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2010 Inductees

Coach Mark Melendy Dave Wells 1989 Girls Basketball Team
Jon Sylvia Keeta Zimmerman Duke David Harper

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2010 Inductees


Coach Mark Melendy

Mark was Eureka High Schools starting All-County Quarterback in 1943. Upon graduation from EHS in 1944 Mark enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he saw duty in WWll as a bomber tail gunner. After WWll Mark attended Humboldt State College and was the Lumberjack starting quarterback and student body president. Upon graduation from Humboldt State in 1949 with a B.A. degree and teaching credential in education and physical education Mark taught a Eureka Junior High and was the head JV football coach at Eureka High School. In 1950 Mark returned to active duty in the Korean war and returned to teach at Eureka High and continue as head JV football coach. From 1949 to 1964 Mark served 4 years as head JV football coach, 3 years as varsity assistant football coach, and 8 years as head varsity football coach. Three of his varsity football teams were conference champions. Mark also served as head basketball coach for 9 years including the great 1960-61 team that entered the Berkley Tournament of Champions with one loss. Mark was the athletic director at Eureka High School for 21 years (1963-1984). Mark retired from Eureka High School in 1986 after teaching, coaching, and serving as athletic director for 36 years.

 

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Dave Wells

Dave Wells graduated from Eureka High School in 1974 where he was a member of the track and field and cross country teams. At Eureka High Wells won the 880 at the all-county meet and place second in the mile. Dave attended College of the Redwoods from 1974-1976 as was the conference champion in the 880, mile, and ran anchor on the champion mile relay team. As a sophomore Dave repeated with wins in the same three events. Wells was the small college state champion in the 880 with the second fastest time in the nation for junior colleges. Wells then attended Stanford University where he ran track and cross country and earned a B.A. in economics and a M.A. in Education. Dave coached track and field and cross country at Humboldt State University 1980-2004 and during his 17 years at the helm of the Lumberjacks his teams won 14 conference titles.

 

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1989 Girls Basketball Team

The 1989 Girls Basketball Team finished the season 25-5. They won the Panther Classic, the League Championship, the Big Five League Tournament, and the North Coast Section Championship. After winning two games in the Northern California Division ll Championships they lost in the finals to Grant HS form Sacramento. What a fantastic season these girls had!!
The team roster: Coach Alan Battle, Anna Bonomini Kane, Kari Orwen Chalmers, Jenifer Del Grande, Kim Wilson Elce, Kathy Melton Giacone, Haily Griffith, Brandi McKinnon Hartman, Malissa Curley Hawkins, Kim Avila Mullins, and Rachel McKenzie-Ward.

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Jon Sylvia

Jon graduated from Eureka High School in 1975 and during his three year wrestling career for the Loggers he was the league champion all three years. Sylvia was chosen as the most outstanding wrestler in the league his senior year. Sylvia continued his wrestling career at College of the Redwoods in 1976-1977. In 1977 Jon was the North Section California Community College Champion and the California Community Small School State Champion. Jon finished his collegiate wrestling at Humboldt State University in 1978-1979. While wrestling for the Lumberjacks Jon placed 2nd the NCAA Division lll National Championships in 1979. Jon Sylvia has inducted into the College of the Redwoods Hall of Fame in 2007 and then inducted into Humboldt State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

 

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Keeta Zimmerman Duke

Keeta graduated from Eureka High School in 1994 after a stellar career in track and field. Keeta also played basketball and was a cheerleader during her years with the Loggers. As a Logger speedster Keeta won 10 individual H-DN league titles. Duke holds three league records and four school records. Keeta qualified for the CIF State Track and Field Championships in the 100, triple jump, 4X100 relay, and 4X400 relay. Keeta is the only Eureka High Athlete to qualify for the CIF State Track and Field Championships all four years. Keeta continued her track and field career at Humboldt State University and participated from 1995-1998. She was an All-American in 1995 and 1996. Keeta went to Junior Nationals in the long jump, triple jump, and 100 in 1995. In 1998 she qualified for nationals in the heptathlon and was named NCAC Female athlete of the Year. Keeta holds 10 different HSU top 10 best efforts as a Jacks Trackster. 1st Long Jump, 1st Triple Jump, 1st 1600 Relay, 1st 400 Relay, 2nd 400 Relay, 3rd Heptathlon (stadium record), 3rd 100, 5th 200, 5th 100 Hurdles, and 9th High Jump.

 

 

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David Harper

David graduated from Eureka High School in 1984. David was a star running back on the football team and was also a sprinter on the track and field team. After finishing his Logger athletic career Harper played football and ran track at College of the Redwoods. In football he was an outside linebacker and was an all-league selection and team captain. He received a football scholarship to Weber State University but returned after one semester. Harper continued his football and education at Humboldt State University. Harper ended his college football as an All-American linebacker. His most memorable games at HSU were the two he played running back and linebacker and rushed for over 100 yards and close to 20 tackles in each game. David finished the season with 125 tackles for the season which was a school record. After finishing his senior season he was selected to play in the East West Shrine Game. In 1990 David was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL draft. He later played professional football in Sacramento and in the Canadian Football League from 1994-1996. While playing in the CFL he was the leading tackler and 2nd in sacks and was selected to the All-CFL Team.


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