Overland High School will honor much of its illustrious athletic history March 31 as it inducts the inaugural class into its new Athletic Hall of Fame.
The new HOF is set up in four categories: individual athletes, teams, coaches and “Trailblazers” and every category will be filled at the induction ceremony, which is set for 3 p.m. in the Overland auditorium, followed by a banquet in the John Buckner Gymnasium at 5 p.m.
A selection committee chaired by former Overland coach and athletic director Tony Schenbeck — who was inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame just last week — came up with nine individuals, one team, one coach and one “Trailblazer” for the first class.
The individual athletes set to be honored are Nancy Blackwell (Class of 1983), Mike Schenbeck (’84), Ryan Hume and Jamie Long (’87), Sean Hicks (’89), TJ Schenbeck (’90), Sean Moran (’91), Brian Kelly (’94) and Bethany Brookens (’98).
The 1984 Overland girls gymnastics team — the school’s first state championship winner — will also be recognized. Coached by Lindy Carpenter and Steve Turley, the team included Julie Dunhill, Mary Beth Tomsick, Janelle Hong, Shannon Jamieson, Laura Williams, Terri Stewart, Missy Wharry, Lara Cunning, Stacy Todd and Tania Rains.
The coach honoree for the inaugural class is Gary Alexander, who guided the now-defunct Overland boys gymnastics team to four state championships.
The 1979 girls track sprint medley relay team — which was comprised of freshmen Kelly Vandergriff, Kristen Werner, Carolyn Woody and Tammy Booher — fits the “Trailblazers” category.
The Overland HOF selection committee is comprised of current athletic director Ryan Knorr along with a number of current or past coaches/administrators in Tony Manfredi, Grant Stevens, Woodie Smith, Pam Smiley and Kris Nolen in addition to Schenbeck.
Tickets run $25 per guest and can be purchased by contacting the Overland Athletic Office at 720-747-3614.
— Sports Editor Courtney Oakes