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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 11, 2009

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File: –  Athletic Hall Of Fame
Mendocino College Inductees Six Into Hall Of Fame

Ukiah, CA- Six former Mendocino College student-athletes have been selected into the 2009 Mendocino College Athletic Hall of Fame.
     Peter Garrett (Venice, CA) was a two-time all league selection in basketball from 1977-1979.  He led the Eagles to the state playoffs both years and earned All-State honorable mention honors in 1979.
     After finishing his career as the all-time leading scorer at Mendocino College with over 1,200 points, Garrett earned a scholarship to San Francisco State University.  While at San Francisco State University, he averaged 20 points per game.
     After San Francisco State University, Garrett started his own construction company called “Garrett Construction.”  It is based out of Los Angeles, CA.  
    Justin Lappin (Middletown) was a two-year starter at quarterback from 1999-2000 and led the Eagles to a school record for wins (9-1) and to the Santa Cruz Lions Bowl in 1999.
     Lappin was a two-year captain, along with being a two-year All-League selection.  In 2000, he was selected first team all-state while throwing for 3,200 yards and 33 touchdowns.
     “Coming from a small town, Mendocino College was a good fit for me.  The atmosphere of a smaller campus and classes allows you to meet a lot of new people and have 1-on-1 time with professors,” Lappin said.  
     Lappin now works for Pepsi-Cola in Santa Rosa, CA.  
     Sean Leslie (Willits) was a two-year All Bay Valley Conference Selection as a pitcher from 1992-1994 and was elected team most valuable player in 1994.  While pitching for Mendocino, he was drafted twice by the Florida Marlins.  
     After Mendocino College, he played at the University of Nevada-Reno for one season and signed with the Montreal Expos.  Leslie spent four years in the Expos organization.
     “Mendocino College is a great school.  It is a place where people will have more opportunities to succeed,” Leslie said.   
     Currently, Leslie works for Granite Construction in Ukiah, CA.  
     Kelsey Dent (Ukiah) played volleyball from 2001-2002 and led the Eagles team to a 2002 Bay Valley Championship.  She was selected as an All Bay Valley Conference setter twice and served as the team captain in 2002.  
     “She was a great leader and had tremendous worth ethic.  She is one of the best volleyball players I have ever coached at Mendocino College,” Former Mendocino College Head Volleyball Coach Ed Schweitzer said.  
     Academically, she earned the Mendocino College foundation Scholarship in 2002 and was an academic All-Conference award winner in 2002.  Dent also was on the Dean’s List with a 3.75 GPA.  
     After a stellar career at Mendocino, Dent transferred to the University of California-Davis, where she played on the club volleyball team for three years and graduated with a degree in exercise biology.  
     Dent is pursing her master’s degree in physical therapy at California State University – Northridge and hopes to work with out patients receiving physical therapy.  
     “I had a wonderful experience at Mendocino College.  I was able to get a lot of classes out of the way before transferring to Davis, and Mendocino also prepared me for both Davis and graduate school,’ Dent said.
      Jerry Dietrick (Ukiah) played on the Eagle football team from 1978-1979 and was a Golden Valley Conference All-League selection.  Dietrick was selected twice as the team most valuable defensive player, along with leading the team in tackles both years.  
      Rich Rowland (Cloverdale) played catcher on the Mendocino College baseball team for one season (1988) and earned team most valuable player and all league honors.  
     After his freshman season, he was drafted in the 17th round by the Detroit Tigers.  From 1988-1993, he played in the organization’s A, AA and instructional leagues.  In 1990, Rowland reached the Tiger’s AAA affiliate Toledo Mud Hens.  In his time with the Tigers, Rowland was brought up to the major leagues several times.
     Before the 1994 season, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox where he played two seasons.  Rowland finished his career in the minors before retiring in 1997.
     Currently, Rowland works as a computer technologist for “Tech for Me” in Cloverdale, CA.   
     The 4th Annual Mendocino College Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet will be held Saturday February 28 at 6:00 pm at Barra Winery.
     For further information, contact Mendocino College’s Interim Athletic Director Tom Gang at (707) 468-3141.  

Created: February 17, 2009 @ 03:20 PM
Last Modified: May 08, 2009 @ 08:26 AM


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