Janet M Kelly
This edition of The Kingsburg Times features a number of articles about Kingsburg athletics. It is appropriate, as we have a wealth of talent in our little town. Professional players, college stand-outs, high school and youth-sports champions, and the coaches and other adults who have supported them are all part of the atmosphere that has produced so many athletic successes.
The Kingsburg High School Athletic Foundation has selected the 2021 Hall of Fame Kingsburg High School athletes, who will be inducted in a ceremony honoring them at the September 3, 2021 home football game.
The following athletes were named, along with their honors and accomplishments:
Allison Knode (Sunquist), Class of 1998. A Track and Field athlete, Allison was a 7 time NAIA All American.
Jessica Wild (Visser), Class of 1999. Jessica was a swimmer and a 43 time All American.
Blair Jensen, Class of 1994. Blair played Baseball, was an All-State Pitcher who also played professional baseball.
Scott Lindquist, Class of 1979. All State Baseball and Football; also played both sports at Northern Arizona University.
Sam Crandell. Coach Crandell coached Wrestling from 1958 to 1987, and Swimming from 1962 to 1986.
The 2021 Varsity Men’s Basketball team who won the California State championship.
This year’s selection was delayed a year because of the Covid pandemic.
The 2020 selectees were professional Football Stars Monte Clark, and Jimmy Johnson. Rafer Johnson, the 1960 Olympic Decathlon Champion; Todd Steele, played for USC and the New Orleans Saints; Dan Jackson, State wrestling champion; Jake Woods, Los Angeles Angels, Melissa Price Western, All American pole vaulter; and Tyler Bray, professional football quarterback.
Kingsburg High school takes great pride in its athletics and many outstanding athletes have emerged over the years, making selection difficult. The KHS Foundation uses three criteria for selection to its Hall of Fame:
1) Made All American honors at any level, high school or college;
2) A member of a state championship, or,
3) Played in a professional sport.
Kingsburg has produced a plethora of outstanding athletes. There is two time All American Track and Field Hammer Thrower for Fresno State, Daron Crass who graduated from KHS in 1984. Todd Soares, 1980 KHS graduate and All State baseball player, played for The Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos. John Swenning, Class of 1960, KHS High School All American in football, a Shrine Game selectee, and All State Football and Track and Field. Swenning has also held the KHS high school shot-put record for 61 years. It has yet to be broken. These are just examples of the many fine athletes the Kingsburg High School Athletic Association has to select from. Plus we have all these talented youngsters moving through the various sports. With this rich heritage of talent, there is no doubt the decision as to who to consider in 2022 and beyond will be difficult.
Kudos goes to all the great athletes who have brought honor to Kingsburg High School and our community.