Hall of Fame dinner returning in June
After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Grizzly Scholarship and Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony is set to take place at The Grove House in historic downtown Mariposa on Saturday, June 25.
Standout Mariposa County High School multi-sport athlete and former National Football League player Cody Wichmann will be inducted into the hall of fame. MCHS student athletes Lupin Amstutz and Andres Ibarra will receive this year’s scholarships.
A social hour will be held from 5-6 p.m., dinner will be served from 6-7:15 p.m. and the scholarship award and induction ceremony will run from 7:15-8:15 p.m.
The special dinner came into existence in 1999, when former student athletes Danny Martinez and Jeff Perkins (Class of 1974) started a scholarship in the names of former MCHS coaches Loyd Hobby and Ed Vegely.
Hobby and Vegely both taught and coached for more than 30 years at the local high school. The dinner and induction ceremony is a way to earn money for the scholarships while honoring one male and female senior student each year.
The Grizzly Hall of Fame induction ceremony honors former Grizzly athletes, coaches, contributors and teams. The dinner, along with the 50-50-10 Club (50 people donating $50 per year for 10 years), and private donations from Martinez, Perkins and others have funded the scholarship the past 22 years.
This scholarship has paid out approximately $152,000 to 44 student athletes. Ibarra helped lead the Grizzlies varsity football and baseball teams to key wins during his time with the groups. Amstutz did the same on the volleyball court and soccer field.
Cody Wichmann, a class of 2010 graduate, excelled in football and basketball while attending MCHS. He went on to play for Fresno State University and was drafted by the then-St. Louis Rams. He also played for the Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys.
Tickets for the upcoming event will be available for purchase online at Eventbrite beginning next week.
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