ran for 1018 yards in his junior year and followed that up with 1085 yards as a senior. He rushed for 23 rushing touchdowns combined over those two seasons. Madrigal’s signature game came in a last minute 18-17 victory over Mt. Diablo where he carried the ball 38 times for 308 yards. Madrigal electrified the crowd that night on the 12-play, 95-yard game-winning drive where he covered the bulk of that yardage with 9 bone-crushing carries. At that time, the 308-yard effort broke the AHS single game record.
His accomplishments were widely recognized as he was twice named first team All-DVAL at running back, and second team all East Bay as a senior. He also earning the respect of his teammates as they chose him as the back-to-back winner of Ron Pritchard ‘Best Back’ award, and as the team’s most valuable player in his senior year. Madrigal concluded his high school playing career by being selected for the Contra Costa – Alameda Country All-Star game, where he played both fullback and linebacker.
After his stellar career at AHS, Madrigal played two seasons at Los Medanos Community College. Here, his hard-nosed running style was a staple of the Mustang offense. As a freshman, Madrigal was his teammate’s choice as Co-Outstanding Offensive player. A serious ankle injury slowed Madrigal in his sophomore year, eventually ending his gridiron career.
Gloria Martin graduated from Antioch High School in 1955 and embarked on a lifetime passion of “living to give”. A lifetime resident of Antioch, Gloria married Jim Martin and raised two children, Jim, Jr. and Marlane all while founding and building Merit USA into a strong international presence over a period of 30+ years.
Since the inception of Antioch Sports Legends Gloria has been an enormous force behind ASL serving on the Executive Board and Chairing the Induction Gala for the first 10 years of the program. Her long list of community service, volunteering and generous financial support has aided numerous community organizations including the Antioch Education Foundation, the Leo Fontana Foundation, Antioch Historical Society, Antioch Senior Center, Police Activities League, Boys and Girls Club of East County, Elderly Wish Foundation and the REACH Program to mention just a few.
Gloria has been an active member of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, Antioch Rotary Club, Holy Rosary Church, Pittsburg Elks Club, Sons of Italy and the Pittsburg Yacht Club among others over the years. She is a two time Antioch Rotarian of the Year including recognition for Lifetime Achievement and a two time recipient of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year and in 2012 received a special recognition for Lifetime Achievement from the Chamber.
Gloria has served on many boards over the years including the Antioch Sports Legends Executive Board, Umpqua Bank Advisory Board, Young Ladies Institute, Antioch Women’s Club and the Antioch Scholarship Committee. In 2016 Gloria received the very distinguished Woman of the Year from the State of California, District 11.
Gloria’s example of humility and service in an exemplary manner is greatly admired and respected by all who have had the opportunity of serving next to her.
Dominic Mutulo had an outstanding Senior year wrestling for Antioch High School. Entering the CIF tournament as an unseeded wrestler, Dominic surprised everyone with a 4th place finish in the 147 lb. weight class at the 2005 California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank area in Bakersfield. AHS Coach Dan Lovell was quoted as saying “I knew he had it in him. It was just a matter of when he was going to get hot.” “Mutulo surprises everyone at state” was the local newspaper headline following the CIF Tournament where he won 5 of 7 matches, 3 of which were pins.
Dominic started his high school wrestling career as a freshman. In his sophomore year he secured a spot on the varsity team and received a varsity block A letter. As a junior, Mutulo ended the season with 22 pins and finished second at the BVAL tournament.
Dominic’s senior year was not short of accomplishments. He took first at the Newark Ironman Tournament, first at the Lou Bronzan Tournament, second at Mission San Jose Tournament, fourth at the Las Vegas 100 which had multiple States competing. Mutulo finished first at the BVAL tournament, second at the NCS tournament, and completed his outstanding season with a fourth-place finish at the State Wrestling Championships. He had 37 pins as a senior which earned him the Antioch High School Ironman award.
Dominic and his team captured team titles for both the individual North Coast Section as well as the first ever NCS Class 2A East Bay Team Dual Wrestling Championships. Mutulo was named Antioch High School Male Athlete of the Year, BVAL Wrestler of the Year, and was selected as one of the Top 50 Male Prep Athletes of the Year by the Contra Costa Times.
Most all accomplished golfers start playing at a very young age. Sam Raines was no exception as he played in several Junior Golf Tournaments all over Northern California. As a 14 year old, he finished tied for first in the NorCal Jr Golf Association tournament played at the prestigious Round Hill Country Club. Another one of his many highlights was when he qualified to play in the 1987 United States Junior Amateur Championship played at Singletree Golf Club in Edwards, Colorado. Also while competing for the North in the annual Northern California Golf Association High School Invitational, Sam finished 6th behind first place finisher Scott Olds (ASL 2013 Inductee) and Phil Mickelson who finished third.
When Sam entered Antioch High School, it didn’t take long for the golf team know that they had a future “blue chip” player on their team. As a freshman in 1986, Sam placed 7th in the North Coast Section championships. He followed up his fantastic frosh season with an even more impressive sophomore performance. His 1987 Golf Team won both the NCS and the Northern California Championship. Individually, he tied for 2nd at the NCS. He was First Team All-League (10-11-12) and was team MVP his senior year. In 1989, the AHS golf team received the NCS CIF Distinguished Scholastic Achievement Award. The team achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.28 while actively participating in interscholastic athletics.
In Sam’s junior year in high school, he was offered a full scholarship to play golf for the United States Military Academy at West Point. He eventually decided to go to Junior College, and he attended San Joaquin Delta College where, in 1990, his team finished second among all of the State’s JC’S.
Currently, Sam lives near Yosemite National Park with his wife Jennifer and their three children.
As a Deer Valley High School freshman, Malinda Ripley wanted to do something more physical than play softball, like her friends so she did the most obvious thing and chose wrestling. Strange, since there was no girls’ high school wrestling program.
When she showed up for practice at 95 pounds soaking wet her coach Casey Rhyan was quoted as saying “She wanted to wrestle so I just gave her the workout and I didn’t expect that she would keep showing up”. Showing up she did and that perseverance, competing against boys would help her achieve results that she never dreamed of. Malinda credits Coach Rhyan with teaching her discipline, focus and commitment to her craft.
All of the hard work would start paying off her sophomore year in the unofficial State championships in Vallejo where she would finally compete against other girls and win her first State Title. That year she would also become USA Wrestling’s FILA Cadet Champion at 110 pounds.
As a junior she won her 2nd State title and also receive 2nd Team All-American honors by The Mat.com
As a senior she won her 3rd State Title and the USA Wrestling Junior National Title at 110#. She was also recognized by the CIF as a California National Champion.
After graduation Malinda would go on to win the 2003 and 2004 U.S. Senior National Freestyle titles at 121# and in 2004 she qualified for the Olympic Team Trials.
Today, Malinda is the Head Women’s Wrestling Coach at Albany High School and for the last 10 years she has been the Director/Coach/Team Leader for California USA Wrestling. Her California teams have captured 28 National Team titles. Her continuing goal is to develop strong, motivated, disciplined and confident young women through the sport of wrestling.
Everett Savoy began his Deer Valley High School track & field journey as a sophomore. That year he would become an integral part of the Deer Valley sprint core helping his team qualify for the State of California CIF Championships in the 4x100m relay beginning a 3 year streak in which he would qualify for the State Meet 5 times. Once in the 4×100 meter relay, twice in 4×400 meter relay and twice in the open 400 meters.
Everett would blossom his junior year where he became the BVAL champion in both the 200 and 400 meters and qualified 2nd in the 400m at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions earning him his first trip to the State Meet as an individual. He also ran a key leg on the NCS winning 4x100m relay team which advanced to the State Meet as well. His season ended by being named Deer Valley Most Valuable Track Performer.
As a senior Everett’s was voted Deer Valley track and field Team Captain and was the recipient of the schools “Big Stuff” award. His 4th place performance at the Meet of Champions would qualify him for his 2nd individual return to the State Meet in the 400 meters and his 2nd return in the 4x400m relay.
After graduation Everett attended San Francisco City College. As a freshman he and his teammates were conference champions and in his sophomore year they won the California State Community College Track And Field Championships.
Everett received a track scholarship from California State Northridge. He continued to run the 200, 400 and both relays for the Matadors and as a senior he finished 3rd in the Big West conference championships running a 400m PR of 47.42
Everett graduated with a double major in Kinesiology and Radiology and served in the military 3 years with the US Army.
Necolia Simmons arrived at Deer Valley High School as a junior. Over the next 2 years she would go on to become one of the best female basketball players in Deer Valley history. As a senior she was named to the Cal High Sports All-State 3rd team averaging 22.8 points and 10 rebounds per game. In her 2 year career Simmons scored 1,298 points and was named to the 1st team All-BVAL and 1st Team All-Bay Area as a junior and senior. After her senior season she was further honored by being named BVAL Girls Player of the Year.
Necolia led the Wolverines to the North Coast Section finals in 2004 and 2005, winning the NCS title her senior year. That resulted in 2 consecutive appearances for Deer Valley in the State Quarter-Final Basketball playoffs.
After graduation Necolia enrolled in San Joaquin Delta Community College where her basketball talents would continue to blossom. She led the Mustangs in scoring and rebounding both years averaging 16.2 points per game and 8 rebounds per game respectively. Simmons was 1st Team All-Conference in 2006 and 2007 and Conference MVP as a freshman. She was named California Community College Co-Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007. Necolia’s sophomore year culminated with the highest award possible when she was named 1st Team Junior College All-American, the only San Joaquin Delta woman basketball player to ever earn this honor.
Simmons received a scholarship to play for the USF Dons after her sophomore season. In 2008 she was 3rd in scoring and led the team in rebounding with 11.2 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game respectively. She was also named All-WCC Honorable Mention.
After college Necolia played professionally in Spain for 1 year for the Cod.Carmelitas scoring 317 points and averaging 12.2 points per game over a 26-game schedule.