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Northeast High School Kevin K. Hendrick Principal Christina Fields Michael Hernandez James Kiblinger Julia Latimore Assistant Principals 5500 16th Street North • St. Petersburg FL 33703 727-570-3138 – Telephone • 727-217-7318 – Fax www.northeast-hs.pinellas.k12.fl.us Welcome inductees, guests, staff, students, and community members to the 13th annual Northeast Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  The Northeast High School community congratulates the new inductees to our Hall of Fame.  The contributions you have made to our school have not been overlooked.  Tonight, we recognize you for your dedication, performance, and lifetime achievements.  You have set a high standard for decades of student-athletes, coaches, and administrators to follow.  It is because of your sportsmanship and success that the Viking athletic program continues to thrive today. The Hall of Fame includes only the most elite athletes and coaches in the over 50-year history of the school.  Your induction tonight is truly a great honor and a testament to your lasting achievements. Once again, welcome back to Northeast and congratulations on this honor.  Remember: Once a Viking, Always a Viking! Sincerely,

Kevin Hendrick Principal


The purpose of the Northeast High School Athletic Hall of Fame is to honor those student-athletes and coaches who have, through athletics, brought honor and positive recognition to our school. Selection into the Hall is done through a process of nomination, eligibility screening, and a final vote by the Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Anyone may nominate a person to the Hall of Fame provided they fill out the nomination form available on Northeast High School’s website or by requesting a copy from Northeast’s Athletic Coordinator. In our effort to make this a special occasion we will have a pre-induction social on Friday night prior to the Saturday induction ceremony. All board members, prior inductees and new honorees are welcome. This is made possible by the generosity of Vice President and Hall of Fame member, Jim Valenty. Congratulations to all of this year’s inductees.

Pre-induction Social

Adults Only Please Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres Friday, January 24th, 2014 6:00–8:00 P.M. Pasadena Liquors and Fine Wines 1100 Pasadena Avenue S South Pasadena, FL 727-347-9607 Dress: Casual

Induction Ceremony

Saturday, January 25th, 2014 Northeast High School Cafeteria 5500 16th Street N, St Petersburg, FL 5:30–6:00: Reception & Registration 6:00–6:15: Welcome, pledge, introductions & invocation 6:15–7:15: Buffet Dinner 7:15–8:30: Induction Ceremony Dress: Business Casual Program design by Jason Hendrix, AOIT Teacher/Webmaster/Coach


Coach Donald Keller


Coach Donald Keller Don Keller moved to St. Petersburg in 1966 and began his coaching career as a football and boys basketball assistant at Northeast. During the next few decades, Keller also had stints as a football and baseball assistant at Clearwater High, as boys basketball coach at Lakewood High, and as girls basketball coach at Countryside High, Pinellas Park High, and Northeast. In 1978, Keller was one of the first males in Pinellas County to coach a girl’s basketball team. This meant learning to do things differently between coach and athletes. This meant no more barging into the team locker room, no more slapping on the backside, and no more hands-on coaching. Some people thought only women should coach the girls’ teams, but overall, the schools decided that experience in coaching was more important than gender of the teams. While a student at Manchester University in Indiana, Keller played football, basketball, and baseball, receiving All-Conference honors in football. At Northeast, Keller taught Drivers Education and also served as an Assistant Principal. Currently, Keller resides in Hudson, Florida in Pasco County.


Tammy Buckles Cornell


Tammy Buckles Cornell Tamara “Tammy” (Buckles) Cornell was a multi-sport athlete in high school, participating in volleyball, softball, soccer, track, and water polo at Northeast before graduating in 1994. Her vast array of honors included Most Athletic superlative her senior year, designation in Who’s Who in Sports 1991-1992, and Outstanding Youth in Pinellas County from the Breakfast Optimist Club. In four years on the varsity softball team, she played catcher and pitcher and served as captain for two years. During that time, Cornell was voted Best Offensive Player, Best Defensive Player, and Most Coachable. She was chosen for the All-County Softball Team, All-County Times Softball Team, and All-Suncoast Softball Team. Cornell starred in four years of varsity volleyball where she was cocaptain two years, won the Most Improved Player Award, and was chosen for the All-County team for 4 years. Tammy played four years of varsity soccer as midfielder, forward, and goalie. She won the Most Valuable Player Award and was chosen for the All-Conference Team and All-County Team. In varsity track, she ran the 220, 440, 880 and the mile relay. After graduation, Tammy attended Newberry College in South Carolina where she continued playing volleyball, soccer, and softball. She received both academic and athletic scholarships, attained membership in the Blue Key Honor Society and ODK Leadership Honor Society, and was a 1998 Who’s Who American Scholar. She obtained her B.S. from Newberry, a Masters in Physical Therapy from USF, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St Augustine. Currently, Cornell works in physical medicine and rehabilitation in Asheville, N.C. She and her husband, Robert have three children, Meredith, Lauren, and Cameron.


Scott Crider


Scott Crider Scott Crider was a four-year letterman in golf at Northeast. Before graduating in 1996, he was chosen two years for the All-PCCA First Team with a low score team average and was a medalist in the city championship match for all four years. Crider was named to the academic honor roll for three years and played on the team city championship team four consecutive years. He earned a four-year scholarship to play golf at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Crider experienced a high point during his time at APSU when he completed a hole-in-one at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship his senior year. As a financial advisor with Raymond James, Crider is actively involved in supporting the 1st Tee Chapter of St. Petersburg, a youth development program in the area using golf as a vehicle to help teach life skills.


Wallace Guthrie


Wallace Guthrie Wally Guthrie is a graduate of Northeast’s second graduating class in 1956. During his time on the Viking’s swim team, Guthrie competed in freestyle events of 50-yard, 100-yard, 200-yard and relays, lettering in swimming each of his eligible years while competing at the state level. Following high school, Guthrie attended the University of Florida before earning an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated with the class of 1961. While at the Naval Academy, Guthrie became a diver, earning a varsity letter all three years and competing successfully for two years in the “All Eastern” competition among east coast universities. As a commissioned naval officer, Guthrie served on both conventional and nuclear-powered submarines. He retired from the Navy as a rear admiral. Guthrie then continued his career as a civilian with the Department of Defense. Guthrie and his wife, Ginny, who is also a Northeast graduate of 1956, live in St Petersburg. They have three children and 12 grandchildren.


Donald Pendley


Donald Pendley At age eight, Don Pendley became a star right-handed pitcher. He also played infield and batted left-handed. His versatility on the baseball field was a key factor in making him the star player he was. Along the way to Northeast High, Don pitched and led the Webb’s City Florida Little Major League team to two city championships (1956 and 1957) and the St. Petersburg FLML to the state championship. At Northeast, Pendley did the same, pitching the team all the way to the high school state championship game. During his years at Northeast (according to the St Petersburg Times) several major league scouts showed an interest in Pendley, saying he had the “best curve ball they’d seen in a high school pitcher.” Pendley chose not to sign with a professional team at that time and instead accepted a full, four-year athletic scholarship from the University of Florida to play baseball. At UF, he both pitched and played third base. In 1964, the Basin League invited Pendley to play the summer for them in South Dakota. The Basin League, which lasted for 20 years through the 1950s and 1960s, was a league where players could retain amateur status yet give scouts a chance to see them play. At UF, Pendley was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, the “F” Letterman Club, and ROTC. After he earned a B.A. in journalism, Pendley then entered Officer Candidate School. By the time his four-year tour was complete, he had attained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Air Force. Back in St. Petersburg by 1971, Pendley worked as Public Service Coordinator for the St. Petersburg Times, the First National Bank, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, and as owner-operator of Vacmasters. Eventually, Pendley played in the Over 50 Softball League in St. Petersburg before his death in 1997 from heart disease. Pendley also served as an umpire for the Amateur Softball Association.


Pat Sargeant


Pat Sargeant Pat Sargeant, a member of the All-County Girls Swim Team from 1969-1971, set Northeast school records in the 100 butterfly, 400 freestyle, and 200 medley and free relays. She was a finalist in the 100 butterfly at the high school state championships and was captain of the swim team her senior year. Before graduating in 1971, Sargeant also played on Northeast’s first girl’s golf team. She was a member of the National Honor Society. At Florida State University, Sargeant continued her athletic and academic excellence. She played varsity volleyball, track and field, and swimming. She qualified for three intercollegiate national championships in volleyball and one in swimming. She was recognized as the Outstanding Senior Female Physical Educator at FSU in 1975. After earning her master’s degree in 1976 from the University of South Carolina, she coached women’s varsity volleyball at James Madison University in Virginia. Her team won state championships in 1978 and 1979. Sargeant served in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 until 2004, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Currently, Sargeant lives in Melbourne, Florida, where she is a masters swimmer. As a member of team GOLD in U.S. Masters Swimming, she has contributed to 10 age group world record setting relays, has six individual age group rankings, and claims 17 relay age group rankings. In addition to swimming, Sargeant competes in doubles tennis and is sponsored by Concept 2 to compete in the World Indoor 2000 meter rowing championship where she placed third. in her age group. For her accomplishments in the pool, Sargeant was awarded the 2005 Florida Sports Foundation Senior Female Athlete of the Year. In 2009, FSU’s athletics department named Sargeant a “Champion Beyond the Game”. This annual award honors two former outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in life after collegiate sports. Sargeant is a Rank 1 official for FHSAA girl’s volleyball and has been a member of an officiating crew for six state championship matches.


Robert “Butch” Stewart


Robert “Butch” Stewart Robert A. (Butch) Stewart began his youth sports career playing league baseball with his father as coach. At Northeast he played baseball, basketball, and football. Stewart collected multiple awards at Northeast, including lettering in baseball, basketball, and football. He received the Quarterback Club’s award for All-Around Excellence in Athletics, was a member of the city champion teams in 1956 in football and basketball, was 1957 football team captain, belonged to the Letterman’s Club, was selected by his senior class as “Most Athletic,” was president of the Hi-Y Club, president and vice president of the Key Club, and was named to several All-Western Conference teams in football and basketball. Upon graduation in 1957, Stewart played two football seasons at Florida State University as a walk-on with Burt (Buddy) Reynolds as a teammate. In 1959, he married Edith Teece. Together they had three children, Mary, Patti and Rob. Stewart continued his interest in sports as a Little League coach and soccer referee, but never for his own children’s teams. He played adult baseball and enjoyed bowling leagues. Stewart passed away September 1, 2006.


Christopher S. Stiles


Christopher S. Stiles Christopher Stiles was playing championship baseball before he was ten with the Webb City Little League team. That team won the Woodlawn Little League Championship in St. Petersburg in 1954. By the time he was a senior in high school, his 1962 Northeast team won the state championship in dominating fashion. Stiles played catcher and was a member of the All-City Baseball Team (second team) as a junior and senior (first team). He went to Duke University on a baseball scholarship and played all four years. There, Stiles obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1966 in electrical engineering. After graduating, Stiles served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was honored as junior officer of the year in the worldwide Air Force Satellite Control Network and was awarded the Air Force Commendation medal. Stiles worked for Florida Power for 25 years and then as a consultant in the energy field. He is a registered professional engineer, retired in the state of Florida. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Liz Cutler. They have two children, Allison and Scott, and four granddaughters.


Northeast Athletic Hall of Fame Members The 1st Class January 2, 2002 Gymnasium Coach Lee Benjamin Basketball 1954-1966 Tom Bell Basketball/Track 1965 Tom Muntz Basketball 1956 Murle MacKenzie-Breer Golf 1956 Betsy Nagelsen Tennis 1972 The 2nd Class January 31, 2003 Gymnasium Coach Tom Zachary Baseball 1960-1969 Barbara Cooper-Frid Swimming 1960 Diane Shea-Williams Swimming 1959 Mark Hamilton Football/Track 1963 Charles Henry Football/Track/Basketball 1983 The 3rd Class September 19, 2003 Stadium Coach Ned Allen Swimming 1957-1981 Coach Ed Evans Basketball 1967-1976 Nila Jean Shea Swimming 1957 Thomas Gregory Basketball/Track/Football 1956 Thomas Hume Baseball 1971 Andre (Pip) Kirnes Track 1979 Enrico Maschino Diving/Swimming 1956 Micheal McShane Football/Wrestling/Track 1980 The 4th Class February 4, 2005 Gymnasium Coach John McLay Football 1968-1980 Coach Mary Miller Swimming 1967-1980 Jim Andringa Basketball/Football/Track 1961 Tom Conolly Football/Wrestling/Baseball 1975 Kris Gagi Swimming 1966 Doug Law Basketball 1960 Marshall Lester Basketball 1974 Phil Rizzo Wrestling 1981 The 5th Class Coach Larry Rudisill, Sr. Coach Joan Vernotzy Doc B.B. Slaughter Bruce Buck

January 31, 2006 Baseball Golf Physician Football/Basketball

Gymnasium 1968-1989 1971-1986 1954-1997 1970


Northeast Athletic Hall of Fame Members The 5th Class James Hartley Mike Haskell Ron Haskell Craig Knight Craig Pippin Joe Wickline

January 31, 2006 Diving/Swimming Basketball Basketball Basketball/Baseball/Football Baseball/Basketball Football/Wrestling/Track

Gymnasium 1974 1968 1970 1971 1973 1977

The 6th Class January 26, 2007 Gymnasium Coach Dan Crum Football/Swimming/Baseball 1955-1984 Coach Herb Dixon Football/Basketball 1971-1986 Ken Betz Golf/Soccer 1981 Steve Bond Track 1980 Tony Brown Basketball 1984 Valerie Jenkins Brimm Track 1980 Dan Topping, Sr Football/Basketball 1966 Jim Valenty Baseball 1968 The 7th Class January 25, 2008 Cafeteria Rick Bowers Track/Football/Basketball 1968 Hank Brautigam Swimming 1979 Dee Brown Basketball/Tennis 1978 Steve Buck Basketball/Baseball 1963 Sharon Duncan Swimming 1978 Don Palmer Football/Basketball 1960 Dorothy Rhodes Cross Country/Track 1983 Jim White Football/Basketball 1960 The 8th Class January 24, 2009 Cafeteria Coach David Derrick Track/Cross Country/Football 1970-1980 Holly Ackett Track/Cross Country 1985 Tom Brady Wrestling/Cross Country 1985 Larry Hawkins Basketball/Football/Baseball 1959 Peter Lowry Baseball 1970 David McDaniel Swimming 1987 April O’Berry Track/Cross Country 1985 Steve Rippley Baseball/Basketball 1972 David Spivey Track 1979 Frank Wren, Jr Baseball 1976


Northeast Athletic Hall of Fame Members The 9th Class January 30, 2012 Cafeteria Coach Bill Dudley Wrestling/Football/CC 1969-2006 Susan Haynie-DeHaan Track 1984 Nick Hockett Football/Basketball 1969 Donald Lovett Basketball 1976 Paul Jenkins Athletic Director 1954-1972 John Marshick Football/Baseball 1959 Rick Rodriguez Football 1971 Joel Samon Football/Baseball 1968 George Tanase Tennis 1979 Andrew Mordacai Walker Track 1977 The 10th Class January 29, 2011 Cafeteria Coach Jerry Austin Football 1980-2007 Jeff D’Amico Baseball 1993 Pat Higney Wrestling 1978 Marilyn Marshick Softball/Volleyball 1957 Keith Smith Basketball 1973 Tom Steck Basketball 1967 David West Diving 1992 The 11th Class January 28, 2012 Cafeteria Coach Scott Miller Baseball 1980-1990 Fran Bourdeau, Jr Basketball/Golf 1965 Tom Fisher Basketball 1961 Marty Gilkes Football/Baseball 1967 Bill Kopecky Tennis 1970 Denny Lyons Golf 1962 Dana Dutcher Swimming 1986 The 12th Class January 26, 2013 Cafeteria Jacqueline Hooker Track 1993 Joanne James Track 1979 Neil Martin Baseball 1956 Ed Prescott Baseball 1967 Brad Snyder Swimming 2003 Carlton Williams Basketball 1976


Hall of Fame Criteria Alumni A nominee may not be considered until five years after graduation from Northeast High School and must qualify in at least three of the areas identified below: 1. High School All-American 2. All-State 3. Holder of a School record(s) 4. Played Collegiate Sports 5. Earned a College Athletic Scholarship 6. Pinellas County “Player of the Year” 7. Pinellas County “Player of the Week” 8. All Conference, All County, All District, All Region, All Suncoast, or All City 9. Played professionally or post-graduation participation in a national and/or international level of sporting competition 10. Drafted by a professional team or received a post-graduate invitation and/or international sporting competition 11. Brought post-graduate recognition to Northeast through accomplishments in areas unrelated to their sport 12. Displayed good sportsmanship *A candidate who does not meet the stated criteria and who, by a vote of 75% of the committee, may be recognized for the Northeast High School Hall of Fame.

Coaches The coach may not be a current member of the Northeast High School coaching staff and must be out of coaching at Northeast for a minimum of three years. The coach must qualify in at least two of the following areas: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Had a positive win/loss record Brought positive recognitions in terms of accomplishments; Conference, District, Regional, or State Championships Was a good sportsman or displayed good sportsmanship Brought positive recognition to Northeast through accomplishments in areas other than athletics.


NEHI Athletic Hall of Fame, Inc. Special Thanks to: Dr. Tom Bell Lee Benjamin Ken Betz Fran Bourdeau, Jr. Hank & Susan Brautigam Dan Crum Susan Haynie DeHaan Herb Dixon Bill and Michelle Dudley Bruce & Lillian Duggar Ed & Sally Evans Nick & Billie Fielder Tom Fisher Martin Gilkes, Sr. Bill Grey Wallace Guthrie Mark & Patricia Hamilton Michael Haskell Patrick Higney Bret & Jennifer Jahn Paul King Andre (Pip) Kirnes Bill & Vivian Kopecky Roger & Melina Larson

Doug Law Denny Lyons Neil Martin Dana Dutcher May Betsy Nagelsen McCormack Ty McCraw David & Mary Miller Allyn & Debbie Ramker Steve Rippley Phil Rizzo Rick & Joyce Rodriguez Larry, Sr. & Doris Rudisill Joanne James Russell M. Sapperstein Neil Savage Dr. B.B. Slaughter Chris & Liz Stiles Cathy Sykes Joan Vernotzy Harold & Becky Wells Charley Williams Jon & Becky Wilson E.H. (Bud) Wortendyke Frank, Jr. & Terri Wren

Pasadena Liquors Publix-Northeast Shopping Center Lithotec Commercial Printers


NEHI Athletic Hall of Fame, Inc.

Registration # CH32671. This corporation is registered under the Florida Charitable Solicitation Act. It is also an approved 501(C)(3) organization.

Officers Bill Dudley, President Jim Valenty, Vice President

Dr. Valerie Brimm, Secretary Bret Jahn, Treasurer

Board of Directors Jane Baker Lee Benjamin Dr/ Valerie Brimm Dan Crum Herb Dixon Bill Dudley Ed Evans Bill Grey Wally Guthrie Roger Larson Ty McCraw

Mary Miller Dave Redding Phil Rizzo Larry Rudisill, Sr. Joel M. Samon Neil Savage Jim Valenty Charley Williams Becky Wilson *Kevin Hendrick, Principal


Honoring Lee Benjamin When Northeast opened in 1954, Benjamin was the first basketball coach. He coached and taught physical education until 1966. From 1966-70, he served as dean/assistant principal at the school. Benjamin became principal of Northeast in 1970. During his first year as principal, he led Northeast through desegregation. In 1974, he became an area superintendent. Benjamin retired from the school district in 1986. In 1990, Benjamin was elected as a member of the Pinellas County School Board. During his 14 years on the School Board, he was elected chairman four times. Benjamin earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of South Florida in 2002. During the mid-September 2013 ceremony held at Northeast, many of Benjamin’s family members were present. Pinellas County school superintendent Michael A. Grego, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni, and John Tomlinson, Class of 1965, spoke at the dedication. The city of St. Petersburg and the Pinellas County Commission both issued proclamations in honor of Benjamin.


NEHI Athletic Hall of Fame, Inc. Special Thanks to:

Lifetime Viking “D” Club Members Anonymous Tom Fisher Tom Gregory Wally Guthrie Mark Hamilton Dana (Dutcher) May Betsy (Nagelsen) McCormack Jim Valenty

Big “D” Club Members Lee Benjamin Martin Gilkes, Sr. Roger Larson Neil Savage

Viking Big “D” members have made donations of $500 or more through December 31, 2013 to the NEHI Athletic Hall of Fame, Inc. Lifetime Viking Big “D” club members have made donations that total $1500 over any three consecutive years as of December 31, 2013. Lifetime Viking Big “D” Club status, once attained, requires no additional donations for lifetime membership. The “D” in Roman numerals stands for 500, thus the $500 to be a “Big D”. The Viking Big “D” Club members are Northeast High supporters under the auspices of the NEHI Athletic Hall of Fame, Inc. Board of Directors, who have an interest in NEHI athletics including the recognition of outstanding former NEHI athletes and coaches. To join the Viking Big “D” tonight, you may give your information and a check to Tom Gregory or Bret Jahn. Checks should be made payable to “NEHI Athletic Hall of Fame, Inc.”. If you prefer, you may mail it to: Bret Jahn, Treasurer, Bay Cities Bank, 4845 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33703. Please place “Viking Big D Club” on the memo line with your address. An official IRS qualified receipt will be mailed to you.



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