Newest CVHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The fourth Crescenta Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame banquet and ceremony will take place Saturday, May 26 at the Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland.

A reception starting at 5 p.m. will give people a chance to socialize and dinner will start promptly at 6:45 p.m. The banquet program including the induction ceremony will begin at 8 p.m.

The nine inductees chosen for the class of 2012 is made up of several former outstanding athletes and coaches as well as a CIF championship softball team, the only one in school history. The inductees are Darrin Beer    , Paul Steinbacher, Dan Berry, Dale Sweeney, Scott Harper, Kerry Zwart, Lauren Hawthorne, the 1986 CIF Championship Softball Team and Nada Kawar.

Darren Beer was an All-CIF baseball player for the Falcons in 1985 as well as Pacific Leaguer MVP. He went on to play at USC where he holds Trojan records for appearances and games started and has been an assistant baseball coach at CV since 1991.

Dan Berry will be honored posthumously and is credited with starting the CV softball program in 1983 and guided the Falcons to the CIF title in 1986, a 5-4 victory over Woodbridge. He led the Falcons to 20 Pacific league titles and many of his players transferred and graduated from four-year schools.

Scott Harper was the CIF Player of the Year for the Falcons in 1976 after scoring 128 goals during the season when the CV team fell in the CIF team championship 9-8 to Cabrillo High School.

Lauren Hawthorne is considered one of the best women’s tennis players to ever play at CV and holds the school record for most victories. She was a member of four straight league championship teams from 2000-03. She was a multiple league champion in singles and doubles and was All-CIF from 2001-03.

Dr. Nada Kawar was a tremendous athlete in women’s basketball and track and field for the Falcons and earned a scholarship to UCLA where she scored points in the shot put and discus for the Bruins in the 1997 and 1998 NCAA meets and was also an Academic All-American those years. She represented the country of Jordan in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

Paul Steinbacher was a tremendous football player for the Falcons CIF championship team in 1973 and helped anchor the defense for Head Coach Gordy Warnock, a 2010 CV Hall of Fame inductee. He earned all-league and All-CIF honors that year.

Dale Sweeney was an All-League and All-CIF water polo player for the Falcons in 1976 and helped the team advance to the CIF finals.

Kerry Zwart-Bell was one of the greatest female athletes to ever compete at CV. She won the state championship in the shot put in 1978 as well as the CIF and Master’s titles that year and was the CIF and Master’s champion in the long jump in 1979. She was an All-American in the pentathlon at USC and still holds the school record in that event.

The 1986 CIF title for the softball team is the only one for that sport in school history and that team was coached by Dan Berry.