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Ten PCC Athletic Greats To Be Inducted Into 2011 Sports Hall of Fame Class
An elite group of 10 alumni will be inducted into the Pasadena City College Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony to take place Saturday, April 16, at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. The invitation-only event (from 1-to-3 p.m.) will feature acceptance speeches by the inductees as well as an unveiling of their HOF plaques inside the first floor of the GM-Building and H-P Gym.
This will be the first PCC Sports Hall of Fame class since 2005.
The 2011 class includes two of the greatest running backs in PCC football history, Jonathan Smith (2001 alumnus) and Jerome Harrison (2003, current member of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles). Lineman Curtis Seagrove, a member of the 1966 Junior Rose Bowl squad, makes three gridiron additions to the HOF.
For the first time, two women's softball players will be enshrined in pitcher Kim Maxwell (1992) and shortstop Chris Zboril (1994). Zboril also joins Tiana Sanders (1999) as the first women's basketball members to be inducted.
The other inductees are men's track and field's Kenny Hays (1978), men's swimmers Glen Aikin (1978) and Eric Marks (1978), and men's gymnast George Greenfield (1967).
The Hall was renovated in 2001 through the work of Dick Ratliff, chairman of the Sports Hall of Fame and Court of Champions. Ratliff, who will once again be present as a master of ceremonies for the induction, is a founding member of the PCC Foundation Board. He created criteria and guidelines for the HOF selection process and is a brainchild for the Court of Champions, a bronze bust collection honoring the college's most famous athletes/coaches/administrators, located just west of the GM facility.
Maxwell, who lives with her family in Oklahoma, was excited upon finding out the news of her selection via a phone call from the PCC sports information office.
"It's an honor that really touches me," she said. "At PCC, I learned so much from my softball coach Sandi Iverson, not just about playing softball, but about life. I can't wait to come back to the college."
As of press time, all but one of the newly-elected class committed to attending the induction ceremony.
The following are capsule bios of the 2011 Sports Hall of Fame class:
Glen Aikin (1976-1978) -- A member of two PCC state champion men's swim teams in 1977-78, Aikin set a state record and had the fastest time in the nation in winning the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:49.87 (still fourth in all-time community college swim times). As a sophomore, Aikin won the 200 individual medley state title and was a part of the 800-freestyle relay winning squad. He earned a scholarship to the University of Arizona. PCC Head Coach: Ron Ballatore
George Greenfield (1967) -- At PCC, Greenfield was a national and state champion in three men's gymnastic events, the all-around, floor exercise and high bar. He would go on to help the University of California-Berkeley win three Pacific-8 Conference team championships before being selected to the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team. PCC Head Coach: Jerry Todd
Jerome Harrison (2002-2003) -- The only running back in school history to perform back-to-back, 1,000-yard rushing seasons, Harrison is second on the PCC all-time career rushing list with 2,092 yards. A five-year veteran back in the NFL, he recorded the third highest rushing yards game total in league history with 286 yards in a 2009 contest for the Cleveland Browns. He led the nation and the NCAA Division I in rushing with 1,900 yards at Washington State University in his senior season. PCC Head Coach: Tom Maher
Kenny Hays (1977-78) -- A member of the 1978 Lancers state champion men's track and field team, Hays shattered a national record held by previous PCC great Jackie Robinson in winning the long jump title. Hays' leap of 26-feet, 2-3/4 inches is the longest standing California state meet record, now at 32 years. He also won the state triple jump title. Hays earned a scholarship at USC. PCC Head Coach: Skip Robinson
Eric Marks (1976-1978) -- A member of two state champion men's swim teams in 1977 and 1978 under legendary head coach Ron Ballatore, Marks set four national community college records at the '78 state meet. His state title victories in the 100-yard butterfly (49.53 seconds) and 100-freestyle (45.22) still rank among the top seven times in California college history. He was the college's top scholar-athlete in 1977. He earned a scholarship at UCLA.
Kim Maxwell (1991-1992) -- PCC's most successful pitcher in its women's softball history, Maxwell recorded consecutive 20-win plus seasons for the Lancers. She helped PCC win the '91 South Coast Conference title with 26 victories as she was named both SCC and Southern California Pitcher of the Year. Pasadena's fifth-place finish at the state tournament is the highest placing ever by a Lancers softball team. She earned a scholarship to UC Riverside. PCC Head Coach: Sandi Iverson
Tiana Sanders (1998-1999) -- In her one season at PCC, Sanders became the first State Player of the Year and first South Coast Conference MVP in women's basketball history. Her single-season Lancers scoring record of 744 points (22.5 per contest) led PCC to a phenomenal 31-2 record. Her performance marked the beginning of PCC's run as a state women's basketball power under head coach Joe Peron. She earned a scholarship to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and is currently a motivational speaker.
Curtis Seagrove (1966) -- A defensive lineman, Seagrove holds three single-season school records with most tackles (144), most solo tackles (85), and most quarterback sacks (14). Named the Western State Conference Defensive MVP, he helped the Lancers win the 1966 WSC championship and advance to the Junior Rose Bowl, a loss to Henderson, Texas. The team finished 8-1-1 under Coach Don Hunt, a member of the PCC Sports Hall of Fame Committee who passed away earlier this year. He earned a scholarship to the University of Hawaii.
Jonathan Smith (2001) -- Another one-year wonder at PCC, Smith smashed the Lancers' single-season rushing and scoring records while breaking Jackie Robinson's long-time school record for touchdowns. He set a national record for most all-purpose yards with 515 in scoring a PCC record six touchdowns against Cerritos College. Selected JC All-American and league offensive MVP, he helped the Lancers win their only Mission Conference title with a 10-1 record. Smith was MVP of the 2001 South County Bowl championship win over Grossmont. He is the only player to eclipse 2,000 rushing yards in a season (2,049) and he scored an impressive 31 touchdowns in just 11 games. Like Harrison, he went on to be an All-Pacific 10 Conference running back at Washington State. He later played on a World Bowl title team for NFL Europe's Amsterdam franchise. PCC Head Coach: Tom Maher
Chris Zboril (1992-1994) -- Arguably the greatest two-sport athlete in PCC women's athletics history, Zboril was the 1994 South Coast Conference MVP in softball when she batted .454 and led the team in seven offensive categories. She was also a brilliant defensive player, recording 111 assists that year from her shortstop position. In basketball, she continues to hold the school record for most steals in a season (126) and career (216). She led the team in scoring as a sophomore and is 14th on the school's all-time scoring list. The fiery Zboril went on be an All-American softball player at Cal State Fullerton, leading the Big West Conference in home runs with 11. At PCC, she was voted Top Female Athlete of the Decade for the 1990s. She still is active in sports today as a 10-year veteran quarterback in women's professional football. PCC Head Coaches: Iverson (softball), Greg Smith (basketball)
[Archived Photo--Jerome Harrison runs the football during the 2002 Potato Bowl. He is one of 10 new inductees into the PCC Sports Hall of Fame.]
Release Date: 03/21/11