Fountain Valley, like many communities, has a rich sports tradition.
Recognizing that and being a big sports fan himself, resident Bob Israelsky, last year, created the Fountain Valley Sports Hall of Fame.
Israelsky, who last week was selected “Volunteer of the Year” by the Fountain Valley Community Foundation, is now putting the finishing touches on the second annual Hall of Fame event set for Saturday, Oct. 26.
The Fountain Valley Community Foundation will present the event at The Center at Founders Village Senior and Community Center.
The inaugural Hall of Fame event honored Fountain Valley High School athletes, coaches and teams. This year, the Hall of Fame salutes standouts from Los Amigos High School.
Honorees are: Dave Auxier, Beth Schroeder, Clayton Olivier, Julie Anderson, Mau Kalati, John Keating, and the 1978 league champion boys basketball team.
Auxier was the longtime athletic director at Los Amigos. In 1972, he was hired by the Garden Grove Unified School District to teach science at Los Amigos where he also coached football, track, wrestling and tennis for 10 years.
Schroeder played and lettered in four sports — volleyball, tennis, basketball and softball. She was a point guard for the Los Amigos basketball team, averaging 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds a game. She was an all-league selection each year and was named the All-CIF Player of the Year her senior year.
She received a four-year basketball scholarship to Cal State Long Beach, where she started all four years as point guard and topped 1,000 points. The team won its conference all four years and reached the national tournament each year.
Olivier was a a two-time Orange County basketball player of the year, in 1979 and ’80, at Los Amigos and later became head basketball coach.
Anderson graduated from Los Amigos in 1978 and was a 12-time letterman, playing volleyball, basketball and softball all four years. Teams she played on captured nine Garden Grove League championships.
She was first-team all-league all four years in volleyball and softball and first-team two years in basketball. She earned All-CIF honors in softball in 1977 and 1978.
Kalati was a feared linebacker at Los Amigos in the ‘70s and went on to play at San Diego State.
Keating compiled a 33-9 record while coaching the Lobos basketball team from 1976 to 1978.
The event begins with a cocktail hour from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner from 6 to 7 and the ceremony starting at 7. Registration is $40 per person, or $400 for a table of 10.
Program sponsorships are available. A full-page color ad in the Hall of Fame program is $300; a full-page black-and-white ad is $200; a half-page ad is $100; and a one-third page ad is $50.
For more information on sponsorships, email Israelsky at FVHOF@yahoo.com.
Source: Orange County Register