4 athletes from Class of ’07 to join Hall of Fame

Lizzy Thomas

Four former Wolverines will be inducted into the Harvard-Westlake Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime of the Homecoming football game, including the first two football player inductees ever.

Cara Bickers ’07, Ryan Calvert ’07, Yosepha Greenfield ’07 and John Howe ’07 will be awarded plaques during halftime of the Oct. 5 game against Palisades Charter High School.

The plaques are a departure from the medals awarded in years past, and will feature a framed letter similar to the ones varsity athletes receive for letterman jackets.

Bickers is being honored for her performance in track and field, Greenfield for hers in basketball and Calvert and Howe for theirs in football.  The four were selected by a Hall of Fame committee that includes select athletic and school administrators and veteran athletic program heads.

“We try to pick the group that is most deserving of the honor,” Head of Athletics Terry Barnum said. “We voted on it, and those four were the ones that came out on top.”

Bickers was on the varsity track team, where she won four straight Mission League titles for both long jump and triple jump.  She now runs track at USC.

“So often we see kids come through who could have been better if they did this or did that. Cara got everything out of her ability,” Barnum said. “She was very very successful, just a tremendous all-around athlete.”

Greenfield played varsity basketball all four years in high school, leading her team to two Mission League titles as well as a CIF Semifinal appearance.

She won the school’s Best Female Athlete and the Mission League’s  Most Valuable Player awards her senior year, in addition to being named All-American by Adidas and Street and Smith and considered as a McDonald’s All-American nominee.  She went on to play basketball at Yale.

“Yoyo was one of the great point guards we’ve had at this school, boy or girl,” Barnum said. “When the ball was in her hand you knew something good was going to happen.”

“With the great start our football team is on, with this being the first year we beat Loyola in football, I think it’s only appropriate that we induct our first football players, and that it be these two guys,” Barnum said. “They really laid the foundation for the success that we’re having right now.”