Athletic Hall of Fame

Celebrate 146 years of athletic excellence and sportsmanship at the Christian Brothers High School Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Class of 2021 Honorees

Peter P. Bollinger ’57 ~ Daniel J. Carmazzi ’71 ~ Ray Clemons † ~ Asa E. Whetstone ’51 †

Class of 2022 Honorees

John G. Blanchard ’71 ~ Dave Hoskins ~ Thomas A. Parilo ’68

Christian Brothers High School

Ron Limeberger ’53 Gymnasium

5:00 p.m. Cocktails

6:00 p.m. Dinner and Induction Ceremony

Tickets: $55 per person

RSVP by June 1, 2022

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Athletic Hall of Fame – Class of 2020-2021

Asa Whetstone ’51

Asa Whetstone was a varsity letterman in both football and basketball at Christian Brothers. He attended St. Francis Elementary school before attending Christian Brothers at the previous 21st and Broadway campus. Whetstone played football for Hall of Fame coach Ray Clemons.

After playing for the Gaels, Whetstone received a scholarship to the University of San Francisco to play both football and basketball, but the football program was cancelled. He was then redirected to Santa Rosa Community College where he enjoyed playing semi-pro football.

Whetstone was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. After his service, he attended Sacramento State, where he met his wife, Susan, with whom he raised five children: Christopher, Greta, Sheila, Amy and Megan. Asa worked for Aerojet as a rocket engineer before joining IBM where he enjoyed a 27-year career.

Whetstone was devoted to the Christian Brothers, building lifelong friendships and enjoying “The Brotherhood” events. He loved being a part of this extraordinary group of men who are bonded at the heart and living the motto, “Enter to learn, leave to serve.” He was a lifelong learner and was dedicated to serving others. Whetstone passed away in 2019.

Dan Carmazzi ’71

Dan Carmazzi was a four-year football and basketball player for Brothers. During his senior year, he was the starting quarterback for a Falcon team that won the Metro League title, the first one in Christian Brothers’ varsity football history and for Hall of Fame Coach Dick Sperbeck.

After high school, Carmazzi played football at UC Davis for four years during which the Aggies won three conference championships. He started many games for the Aggies and threw five touchdown passes in a game against CSU Hayward in 1974, resulting in a 37-0 victory.

Carmazzi went on to become a highly successful football coach for 41 years, including three years as the head coach at Christian Brothers, leading CB to a CIF Section title game in 2016. He also coached at Jesuit for many years, where his team won two Sac-Joaquin Section titles. As a position coach and head coach, Carmazzi has coached several quarterbacks who later played college and professional football.

In addition to coaching, Carmazzi also served in athletic administration for over 20 years, including two as the Athletic Director at Christian Brothers and nine at Jesuit. Carmazzi has also refereed high school basketball games and umpired women’s softball for over 20 years. He was a physical education and social studies teacher for 40 years and is now retired.

Carmazzi has been married for 46 years to Gloria ’71. Dan and Gloria are the parents of five children: Matthew, Giovanni, Angelina, Veronica and Dominic. They also have 10 grandchildren. Carmazzi was fortunate to have coached his three sons in high school football.

Ray Clemons

Ray Clemons went to high school at Fremont High School in Oakland, CA. He attended St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, graduating in 1947. His college career was interrupted by World War II when he joined the U.S. Navy for the war. After St. Mary’s, Clemons was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1947. Clemons played offensive guard with the Packers under legendary NFL Hall of Fame coach and player Curly Lambeau, the man of which Lambeau Field in Green Bay is named after.

Clemons served as the varsity football coach for the Christian Brothers Gaels from 1948 to 1955. In his seven years as coach, he compiled a 45-22 record including two Northern Interstate Conference Titles in 1954 and 1955. Clemons’s teams included Hall of Fame players Jerry Cooke ’56, James Church ’50, Chuck Chatfield ’54, Dave Jesmer ’54, Asa Whetstone ’51, Ken Orvick ’50 and Peter Bollinger ’57.

After coaching at Christian Brothers, Clemons was named head football coach at Sacramento City College in 1956. Clemons moved over to Sacramento State in 1960, serving as line coach for one season before succeeding Johnny Baker as head football coach. Clemons’s record at Sacramento State was 72-75-3 in 15 years as the head coach. Clemons’s teams won two Far Western Conference championships in 1964 and 1966.

Clemons has six children: Judith Clemons, Suzanne DeCoite, Michael Clemons ’63, Patrick Clemons ’67, Timothy Clemons ’69, and Daniel Clemons ’73. His four sons played football at Christian Brothers. Michael ’63 was an All-City selection for the Falcons and went on to play linebacker at Sacramento State, playing for his father. He was inducted into Sacramento State’s Hall of Fame in 1981. He also returned to Brothers and served as Athletic Director.

After coaching at Sacramento State, Clemons left in 1975 to become a commercial fisherman on the North Coast of California. Clemons passed away in 2005.

Peter P. Bollinger ’57

Peter Bollinger began his high school education at Christian Brothers at the previous 21st and Broadway location, before moving to the Bishop Armstrong campus in Oak Park the first year it opened. He was multi-sport varsity athlete at Christian Brothers, being an All-City football player, playing for the Gaels basketball team, and competing on the track and field team. Bollinger played with several Hall of Fame football players at Christian Brothers. As a junior, Bollinger was a co-captain of the Gaels football team under the leadership of Hall of Fame coach Ray Clemons that won the Northern Interstate Conference Title in 1955.

After high school, Bollinger went on to attend Sacramento State. In 1969, Bollinger formed the Peter P. Bollinger Investment Company, developing and managing very successful commercial and residential real estate projects throughout the Sacramento Area, including well known shopping centers, such as the Fountains Shopping Center in Roseville.

Bollinger is continuing to make his mark at Christian Brothers, making a transformative gift to help fund the construction of the Peter P. Bollinger ’57 Stadium on campus that was completed in February 2020. This new state-of-the-art, multi-sport stadium includes a turf field, all-weather six-lane track, stands for 1,200 fans, press box, digital scoreboard, and lights. CB student-athletes will now be able to train and compete in top-notch facilities for years to come, thanks to generous benefactors like Bollinger.

Class of 2022 Honorees

Thomas Parilo ‘68

Thomas A. Parilo ’68 was a two sport varsity lettermen in Basketball and as a quarterback on the Football team at Bishop Armstrong High School.  Before High School, he attended Saint Patrick’s Elementary School.  Parilo had the privilege of playing under Hall of Fame Coaches Ron Limberger ’53, Dick Sperbeck, and Jack Witry.

At Christian Brothers, Parilo excelled in Basketball and was the team Co-MVP as a junior and MVP as a senior. He had 30 rebounds against Sacramento High School in the 1967 Metropolitan League Christmas Basketball Tournament and earned second team All-City honors with an 18.2 scoring and 14.3 rebound average following his senior year. He was awarded Bishop Armstrong High School Athlete of the Year in 1967-68. 

Despite being “undersized” at 6 feet 2, Parilo excelled at rebounding and earned an academic/basketball scholarship to Gonzaga University.  He started every game and was the leading rebounder for the freshman basketball team at Gonzaga during the 1968-69 season.  Following his year at Gonzaga University, Parilo joined the U.S. Army National Guard where he served for six years while pursuing his education at the University of California, Davis.  Parilo graduated in December 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental planning and management.   

Parilo worked in local government planning departments for 22 years, holding county planning director positions collectively for 15 years in the counties of Nevada, El Dorado and Butte. In 2001, Parilo established his own independent land use and environmental planning consulting business from which he retired in 2021.

Parilo lives in Nevada City, California, with Corinne, his loving and supportive wife of 47 years. They have two grown children, Gina and Tony, who both live in Northern California.

Coach Dave Hoskins

Football Coach Dave Hoskins has coached for 55 years, 18 of those years was with Christian Brothers.

Coach Hoskins graduated from Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield, CA in 1963 where he was an All-City lineman at center.  He went on to play center at Sacramento State from 1963-1965 with Hall of Fame Head Coach Pat Clemons, alongside teammate Mike Clemons.  Coach Hoskins earned undergraduate degrees in Kinesiology and Educational Technologies at Sacramento State in 1966.

From 1970 to 1977, Hoskins worked as an assistant football coach under Hall of Fame coach Dick Sperbeck at Christian Brothers coaching CB Hall of Fame football players such as John Cartwright ’73, Jim Sarti ’71, Dan Ferrell ’75, John Blanchard ’71, as well as star quarterbacks Dan Carmazzi ’71 and Jeff Tisdale ’74.  As an assistant coach under Sperbeck, Christians Brothers won Metro League titles in 1970, 1971, 1973, and 1975.

After 1977, Coach Hoskins went on to coach at Valley High School, Elk Grove High School, Sacramento State, and Sacramento City College.  As a co-head coach at Elk Grove High School, Coach Hoskins won Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championships in 1997 and 1998 with co-head coach Ed Lombardi and in 2001 with co-head coach Mike Clemons. His 1997 and 2001 football teams were both undefeated with 14-0 records.  Coach Mike Clemons and Dave Hoskins also were on the same Sacramento State football coaching staff in 1988 under head coach Bob Mattos in which the Sacramento State football team put together its most successful season, advancing to the NCAA Div. II semifinals and posting the nation’s top offense.

In 2015, Coach Hoskins returned to Christian Brothers as an assistant coach under Head Coach Dan Carmazzi.  Their 2016 football team played in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship game coming up short in a bid for a 3rd Section Title in Christian Brothers varsity football history.

John G. Blanchard ’71

John Blanchard was a three sport varsity lettermen at Christian Brothers in baseball, basketball and football.  He was the leading scorer on the basketball team in 1971 however, Blanchard’s biggest impact would be in football.  His Brothers football team won a Metro League title in 1970 for the first time in Christian Brothers football history.  Blanchard led his championship team in interceptions (5) and also led the team in receptions (23).  He was the team captain, MVP, and was voted All-Metro League, All-City (Sacramento Union), All-North Valley.  Blanchard was an Optimist Game Selection and was voted defensive captain for the game by teammates. Notable teammates of Blanchard included tackle Stan Olsufka ’71 as well as Christian Brothers Hall of Famers Dan Carmazzi ‘71, and Jim Sarti ’71.  Blanchard was coached by Mel Fontes as well as Hall Fame coaches Dave Hoskins, Dick Sperbeck and Jack Witry.

Blanchard went on to play football at Stanford as a strong safety and free safety from 1971 -1974.  Blanchard’s position coach at Stanford was George Seifert, the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame Head Coach and winner of 5 Super Bowls (3 as an assistant coach and 2 as a head coach).  As a player at Stanford, Blanchard was a two-year starter at free safety. Blanchard’s best year at Stanford was his senior year in 1974 when he led the team in minutes played, led defensive backs in tackles with 72, and had 3 interceptions.  His teammates voted him in as an opening game captain.  After his stellar senior year at Stanford, Blanchard was voted 1st Team All-West Coast, 2nd Team All-Pac-8, 1st Team Churchmen’s All-American, and the team’s Most Inspirational Player 1974.  In 1974, Blanchard’s Stanford football team finished in 2nd place in the Pac-8 which included a close Big Game victory over a #19 ranked Cal team that featured Heisman trophy runner up running back Chuck Muncie and 1st overall NFL draft pick (1975) QB Steve Bartkowski.  Stanford’s 1974 victory over Cal on a game winning 50 yard field goal by Mike Langford was one of Blanchard’s favorite athletic memories and is considered one of the biggest Big Game upsets in the history of the rivalry.

In 1975, Blanchard signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers.  Blanchard earned a bachelor’s degree in History, from Stanford in 1975 and a master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University in 1981.  For 28 years, Blanchard worked in college athletics most recently as a Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Services for the University of North Carolina.  In that capacity, he created the first leadership academy in college athletics, the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy, an effort that has been copied dozens of times by college athletics departments across the United States. For the past 8 years, Blanchard has worked as a leadership development consultant for the Pittsburgh Pirates; he has also worked in a similar capacity with the Kansas City Royals. 

John has been married for 41 years to Dawn London Blanchard, founder and president of a college consulting company. They have three grown married children and four grandchildren.


Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Criteria

The Selection Committee evaluates potential inductees based on the following criteria. Click here if you would like to nominate an athlete, coach, team, administrator or community leader.

INDIVIDUAL ATHLETE

The candidate must have exhibited outstanding athletic success, having achieved the highest level of accomplishment in his/her sport at Christian Brothers and/or by continued demonstration of his/her abilities following high school competition, including but not limited to:

  • Recipient of an athletic scholarship to a four-year college or university
  • Excelled at the college level
  • Participation on professional, Olympic or international teams
  • The candidate must have exhibited outstanding qualities of leadership and citizenship.
  • Twenty years must have elapsed since the candidate was affiliated with Christian Brothers.

COACH

  • Win/loss record
  • Championships
  • Service to school/community
  • Innovation/pioneer
  • Involvement in section/state level athletic activities

TEAM

  • Season record/league
  • League/Section/Regional/State championships
  • Regional/State/National recognition

ADMINISTRATOR/COMMUNITY LEADER

  • Significant accomplishments and involvement in Christian Brothers athletics
  • Contributed to the growth and change in Christian Brothers athletics

Christian Brothers High School Athletic Hall of Fame
2014

  • Joe Marty ’31
  • Wally Westlake ’39 – Waldon ’39 and Wally ’72
  • The Knezovich Brothers – Jeff ’76, Michael ’81 and James ’74
  •  The 1946 Baseball Team
  • James Church ’50
  • Ron Limeberger ’53
  • Mike Green ’62
  • Jim Mikacich ’58
  • Dick Mooney ’58
  • Steve Scully ’66
  •  Jim Sarti ’71
  • John Cartwright ’73
  • Dan Farrell ’75
  • Vince Delgado ’84
  • Kevin McKechnie ’93
  • Andy Fox ’89
  • Kevin Sutherland ’82
  • David Sutherland ’84

2016

  • Clark Aldrich ’62
  • David Cooke ’81
  • Lois Curtis
  • Dave Jesmer ’54
  • Walter Mails ‘1912
  • Ken Orvick ’50
  • Dick Sperbeck
  • John Stassi ’59
  • Sam Stassi ’58
  • Jeff Tisdel ’74
  • Jack Witry
  • Rodney Zanze ’75

2018

  • Jerry Cooke ’56
  • Joe Gill ’63
  • Greg Murphy ’81
  • Jerry Yuke ’61

2019

  • Joe Kirrene ’49
  • McNamara Brothers: Jim ’47, John ’50, Frank ’51
  • Chuck Chatfield ’54
  • Joe Gutierrez ’70
  • Monty Buckley ’91
  • 1981 Football Team