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Riverside Sport Hall of Fame induction on hold again

Riverside Press-Enterprise logo Riverside Press-Enterprise 5/13/2022 Jim Alexander, The Press-Enterprise

The Riverside Sport Hall of Fame’s latest induction ceremony, originally scheduled to take place in 2020 and rescheduled twice after COVID-19 scrambled things, now will be targeted for May, 2023, according to Hall president Jerry Hurley.

The selections of Olympic track athlete Brenda Martinez; local fast-pitch legend Bob Bomar; softball player and coach and (member of the 2004 Greek Olympic team) Vanessa Czarnecki Duhon; high school baseball coaching stalwarts Rich Stalder and Rich Graves; and California Baptist University president Ronald Ellis were originally announced in January 2020. When inducted, they will swell the membership of the Hall to 111 since the first ceremony in 2003.

The ceremony, originally scheduled for May 2020, was postponed until that November, and had been rescheduled to this coming Monday night.

“We have had very few inquiries about the event this year,” Hurley explained via email. “I attribute a lot of this to dealing with COVID-19 since 2020.”

Hurley indicated the organization’s executive board “was of the feeling that RSHOF should continue to approach our Induction Ceremonies in a cautious manner. We want everyone in the room to be comfortable.”

When the induction ceremony takes place, former UC Riverside athletic director Stan Morrison will receive the Chuck Kane Award, longtime high school coach and administrator John Tibbels the President’s Award and former UC Riverside basketball player Jannon Otto the Most Inspirational Athlete award.

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