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2008 Inductees

Coach Jay Willard Elta Cartwright 1935 Wonder Team
Ralph Mayo Rich Mayo John Burman
Bill Olsen Rob Harrison Catrina Bindel

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2008 Inductees

Coach Jay Willard

Coach Jay Willard coached at Eureka High School from 1927 to 1963. Coach Willard was head coach for the Logger football team from 1927 to 1954, the basketball team from 1928 to 1954, the track team 1927 to 1954 and the baseball team for 2 years. Coach Willard was head golf coach from 1960 to 1963. His Logger football teams were undefeated in 1927, 1935, 1952, and 1954 with Northern California Championships in 1935 and 1937. The lessons taught by Jay Willard at Eureka High School gave countless men the foundation to achieve high levels of success in all fields.





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Elta Cartwright (STROMBERG-HENRICKSEN) "Cinder Elta"

Elta Cartwright graduated from Eureka High School in 1925. After a stellar high school track and field career Cartwright continued to compete at Humboldt State College. Cartwright was a pioneer sprint sensation. At one time "Cinder Elta" was a world record holding sprinter while representing the United States of America.

Elta Cartwright's Accomplishments

4 years running she was the USA Champion in the 50
2 years running she was the USA Champion in the 100

July 4, 1928 Elta participated in the Olympic Trials in Newark, New Jersey.
First- 50 6.1 seconds
First- 100 12.6 seconds, tying the world record
First- Running broad jump

One newspaper called Cartwright "the best woman athlete in the United States." In 1959 Elta Cartwright became the first female athlete inducted to the Humboldt State College Hall of Fame.


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1935 "Wonder Team"

Sweeping through an undefeated season the Varsity Football Team encountered practically no opposition and easily won the Humboldt-Del Norte CIF championship. During the season the Varsity ran up a total of 283 points to their opponents' nothing, and made a record that won't soon be forgotten. Six members of the team were named to the All-County CIF team. These included: Bob Pollard, Bob Young, Charles Moore, Reco Pastori, Larry Wing, and John Tomanovich. The mighty Loggers were coached by Jay Willard inducted into the Eureka High School Athletic Hall of Fame with this team. After going undefeated in league and beating Fort Bragg Eureka played in the Northern California championship game on November 28, 1935 against Grant Union of Sacramento, which Eureka won 6-0.

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Ralph Mayo

Ralph Mayo graduated from Eureka High School in 1954 where he was Student Body President. Mayo was All County in football, basketball, and baseball as a student athlete at Eureka High. In 1953 Mayo was the first Logger to be named to the National All-American Football Team. Ralph Mayo attended Humboldt state College where he was a four (4) year starter on the Lumberjack teams. After U.S. Army service, Ralph Mayo returned to Humboldt State where he obtained a teaching credential. Mayo taught and coached football and baseball in the Mt. Diablo School District in excess of 22 years.


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Richard Mayo

Richard Mayo graduated from Eureka High School in 1956. He excelled in football, basketball, and baseball at Eureka High School. Mayo was the starting quarterback on the 1954 (undefeated) and 1955 (1 loss) football seasons. Mayo attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he was the Falcon quarterback for the 1958, 1959 and 1960 seasons. In 1958 Mayo led the Falcons to an undefeated season with a 0-0 tie in the Cotton Bowl. After his Air Force service as a jet fighter pilot, Mayo attended medical school and became a medical doctor.





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John Burman

John Burman graduated from Eureka High School in 1965. At Eureka High Burman was a student athlete in both football and track and field. Burman was the starting halfback 4 years (1961-1964) and was an All-League selection. And in track Burman ran the 440 and was the H-DN League Champion his junior and senior year. John Burman's speed as a record holder in track took him to the California State Track and Field Championships in Los Angles. At Shasta Junior College Burman again was the starting halfback for 2 years (1965-1966)and most valuable player. He was also the track League Champion in the 440. While at Humboldt State College Burman was a member of the football and the track and field teams. In 1968 the Lumberjack football team was (9-1) and beat Fresno State University in the Camellia Bowl. In 1968 John was All Far Western Conference, and All Coast Halfback. He averaged two touchdowns per game and was the Lumberjack leading rusher. Burman was the conference 440 champion while running track for Humboldt State. John Burman played for the San Francisco 49'ers in 1969. When playing against the Green Bay Packers he sustained a career ending back injury.

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Bill Olsen

Bill Olsen graduated from Eureka High School in 1967. Olsen, long considered the best pitcher in Eureka High School history with a reported career record of 24-1 and a 0.00 ERA during his sophomore season. Of his 14 wins in league play, three were no-hitters. As a high school senior bill was the Humboldt Crabs opening night pitcher for the entire 1967 season. His 8-1 record for the Crabs (1-0 loss to Colorado) included an ERA of 0.53 with 101 strikeouts in 75 innings. Olsen was named to the 13 man All American Team later that summer when the Crabs played in the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas. Olsen was the New York Yankee's number one draft choice in 1968. He was named League's Best Left-Handed Pitcher in each of his first two full seasons in the minors. Shoulder problems immediately followed however, and ended a promising career. Bill played with the Yankee's for six years, two of which were on the Yankee's 40 man roster.



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Robbie Harrison

Robbie Harrison graduated from Eureka High School in 1981. While competing for the Loggers, he was an outstanding three sport star excelling in football, wrestling, and track. In his senior season at Eureka High Harrison led the state in rushing with 1785 yards and second in touchdowns with 24. In wrestling Harrison won the NCS Championship by pin. He placed third in the CIF State Championship at 189 lbs. In track and field Harrison won the H-DN County Meet in the 200 M, 110 MHH, long jump, and triple jump. He was the NCS Meet of Champions winner in the triple jump with a best of 48'9.5". Harrison competed in the CIF State Meet in the high hurdles, long and triple jumps. He had the 8th fastest high hurdle time and was 6th in the triple jump. Robbie accepted a football scholarship to San Diego State University where he played football and ran track for the Aztecs placing second on the All-time list in the Decathlon. At College of the Redwoods in 1984 he led the state in rushing with over 1000 yards, was Golden Valley Conference Player of The Year and was on the All-State Team. Harrison then went on to Sacramento State where he set many rushing records. Robbie Harrison was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 10th round of the NFL Draft where he spent one season before singing with the LA Rams as a running back. Harrison's professional football career was ended by a hip injury.

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Catrina Bindel

Catrina Bindel graduated from Eureka High School in 1991. Bindel was a multi sport athlete competing in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. She was also the 1991 Jay Willard Award winner as the top female athlete at Eureka High. Catrina's expertise was track and field. She held numerous All-County titles and school and county records. Bindel was the North Coast Section Champion in the 800 and the high jump. Catrina was a 3 year California State Track and Field Championship participant. She competed in the high jump 3 years, the 800 2 years, and the 4x400 relay 1 year. With her will to win in 1990 she placed 5th in the high jump and 6th in the 800. In 1991 she was 4th in the high jump. Also in 1991 Bindel was the Golden West Invitational Champion in the heptathlon. Catrina earned a full scholarship to Wake Forest University (1991-1996). Wake Forest All-Time Performance List: 400M, 400MH, HJ, LJ, Shot, and Heptathlon. All-Time Records at Wake Forest: Indoor- HJ, Outdoor- HJ and Heptathlon. All Atlantic Coast Conference Champion 1993 HJ and 1995-1996 Heptathlon. NCAA All-American indoor HJ (1995) and outdoor Heptathlon (1993, 1995, 1996). After college Bindel competed and place at the United State Nationals 1996, 1997, and 1998. She also competed in the Olympic Trials (1996) and theWorld University Games in Italy (1997).

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