Four 'Dogs Inducted Into Fresno Athletic HOF

Nov. 1, 2012

By Stephanie Juncker

FRESNO, Calif.---Four Bulldogs were inducted into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame Thursday evening. The inductees included current men's golf head coach and former golf student athlete Mike Watney and former female student-athletes Carie Dever Boaz, Melissa (Price) Lewis and Jamie Southern.

The 2012 class goes down in the history of the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame as being the first time in its 54 year history that three female inductees have been inducted in a single year. All three women are former Bulldogs.

Each inductee was introduced with a highlight video of their careers before being introduced to the crowd of their family, friends, and other members of the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame.

Each inductee had a chance to speak to the crowd and thank those who supported them and helped them achieve their respective feats.

"My mom and dad are here so I'd definitely like to thank them,' said former softball student-athlete Carie Dever-Boaz. "To all of my family and friends that are here and most importantly to be in this country, where it is cool for girls to get dirt under their fingernails."

"I would like to thank my parents and my coaches that made a big difference in my life," said former pole vaulter Melissa (Price) Lewis. "I'd also like to thank the local community. Sometimes people don't realize that giving young people an opportunity to succeed will help them become great members of society and athletics definitely did that for me."

"It always starts with family. My parents, my wife, and four loving kids have been great," said head coach Mike Watney. "I have to thank for Fresno State. We have tremendous boosters, many of whom are in the room, and great administration. Being inducted into this Hall of Fame is my lottery winning and I am very honored."

"I'd like to thank the board for this recognition," said former softball student-athlete Jamie Southern. "I want to thank my parents, my high school coaches, Coach Wright and the most loyal fans. I learned so much in my five years and it is great to know how much support we have in this community."