Madera F.A.N. names Hall of Fame class

Five individuals, three teams, two contributors and a coach to be inducted in 2022


The Madera F.A.N. group has announced its eighth class for the Madera Athletic Hall of Fame.


The F.A.N. usually inducts a Hall of Fame class every other year. However, 2020 was a different year and plans were postponed.


The group will induct five individuals, three teams, two contributors and a coach for the 2021 class, although the induction ceremony will take place Jan. 15, 2022.


Baseball player LaShelle Tarver, cross country and track star Benny Madrigal, softball player Vanessa Salinas and multiple sport standout Tera (Booker) Napier will represent Madera High School. Multi-sport athlete Derek Hansen will become the third Madera South athlete inducted.


The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at the Home Arts Building (Woman’s World) at the Madera District Fairgrounds. The dinner will be catered by Sugar Pine Smokehouse and tickets for the event are $50.


In addition to the individuals, the 1965 cross country team, led by Robert Yslas and Alex Fierros (along with Chon Holguin, Tony Gomes, Adriano Fierros, Sammy Caldwell, Ted Martinz and Robet Flores) and the 1990 cross country team led by Polo Duarte and Oscar Sanchez (along with Art Rodriguez, Erik Kroft, Jose Uribe, Jose Santiago and Francisco Madrigal) will give the event a definite running feel.


Also, the 1966 diving team of Don McAlister, Dennis Row, Ray Saterstad, Mike Robertson, Robin Yarborough, Patty Uhalde, Theresa Galano and Andrea Mortimer will also be inducted.


Madera Auto Center owners Marty and Lela Mayfohrt and longtime track coach, the late Don Kautz, will also be honored.


To purchase tickets, to donate raffle or silent auction prizes or to help sponsor the event, contact Ryan Desmond at 706-3027 or Tyler Takeda at 217-0311.


The Madera F.A.N. is also looking for contact information of members of the 1965 cross country team and the 1965 diving team. Email tylert@maderatribune.net with any information.


Golf club raffle


The Madera F.A.N. also has tickets remaining for its golf club raffle.


Tickets are $25 each and are limited to 200 people.


The winner will receive their choice of a set of Apex 21 irons or Big Bertha 21 irons, along with a Calloway golf bag. They will be custom fit by Madera Golf and Country Club.


To purchase tickets, contact Desmond.