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2015 Inductees

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  • Athlete: David Casey, Class of 1967

    A football, soccer and tennis athlete, David Casey led La Jolla Country Day School's (LJCDS) tennis teams to 1966 and 1967 CIF SDS Championships.  David continued his tennis career at Trinity College, Connecticut where he also competed in squash. A University of San Diego Law graduate, David was elected president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and was inducted both into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers, which limits members to the top 500 trial lawyers in the United States.
  • Athlete: Marissa Rivera, Class of 2004

    Marissa Rivera finished her LJCDS career as a four-year letterman in basketball and softball and a two-year letterman in volleyball.

    Marissa led the Lady Torreys to four consecutive basketball championships winning state titles in 2001 and 2002.  She also won four Coastal League and four CIF SDS Championships. Marissa ended her career with 1724 points and 277 blocked shots.

    Marissa led her softball (2001) and volleyball (2003) teams to the CIF SDS Division V championships. Marissa was selected LJCDS’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2004. A team captain at UC Riverside, she led the Lady Highlanders to the 2010 Big West Conference Basketball Championship. Marissa graduated from UCR with bachelor degrees in Business Economics and Political Science and earned a MBA in Global Business from the University of Redlands.
  • Athlete: Candice Wiggins, Class of 2004

    A four-year letterman in both basketball and volleyball, Candice was a four-time CIF Division IV Player of the Year in basketball. She was a McDonald’s All-American, a US Junior National Team member and California’s Miss Basketball as a senior. While at Stanford, Candice was named the 2005 PAC-10 Freshman of the Year and was selected PAC-10 Player of the Year three times. Candice was also awarded the Wade Trophy as the nation’s top player in 2007-08.  Candice was the third pick in the first round of the 2008 WNBA draft. Later that year she received the WNBA’s 6th Woman Award. Candice led the Minnesota Lynx to the 2011 WNBA Championship.
     
  • 2000–2001 Women’s Basketball Team

    The 2001-02 Women’s Basketball team brought the first ever State Championship to LJCDS. With 17 consecutive wins to end the season, the team finished with a 29-5 record, ranked #1 in State-Division V, #1 in San Diego County-All Divisions, and #18 in California-All Divisions. The teams 69-56 victory over defending champions, Redwood Christian, set a state record for the most points scored by a team in a championship game.

    The 2001-02 Lady Torreys placed 5 players on the All-CIF Division V team and Candice Wiggins was named the Division V Player of the Year and the San Diego County Player of the Year.  Coach Terri Bamford was named Cal-Hi Division V Coach of the Year.
     
    Team members: June Brubaker, Gabi Douglas, Ashley Rentz, Marissa Rivera, Sarah Wilson, Daniel Kerper, Candice Wiggins,
    Katherine Kwoh, Daniela Scarfeo, Kaili Eszlinger, and Deborah Birnbaum. Coaches: Terri Bamford, Brian Murphy and Corinne Brunn.
  • 2002–2003 Men’s Soccer Team

    Outscoring their opposition 107-38 on their way to a 23-3-3 record, the 2002-03 Men’s Soccer Team won CIF SDS and Coastal League championships and a top 10 ranking in the county.

    Team members:  JT Levine, Eli Soumekh, John Buza, Luke Byland, Dave Smith, John Hillman, Mark Liskevych, Mark Jordan, Baudoin Gauthier, Jessie Kobernick, Andrew Migdal, Michael Saleh, Taylor Alan-Lee, Ted Lin, Alex Orenich, Will Hagan, Michael Cobrda, Patrick Christy, Andy Jorgensen, and Garth Huston.  Coaches: Jerry Fleishhacker and Enrique Garcia.
  • Friends of Sport: Rueben DeAnda

    Ruben’s dedication to LJCDS, motivated by his love for everything the school stands for, began with his first year as a LJCDS parent in 1989 and continued long after his son’s graduation.

    Ruben, along with his wife Marie, was a consistent presence on the Torrey sideline regardless of whether games were at home or away.  The legacy of his contributions to LJCDS remain visible in the banners representing Country Day sports that hang from the rafters of the Smith Gymnasium.
  • Friends of Sport: Charles Thomas and Evelyn Bernice Stefl

    Tom and Niece Stefl, parents of Tim Stefl ’87, were fixtures at numerous games, home and away, no matter how far away. They were die hard, vocal supporters of LJCDS’s 80’s teams, coaches and players. Tom and Niece could be heard in the background of almost every game video, screaming for their "Torres" (as the mascot was known in those days)! In addition to their outstanding spirit, Tom helped coach the football linemen, and Niece brought the player’s water jugs for every game they attended earning her the affectionate nickname of “water girl”.   

2009 Inductees

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  • Athlete: Alexandra Stevenson, Class of 1999

    Wimbledon semifinalist Alexandra Stevenson, a professional tennis player on the WTA tour, has been ranked as high as No. 18 in the world. She holds the record as the first woman qualifier in the Open Era to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon, just two weeks following graduation from high school. At LJCDS, Stevenson never lost a tennis match and was CIF champion all three years she played. Her 1996 team won the first-ever women's CIF championship in school history. While maintaining her amateur status and competing on the WTA tour during high school, Stevenson was also involved in musical theater and graduated with honors. She graduated on the dean's list from the University of Colorado, Boulder and earned a bachelor’s in sociology.
  • Athlete: Danny Gabriel, Class of 1992

    Voted Player of the Year in both soccer and tennis in 1992, Danny Gabriel received numerous athletic accolades during his tenure at LJCDS achieving All-League in soccer, cross country and tennis; All-CIF in soccer and tennis; All-State in soccer and All-Academic first team in both soccer and tennis (twice in each sport). Gabriel was a member of the Coastal League champion tennis team all four years that he played. He continued his soccer career at U.C. Berkeley and then professionally with the San Jose Sharks. Following his athletic career, Gabriel became a motivational speaker and mentor for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
  • Athlete: Michele Hall Greene, Class of 1985

    An accomplished athlete at LJCDS, Michele Hall Greene earned 12 varsity letters in basketball, volleyball and softball. Her teams won numerous championships: two CIF softball championships, a CIF championship in volleyball and a CIF and regional championship in basketball. Greene was named to the All-League team four times for softball, four times for basketball and three times for volleyball. She continued her volleyball career at the University of Montana.
  • Athlete: Jeri Wigley Shepard, Class of 1985

    Jeri Wigley Shepard was an accomplished multi-sport athlete and a member of many championship teams while at LJCDS. Her softball team won CIF championships in 1982 and 1983, and her volleyball team won a CIF crown in 1984. Shepard’s basketball team won CIF and regional championships in 1985. She was named to the All-League softball team four times, All-League basketball and volleyball team three times. She earned 12 varsity letters. Shepard continued her volleyball career as a four-year team captain and starter at Idaho State University where she was named Academic All-American for the Western Region. She has also been inducted into the San Diego Hall of Champions.

2013 Inductees

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  • Athlete: Rick Evans, Class of 1968

    Rick Evans was a member of LJCDS’s CIF Tennis Championship teams from 1966 to 1968. He was the Individual Champion in 1967 and runner-up in 1968. Evans received numerous accolades in baseball, basketball, cross-country and track while at LJCDS. He played tennis for Stanford University and continued to play competitive tennis after college. Evans was a member of a Southern California team that won a national USTA over age 50 men's title. He earned a No. 5 ranking in father-son doubles with his son, Jason, in 2006 and 2007. Evans continues to be active in the San Diego tennis community serving as both treasurer and president of Youth Tennis San Diego and as a board member of the San Diego Tennis Association.
  • Athlete: Niki Castle, Class of 1996

    Niki Castle had an outstanding career at LJCDS being named the LJCDS Female Athlete of the Year in 1993 through 1996. Castle was a four-year tri-sport athlete competing in volleyball, basketball and softball/track. She is considered an “Iron Torrey” athlete (12 sports in four years). Castle was named First Team All-League, All-CIF, Team MVP and Captain in volleyball, basketball and track. In track, she anchored the Southern Conference Champion 4x100 meter relay team. Castle attended Washington State University on a basketball scholarship.
  • Athlete: Joslynn Burkett, Class of 2001

    Joslynn Burkett earned four varsity letters in women's tennis and was awarded team MVP for three years at LJCDS. She led the tennis team to two consecutive CIF D. III titles in 1999 and 2000. In 2000, Burkett was undefeated with a 51-0 record and helped the team earn their undefeated (18-0) record. She went on to capture the Individual CIF Singles crown, a title no LJCDS tennis player has won since. Burkett earned honors as Union Tribune Athlete of the Week, Athlete of the Month and Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Year. She was selected First Team All-CIF twice and was also honored as All-Academic Tennis Team Captain with a 4.07 GPA. She finished her junior career ranked in the top 10 in Southern California and top 50 in the nation. Burkett attended Arizona State University on a full tennis scholarship. Her Sun Devil team made the NCAA tournament all four years and reached the Sweet 16 three of those seasons. Burkett played No. 1 singles for Arizona State University as a junior and senior.
  • Athlete: Maiya Chard-Yaron, Class of 2002

    Maiya Chard-Yaron earned four softball letters and was team captain for three years at LJCDS. She led the team both in the pitcher’s circle and at the plate, graduating with a pitching career of 606 strikeouts and a .537 batting average. Chard-Yaron was voted Most Valuable Player each of her four years, and area coaches recognized her with First Team All-Coastal League and First-Team All-CIF Division IV honors all four years. In 2001, she was named the CIF Division IV Player of the Year, and in 2002, Chard-Yaron earned the title of Coastal League Pitcher of the Year. The Union Tribune honored her as Athlete of the Week and named her to the All-Academic Team following her senior season. Chard-Yaron set CIF top 10 records in career batting average, career stolen bases, career hits and batting average in a season. She continued her studies and softball career as team captain at Columbia University. Since 2003, Chard-Yaron has competed internationally with the Israeli National Softball Team in six European Championships and two World Maccabiah Games.
  • Athlete: Kip Puterbaugh, Class of 1996

    As an outstanding LJCDS golfer, Kip Puterbaugh regularly finished high in League and CIF tournaments. He also won the Junior World Championship at Torrey Pines. Puterbaugh earned a golf scholarship at the University of Houston, which was one of the nation’s leading golf universities. He competed nationally and abroad and went into the golf business in 1970. Puterbaugh is a PGA professional running a premier golf academy in Carlsbad.
  • 1995 Volleyball Team

    Team members: Coach Jo Ann De Martini, Coach Peter Ogle, Ali Bjeldanes, Niki Castle, Wilhemina Hardy, Jennifer Landers, Nikki McIntyre, Aly Picker, Lindsey Thompson, Jakey Toor and Jenny Warshawsky

    The 1995 Volleyball team had an overall record of 20-10 and a league record of 7-3; they emerged as the San Diego CIF Champion in Division V. They were also the 1994 CIF runner-up. Coach Peter Ogle said, “This team had an exceptional desire to win, to ‘go for it’, and to play for each other. The whole was greater than the parts. A once-in-a-lifetime experience for a coach.”
  • Friends of Sport: Booster Club Members

    Members: Melissa Bartell, Silvana Christy, Slyvia Geffen, Tess Golia, Margie Kopiec, Izzy Leverant, Clarice Migdal, Viktoria Talbot and Michele Zousmer

    This group of Super Torreys worked diligently to revive a booster club that was on the verge of extinction as they built a strong sense of Torrey pride on this campus. Hard work, dedication, passion, positive attitudes and a steadfast belief in valuable life lessons taught through LJCDS athletics was the hallmark of this incredible group of Lady Torreys. The Torrey Store, Big Blue Days and our first synthetic turf and lighted fields are a few of the traditions founded by this pioneering group of boosters.

2007 Inductees

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  • Athlete: Charles "Buzz" duPont, Class of 1964

    Charles “Buzz” duPont competed on the first Upper School football and basketball teams at LJCDS. He earned varsity letters in three sports: football, basketball and track. DuPont was named All-League football, MVP football, and an All-League basketball player. He received a National Merit Scholarship Commendation.
  • Athlete: Jerry Marsh, Class of 1982

    Named League Athlete of the Year in track and cross country in 1981, Jerry Marsh went on to become an All-Pac 10 Runner at the University of California, Los Angeles and was invited to compete in the 1992 Olympic trials in the marathon. Marsh is the current LJCDS record holder in the 1600m (4:24.7) and 3200m (9:52.0). A four-time All-American USA Track and Field member, Marsh was also named High School All-American in 1980 by Harrier Magazine.
  • Athlete: Isabel Schoepflin, Class of 1991

    Voted Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1991, Isabelle Schoepflin received numerous athletic accolades during her tenure at LJCDS including: All-League Basketball and Tennis Teams (four times); All-CIF Basketball Team (four times); All-CIF Tennis Team (four times); All-Southern Conference Tennis Team (four times); All-Academic First Team in both basketball and tennis (two times in each sport).
  • Athlete: Rashaan Salaam, Class of 1992

    Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam played professionally for the Chicago Bears. At LJCDS, Salaam helped lead the football team to three CIF championships, and the track team to four CIF championships. He was named to the All-League Football team three times, the All-League Track Team four times, and was named to the All-State Football and All-State Track teams while at LJCDS. At the University of Colorado, Salaam was named to the Consensus Collegiate All-American team.
  • 1968 Men's Tennis

    Team members: Coach John Meehl, Blayn Broderson, Rick Evans, John Grout, Monty Grout, Chico Hagey, Rob Hagey, Gil Igleheart, James Lee Lambert, Dean Ouer, Bill Pharr, Steve Raley, Rob Ridland and Allen Trowbridge.

    Winners of three consecutive CIF Tennis Team Championships, the 1968 team included Chico Hagey and Rick Evans who went on to play for Stanford University.
  • 1985 Women's Basketball

    Team members: San Diego Hall of Champions coaching legend and Torrey Hall of Fame Coach Jack Wigley, Coach Rick Woods, Sallie Forrest, Kristen Greiner, Michele Hall, Michele Logan, Joanna Muller, Karyn Schell, Eva Sorenson, Liz Toma and Jeri Wigley.

    The 1985 Women’s Basketball team finished the season as league and CIF champions with an overall record 18–0 and 12–0 in league.
  • 1990 Varsity Football

    Team members: Coach Rick Woods, Coach Phil Covington, David Alexander, Chris Boyle, Jim Bradbury, Victor Cheng, Larry Cheng, Mike Chipman, Chris Grasso, Todd Graves, Doug Greiner, Darren Hamilton, Taka Itho, Eric Navales, Richard Pastor, Aaron Rubenson, Sean Saadeh, Rashaan Salaam, Daniel Sparling, Scott Tremblay and Robert Yang.

    LJCDS’s 1990 football team not only won every game during their landmark season (11-0), they also took home a league title and beat archrival Bishop’s (65-37) for the San Diego CIF Championship. Achievements include CIF Champions, League Champions, and No. 1 ranking eight-man football team in California. Ten members achieved numerous post season honors.
  • Coach: Jack Wigley

    A San Diego Hall of Champions coaching legend, Jack Wigley, coached a number of sports during his tenure at LJCDS including basketball, softball, golf, baseball, volleyball and football. A math teacher when not on the field, Wigley was named San Diego Coach of the Year twice while at LJCDS. His teams earned four Women’s Basketball League and CIF Championship Titles, two Men’s Basketball League Titles, and two Women’s Softball CIF Championships.
  • Friends of Sport: Kenner Michael

    Kenner Michael’s enthusiasm for Torrey sports and his creative personality gave birth to the idea of creating his own team mascot, the “Wave Man.” When dressed in his costume, Michael brought a sense of Torrey pride and togetherness as he ran through the crowd encouraging fans to support their Torrey teams. Michael will always be remembered as one of LJCDS’s biggest fans.
  • Friends of Sport: Lee Sawyer

    Lee Sawyer and his Torrey flag have been a constant on the sidelines of many Torrey sports for more than two decades. Numerous past, present and future students have been and will be touched by Sawyer’s enthusiasm and Torrey spirit. He has been an avid LJCDS sports fan and supporter since 1983.