Former New York Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson and three-time Olympic gold medal-winning softball pitcher Lisa Fernandez are among the 11 members of the 2017 class of the National High School Hall of Fame administered by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), organizers announced Wednesday.
The 35th induction ceremony is July 2 in Providence, R.I., at the closing event of the 98th annual NFHS summer meeting.
Richardson played for Edmunds High (Sumter, S.C.) in the early 1950s and won three World Series with the Yankees. Fernandez, from St. Joseph’s (Lakewood, Calif.), had a 0.07 career ERA in high school before moving to UCLA. She won gold medals with Team USA in 1996, 2000 and 2004 and a silver as an alternate in 2008.
- Joe Dial, who set a national record in the pole vault in 1981 at Marlow (Okla.).
- Missy West, a three-sport star at Franklin Academy (Malone, N.Y.), who went to play basketball at Duke.
- Russ Cozart, who has a 647-6 dual-meed record as a wrestling coach at Brandon (Fla.).
- Joe Lombard, who ranks second nationally in career girls basketball wins. He is at Canyon (Texas) High.
- Steve Shondell, who won almost 1,200 volleyball matches and 21 state championships in 34 years at Burris High (Muncie, Ind.).
- Bernie Waters, who won 10 state baseball titles in 36 years at Arundel (Gambrills, Md.).
- Jerry Winterton, who has a 621-16 record in 30 years as wrestling coach at Cary (N.C.).
- Bill Laude, a football, basketball and baseball officials from Frankfort, Ill.
- Rick Wulkow, who spent 35 years with the Iowa High School Athletic Association.