Athletic Hall of Fame



The Burlingame High School Hall of Fame honors individuals and teams that have distinguished themselves with exceptional skill, talent, and commitment.

The BHS Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held on alternating years 
when the Burlingame - San Mateo Little Big Game is held at Burlingame High School.

Burlingame High School Athletic Hall of Fame Criteria

The nomination for the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame must be submitted by former classmates, coaches, teachers and/or media. 

Nominees must be:

  1.    Graduates of Burlingame High School or have coached at BHS
  2.    Out of school for at least 10 years
  3.    Accomplished in his or her sports achievement and other activities at BHS and after graduation
  4.    BHS sports teams accomplished as a group (e.g. CCS Champions, PAL Champions, etc.)

Family Friendly BHS Athletic Hall of Fame

Brothers      Byron Van Alstyne 1944

Bruce Van Alstyne 1945

Father                   Ernie Sheppler 1934

Son             Ernest (Doc) Sheppler 1972

Brothers      Dr. Richard Van der Beets 1950

Jim Van der Beets 1952

Brothers      John Treu 1952                                                             Ted Treu 1955

Brothers      Jim Carter 1954

Ted Carter 1955

Brothers      Rusty Knudsen 1974

Tim Knudsen  1980

Brother        Steve Bortolin 1984

Sister           Corinne Bortolin 1986

Uncle           Don Lembi 1964                                                          Nephew Damon Lembi 1990  (pending)


Brothers      Joe Fena                                                                             Peter Fena  1941

Cousins       Ted Farley  1957                                                      Terry Bechtold  1957                                               



Christine “Chris” Bibb Brock 1977


Brian Carson  1992


Robert “Bob” Hamilton   1950


Russell “Rusty” Knudsen   1974


Melissa Mizel   1994


Dan Rosaia  1982


Coach Elmer “Dutch” Schaake


Charissa Cramer Shaughnessy  1991


Daniel “Dan” Uharriet    1994


Haley Woods  1994



On November 10, 2012 the BHS Alumni Association held its biennial Sports Hall of Fame. The biographical sketches below were taken from the Induction Ceremony program

Christine “Chris” Bibb Brock (1977) entered Burlingame High School soon after Title IX was put into effect. Girl athletes did not have a swim team so girls were allowed to swim on the boys’ swim team. Chris lettered four years on the boys’ team and one year on the girls’ team. In 1975 she swam her way to the Regional CCS(Central Coast Section) with the boys’ frosh/soph team. One teammate described Chris as one of the hardest working, kind, encouraging, fun and talented swimmers he ever met. She was the “Most Valuable Frosh/Soph Swimmer” in 1975 and the “Most Outstanding Athlete” as a varsity swimmer in 1976. Two of her best events on the boys’ team were the 100-yard medley and the 400-yard relay team. After graduation, she went to San Jose State and swam on the varsity team in the butterfly. She got her teaching and special education credentials and ended up in the Lodi School District where she continued her prowess in sports by running 5K, 10K,10 miles, half-marathons and marathons. Chris was an avid bicyclist and enjoyed hiking and backpacking. She married Steve Brock in August of 1984, and had two beautiful children, David and Dyana. Chris lost her battle with cancer in December 2008.

Brian Carson (1992) played one year of football, four years of baseball and four years of basketball during his career with the Panthers. He made All-League in baseball and was on two championship teams. Basketball was his passion. He was All-PAL in his senior year and was “Most Valuable Player” in the Burlingame Lions Club Christmas Tournament. Brian continued his basketball career with two years of basketball at Canada College, one year at Fresno State and finished at Sonoma State. After graduation, Brian coached basketball at College of the Siskiyous and Chico State. He currently resides in San Mateo where he is the strength and conditioning coach at Serra High School and assistant basketball coach.

Robert “Bob” Hamilton (1950) lettered four years in football and track. In football he played halfback and received the “Silver Acorn” award for Player of the Week. In his senior year Bob was 1st team ALL-PAL and Honorable Mention for Northern California in 1949. On Vic Mangini’s track team, in his senior year, he made ALL-PAL and received the North Coast Section Group 2 award in the broad jump and 880-relay team. After graduating from BHS, Bob attended San Jose State where he played two years of football and one year of wrestling. He and his wife, Lucy, have been married for 58 years. They have two children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Russell “Rusty” Knudsen (1974) was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball. The baseball team, coached by Bob Milano and Terry Christman, won two consecutive PAL championship titles. Rusty was also active as Sports Editor of the Burlingame “B”, Panther Tracks, and worked for the Burlingame Boutique. He married his high school sweetheart, Dianne Rogozzino (1974) who was “Patty Panther”. After high school he continued his athletic prowess in semi-pro football, playing in several leagues. One of the teams, the San Mateo Outlaws, traveled to Arizona, Nevada and Los Angeles, posting a 26-4 record playing against All-American football players from major universities. Rusty was asked by coach Bob Booker to be the head coach of the frosh/soph team and the first-year team placed second in the league. He started a flag football league, coached baseball, and managed the Burlingame Braves baseball team. He and his classmates have maintained the traditional Thanksgiving game and are in their 40th year of playing. They call this event the “Toilet Bowl” and have been seen on local television. Four years ago, Rusty helped start and now runs the Burlingame High School Alumni Baseball Game, Golf Tournament and dinner. Rusty’s mother, Nancy Baldwin Knudsen, graduated from BHS (1948) as did his siblings Steve (1976), Sandy (1977), Joanne (1979), and Tim (1981). Tim was also inducted into the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame (see last list labeled Former Inductees).

Melissa Mizel (1994) was a four-year three-sport athlete. She was on the varsity volleyball, basketball, and softball teams for four years. She was All-County in her junior and senior years in all three sports, and also All-PAL in all three sports. Melissa was one of Burlingame’s finest girls sport athletes during her four years. She continued her athletic prowess at San Francisco State with two years of college basketball. Melissa graduated from San Francisco State with a teaching credential and is currently on the faculty at Burlingame Intermediate School. She resides in San Francisco with her partner and young child.

Daniel Rosaia (1982) was a starter during his four years in varsity soccer. He was named co-captain in his freshman year and was told he was the first freshman to start for the varsity team. He led the team in scoring all four years and was team captain all four years. Burlingame won the CCS title in his senior year. In his sophomore, junior and senior years he was voted “Most Valuable Player” by his teammates. Dan came back to Burlingame to coach soccer for nine years. Eight of those years the team was in the playoffs. His team won four PAL titles and one CCS title. Dan is married to his wife, Vicky, and has two children.

Coach Elmer “Dutch” Schaake came to Burlingame High School in the early 50’s. He successfully coached varsity football and varsity basketball. Sportswriter Jack Bluth said in 1957 that Schaake was the Peninsula League’s most successful grid mentor. He won several titles in both the PAL and the newly formed North Peninsula Athletic League. He was an innovator and motivator during his coaching days at Burlingame and left a legacy of excellence in coaching and teaching. Elmer was a unanimous All-Big-Six Conference halfback football player and a member of the Champion Kansas University basketball team. He played two years of professional football with the Portsmouth Ohio Spartans who in 1934 became the Detroit Lions. He is enshrined in the Kansas University Sports Hall of Fame. Elmer coached football at several high schools, junior colleges and universities during his teaching and coaching career. While coaching at Burlingame, he was given a lifetime contract. Elmer passed away in 1966 at the age of 54. Both of his children graduated from Burlingame High School - Bruce Schaake in 1955 and Joan Schaake Merla in 1959.

Charissa Cramer Shaughnessy (1991) was a three-sport athlete while at Burlingame High School and was the school’s “Female Athlete of the Year” in her Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. She received many awards and honors such as “Most Valuable Player” in basketball and softball in her sophomore and senior years; 1st team PAL for basketball and volleyball in her junior and senior years; All-County in baseball and volleyball in her junior and senior years, and Bay Area Honorable Mention for softball. Charissa broke the county’s rebounding record with over a thousand rebounds. She was a member of the State championship basketball team in her freshman year. Charissa was in the top-20 for county field goal leaders in her junior and senior years. After graduating from BHS, she went to San Diego State and later to the College of Notre Dame. Charissa is married and lives in San Mateo with her husband, James.

Daniel “Dan” Uharriet (1994) was a three-sport athlete at Burlingame High School in 1994. He was a three-time “Athlete of the Year” and earned nine varsity letters as a Panther. In his freshman year, in both frosh/soph football and basketball, he was 1st team All-PAL. In his junior year, he was captain of the football team, two-way starter, wide receiver, and safety. He was 1st team All-PAL, 1st team All-San Mateo County, 2nd team All-CCS and 2nd team S.F. Chronicle All-Metro. In basketball that year, Dan was captain of the team, 1st team All-PAL, 1st team All-San Mateo County, Honorable Mention All-CCS and 2nd team S.F. Chronicle All-Metro. In baseball he was 1st team All-PAL and 1st team All-San Mateo County. In his senior year in football, he was captain of the undefeated Panthers who were PAL champions. He made 1st team All-PAL, 1st team All-CCS,1st team All-San Mateo County, and “Player of the Year” for San Mateo County. For the basketball team, Dan was captain, 1sr team All-PAL, 1st team All-San Mateo County, 1st team All-CCS, and 1st team All-San Francisco Chronicle Metro Bay Area. He had the BHS Single Game Record of 55 points and averaged 28 points a game. That year in baseball he was team captain and 1st team All-San Mateo County. Dan also found time to play in the BHS band. He continued his sports career at the College of San Mateo and San Francisco State. He married Burlingame grad Geraldine Floresca (1994)and has a son and a daughter.

Haley Woods (2002) played only one year of varsity baseball and was the team’s “Most Valuable Player, PAL “Most Valuable Player”, High School Sports Focus “Female Athlete of the Year” for 2002 and first-team All-County section and state. As a softball player she was regarded as the most devastating power hitter produced on the Peninsula. She attended the University of California at Berkeley. As the catcher, Haley set records in total bases (414) and RBIs (190). Her collegiate career included four times “USA Player of the Week” and three times “USA Softball Player of the Year” finalist. She played in three college World Series and three National Championships. She was: 1st team All-PAC-10, 1st team All-Region and 1st team All-American. In 2011 Haley was inducted into the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame. She currently teaches at a private school in Milpitas and coaches a softball team, “The San Jose Sting”, for girls ten-years old and younger.




Jim Carter    1954

Ted Carter   1955

George Cator   1951

Gordon Covel   1939

John Devos (Teacher/Coach, 1968-1999)

Anthony Dimech   1997

Lars Morton Ek   1956

John Gilmore (Teacher/Coach, 1985 - )

Erin Stanbridge  1998


JIM CARTER, 1954, lettered in four sports while attending BHS: Basketball, Tennis, Baseball, and Track. He was a member of the Basketball 110 team in 1951-1952 and played on the 130s team in 1953-1954. Jim made All-League as a junior and was scoring champion and All-PAL in 1954. He played on the frosh-soph baseball team in his sophomore year. During his junior and senior years he played on the varsity tennis teams that were PAL champions. Jim was active in the Block “B” Society and was vice president of the student body in 1954. After graduation he attended San Jose State College where he continued his education. He is currently retired. He and his wife, Joy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. They have three lovely daughters and seven grandchildren.

TED CARTER, 1955, followed in his brother’s footsteps a year behind him. Ted lettered four years in basketball and tennis. He played on the 110s basketball team for three years and led the team in scoring in 1953-1954. In his senior year he played on the championship 130s basketball team and was named to the second All-PAL team. Burlingame had gone fourteen years since their last 30s championships. They beat Capuchino to play the Southern PAL champs, Menlo-Atherton, and beat them in a sudden death game where Ted scored the winning basket. Ted also lettered on the tennis team coached by Rube Beltran. He was named Athlete of the Year in 1954, was head cheerleader, and voted “peppiest” for senior poll. After graduation, He attended College of San Mateo where he continued to play tennis, and San Jose State where he was on the gymnastic team. He married Earlene Cloud, a 1959 graduate of BHS. They have three children and six grandchildren, and live in Spokane, WA.

GEORGE CATOR, 1941, lettered four years in football and two years in track. He was captain of the 1940 undefeated football team. The team had played together for four years and possessed the most outstanding record of any group of football players in the history of the school. They dominated the PAL with George, and four other players, on the All-PAL football team. George lettered two years on the track team and was student body president. After graduation, George went to Menlo College where he lettered in football. He later went to Stanford, UCLA, and Harvard Business College. During the war, he entered the Navy’s VIZ Program and flew in the Pacific for three years. George is a retired successful businessman, residing in Menlo Park. He has five children and eight grandchildren. His wife passed away a year ago.

GORDON COVELL, 1939, was a three-sport athlete at BHS, lettering in football, basketball and track. In football he lettered three times and in his senior year was named All-League in the PAL. He lettered three years on the basketball team and three years on the track team. Gordon was coached by Swede Righter and Lee Lancaster. He was active in school activities and in his senior year was Vice President of the student body. After graduation he attended Stanford University. During World War II, Gordon was a United States Marine Corps fighter pilot for three years in the Pacific. After the war he started a business, married, and had three children and four grandchildren. He is now retired and a widower.

JOHN DEVOS was a teacher and coach at BHS from 1968 until 1999. During that period, he amazingly coached forty-nine different sports teams, including boys frosh-soph baseball, C-D basketball, varsity baseball, frosh-soph football, track and field, varsity football, and girls varsity flag football, basketball and frosh-soph baseball. He was a very well liked and successful coach. John is the epitome of a player’s coach. He enjoyed developing the skills of all who came in contact with him. John had numerous players and teams win championships during his tenure at Burlingame. In 1998, he was honored by “Who’s Who Among American Teachers”. In the mid 1980’s John was Athletic Director at Burlingame. He and his wife, Sharon, live in Medford, Oregon. They have three children and one granddaughter.

ANTHONY DIMECH, 1997, earned eight Block “B”s in soccer, cross-country and track. He excelled in soccer, leading the team in 1997 to their first CCS Championship. He was first team PAL in 1996 and 1997. He was named to the All-CCS Northern California soccer team in 1997. Anthony was a strong runner for the cross-country team for three years and for one year of track. He continued to excel at soccer after graduation and played four years of Division I soccer to help Cal Poly win the Big West Championship in 2001. He is currently a P.E. teacher at South San Francisco High School and was named Coach of the Year by the San Mateo Times in 2008. He and his wife, Lana, live in Burlingame with their two young sons.

LARS MORTON EK, 1956, was a two-sport athlete at BHS. He migrated to California from Sweden when he was 11 ½ years old and the family settled in Burlingame. He had played soccer in Sweden but no baseball or football. Mort lettered three years in varsity baseball and in his senior year he made first team All-PAL. In his senior year, according to retired umpire Bill Kahler, Mort was the winning pitcher in the shortest game recorded in the PAL - 40 minutes. He was coached in baseball by Chick Hines and played football for three years. After graduation, he signed a major league bonus contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. He played five years in the minor leagues. His best season was in 1962 when he had an ERA of 3.27. His career was cut short in 1962 when he was involved in an auto accident. He went on to work with his Dad in construction and formed his own company in 1972. He married, had three boys and one girl. He passed away in March 1993.

JOHN GILMORE, - Teacher/Coach, joined the BHS Faculty in 1985 as head varsity football coach. The football program had been in disarray from 1980-1984 with only five wins. He turned the program around. His head coaching record was eighty-nine wins, si one losses, two ties, and three PAL football championships. John also was the head varsity wrestling coach for five years, winning two PAL championships; two years as swimming coach with one PAL championship and five years as frosh-soph basketball coach with one championship, Burlingame’s first ever. The accomplishments he achieved speak for themselves. As Athletic Director he initiated the on-campus athletic traineeship program, which currently exists. He also hired Jeff Dowd as men’s varsity basketball coach and Phil Deroza as girl’s varsity soccer coach. Both have developed outstanding programs and have won numerous championships and CCS titles. John currently is teaching and coaching at Aragon High School. He lives with his wife, Susan and two lovely daughters in San Carlos.

ERIN STANBRIDGE, 1998, lettered four years in volleyball, softball, and basketball. Her athletic accomplishments are numerous and amazing. Volleyball - In Erin’s freshman year the team went undefeated and was PAL champions. In her sophomore year she was team captain and made first team All-League. She continued her success in her junior and senior years as team captain and was All-League honorable mention her junior year. Varsity Basketball - Erin was starting guard all four years. The team went undefeated and was PAL champions in her freshman, junior, and senior years. She was team captain in her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She received All-County honorable mention in her freshman and sophomore years, and was first team All-League in her junior and senior years. Softball - In Erin’s freshman year, the frosh-soph team won the PAL championship and she was second team All-League. In her sophomore, junior and senior years she was the starting shortstop and was second team All-PAL for those three years. During her years at BHS, she was Service Commissioner in her junior and senior years, and was senior class Vice President. She was awarded the prestigious James Duffy award and received the United States Marine Corps recognition of Distinguished Athletes award. Erin continued her athletic prowess in junior college and at U.C.L.A. She graduated with a College of Letters Science Degree in communications in 2002 and got her Masters Degree in Elementary Education at Loyola Marymount University. She is currently teaching locally at a parochial school.



Varsity Football Team  1940


Roger Redig  1948


Harvey Koepf  1951


Ted Farley & Terry Bechtold  1957


Ron Anderson (Coach 1965-1969)


Duncan Johnson  1968


Bruno Baldini  1982


Jeff Busani  1982


Kathryn “Katie” May  1995



1940 VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM In 1940, the varsity football team, coached by the legendary Swede Righter, was named PAL football champions for the second year in a row. The seniors on this team had played football at BHS since their freshman year and possessed the most outstanding record that any group of football players had gained in the history of the school. They were undefeated in the PAL during their two years on the frosh-soph team and their two years on the varsity team. They finished the 1940 season undefeated. With five players on the All-PAL First Team and two players on the Second Team, BHS dominated the 1940 All-PAL football team. BHS players on the All-PAL First Team were: Frank Carrillo ‘41, George McLean ‘41, Barry McDonald ‘42, George Gator ‘41, and Bob Cote. Ron Cameron ‘41 and Ward Bowers ‘42 were members of the All-PAL Second Team. Other prominent members of the 1940 BHS team were Charlie Barr ‘42, Arnold Pederson ‘41, Bob Jenkins ‘41, Bob Kester ‘41 and Derrill Manley ‘41.

ROGER REDIG, 1948, was a track star during his years at BHS. He was a member of Vic Mangini’s first championship track team at Burlingame in the spring of 1946 and was captain of the 1948 varsity track team. In 1948, he placed first in the long jump and second in the 220-yard dash at the PAL finals at Stanford. At the Inter-Scholastic State Track Meet, he placed fourth in the long jump and 5th in the 220-yard dash. At the 20-30 relays in San Jose, he placed first in the hundred-yard dash and received a trophy for Outstanding Athlete from the City of Burlingame. Roger played football in his senior year and received a football scholarship to Santa Clara University. He was a member of the championship Orange Bowl team that defeated Kentucky. He also ran track for two years. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Air Force and was a pilot, flying F-84 bombers. He is a retired civil engineer, resides in Los Gatos, and is married his Burlingame High School sweetheart, Jeanne Stark ‘51.

HARVEY KOEPF, 1951, came to BHS in his junior year as a transfer from Oakland Tech High School. He made an impact immediately by becoming a starter on the football, baseball, and basketball teams. He lettered six times and made All-PAL First Team in football and baseball. Before his arrival at Burlingame, he played baseball for the Oakland American Legion on the National Baseball Champions. Harvey then attended Willamette University in Oregon where he continued in football and baseball. He signed a professional baseball contract with the Sacramento Solons of the Pacific Coast League. He played six years with other minor league teams. He later became a professional baseball scout for the Padres, Pirates, Giants and Tigers for forty-three years. During this time, he and his wife taught school in Half Moon Bay where he currently resides.

TED FARLEY & TERRY BECHTOLD, 1957, were first cousins, teammates, and best friends while at BHS. Ted Farley lettered four years in baseball where he started three years on the varsity team. He also lettered three years in football. Terry Bechtold moved to Burlingame in his junior year and started at second base for two years. Ted and Terry were a dynamic double-play combination for the varsity baseball program. Ted received a scholarship to Willamette University where he played on the varsity squad as a freshman. He was coached by former Burlingame great, Harvey Koepf, who is also being inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame today. After a tryout with the San Francisco Giants, Ted played summer ball in Canada. Terry Bechtold went to the College of San Mateo after graduating from BHS, and played there hitting thirteen home-runs his first year. In 1958, they both enrolled at CSM, and both signed major league bonus contracts with the St. Louis Cardinals. Their paths continued to cross as they played several years in the minor leagues. After retiring from baseball, both married and had children. Ted was a successful contractor in the Bay Area. He moved to Truckee in 1982. Terry passed away a year ago. As Ted states: “He was my best friend, my cousin, my brother.”

RON ANDERSON, Coach, joined the faculty of BHS as a teacher in 1965. That year he was the assistant varsity football coach of the undefeated Mid-Peninsula League championship team. He coached for eleven more years and the football team won two more Mid-Peninsula football championships. In 1969, he took over the helm of the Burlingame golf program and coached the team for thirty years. During the mid 70s, his golf team lost only one match in four years and the golf program dominated the MidPeninsula League. He coached good golfers such as Nathaniel Crosby ‘79 and Joby Ross ‘80 who are both in the BHS Sports Hall of Fame. Tom Spencer was another of his outstanding athletes. Ron won numerous Mid-Peninsula League titles and several CCS titles for Burlingame and took several individual players to Northern California championships. He retired in 1999 and resides in Foster City with his wife.

DUNCAN JOHNSON, 1968, was a three-sport athlete at Burlingame High School, lettering in football, wrestling, and track, for nine letters. He lettered four years in football, playing offensive and defensive tackle in his junior and senior years. He earned Mid-Peninsula Honorable Mention awards as both offense and defensive tackle. Duncan lettered four years in track and broke the varsity shot put record at 55’ 2” in a dual meet with San Mateo as a sophomore. In 1967 he was MPL shot put champion and went on to place second in the Central Coast Sectional Championship. In 1968, he repeated as MPL shot put champion. He competed for one year as a heavy weight wrestler and compiled a two-win one-loss record before injuring his back. He currently resides in the Reno area.

BRUNO BALDINI, 1982, had an outstanding career at BHS. He was a starter on the varsity basketball team for four years and was MPL All-League for all those years. The team won the championship in 1980. He set an MPL free-throw percentage of 92.7% for the season which has not been surpassed. He also played freshman football. Bruno went on to the University of California at Santa Cruz and for four years was a starter on the basketball team. He was named to the First-Team All-League Honors for the Bay Area Intercollegiate Conference and named Santa Cruz Most Valuable Player all four years. He was team captain in 1987. His record is legendary in Santa Cruz history. He married his high school sweetheart and has five lovely daughters. He is now a successful real estate broker and helps support the Burlingame High School basketball program.

JEFF BUSSANI, 1982, was an outstanding football and baseball player in his four years at Burlingame High School. He lettered four years in football and was named to the 1981 All-County football team. In his senior year, he was named “Senior Athlete of the Year”. Jeff continued his athletic prowess at Menlo College where he received a Fulbright scholarship in football. He made the All-Conference football team in 1983. He currently resides in the Rocklin area where he is an account executive with CBS in Sacramento. He is raising two sons who have excelled in athletics and both are attending college. His mother, Denise Figone Elliott, was a 1958 graduate of Burlingame High School and a former “Miss Burlingame”.

KATHRYN “KATIE” MAY, 1995, was an all-round athlete at BHS, lettering in softball, volleyball, and basketball. She was “Athlete of the Year” in all four of her years at Burlingame. In 1995, she was All-League and All-Star in softball. She was also San Mateo County’s “Most Valuable Player” in softball. At BHS, Katie was on the Service Commission and also found time to play in the school band and in jazz groups. After graduating from BHS, Katie attended University of California at Berkeley where she continued as shortstop for the “Bears” and was Honorable Mention All-Pac 10. She is the current record holder of Career Assists in baseball. While at UC Berkeley, she also found time to play in the marching band. Katie currently resides in Alameda and works in the sports marketing field. She is Director of Hospitality for Eclipse Television.




Charles Edmund “Bud” Finger 1937


Dan Hale  1943


Robert “Bob” Kane  1944


John Treu 1952


Ted Treu 1955


Jesse Undlin  1955


Roberta Alpers (Coach 1960 -1995)


Gary Goodrich  1971


Peter Diepenbrock  1982


Steve Bortolin  1948



Charles Edmund “Bud” Finger, 1937 (deceased), was an outstanding all-around athlete at BHS. He starred in football, baseball, basketball, track, and golf and made All-PAL in football, basketball and golf. Bud attended Menlo College and is in the Menlo Athletic Hall of Fame for football and golf. He was a Small College All-American for football and golf. Bud went to Stanford where he was an NCAA medalist in golf and was on the NCAA Champions Golf Team (1941-1942). He joined the Navy as a Lieutenant during WWII and served in Europe. After the war, he went back to Stanford as Director of Golf and Head Golf Coach (1946-1980). He coached the 1953 NCAA National Championship Golf Team and coached Stanford to 13 Pacific Eight Conference golf titles. He is in the Stanford Sports Hall of Fame for golf and was inducted into the NCAA Coaches Hall of Fame in Columbus, OH. His family tells us his best accomplishment was being their Dad. “He was a Great Dad and we miss him.”

Dan Hale, 1943, was a 3-sport athlete at BHS. He lettered in football, basketball, and tennis. He played first-string guard on the football team and in his senior year was All-PAL in basketball. He was one of the highest scoring forwards in the league. His coach, Lee Lancaster, once told him that he and Byron Van Alstyne were the best pair of forwards he had coached at BHS. He played tennis all four years at BHS. In 1941, he won the PAL doubles title with Bob Rubin and in 1942, he won the PAL singles title. That year he also reached the semi-finals of the California State Junior Tennis Championship. He entered the Army Air Corps after graduation and became a pilot. After the war, he played tennis at the University of California and recreational tennis during his working years. He now lives in Oregon where he has played in several senior tournaments. Lately he has been playing golf three times a week. 

Robert “Bob” Kane, 1944, was a 4-sport athlete while attending BHS. He lettered 4 years in basketball and was picked 3 years as an All-PAL player. He lettered 2 years as a quarterback on the football team and received Honorable Mention All-PAL in 1943. His big thrill was catching a touchdown in the Little-Big Game. Burlingame won 14-0. He lettered 2 years as a catcher on the baseball team and 2 years on the tennis team. After graduation, he served in the US Navy for 3 years. Bob played on the SMJC championship basketball team coached by Ray Balsley. He graduated from USF law school and was appointed to the Superior Court bench in San Mateo Co. and in 1971 to the State Court of Appeals. He also served as the Ambassador to Ireland. He is now retired and lives with his wife, Keke, in Clovis, CA. They have been married for 55 years and are blessed with 3 sons, 2 daughters, and 10 grandchildren. Alumnus of the Year 1985, IN MEMORIAM (1926 - 2007) 

John Treu, 1952, was a 4-year letterman in both football and track at Burlingame. He was coached by Vic Mangini and was a class pole-vaulter, high jumper, and hurdler on several championship teams. In football, he played tight-end on the co-PAL Championship team. John later played 1 year at Menlo College, joined the army and returned to football at the College of San Mateo and later at Cal Poly. He got his teaching credential and coached 9 years for the Department of Defense all over the world, including France, Italy, England and Japan. From 1971 to 2000, he taught physics and chemistry at San Marin High School in Marin where, for 27 years, he was a successful football coach. His teams won 13 league championships and 3 NCS titles. John currently resides in Capistrano Beach, CA.

Ted Treu, 1955, lettered 9 times at BHS. He was a 4-year starter on the BHS football and baseball teams. He played shortstop and pitcher all 4 years on the baseball team. He also played 30s basketball. After graduation, Ted entered the Army. He attended CSM and played 2 years of football where he was captain of the 1958 Big Eight Championship team. He went on to SF State and played on the only undefeated football team the school ever had. He was named to the All-Far-Western Conference Team. Ted played semi-pro football locally. He was invited to participate in 7 World Championships at the Ironman competition in Hawaii. In 1988 he competed against his son – a great bonding experience. (Ted says: “Oh yes, he kicked my butt.”) He and his wife live in Redwood Shores.

Jesse Undlin, 1955, was considered one of the county’s best pole-vaulters between 1953 and 1955. Vic Mangini was his coach during those years and Jesse steadily improved and won many titles and set many records. His best high school vault was 13’2” in 1955 (the best height in Northern California at the time). Through his efforts, the Burlingame varsity track team was able to win the PAL Championship, the NCS Group II, and the NCS Finals. Jesse received an athletic scholarship to the University of Colorado where he vaulted 14’ ¼” in his frosh year and became the top college freshman pole-vaulter in the nation. In 1957, he won the Kansas Relays at 14’ 0” and the Big 8 Outdoor Championship. He and his family reside in Vacaville, CA.

Roberta Alpers was a Teacher/Coach at BHS for 35 years (1960-1995). She coached many championship teams including 10 boys’ tennis team championships, 17 girls’ tennis team championships, and 11 regional team championships. She also coached a National Collegiate Singles and Doubles champion, Linda Gates (1981), who was at Stanford for 4 years. (Linda is in the SM County and BHS Athletic Halls of Fame.) Roberta was director of the California CCS Individual Tennis Tournament for 10 years, PAL Chairperson for 20 years, and CCS Representative. She was inducted into the San Francisco State University Hall of Fame in 1992. Roberta taught many other sports, as well as academic subjects, at BHS and was chosen Coach of the Year at BHS in 1992. The list of her accomplishments goes on and on! She and her husband, Arthur, raised a son and two foster daughters.

Gary Goodrich, 1971, was a 4-year letterman in wrestling at BHS under the coaching of Jack King. Mr. King said that Gary was the best wrestler he ever coached and that Gary was an extremely well-polished wrestler with a great amount of technique. In his junior year, he was co-captain of the team and the Mid-Peninsula League Champion 168 lb. wrestler. He placed #2 in CCS. Gary was captain of the team in his senior year and was undefeated that year. He placed first in the Mid-Peninsula League, but was injured and was unable to participate in the CCS and State Tournament. He also lettered in freshman football and participated in shot put at BHS. Gary went on to Skyline College where he wrestled and went to the State Finals. He is in the Skyline Sports Hall of Fame. He graduated from Cal Poly, is married, and has 3 sons. He is the assistant wrestling Coach at Irvington High School, California.

Peter Diepenbrock, 1982, was a 4-sport letterman in basketball, baseball, tennis and cross-country. In his freshman year, Peter was frosh-soph basketball team MVP and first-team All-League. During his sophomore year, he was on the cross-country team, the frosh-soph basketball League Champion team, the first-team All-League, and was the team’s MVP. He joined the varsity basketball team in his junior year and was the BHS team’s MVP and Junior Athlete of the Year. In his senior year, he was first team All-League in basketball, first team All-County, first team All-Northern California and the BHS basketball team’s MVP. He went on to Menlo College and was All-League in basketball as a sophomore. He received his degree at UCLA. Peter coached the Women’s National Basketball Team in Denmark and was assistant basketball coach at UC Davis. He is currently a teacher/coach at Palo Alto High School and this year he led his basketball team to a State Championship. 

Steve Bortolin, 1984, was an outstanding athlete during his four years at BHS. He lettered in football, soccer, and baseball in his last three years and won many titles. He was Sophomore Athlete of the Year, received the Frosh-Soph Coaches’ Award, and was the frosh-soph soccer team’s MVP. In 1982, he was the Soccer Championship goalie and MVP for the varsity football team. He was chosen Outstanding Athlete in his junior and senior years. Steve played in the North-South Boys Club All-Star game in 1983. After graduation, he attended CSM and received the Special Team Award in football. He and his wife now reside in Oregon where he works as a foreman for a major plumbing company. He joins his sister Corinne Bortolin Armstrong (1987) in the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame.



(Panther Postscripts - Spring/summer’05)

C. E. “Swede” Righter   (Coach 1934-1947)


Frank Vincent Carrillo  1941


Peter Fena  1941


Keith Sperry  1947


Jack R. McMills 1949


Eliot “Bing” Downing  1951


Benson “Ben” Lloyd  1951


Steven R. “Steve” Connolly  1968


Men’s Varsity Soccer Team, 1996-1997




C.E. “Swede” Righter (deceased), coached football at UOP from 1921 to 1933 and at BHS from 1934 to 1947. His teams won many championships. He also coached track and field. His greatest joy was running the Burlingame Relays. He coached track at UOP and sent Jim Corson to the 1928 Olympics. From 1947 to 1961 he was a history teacher at BHS. He has two sons who graduated from BHS - Richard ‘49 and Robert ‘51. (Ed. ‘Swede’ was also a swimming coach at BHS in the early ‘50s.)

Frank Vincent Carrillo ‘41 (deceased), lettered in football, basketball and baseball at BHS. He played on the frosh-soph football team that was undefeated in his sophomore year. He was named All-PAL in his senior year when the undefeated team won the PAL championship. His varsity coach was “Swede” Righter. Frank was an inspirational leader and instigated the team’s victory song “Sipping Cider through a Straw.” In his senior year he was the BHS representative to Boys State. After graduation, he played at St. Mary’s on a football scholarship.

Peter Fena ‘41 played four years on the BHS varsity football team as a 2-way lineman. The team won the championship every year. He also played four years of baseball as catcher, batting .333. Pete was voted one of the best athletes at BHS in his senior year. He was to play football at USF, but joined the service in WWII and played for the El Toro Marines with and against NFL players, including Buddy Young. After the war, he played semi-pro football for the SSF Windbreakers. Cal pitcher, Jackie Jensen, broke Peter’s toe with a pitch - a minor claim to fame. He now lives in Nevada. He joins his brother Joe in the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

Keith Sperry ‘47 (deceased), was born in Washington State, and after his parents divorced, he and his sister, Lou Ellen, grew up on his aunt and uncle’s working ranch in Idaho, where he attended a one room schoolhouse. He moved to Burlingame in his freshman year and joined the varsity football team immediately. Keith was injured and did not play his sophomore year but was outstanding in the ‘45 and ‘46 seasons. He was a natural as a tailback on Warner single/double wing formations and excelled with his fast and shifty footwork and ball handling. He also punted, when required. In track, he excelled in sprints and broad jump. In 1947 he played for Willamette in Oregon.

Jack R. McMills ‘49 was captain of the BHS golf team from 1945 through 1949. He never lost a match. He was also on the track team in 1948 and 1949. He attended San Mateo Junior College where he won the Northern California Junior College Golf Championship in both 1950 and 1951. In the late 70s and 80s he won 11 golf championships. He holds two golf course records.

Eliot “Bing” Downing ‘51 (deceased) was a member of the BHS football team from 1947 to 1950 - frosh/soph and varsity. From 1951 to 1955, Bing played football for the Tigers of the College of the Pacific on a full four-year football scholarship. He was also a member of the 1954 and 1955 rugby teams and participated in intramural sports in track and field.

Benson “Ben” Lloyd  ‘51 enrolled at BHS in his junior year (1950) and lettered in varsity track and football. He set 6 dual-meet records in shot put, broke the school shot put record 4 times and graduated as school record holder at a distance of 50’ 10-1/2”. He was 1951 California North Coast Division High School Champion and was selected an outstanding PAL Football Champion in 1950. He attended the University of Oregon on football and track scholarships. He was a member of three Pacific Coast Conference, Northern Division, and Championship track teams. He held records for shot put in 1954. In 1955, Ben broke the 20 year school record, being the first to throw over 50 feet. He was the 1955 Pacific Northwest AAU Champion. In the U.S. Air Force in 1957, he was shot put champion in several competitions and had the farthest throw - 54’ 9”.  In 1973, he placed second in shot put at the National Senior Olympics. Ben’s college track coach was the legendary Bill Bowerman, Olympic track coach and co-founder of NIKE shoes. Ben’s goal now is to compete in the National Senior Olympics in 2005.

Steven R. “Steve” Connolly ‘68 attended Washington School, Burlingame Intermediate School and BHS, where he participated in many sports. In his freshman year, he played junior varsity basketball and tennis. For the next 3 years he played starting center on the varsity basketball team. He was one of the league leaders in scoring and rebounding and made All-League in his senior year. He also played frosh/soph baseball as an outfielder and first baseman. At CSM and Chico State University he was starting-center in varsity basketball. Steve spent several years playing basketball in Australia. He played in the Victorian Basketball League - 4 years with South Melbourne and 2 years with Geelong. In the World Masters Games, he played in the top basketball division in Australia and Oregon. His coaching includes basketball and other sports where he earned many championships and numerous “Coach of the Year” awards at various schools and clubs in Australia and California. Steve is currently principal of Fair View High School in the Chico Unified School District.

1996-1997 Men’s Varsity Soccer Team - First CCS Champion Team at Burlingame High School.  Coaches: Daniel Rosaia and Ken La Crosse. Team members: Kieran Carey, Shaun M. De Jesus Anthony Dimech, Anton Del Rosario, Armand De Rosario, Michael “Mike” Elliston, William S. “Will” Fiske, Christopher “Chris” Giuliacci, Ryota Ishikawa, Jeff K. Jurow, Bryant A. Kiryczun, George Kounalakis, Paul F. Majernik, Robert J. McWilliam, Eric Monterastelli, Jeff P. “Jeff” Nathan, Alexis “Alex” Nerguizian, Tyler O’Brien, David Peterson, Zack Pfeffer, Marc Pope, Eduardo Sanchez, Michael “Mike” Sharabi, Yuta Tanaka, Victor Tobar, Bryan J. Umili, Nicole Conner, Racher Sunderbruch, Addie Bonilla.




(Panther Postscripts - Spring/Summer’03)

Howard Stern - all sports 1932


George Trolesi – football 1940


Bill Offield – baseball 1949


Gus Suhr – baseball 1950


Richard Van Der Beets – track 1950


Jim Van Der Beets – track 1952


Pam Truscott White – swimming 1966


Ernest Scheppler – baseball  1972


Dick Steil – track 1974


Basketball Team - runner up NorCal champions 1957







(The first since 1988)

(Panther Postscripts - Spring/Summer ‘01)

Ernest A. Sheppler


Arthur “Bud” Belton


Paul Armstrong


Byron Van Alstyne


Bruce Van Alstyne


Wally Vickery


Ronald Dawson


Carl Roepke


George Cantaloub


John “Phil” Hazelrig


Linda Saefke



Ernest A. Scheppler, 1934, was President of the ABS and in the German Club while at BHS. He played basketball and ran track. After graduation, he attended the University of Santa Clara and the Los Angeles School of Optometry. At Santa Clara he was on the basketball and baseball teams. He served 4 years with the Medical Corps in the U. S. Army. He has been an optometrist for 50 years in Burlingame. Ernie was the BHS alumnus of the year in 1993.

Arthur “Bud” Belton, 1937, was on the Student Council, an officer of the Block “B” Society and played in the orchestra. He was All-PAL in football, basketball and track. He attended College of San Mateo and UC Davis. As a Private and then a commissioned officer, he served with the Medical Service Corps from 1941-1945. He received his DDS degree from UCSF in 1950 and was a self-employed dentist in Burlingame until 1981.

Paul Armstrong, 1940, was All-League in basketball while at BHS and received letters in basketball and swimming. He was also active with ABS, played in the orchestra and was on the Student Council. He attended San Mateo JC (where he was VP of the Student Body), University of Minnesota, San Jose State, Stanford and San Francisco State. He was in the U.S. Infantry during WW II.

Ron Dawson, 1951, participated in football and track all 4 years at BHS. He held the PAL record in the 220 yard dash (a record that lasted for 29 years). Ron also set records in the broad jump and the 440 and 880 relays. He later served in the U.S. Army.

Carl Roepke, 1952, was president of his Junior class and on the Student Council. His sports included football, baseball and track. In 1952 he was captain of the football team, on the All-PAL Football First Team, Northern California Player of the Week and captain of the North-South Shrine All-Star game in LA. Carl attended the University of Utah and the University of Michigan.

George Cantaloub, 1953, played football, basketball and ran track while at BHS. He was president of the Block “B” Society, All-PAL, PAL Player of the Year, All-Northern California Lineman of the Year, All-NCS and Sixth Team All American. He played football at San Jose State and served in the U.S. Army.

Byron Van Alstyne, 1944, was an All-League basketball player while at BHS. He participated in music as well as sports. His schooling included Menlo JC, USC and Stanford. Byron was in the Navy for 1½ years. He taught and coached at Menlo JC, Jefferson and Westmoor High Schools.

Bruce Van Alstyne, 1945, was an All-Conference football player at BHS. He also played basketball and tennis and was President of the ABS. After graduation he served in the U.S. Navy. After the military he attended Menlo College and Stanford. While at Stanford he played in the 1950 East-West Game.

Wally Vickery, 1947, earned letters in tennis and basketball. In his freshman year he won the NCS doubles. In 1945, 46, and 47 he won the NCS singles. Wally attended San Mateo JC and won the #1 National JC doubles. He also attended Golden Gate College, USF, and Santa Clara. His military career included 2 years in the Army.

John “Phil” Hazelrig, 1965, was Student Council President, a class officer in his sophomore and junior years and won varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball. He attended Chapman College and the U.S. Naval Academy, where he played football and basketball. Phil retired from the Navy as a Captain and is currently working at NASA’s future Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.

Linda Saefke, 1984, was involved in three athletic programs while at BHS: volleyball, basketball and softball. She was on the varsity squad in each program for all 4 years. Linda was All-County in basketball and softball in 1983 and 1984. Linda attended College of San Mateo and San Francisco State.



(Panther Postscripts - Spring/Summer’02)


Dorothy Fowler


Jean Hazelrig Massey   1968 



Ben Eastman 



Erik van Dillen             1969



Ed Arnold 


Hank Sauer                 1970 



Bill Hardeman


Clark Anderson            1970 



Clyde Devine


Andrew Kolesnikow      1973



George Canrinus


Erol Akechurin             1974



Tom Fena 


Mike Giron                  1974



Ward Bowers 


Bob Newman              1974



Harold Skillman


Dick Stein                  1974



Walt Ackerman


Derek Evans              1974 



Jim Whitney


Dee-Dee Strohmaier   1978



Al Facchini


Nathaniel Crosby        1979



Britt Vail


Joby Ross                  1979



Hank Loumena


Greg Barton               1980



Bob Schmidt


 Sherry Finney Bisordi    1980



Greg Stikes


 Matt Hesselgren            1980



Phil Meyer


 Tim Knudsen                 1980



Art Haskins


 Aileen Murray                1980



Jim Bledsoe


 Linda Gates                   1981



Mike Carboni


 Mark Walen                   1981



Bob McElhaney


Trina Lee Molotky           1982



Owen Lucey 


Tiffany Lee                    1984



Don Lembi


Sherry Bertram Wintisch 1986



Len Lubrano 


Jennifer Horgan Nieto     1986



Dick Nelson 


Corinne Bortolin             1986



Kirk Snodgrass 


Jackie Hardeman            1988



Bob Cookson 


Barb Beainy                   1988



Bety Frykberg 


Varsity Football Team     1965



Girls Basketball Team     1968








Ed Parker, BHS Class of 1947

IN MEMORIAM - 1931 - 2009

(This article appeared in the October 30, 2009 Contra Costa Times)

Ed Parker, Bay Area track and field coach who helped mold Olympians, dies at 78

By Glenn Reeves
San Mateo County Times
Posted 10/29/2009

Ed Parker, a teacher and coach at Mills High for 30 years and an influential figure in the development of American women’s track and field, died Thursday at the age of 78 in Gold River. Female athletes coached by Parker were on every United States Olympic Team from 1960-1988.

Parker, a 1947 graduate of Burlingame High and 1951 graduate of San Francisco State, started coaching track and field with the San Mateo County Girls Athletic Association in 1959. He discovered Pat Daniels, a Capuchino High junior in 1960, and introduced her to track. Six months later, Daniels made the U.S. Olympic Team in the 800 meters. It was the first of three Olympics that Daniels, now Pat Connolly after her marriage to 1956 hammer throw gold medalist Harold Connolly, would take part in. She also won a national championship as a coach at UCLA.

“You’ve heard the expression, ‘Get a life,’” she said. “Mr. Parker gave me a life. I never met anyone with his integrity. A lot of coaches are full of phony hype. He would always tell you the truth, never tell you could do something unless you could really do it.” While at Mills, Parker started the Millbrae Lions Track Club. That was where he coached future Olympians Marilyn King, Lucia Vaamonde, Kathy Sulenski, Maren Seidler and Cis Shaeffer.

The last Olympian Parker coached was Leslie Maxie, who set a junior world record in the 400 hurdles in 1984 and competed for the U.S. in the 1988 Olympic Games. “He was a great coach and an infinitely patient man,” said Maxie, who now works in public relations for NASCAR. “More than anything he was a good person. He cared about people.”

Parker is survived by his wife, Barbara, daughter Sharon Parker Garcia, son Aaron Parker, and four grandchildren.