2020 Los Gatos High School Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees:
The 2020 Induction Ceremony has been canceled due to the limit on gathering size imposed by the County of Santa Clara in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The Induction Ceremony inducting Dick Raphael, Ted Abe, Steve Smith, Dave Niemiec, Bill Stengele, Alli White, Amy Salfen, Alex Rollin, Caroline Stege and Kyle Blair will be held on May 1, 2021.
Dick Raphael, class of 1947 – Excelled in four sports, football, basketball, baseball and track. Was the quarterback of two league championship football teams his junior and senior seasons, was the point guard on an undefeated league championship basketball team, was a pitcher/outfielder on the baseball team and was an outstanding jumper on the track team.
Ted Abe, class of 1955 – Was an outstanding football and baseball player, wrestler and track star who was also student body vice president. He was awarded the Panighetti Trophy as the outstanding senior athlete. Ted was the captain of his football team his junior year and MVP his senior year. Track is where he really excelled, setting the SCVAL record with a broad jump of 21’8” and also finishing first in league in the 75 yard dash.
Steve Smith, class of 1971 – Was an outstanding all-league lineman on the football team and heavy weight wrestler. Steve’s senior year wrestling he was undefeated, only losing a referee’s decision after a tied match at the State Finals.
Dave Niemiec, class of 1980 – Dave was a two-sport athlete who played football and baseball. He was 1st team all-league in football as both a running back and a linebacker and was the MVP of the football team. Baseball was his best sport, where he was named team MVP in both his junior and senior seasons and 1st team all-league his senior year
Bill Stengele, class of 1993 – A three-year varsity starter on the football team, where he was a first-team all-league selection. Bill was also a varsity wrestler and an outstanding thrower on the track team. He went on to compete as a hammer thrower at the University of Washington.
Allison White, class of 1995 – Was an All-CCS volleyball player who played on the 1993 State Championship team her junior year and led her senior season team to a second place finish in Northern California. Ali went on to a four year volleyball career at the University of Oregon.
Amy Salfen, class of 1999 – Outstanding soccer player who was a 4-year starter on the Varsity team. Her teams reached the CCS tournament all 4 years. She was named the outstanding freshman in 1996 when Los Gatos won a CCS championship. She went on to play college soccer at UC Berkeley.
Alex Rollin, class of 2003 – Was both a great baseball player, pitching and hitting, as well as an outstanding quarterback. In football he was named first-team all league after leading his team to an undefeated league and CCS championship season. In baseball Alex was a first-team all-league selection who was 7-0 as a pitcher in the league campaign with 70 strikeouts and was 12-3 overall his senior season as the ace of the pitching staff for a team that came up one game short of reaching the CCS finals.
Caroline Stege, class of 2005 – Caroline was a decorated runner, all-league field hockey player and tennis star. Caroline has the 10th fastest 400-meter time in school history and ran on 3 consecutive 4X400 CCS champion relay teams in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
Kyle Blair, class of 2007 – Might have been the most impactful baseball player in school history. Kyle also was a very accomplished water polo player. He was as dominant a pitcher as Los Gatos High School has ever seen. His junior year he was 13-1, striking out 144 batters in 89.2 innings, giving up just 2 earned runs with an unheard-of ERA of 0.16. He also batted .360 with 4 homers and 26 RBI. He nearly matched those numbers his senior year with an ERA of 0.31 and 147 strikeouts. He was twice named the League MVP and named the San Jose Mercury News Athlete of the year for the all sports in the school year 2006-07.
Date of the ceremony is May 1, 2021
It is our goal to recognize those young men and women who over the years distinguished themselves through athletics while attending and representing their school and community. The idea of an Athletic Hall of Fame first came to light as a remembrance of John Baggerly. It is the hope of this committee to create a Hall that would have made John proud. It is not possible to recognize all the athletes worthy of this honor in the first year or even in the first ten years, so the committee asks for your understanding.
The LGHS Athletic Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Los Gatos Athletic Association.
Pictures from the 2019 Induction Ceremony