Northern California Sports Association Will "Flood the Hall" with local Legends

The Northern California Sports Association “Hall of Fame/Scholarship Dinner” will add some local highly-recognized coaches and athletes to the Hall of Fame on March 25th. This event will be held at the Marysville Elks Lodge. They will also give away $17,500 in scholarships to students from local high schools pursuing college degrees, and for the first time, award a junior college graduate a $2,500 scholarship to pursue their education at the

University level.

From the immediate local area, Thea Post, Dave Rottman, and Hap Richie (posthumously) will be inducted into this prestigious Hall of Fame for their past accomplishments in sports and coaching. Thea Post excelled in numerous sports at Sutter High School, later became an all-conference volleyball player for the Aggies at UC Davis, and retired from coaching after over 20 years as Yuba Volleyball coach, is still a professor at the college. Dave Rottman, a graduate of Marysville High School, still holds numerous records both at the high school and Yuba College in baseball. One of the hardest throwers to ever come out of here, Dave was also one of the best hitters locally and went on to coach hitting and pitching at Yuba for the late Gary Engleken(Head coach). The late Hap Richie, one of the most talented athletes ever out of Marysville High School, completed an outstanding career in professional baseball. After retiring from AAA baseball with the Hawaii Islanders, Hap returned to play for the local Marysville Giants along with Browns Valley teammate Ray Webster.

In addition to the above, other athletes/coaches to be inducted that evening will be Dan Hawkins who played football at UC Davis, then pursued a career in coaching at Boise State(preceded our own Chris Petersen) and University of Colorado. He just recently was chosen as the new UC Davis Football Head Coach. Another inductee, Ray Crawford, excelled in three sports at Shasta College and also UC Davis. All-Conference and MVP in most of them, he went on to teach and coach for 40 years in the SF and Woodland area.

Also being inducted is Don Batie, a teacher and coach at Chico State College for over 40 years, and is best known as one of the most successful soccer coaches in the United States. During a two-year break, he coached a professional team from San Antonio who beat the great Pele’s team in a match played in New York by a score of 1-0. Andy Ponciano, an outstanding all-conference athlete from Willows High School, played football and baseball. He was a starting catcher at Yuba College and then officiated at many levels for years. Andy was responsible for developing the American Legion programs for youth in the Willows area.

Ed Souza excelled at football and baseball at Chico State, then for 35 years was a top official in football, baseball, and basketball at the high school/college level.

The top award for a team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year goes to the 1963

Weed High School Football team. Having the late and legendary coach Mort Kaer as their leader, the Weed Cougars posted a 9-0 record that contributed to a 27 game winning streak. They were ranked as the #1 team in Superior California by the San Francisco Examiner. The team had 3 players that played on scholarship for the USC Trojans, Oregon Ducks, and Oregon State Beavers. There will be over 20 players (50 fans also) from that team coming to dinner to help them celebrate their award.

The “Hall of Fame/Scholarship” Dinner will be held at the Marysville Elks Lodge (920 D St. in

Marysville) with a reception at 4:30pm followed by a dinner and presentations starting at 5:30. Cost for dinner is $35.00/person, and can be mailed to Joel Guthrie at P.O. Box 447, Yuba City, CA. 95992. Ticket inquiries contact Joel Guthrie (530)743-2089 or John Rice (916)296-1501 or (e-mail)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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