23rd Class Features Bobby Anderson, Justin Armour, Christine Bullard, George Demetriou, Marc Johnson, Kristen Jensen McKay and Cari Jensen Smith
The latest class of the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame, the 23rd in the history of the organization, features a broad range of inductees including four former student participants, a long-time baseball and soccer coach whose teams have 12 state championships, a veteran football and baseball official and one veteran administrator/coach with a 71-game unbeaten streak in field hockey.
Joining the CHSAA Hall of Fame from the participant ranks are Bobby Anderson (Boulder), Justin Armour (Manitou Springs), Kristen Jensen McKay and Cari Jensen Smith (both from Fowler), along with Cherry Creek coach Marc Johnson, CHSAA official rules interpreter for baseball and football George Demetriou, and Christine Bullard former Kent Denver field hockey coach and Girls’ Athletics Director and Jefferson County Public Schools district athletics and Activities director.
"Earning a place in the CHSAA Hall of Fame is an honor so few receive. Yet each class represents the thousands upon thousands of participants, coaches, administrators, officials and significant contributors that give so much to the state’s high school athletics and activities. The Class of 2011 reveals the breadth and depth that Colorado high school athletics and activities represent in our member schools. Each of the inductees has left a snapshot of his/her impact on this organization in a positive way,” CHSAA Commissioner Paul Angelico said in making the announcement.
The Class of 2011 will be inducted during a banquet ceremony on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at the Red Lion Hotel Denver Southeast (I 225 and Parker). Individual tickets may be purchased for $45 each by contacting the CHSAA. The festivities get underway at 6:30 p.m. The Foundation for Colorado High School Student Activities will hold its annual Silent Auction prior to the event, as well.
The selection of the four student participants to the CHSAA Hall of Fame puts the total number of participants in the hall at 50. There are now 53 coaches, 26 administrators, 13 officials and five significant service contributors enshrined in the CHSAA Hall of Fame that began in 1989. There are also two teams in the hall. The Hall of Fame now features 149 inductees.
Biographies of the newest additions to the hall include:
Bobby Anderson (Boulder High School) – Bobby Anderson is one of the state’s most well-known athletic figures, playing for Boulder High School, following his brother Dick to the University of Colorado and then moving on to a career with the Denver Broncos. A three-sport athlete at BHS, Anderson graduated in 1966, lettering in football, basketball and baseball. As a sophomore, Anderson was selected to succeed another CHSAA Hall of Famer, Hale Irwin, at quarterback. In 1963, Anderson powered the Panthers to the state championship, cementing his name in prep football lore. Ironically, though he is a noted for his football exploits more than the other sports, as a switch-hitting catcher he was drafted by the Houston Astros. He starred in the senior high school baseball game held at former Bears Stadium and homered from the left side, then doubling of the wall from the right in winning MVP honors in the game. He was also The Denver Post Gold Helmet Award recipient as a senior. For all his athletic versatility, Anderson elected to focus on football as he entered the University of Colorado where he set 18 records before graduation in 1970. He was an honorable mention All-American as a quarterback as a sophomore, but then earned consensus All-America honors in 1969 as a tailback. He was a first round draft pick of the Denver Broncos and played for the home town team for five years before finishing out his career with New England and Washington. He worked in the broadcast media on CU and Bronco events, but now is engaged in private business in California. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame (2006), the University of Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (2006), Big Eight Conference Hall of Fame (1980) and Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (1982). For movie buffs, Anderson also played a bit part in the movie “One on One” that was filmed at Colorado State. Bobby is an Enrolled Agent and owns a tax preparation business in southern California.
Justin Armour (Manitou Springs High School) – Another three-sport athlete, Armour was a standout in football, basketball and track at Manitou Springs High School. He also served on the student council, school president, newspaper editor and was his class Valedictorian. A former “Denver Post” Gold Helmet Award and Fred Steinmark Award winner, Armour also participated in drama productions, was a member of the National Honor Society and Young Life. He set the state record for total offensive yards in football and was his basketball team’s leading scorer and rebounder. Armour led his team to the 1990 state football championship and a state track championship, plus a Final Four finish in basketball. Armour received an athletic scholarship to play both Football and Basketball at Stanford University. While recruited as a quarterback, he played four years at wide receiver for the Cardinal coached by the legendary Bill Walsh and two years of basketball. His college football resume includes honorable mention All-PAC 10 as a sophomore, second team All-PAC10 as a junior. During his senior year, Armour ranked ninth in the country and second in the PAC10 in receptions, setting a school mark with 2,482 yards receiving. He was drafted in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 1995 draft by the Buffalo Bills and won a World Championship as a member of the Denver Broncos. He is currently the head football coach at Manitou Springs High School.
Christine Bullard (Jefferson County Schools) – Christine Bullard was Girls’ Athletics Director and one of the state’s top field hockey coaches at Kent Denver School before moving into an administrative position with Kent Denver School and Jefferson County Public Schools. She had a 94-11-13 mark in field hockey and her teams had a 26-game shutout streak and a 71-game unbeaten streak (67-0-4) under her tutelage. She served six years as a member of the CHSAA Board of Directors (nee Executive Committee), served seven years on the CHSAA Legislative Council (nee Board of Control), chaired the field hockey committee, as well as served on the Budget, Tournament & Playoff Finance and Soccer Committees. She was a member of numerous seeding and pairing committees, along with serving as host to multiple CHSAA State Track & Field Championships. She was host for district and regional tournaments in volleyball, gymnastics, softball, wrestling, baseball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, basketball and lacrosse, as well. She was the Curriculum Coordinator for Athletics from 1990-1992 and head of Jefferson County athletics and activities from 1993 to 2006. From 1975 to 1990, she was member of the Kent Denver staff, coaching field hockey, basketball, lacrosse and assisting in tennis and track. She was the school’s Girls Athletics Director from 1975-1990 and assistant Director for Admissions from 1984-1990. She has served in numerous leadership roles, including as president of the Colorado Athletic Directors Association 1989-90, 2004-05) and was awarded the Kurby Lyle Award for service in 2000 and is a member of the Sportswomen of Colorado Hall of Fame (2010), Jefferson County Hall of Fame (2009) and the Metropolitan League Hall of Fame (1986).
George Demetriou (Colorado Springs) – One of the state’s top officials, Demetriou is currently the state rules interpreter for football and baseball, two sports that he has officiated for over 21 years. He was also a basketball official for a decade in the state. Demetriou has umpired three state baseball championship games and been involved in the playoffs for 15 years. In football, he has called a pair of state championship games and worked playoffs in 11 seasons. He has been president of both football and baseball officials organizations. Demetriou served as president of the Colorado High School Baseball Umpires Association and has been part of the playoff assignment process for the past 10 years. He also served three years as president of the Colorado Football Officials Association. He is a member of the Minor League Football Hall of Fame, and was the recipient of the John Adams Officiating Award given by the Colorado Chapter of the National Football Foundation. He is prolific author for Referee Magazine, penning articles in both sports. He is the creator and author of the biannual College Study Guide in baseball and has had over 100 articles published on baseball rules and mechanics. He has authored football rules study guides for NCAA and NFHS rules, has published a book, Judgment Calls, addressing officiating philosophy and co-authors an annual football rules difference publication. He has had over 300 articles published on football rules and mechanics. A long-time clinician, he is an active member of the National Association of Sports Officials.
Marc Johnson (Cherry Creek High School) – One of the finest coaches ever produced by Colorado, Johnson has coached 12 state championship teams (7 in baseball and 5 in boys’ soccer) in two sports. He has been at CCHS for the past 39 years and produced 25 league titles and over 300 players who went on to play collegiately and 75 who have played professionally. He has a 631-147 mark as a baseball coach and has received nearly every award possible within the coaching community. He has coached international teams and been named Coach of the Year over 12 times. Johnson a member of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (2010) and is one of the nation’s most sought after clinicians and convention speakers. His first team at Cherry Creek was the only Bruins team to finish with a losing record in his 38 years as head coach. Johnson’s expertise has been awarded with many appointments to national and international teams, including being named assistant head coach for the 1988 Junior National Olympic team that competed in Sydney, Australia and won the gold medal. A native of Norfolk, NE, Johnson played football, basketball and baseball. He went to UNC (nee Colorado State College) with the intention of becoming a teacher/coach. After doing his student teaching at CCHS and a stint in the Army, Johnson returned to the Bruins program as coach and has been there since. He has coached in the USA Junior Olympics three times. For the past thirty years he has been employed by professional baseball teams as a scout. He is currently working with the Colorado Rockies. He works at in-door baseball facility in Denver. Five of his former players are currently in Major League Baseball: Brad Lidge is the former closer for the Philadelphia Phillies, David Aardsma is the closer for the Seattle Mariners, Darnell McDonald is an outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, Josh Bard is a back-up catcher for the Seattle Mariners, and Luke Hochever is a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.
Kristen and Cari Jensen will be forever linked, not only as twins but in their athletic accomplishments at Fowler High School. Both were three sport athletes – volleyball, basketball and track – for Fowler. Both were FHS co-valedictorians and earned volleyball scholarships to Kansas State. They both earned numerous academic awards in high school and college.
Cari Jensen Smith (Fowler High School) – A 2000 graduate of Fowler High School, Cari Jensen was a three-sport athlete – volleyball, basketball and track – who also participated in student council, band, drama, National Honor Society, FBLA, FCCLA and a number of church activities. In volleyball, her teams were four-time district and regional champions, three-time state champions and a state runner-up. She was a four-time first team all-state selection. In basketball, Cari set 10 school records and helped her team to four state appearances, one state title and earned numerous awards, including first team all-state and 2A Player of the Year twice. In track, she set three school marks, won the state championship in the 100 meter hurdles (three times), triple jump (sophomore), 300 meter hurdles (sophomore) and placed in several other events throughout her career. Her track team also won a state title. Cari was named the Colorado Prep Sportswomen of the Year (2000), Fred Steinmark Award recipient (2000) and The Denver Post/Denver Athletic Club Student-Athlete of the Year (2000). She and Kristen were honored by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame as Prep Athletes of the Year in 2001. She lettered three times in volleyball at Kansas State, earned All-Big 12 honors three times, was the school’s first Academic All-American first teamer and earned a post-graduate scholarship following her career.
Kristen Jensen McKay (Fowler High School) – A 2000 graduate of Fowler High School, Kristen Jensen was a three-sport athlete – volleyball, basketball and track – who also participated in student council, band, National Honor Society, FBLA, and a number of church activities. In volleyball, she helped her team to three state championships, finishing second once as well. Kris was named to a number of all-tournament and all-state teams in the sport. In basketball, she propelled her teams to four state appearances, including a state title and earned numerous playing honors at the district, regional and state level, including all-state as a junior. In track, Kris set four school marks and earned a trip to the state meet four times. She won the high jump as a freshman. As a sophomore, she and Cari combined to earn FHS the first place trophy by combining for 48 points. She earned 10 medals at the state track meet over her four years. She was named FHS outstanding track athlete and Academic First Team as a senior. She and Cari were honored by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame as Prep Athletes of the Year in 2001. Noted for her work ethic, Kris was named captain of the Kansas State volleyball team where she lettered three times and helped her team to four NCAA appearances. She was first team academic All-Big 12 three times and received the KSU Scholastic Achievement Award for her 3.97 grade point average, The KSU Anderson Award for outstanding inspiration, leadership, academic and service (2004) and graduated summa cum laude.
In addition to the induction of the Hall of Fame class, the Association will honor one person with its Distinguished Service Award and a Colorado organization or corporation with its Colorado Tradition Award. The Colorado Tradition Award is special recognition that goes to an organization that has distinguished itself through its support and loyalty to CHSAA, its mission and students. The CHSAA Distinguished Service Award is presented to persons whose efforts are in support of, rather than the focus of, an activity.
The seven new members join past inductees: Betsy Allen (2005); Chris Babbs (2005); Jim Baggot (1991); Ray C. Ball (1990); Alice Barron (1989); Bob Bledsoe (2010); Manual Boody (1990); Michelle Bostrom (2000); Donald Breese (1999); Maceo Brodnax, Jr. (1999); Irv Brown (2003); Gregg Browning (2007); Larry Brunson (2007); Francis “Gene” Bunnelle (1996); Alex Burl, Jr. (1999); Farley Burl (2003); Carol Callan (2006); Jeffrey Carter (1998); Jack Cella (1996); Dan Cholas (2007); Bob Chavez (2002); Darryl Clack (1993); Earl "Dutch" Clark (1989); Sandra Cole (2009); Rob Conklin (2000); Gilbert Cruter (1989); Jim Danley (2007); Joyce Davisson (1997); Mickey Dunn (1997); Cody Dusenberry (2006); Richard Evans (2006); Melody Fairchild (2009); Tom Falgien (2000); Bill Fanning (1994); David Filsinger (2005); Tom Fincken (2005); Kathy Francis Nunnery (2007); Terri Fritzler-McNair (2002); Gib Funk (1991); Ken Furman (1997); Victor Garcia (2010); Gib Gardner (2009); Lloyd Gaskill (1990); Don Gatewood (2008); Guy Gibbs (2002); Shauna Gilmore (1990); Rick “Goose” Gossage (2006); Tanya Haave (1993); Tom Hancock (2008); Phyllis Jojola Hardt (1999); April Heinrichs (1994); Matt Hemingway (2008); Dick Hewson (1995); Tracy Hill (1993); Steve Hill (2000); Bill Hinkley (1989); Brenda House (2001), Allen Hower (1998); Laurice “Lo” Hunter (1996); Barry Helton (1996); Hale Irwin (2006); Mike Jackson (2006); Charlotte Jorgenson (2010); Dick Katte (1999); Bill Kehmeier (1992); Mike Kronkright (1993); Dave Logan (1992); Virginia Lorbeer (2000); Ray Lutz (2004); Kurby Lyle (1994); Don McCall (2008); Bill McGraw (1989); Jayne Gibson McHugh (1991); Mary Gore (1992); Bette Lunn (1998); Lloyd McMillan (1995); Pat Manson (2001), Don Miller (2009); Warren Mitchell (2001), Ruby Miller (1990); Glenn Morris (1997); Daryl Monasmith (2007); Frank Montera (2007); Leslie Moore (2010); Herman Motz (2005); John Mraule (2003); Bill Musgrave (1996); Bill Noxon (2010); Bob Ottewill (2006); Larry Overton (2001), Pat Panek (1991); Lou Piel (1995); Shelia Quillen (1998); Don Quinn (2002); Carl Ramunno (1998); Sollie Raso (1992); Earl Reum (1990); John Rivas (1994); Fred Rodriguez (2009); Jim Poole (2008); Joan Powell (2008); Lonnie Rogers (2001), Jeff Rohlwing (2004), Joe Romig (1993); Al Schalge (1993); Mel Schwartz (1993); Lowell Sharp (2000); Ron Shavlik (2002); Frank Sferra (1991); Eulalia Skinner (2002); Bob Smith (1997); Shirley Snyder (1995); Ken Soper (2008); Tom Southall (1999); John Stearns (2010); Sally Stewart (2004); Anita Stites-Rowland (2004); Scott Stocker (2004); Dale Stryker (1994); Richard Tate (2010); Dennis Teeters (2004); Fred Tesone (2009); Bob Thompson (1994); Carol Ulrich (1997); Brenda Ververs-Liggett (2003); Larry Vibber (2002); Don Weber (1995); Michael P. Weiker (1996); Bill Weimar (1992); Byron White (1998); Sharon Wilch (1997); Don Wilson (1995); Robert Wilson (2003); Scott Wilson (2005); Jimmy Womack (2003); Dick Yates (2006); Steve Zabel (1995); 1924 Windsor High School Boys’ Basketball Team and 1957 Mead High School Boys’ Basketball Team.
Members of the CHSAA Hall of Fame Selection Committee include: Dick Katte (chair, Denver Christian); Larry Bull (CCSD); Matt Diers (Palisade); Judy Hildner (Pueblo Chieftain); Robert Jefferson (Adams City); Rob Larson (Fort Collins); Virginia Lorbeer (CHSAA HOF); Becky Mudd (CHSCA); and Don Myers (Arickaree); CHSAA staff liaison is Assistant Commissioner Bert Borgmann.