Chico High Athletes & Coaches
In preparation for the August 21, 2010 Chico High School Sports Reunion, we will be featuring alumni athletes and their coaches. Please check back frequently for new features!
2010 Olympic Athlete Emily Azevedo Reflects Upon Her Recent Successes and the Chico Coaches That Helped Her
Submitted by Ed Booth on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 1:40pm.
From the gymnastics floor to high school hurdles to the Olympic bobsled track… Emily Azevedo could never have foretold such an odyssey.
Yet that’s exactly the path the 2001 Chico High School graduate has followed, culminating with an appearance at the recent Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Mike Sherrard and Coach John Beck reminisce on the first steps Sherrard took toward the NFL— cat tracks at Chico High
Submitted by Ed Booth on Wed, 05/12/2010 - 10:59am.
An abundance of athletic skill, solid academics and hard work, along with some good timing, proved to be the recipe for Mike Sherrard to reach the National Football League.
The 1981 Chico High School alumnus is also quick to credit his varsity football coach, John Beck, as a crucial part of that success.
1985 Chico High School Freshman Tennis Star, Matt Lucena, stood tall amongst senior and junior competitors
Submitted by Ed Booth on Tue, 05/25/2010 - 3:12pm.
Though it was impossible to predict at the time, losing a singles match as a freshman turned out to be a pivotal moment for Matt Lucena.
It was the spring of 1985 and Lucena wasn’t even a student at Chico High School – rather, he was a ninth-grader at Chico Junior but standing tall among competitors who were typically juniors and seniors.
Submitted by Ed Booth on Tue, 05/25/2010 - 3:48pm.
On paper, it figured to be a mismatch of such huge proportions that most people involved probably pondered the need to play the game at all.
Submitted by Ed Booth on Mon, 08/02/2010 - 3:13pm.
Just a little more than six decades ago, George Maderos sat on the bench in City College of San Francisco’s gymnasium.
“How’s your ankle?” asked his coach, Al Schlueter.
“Which ankle?” Maderos responded with a grin.
Submitted by Ed Booth on Wed, 08/18/2010 - 2:17pm.
Many high school athletes undoubtedly dream of becoming professional athletes, or at least reaching the big-time college level of competition. Statistically, few make it.
Even so, some people have the extraordinary opportunity to still be involved with major college and professional sports— not as athletes, but as observers and commentators. They’re living the dream and getting paid to do it.
Submitted by Linda Catalano on Mon, 02/13/2012 - 9:57am.
My former colleague and friend Kathy Haines passed away recently from complications related to diabetes and cancer. I will miss this dear person, her wise council, her wit, her intelligence and her quiet approach to life.