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Entire 1987 football team among new PHS Hall enshrinees

Courier file photos<br>In addition to track & field, Josh Stephan (left) was a standout basketball player, showing his skills during a Jan. 13, 1999, game against Washington. Chris Parker, shown in a Sept. 26, 2003, game against Payson, was one of the great 
quarterbacks in school history.

Courier file photos<br>In addition to track & field, Josh Stephan (left) was a standout basketball player, showing his skills during a Jan. 13, 1999, game against Washington. Chris Parker, shown in a Sept. 26, 2003, game against Payson, was one of the great quarterbacks in school history.

A school record-setting quarterback, a pair of track and field stars, and a memorable football team will be inducted into the Prescott High Athletics Hall of Fame this afternoon, the school's athletic director confirmed.

PHS A.D. Mark Goligoski said members of the hall's Class of 2013 include former Badgers QB Chris Parker, hurdler and high jumper Josh Stephan, high jumper Shontae Brown, and the 1987 state playoff-semifinalist football team.

The school will honor them during halftime of Friday night's football game against Goodyear Desert Edge. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Bill Shepard Field.

Here is a breakdown for each of the inductees' on-field accomplishments while competing for Prescott.

• Chris Parker (2001-04): Parker lettered in three varsity sports, including football, baseball and basketball, although he is best remembered for his play at quarterback.

Parker holds the century-old football program's all-time records in career passing yards (3,353 yards) as well as career pass completions and attempts (215-for-527). He threw for the second-most career touchdowns with 30 and remains second best in total offense with 4,191 yards.

In both the 2002 and 2003 seasons, Parker earned first team Class 4A All-State honors. His finest campaign came as a senior in 2003, when he was an All-Arizona pick. He also garnered first team All-Wells Fargo Region honors on defense and special teams, and second team accolades on offense.

In baseball, Parker suited up for four seasons. He started on Prescott's 2001 Class 4A state championship team and went on to make the All-Wells Fargo Region squad from 2002-04. He was also an honorable mention 4A All-State pick his senior year.

• Josh Stephan (1996-99): Stephan, a high hurdler and high jumper on the Badgers' track and field team, still ranks among the school's top 10 in the 100-meter hurdles (No. 5, 14.78 seconds) and 300m hurdles (No. 8, 40.09 seconds).

In 1999, Stephan was the Desert Sky Region champion in the 110m high hurdles and took third in the high jump at regionals. At the Class 4A state meet that spring, he placed fourth in the 110m high hurdles and eighth in the 300m high hurdles.

He had a successful 1998 season as well, claiming a Desert Sky Region title in the 100m high hurdles and capturing region runner-up honors in the 300m hurdles. In the state meet that spring, Stephan finished eighth in the 110m high hurdles.

Stephan first established himself in the 100m high hurdles as a freshman in 1996, when he set the school's freshman record in the event with a 16.71-second time. In 1997, he placed second in the region for that event.

In basketball, Stephan was a strong scorer. He garnered first team All-Wells Fargo Region honors in 1999, leading the Badgers offensively with 318 points that season. In 1998, he earned honorable mention in the All-Region category.

• Shontae Brown (1989-91): Some two decades later, Brown still holds Prescott's all-time record in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 10 inches.

Brown was a three-time region champion in the high jump from 1989-91, establishing a Skyline Region meet record with a 6-foot, 7-inch leap in 1989.

He also shined at the state level in the high jump. In Class 3A-2, he placed second (1990), third (1989) and fourth (1991).

In addition, Brown enjoyed success in basketball, garnering Skyline Region honorable mention honors in the 1989 season after scoring 380 points. In 1990, he made second team in the East Sky Region after tallying 330 points.

• 1987 Prescott High football team: Under former Badgers coach Bill Gahn, the 1987 squad concluded the season with an 11-2 overall record, with its only losses coming against Avondale Agua Fria, 21-7, and Glendale Cactus, 14-10.

This club is best known for becoming the first in PHS football history to advance to the semifinals of the state playoffs.

Former QB Mike McMahon still holds the program's record for touchdown passes in a game with five and tailback Guy Grover maintains the single-game best for TD catches with three. Both marks came versus Phoenix Washington.

That fall, Gahn's assistant coaches were Doug Bunch, Todd Kadolph and Bill White, who retired as the school's athletic director in May 2012.

In addition to McMahon and Grover, players on the 1987 team included: Ted Symonds, Mike Bailey, Brad Fain, Ryan Suttles, Chris Garzone, Jayson Ewald, Mike Lopez, Steve Phippen, Chris Menchon, Mark Ott, Sam Austrino, Robbin Peterson, Chris Larson, Tucker Therman, Steve Bowling, Rick Cunningham, Mike Henwood, Clint Ross, David Sullins, Bret Simmons, Eric Hardt, Chad Cook, Troy Galligher, Shawn Jones, Mark Fry, Keith Carlson, David Wagner, Sam Imbleau, Rod Schuler, Todd Mayes, Angel Mancha, Darrel Dorsey, James Prater, David Carvello, Tyler Williams, Tom West, Mike Madrill, Thad Rummage, Jayson Ludwig, James Shomake and Marshall King.

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