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Colfax High announces next Hall of Fame class

1998 CIF State girls hoop finalists are included
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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A longtime educator, four outstanding student-athletes and two of the school’s most decorated girls and boys basketball teams have been named as new inductees to the Colfax High Hall of Fame.

The group will be part of the school’s first inductees into the school’s Hall of Fame since the last group of inductees entered the CHS HOF in 2007.

The school’s new Hall of Fame committee met recently to revise the group’s by-laws and criteria for selecting nominees and new members.

The Hall of Fame expects to induct the new class of members in April of 2014. The HOF will then return to a two-year induction cycle according to Colfax High principal Rick Spears who also is on the HOF committee.

The new group of inductees includes:

Dean AbtClass of 1977 who was the Superior California’s Medium School Player of the Year in basketball and also a Helms All-Northern California basketball selection. He helped lead Colfax’s 1976-77 team to the CIF North Section “AA” championship. 

Rick Brown – Longtime educator, teacher, coach and innovator at Colfax High who retired in 2009. He led the school’s journalism and photography department into a new-age.

Ed Norton – Class of 1965 who was a three-sport standout and was Colfax’s first wrestler to compete at the then Northern California state tournament. Went on to earn grid honors at Sierra College and Cal Poly SLO before becoming a Navy aviator and then returning to Colfax High to teach and coach.

Jay Shuttleworth Class of 1991 who was a three-sport standout in soccer, basketball and track. Went on to teach and coach at Winters High School and now is teaching classes at Columbia University in New York City.

Rick Thompson – Class of 1964 who was Colfax’s first all-league quarterback. Thompson, also a student body president, was the school’s first military academy appointee when he accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Later had 25-year career with Corning Glass. Now resides in Penn Yan, New York.

1998 Colfax Girls Basketball Team – Coached by Jim Ryan, the Lady Falcons captured the CIF Northern California Div. IV championship and reached the state CIF championship game at Arco Arena.

1999 Colfax High Boys Basketball Team – The first boys team at Colfax to win 30 games in a season, the Ron Pucci-coached Falcons reached the CIF Northern California regional championship game, the last time a Div. IV public school from the Sac-Joaquin Section has done so.