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Yuma High to Induct 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

YUMA, AZ – The Yuma High School Hall of Fame Committee elected nine new members into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. 

The Class of 2016 consists of Lucky Arvizo, Jim Marshall, Edward “Vito” Montana, Kenneth Needham, Duncan Phillips, Jess M. Sanchez, Tim Tyree, Tom Tyree, and the 1913 football team. They will be formally enshrined on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. The enshrinement ceremony is held in the Yuma High School Cafeteria at 11:30 a.m. followed by the presentation of their Hall of Fame inductee plaques at the Palace Gym.

The ceremony will cap three days of celebration for the enshrinees, including a gathering at Lute’s Casino in downtown Yuma on Thursday, lunch on campus, and reserved seating and recognition during Friday’s football game versus Gila Ridge. 

“The group of former Yuma High student-athletes entering the Hall of Fame this week exemplifies the proud history of our athletic program,” Yuma High athletic director Frank Nunez said. “They represent several decades of success across multiple sports. Every year there are plenty of very worthy candidates to be inducted, but this year the committee did a great job with their selections.”

The 2016 class is the seventh inducted into Yuma High’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Beginning with the inaugural class in 2010, each member has been honored with a plaque in the east wing of the Palace Gym. 

The Hall of Fame was organized to maintain the rich heritage and tradition of successful athletic programs at Yuma High School. It recognizes, preserves, and honors the athletes, coaches, and individuals who have made significant contributions to Yuma High athletic programs. Many individuals have been influential in the “Criminal Tradition” of excellence and have had exemplary accomplishments on the athletic programs. The Hall of Fame honors the contributions and accomplishments of those individuals who are worthy of recognition and have set examples for others to emulate. Nominees for the Hall of Fame must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and moral character. All candidates are judged on their significant and/or long-term contributions to athletic endeavors.

There are 107 individuals and five teams enshrined in Yuma High’s Hall of Fame, including nine members of this year’s class. 

Lucky Arvizo

Class of 1985… Football, Two-Year Varsity Letter… Set school record in passing yards with 1,574 in 1984 season… Basketball, Two-Year Varsity Letter… Baseball, Two-Year Varsity Letter… 1985 All-Central Division… 1985 South All-Star Team… 1985 Thom McCann Award… Played quarterback at Arizona Western College, including starting during the 1986 season… Pitched two seasons at Westmont College, going 14-8… After his playing career, Arvizo spent two years as the quarterbacks coach at Cibola High School (1990-92) before returning as the offensive coordinator in 1998 and head coach in 2001. He has served Yuma Union High School District as a coach, teacher and administrator for more than two decades. 

Jim Marshall

Class of 1953… Basketball, Two-Year Varsity Letter… Baseball, Three-Year Varsity Letter… 1953 MVP with a .370 batting average… Played freshman baseball at the University of Arizona before joining the U.S. Naval Academy and becoming a three-year letterman… He was commissioned in 1958 and served 20 years as a Naval Officer, rising to the rank of Commander… A lifelong learner, Marshall earned Masters of Science Degrees from MIT and Rensselaer Polytechnic University, and a Law Degree from Georgetown… Died June 1999 at the age of 64…

Edward “Vito” Montana 

Served as athletic program bus driver from 1948-2009… Montana was a mechanic and supervisor on campus as well… In his 61 years of service, Montana embodied “the extra mile.” He would take student-athletes home to Welton or San Luis to ensure that they were able to compete in his or her respective sports… 

Duncan W. Phillips

Class of 1968… Basketball, Two-Year Varsity Letter… Baseball… 1968 All-State… Record 0.41 ERA in 1968 season… Cross Country, Three-Year Varsity Letter… Played baseball at Northern Arizona University where he helped lead the Lumberjacks to the 1971 Big Sky title… Phillips coached tennis for 15 years at Cibola High School, a tenure which included 11 years in the state tournament, 11 Regional Players of the Year, and five collegiate players… He also served 15 years as a basketball and football official at multiple levels ranging from the local to national level… 

Jess M. Sanchez

Class of 1948… Track, Three-Year Varsity Letter… Football, Two-Year Varsity Letter… 1947 Captain… 1947 All-State… Played football at Northern Arizona University for four years… 1951 John G. Yost Trophy for outstanding Lineman… After graduation Sanchez served as a teacher in Arizona and California for 35 years… 

Tim Tyree

Class of 1967… Football, Two-Year Varsity Letter… 1966 All-Conference… 1966 South All-Star Team… 1966 Honorable Mention All-State… Basketball, Two-Year Varsity Letter… Baseball, Two-Year Varsity Letter… 1967 All-State… 1967 South All-Star Team… 1967 Yuma County Top Athlete… Played one year of football and baseball at Arizona Western College before moving on to New Mexico Highlands University where he played two more football seasons… Tyree spent more than three decades in coaching, including 25 years as a Pop Warner football coach where he amassed a 230-20 record… He also designs and develops training equipment and has worked with several professional athletes, such as former Major League Baseball slugger Mark McGwire and closer Mark Davis, as part of his fitness business. 

Tom Tyree

Class of 1966… Football, Two-Year Varsity Letter… 1965 All-Conference… 1965 Second Team All-State… 1965 1965 All-Division 1-AA… Basketball, Two-Year Varsity Letter… 1966 Honorable Mention All-Division 1-AA… Baseball, Two-Year Varsity Letter… 1966 Yuma County Top Male Athlete… Played two years of football Arizona Western College, leading the team in interceptions … Tyree coached basketball at Yuma High, Kofa High and Dobson High… Later, Tyree would serve as the Yuma County Superintendent of Schools and eventually serve two years as president of Arizona State Board of Education… 

1913 Football Team Roster

Harry Geer Clymer… Tom Glenn… Carl Deane Haughtelin (Sr.)… Joseph (Joe) Virgil Huss… William (Bill) R. Huss…  

Emzy Harvey (Swede) Lynch… Warren Peterson… Ernest (Ernie) Power (Sr.)… William Edward Power (Jr.) (Eddie)… Victor Anthony Shelby… Hubert  E. Thacker…