St. Anthony High School Selects First Inductees Into Athletic Hall of Fame

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St. Anthony High School takes great pride in announcing the selection of its first inductees into the St. Anthony High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees will be honored at The St. Anthony High School Benefit Ball, a black-tie optional gala, to be held on November 9, 2013 at The Grand Event Center in Long Beach.

“Thousands of Saints have paved the way for our school’s success since our founding as Long Beach’s first college preparatory Catholic high school in 1920”, states Brian Walsh, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director. “During that time, many outstanding athletes have graduated from St. Anthony, now among the fastest growing high schools in Southern California. These first Athletic Hall of Fame honorees are truly Legendary Saints.”

The following outstanding athletes and coaches have been chosen by the Selection Committee as honorees at this inaugural event: Joe Amalfitano (Class of 1951), Loyola and USC Baseball Player and Major League Baseball Player and Coach, Los Angeles Dodgers, NY/SF Giants, Houston Colt .45’s, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds; Lou Berberet (Class of 1947), Santa Clara Baseball and Football Player and Major League Baseball Player, New York Yankees, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers; Bill Bond (Class of 1953), Stanford Basketball Player and California State High School Player of the Year; Annett Buckner Davis (Class of 1991), UCLA All American and Beach Volleyball Olympian; Coach Jack Errion, Legendary SAHS Boys Basketball Coach, 1954 to 1975; B.I. Mais (Class of 1949), Cal Berkeley Football Captain and 1948 CIF Champion Quarterback; Darrick Martin (Class of 1988), UCLA and NBA Basketball Player and High School All American, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Vancouver Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors; Johnny Olszewski (Class of 1949), Cal Berkeley Football All-American and NFL First Round Draft Pick, Chicago Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos; Jack Snow (Class of 1961), Notre Dame Football All American, NFL First Round Draft Pick and All-Pro, Los Angeles Rams; Doris Walker Topsy-Elvord (Class of 1949), First African American Student-Athlete to attend and graduate from SAHS, Three Sport Star Athlete.

St. Anthony High School’s Founders Award will be presented to Rosemary Ashley, daughter of Coach Clarence Layden, Varsity Football Coach for St. Anthony High School’s first League Championship in 1938. The Sports Advocate Award will be presented to Dan Sullivan (Class of 1953), long-time Title Sponsor of the Annual St. Anthony’s Monsignor Gualderon Golf Classic.

November 9th promises to be an evening to remember, with all proceeds benefitting The Saints and the renovation of the athletic field located at Clark and Del Amo in Long Beach.

For more information or to request an invitation to The Benefit Ball, please contact Sheila O’Rourke, Alumni & Public Relations Office at (562) 435-4496, Ext. 1229 or email

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