BRENTWOOD -- Six individuals and one team will be inducted into the Liberty Union High School District Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 27 at Liberty High.
Inducted from Liberty High will be baseball players Larry Enos Jr. and Chris Gruler, football and basketball player Rob Gatrell and volleyball coach Linda Ghilarducci. From Freedom, football player Diondre Borel, softball player Amanda Williams and the 2006 national champion Falcons softball team will be inducted.
Enos, a 1995 Liberty graduate who also went on to play baseball at Los Medanos College and Saint Mary's College, finished his career at Liberty with six varsity letters, as he also played varsity football as a junior and senior. He was a first team all-league selection as a senior in football and as a junior and senior in baseball.
Gruler, a 2002 Liberty graduate, played multiple sports but was best known for his baseball prowess. As a senior, he received multiple awards, including Baseball America First-Team All-American and Gatorade State Player of the Year. He was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2002 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
Gatrell, who graduated in 1995 and also played football at Fresno State, was a three-year varsity letterman in basketball and a two-year varsity letterman in football. As a senior in football, he was a first-team All-Bay Valley Athletic League pick and was named to the Contra Costa County all-star team. Gatrell later played in NFL Europe and in the Arena Football League.
Ghilarducci is perhaps best known for coaching the Liberty girls volleyball team for 30 years. But she also lettered in four sports at Liberty, and later played basketball at Diablo Valley College and softball at Chico State. As Liberty's volleyball coach, her teams made the North Coast Section playoffs 28 times in 30 years, winning three titles.
Borel, who graduated from Freedom in 2007, was a standout in both football and track and field. As a senior in football, Borel, who later starred for Utah State, passed for 3,499 yards and 31 touchdowns in leading the Falcons to a then-school record seven wins.
Williams, who graduated in 2006, led Freedom to four straight NCS titles and is regarded as one of the best pitchers in the history of California high school softball. She was named BVAL MVP each of her four years and was as dominant as anyone in the country in her senior year, as she went 23-0 with three perfect games. She was the Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2006. Williams was leader of the 2006 team that won a national championship, as the entire Falcons team will be inducted. With coach Michele Moore, they finished that year 25-0 as 11 players from that team went on to play softball in college.
The ceremony will be at the Liberty High gymnasium, with dinner starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Community Education Center, Adult Education Office at 929 Second St. in Brentwood, or from any Athletic Hall of Fame board member. Contact Joann Morrison at 925-634-2565 for more information.