Nearly three decades later, quarterback Joe Adams remembers the play that won the Class 4A 1981 championship game.
“We faked to Jeff Legette, who was the premier running back,” Adams said. “Everybody fell for the fake and David Gabbin was standing alone in the end zone and I was out there on a bootleg alone in the flats. If I hadn’t thrown it, I probably could’ve run it in.”
The Mitchell Marauders beat Columbine 14-7. For its efforts, the 1981 football team was named Tuesday at the World Arena as one of eight inductees into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame’s class of 2010.
Coach Jim Hartman, who was inducted into the Hall last year, and Adams agreed on their assessment of the team.
“They were 14-0,” Hartman said. “I don’t think there was ever a doubt that we were going to go all the way.”
According to Adams, the team was special because of chemistry. It extended from players to the band, its fans and parents. Adams said most of his teammates lost only six games from the fourth grade to high school even though only three weighed more than 200 pounds.
Adams already has an idea of how the team should be enshrined Oct. 27.
“I’d like to invite some of the band members to the thing so that maybe they will bring out the drums, so they could play the drums as we marched in like they did for our football games,” Adams said.
The 1980 U.S. Olympic women’s volleyball team was inducted despite never participating in the Games in Moscow.
According to Doug Beal, CEO of USA Volleyball, the team was ranked No. 1 in the world and was considered the favorites for Olympic gold. However, President Jimmy Carter and his administration forced the boycott.
“I think the boycott is a very bittersweet memory for not just our women’s team, but for all the athletes that lost an opportunity,” Beal said. “A great opportunity to achieve their goal was taken away. You can never replace that.”
Beal said he spoke to players from the team, who were in Hawaii for their 30th reunion, and said they were wonderfully honored and appreciative of the induction.
11TH INDUCTION CEREMONY
When: Oct. 27
Where: World Arena
Other inductees: Dave Elmore, owner of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox; Fred Whitacre, founding president and general manager of the Sky Sox; Andy Gambucci, silver medalist with the 1952 U.S. hockey team and multisport athlete at Colorado College; Sherrice King, Rampart basketball star who was named 1987-88 Gatorade Women’s Basketball Player of the Year in Colorado; Ken Brown, Rhodes scholar and world champion rower; and Ken Hatfield, Air Force football coach from 1979-83. The Gazette is a sponsor.
Other honors: Dick Westbay, Col. F. Don Miller Award; Dr. Jamieson Kennedy, Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award
Reservations: Call Sloane Pavalock at the Sports Corp. at (719) 634-7333, ext. 1009, or by e-mail at Sloane@thesportscorp.org
Tickets: $2,500 for VIP table of 10, $1,000 for patron table, $250 for VIP seat and $100 for patron seat.
The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame, 2000-2009
Class of 2000: Cullen Bryant (Mitchell High, CU All-America, L.A. Rams football), Peggy Fleming (Olympic Figure Skating Champion, 1968), Gib Funk (prep coaching legend) Rick“Goose” Gossage (legendary Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2008 relief pitcher with 310 saves), William J. Hybl (USOC President Emeritus), Ben Martin (AFA Football Coach for 20 seasons), William Thayer Tutt (City’s Sports Icon), Bobby Unser (3-time Indy 500 winner and 13-time Pikes Peak Hill Climb winner), 1950 Colorado College Ice Hockey Team (NCAA Champions)
Class of 2001: Judy Bell (Golf, Curtis Cup Teams, 38 USGA Tourneys), Earl “Dutch” Clark (1929 Colorado College football All-American, member of Pro Football Hall of Fame), Bill “Red” Hay (CC ice hockey All-American twice, Chicago Blackhawks, 1959-67, Stanley Cup Championship, 1961), Jeff Sapp (Mitchell High football, state wrestling champion, Navy football All-American, 1976), Jill Trenary (figure skating, 1990 World Champion, 1988 Olympics, 4th, Broadmoor Skating Club), 1958 Air Force Academy Football Team (9-0-2, Cotton Bowl, 0-0 tie with TCU)
Class of 2002: Alonzo Babers (Track & Field, 1984 Olympic 400-meters gold medal, 4x400-meter relay gold medal, Air Force Academy football and track star), Carlo Fassi (skating coach, Broadmoor Skating Club, coached Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Jill Trenary and Todd Eldredge), Flo Hyman (Volleyball, trained at the Olympic Training Center and won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games), Scott Johnson (gymnastics, Wasson High, All-American at Nebraska, gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games), Col. F.Don Miller (USOC Executive Director, 1969-85), Baaron Pittenger (Former USOC Executive Director and National Sports Festival architect), 1980 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team (selected in Colorado Springs, historic gold medal in Lake Placid, including the “Miracle on Ice” semifinal win over the USSR)
Class of 2003: Alison Dunlap (Cycling, CC graduate, trained in Colorado Springs, Pan Am Games gold medalist, 1996 and 2000 Olympian, 2001 World Mountain Bike Champion), Dow Finsterwald (golf, 12 PGA Tour event titles, 1958 PGA Champion, Broadmoor Director of Golf for 28 years), Ernie Jennings (AFA 1970 football All-American receiver, Heisman Trophy finalist), Harry Hoth (Colorado Springs broadcasting legend and former Mayor), Ralph Routon (father of the Colorado Springs Hall of Fame, Gazette sports editor for 24 years and inspiring sports columnist, led the effort that brought AAA baseball back to the city in 1988), 1948 Colorado Springs High football team (state champions, 11-0)
Class of 2004: Chad Hennings (AFA football All-American and Outland Trophy winner who played nine seasons for the Dallas Cowboys and won three Super Bowl rings), David & Hayes Alan Jenkins (first brother combination to participate in the Olympics for the United State. Hayes won the figure skating gold medal in 1956 and David captured a bronze in the men’s competition. David completed the dream with a gold medal in 1960 at Squaw Valley. Both trained at The Broadmoor Skating Club), Bob Mathias (won the Olympic decathlon in 1948 and 1952, served four terms in Congress, and was the first director of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs when it opened in 1977), Joe Morgan (a pioneer who paved the way for African-American participation in sports in Colorado Springs in 1948 with his Brown Bombers semipro baseball team and later became the first black man to umpire in a state high school championship game in 1970), Joan Powell (legendary volleyball coach whose Palmer High teams won state titles in three divisions. Coached at Arizona and became a top NCAA volleyball official), Pikes Peak Or Bust Rodeo Ramrods.
Class of 2005: Justin Armour (Prep football and basketball star at Manitou Springs High who went on to shine at Stanford and played five seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos), Fisher DeBerry (Winningest Air Force football coach who directed the Falcons to lofty heights in his 23 seasons and a record of 169-109-1); Jack Finlayson (an early Colorado Springs sports broadcasting legend who did play by play for the Sky Sox, Colorado College ice hockey, Air Force football and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb over more than two decades, as well as KKTV’s nightly sports anchor), Ada Gee-DeProsse (Colorado College grad who went on to a spectacular women’s basketball coaching career at Ball State, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Southern Cal and Nevada), Mike Moran (the USOC’s official spokesman for 13 Olympic Games over almost 25 years beginning with the 1980 Lake Placid Games. He later served as the spokesman for the New York 2012 Olympic bid); 1971 Wasson High Football Team (state champions with a thrilling 21-19 win over Denver George Washington)
Class of 2006: Rulon Gardner (Olympic gold medal (2000), bronze medal (2004) Greco-Roman Wrestling), Darryl Clack (Widefield High prep track and football star, Arizona State & Dallas Cowboys running back), Dave & Chuck Delich (Colorado Springs ice hockey stars at CC and Air Force), Colleen O’Connor and Jim Millns (1976 Olympic ice dancing bronze medalists who trained at the Broadmoor Skating Club), 1982-83 Air Force Football Teams (ran up an 18-7 mark including a pair of wins against Notre Dame, Navy and Army … played in and won two bowl games against Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, coached by Ken Hatfield).
Class of 2007: Alan Cockrell (Sky Sox Hall of Fame outfielder from 1990-96); Bob Johnson (U.S. Olympic ice hockey 1976 coach, legendary head coach at Wisconsin with three NCAA titles, and coach of the 1991 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins); Anita Moss (former Harrison High volleyball and basketball star and University of Arizona volleyball All-American); Brock Strom (Air Force Academy 1958 football All-American and College Football Hall of Fame inductee); Amy Van Dyken (Olympic swimming gold medalist with four gold medals in Atlanta 1996 and two in Sydney 2000); 1956 Colorado Springs High School Football Team (State AA Champions)
Class of 2008: Art Berglund (USA Hockey icon over five decades and five U.S. Olympic Teams); Jerry Carle (All-time winningest CC football coach); Chris Fowler (ESPN College Football Game Day Host/Palmer High & CU graduate); Jim Scherr (USOC Chief Executive/1988 Olympian); Erin Scholz (Doherty High Prep All-American/CU women’s basketball star); Leonard Vahsholtz (Pikes Peak Hill Climb Legend); 1965 Palmer High state baseball champions
Class of 2009: Jim Hartman (Legendary prep football coach over five decades, with three state championships at Mitchell High); Andrea Melde Hooks (One of the best female soccer players in state history. Prep All-American at Air Academy High and All-America at Duke); Charlie Manuel (Managed the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to the 1992 Pacific Coast League crown and the Philadelphia Phillies to a World Series title in 2008); Jim Miller (’61 Palmer High grad became a track and field All-American hurdler at Colorado); Doug Palazzari (Two-time ice hockey All-American at Colorado College from 1970-74 and named the CHL’s all-time greatest player in 1997); The Broadmoor Skating Club (the nation’s most famous skating club began 1n 1938 turned out Olympic champions like Peggy Fleming, Hayes Alan and David Jenkins and Colleen O’Connor and Jim Millns)