Andrea Duran, seen here in 2008 with Team USA, is part of the 2019 Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame class. Photo by wikipedia user Jim from Stevens Point, WI, USA.
Written by Gabriel Dillard
Local softball, football, baseball and volleyball stars are represented in the latest class of the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame.
The 2019 class will officially be inducted during the organizations 61st annual enshrinement dinner Nov. 7 at the Fresno Convention Center.
The following individuals and teams have been selected:
The Selma native won two national softball championships at UCLA and an Olympic silver medal at the 2008 games in Beijing.
He is the current head football coach at his alma mater, Buchanan High School. He helped the Bear win a Valley title in 2000, and is a nine-year NFL veteran who won a Super Bowl ring in 2007 with the Indianapolis Colts.
Originally approved for induction into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014, Pittman is the fifth-leading rusher in Fresno State football history with 3,017 yards. He played 11 seasons in the NFL, winning his Super Bowl ring in 2003 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
A graduate of Clovis West High School, Williams-Strong played basketball at USC and later for eight seasons in the WNBA. A second-round draft pick by the Phoenix Mercury in 2000, she averaged 9.8 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game in her all-star year of 2003.
1960 Roosevelt American Legion (baseball)
Led by head coach Jake Abbott and future major league pitcher Wade Blasingame, the 1960 Roosevelt American Legion baseball team won the California state championship and went on to finish runner-up at the regional finals in Bend, Oregon. Abbott (1986) and Blasingame (1985) are already enshrined in the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame as individuals.
1967 Fresno Volleyball Club
In 1967, the Fresno Volleyball Club ended its season with a national championship. John Alstrom, who was inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame as an individual in 1991, was one of nine players on that team that won the National Volleyball Association Championship in Detroit, Michigan.
Founded in 1958, the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame has enshrined 338 individuals and 32 teams to date. For more information, visit fresnoahof.org.