Piedmont Sports Hall of Fame inducts seven new members

Julie Reichle

A display of sports memorabilia at the PSHOF event on February 8

The Piedmont sports community recognized its new class of Hall of Famers at an induction event on February 8 at the Claremont County Club.

The Program began with PHS grad Maddie Mills singing the National Anthem.

Megan Hernandez, PSHOF Board President, welcomed attendees and thanked the people who have spent several months preparing for the event.

PSHOF Board member Matt Heafey served as master of Ceremonies.

Each inductee was introduced to the crowd with a video of their athletic achievements. New to the 2020 induction ceremony, the videos captured the talents and grit of the former PHS athletes.

Cross Country star Heather Gibson with her husband, son, and parents Stan and Josie Gibson

Of particular note was the acceptance speech by Heather Gibson. Now an attorney practicing in Santa Clara County, she pointed to the skills she learned as an athlete as a foundation for a recent success she had in a  trial against a better-equipped defense team.  

Matt McGrath surrounded by classmates and friends from the class of 1988

Matt McGrath was a crowd favorite. His cheering section included Dave Lillevand, father of Piedmont’s City Manager Sara Lillevand, who was a basketball coach to the young McGrath. He spoke about his shared Piedmont experiences and appreciation for growing up in a community where he was supported by neighbors and a large cadre of friends who continue to be an important part of his life.

Inductee Jeremy George thanks coaches, friends and family. Jeremy, class of 2009, was outstanding in football, soccer and baseball.

Jeremy George spoke about the early friendships he made playing sports, and pointed to those same teammates who sat at his table at the induction ceremony. George led Piedmont’s ground-breaking A-11 offense during its heyday in the late 2000s.

Greg Lee, class of 1999, is inducted for tennis

Greg Lee was introduced by his one time coach, PUSD teacher Ted Scherman. Sherman recounted opponents who underestimated Lee’s size when they saw him approach the tennis courts, but never forgot him after a match.

Brendan Newland, Class of 2007, who played football and lacrosse, was introduced by his brother Eddie (right)

Brendan Newland was introduced by his brother Eddie, who confessed to being the older brother who always looked up to his younger brother for his athletic skills and relentless determination.

Chazney Morris, basketball star, holds her award surrounded by her sisters

Chazney Morris brought many to tears as she recounted the support of her parents and sisters, and the coaches who encouraged her, including current PHS head coach Brian Gardere.

Swimmer Arlyn Upshaw flanked by her coaches Helen Salcedo Garcia and Jesus Salcedo

Surrounded and supported by her family, Arlyn Upshaw expressed appreciation for those who coached and helped her along her journey.

Photos by Julie Reichle

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