March 29, 1996 |
The five newest entries into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame shared one feeling during their induction ceremonies Thursday--humility. Joining 73 other area sports luminaries were former Cypress College men's basketball Coach Don Johnson; former Ram kicker Mike Lansford; former Brea Olinda and Orange Coast College football Coach Dick Tucker; former Troy High basketball star Mark Wulfemeyer; and ex-Angel left-hander Clyde Wright.
March 28, 1996 |
Long before the three-point shot, Mark Wulfemeyer could score from anywhere on the basketball court. Wulfemeyer, 40, who will be inducted into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame tonight, is considered by many to be the most famous high school basketball player in county history. But Wulfemeyer paid a price for his teenage fame, falling into relative obscurity after disappointing minor league baseball and college basketball careers.
October 25, 1994 |
Seconds left. Everything is riding on this shot. Tiger Woods has the ball. He putts, it's in! Oh what a play! The crowd is surging forward. They're carrying Woods off the course, shouting, "We're No. 1." You see, it just doesn't work. When this A-to-Z thing was brought up, I made one demand. Troy's Mark Wulfemeyer had to be on the list, no ifs, ands or putts. But the powers that be--all golfers I might add--insist that Tiger Woods is the greatest high school athlete in Orange County history.
March 10, 1985 |
I got lost driving around Mark Wulfemeyer's neighborhood, made a couple of wrong turns, but finally found his place. Wulfemeyer graciously took the rap, saying, "I never was any good at giving directions--or taking them." That was a little joke, the crack about taking directions, but Wulfemeyer is hefting produce crates in a supermarket warehouse these nights, instead of jacking up three-point jump shots for some NBA team, and it's also as good an explanation as any for that development.
February 26, 1991 |
No crowd roars when he swishes a 25-footer. No defender shakes his head in frustration. These days, on those few occasions when Mark Wulfemeyer shoots a basketball through a hoop, no one sees him do it. He plays alone, not to relive past glories but to relieve the stress of life outside the clearly defined boundaries of the basketball court.
November 23, 1999
Santa Ana continued its strong start with a 92-77 victory over host Citrus in a nonconference men's basketball game Monday. Zac Fray, a freshman forward from Fairfax High, scored a game-high 23 for the Dons (3-0), who had three other players in double figures. Forward Greg Gray scored 17, guard Brian Chambers had 16 and guard Mark Wulfemeyer 13, including three three-pointers. Citrus is 2-3.