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Oakmont to introduce 2018 athletic Hall of Fame class Friday

By: Nick Pecoraro
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ROSEVILLE– The Oakmont High Athletics Hall of Fame announced its 2018 induction class, which will be honored during halftime of the Sept. 14 home football game against Casa Roble.

The fourth annual HOF class includes nine athletes and one coach who will forever be remembered in Viking history.

Here’s a quick glance at the 10 inductees from the 2018 class:

John Lonzo (1970) was a two-time MVP in both baseball and football while helping the baseball and wrestling teams to league championships at Oakmont. He later played baseball and football at the University of San Francisco.

Stan Skidgel (1973) was a pillar of the Vikings’ offensive line as well as the ace of their pitching staff. During his senior year, Skidgel was 11-2 with a microscopic 0.17 Earned Run Average. He elevated the baseball team to SFL championship level before being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of Cal Poly.

David Bushnell (1977) was a standout basketball player, but he really excelled on the golf course, winning subsection medals in his sophomore and senior seasons and helping the Vikings win four league titles in his four years on the team. Championships didn’t stop for Bushnell after Oakmont as he led UC Davis to a Division II National Championship in 1979.

Cheryl Young (1977) never lost a race with the league championship on the line. Young set records in cross-country in the fall as well as mile- and 2-mile records during track season in the spring. She was a subsection champion in cross-country for both her junior and senior years.

Alan Thacker (1979) was a three-sport athlete, earning varsity letters in baseball, football and wrestling. During his senior year, Thacker became the first Oakmont wrestler to place at the state meet. He was a second-team All-SFL cornerback for the football team and a first-team center-fielder. To add to his versatility, he also threw a no-hitter as a freshman.

Amy Arwood (1981) was another three-sport athlete for Oakmont who was SFL basketball MVP her junior year as well as the MVP of the Optimist All-Star game. She led the girls volleyball team to an undefeated senior season and set records in the 440- and 880-meter runs on the track for the Vikings.

Brandon Coupe (1990) was nearly unstoppable on the tennis courts, losing just once in his four-year career at Oakmont. After winning three individual section titles, Coupe competed at San Jose State and is currently the associate head tennis coach at Stanford.

Nicki Mitchell (1991) won numerous awards for three different sports, including the best all-around player for both the volleyball and basketball team while also winning the SFL 100-meter hurdles during her senior year.

Ivan Mercer (1995) helped the Vikings’ basketball team reach the state finals in his junior year before earning first team All-State in his senior season. He also won league titles in the 110 hurdles and high jump, but he excelled on the gridiron, where after his Oakmont days, he went on to play for the University of Miami.

Gary Judd (1965–74) was a coaching pioneer for the Vikings. He was the first head track coach as well as one of the first assistant football coaches. He was also a track and cross-country coach at Sierra College and helped build the track at Oakmont High.

Also being celebrated but not inducted are three Oakmont teams from the past, each  celebrating its 50th anniversary of the school’s first league championships in any sport. The 1968–69 wrestling, baseball and track and field teams will be honored at halftime for paving Sierra Foothill League championship success at Oakmont. Surviving members of each team are expected to be present for recognition.

A Hall of Fame luncheon will follow at noon, Saturday, Sept. 15, inside Oakmont’s gym. Tickets are on sale for $15 on the school’s Hall of Fame webpage.