San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame loaded with St. Ignatius stars 

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The 30th anniversary induction ceremonies of the San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame will include a strong representation from St. Ignatius.

Five of the 11 in the 2012 class were students at SI, although John Donohue’s induction is as a result of his success at Lowell High School, where he has served as baseball coach since 1983.

The remaining four SI inductees graduated one year apart from 1959 to 1962.

Smooth-fielding second baseman Gary Attell turned 12 double plays in eight games with shortstop Ken Dekker their senior year. Playing Sacred Heart Cathedral in the final game of the 1959 season, Attell’s single in the sixth inning knocked in the winning runs to lead S.I. to the Academic Athletic Association championship.

“Knowing the history of San Francisco, that I’m joining these athletes, it’s just so humbling,” said Attell, whose city roots go back four or five generations. “We lived and died baseball and now I’m going into the Hall of Fame. It’s hard to put into words.”

Joining Attell on the stage will be the opposing catcher in that 1959 final, William Moe of Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Jim Brovelli may be better known for his 11-year stint as the men’s basketball coach at USF than as the fine perimeter player who led SI to the AAA title his senior year.

“We had a true unit; we meshed so well,” Brovelli said of that 1960 team. “The togetherness, that camaraderie, you remember your whole life.”

SI graduate Gary Musante (1961) is being recognized for his exploits on the baseball and football fields. Tom Kennedy, class of 1962, Musante’s teammate on the gridiron, completes the SI contingent.

Holly Doudiet, 2003 Washington High School graduate, excelled in basketball, golf and softball.

“I’m shocked that the committee gave me this award at such a young age,” said Doudiet,. “I’m excited about being this year’s only woman, because my mom’s generation didn’t even get to play sports.”

Two of the inductees represent schools that are no longer part of the city’s high school landscape. Harvey Pulliam from McAteer played 16 years in the majors after a stellar prep career. Ansley Truitt played pro hoops after graduating from Wilson.

Lincoln hoops legend Harold Keeling will be flying in from his home in Stone Mountain, Ga., to take his place among the inductees.

The final honoree is Al Vidal, a school administrator with a deep history in San Francisco’s athletic community.

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