The Tracy Sports Hall of Fame is set to welcome its 2019 class of inductees. A banquet to honor the inductees will be held April 27 at the Tracy Elks Lodge.
The 2019 inductees are three individual athletes, a team, a coach and two families with multiple sports standouts.
As a Tracy High wrestler, Gary Bairos, class of 1981, won the San Joaquin Athletic Association title four times. He went on to win two subsection titles and a Sac-Joaquin Section title and was a California Interscholastic Federation runner-up before heading to Arizona State University, where he became the 1986 Pac-10 champion and NCAA All-American.
Brittany Daniels, West High class of 2005, was a four-time league champion in the long jump and triple jump and went on to become the CIF state champion in the triple jump in 2003, 2004 and 2005 . She still holds the Sac-Joaquin Section records for the long jump and the triple jump.
Tim Brown was a three-sport athlete at Tracy High and was the MVP for the 1986 Lions All Star Football Game in his senior year. He went on to be a three-year starter at Sacramento State and has been a team doctor for Tracy High for 16 years.
The 2005 West High girls track and field team won a Valley Oak League title and a Sac-Joaquin Section title and went on to become the CIF state champions, the only high school team from Tracy to gain that distinction.
Steve Thornton collected 525 wins as a varsity basketball coach at Tracy and West high schools, including seven league titles and 14 playoff appearances in 15 years as West High’s head basketball coach. In 1998, his West High team won 31 games and went 14-0 in the Valley Oak League.
The Daniel family produced four Tracy High football standouts in the 1980s. Tom Daniel rushed for 472 yards in 1985 and 443 yards in 1986. Danly, the 1987 Peter B. Kyne Award winner, racked up 1,001 rushing yards in 1986 and 1,796 rushing yards in 1987, the year his team won the Sac-Joaquin Section title. Bon ran for 706 yards in 1987, and Ben ran for 707 yards in 1989.
Chuck Ennis coached football, wrestling, swimming and diving at Tracy High. His son Michael earned nine varsity letters in water polo, wrestling and swimming between 1976 and 1980. Son Steven, a four-year letterman in swimming and a two-year letterman in water polo, took first place at the 1981 Sac-Joaquin Section meet in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley. Son Greg was a four-year letterman in swimming and a two-year letterman in football and basketball. He was the starting quarterback for the Tracy High Bulldogs in 1982 and 1983 with a combined record of 24-2, including the 1982 Sac-Joaquin Section football championship. Michael, Steven and Greg all went on to distinguished college careers in their sports.
Tickets for the April 27 event are $40, and can be obtained by calling Bill Kaska at 209-836-4491.