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500 Lion faithful attended the Third Annual C. K. McClatchy Athletic Hall of Fame on October 11, 2014 at the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation (SASF).  40 of the inductees were present or represented by his/her family to accept the awards.  The SASF Chef, Don Lee, Class of 1966, again served a great dinner from a choice of prime rib, chicken or vegetarian  to the crowd.  Scores of volunteers from McClatchy sports teams assisted with sign in, sale of merchandise, serving food and taking photographs during the evening. The room was filled with the family and friends of the great athletes, coaches and teams being honored.

The event was a reunion for the many of the athletes from 1980’s.  Honorees came from as far way as New York , Colorado and Idaho.  After pictures with the McClatchy cheerleaders, honorees and attendees

renewed acquaintances, swapped sports stories and reveled in the camaraderie of the evening. 

After an extended Happy Hour, the evening included short speeches by Restore the Roar President Rod Kunisaki (’75) and Sacramento School Board Member Jay Hansen, Jim Coombs took over the podium to recognize the 44 athletes, three coaches and three great teams.  Al honorees had established records of excellence and here are a few highlights:

  1. Donald Hair (’85) established the state high school record for             touchdowns in football scoring 38 TD’s in 1984

  2. Brian Bedford (’83) who not only was an all-city quarterback in football, but also established the national high school record for field goal percentage in basketball.

  3. Krista Margetich (’88) who was the first women athlete in Sacramento to be named to the Optimist All Stars in both basketball and softball.

  4. Dion James (’80), who played 11 years in Major League Baseball after a stellar career with the Lions.

  5. Kevin “KC” Clark (’82) who played four seasons for the NFL’s Denver Broncos after earning accolades at McClatchy and San Jose State.

  6. Mary Bryte Johnson (’77) who earned two letters and earned the #1 singles spot on the boy’s tennis team.  She later was a nationally ranked amateur tennis player.

  7. Classmates Karen Henderson (’86) and Shannon Padovan (86) went to be college All-Americans in their respective sports.  Henderson in volleyball at Sac State and Padovan in Softball at SCC.

  8. Outstanding three-sport athlete, Pat Wallace (’89) who received All-City recognition in Basketball,Baseball and Soccer while at McClatchy

The three outstanding coaches selected are “Dub” Carter, long time track and cross country coach, Charlie Becker who coached men’s and women’s basketball and served as athletic director, and Bernie Church who built an envied baseball program at McClatchy in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Three great McClatchy Sports teams were honored:

  1. 1984 Lions Football team that had a 10-2 record and is the only Lion team to record 10 wins in a season

  2. 1985 Wrestling that captured both the dual meet andLeague tournament Metro League titles

  3. 1988 Lady Lion Basketball team who were the first lady Lions to capture a Metro League Championship

The evening was a huge success.  All proceeds from the evening benefit McClatchy Athletics. Restore the Roar thanks all who attended and h the volunteers who helped make the event a success. 

HOF Members Picture scan be seen here 

500 Faithful Attend McClatchy Athletic

Hall of Fame Dinner

Updated November 14, 2014,

Jim Coombs, McClatchy Sports Historian,  introduces Tennis Player Mary Bryte Johnson.

More pictures from the night here.

Lady Lion Tennis Team Falls to Benicia in Section Championship Match

The CKM women's tennis team ended its dramatic run for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division II Section Championships on Wednesday, November 12 at Benicia High School.  After knocking off strong squads from Vista Del Lago and Bella Vista in the prior two rounds, CKM fell just a point short of picking up the school's first sectional tennis title.  With wins from freshman Taylor Ishida at #6 singles, senior Amy Dao at #3 singles, and Robyn Noguchi & Shirley Kwong at #3 doubles, CKM was tied with BHS 3-3.  But the Lions dropped both the #1 singles (Olivia Lok) and the #2 singles (Taylor Chan) in dramatically close three-set matches as the #2 doubles team of Catherine Kong/Rachel Wagner snared a three-set win to close the match with a 5-4 score in favor of BHS.  The CKM run to the finals marked the furthest that CKM has gone in the postseason in many years, and it highlighted the senior year for five of the team's stars.


Lady Lion Hoopster Destiny Lee Signs Letter of Intent to UNLV

Senior, Destiny Lee, has signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Nevada Las Vegas next year.   During the 2013-14 season, She averaged 11 points per game, 9 rebounds per game, and 2 blocks a game for the Lady Lions. She was a key in McClatchy’s run deep into the playoffs last year and hopes for the same this year.  Look here for more information on Destiny:

Destiny Lee (Center)signing Letter of Intent surrounded by the Lady Lions