Hazelwood West High Inducts 3 Into Its Hall of Fame Including NY Yankees Pitcher
The Hazelwood West High School athletics department inducted three new members into the Hall of Fame on Sept. 22. The new class includes Daniel Callahan, class of 1991; Linda (Ferder) Howard, class of 1979 and New York Yankees pitcher, David Phelps, class of 2005.
This marks the second annual Hall of Fame induction for Hazelwood West High. Individuals are honored for the contributions and recognition the inductees bring to Hazelwood West High and its community. According to the Hall of Fame committee, Hall of Fame members have laid the foundation and set the standards for current students to aspire to.
Phelps played baseball for Hazelwood West High from 2002 – 2005. He was also a member of the school’s basketball team for two years. He then went on to attend Notre Dame University, where he was selected as a member of the 2007 First Team All Big East, Academic All District baseball team, and the 2008 Third Team All Big East baseball team.
He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 14th round of the 2008 draft. Phelps was a three-time All-Star while in the Yankees minor league system. In 2011, he received the Ken Lawn Award as the Yankees minor league pitcher of the year. In 2012, he received the James D. Dawson Award as the Yankees top rookie in spring training. He made his major league debut on April 8, 2012, against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Callahan was a standout wrestler during his four years on the wrestling team. During his Hazelwood West High career, he was the state champion his sophomore, junior and senior years. His overall record at the school was 126-5, and he had a 99-0 winning streak. During his collegiate career, he finished eighth at the NAIA National Tournament as a sophomore.
Howard was a Scholar Athlete and varsity member of the volleyball and track teams while at Hazelwood West. She was the most improved volleyball player her sophomore and junior years, and was also a member of the 1st All Conference teams her junior and senior years.
As a member of the track team, Howard had a seventh place finish in the 440 yard relay at the 1977 state track meet, and an eighth place finish in the long jump at the 1979 state track meet. She was also a member of the All Conference track team her junior year and the 1st All Conference track team her senior year.
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