SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Catholic High School is proud to announce its inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame Class which will be inducted next month, President Theresa Rodgers announced. The ceremony and dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 6 p.m. in the St. Francis Gymnasium.
"On behalf of the entire St. Francis community, we are very excited about the establishment of the new St. Francis Athletics Hall of Fame and the induction of our first class this Fall," said Rodgers.
The 2018 class will include the 1993 CIF State Championship basketball team, golf coach Diane Aguer, three-sport star Karen Lysaght Perkins '81, volleyball and softball standout Jill Haas Benson '93, swimmer Katie Younglove Zylstra '98, golfer Sarah Huarte Glynn '00, and tennis star Emani Decquir '09. Contributor Dotty Brandenburger, who recently finished her 35th season as the official scorekeeper for the softball program, completes the class in the contributor category.
"The Hall of Fame will celebrate our proud athletics tradition by recognizing the extraordinary women who competed as Troubadours and honor several individuals who have advanced our school's mission, serving as coaches and working in other contributing roles within athletics," commented St. Francis Athletics Director Mark McGreevy.
The 1992-93 basketball team, coached by Dave Parsh and assistant coach Missy Anderson '87, won the Metro League title, dropping only one game to El Camino in league play, and finished with a 27-5 overall record. They won the Sac-Joaquin section title, the school's third in a row among four straight years from 1991-94. After winning the NorCal Division III title, the Troubadours defeated Costa Mesa 50-43 in the state title game at the Oakland Coliseum to capture the school's first team state title.
Golf coach Diane Aguer led the Troubadours to a stretch six Sac-Joaquin Section titles from 1997-2001 (Spring 1997, Spring 1998, Spring 1999, Fall 1999, Fall 2000, Fall 2001) and five CIF Northern California Regional team titles (Spring 1998, Spring 1999, Fall 1999, Fall 2000, Fall 2001). She was named the 2000 Sacramento Bee Coach of the Year and coached 2000 Sac-Joaquin Section champion Kim Welch '01 and two CIF Northern California Regional champions (Sarah Huarte, 1999; Welch, 2000). She was an assistant in 1997 before taking over the program.
Perkins was a three-sport standout for the Troubadours. She was the first and still only individual state champion in school history. She won the 1980 high jump individual state championship with a then state record jump of 6'0" and returned to the state meet in 1981. Perkins was a two-time section champion in the high jump (1980-81) and was selected twice to the Sacramento Bee All-City team in basketball (1980-81). She currently has a daughter at the school (Gabriella '20) and is the Booster Club President.
Benson was a Sacramento Bee All-City choice in two sports in volleyball (1991-92) and softball (1991-93) for the Troubadours. She went on to a standout career at California State University, Sacramento, becoming the school's first Division I All-American in 1995 after finishing second in the nation with 6.05 kills per set to go along with 4.69 digs per set and a .292 hitting percentage, while she also was a two-time Second Team All-Big West (1997-98) in softball. She was selected for the Sacramento State Hall of Fame in 2004.
Zylstra was a winner of five individual CIF Sac-Joaquin Section events (500 free, 1996-98; 100 fly 1995, 1998) and helped lead the Troubies to three CIF Sac-Joaquin Section titles (1995, 1997, 1998). She was a three-time Sacramento Bee All-City selection and earned All-America honors in the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle every year. She won the 200 fly at the 1995 Junior Nationals and competed at both the 1996 and 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Katie received a full-ride scholarship to swim at University of California, Los Angeles (1999-02), earning All-America honors three different seasons in the pool. She recorded the second-fastest times in UCLA history in both the 100 and 200 butterfly. She was awarded Verizon Academic All-America third team honors as a junior and first team honors as a senior. She graduated with a 3.84 GPA and received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.
Glynn was a three-time Sacramento Bee All-Metro selection and Bee Player of the Year. She won the 1999 Northern California Regional tournament and was part of four Sac-Joaquin Section and CIF Northern California regional team titles. In the summer before her senior year (1999), she won five tournaments throughout the state, including the California State Junior Tournament in Monterey, the California State Fair Junior Championship, and the NCGA Match Play Championship. Glynn went on to be a two-time All-American at University of California, Berkeley and three-time All-Pac-10 first-team selection for the Golden Bears. She capped off her collegiate career by winning the 2004 NCAA Division I Women's individual title and the 2004 Honda Award. A member of the Cal Hall of Fame, she also played in two U.S. Women's Open Championships, spent two years (2005-06) on the Futures Tour before earning conditional status on the LPGA Tour in 2007. She also coached at University of California, Davis and University of San Francisco.
Decquir led her St. Francis teams to four Delta League Championships and four Sac-Joaquin Section titles as well as a third-place finish at state as a senior. She was a two-time Sacramento Bee Player of the Year, was named team MVP twice and served as the team captain as a senior. She also won three individual section titles and was ranked in the Top 200 nationally by USTA Tennis as a senior and was in the top 20 in northern California by the same organization. She went on to play collegiately at the United States Naval Academy where she was named to the first-team All-Patriot League squad in each of her four seasons and finished her career as the Patriot League's Player of the Year as a senior in 2013. She was named to the Patriot League Women's Tennis 25th Anniversary Team.
Contributor Dotty Brandenburger has been the St. Francis varsity softball scorekeeper for the last 35 years. Starting with her first daughter when she played as a freshman in the 1983-84 season, and continuing every season since, Dotty has been on the book. She is a dedicated, tireless supporter of the program, its players and coaches, cheering from the sideline or booth. Coaches and umpires across the region know Dotty as the constant fixture in the scorekeepers' booth at SF, and nothing kept her from being at the games.
"It's been an enjoyable process connecting with these inductees, and we're looking forward to a very special night celebrating our traditions and the Troubie Spirit," McGreevy stated.
The St. Francis Catholic High School Athletics Hall of Fame reflects the proud history of our community, highlighting the long-standing athletic success of the institution and recognizing the importance of developing well-rounded individuals. Selections for the Hall of Fame will be made every other year and selected from four categories: Athlete, Coach, Contributor, and Team. All nominations are based on the established criteria for each category, as well as a commitment to the St. Francis Catholic High School pillars of Faith, Excellence, Leadership, and Service.
The St. Francis Hall of Fame accepts public nominations on a semi-annual basis with the class chosen by a Hall of Fame Selection Committee and approved by the school leadership.
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