Four former UC Irvine athletes, from the sports of swimming, water polo, rowing and volleyball, will be inducted into the UCI Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 2.
Bill Leach, Robert Ernst, Brad Lewis and Darlene May-Bailey are the 1985 inductees, joining eight previous honorees.
Leach, now one of the top triathletes in the world, competed in water polo and swimming at UCI from 1965-68. He was an All-American in water polo and a two-time All-American in swimming. Leach was also a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic kayak team.
Ernst is a former UCI rowing coach and has been a three-time U.S. Olympic team coach. He was the U.S. National Team rowing coach from 1976-83 and the UCI varsity rowing coach from 1970-74. He was also a member of the UCI crew teams in 1966 and 1967.
Lewis, a gold medalist in double sculls rowing at the 1984 Olympics, was a varsity rower for UCI from 1972-75. Lewis, who is also a triathlete, was a member of the 1980 Olympic rowing team.
May-Bailey competed in volleyball at UCI from 1968-71. She was a member of the 1971 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference all-star team. She was a six-time All-American in the United States Volleyball Assn., and has played on five USVBA championship teams.
The four inductees will be honored at halftime of the UCI-San Jose State basketball game at Crawford Hall.
The defending national champion Cal State Fullerton baseball team has been ranked third in a preseason newspaper poll. The publication, Collegiate Baseball, picked Texas--which Fullerton defeated in the 1984 College World Series--as its No. 1 preseason pick.
Ranked second is Mississippi State, followed by Fullerton, Arizona State and Oklahoma. Others in the Top 10 are Oklahoma State, Miami (Fla.), San Diego State, Stanford and North Carolina.
UC Irvine senior diver Jim Gray is ranked No. 5 in the nation in one- and three-meter diving, according to Swimming World magazine.
A transfer from the University of Arizona, Gray broke UCI school records in both events in his first meet for the Anteaters at Cal State Hayward. Both records were previously held by two-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis.
Gray finished fourth in the U.S. Olympic trials last summer.
St. John Bosco High School quarterback Mike McMaster and Bishop Amat Coach Jim Patricio head the list of selections for the 1984 Faith, Family and Football Catholic all-star football team that will be honored on Feb. 5 at the Anaheim Marriott.
Del Rey League powers St. John Bosco, St. Francis and Loyola each had three players selected to the team that honors scholar-athletes. UCLA Coach Terry Donahue will be the guest speaker at the dinner. The team:
Offense: WR--John Jackson (Bishop Amat), Sean Montgomery (St. Bonaventure) and Rocky Palamara (Notre Dame); TE--Mike Kelly (Mater Dei) and Damon Redmond (Verbum Dei); Line--Loren Castro (Servite), Frank DiCrisi (St. John Bosco), Todd Eldredge (Salesian), David Hallstrom (St. Francis) and Ralph Wood (Paraclete); Backs--Alan Grant (St. Francis) and Tom Wilson (Servite); QB--Mike McMaster (St. John Bosco).
Defense: Line--James De Rose (St. Francis), Greg Heinen (Loyola), Derek Nicholson (Damien) and Shawn Wachter (St. John Bosco); LB--Mark Dulsky (Chaminade), Steve Gomez (Pius X), Patrick O'Reilly (Notre Dame) and Tom Tostado (Loyola); Backs--Reggie Arnold (St. Bernard), Daniel Cusack (St. Joseph), John Fitzpatrick (Loyola), Bob Satterfield (Notre Dame), Mike Taormina (St. Francis); K--Neal Gervais (St. Bernard).
Coach of the Year--Jim Patricio (Bishop Amat).
Around the area: Angels third baseman Doug DeCinces and pitcher Ron Romanick will appear at the Valencia Baseball Card and Sports Memorabilia Show Saturday. Also signing autographs will be Greg Brock of the Dodgers and Don Aase of the Orioles. The shows runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Valencia High School south gym. . . . Notre Dame football Coach Gerry Faust will be the guest speaker at the Mater Dei High School football banquet Thursday night at the Santa Ana Elks Club. Drinks will be served at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. The dinner is open to the public, and tickets ($14.50) can be obtained by calling Jim McElleney at 637-6925. . . . Kenny Cuttetelli of Buena Park is averaging 33 points a game for St. Peter and Paul Missionary School's basketball team of Columbus, Ohio. Cuttetelli has a season-high 56 points in one game.