STOCKTON — A wide variety of local athletes will be making their way into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame this fall.
Six individuals, two teams and a memorial inductee will be honored at the annual dinner on Nov. 14 at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium. Tim Dunham, David Lozano, Patrick Matthews, Prentice McCray, Chuck Swimley and Steve Towne will be inducted, Along with the 2009-14 Bella bocce team and 1967-68 Edison High boys basketball squad.
The Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 1964, and there are more than 200 members.
Tim Dunham: A star basketball player at Stagg High and Chaminade University in Hawaii, he was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers and would play in the Continental Basketball Associated and Europe. He also coached at Stagg and Brookside Christian.
Dunham was a member of the 1982 Chaminade team that stunned then top-ranked Virginia, led by ex-NBA star Ralph Sampson, 77-72 , in Honolulu in a game considered "the biggest upset in college basketball history."
Dave Lozano: A baseball star at St. Mary’s, Lozano was drafted in the 12th round in 1973 by the New York Mets. He played six seasons in the Mets’ organization. Lozano is also a member of the Stockton Mexican Sports Hall of Fame and St. Mary’s High School Hall of Fame.
Patrick Matthews: A multi-faceted athlete, Matthews played football at Lincoln High, Delta College and Pacific and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1971, although he did not play with the team. He would later become a rugby star and take up running, and competed in the Boston Marathon.
Prentice McCray: A graduate of Edison High and Arizona State, McCray was selected by the Detroit Lions in the eighth round of the 1973 NFL Draft. A cornerback, he was named to the all-rookie team in 1974. He played six seasons for the New England Patriots and Lions, with 15 interceptions and two touchdowns.
Chuck Swimley: He played football and baseball at Stagg, and would return to his alma mater and become a very successful coach in both sports. From 1973-78, his baseball teams went 99-28 and the Delta Kings won consecutive section crowns in 1976-77. The varsity football team under Swimley won back-to-back league titles in 1978-79.
Steve Towne: A native of Long Beach, Towne came to town to play quarterback for University of the Pacific. He coached at Pacific from 1983-88 and from 1989-2001 was the head coach at St. Mary’s High, going 92-48-3 with three league titles and eight playoff appearances. He was also the Rams’ head track coach on two occasions (1994-97, 2002-2010).
Jesus “Sue″ Valverde: The recipient of the Memorial Award, he played football, basketball and baseball at St. Mary’s and was considered one of the best athletes of his era in Stockton. He passed away in 1959 at the age of 48.
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