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Kofa High School Athletic Hall of Fame announces 2020 class

The Kofa High School Hall of Fame Committee will enshrine a dozen members as part of the class of 2020 in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

The group will be formally enshrined as part of a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 inside Rillos Gym on the Kofa campus. ­

Here are the inductees for the class of 2020:

Phil McKeown (Class of 1965), basketball; George Martinez (1969), football and baseball; Frank Martinez (1977), football, basketball and baseball; Miguel Jaurequi (1983), basketball; David Amaya (1996), basketball; Denise “Gooch” Cardenas (1997), volleyball, basketball and softball; Doug Sturm (1997), wrestling; Chelsie Mesa-Brooks (2003), volleyball and softball; Jorge Benitez (2009), wrestling; Irwin Pallack (1962-1986), coach: track, football and basketball; 1963-64 state champion boys cross country team; and John Boemer (1971), supporter of athletics.

The unveiling will conclude two days of celebration for the enshrinees, including a gathering at Lute’s Casino in downtown Yuma on Friday afternoon, introductions to the crowd between Friday night’s basketball games against Kofa’s crosstown rival Yuma High School, social hour following the games, a tour of the Kofa campus, which includes a new auxiliary gym, and lunch on campus Saturday.

The Hall of Fame honors the contributions and accomplishments of those individuals who are worthy of recognition and have set examples for others to emulate. Nominees for the Hall of Fame must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and moral character. All candidates are judged on their significant and/or long-term contributions to athletic endeavors.

The nomination packet is available on Kofa’s website as well as the Hall of Fame’s official Facebook page: 

Eric Patten