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COC announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class

Posted: October 24, 2012 3:51 p.m.
Updated: October 24, 2012 3:51 p.m.

A state championship team, All-Conference and All-State athletes, and a long-time softball coach will all be honored by College of the Canyons during the school’s 2013 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the school announced Wednesday.

Among the inductees are the 1975 cross country team, which was the first program in school history to win a state championship and coached by Monty Cartwright.

Ray Whitten, coach of the Cougars’ softball program from 1984 to 2007, Nick Sanderson, a basketball player from 1989 to 1991, former Cougars swimmer Christine Worby, former softball player Chantal Pershing and former baseball player Robert Corrales, who lost his battle with leukemia in 2009, will also be inducted on Jan. 24, 2013 at Hyatt Regency Valencia.

The event will also mark the unveiling of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame’s new permanent location.

“Back when I took over as the head coach in ’86 they didn’t have (the Hall of Fame) back then and the thought of anything like that has never entered my mind,” Whitten said. “And it’s just a great honor and it should be to join a lot of great people that were inducted.”

For Whitten, the honor is twice as nice, as he will be joined by Chantal Pershing, who he coached from 1999-2000 before she transferred to the University of California Santa Barbara.

“It’s a double honor that one of the players that played for me is going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Whitten said. “That’s the kind of a double wammy that I get in as a coach and she’s getting it as one of my former players.”

Sanderson will receive the honor after playing for the COC men’s basketball team from 1989 to 1991, earning All-Conference twice and All-State, Conference MVP and All-Star Game MVP honors before moving on to play for Brigham Young University.

Worby swam and played water polo for COC before transferring to University of Redlands and is currently an assistant swim and dive coach for Hart High School.

Corrales played with the Cougars baseball team during the 1973-1974 season, and became the first baseball player in school history to earn first-team All-State honors before transferring to play for Pepperdine University.

The Hall of Fame class is the sixth in the school’s history since the College of the Canyons Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2005.

“The 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame is once again a stellar group of inductees,” said Len Mohney, COC dean of athletics and physical education in a press release. “The night promises to be a gala affair. We also are excited about announcing the completion of the first phase of the Athletic Hall of Fame permanent site in the West Physical Education building.”

The ceremony is held biennially — for more information and tickets, visit or call the COC Foundation at 661-362-3434.


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