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2013 Chico Sports Hall of Fame Inducted

By Colin Steiner, csteiner@krcrtv.com
Published On: May 08 2013 12:50:10 AM CDT
Updated On: May 09 2013 12:32:02 PM CDT
2013 Chico Sports Hall of Fame Inducted

The Chico Sports Hall of Fame class of 2013 was honored Tuesday night.

The Chico Sports Hall of Fame class of 2013 was honored Tuesday night in a ceremony at the Elks Lodge.

Among this years inductees were Gary Towne, Traci Ciapponi Frazier and Gary Houser.

Towne, a Corning native, is a former Chico State cross country and track runner and has coached at the school for 18 years.

Ciapponi Frazier, a 1989 graduate of Chico High, was a three-sport star athlete at the school.

And Houser, a 1964 graduate of Chico High, was a star football player who went on to play at Oregon State and returned to coach the Chico State football team for 17 years. He's now the athletic director at Shasta College in Redding.

For Houser, this honor was momentous, having made the Northstate his home nearly all of his life.

"Oh, it's unbelievable. I've told everyone," Houser said. "This is my home town--a place I've never been far away from. I'm happy to be here. Got my whole family (and) extended family, all of the friends I have in Chico from being here for so long. So this is a special night for us."

Hundreds showed up for the 41st annual Chico Sports Hall of Fame and Senior Athletes Banquet.

The Sportsperson of the Year award was also handed out. World boxing champion and 2007 Pleasant Valley graduate Ava Knight was named the winner.

She beat out current reigning Major League Soccer MVP Chris Wondolowski, who played at Chico State, and All-American Cornell University wrestler Nahshon Garrett, a 2011 graduate of Chico High School.

Also honored were local high school senior and Butte College sophomore athletes.