AHS Alumni News

Recognizing AHS alumni in their continuing athletic pursuits.

- maddy lewis (15) - ernest gardner (13) - keelan doss (14) - sulaiman hameed (14) - marie bertholdt (13) -
- david elzig (12) - carly childs (12) - rosalee brown (12) - megan mcgrath (11) - safiullah haseeb (11)
- zach perkins (10) - jordan pries (08) - james hahn (99) -
SPECIAL RECOGNITION: pat foster (93) - chris speier (68) - whitney reed (55) -

Missing any others?  Send info (4-yr. college-accredited team, website, AHS accomplishments, photo, etc.) to webmaster.
Note: It's hard enough keeping up with the accomplishments of the current Hornets. 
We would love to include continuing Alumni accomplishments as well, but it's the responsibility
of the athlete (or family or friends) to document and submit updates with school website links.
Thank you for your cooperation & assistance.

Maddy Lewis - Now a Triton
UC San Diego


Helped Lady Hornets to a WACC-Shoreline League title ... a two-time First Team All-WACC Shoreline League honoree ... First Team All-East Bay ... Second Team All-Metro ... Second Team All-CIF North Coast Section ... Second Team All-State ... also played basketball and water polo for the Hornets.

(link to Triton's website)

Ernest Gardner - Now a Sooner
University of Oklahoma


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(link to Sooner's website)

Keelan Doss - Now an Aggie
UC Davis


2016: Keelan named to Hero Sports Sophomore All-American team.

2014: Keelan receives the Mike Wise Award for the team's Outstanding Freshman.


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(link to UCD's website)

Marie Bertholdt - Playing for the Broncos
Santa Clara University


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(link to Santa Clara University website)

Rosalee Brown - Now 'Blue'ish'
Water Polo
University of Toronto

Fall 2012

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(link to University of Toronto website)

Zach Perkins - Running for the Falcons
Cross Country/Track
United States Air Force Academy


Zach Perkins, former Hornet distance runner ('10) is now running cross-country and track at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. During Zach's four years running Varsity cross country and track, he racked up a number of top-10 records and awards, including:

  • #4 - 1600 M @ 4:21.64

  • #3 - 3.0 Mile at Hayward @ 15:45

  • #7 - 3.0 Mile at Mt. Sac @ 16.14

  • #7 - 3.1 Mile at Woodward Park, Fresno @ 16.35

  • Received 4 Varsity Letters Track

  • Received 4 Varsity Letters X-Country

  • Team Outstanding Distance Runner Track - 2011

2013: In May, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (West Region) in Austin, Texas, Zach earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Outdoor Championships (Eugene, Oregon), after placing third in his heat of the 1500-meter quarterfinals. Crossing the finish line in a time of 3:45.05, Perkins had the third-fastest time in the entire 24-runner field. In fact, his time was better than all five automatic qualifiers from the other heat.

Then to cap off his outstanding 2013 season, Zach took 2nd (3:50.39) at the NCAA D1 Outdoor Championships (Eugene, Oregon) on 6/8/13, coming within a few steps of upsetting the heavy favorite Mac Fleetwood from Oregon. (YouTube video of race.)

#2 at NCAA Nationals - 2013
... and now an 'All-American'

(link to Air Force Academy website)

Jordan Pries - Now playing for the Seattle AquaSox!!
Stanford University

Fall 2008

Jordan Pries ('08), a 3-yr. standout on the Varsity baseball team, is now playing ball for The Cardinal at Stanford University.

In his 3-years ('08 will be his 4th) as a starting pitcher for the Hornet Varsity squad, Jordan racked up a number of honors including:  2nd Team All-East Bay Pitcher (2005); 1st Team All-ACCAL Pitcher and 2nd Team All-East Bay Pitcher (2006); and 1st Team ACCAL Pitcher and 2nd Team All-Metro/Utility (2007). 

Jordan has also pitched his way into the school record books, recording the 2nd most strikeouts in a season in school history (95); the 2nd lowest ERA (1.02); and 5th most innings pitched (68.2). 

And to top it off, Jordan was a key member of Alameda High's first ever North Coast Section (NCS) Championship baseball team in 2006.

 Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 30th Round of the 2011 MLB Draft.

 Seattle Mariners Minor League System:

  • 2011 - Everett AquaSox/Northwest (A) 4-3
  • 2012 - AZL Mariners/Arizona League (Rk) 4-0
  • 2012 - Clinton LumberKings/Midwest League (A) 4-0
  • 2013 - High Desert Mavericks/California League (A+) 8-6
  • 2014 - Jackson Generals/Southern League (AA) 2-0
  • 2014 - Tacoma Rainiers/Pacific Coast League (AAA)
  • 2016 - Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs - AAA)

In April 2014, Jordan was called up to the Mariners AAA team (Tacoma Rainiers), and in his PCL debut -- a 1-0 win over the Sacramento Rivercats -- he got a no-decision after six innings of work, allowing no runs, one hit and two walks while striking out two. 

Also in 2014, Jordan was selected as the Seattle Mariner's minor league Pitcher of the Year.

In July 2016, Jordan was part of a multi-player trade that sent him from Seattle to the Chicago Cubs organization.



  • 2009 Season Stats: Pries finished his first season with the Cardinal leading the team in innings pitched (76) and starts (11-t), and was 3rd on the team in wins (4-t), Opposing Batting Average (.228) and strikeouts (50).

  • Stanford (3/10/09) - Jordan earned Pac-10 "Pitcher of the Week" honors after leading Stanford to a 7-1 victory over Texas.

  • Stanford (3/7/09) - "Freshman right-hander Jordan Pries stymied Texas over 7.1-excellent innings in his first collegiate start, and the offense came alive for host Stanford (3-7) in a 7-1 win over the second-ranked Longhorns (11-1) at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond. The victory snapped the Cardinal’s six-game losing streak, and saddled Texas with its first defeat of the 2009 season. Looking for a stopper, Stanford gave the ball to Pries (2-0), who had worked 7.0 innings over a pair of relief appearances. The freshman from Alameda, CA was masterful, carrying a shutout into the eighth inning and departing after allowing only three hits – a double and two singles. Pries walked two and struck out four, while he now owns collegiate wins over Southeastern Conference power Vanderbilt and Big 12 Conference stalwart Texas."

  • Stanford (2/20/09) - "In a come from behind 6-5 win over Vanderbilt, freshman right-hander Jordan Pries (1-0) earned the win in his collegiate debut, tossing 3.0-innings of two-hit, shutout relief after entering in the eighth inning. Pries survived a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth, and induced a double play grounder after the leadoff batter reached in the top of the 10th."

James Hahn - PGA Tour

James Hahn (Class of 99), former standout on the Hornet golf team, is now in his first year playing on the PGA circuit.

Hahn,  who also played for Cal (Class of '03), went on to play on the Canadian Tour, the Korean Tour and the Web.com Tour, before qualifying to play on the PGA this year (2013).

In his first 4 PGA starts, he posted two top-16 finishes and cracked the top 30 of the FedEx Cup standings. 

James' now famous 'Gangham Style' dance after birdying 
the 16th hole at the WM Open in Arizona (2/13).

Speier Infield/Bench Coach for Cincinnati Reds
Spring 2014

Chris Speier currently serves as Special Assistant to the General Manager with MLB's Cincinnati Reds. Previously, he worked for the Reds as an infield coach and bench coach.

Speier, a native of Alameda and an AHS graduate (AHS 1968), has spent three other seasons on major league staffs, with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2000, with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, and as bench coach for the Oakland A's in 2003-2004..

A shortstop, Speier played for six major league teams from 1971-89. He had a .246 career batting average with 112 home runs and 720 RBIs. He was an All-Star from 1972-74.

Speier also has served as a roving minor league instructor in the Giants' farm system, been a minor league coach for the Cubs, and managed in the Diamondbacks' farm system and Arizona Fall League.

Speier's oldest son, Justin, was a MLB pitcher for the Cubs, Marlins, Braves, Indians, Rockies, Jays and Angels, (1998-2009).

Follow-up Story (3/25/04)

Pat Foster ('93) - Named to UC Davis Hall of Fame
Swimming & Water Polo
April 2007

Former Alameda High School swimmer and water polo player Patrick Foster has been named to the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame at UC-Davis, the school announced March 27. Induction ceremonies for Foster and five others chosen will take place June 2. Competing in both sports with the Aggies from 1993-96, Foster enjoyed 18 All-America swimming finishes, including 10 in individual events, under three coaches. In water polo, Foster scored 132 career goals and helped guide the Aggies to a berth in the NCAA championship playoffs as a senior in 1996. 

Foster, a 1993 Alameda graduate, was a high school All-American in water polo as a junior and senior. In swimming, he was a high school All-American in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly as a senior.

-- Mike McGreehan
Alameda Journal

Whitney Reed ('55) - #1-Ranked Tennis Player in 1961

Whitney Reed was ranked No. 1 in the United States in 1961 and was ranked in the U.S. top ten in 1957 (No. 8), 1959 (No. 9), 1960 (No. 8), and 1962 (No. 6).

During his career, he had wins over Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Neale Fraser, Chuck McKinley, Frank Sedgman, Manuel Santana, Gardnar Mulloy, Art Larsen and Alex Olmedo. (All these players are enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.)

He won the 1959 NCAA Intercollegiate singles championship while at San Jose State University. Also that year, he won the singles title and reached the doubles final at the Cincinnati Masters. In 1961 and 1963, he won singles titles at the Canadian National Championships.

He also was named three times to the United States Davis Cup squad, 1958, 1961 and 1962.

Other Former Hornet College/Pro Athletes
(courtesy Alameda Sports Project)

  • Ken Arnerich - Drafted by Chicago Cubs
  • Ken Arnerich Jr. '07 - (Sonoma State University) 
    Independent League River City Rascals
  • Mel Arnerich (University of San Diego - Drafted Cleveland Indians '72)
  • Al Baitinger (Cal State Hayward)
  • Marion Biggs (St. Mary's College of CA)
  • Morris Bonadona (Louisiana State University)
  • Brandon Cooper '08 (Missouri Valley College)
  • Jeff Croft '06 (Cal State East Bay)
  • Joe DeFranco (UC San Diego)
  • Harold Dexter (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Tony Frey (Cal-Berkeley, UC Davis)
  • Ed Fuentes (University of San Francisco)
  • Devin Grigg '06 (Cal State East Bay)
    Drafted Minnesota Twins, 2010 (17th round)
  • Brian Johnson (Oklahoma Panhandle State University)
  • Kevin Kearney (Cal-Berkeley - Drafted Montreal Expos 1974,
    Signed Free Agent Oakland A's 1977)
  • Doug Ladd (Cal State Hayward)
  • M.J. Mariani (University of Oklahoma)
  • Cody Nelson (St. Mary's College of CA)
    Drafted by LA Dodgers.
  • Gary Nelson (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Gene Nissen (Stanford University)
  • Connor Patterson (Menlo College)
  • Jordan Pries (Stanford University)
    Drafted Seattle Mariners, 2011 (30th round)
  • Bob Rebuschatis (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Jeff Rosa (UC Davis)
  • Eric Schullstrom - Drafted by Minnesota Twins
  • Rich Sherratt (Cal State Hayward)
  • Jeff Soskin (University of Hawaii)
  • Pete Soskin (UC Davis)
  • Leland Stanford Scott (Stanford University)

Men's Basketball

  • Mel Arnerich (University of San Diego)
  • Stan Boyer (University of Wyoming)
  • Joe Frenchwood (San Jose State University)
  • Vernon Hall (Eastern Washington)
  • Bruce Harkness (College of the Pacific)
  • John Holder (Cal State East Bay)
  • Stu Inman (San Jose State University)
  • Milt Kane (University of Utah)
  • Ron Labetich (San Jose State University)
  • Dan Lufkin (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Peter Mastora (Cal State East Bay)
  • Ted Romanoff (Oregon State University)
  • Tom Ruebel (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Russ Slater (UC Davis)
  • Jim Sugrue (Oregon State University)
  • Bill Thompson (Cal-Berkeley)
  • George West (Eastern Oregon University)
  • Bill Wirt (College of the Pacific)
  • Bob Wuesthoff (San Jose State University)

Women's Basketball

  • Jennifer Astrup (Boise State University)
  • Michaelia Baskerville (Dominican University)
  • Alison Bremner (Cal State Stanislaus)
  • Kayleigh Calandri '05 (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Nicole Catania (Notre Dame de Namur)
  • Dafina Dailey (San Jose State University, Cal State San Bernardino)
  • Christine Fairless (University of Wyoming)
  • Raquel Hyche (Pacific Union College)
  • Khyra Conerly (Northern Arizona University)
  • Jazzy McDaniel (Oregon Institute of Technology)
  • Janae Miller (University of Rhode Island)
  • Mary Paquette (Holy Names College)
  • Joy Ridout (Cal State Northridge)
  • Teri Rolleri (St. Mary's College of CA)
  • Andrea Thieme (Cal State Fullerton)
  • Leilani Tirona (Cal State San Bernardino)
  • Stacey Williams (New Mexico State University)
  • Kari Wong (Lewis University)


  • Mike Amos (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
  • Justin Arrington (San Jose State Univeristy)
  • Rich Baker (Humboldt State University)
  • Paul Berlin (Northern Arizona University)
  • Dick Bertero (Cal-Berkeley)
  • John "Bud" Buestad (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Jim Burress (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Chuck Butler (Stanford University)
  • Joe Chambers (University of San Francisco)
  • Dick Childs (Stanford University)
  • Greg Cockayne (University of Texas El Paso)
  • Jim Coleman (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Ron Collins (University of Nevada-Reno)
  • Eric Cross (Stanford University)
  • Richard Cross (University of New Mexico)
  • Rick Dobbins (University of Idaho, Utah State University)
  • Mark Dorfman  - University of San Diego  
  • John Duncan (St. Mary's College of CA)
  • Gary Fascilla (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
  • Mike Floyd - San Jose State University 
  • Steve Floyd - Chico State University
  • Steve Hammitt (Long Beach State)
  • Allan Happe (Stanford University)
  • Homer Helmstein (Santa Clara University)
  • Ryan Jensen (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Robbie Kahuanui (Brigham Young University)
  • Mike Kern (Weber State University)
  • Charles Kiser (University of Oregon)
  • Herman Knupper (San Jose State University)
  • George Lagorio (St. Mary's College of CA)
  • George Latham (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Duane Louis (Santa Clara University)
  • Leonard Lindsey (New Mexico State University)
  • Will Lotter (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Rusty Malone (Utah State University, Michigan State University)
  • Justin Marcelene '06 (Saint Paul's College)
  • Don Maroney (University of the Pacific)
  • Joe Martin (St. Mary's College of CA)
  • Levi Mason (San Francisco State)
  • Bill McCauley (St. Mary's College of CA)
  • Wes McCoy (Santa Clara University)
  • Mike Meyer (San Francisco State University)
  • Pete Michaletos (Utah State University)
  • Chuck Morehouse (Stanford University)
  • Mark Moser (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Ramsey Moyer '05 (UC Davis)
  • Wes Moyer '07 (Yale University)
  • Jeff Murphy '07 (Middle Tennessee State)
  • Allen Napoleon (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Dan Nguyen (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Menlo College)
  • Irv Nikolai (Stanford University)
  • Len Nikolai (Oregon State University)
  • Tyler Norton (Stanford University)
  • Dennis Peterson (Stanford University)
  • Dave Pinckney (Brigham Young University)
  • George Pinckney (Brigham Young University)
  • Mike Prado (Cal-Berkeley)
  • John Read (Stanford University)
  • Dan Reynolds (Humboldt State University)
  • Mike Reynolds (Humboldt State University)
  • Robert Robinson  -  Chico State University
  • Bill Schmitz  -  Idaho State University
  • Jordan Scott (Malone University)
  • Kurt Speier (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Bob Stanley (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Fred Stone (Humboldt State University)
  • Paul Targhetta (Stanford University)
  • Chris Ve'e (Northern State University)
  • Jonathan Ve'e '06 (Western Washington University)
  • Tavis Ve'e '04 (Northern State University)
  • Chris Ancheta (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Alf Burtleson (Stanford University)
  • Patrick Byrne (Holy Names)
  • Emily Childs (UC Berkeley)
  • Mike Clar (UC Riverside)
  • Sasha Cruz (Sacramento State)
  • Ki-Shiu Liao '05 (Stanford University)
  • Mike Maurice (San Jose State University)
  • Ryan Muskar (University of San Francisco)
  • Andy Paisal (San Jose State University)
  • Jenny Park (UCLA)
  • Gary Plato (San Jose State University)
  • Richard Schact (Northwestern University)
  • Mika Takayama (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Dustin Wayne (Oregon State University)
  • Dong Yi - 1995(Cal-Berkeley)


  • Amanda Brown (USC)
  • Katrina Darracq (UCLA)
  • Kaitlin Doering (UCLA)
  • Tyler McHugh-Merrill (University of Miami)


  • Gabrielle Assayag (Northwestern State University)
  • Mirza Dedic (San Francisco State)
  • Danielle Green (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Ahmed Hatifie (UC Davis)
  • Nissa Hatifie (UC Riverside)
  • Kiri Jones (Aurora University)
  • Natalie Mariani (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Kristine Nakada (Williams College)
  • AJ Rana (US Air Force Academy)
  • Aneesh Rana (Loyola Marymount University)
  • Alex Umeki (Aurora University)
  • Sarah Walker (Yale University)
  • Marta Westernoff (St. Mary's College of CA)


  • Patricia Adgar '05 (UC Riverside)
  • Carrie Arth '05 (San Francisco State, Cal-Berkeley)
  • Stefanie Keenan (Ferris State University)
  • Lacey Parodi (Holy Names University)
  • Sierra Pereira '05 (University of Toledo)
  • Laurel Pipkin '06 (North Dakota State)
  • Meghan Pipkin '05 (Belmont University)
  • Ashley Sanchez (Oregon State)
  • Trini Sanchez-Blumkin (Cal State Hayward)
  • Julie Stauder '05 (UC Davis)

Swimming/Water Polo/Diving

  • Holly Armijo (Sonoma State University)
  • John Benedick (Cal State Hayward)
  • Samantha Caetano (Rutgers University)
  • Gordon Corson (University of Oregon)
  • Bill Cundall (Stanford University)
  • Erin Earlywine (Long Beach State)
  • Terry Flock (Arizona State University)
  • Pat Foster '93 (UC Davis; UCD Hall of Fame)
  • Ralph Gilman (Ohio State University)
  • Neal Hamilton (Brigham Young University)
  • Ahmed Hatifie (UC Davis)
  • Nissa Hatifie (UC Riverside)
  • Randy Horton (North Carolina State)
  • Shannon Howes (University of North Carolina)
  • Joan Mallory (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Bob McAuliffe (University of Oregon)
  • Emily Medved '05 (UC Davis)
  • Maltbie Napoleon (Cal State Hayward)
  • Marlena Nip (Loyola Marymount) 
  • Carrie Parker '92 (UC San Diego)
  • Randy Perkins (U.S. Naval Academy)
  • Tarrin Petersen '02 (Scripps College as CMS)
  • Jeff Raimondi (Cal State Northridge)
  • Vernon Rue (UCLA)
  • Francesca Santos (Cal State Monterey Bay)
  • Ashley Tennell (University of the Pacific)
  • Jimmy Triolo (Stanford University)
  • Skip Voves (Cal State Hayward, University of Florida)
  • Allen Weeden (Stanford University)
  • Don Weeden (Stanford University)
  • Frank Weeden (Stanford University)
  • Jack Weeden (Stanford University)
  • Greg West (Cal State Hayward)
  • Briana Wing (UC Irvine)


  • Bill Canning (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Conway Catton (University of San Francisco)
  • Daniel Elefant (UC Davis)
  • Megan Falcon (Louisiana State University)
  • Lisa Kearney (Cal-Berkeley)
  • David Klembith (University of Arizona, Pepperdine University)
  • Charlene Murphy (Brigham Young University)
  • Amy Peterson (Cal State Northridge)
  • Norm Peterson (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Eric Ramos (Purdue University)
  • Mark Scates (Baylor University)
    One year Pro Circuit
  • Thai Tu '08 (University of San Francisco)
  • Tommy Tu '05 (University of San Francisco)

Track & Field/Cross Country

  • Don Bell Jr. (Stanford University)
  • Dick Brace (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Nathan Brassmassery (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
  • Nicole Carroll (Fresno State University)
  • Alex Colvin (Fort Lewis College)
  • Joe Griffin (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Kellie Grigg '10 (UC Davis)
  • Dave Haber (Cal State Hayward)
  • Brittany Hodill (Santa Clara University)
  • Lauren Hodill '03 (Claremont McKenna)
  • Stu Inman (San Jose State University)
  • Walt Jensen (USC)
  • George Kido (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Daniel Lebe (UC Davis)
  • Hector Lopez-Garcia (San Jose State)
  • Jessica Mason (San Diego State University)
  • Carl Monser (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Kevin Nious '04 (Cal State Northridge)
  • Charlie Perkins (US Air Force Academy)
  • Zach Perkins (US Air Force Academy)
  • Linda Read (Cal State Hayward)
  • Arran Rogerson (UC Davis)
  • Art Schneider (Cal Tech)
  • Leland Stanford Scott (Stanford University)
  • Ichiro Teshima (Cal-Berkeley)
  • Herb Turner (Fresno State University)
  • Jessica Vaughan (UC Irvine)


  • Nichole Lopez (Clark University)
  • Steve Markey (Cal State Bakersfield)

Other Sports

  • Holly Armijo (Water Polo, Sonoma State)
  • Kenny Boothby '05 (Rugby, California Maritime Academy)
  • Yannie Horth (Fencing, Air Force Academy)
  • Lyle Hunt (Judo, San Jose State University)
  • Bobby Rather (Rugby, California Maritime Academy)
  • Anna Shumaker (Gymnastics, UC Davis)
  • Anthony Suzio (Rugby, St. Mary's College of CA)
  • Ella Vandekamp (Lacrosse, Pacific Union College)

If you have a Hornet alumni update you'd like to submit (including year of AHS graduation),
send it to webmaster@hornetboosters.org.

Submissions must be for an 'official' school athletic team, from a 4-year college/university.

Note: It is fully understood that there are a lot of highly-competitive Junior College and College Club Teams, 
but there are simply too many variables and inconsistencies involved (including selection criteria, level of play, roster confirmation), 
that we had to limit the featured athletes to those on 'official' 4-year school athletic teams. 

To keep submissions as accurate as possible, please submit your request with a link to a school or 
news reporting website chronicling the individual's achievements.

Thank you.