Taken from the VC Star, 1/31/05, written by Joe Curley.
Moorpark College welcomed seven inductees into the school's athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday evening at Paul's Italian Villa restaurant in Simi Valley. The honored class included a pair of professional athletes -- former NFL running back Jamal Anderson and baseball pitcher Steve Reed -- and five other former Raiders who also went on to make an impact in their communities -- Ken Lutz (football) Larry Miller (football), Bob Rinehart (wrestling), Deena Bernstein-Barton (track) and Sheridan Walker (basketball/volleyball). But the night, designed to celebrate seven local luminaries, unfolded into a reminder of the possibilties presented by a community college and its athletic program. "Moorpark College was a great experience for me. I want to thank it for setting me straight," said Anderson. The 1998 NFL Player of the Year graduated with honors from Utah and became an on-air commentator for ABC and founded his own entertainment company after his Moorpark experience, which included blocking for All-American tailback Freddie Bradley. "I wanted to be the pretty runner and score touchdowns," said Anderson. "But Moorpark was a place that changed me. ... My teammates and I always said we wished Moorpark was a four-year school." Moorpark is where Steve Reed, who last week signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles for what will be his 14th season in the majors, developed the side-arm delivery that has led to such a long career without a single injury. "This isn't just your typical warm and fuzzy story," said former Moorpark baseball coach Ron Stillwell. "This is a million-and-one-odds type deal, if you think of all the young boys that play baseball. "I'm not sure there is another undrafted free agent who has pitched 13 years in the major leagues." Reed is three appearances away from passing Nolan Ryan for 28th on the career list. Only one pitcher in baseball history has made 50 or more appearances in more consecutive seasons than Reed, who holds the impressive distinction of being the Colorado Rockies' career ERA leader. "Moorpark was a second chance for me," said Reed. "I was at a point in my life where I didn't know where I was going to go." Another of night's highlights was Dr. Miller's impassioned speech on the impact of athletics and teaching. "You can make a difference," said Miller, who played football at Moorpark in 1970 before earning his doctorate and serving Hueneme High as football coach and athletic director. "Through athletics you can change the world. "When the game starts, you forget who you are as an individual and you do what you need to do for the good of the team." After suffering through a losing record at Royal High, Bob Rinehart was an afterthought when Keever recruited him to his wrestling program. "My career started a little differently," said Rinehart. "I was a bit of a slow starter." Rinehart developed into a sophomore who finished second in the state. His record? 35-5. "He wasn't the greatest talent," said Keever, his coach, "but he had the greatest work ethic." Before Sheridan "Sherm" Walker was the WSC's Most Valuable Player in both women's basketball and volleyball as a sophomore in 1980, she was a product of a single-parent home who returned from school each day to an empty house. "Sports has saved my life," said Walker. "Moorpark was a good place for me because I wasn't ready for (a four-year) college." She was an All-American volleyball player at Cal Poly, but has been even more productive since graduating -- founding and running Hire Potential Inc., a national firm which helps match people with disabilities with employers. "She is dedicated to helping others in a lot of ways," said Del Parker, her former basketball coach. Bernstein-Barton still holds the school record in the javelin throw (162 feet, 3 inches), which she set along the way to the 1982 state title. She now is a successful businesswomen, owning and operating four fitness centers for women in the Riverside area. "I could not have been successful without the people in my past," she said. Which ended up being the theme of the night. "I'm humbled by all of you athletic skills," said Keever, wrapping up the festivities, "but I'm awed by you contribution to society."