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Former star QB heads PHS 2009 Hall of Fame class

Mike McMahon in 1985 as a sophomore quarterback for Prescott High School.

Mike McMahon in 1985 as a sophomore quarterback for Prescott High School.

Former quarterback and current coach Mike McMahon, the Prescott High School football program's all-time single-season passing leader who doubled as an all-state punter in the late-1980s, headlines the list of inductees in the 2009 PHS Athletic Hall of Fame class.See related Nov 17, 1985 Courier story: Badgers capture division crownOn Friday, nine former Badgers athletes will become enshrined, including school-record holding place kicker Trevor Wares; state champion badminton doubles players Tara Thomas and Bethany Davis; and state title-winning tennis doubles players Corey Bennett and Sterling Fetty.Walter Chantler, a stalwart wrestler; Colby Shelstad, the football club's second all-time leading tackler; and Dave Hansen, a letter winner in football, basketball, track and golf, complete the stellar group. PHS will honor these standouts during halftime of the Badgers football team's Western Sky Region opener against Moon Valley Friday night at Bill Shepard Field. Kickoff is 7 p.m.What follows is a breakdown of each athlete's accomplishments at Prescott High.• Mike McMahon, football 1985-87 - Spanning three quality seasons, McMahon threw 31 touchdown passes for the Badgers.During his senior year in 1987, he tossed for a PHS single-season record 1,759 yards and 22 TDs. That same campaign, he had 5 TD strikes in one game, another all-time best mark.But what fans may not know is that McMahon was an equally gifted punter. In '87 he earned first team all-state honors after booting 40 punts for a combined 1,624 yards - good enough for a 41.1-yard average. After he graduated from PHS, McMahon punted for one season at Phoenix College."I always loved just going out and kicking the football on the playgrounds when I was a young kid," McMahon said. "My sophomore year, when I got up to varsity, (former Prescott) coach (Bill) Gahn gave me the opportunity as a backup quarterback and I ended up being the punter. I actually kicked field goals and extra points that year."McMahon is quick to thank his former coaches and teammates for their support. In the 1987 regular season, Prescott posted a 9-1 record, with its lone loss coming to region foe Avondale Agua Fria. During the state playoffs, the Badgers defeated Phoenix Arcadia and Cottonwood Mingus before falling 14-10 to top-ranked Glendale Cactus in the semifinals."That was a pretty special group that we had that year," McMahon said. "We worked really hard. It's a year I'll always remember."Today, McMahon is in his third season as head football coach at Sultan High School, a Class 2A program in Washington state. He previously was the head coach at rival Bradshaw Mountain in 2001, where he spent four seasons, until 2004."I'm happy here (in Washington) right now. I think there's one job down there that if I had a chance to apply for it or if they offered it to me, or if I was a candidate, that I would probably look at - and that's back at the old alma mater, Prescott High," McMahon said.McMahon added that he is honored the Hall of Fame committee selected him. Framed portraits and the accomplishments of all enshrined athletes line a section inside PHS's main gym."I remember growing up in my years after high school and walking into the gym and seeing all the people that I knew were members of the Hall of Fame and the great accomplishments they had," he said. "A lot of my teammates from my days back in '85, '86 and '87 have been inducted."• Colby Shelstad, football 1998-2000 - A staunch defender, Shelstad's 278 tackles from 1998-2000 rank him No. 2 on Prescott's all-time list. Shelstad had arguably his finest season in 2000, earning first team all-state honors on the coaches' poll. He registered 25 tackles in one game, which remains a Badgers record, and contributed on offense as well, rushing for 667 yards and 8 touchdowns.• Trevor Wares, football 1988, 89 - Over two phenomenal seasons, Wares tallied a Badgers football record 101 points behind a trusty kicking foot. He booted 68 extra points and 11 field goals - a pair of marks that still stand 20 years later. In 1989, Wares garnered second team all-state honors.• Tara Thomas and Bethany Davis, badminton 1992-94 - This dynamic duo played varsity for three years and ultimately won a Class 4A-5A doubles state championship in 1994.• Corey Bennett, tennis 1996-99 and Sterling Fetty, tennis 1999 - A masterful doubles team, Bennett and Fetty combined forces in 1999 to win a 4A crown. Although Fetty played just one season, Bennett competed for four years on varsity.M• Walter Chantler, wrestling 1988, 89 - Chantler, a two-time Skyline Region champion, garnered a fourth-place finish at the AAA-II state meet in 1988 before claiming third at the same competition the following year.Chantler's 45-11-1 mark on the mat rates him fifth all-time in the Badgers' highly competitive program.• Dave Hansen, football, basketball, track and golf 1957-60 - A multi-sport great, Hansen led the PHS football team in scoring as an end in 1958 and '59. The honorable mention all state pick in 1959 moved on to become the top scorer for the Badgers basketball team in 1959-60. Hansen also garnered letters in track (1958 and '59) and golf (1960).
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