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Lopez twins headline San Joaquin Memorial’s 2021 Hall of Fame class

San Joaquin Memorial High School has announced its 2021 Hall of Fame class and jersey retirements, which includes three of the most successful basketball players to come out of Fresno. 

The Fresno-based Roman Catholic private school is inducting the following individuals into its hall of fame: Anthony Fiorentino, class of 1956; Dave Mineau, class of 1965; Demetra Vincent Walker, class of 1987; Shad Williams, class of 1989; Brook Lopez, class of 2006; and Robin Lopez, class of 2006. 

San Joaquin Memorial is also honoring former Fresno Mayor Dan Whitehurst, class of 1965, with the Distinguished Alumni Award and former softball coach Bart Sciacqua with the Memorial Service Award. 

The school inducts former students into its hall of fame for their contributions to Memorial through volunteer and service efforts as well as athletic success. 

“This is an outstanding class to be inducted into the San Joaquin Memorial Hall of Fame, said Memorial President Michael Burke in a statement. “They represent the best of SJM and shared their gifts across many segments of our school community, including athletics, service and leadership.” 

Along with their hall of fame inductions, the Brook and Robin Lopez – who play for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic, respectively – will have their jerseys retired. 

Former teammate and NBA player Quincy Pondexter will join the Lopez twins and have his jersey retired as well. 

The program, scheduled for Sep. 17, includes a luncheon, school assembly and halftime presentation at the football game. 

“We are excited to celebrate and honor this induction class,” said Athletic Director Stephen Ferdinandi in a statement. 

“After the past year and a half of delays and scheduling conflicts, this will be a very timely celebration. This induction class features Panthers across multiple generations, multiple sports, multiple connections to SJM; and all with an exceptionally lasting impact on San Joaquin Memorial.”

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.