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8 athletes, 6 teams joining Chandler Sports Hall of Fame

February 1st, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
8 athletes, 6 teams joining Chandler Sports Hall of Fame
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By GREG MACAFEE, Sports Editor

Seven athletes and a coach will join the Chandler Sports Hall of the Fame when it conducts its 14th annual induction ceremony next week at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

“We’re excited to celebrate and honor this year’s inductees,” said Marcus Williams, co-chair of the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Committee. “Each of these athletes has made outstanding strides within their sport, and it is a point of pride that they call Chandler their hometown.”

When it gathers at 11 a.m. Feb. 10, the committee will honor six state championship baseball teams from Hamilton High School.

Head baseball coach Mike Woods has been the leader of Hamilton’s program for nearly 20 years. He was there for its inception, alongside Mike Spears and Frank Pezzorello, and has led the program to great accomplishments.

The Huskies are currently back-to-back 6A State Champions and previously won titles in 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2014.

Woods said he attributes their success to a lot of things, including the work ethic of his team and the continuity of the coaching staff.

“Mike Spears and Frank Pezzorello started the program with me 20 years ago, and Tom Hansen and Clay Bellinger have been on board since 2005,” he said. “The players understand and, I think, appreciate that we are all on the same page.”

The program has had several standout players play their way into the pros or Division I schools.

Cody Bellinger is the most recent standout. During his 2017 Rookie of the Year campaign for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he hit for a .267 clip, belting 39 home runs and driving in 97 RBIs, all while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense, committing only five errors on 768 total chances.

But while Woods is just one of the individuals being inducted, he feels the players who have come through the program are the reason he is receiving the honor.

“I am very pleased to share the day and the honor with our six state champion teams,” Woods said, adding:

“Anytime a coach is honored, I feel it is due to his players and assistant coaches. If we didn’t have great players and coaches, I wouldn’t be honored. That said, I am proud of all the teams we have had, state champions or not. They are the reason for my being inducted.”

Also getting inducted together are father-daughter combo Stephen and Hannah Carson, who have a long history of athletic success in the Chandler Unified School District.

Hannah was a standout javelin thrower at Chandler High School and went on to a successful career at Texas Tech and playing for Team USA.

She narrowly missed out on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She also had the opportunity to be the flag bearer at the First Annual Youth Summer Olympics in Singapore in 2010, where she also captured bronze in the Javelin.

Hannah still holds the International Age Group World Record for 14-year-old/eighth grade in javelin with a throw of 52.9 meters in 2007.

“I think three of the biggest things that no one can take away from you are your memories, your education and your legacy,” Hannah said. “So being inducted into the Hall of Fame is something that will be there forever. So, I really appreciate the opportunity that has been given to me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. And then on top of that, to be inducted with my father, I think that’s just the icing on the cake.”

Stephen has had a successful career on the Arizona track circuit as well.

With 40 years of track and field experience, he is a five-time Arizona Track and Field Coach of the Year and has been a part of a combined 12 track and field state championship teams, between both boys and girls.

Stephen was the head track and field coach at Chandler High School for 16 years and is currently entering his sixth year at Hamilton High School, where he oversees the high jumpers and coaches the javelin throwers.

Also scheduled to be inducted are Chanel Brown, Tony Cascio, Glenn Love, Sidney Parsons and Paul Perkins – all of whom contributed tremendously throughout their time in high school and went on to play at the next level in their respective sports.

Brown was a standout volleyball player at Valley Christian, where she accumulated 1,950 kills and 1,490 digs and directed her team to a state championship and was the MVP of the tournament in 2009.

After high school, she went on to play at the University of Florida in 2010-2011, the University of Arizona in 2012-2013 and finished her collegiate career at Pepperdine in 2014.

Tony Cascio played at Hamilton High School during his high school career, but that was just the beginning for the future professional soccer player.

He went on to have a successful collegiate career at the University of Connecticut between 2008 and 2011, scoring 24 goals, dishing out 25 assists and receiving several awards along the way. From 2012 to 2015, Cascio scored four goals and dished out three assists or three different teams at the MLS level.

Glenn Love was a standout football player at Hamilton, making 100 tackles and picking off 10 passes during his senior season. He also lettered in soccer, basketball and track and field before continuing his football career at UCLA.

Then, he made his way to the Canadian Football League, where he played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Calgary Stampede and has competed in 55 games since 2012.

Sidney Parsons was another standout basketball player at Hamilton.

She went on to play basketball at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, where she started every game in her four-year career and became only the 13th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. She went on to continue her basketball career overseas, playing for the Southwest Metro Pirates in Australia and the SV Halle Lions in Germany.

Paul Perkins, in his three-year career at Chandler High School, rushed for 1,606 yards and found the end zone 23 times before moving on to play at UCLA.

After a successful three-year career at UCLA, where he rushed for 3,491 yards and 29 touchdowns, Perkins was drafted into the NFL. In two seasons for the Giants, Perkins has rushed for 546 yards, averaging 3.6 yards per carry.

Established in 2004, the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame, along with the Chandler Museum, celebrates the rich history of Chandler athletics by honoring those teams, athletes, coaches and administrators that have brought statewide and national recognition to the city of Chandler through their exceptional talent.

By GREG MACAFEE, Sports Editor

Seven athletes and a coach will join the Chandler Sports Hall of the Fame when it conducts its 14th annual induction ceremony next week at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

“We’re excited to celebrate and honor this year’s inductees,” said Marcus Williams, co-chair of the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Committee. “Each of these athletes has made outstanding strides within their sport, and it is a point of pride that they call Chandler their hometown.”

When it gathers at 11 a.m. Feb. 10, the committee will honor six state championship baseball teams from Hamilton High School.

Head baseball coach Mike Woods has been the leader of Hamilton’s program for nearly 20 years. He was there for its inception, alongside Mike Spears and Frank Pezzorello, and has led the program to great accomplishments.

The Huskies are currently back-to-back 6A State Champions and previously won titles in 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2014.

Woods said he attributes their success to a lot of things, including the work ethic of his team and the continuity of the coaching staff.

“Mike Spears and Frank Pezzorello started the program with me 20 years ago, and Tom Hansen and Clay Bellinger have been on board since 2005,” he said. “The players understand and, I think, appreciate that we are all on the same page.”

The program has had several standout players play their way into the pros or Division I schools.

Cody Bellinger is the most recent standout. During his 2017 Rookie of the Year campaign for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he hit for a .267 clip, belting 39 home runs and driving in 97 RBIs, all while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense, committing only five errors on 768 total chances.

But while Woods is just one of the individuals being inducted, he feels the players who have come through the program are the reason he is receiving the honor.

“I am very pleased to share the day and the honor with our six state champion teams,” Woods said, adding:

“Anytime a coach is honored, I feel it is due to his players and assistant coaches. If we didn’t have great players and coaches, I wouldn’t be honored. That said, I am proud of all the teams we have had, state champions or not. They are the reason for my being inducted.”

Also getting inducted together are father-daughter combo Stephen and Hannah Carson, who have a long history of athletic success in the Chandler Unified School District.

Hannah was a standout javelin thrower at Chandler High School and went on to a successful career at Texas Tech and playing for Team USA.

She narrowly missed out on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She also had the opportunity to be the flag bearer at the First Annual Youth Summer Olympics in Singapore in 2010, where she also captured bronze in the Javelin.

Hannah still holds the International Age Group World Record for 14-year-old/eighth grade in javelin with a throw of 52.9 meters in 2007.

“I think three of the biggest things that no one can take away from you are your memories, your education and your legacy,” Hannah said. “So being inducted into the Hall of Fame is something that will be there forever. So, I really appreciate the opportunity that has been given to me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. And then on top of that, to be inducted with my father, I think that’s just the icing on the cake.”

Stephen has had a successful career on the Arizona track circuit as well.

With 40 years of track and field experience, he is a five-time Arizona Track and Field Coach of the Year and has been a part of a combined 12 track and field state championship teams, between both boys and girls.

Stephen was the head track and field coach at Chandler High School for 16 years and is currently entering his sixth year at Hamilton High School, where he oversees the high jumpers and coaches the javelin throwers.

Also scheduled to be inducted are Chanel Brown, Tony Cascio, Glenn Love, Sidney Parsons and Paul Perkins – all of whom contributed tremendously throughout their time in high school and went on to play at the next level in their respective sports.

Brown was a standout volleyball player at Valley Christian, where she accumulated 1,950 kills and 1,490 digs and directed her team to a state championship and was the MVP of the tournament in 2009.

After high school, she went on to play at the University of Florida in 2010-2011, the University of Arizona in 2012-2013 and finished her collegiate career at Pepperdine in 2014.

Tony Cascio played at Hamilton High School during his high school career, but that was just the beginning for the future professional soccer player.

He went on to have a successful collegiate career at the University of Connecticut between 2008 and 2011, scoring 24 goals, dishing out 25 assists and receiving several awards along the way. From 2012 to 2015, Cascio scored four goals and dished out three assists or three different teams at the MLS level.

Glenn Love was a standout football player at Hamilton, making 100 tackles and picking off 10 passes during his senior season. He also lettered in soccer, basketball and track and field before continuing his football career at UCLA.

Then, he made his way to the Canadian Football League, where he played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Calgary Stampede and has competed in 55 games since 2012.

Sidney Parsons was another standout basketball player at Hamilton.

She went on to play basketball at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, where she started every game in her four-year career and became only the 13th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. She went on to continue her basketball career overseas, playing for the Southwest Metro Pirates in Australia and the SV Halle Lions in Germany.

Paul Perkins, in his three-year career at Chandler High School, rushed for 1,606 yards and found the end zone 23 times before moving on to play at UCLA.

After a successful three-year career at UCLA, where he rushed for 3,491 yards and 29 touchdowns, Perkins was drafted into the NFL. In two seasons for the Giants, Perkins has rushed for 546 yards, averaging 3.6 yards per carry.

Established in 2004, the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame, along with the Chandler Museum, celebrates the rich history of Chandler athletics by honoring those teams, athletes, coaches and administrators that have brought statewide and national recognition to the city of Chandler through their exceptional talent.

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