High school to honor Hall of Fame inductees at football game
–Friday night is the Paso Robles High School Hall of Fame Night. They will be honoring and recognizing three distinguished inductees for the Class of 2017. This special presentation will take place at the beginning of half time in Friday night’s game vs. Cajon High School. In addition, they will be recognizing 1995 CIF Women’s Volleyball Champions.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and kick-off is set for 7 p.m. There is no JV game.
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The three inductees are:
John Waskowicz (Athletic Trainer, 1962-1977)
A tireless supporter of Bearcat athletes, he was the first athletic trainer in the central coast and was highly respected for his professionalism and integrity. He received no compensation for his services except for a yearly trip to the athletic trainers’ convention. John’s trademark was to always wear freshly bleached and starched crisp white pants to Friday night games and to always provide freshly sliced lemons and oranges to the teams. Upon John’s death in 1977, the Bearcat football team wore a black stripe on their helmets in his memory and dedicated their season to “Dr. John and the qualities that best represented him: Love for his fellow man, unselfishness, and perfection.”
Jerome Thomas (1995)
Two year varsity letter winner in Football, all LPAL twice and All CIF in 1994 on a league champion and CIF finals Bearcat team. He was also chosen Varsity Offensive Player of the Year in 1994. Jerome was a two year varsity letter winner in basketball and was voted “Defensive Player of the Year” for the LPAL in 1995. He was also a varsity letter winner in baseball. Jerome received a Division I scholarship from the University of Idaho where he was a four year letterman. He started at tailback for two years and had a 96 year kickoff return in the 1999 “Humanitarian” Bowl victory over Southern Mississippi University, ESPN’s “Play of the Day.”
Kevin Hill (1995)
Two year varsity letter winner in football, an all LPAL selection in 1993 and ’94, and team MVP in 1994 on a league champion and CIF finals Bearcat team. LPAL champion in wrestling twice. In track, Kevin was a four year letterman on 3 LPAL champion teams. He was a 3 time league champion and CIF finalist, winning the CIF championship in the 400 meters in 1995. He still holds the PRHS record in that event. Kevin received a Division I scholarship from the University of Idaho where he ran track for 2 years and was a four year letterman in football. He was a two year starter at strong safety and caused a key fumble in the “Humanitarian” Bowl victory over Southern Mississippi in 1999.
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