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Jan. 19, 2016 

Chandler Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and luncheon on February 13 at the Chandler Center for the Arts
 
Lyndsey Fry USA HockeyThe athletic accomplishments of six individuals and two teams will be celebrated during the 12th Annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Special recognition will also be given to Al Nelson and Judge Norine Houston Richardson.
 
“We’re excited for attendees to learn more about this year’s outstanding nominees. Each one has brought extraordinary athletic accomplishments to their sport and community,” says Eddie Wilson, former NFL Quarterback and current Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Committee Chair. 
 
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 state-wide and national recognition to the City of Chandler through their exceptional talent.
Tickets for the event, which includes both the induction ceremony and luncheon, are $15 (plus service charge) and available through the Center’s box office, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, and online at www.chandlermuseum.org.

The 2015 Chandler Sports Hall of Fame inductees are:
  • Patrick Fisher, College Tennis Coach
  • Lyndsey Fry, Olympic Medalist in Women’s Hockey
  • Ashley Hanson, USA Softball
  • Kaela Oakes, Women’s College Basketball
  • Violeta Retamoza, Professional women’s golfer
  • Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver
  • 1970 Chandler High Baseball Team
  • 1972 Chandler High Track Team 

Since 2004, the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame has recognized some of the best athletes, coaches and teams that call Chandler home.

  

Chandler Sports Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees
  • Patrick Fisher
    From 1992-1996, Patrick Fisher competed in tennis at Chandler High and went on to Ferris State University where he was named to the Great Lakes All Conference Team for three seasons. Fisher has played professionally, competing on the Satellite and Future Tours. He’s also coached at Western Michigan, Colgate University, and Brigham Young University.  Patrick Fisher is currently the head coach of the Northern Illinois University tennis program. Since he took over as head coach in 2009, his coaching record is 78-50 which includes two conference championships.
        
  • Lyndsey Fry
    Chandler native Lyndsey Fry is a former member of the United States Women’s national hockey team. In 2014, Fry was part of the team that won the silver medal at the Sochi Olympic Games; she also became the first female Arizona native to compete on the national team at the Olympics. Most recently, she finished her college career with the women’s hockey team at Harvard University helping them to a second place finish in the NCAA Championship Tournament in her senior year. 
       
  • Ashley HansenAshley Hansen
    Ashley Hansen played shortstop from 2009-2012 for Stanford University’s softball team. A graduate of Corona del Sol High, Hansen was a member of the United States softball team that captured gold at the 2010 ISF Women’s Championships. She is also the only player ever to be the Pac-10/12 Newcomer, Player and Defensive Player of the year. Currently, she is a coach and founder of the Ashley Hansen Softball Academy.

  • Kaela Oakes
    A graduate of Basha High, Kaela Oakes competed in both basketball and track for the Basha Bears. From 2009-2013, she played for the women’s basketball team at Idaho State University earning several Big Sky All-Academic team recognitions and in 2013 named to the Big Sky All-Tournament team.
      
  • Violeta Retamoza
    Violeta Retamoza is a professional women’s golfer. She was part of the Hamilton High girl’s golf team from 1998-2001 where she received the Arizona Golfer of the Year award during her senior year. Retamoza continued her career at the University of Tennessee from 2002-2006 where she garnered four collegiate wins. More recently, she’s competed on the LPGA and Futures Tours. She now coaches young professional golfers.
      
  • Markus Wheaton
    Markus Wheaton is a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL. Wheaton attended Chandler High School where he was a two sport athlete in football and track and field.  In college Wheaton played football for Oregon State University as well as competed in track and field from 2009-20012. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2013 NFL Draft.
      
  • 1970 Chandler High Baseball Team
    Coached by Bob Noel, the 1970 CHS Baseball Team won the Arizona 3A State Championship. At the time it was the baseball program’s second baseball championship and the first big school title for Chandler High. Despite only having a 15-8-1 record, the team got hot heading into the playoffs and continued the winning streak into the championship game. Several of players went on to play at the collegiate and professional levels.
        
  • 1972 Chandler High Track Team
    Under Coach Al Howell, the 1972 Chandler High boy’s track and field team won the 3A State Championship. The team was led by Kenny Walker, Will Vanley and Dave Woods. The state championship was the school’s first in track and field. During that year, CHS athletes broke records in the long jump and the 4x 100. Kenny Walker also set the record for the 100 yard dash and Skeet Dixon broke the mile record for the state. 
 
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS
 
  • Al Nelson, Special Recognition Award
    Al Nelson has served the Arizona and Chandler sports communities for over thirty years.  He has served as an official for the Arizona Interscholastic Association for the state cross country and track regionals and finals since 1984. Nelson served as an assistant coach for Valley Christian High School’s track and field program for over twenty years. During that time, he was an integral part of the program’s 29 track and field state championships. He’s also the statistician for Valley Christian’s football, track and basketball programs. Today, Nelson still teaches at Valley Christian High School and continues to play a key role in the athletic programs.
       
  • Judge Norine Houston Richardson, Special Recognition Award
    Norine Houston Richardson has been one of Chandler’s top leaders and volunteers for over twenty years. She’s the founder, president and head coach of the Arizona Cheetah’s Youth Program. In addition to her decorated career in law and volunteer work, she has been involved with USA Track and Field. Since 1999, she has been a youth legal advisor for the national team. She’s also been a legal advisor for the USATF site selection committee for Youth National Championships since 2000. She’s also served as a coach for USA Track and Field from 2007-2014. Today, Richardson continues to volunteer and help Chandler youth thrive and succeed.
Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Selection Process

The selection committee is comprised of former coaches, school administrators, athletes and others with a genuine interest in the history of athletics in Chandler. Hall of Fame candidates can be individuals who or athletic teams that brought recognition to the City of Chandler. This recognition may include national or statewide record-setting performances or contributions to the community and athletics in general.

Candidates can be a member of a high school or professional team, and can be considered for recognition no sooner than five years after their performances.
More information can be found at chandlermuseum.org, or by calling 480-782-2717. The Chandler Sports Hall of Fame, a 501c3 Non-Profit, is a partner of the Chandler Museum. To learn more about the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame and its inductees, visit chandlerpedia.org.
   
 
About Chandler Sports Hall of Fame

The Chandler Sports Hall of Fame is a nonprofit 501c3 organization with the purpose of honoring the athlete who have brought recognition to the City of Chandler and who have made a significant contribution to Chandler’s athletics community.
   
 
About Chandler Museum

The Chandler Museum is an innovative environment where the community comes together to share our stories, store our cultural heritage and experience Chandler as a people and place. The vision of the Museum is to be the community’s principal resource to explore its people’s history, culture, and their place in a rapidly changing world of today – within and without the walls of a building. More at chandlermuseum.org. 

 
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