Menlo honors Athletics Hall of Fame & Lurie Award winners Class of 2023
Menlo School inducted nine into the Athletics Hall of Fame and two drivers received the Robert A. Lurie Award recently during homecoming weekend.
Alex Fisher Class of 2005, Anthony Bouvier and Leon Ivery from class of 2007 Katherine Gorman 2008, and from the class of 2013, Andrew Ball, Drew Edelman, Michaela Michael, Max Parker, Richard Pham all were inducted this year.
Jon Beekhuis and The Robert A. Lurie ’45 Distinguished Athletic Award honors Menlo School alumni who are changing the world of sports off the field and honors world-class athletes in professional sports not offered at Menlo School.
Here are the inductees and award-winners:
ALEX FISHER ’05 (volleyball)
A four-year letter-winner at Menlo and senior captain, Fisher was named Peninsula Athletic League MVP in 2004, and was a four-time first team all-league and all-county selection. She was selected to All-Central Coast Section and all-state teams after helping Menlo to a silver medal at the state championships in 2001 and 2002, along with NorCal and CCS championships in 2001, 2002, and four league titles. She was selected First Team All-Bay Area by The San Jose Mercury News and voted 2004 Player of the Year in San Mateo County. Fisher also played in USA Volleyball’s High-Performance Program. Fisher went on to play for Stanford from 2005-2009, and helped her team to two NCAA Div. I Championship games and four Pac-10 titles. She was a team captain in 2009 and named to the Pac-10 All Academic team.
ANTHONY BOUVIER ’07 (baseball, football, soccer)
At Menlo, Bouvier was a multi-sport athlete who dominated at the high school level, especially in football and baseball. In football, he was named Peninsula Athletic League-Utility Player of the Year as a junior, and was selected Menlo School’s Athlete of the Year 2006-07. His senior season, he finished with 50 catches for 819 yards and 11 TDs, and that year, the receiver, defensive back, kick and punt returner and kicker helped the Knights to a PAL-Ocean Championship. He was twice selected MVP. On the diamond, he was a catcher and pitcher. Menlo won a CCS Championship in 2004-05 his sophomore season, and he would go on to be selected all-league multiple seasons. He also played soccer for two seasons. He went on to play football for the Stags for a season, and flourished for four years on the Claremont Mudd Scripps baseball team as a catcher, serving two as captain.
LEON IVERY ’07 (football, lacrosse)
Ivery was selected All-county, as well as Peninsula Athletic League-Ocean Division Offensive Back of the Year, and all-league as a senior captain. That year, he posted 21 touchdowns, rushing for 1470 yards (10.8 yards per carry). He was the fourth-leading running back in the county. The running back/linebacker tallied five touchdowns in Menlo’s homecoming win his senior year, and led the Knights in rushing yards and TDs. Menlo went on to win the Peninsula Athletic League-Ocean Division, amass an 11-2 record and advanced to the CCS Championship. He made Menlo’s All-Decade Team and was named to the San Mateo All-County team. He went on to play football as a running back at Columbia. He gained 232 rushing yards as a junior and as a senior, played all 10 games, gaining 359 yards in 80 carries (4.5 yards per carry).
KATHERINE GORMAN ’08 (volleyball)
A four-year starter at Menlo, Gorman earned first-team All-Peninsula Athletic League honors in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and was selected team captain as a senior. She was named 2005 San Jose Mercury News All-Central Coast Section honorable mention and to the 2007 San Mateo County Times All-County first team. Gorman lifted Menlo to CCS Div. IV titles in 2006 and 2007.
She went on to play for Cal, starting with the 2008 team, which went 26-7, and finished ranked No. 6 in the country. That team advanced to the Elite 8 in the 2008 NCAA tournament. Gorman was a defensive and serving specialist playing in nearly every match for that team, which defeated all nine Pac-10 teams. After her freshman year, Gorman turned her focus to academics, majoring in computer science.
ANDREW BALL ’13 (tennis)
As a junior and senior captain, he led the Knights to NorCal and CCS championships in 2010- 2013 as well as National Invitational All-American High School Tournament titles in 2010, 2012. Ball was an All-American national tournament Team award winner in 2011, 2012, 2013 and league MVP in 2011, 2012. With Ball going undefeated at the No. 1 spot as a junior, Menlo won its fourth consecutive NorCal boys team championship in 2013. He won the Bill Talbert National Tennis Sportsmanship Award in 2011. During his tenure, the Knights went 110-2 with both losses coming in the finals of the national tournament. Once at Harvard, Ball ranked as high as No. 125 in the ITA Singles Rankings as a junior and posted a 13-5 singles mark as a sophomore. His freshman year, Ball compiled the most singles wins (25) on the team and finished with a 25-9 mark at the Nos. 5 and 6 spots.
DREW EDELMAN ’13 (basketball, volleyball)
A four-time first-team all-league honoree, Edelman led her team to a Central Coast Section championship in 2013 when she averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds per game. Edelman was named San Mateo Daily News Player of the Year in 2012 & 2013, and was the 2013 Daily Journal Player of the Year. As a junior, Edelman averaged 19 points, 16.5 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. She was named MVP and won gold as a member of the United States’ under-18 girls’ team at the 2013 Maccabiah Games. Edelman would go on to play for USC, graduated in three years, then played out her last two years of eligibility at UC Santa Barbara, where she was a two-time all-conference player. She made her second trip to play in the Maccabiah Games in 201. After college, she signed with a professional team in Israel, has played in the U.S. with Athletes Unlimited, and is now playing for M. Ramat Gan.
MICHAELA MICHAEL ’13 (lacrosse, soccer)
Michael was a four time letterwinner at Menlo, and led her team to four league titles and four Western States Tournament championships. She was named First team All-American in 2011 and 2012, and played in the Under Armor All-American Underclassman Tournament West Team 2011 and 2012. A US Lacrosse First Team All-American as a sophomore, Michael competed in the 2013 All-American Showcase Game despite being out most of the year with a torn ACL. She was named 2012 US Lacrosse Champion All-American Showcase team MVP. At USC, Michael finished her career as a three-time All American, two-time First Team All America, two-time Tewaaraton Award semifinalist with 234 career goals, 422 draw controls, and 305 points. Her 234 goals ranks 24th all-time in the NCAA for career goals. She holds the USC program and MPSF conference records for career goals, points, and draw controls. Michael trained with the US National Team in the summer of 2015 and 2016. She led the Trojans to two conference championships in 2016 and 201, and three NCAA Tournament runs. USC finished in the Sweet 16 in 2015, the elite 8 in 2016, and the elite 8 in 2017.
MAX PARKER ’13 (football, soccer, track & field)
Parker, the 2012-13 Athlete of the Year, was a letterwinner two years in football, three years in soccer and four years in track. In football, he was a receiver, linebacker and a masterful return man. In 2012, he led the state in kickoff returns for touchdowns with five, and ranks among the Cal-Hi Sports all-time leaders. Parker was selected Peninsula Athletic League Special Teams Player of the Year. He was starting forward on the CCS Championship soccer team in 2013 - the program’s first section crown. Parker was a key to track & field winning the WBAL championship in 2012. The following year, he was the league 400 champion and ran legs on the WBAL champion 4x100 and 4x400 relays. He still holds the record in the 400 in 50.42.
Also a club rugby player in high school, Parker pursued the sport at Dartmouth where he was a three-year starter for Dartmouth, which was an eight-time champion (in the 7s and 15s). He was named 2x Ivy League first-team, 1x All-American honorable mention
RICHARD PHAM ’13 (tennis)
At Menlo, Pham played top three in the lineup all four of his years, and led Menlo to four CCS, four CIF-Northern California and two All-American National Tournament titles. During those four years, the team compiled a 114-2 win-loss record. He was selected to the National Tournament’s All-American team all four years. He was the top-ranked junior player in Northern California and consistently in the top 40 in the nation for his class.
Pham went on to play at Columbia University where he was ranked top 20 in the NCAA. and was a key contributor to winning the Ivy League title all four years as well as reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament twice. A two-time Ivy League champion, Pham played singles and doubles, and was ranked No. 7 in NCAA doubles. His senior season, he went 28-11 in doubles, including a 21-8 mark playing with younger brother Victor.
JON BEEKHUIS ’78 (Race-car driver and broadcaster)
Shortly after Menlo graduation, Beekhuis set off for Montreal, Canada, in pursuit of a “different kind of scholarship.” He became the first American and youngest (18) winner of the Jim Russell Racing School World Scholarship against 125 drivers from 11 countries. This launched a 15-year career in professional auto racing. During his career, Beekhuis won several titles: the 1986 Jim Russell Pro Series Champion, 1988 American Racing Series Champion, 1989-92 CART IndyCar series driver. Following his time behind the wheel, he began a 20-year career as an on-air network broadcaster of the IndyCar Series for ESPN, ABC, CBS and NBC. Among other assignments, he called the Detroit Grand Prix 1990, Long Beach Grand Prix 1990, ESPN 1999 and Indianapolis 500 Victory Lane 2015.
JON FOGARTY ’93 (Race car driver)
Fogarty and co-driver Alex Gurney captured the 2007 and 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype drivers’ championships. He competed in the Barber Dodge Pro Series from 1996 until 2000, finishing Series runner-up twice. moved to Toyota Atlantic in 2002 and edged Michael Valiante for the series championship. In 2004, he returned to full-time Atlantic competition and won another title. Drove a Porsche 911 in the GT class of the American LeMans Series before moving to the Grand-Am series. With Gurney, the pair combined for a series-record seven wins and 10 poles in 2007 – winning the championship, and won a second title in 2009.
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