Tickets are still available for the Tracy Sports Hall of Fame banquet Saturday night at the Tracy Elks Lodge, just east of town. The event honors seven new inductees into the Hall of Fame.
This will be the fourth class of inductees since the Hall of Fame, originally active from 1982 to 1990, was reestablished in 2014. This year’s honorees are three individual athletes, a team, a coach and two sports families from Tracy.
Gary Bairos, Tracy High class of 1981, was a four-time league wrestling champion, a two-time Sac-Joaquin Section division champion and the California Interscholastic Federation runner-up in his senior year. He attended Arizona State University on an athletic scholarship and won three Pac 10 titles.
Tim Brown, Tracy High class of 1986, is known to athletes today as one of Tracy High’s football team doctors. As a Bulldog, he played football, basketball and baseball. He was the 1986 Lions All Star Football Game MVP and went on to play football for the Sacramento State Hornets on an athletic scholarship.
Brittany Daniels, West High class of 2005, won four California Interscholastic Federation state titles while at West — in the triple jump in her sophomore, junior and senior years and also in the long jump in her senior year. Her Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet records for the long jump (20 feet, 5½ inches) and triple jump (44 feet) still stand.
The 2005 West High girls track and field team boasted two gold medals and three silver medals at the California Interscholastic Federation state championships, leading the Wolf Pack girls to a state title that year. Daniels won the triple jump (44 feet, 5½ inches) and long jump (20-8¼); Shevell Quinley placed second in the long jump (19-11¼) and 300-meter hurdles (42.25 seconds); and Daniels, Quinley, Miranda Garrido and Danielle Lewis placed second in the 4x100-meter relay (45.78).
Steve Thornton joins the Hall of Fame in recognition of his 15 years as West High’s original athletic director and boys basketball coach. His Wolf Pack basketball teams won seven league titles, including the Valley Oak League championship in West’s second year, and made the playoffs in 14 out of 15 years.
Brothers Tom, Danly, Bon and Ben Daniel were all big names in Tracy High football, starting with Tom, a member of the class of 1987, and continuing each year until Ben graduated with the class of 1990. In between, Danly and Bon played for the Bulldogs’ 1987 Sac-Joaquin Section championship team.
The Ennis family, including brothers Michael, Steven and Greg, brought prestige to the Tracy High swimming and water polo teams. Michael, class of 1980, won Tracy High’s Blanket Award that year. Steven was the section swimming champion in the backstroke and individual medley, and Greg played football in addition to swimming and was quarterback on the Bulldogs’ 1982 section championship team. They followed their father, Chuck, who played football at San Jose State and then taught and coached at Tracy High for 34 years.