Phoenix Union High School District’s third Annual Sports Hall of Fame Inducts NFL Players
Posted by Communications at 12/21/2017
NFL players Bob Breunig (Alhambra) and Steve Jordan (South Mountain), Olympic medalist Dwayne Evans (South Mountain), college baseball coaching legend Ron Polk (Carl Hayden), PGA golfer Howard Twitty (Central), MLB executive Fred Nelson (West) and many others were honored at the Phoenix Union High School District’s third annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner, December 19, at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
This year’s event inducted coaches, athletes and teams from 1970-79, as well as individuals from the historical era. The third class had 70 individuals honored. Ninety-five individuals were inducted in the first two years, going back over 100 years of high school sports history.
Basketball coaches Leon Edward Jordan of Carver and Pete Tuccio of Carl Hayden, Camelback football coach Jesse Parker, and North tennis coach Catherine Wilkinson are among the coaches inducted. Twenty-eight state championship teams between 1970-79 are also being recognized.
Breunig was an ASU All-American and played linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys for 10 years. Steve Jordan, the son of Leon Jordan, played for the Minnesota Vikings for 13 years, including six Pro-Bowl selections. Evans made the USA Olympic team as a 17-year old, and won a bronze in 200 meters at the 1976 Olympics. Polk coached Mississippi State Baseball for 29-years, winning 1,139 games and six College World Series appearances. Twitty was a two-time All-American at ASU, and won four tournaments as a PGA professional and was the Comeback Player of the Year in 1993. Nelson was a baseball All-American and National Champion at ASU, and has enjoyed a 36-year career as a baseball executive with the White Sox, Astros and currently Colorado.
Other notables included Univ. of Massachusetts football coach Mark Whipple (Camelback); former NFL receiver Brad Anderson (Alhambra) MLB players David and Gary Rajsich,(Central); current Mets hitting coach Pat Roessler (Camelback) and legendary ASU track & field coach Baldy Castillo (Phoenix Union)
As a commitment to the legacy of athletic excellence in Phoenix Union, Male and Female Athlete of the Year scholarships were established by the PUHSD Sports Hall of Fame. 2017 scholarship recipients were Brianna Boehm of Betty Fairfax and David Avitia of Alhambra.
Over 600 attended the sold-out event, which has grown every year. Longtime Valley sportscaster and local high school sports historian Kevin McCabe, a West High alum, emceed the ceremony.
The Greater Phoenix Music Festival for band and orchestra is January 19-20 at Camelback High School. Students from middle school and high school audition for this event, practice provided music on their own, and come together for rehearsals Friday and Saturday with guest conductors before a public performance, Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. There will be a high school percussion group, middle school and high school orchestras, and middle school and high school concert bands. The top musicians from ten Phoenix Union High Schools, and students from 17 middle/elementary schools within the Phoenix Union boundaries were selected, totaling 230 students. Admission to the performance is $2 or adults, with children 12 and under, free.