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October 21, 2021

New inductees: Volleyball player, girls basketball team enter King City Hall of Fame

Photo by Michael Ramirez
Entering the King City Hall of Fame last Friday were members of the 1986-87 girls basketball team and volleyball and track and field athlete Trisha Frudden. Pictured from left are: Julia Garcia, Mary Horger, Audrey Barbree, Sharise Salcido, Trisha (Frudden) Wahley, Tamara Barrington and Kanani Barbree.

KING CITY — A standout volleyball player and one of the best King City girls basketball teams ever were enshrined last Friday at the King City High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Trisha Frudden and the 1986-87 girls basketball team were recognized with a dinner hosted by the Mustang Bench as well as during last Friday’s halftime of the Mustangs football game against the Santa Cruz Cardinals.

Class of 2003 graduate Trisha Frudden was an outstanding two-sport athlete that excelled in volleyball and track and field. Frudden was a four-year varsity starter in volleyball and the Lady Mustangs went undefeated her freshman year and won the Mission Trail Athletic League title.

In her next three years of volleyball, Frudden was unstoppable at the net as her powerful serves lead to many aces and return errors.

Frudden was All-MTAL her sophomore, junior and senior years and was chosen as the league Most Valuable Player even though the Lady Mustangs were not league champions. Both the Monterey Herald and the Salinas Californian chose Frudden to their All-County teams during those years.

In track and field, Frudden was all-league in her last three years, winning at least one event in the MTAL championship meet. Always at her best at invitational meets, Frudden was the King City high-point athlete during her junior and senior seasons. During her senior year, Frudden set three school records that rank as number one at the top of the record board with 12.38 in the 100 meters, 25.81 in the 200 meters and 10’3 in the pole vault.

Frudden continued her track career at Sacramento State University in the heptathlon but transferred to American River College to play volleyball. At American River, Frudden was All-Northern California in her first year and JC All-American in her second year and helped her team finish sixth in the state playoffs. The volleyball standout turned down offers to return to SAC State and finished her nursing degree and a master’s program. She is currently working as an RN in the emergency room at the State Prison in Sacramento, where she lives with her husband Shaun Wahley.

This year’s selection to the King City Hall of Fame team category is the 1986-87 girls basketball team, one of the most dominating teams in school history. The team had a 24-2 overall record that is the second best in school history. The majority of the players were undefeated in the seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade years with a 66-11 overall record and 35-1 while on the varsity.

Members of the team included Teri Lugert, Kanini Flores, Mary Bohner, Julia Garcia, Tamara Lockwood, Liz Wilkinson, Audrey Barbree, Sharise Shires, Suzi Cottle and Stacy Umbarger. Lugert was chosen as Most Valuable Player of the Mission Trail Athletic League and was joined on the All-League team by Flores, Bohner and Lockwood.

During the preseason, King City was 10-1, losing only to Atascadero in the Greyhounds tournament. The Lady Mustangs were 12-0 in league play and averaged 75 points a game. King City received a bye in the Central Coast Section playoffs and defeated Seaside 57-50 in the quarterfinals. The Lady Mustangs were beaten by eventual CCS champion Harbor of Santa Cruz.

Lugert led the team in scoring with 14 points per game and finished with 119 assists and set a school record with 128 steals that lasted over 25 years. Bohner and Lockwood averaged nine rebounds a game, and Shires and Lockwood led the team in blocked shots.


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