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Eight is enough for MP's initial hall of fame class

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Jason P. Skoda is the sports writer at the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Contact him at (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com

Posted: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:00 am | Updated: 2:00 pm, Tue Oct 14, 2014.

The choices were tough, but yet easy.

The amount of influential and talented people who have walked through the doors at 4201 E. Knox Road over the last 20 years had to be narrowed down to a short inductable list.

And there is only so much time for a hall of fame parade during halftime of a football game.

"It was difficult to decide, but at the same time it was clear who had to be in the initial class," Mountain Pointe athletic director Ian Moses said. "We couldn't have gone wrong with this group."

Mountain Pointe High School is starting a hall of fame to coincide with its 20th-year anniversary, and the initial class will be honored Friday at the Pride's final home football game of the season.

Call it the Mount Pointe-more of Pride history.

There are administrators and athletes. Leaders and legends. All-Americans and all-caring.

All Pride.

"I don't think there could have been a better initial class," said inductee Harold Slemmer, who was Mountain Pointe's principal when the school opened 20 years ago. "I am honored to be in the group and it is going to be a great event. I am looking forward to getting together with all of the inductees and their families."

Here is the list of inductees:

Athletes

Reid Priddy (volleyball, Olympic gold medalist)

Sara Gorton-Slattery (track, cross country, college All-American, Pan Am gold medalist)

Sally Meyerhoff (track, cross country, college All-American)

Nicole Powell (basketball, college All-American, WNBA)

Brad Evans (soccer, college All-American, MLS champion)

Administrators

Dr. Harold Slemmer (principal)

Karl Kiefer (football coach)

Karen Jacobson (badminton and softball coach)

Most of the athletes will have family accept on their behalf for various reasons.

While the initial class is mostly filled with athletes it is not a sports hall of fame. There will be teachers, students and other influential individuals in the years to come.

The committee, comprised of principal Bruce Kipper, two current teachers, and Moses, selected mostly athletes for the first class, but this group is hardly a bunch of sports figures. They were in many clubs/groups during their time at Mountain Pointe, excelled academically, and have continued their wide array of interests now that they are/were established in their careers.

"This about so much more than athletics," Moses said. "It's about the complete person, and it was tough to cap it at eight. We started with this group because they had national and international name recognition. There will be people from the drama club, teachers, and others included in the years to come.

"I don't think we will ever run into a problem of finding enough candidates."

The plan from this point is to induct individuals each year, and there will eventually be a form on the school's website to nominate perspective candidates.

The big day will start with a barbecue at the school court yard at 5 p.m. for friends of the program, faculty and the inductees' families, who will be in attendance before the students who wrote the bios for the inductees will introduce the individuals at 6 p.m. It all leads up to the parade at halftime.

"It's a great thing, and I am honored," said Kiefer, who was the first football coach, and still helps with the lower levels. "They told me about it and I thought it was a great idea."

An idea that is about to come to fruition.

"Mountain Pointe has always been an all-encompassing school," Moses said. "There is so much you can do as a student. We've had so many tremendous people that formed this school when it opened and showed the way.

"This is the perfect time to honor those who set the standard."

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or jskoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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