Narbaitz, Circo, Mason named as latest inductees into Chico Sports Hall of Fame

Chico >> Three inductees will join the Chico Sports Hall of Fame at the 46th annual Hall of Fame and Senior Athletes Banquet.

The inductees, as selected by a committee of Chico Sports Hall of Fame members, are Ray Narbaitz, Gerald Circo and Eileen Mason.

The banquet, sponsored by the Enterprise-Record, will honor the inductees for their contributions to the Chico community through their participation, coaching or support of athletics and will be held Tuesday, May 8 at the Chico Elks Lodge.

Also during the event, the top senior athletes from Chico State and area high schools and the top sophomores from Butte College will be honored, as selected by each school’s athletic directors and coaching staffs.

Tickets for the event go on sale starting Friday and may be purchased between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Enterprise-Record office, 400 East Park Ave. in Chico. No tickets will be sold at the door during the banquet. Ticket sales will be cut off at noon on Monday, May 7.

Tickets are $35 each and $45 if purchased after May 4. The event features no-host cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner served at 7 p.m.

The evening will conclude with the announcement of the Chico Sportsperson of the Year Award. The nominees for the annual award will be named in the coming weeks.

Last year’s Sportsperson of the Year was Pleasant Valley High football coach Mark Cooley for guiding the Vikings to their first football state title in school history. PV boys soccer coach Mike Vought and University of Arizona baseball coach and Oroville High graduate Jay Johnson were the other two nominees.

Inductees

Circo was a multi-sport athlete while attending Chico State competing in football, basketball, baseball and track and field.

After college, he was drafted to play for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1966. He’d later spend stints with the Los Angeles Rams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers before going to play in the Continental Football League for the Sacramento Buccaneers and the Sacramento Capitals.

He returned back to the area where he coached at Bidwell Junior High, Butte College and Chico High. He coached a total of 56 teams during his coaching tenure.

He’s also an established duck caller, teaching duck-calling classes all around California.

Narbaitz, the former sports director for KHSL radio and television, called many Chico High sporting events and Chico State basketball and football games throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

He covered many prep sports and was also instrumental in spearheading fundraisers through the Chico sports boosters. He later went on to serve as a legislative aide for Assemblyman Stan Statham.

Mason is a Chico State graduate who spent the last 36 years teaching at Orland High School. Mason has also been part of the staff at Butte College teaching numerous health and fitness courses for 37 years.

She coached volleyball at Orland High for 14 seasons, leading the Trojans to four league titles and two Northern Section championships.

She coached softball for six seasons where she guided the Trojans to six league championships and two section titles.

Mason also played an influential role on starting the annual Northern Section All-Star volleyball game and has served on the Northern Section Board of Managers for 34 years.

During her career, Mason has been inducted into the Glenn County Educators Hall of Fame, the Orland High School Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the CIF Distinguished Service Award.

Last year’s inductees were Pat Gillick, Ross Land and David Santos.

For questions regarding the banquet, call the sports department at 896-7779.


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