Ten new Los Gatos High School Hall of Fame inductees span generations

Carlos Alonso, class of 2006, was both a standout football

and baseball player for the Wildcats

On May 5, there will be 10 more members of the Los Gatos High School Athletic Hall of Fame. It includes athletes from seven different decades, and five of the athletes played football at Helm Field.

The induction ceremony will take place at La Rinconada Country Club. Tickets to the event are $100 and can be purchased through the Los Gatos Athletic Association by calling 408-395-2002 or mailing LGAA, P.O. Box 1334, Los Gatos, CA 95031.

Here are the 10 inductees:

Carlos Alonso

Class of 2006 (football, baseball)

Alonso was an all-league linebacker for two years and was a Central Coast Section All-Star his senior year. He was voted the league’s outstanding linebacker that year, when the Wildcats were CCS Medium School champions. He had 153 tackles his senior year and 97 first stops. But Alonso went on to play baseball in college. After two stellar seasons as a Wildcat that included a CCS championship his senior year, Alonso played for Santa Barbara City College for two seasons before earning a scholarship to the University of Delaware. He was the Blue Hens’ Most Valuable Player in both 2009 and 2010, batting .380 and .390 respectively. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies and played six seasons of minor league ball in their program.

Gary Bersano

Class of 1975 (track and field, football)

Bersano was a two-time CCS champion and he also placed third in the state championships twice.As a junior, he won the CCS title in the shot put with a mark of 59 feet, 5 inches, and he went on to place third in the state championships with a mark of 60-10. His senior year, Bersano won the discus at the CCS championships with a mark of 179-2 and was third in the state meet. His best discus mark of 181-10 still ranks third all-time in school history, and his top shot put mark is fifth all-time in school annals. Bersano was also an impressive lineman for the football team.

Amy White Hockenbrock

Class of 1996 (soccer)

Hockenbrock was a standout sweeper for a powerhouse Los Gatos girls soccer program that won three consecutive CCS Division I titles and reached the championship game in her other season. Her senior year, the Wildcats did not give up a goal in the CCS tournament and had 18 shutouts in 25 games, finishing with a 24-0-1 record. Hockenbrock was named her league’s Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-CCS team that season. She went on to play four years at Cal, where she was team captain her junior and senior season and was named honorable-mention all-Pac 10.

Steve Lapurin

Class of 1932 (football, basketball, track, baseball)

Lapurin, nicknamed Steepy, was the team leader and starting shortstop on the baseball team and a leading scorer as a forward on the basketball team. He led the basketball team his junior season to the Santa Clara Valley League Championship. He was the star of the football team, playing both ways as a runner, quarterback, punter and leading tackler. He also ran the mile for the track team. He is being inducted posthumously.

Mitch Mandich

Class of 1966 (track and field, football, basketball)

Mandich set a CCS and school record in the 120 high hurdles with a time of 14.3 seconds. He won a number of invitational track meets in the event, including the Northern California Indoor Track Meet at the Cow Palace his senior year. Mandich was voted team captain and most inspirational for the track team. In football, he was also voted Most Inspirational and won the Hendricks Cup as a flanker and halfback. He was also an all-league “B” football and basketball player.

J McKnight

Class of 1978 (volleyball, basketball, softball)

McKnight, a four-year varsity participant in all three sports, was named to the all-tournament team of the CCS basketball tournament and the Tournament of Champions at the Oakland Coliseum. McKnight was also a co-captain of that Los Gatos basketball team (which was runner-up in the 1978 CCS tournament), was a starting pitcher and shortstop on a league-champion softball team, and was named most inspirational for the volleyball team as a senior.

Derek Reichstein

Class of 1991 (basketball, baseball)

In basketball, Reichstein was named the De Anza League MVP and second-team all-CCS as a senior, averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds a game. He was also a North-South All-Star selection that season, and was named first-team all-DAL his junior season (averaging 16 points and eight rebounds a game) and second-team all-DAL his sophomore season. In baseball, Reichstein was named first-team all-DAL his senior season, when he had a 5-2 pitching record, a 1.08 earned run averaged and a no-hitter versus Cupertino. He played for West Valley College and San Jose State collegiately, and played minor league baseball in the Florida Marlins system for two seasons.

Jay Slivkoff

Class of 1980 (wrestling)

Slivkoff had a decorated wrestling career, including a third-place finish in the high school state meet as a senior. He also placed second in the CCS tournament both his junior and senior seasons and won eight high school tournaments, including winning awards for fastest pin, outstanding wrestler and most tournament points. Slivkoff also took first in the freestyle state meet and the Greco-Roman state meet, and was third at the U.S. Junior National Greco-Roman Tournament. At San Jose State, he wrestled three years for a team that finished in the top 20 in the NCAA Division I Tournament all those years. He had first-second and third-place finishes in the PCAA Division I Tournament, and was fourth in the U.S. National 20-under Greco Championships.

Chuck Stewart

Class of 1954 (football, basketball, baseball)

Stewart was a true three-sport star, playing four years of varsity baseball and three years of varsity football and basketball. He was the first-team center on the basketball team all three years. Stewart was an offensive and defensive end on the football team, earning all-SCVAL honors as a junior before moving to quarterback as a senior. Unfortunately, he suffered a season-ending injury during practice after the first game of his senior season. In baseball, Stewart was a pitcher, outfielder and catcher, and hit either third, fourth or fifth in the varsity lineup all four years of high school.

Anita Reyes Wierima

Class of 2001 (field hockey)

Wierima was selected first-team all-CCS and all-league her junior and senior years, and second-team all-CCS and all-league her sophomore year. She was also the CCS Player of the Year and Senior of the Year in the BVAL Mt. Hamilton Division her final year of high school. She was a 2000 Regional All-American and set a school scoring record with 49 goals and 50 assists. During her four-year varsity career, Los Gatos was a four-time CCS finalist and two-time CCS champion. She played NCAA Division I field hockey at Cal, and scored against Stanford in the Big Game as a sophomore.

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