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2014 HILLTOPPER HALL OF FAME
The Voice of the Hilltoppers Morrie Pongratz announced the introduction of the new Los Alamos High School Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014 just ahead of Friday's Topper Homecoming Football Game at Sullivan Field.
This year’s field of honorees includes a new tradition for Los Alamos sports; the retirement of a Topper athlete's number and jersey.
The honored inductees of 2014 include:
Tracy Shipman-Henderson ― Class of 1988 ― Girls Volleyball and Basketball. A multisport athlete.
Tracy was an All State Selection Volleyball athlete and was nominated as the NM Volleyball player of the year in 1987. She was a key player in the District and State Volleyball Championship team of 1987.
She was also a member of the State Basketballs Runner up team that same year. After her career at LAHS she was named in Volleyball Monthly Magazine as one of the “Top 50” recruits in the United States. She played one year for the University of Illinois and 3 years for the UNM Lobos. She ended her career as an Assistant Coach for the Lady Lobo Volleyball team.
Paul Maley ― Class of 1984 ― a multisport athlete in Football and Basketball.
Paul was a 3 year letterman in Football and Basketball. He was the District and State Basketball player of the year in 1984 for New Mexico.
After leaving Los Alamos, Paul went on to play basketball for Yale University. Nick named the “Mailman” Paul was selected for the All-Ivy League and Ivy League Player of the Year in 1987-88. After college Mr. Maley went on to play professional basketball for the Australian National Basketball League.
His Team, the North Melbourne Giants won the Australian National Title. Paul Maley is currently the General Manager for the Australian Women’s National
Steve Myers ― LAHS Swimming Coach ― 1981-89 and 2000-2004.
Coach Myers’ teams won a combined 11 State Swimming Championships, 6 boys and 5 girl’s titles. In 2003, both the boys and girls teams were ranked 7th in the nation. In 2004, his teams were ranked 5th in the nation. 2 of his high school swimmers swan in the USS Olympic Trials. He was the manager for the LA High School Swimming Pool from 1982-89.
He was on the Board of Directors of the LA Aquatomics for 2 years and served on the steering committee for the creation of the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center
from 1985-1988. He is currently a Staff Scientist and Project leader at LANL. He is also a Big Brother for the NM Big Brother and Big Sister Organization and supporter of the LA Family YMCA.
Ric Rojas ― a LAHS 1970 graduate ― Cross Country
Ric was a 2 time State Champion in the Mile and Cross Country events from 1968 to 1970. He still holds the NM State Mile Record. During his time as a Topper, he was ranked one of the “Top Ten” Milers in the Nation. After high school Ric went on to Harvard University where he set the 3 Mile record and earned All-Ivy Honors in Track and Cross Country.
During the years from 1977 to 1981, Ric was ranked one of the ”Top Ten” U.S. Road Racers by Track and Field News. As a Masters Runner he has won 3 USATF National 5000 meter Championships. Ric Rojas returned several times to help coach LAHS Cross Country teams throughout the 70’s.
Robert (Bob) Scott ― Coach of Football and Assistant for Baseball and Track, 1986
Coach Scott was the head football coach for 25 years. He spent 7 years as the assistant in Baseball and 4 years as the Girls Track coach. During his years as a
Topper Coach he won 4 District Titles in Girls Track. He was a part of several District Championship Teams in Baseball and in Football his teams won 5 District Titles, made 10 playoff appearances and 2 semi-final appearances. He has a school record of 124 Football Victories.
He was nominated 4 times for the Los Alamos Coach of the year, 4 times District Coach of the year and was the coach of the annual North/South All Star
Football Team. In total, Coach Bob has served 29 years as a Topper Coach.
Brian Corrie ― a 1975 Graduate ― a multisport athlete in Football, Basketball and Baseball.
While at LAHS, Brian received 9 varsity letters, 2 in Football, 3 in Basketball, and 4 in Baseball. He was selected 1st team All State in Basketball and Football for Class 4 A. After high school Brian walked on and received a full scholarship at New Mexico State University in Basketball from 1976 to 1979. In 1980, he walked on and received a full scholarship in Football for as a Defensive End for New Mexico State University.
He is one of the few multisport athletes to play Division 1 Athletics on Scholarship. His strong work ethic has continued off the fields and courts as he is now a high ranking executive in the oil and natural gas industry. And now the 2013 Inductee whose Football Jersey and Number we will be retiring this weekend.
Walter Henslee Arnold ― Class of 1976 ― a multisport athlete in Football, Basketball and Baseball.
While a Topper, Walt was an All-District and All State recipient in Football and Baseball. He was selected an MVP in both Sports. After his high school career he went on to play Football and Baseball for the University of New Mexico Lobos. After his college career Walter Arnold went on to play Professional Football for 8 years as a tight end for the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers, and the Kansas City Chiefs.
His NFL Career statistics include 99 receptions for 1,053 yards and (7) NFL Touchdowns. Currently Mr. Arnold serves as the managing director for Sperry Van Ness/ Walt Arnold Commercial Brokerage Inc. in Albuquerque NM. His number on this very field in High School as a Fullback was number 76 and we will be retiring that number this weekend. No other Topper Football player will ever again take the field with number 76 on their jersey as our way of honoring his dedication, work ethic and example of a model student athlete.