Menlo School will have five new inductees for its Athletics Hall of Fame to highlight homecoming week. The induction ceremony is Friday at the Athletic Center at 5:30 p.m., following the Menlo-Atherton at Menlo football game at 3 p.m.
Members of the Hall of Fame are recognized for leadership, sportsmanship and superiority in athletic competition, and dedicating countless hours to helping others achieve their athletic goals.
The 2014 inductees are:
BILL COCHRAN '84 (Track & field, soccer)
Cochran, a four-year letter-winner in track and field, holds the school record in high jump with a mark of 6 feet, 6 inches. By winning the high jump, triple jump, high hurdles and scoring in long jump, he lifted Menlo to its first dual-meet win over Sequoia after a decades-long drought. Cochran's jump of 6-6 ranked No. 49 CCS all-time in 1984 and the mark stayed in the top 100 before just falling out in 2014. Cochran, also a starting forward for Menlo's soccer team, was a two-time CCS track and field finals qualifier. He went on to study and compete at Occidental, where he was a four-time all-conference selection in high jump. As a senior, he won the conference championship, was named captain, and voted most inspirational by his coaches and teammates.
KATE FISHER '04 (Volleyball)
In nearly all of Fisher's four seasons, Menlo's volleyball team headed to the state championships. The setter helped the Knights land CIF-Northern California Championships in 2000, 2001, 2002 and CCS titles in 2000 and 2001, in addition to silver medals in those three state Division IV championships. Fisher was named league MVP and selected to the all-county first team in 2001, 2002 and 2003, and was county player of the year her junior and senior seasons. Cal-Hi Sports named Fisher to its all-state team (2002) and she made the CIF-all-state team (2001, 2002). Fisher went on to play at Georgetown, and became the only freshman to start every match.
CHUCK HUGGINS '04 (Baseball, football)
As a senior in 2004, Huggins led the Knights to a CCS baseball championship. That season, the left-handed pitcher finished 12-1 with an ERA of 1.03 and amassed 112 strikeouts in 75 innings. Huggins was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State team, named to the all-County team and was Peninsula Athletic League-Lake Player of the Year in 2004. He also was a receiver on Menlo's football team for three seasons. Huggins went on to play at Division III powerhouse Trinity (Texas) for two seasons before playing for UC Santa Barbara, where he was twice honored with the Golden Eagle Award given to the top student-athlete from each team. His .737 winning percentage ranks No.7 all time for the Gauchos. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007 and the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008, and was a minor league all-star in 2010. He played three seasons, reaching Double-A.
MATT MESSMER '99 (Swimming)
Messmer led a powerful Knights team to two Peninsula Athletic League Championships and went undefeated in league competition his junior and senior years. He set a PAL record in the 100 free with a time of 47.02 in 1999, a record that still stands. As a result of his success at CCS Championships, Messmer was a six-time first team All-American while competing for the Knights and three-time MVP. Recruited by Cal for the varsity swim team, Matt was a letter-winner for the Bears and was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic second team his sophomore year. Currently, Messmer is a member of the Menlo Masters Swim Team and is a seven-time USMS National Top 10 finisher for his age group and a relay All-American.
NATE WILCOX-FOGEL '04 (Football, basketball, lacrosse)
During both of his seasons on varsity, Wilcox-Fogel led the PAL Ocean Division in receptions. As a senior, he made 38 catches for 538 yards and nine touchdowns. The year before, he had 33 catches for 512 yards and four TDs, and was twice selected to the all-county and all-league teams. Wilcox-Fogel, a two-time CIF All-State Scholar Athlete, also played basketball and lacrosse team. He went on to Stanford where he played football for five seasons. As a senior, he was nominated for the Rudy Award, given to the Division I football player who demonstrates exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment as a team member.