S.F. State to induct eight into Hall 

The San Francisco State Hall of Fame will induct eight new members Saturday in a ceremony at the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Seven men and one woman will be part of the class of 2007, which will draw upon athletes that specialized in sports ranging from wrestling to swimming to basketball.

Two wrestlers, Mario DeCaro (class of 1984) and John Monolakis (class of 1981), headline the list of inductees. DeCaro was a four-year letter winner at 134 pounds for the Gators, capping off his career with a selection to the All-Northern California Athletic Conference team as a senior.

Monolakis was one of S.F. State’s most decorated wrestlers, twice earning All-America honors while competing in the 134- and 142-pound weight classes. Upon graduating from S.F. State, Monolakis competed with the U.S. Greco-Roman national team in 1983.

The eldest surviving member of the 2007 group, John J. Burton, was a standout basketball player in late 1940s for the Gators, averaging 13.9 points per game for his career, while shooting 72 percent from the free-throw line. Burton’s efforts were noticed by fellow S.F. State grad John Christgau, who included the Gator great in his book "The Origins of the Jump Shot."

Amy Hamel-Goan, the lone woman in the 2007 group, was a two-time All-American for the Gators’ swimming team in the mid-1980s. Hamel-Goan was the school record-holder in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2 minutes, 10.48 seconds and she is still in the top 10 in five other individual categories, as well as five relay events.

Former Gators baseball player Pete Dearborn’s 1986 season for S.F. State was one of the most memorable in history. Dearborn batted .406, smacked 21 doubles and was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-America team.

Rudy Lapera’s two seasons playing linebacker for S.F. State resulted in two All-Conference and two All-Coast selections. Lapera was named team captain for his senior year in 1966, the same season he was elected team MVP while leading the Gators in tackles with 83.

Along with these stellar athletes, former athletic director William Partlow will also be honored, as well as George Powles, a star football and basketball player for S.F. State in the 1930s, who passed away in 1987.

A reception begins Saturday at 5 p.m., with the ceremony to follow. Tickets are available by calling S.F. State at (415) 338-2218.

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