Football stars head Ygnacio Valley’s 2017 Hall of Fame class

For years Ygnacio Valley High has had one of the storied athletic programs in the East Bay, and on May 20 it will honor some of the players, coaches and teams who wrote those chapters with its fifth annual Hall of Fame induction dinner.


Festivities at the Contra Costa Country Club in Pleasant Hill begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social gathering and silent auction. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:45.

Five athletes, one coach and two teams comprise the 2017 class. They include quarterbacks Mike Sullivan and Dan Hartwig, volleyball’s Danielle Spier, shot-putter Rolin Luka (posthumously), four-sport star Kelly McCabe, former water polo coach Jim Carter, and the 1968 boys cross country and 1982 girls volleyball teams.

They will join past inductees such as former Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti, past NFL players Chris Walsh and Gordon Gravelle, former Baltimore Orioles shortstop Kiko Garcia and one-time head of Pac-12 officials Dave Cutaia.

The Ygnacio Valley Hall also includes its own cradle of coaches with the likes of Kent Robie (football), Jim Grace (basketball) and Dick Ryan (football).

“I can’t believe how lucky we were back in the 60s-70s to have had such a great group of coaches throughout the DVAL!” Hartwig wrote in an e-mail.

Here’s the lineup of this year’s class:

Jim Carter — Coached water polo for 14 seasons. Took Warriors to the North Coast Section playoffs 10 times. Had over a .700 winning percentage.

Dan Hartwig — 49ers’ ninth-round draft pick in 1980. Played for the Buffalo Bills and…

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