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LAVC Honors Outstanding Athletes, Coaches and Staff at the 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame

LAVC inducted the 1994 Football Team, Dale Beck, Leon Criner, Steve Danielson, Aaron Flowers, Yvette Maufas, Diedra Stark, and Roger Wolff into the 2016 LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame 2016 on June 25. Photo gallery of the induction ceremony and banquet are now posted online.  

LAVC Honors Outstanding Athletes, Coaches and Staff at the 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame

The LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame Committee formally inducted several outstanding athletes, coaches and staff who have excelled in or made a major contribution to the Valley College Athletic Program at the LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet on Saturday, June 25.

The Class of the 2016 LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame included:

  • 1994 Football Team. A force to be reckoned with, the 1994 edition of Monarch Football walked onto the gridiron as a natural evolution of the previous year’s championship squad. Strong on offense and defense, the green and gold fielded a team which represented the second chapter in the Monarchs’ four consecutive post-season entries. The 9-2 season ended with a solid “W” in the Simple Green Bowl Game.
  • Dale Beck. Enthusiastic, upbeat, devoted and energetic – these are just a few adjectives to describe Dale Beck and his involvement in the Los Angeles Valley College Athletic Program. He was the voice of Monarch football, basketball and baseball for more than 25 years and in 1994 became the Sports Information Director as well as creator of the Athletic Department website.
  • Leon Criner graduated from Canoga Park High School in 1956 as both a Football All-American and the Los Angeles City Co-Player of the Year. He was an all-around athlete at LAVC and was later drafted and played major league baseball for the newly establish franchise New York Mets.
  • Steve Danielson starred for the Monarch's great swim teams in 1965 and 1966. He was a State Champion and National JC Record Holder in the 500 yard and 1650 yard Freestyle in 1966. He later swam for USC in 1967 and 1968 where he was an All American in both the 500 and 1650.
  • Aaron Flowers led the 1995 Football team to an undefeated regular season. During that season, Flowers also completed 225 of 339 passes (66.4%) for 3,135 yards and 26 touchdowns. It’s noteworthy that the 1995 edition of Monarch football was the highest scoring team in Valley’s history, scoring 538 points in 11 games. Flowers’ passing attack was accented by a strong ground game, one that accumulated a whopping 2,187 yards.
  • Yvette Maufas starred for Monarch Women's Track Team in 1983 and 1984 where she set school records in the High Jump and 110m Hurdles, and winning the State Championship in the High Jump in 1983. Her school records still stand. After Valley she transferred to Cal State L.A. where she set school records in the High Jump (5'10.75") and Heptathlon (4534).
  • Diedra Stark was an LAVC graduate who returned to her alma mater in 1972 and coached Volleyball and Basketball teams to state championships. In addition to being a coach, Stark was also a Professor of Kinesiology, Athletic Director, Building Project Chair, and mentor.
  • Roger Wolff was one of the all-time great Track & Field athletes in the history of Valley College. He was a State Champion in the 440 yard dash in 1965, the Metropolitan Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 1965, and was a USA AAU All American in 1965. Roger transferred to USC where he was an All American in 1966 and 1967 and a member of the Trojans 1967 NCAA Championship team.

In addition, the event recognized the following student athletes for their athletic and academic achievements. The following student athletes were recognized at the event:

  • Arman Momdzhyan of Men's Water Polo was named the 2015-2016 Men's Athlete of the Year. California’s leading scorer in 2015, men's water polo center Momdzhyan scored a whopping 114 goals this season, averaging almost five per game. For his efforts, the Western State Conference named him as their player of the year as well as a two-time selection to the all-conference team. Additionally, he’s a two-time all-Southern California athlete, two-time all-American, and the driving force behind the Monarchs’ back to back conference championships. 
  • Andreya Ventura of Women's Soccer was selected as the 2015-2016 Women's Athlete of the Year. A veritable “wall,” soccer goalkeeper Ventura collected ten shutouts in 17 starts, her exploits accomplished, in spite of a season  shortening concussion. A first team, Western State Conference  selection, she earned a trip to Northern California to play in the Sophomore Classic, showcasing her talents before moving east to William Penn University, where the scholarship recipient will continue her academic and athletic career.
  • Syndey Hua of Women's Basketball was recognized as the 2016 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Hua is a basketball point guard and has a 3.9 GPA.
  • Noah St. Pierre of Men's Football was the recipient of the "Stump" Award. The "Stump" Award is a memorial scholarship named after Jimmy "Stump" Buffo who was a former LAVC football player.

A photo album of the 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame has been posted on the LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame Web page.

The Athletic HOF was established in 2007 to honor athletes, coaches, and staff that excelled in or made a major contribution to the Valley College Athletic Program. It also recognizes those athletes and coaches who have gone on to have recognizable careers in professional athletics, Olympics, or related fields. The objective of the Athletic HOF program is to reconnect former student athletes with Los Angeles Valley College as well as serve as a beacon or model for current student athletes to excel in athletics as well as academics. Lastly, proceeds from HOF events such as the induction dinner go to benefit the Los Angeles Valley College Athletic Endowment. For more information, visit the LAVC Athletics Department Web page and click on "Hall of Fame".

The Athletic HOF is an auxiliary of the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to support the efforts of Los Angeles Valley College and its students. Los Angeles Valley College is a community college that was founded in 1949. Its mission is to offer transfer, vocational, general, and vocational education in an environment that fosters a healthy exchange of ideas. For more information, visit the LAVC Foundation Web page


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 6/29/2016 5:00:06 PM