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Boozer headlines ASAA Hall of Fame inductees

Killpatrick, Martin, McPherson and AT&T also being recognized on April 11

Posted: Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Three of the state's top athletes, a beloved activity sponsor and a major contributor will take their rightful places in the Alaska High School Hall of Fame as the Class of 2010.

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Danny Chan La / The Associated Press

The fifth Hall of Fame class will be inducted Sunday during a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Anchorage. The ceremony is free and open to the public and there will also be a reception.

Call the Alaska School Activities Association at 563-3723, or visit http://alaskahalloffame.org/ for more information.

The 2010 Alaska High School Hall of Fame class includes:

Carlos Boozer Jr., athlete, Juneau-Douglas, Class of 1999: basketball.

David Killpatrick, athlete, West Anchorage, Class of 1990: football, soccer and track and field.

Larry Martin, athlete, Homer, Class of 1969: cross-country skiing, cross-country running and track and field.

Roy McPherson, activity sponsor, Ketchikan: band and district music coordinator.

AT&T, major contributor.

Hall of Fame

Inductee bios

CARLOS BOOZER JR.

Numbers seldom lie, and the statistics Carlos Boozer compiled during his basketball playing days at Juneau-Douglas High School make him a sure-fire Alaska High School Hall of Famer.

A four-year letter winner at JDHS, Boozer was twice named a Parade All-American and Gatorade Player of the Year. He was considered the best player on a pair of Crimson Bears' Class 4A state championship squads (1997 and 1998).

Yet Boozer may best be remembered for the way he handled the notoriety his dominant play created.

"After playing his final games at Southeast opponents Sitka and Ketchikan, (Boozer) was in such demand that they set up a stand so fans could get pictures and autographs of him," said George Houston, Boozer's coach at JDHS. "Given the nature of the rivalries between Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan, this was a most unusual circumstance."

Houston said this type of reaction showed fans' appreciation for Boozer's talent.

After graduating from JDHS, Boozer played for iconic coach Mike Kryzewski at Duke University. Boozer started for three seasons and was an integral part of the 2001 NCAA national-championship winning team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Boozer with the 35th pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. He played a pair of seasons with Cleveland before signing with the Utah Jazz. With the Jazz, Boozer flourished into one of the NBA's best inside forces. He's twice been named an NBA All-Star and helped Team USA win a pair of Olympic medals (bronze in 2004, gold in 2008).

As time has passed, Boozer has been active in relaying appreciation for Alaska basketball fans, the same way those fans showed him the love during his JDHS days.

"He loves Alaska and still considers it his home," said Cricket Curtain, a JDHS activities official.

Boozer makes promotional appearances in Juneau and around the state during the summers. He's hosted a basketball camp with former Duke teammates and friends. Boozer's Buddies, his foundation, raises money for children with sickle cellanemia.

"As a high school coach, I have the greatest regard for Carlos as a basketball player, and an even higher regard for his character, both on and off the court," Houston said. "He has been very positive in his support of education and of younger people staying in school in order to live their dreams."

DAVID KILLPATRICK

Proximity may have played a prominent role in helping David Killpatrick's legend grow to Hall of Fame heights.

A three-sport star during his days at West Anchorage High School, Killpatrick dominated on both sides of the football during his senior season in 1989. He was named offensive player of the year and recorded 20 tackles defensively in the Invitational State Championship game.

But it was prior to the season, in the spring of 1989, when Killpatrick earned a scholarship to play football at the University of Washington - the NCAA Division I school closest to Alaska.

"That was huge for an Alaskan athlete to become a Husky," said former West football coach Robert Durado.

Killpatrick played at Washington from 1990-1995, and was named co-captain of the 1994 team. He played in multiple Rose Bowls and was part of the Huskies' 1991 National Championship squad.

"David was one of the most gifted all-around athletes to ever play in the state of Alaska," said Tom Huffer Sr., a veteran coach and 2006 Alaska High School Hall of Fame inductee.

Killpatrick collected three varsity letters in football, four in soccer and four in track and field. During his senior season of soccer, the Eagles were ranked nationally.

Killpatrick now works for a medical company. He assists college and high school athletes with knee braces and other medical needs. He often provides free knee braces to underprivileged children.

"Alaska was fortunate to have had an athlete of David's caliber," Durado said.

LARRY MARTIN

With sights and sounds of the 2010 Winter Olympics still fresh in our minds, it's only fitting Larry Martin take his place in the Alaska High School Hall of Fame.

Martin goes down as an original when it comes to cross-country skiing and the wonder of winter sports in the Last Frontier. A 1969 Homer High School graduate, Martin lettered in cross-country skiing, cross-country running and track and field in all four years.

He parlayed his success as a Homer skier into a college career at Colorado's Fort Lewis College and a spot on the 1972 United States Olympic team.

Dave Brann, and Alaska High School Hall of Fame member, recalled a story that goes to the heart of Martin's perseverance.

"Coach Dave Schroer tells of driving a snowmachine for hours over and around the snow country near Ohlson Mountain with Larry diligently single sticking or double polling along the crudely-packed trail," Brann said. "When (other) duties called Schroer away, Larry would take off on his own, skiing for miles on journeys that many would consider a good day's ride on a snowmachine."

Brann said Martin would ski through the darkness, ignoring the potential wildlife trouble lurking trailside and other potential problems.

"Basically, it was Larry's willingness to work hard and his desire to ski fast that brought him up through the ranks to where he was consistently finishing first or near the front in all of his races."

Martin has lived in Homer all his life. He's married to Linda and the couple has two children, Ida and Tad.

ROY MCPHERSON

Roy McPherson ended his time teaching at Ketchikan High School in 1982. But suffice to say, the band played on in Alaska's "First City" with McPherson directing the music.

McPherson taught at KHS for 10 years as the band director and district music coordinator. After retirement, he briefly left Ketchikan but soon returned and has been active in music education.

During his time as band director, the school's band and jazz ensembles received numerous superior ratings at festival after festival. The jazz ensemble was one of two selected to perform at the 1980 National School Board Convention in San Francisco. He was inducted into the Alaska Music Educators Hall of Fame in 1986.

"Roy's knowledge of music was mind-boggling to me," said Les Snyder, a friend and former coworker. "But even more noticeable was his genuine care and respect for his students and fellow educators.

"He was teaching students more about music than anyone I had ever observed in the Lower 48. In the years that I was fortunate enough to work around him, he did the same for me, and for that I thank him."

McPherson and wife Tina returned to Ketchikan in 1987 and opened a business, McPherson's Music. The couple remains involved in community musical activities, including three full "Big Band" jazz ensembles for students grades 6-12. The McPherson Jazz Program focuses on a pair of scholarship concerts.

"(McPherson) is tremendously respected and loved in Ketchikan and other communities in Southeast Alaska," said Dr. Gil Truitt, a friend and 2006 Alaska High School Hall of Fame inductee. "Needless to say, this expression of love and respect is a result of his dedication to music and his caring attitude toward the many students he worked with."

AT&T

Without the cooperation of AT&T, and companies like it, it's safe to say Alaska high school athletics would look extremelydifferent.

AT&T has been a long-time corporate sponsor of the Alaska School Activities Association. The company's monetary and in-kind contributions over the last few decades have enabled ASAA to continue presenting many athletic, academic and fine arts events. Company officials and staff have been loyal when it comes to attending championship events and presenting awards to students.

"The staff at ASAA highly appreciates the value AT&T places on Alaska's future - our high school student athletes and activity participants," said Lavonne Norman, ASAA's director or marketing and office operations.

AT&T first signed on as a corporate partner in 1990, at a time when ASAA was struggling to become a self-sustaining outfit after its separation from the Alaska Department of Education. In working with ASAA, AT&T has contributed more than $500,000 in cash and nearly $100,000 in in-kind services.

For the past several years, AT&T has provided the necessities needed to stream live video of selected high school championships. The company has also, in the past, provided equipment and staff to allow for live television broadcasts of high school championships to rural Alaska.

"It is obvious to me that AT&T's contributions to high school activities in Alaska should be recognized through induction into the Alaska High School Hall of Fame," ASAA executive director Gary Matthews said.



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