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Jerry Quarry


Inducted February 17, 2000

Famed heavyweight boxer who earned several title shots in the 1960's and '70's. He had two bouts apiece against former heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Floyd Patterson and had one bout against ex-champ Ken Norton. His professional record was 53-9-4, including wins in his first 12 pro fights. He fought Patterson twice in 1967, earning a draw and a 12-round decision victory. His first title bout came against Jimmy Ellis in 1968, with Ellis winning a controversial decision. He fought Ali in 1970 and in 1972 and fought Frazier twice, for the title on June 23, 1969, when helots on a 7th round KO, and again in 1974. "Quarry is the best fighter in the world who never became a champion," said former heavyweight champion George Foreman. Induction February 15, 2001 J.R. Williams Born in Corcoran and graduated from Delano High in 1958. Was a first-team JC All-American at Bakersfield College in 1959 when BC went 10-0. Started on 10-0 Fresno State team in 1961 and was a Little All-American. Played two seasons in the Canadian Football League, starting on the 1964 Grey Cup-winning Vancouver BC Lions. Became Arvin High's football coach in 1966 and was the first varsity football coach at Highland High in 1970. Returned to Cororan in 1986 as football coach and athletic director. Rebuilt that program to a power within four years. Induction February 15, 2001 Duane Williams A 1973 North High graduate, he earned a combined nine letters in football, baseball and wrestling for the Stars. Played football at Bakersfield College and Cal-Berkeley and was an All-Pac-8 center who played in the Hula and Japan bowls. Played professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles, then became involved with the Japan Bowl, serving as liaison between the American and Japanese and later as the Player Personnel Director. He was also director of the Japan Classic All-Star Basketball Game.