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October 21, 2009 > Full class of inductees named to Logan HOF

Full class of inductees named to Logan HOF

Submitted By Rick la Plante

Two Olympians, a football player who wears a Super Bowl ring and a state championship track and field team are part of the first full class of inductees into James Logan High School's Athletic Hall of Fame, Athletic Director Tom Rosenthal announced earlier this month.

A former Major League baseball player, a second National Football League veteran, a beloved coach and the superintendent who "made it all possible" also will be inducted at the second annual Hall of Fame Banquet, to be held Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Stephen Abas, a three-time state wrestling champion who graduated from Logan in 1996 and went on to win a silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games, will enter the Hall alongside Vicky Galindo, a 2001 graduate who was part of the U.S. team that won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics.

Also being inducted is the four-member team that won the California Interscholastic Federation boys track and field championship in 2004. Coach Lee Webb's team included Kevin Craddock, who won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdle events at the state meet; Yosef Ghebray, who won the 3,200 meters; Nkosinza Balumbu, who finished first in the triple jump; and Angelo Jeffrey, who finished third.

Football stars Darryl Byrd and Donnie Spragan, and baseball standout Aaron Ledesma round out what Athletic Director Rosenthal described as "an amazing group of athletes in our first full Hall of Fame class."

Byrd, who starred at Logan in the late '70s and went on to play at the University of Illinois, was a member of the Los Angeles Raiders team that won Super Bowl XVIII at the end of the 1983 season.

Spragan, a Logan standout in the early '90s who went on to play at Stanford University, played six seasons as a linebacker and strong safety with the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins.

Ledesma, who starred at Logan in the late '80s, played 12 seasons of professional baseball, including six years in the Major Leagues. An infielder, he batted .296 in 284 games with the New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Al Roderigues, whose girls volleyball teams won 12 league championships and four section titles in his 13 years as coach, also is part of the first full class of inductees, along with longtime New Haven Unified School District Superintendent Guy Emanuele, whose belief in co-curricular and extracurricular excellence became an integral part of the district's educational philosophy.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Banquet, which will start at 6 p.m., are priced at $60 each, or $500 for a table of 10. To make reservations, e-mail Sarah Muse (smuse@nhusd.k12.ca.us). Payment must be received when reservations are made. Deadline is October 28.

Last year's event, in which Logan graduate and National Football League star Roy Williams was honored as the first inductee, was a sellout.

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