Tigers to induct new Hall of Fame class this week

Submitted photo – The 1997 Arcata boys basketball team.

The Arcata Tigers will induct their 2022 Hall of Fame class during the school’s Homecoming festivities this week, and will introduce them before Friday night’s football game against the Hoopa Warriors.

This year’s class includes Elsie J. Thornton-Handy (Class of 1955), Eric Woolsey (1974), Val Manfredda (1975), Tahnia Toste-Campbell (1987) and the 1997 boys basketball team.

The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday in the fine arts building at 5:30 p.m.

During her time at Arcata, Thornton-Handy competed in basketball, volleyball, badminton and speedaway.

She went on to attend Humboldt State, where she played volleyball for the Lumberjacks for two years.

Woolsey, meanwhile, was a standout wrestler for the Tigers and became the first H-DNL grappler to ever place at state, finishing fifth as a senior in 1974.

He was also an all-league football player for the Tigers and would go on to enjoy a standout career at both College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State.

At CR, he played on the 1975 NorCal state championship team and was named Golden Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

He also was a state champion on the mats for CR in 1976.

Woolsey would go on to star in both sports for the Lumberjacks and is a three-time Hall of Fame inductee at the university, as an individual wrestler and as a member of both the 1977 and 1978 wrestling teams.

Manfredda competed in three different sports for the Tigers, receiving all-league honors in football and wrestling and setting a school record in the discus as a senior.

He was Selected as a 1975 Prep Track & Field “Athlete of the Year” by Coach & Athlete Magazine after being nominated by long-time Times-Standard sports editor Don Terbush.

Toste-Campbell, meanwhile, starred in cross country and basketball for the Tigers, receiving all-league honors in the latter.

She would go on to play two years of basketball at both CR and HSU.

She was named best defensive player during her time at CR and was inducted in the school’s hall of fame in 2003.

She also enjoyed a stellar coaching career at Arcata High, leading the Tigers to four straight league titles and four consecutive Dick Niclai Tournament championships. 

In 1999, she was voted Times-Standard Coach of the Year.

The 1997 Arcata boys basketball team has the most wins in school history after finishing the season 27-6.

After being crowned co-champs in league, they became the only Arcata High team to ever win an NCS championship on their way to a second-place finish in NorCal.

The Tigers were coached by Bob Robertson and the roster included Jeff Fuller, Seaton Fajeau, Jantz Hoffman, Sean Houston, Kyle Kjer, Kalin Pope, Ryan Riewerts, Dusty Scofield, Reef Twibell and Brandon White.  

Pat Clancy, Jason Hodges and Eric Vollmers were all assistant coaches on the team.

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