Antioch’s elite individuals who made it all the way to the Pros

Emily Allard


Emily Allard represented Deer Valley High softball well in 2009 when becoming the Wolverine’s first Under Armour All-American and First-Team All-State pitcher, and again in 2014, when drafted by the National Fastpitch (NFP) Chicago Bandits. Read More “Emily Allard”

Frank Beede


Frank Beede III graduated from Antioch High School in 1991 where he lettered in three sports: football, wrestling and track. He became the BVAL heavyweight wrestling champion in his senior year. Frank pursued football in college, playing on the offensive line as a guard for three seasons at U.C. Berkeley. He started in the 1993 Alamo Bowl and earned honorable mention for the All-Pac 10 Conference in 1994. Frank transferred his senior year to Oklahoma Panhandle State University where he was named to the NAIA All-America second team and All-Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference first team. Read More “Frank Beede”

Mark Butterfield


This Antioch High grad’s football career stretched from Stanford to Scotland and back to Antioch. Born in 1973, Mark learned his skills early as a player in Antioch Youth Football and later played football, basketball and baseball at Antioch High. The 6’4”, 215-lb. phenomenon was named an All-America pick after being ranked 7th best high school quarterback in the nation, grabbing the attention – and a scholarship – from prestigious Stanford University. As part of the Cardinal, Mark connected on 194 of his college career 333 passes. Read More “Mark Butterfield”

Isaiah Dunn


Isaiah Dunn made his mark in the Antioch High School Football Program by being promoted to the varsity football team during his first year of high school his freshmen year. During his four seasons playing for the Panthers, he became the He became the #1 defensive back assigned to cover the opponents #1 wide receivers. As the shutdown defensive back, he led the Panthers Defensive Secondary to the 2015 Bay Valley Athletic League Championship, North Coast Section 1A Semi-Final Championship Game in 2015 and North Coast Section 1A Championship Game in 2016. He was selected 1st Team All Bay Valley Athletic League Defensive Back his junior year and senior year. Read More “Isaiah Dunn”

Rich Hall

NFL Umpire

Rich’s path toward a football career began as a standout player at Antioch High School and at the University of Arizona, eventually leading up to his current position as an National Football League game official. The 1972 AHS graduate has worked for the NFL since 2004 as an umpire (#49), earning the privilege of working his first playoff game by his second year – the Wild Card game in 2006 between the Carolina Panthers vs. New York Giants. He was chosen in 2007 to work the NFC Championship (New Orleans at Chicago) and in the 2009 wildcard game (Philadelphia at Minnesota), as well as the wildcard game in 2011 (Pittsburgh vs. Denver). Read More “Rich Hall”

Najee Harris


His first carry from scrimmage as a sophomore at Antioch High School went for 80 yards and a touchdown, setting in motion the remarkable football career of Najee Harris. He went on to score three more touchdowns that day versus Acalanes and finished with 279 yards rushing.  From that point on, the 6-foot-2, then 210-pound running back became the prep player to watch in the Bay Area before a storied college career at the University of Alabama and record-breaking start with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read More “Najee Harris”

Taiwan Jones


The 2007 Deer Valley High School graduate was the Contra Costa Times Player of the Year and selected by the San Francisco Chronicle for its First Team All-Metro honor. The two-way starter set a Wolverine single season record of 19 touchdowns and rushed for 1,466 yards, averaging 9.3 yards per carry. He had 37 tackles and led the Wolverines to a 10-0 regular season record and the Antioch school’s first Bay Valley Athletic League title since it first fielded a varsity football team in 1997. Read More “Taiwan Jones”

Mike Lucky


Mike Lucky’s performance as a high school senior in 1993 was so spectacular that he was recruited by every college in the Pac 10, but picked the league champions – the University of Arizona. While at Antioch High, Mike’s varsity career included 53 catches for 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a senior, the tight end was named First Team All-State and earned a spot on the All-America team, the 18th best prospect in California prep sports. Mike made his mark with the Arizona Wildcats, finishing his college career with 46 receptions for over 500 yards and four touchdowns. Read More “Mike Lucky”

Gino Marchetti


Gino is arguably the most successful professional athlete to call Antioch High School his alma mater. He played varsity football for the Panthers under Coach Jack Danilovich between 1941-1943. Gino graduated in 1944, at the height of WWII. Following service in the U.S. Army, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Gino was on the 1947 Antioch Hornets semi-pro team prior to playing at Modesto Junior College and then the University of San Francisco from 1949-1952. During 1951, the Dons were undefeated. He began his illustrious pro career with the 1952 New York Yanks, which became the Dallas Texans, and eventually moved to Baltimore to become the Colts in 1953. Read More “Gino Marchetti”

Aaron Miles


Aaron was the smallest 12-year-old on the Northern California Championship Little League Team in 1989, but grew up to be the most successful baseball player in Antioch history as second baseman for the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals in 2006, one of the five teams he played for in more than eight major league seasons. His journey began with playing for the Antioch Fireballs under the tutelage of veteran Little League coach Butch Felix. He played for the Dodgers in the Babe Ruth League, a premonition of three decades later when he would play for the “real” Dodgers in Los Angeles. He was a key factor of Antioch High’s North Coast Championship wins in 1994 and 1995. Read More “Aaron Miles”