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Talented class of 10 set to join SF Prep Hall of Fame

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The San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame will be honoring nine of The City’s finest athletes and a respected official Saturday night at its annual induction ceremonies.

“I’ve been associated with Sacred Heart for seven decades,” George Cosmos declared proudly.

In 1959, the two-time All-NorCal first-team baseball player hit .520. Despite his average “dipping” to .460 his senior year, Cosmos led the Irish on an unseasonably warm night at Candlestick Park to the 1960 Academic Athletic Association city championship over St. Ignatius.

The former class president returned to Sacred Heart Cathedral after earning degrees from San Francisco State and USF. Cosmos has taught mathematics at the school for 41 years. His date to the banquet will be Judy Cosmos, the principal of Holy Names Grammar School in the Sunset District, and Cosmos’ wife of 47 years.

“I’m very humbled,” Cosmos said of the induction. “To be associated with the great players that are in there is a great honor.”
Galileo High class of 1962 inductee David Barni played baseball and basketball, and Jerry Stack was a three-sport standout from Balboa’s 1952 graduating class, excelling in baseball, basketball and football.

Robert Bleggi from Polytechnic High School’s class of 1956 and 1982 Mission High graduate Kenneth Frazier played in different eras, but both were stars on the gridiron, as well as in track and field.

Ricardo Olivas was on the school’s track team, but he was best known as part of the “Mission High 11” that won the 1960 city soccer title.

The youngest inductee is Janice Salomon, a 1999 Lowell graduate and winner of three AAA singles tennis championships.

Also to be enshrined in the Hall from the tennis ranks is Mareen “Peanut” Louie Harper, the youngest of the five Louie siblings who dominated the local tennis scene in the 1970s.

In Peanut’s sophomore year at Washington, her only season of high school tennis, she advanced to the boys’ city semifinals.

She won 14 junior national titles and was the country’s top-ranked 16-and-under female tennis player in 1976.

A junior Wimbledon finalist in 1977 and a semifinalist in 1978, Louie Harper began her pro career that summer following graduation. She played for 16 years on the pro tour, reaching 19th in the world in 1985.

“I am honored to be nominated and considered worthy of this award,” Louie Harper said. “To think that I represented George Washington well and for them to remember me and be proud of my accomplishments in high school and post-high school is very nice.”

Three decades earlier at George Washington, Stan Sheriff was a star on the football field. He will be inducted into the Hall posthumously on Saturday night.

The evening’s final honoree will be Tony Patch, Jr. for 46 years as a football and baseball official before his death in 2009.

The inductees

David Barni

SCHOOLS: Galileo, St. Ignatius
YEARS: 1958-62
SPORTS: Baseball, basketball
HIGHLIGHT: Two-time first-team AAA in baseball; second-team AAA in hoops.

Robert Bleggi

SCHOOL: Polytechnic
YEARS: 1952-56
SPORTS: Football, track and field
HIGHLIGHT: Won All-AAA honors in track and football for three straight years.

George Cosmos

SCHOOL: Sacred Heart
YEARS: 1956-60
SPORT: Baseball
HIGHLIGHT: Examiner baseball Co-Player of the Year in 1959.

Kenneth Frazier

SCHOOL: Mission
YEARS: 1979-82
SPORTS: Football, track and field
HIGHLIGHT: Ranked No. 1 in the nation in 1981 triple jump and long jump.

Mareen Louie Harper

SCHOOL: Washington
YEARS: 1975-78
SPORT: Tennis
HIGHLIGHT: A junior Wimbledon finalist in 1977 and semifinalist in 1978.

Ricardo Olivas

SCHOOL: Mission
YEARS: 1959-62
SPORTS: Soccer, track and field
HIGHLIGHT: Two-time first-team AAA in soccer; member of “Mission High 11.”

Janice Salomon

SCHOOL: Lowell
YEARS: 1995-99
SPORT: Tennis
HIGHLIGHT: Won three straight AAA singles championships.

Stan Sheriff

SCHOOL: Washington
YEARS: 1947-50
SPORT: Football
HIGHLIGHT: Played for the Steelers, Browns and 49ers in the NFL.

Jerry Stack

SCHOOL: Balboa
YEARS: 1949-52
SPORTS: Baseball, basketball, football
HIGHLIGHT: Two-time first-team AAA in basketball as a high-scoring guard.

Tony Patch Jr.

OCCUPATION: Umpire-official
YEARS: 1963-2009
SPORTS: Baseball, football
HIGHLIGHT: Named the California Baseball Official of the Year in 2000.

SF Prep Hall of Fame ceremonies

WHERE: Spanish Cultural Center, Patio Español Restaurant, 2850 Alemany Blvd.
WHEN: Saturday; reception at 6 p.m.; banquet-awards presentation at 7 p.m.
SFPHOF: 310 members, including this year’s inductees

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