Turlock High athletics has a long and storied history and for the first time in decades, a few outstanding Bulldog athletes will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
A selection committee of 20 decided on eight finalists to be inducted into the Turlock High School Athletic Hall of Fame, with the dinner and ceremony slated to take place Oct. 12 at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds.
The event will start at 6 p.m. with a no-host cocktail hour, followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. An auction and dancing with end the event. Tickets are $55 per person, with proceeds to benefit the revitalization of the Bulldog Arena entryway and THS Athletics.
For more information contact Lara Salazar at 209-667-0797 ext. 3042, Kristin Bettencourt at 209-667-2055 ext. 3003 or Aaron Mello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following athletes will be inducted:
— Tom Brandstater (2003) played football and baseball for the Bulldogs and played professional football after he attended Fresno State. With the THS football team, Brandstater was a first team selection in the CCC in 2001 and 2002 and reached the third round of the playoffs, which was the furthest that they have ever gone. In baseball, Brandstater was a two-year varsity starter. While with Fresno State, he was a three-year starter at quarterback and was a sixth-round selection in the 2009 NFL draft (174th overall). He played for five teams from 2009-2012.
— Karrie Bullock (1996) was a four-year varsity swimming standout for THS from 1992-1996. She swam for coach Fever and a four-year CCC winner as well as a three-year Sections Champion in 200 Individual Medley, 100 breaststroke and relay. Following high school, she earned a full scholarship to the University of Florida--earning three Division All-American honors.
— Hannah Hoch (2003) was a golf standout and a four-year Honor Roll student as well as a four-year first team All CCC selection. He was the CCC League MVP in 2002-03. She was also the runner-up at the 2001 Nor Cal High School Championships and runner-up at the 2002 California Junior Girls Match Play State Championship. After high school, Hoch ended up playing collegiately at University of Colorado for four years and was immediately the programs No. 1 player as a freshman in 2003-04.
— Cynthia Lynn Jones (Provenzano) was a water polo and swimming standout from 1980-84 and earned all CCC honors in four years competing at the varsity level.
— Tom Mendonca (2006) was a football and baseball star who was a three-year varsity player for football and four-year varsity baseball standout. He was a 2004 CCC football champions and a 2003 baseball CCC champ. Mendonca followed his career by attending and playing for the Fresno State Bulldog baseball team and was part of the 2008 NCAA College World Series Championship squad.
— Dan Reichert (1994) was a baseball and football standout who was a two-year starting quarterback in 1992 and 1993 and pitched in 1993 and 1994 for the Bulldogs squad while he earned first team All CCC honors in 1994 after going 5-0 with an ERA of 0.53. He earned a scholarship for baseball and signed to University of the Pacific and played from 1995-1997. From there he was a first-round pick in 1997 (7th overall) to the Kansas City Royals. Reichert played professional baseball from 1997-2012. He accumulated an overall record of 114-97 while playing professionally.
— Nick Webb (1996) was a golf standout for the THS Bulldogs. He was a three-time CCC MVP from 1994-1996 and earned a scholarship to play for University of Southern California from 1996-2000 where he also earned All-Pac 10 Selection.
— The 2004 THS wrestling team won the CCC title in 2004 and 13 of 14 wrestlers were league finalists. They placed first in Divisionals while 13 of 14 were Divisional finalists. They placed first in Masters and qualified 11 wrestlers to state (school record). They placed fifth overall in CIF State and had three medalists in Lewis Gonzalez (state champion), Billy Exline (3rd) and Austin Cronan (7th).