PCDS Athletics Hall of Fame 2008 Inductees

Billy DuMone ‘90

Courtney Lewis ‘00

Paul Schweikher

Our first male inductee into the Hall of Fame is someone who throughout his athletic career was very talented and extremely dedicated to each sport he played. He holds that same dedication today as the athletic director at Wildwood School in California. He is from the class of 1990, Billy DuMone.

The very first time Billy took the field or court, you knew there was something special about him. His enthusiasm and love for every game he played was evident.

Billy was a four-year letterman in three sports—soccer, basketball and baseball. His soccer team won the state championship in two of his four years. He scored over 100 goals in his four-year career. In soccer he received All League and All State Awards, as well as MVP.

Billy’s athleticism continued in the sport of basketball where, once again, he held All League and State Honors as well as being the team’s MVP.In baseball, he hit over .500 in his senior year,which garnered him All League and All State Honors. Once again he was the team’s MVP. A graduate of Pepperdine, Billy played soccer and showed that same dedication in college.

Not only because of his skill, but also by virtue of the quality of his participation in athletics, Billy sets an example that any athlete should be proud to follow.

What an impact the next athlete made on our athletic program and the PCDS community! No one will ever forget the 1999-2000 varsity girls’ basketball team, a team that set a state record for number of wins in a season with 34. The overall record of this team was 34-2.Courtney Lewis led this team to America West Arena, and in front of a huge crowd, the Eagles defeated Thatcher in overtime for the state championship. It was a magical season. Coached by the 2000 Coach of the Year, Andy Kiltz, and led by the finest point guard this state has ever seen, the Eagles dominated every 2A opponent they played.

Courtney made such an impact on the basketball court that some people forget she lettered in three sports, which included basketball, volleyball, and softball. She holds the distinction of playing in region and state tournaments in both basketball and volleyball. In each of her four basketball seasons, her team qualified for state. Courtney received many awards, and the newspapers had numerous articles on our team and Courtney. In basketball she was the Arizona Republic’s 1A-3A Player of the Year. The late Barry Sollenberger published a basketball magazine every year, and he listed the players who he predicted would be Friday Night Heroes; Courtney was one of them. She was selected for the Arizona Republic’s All Arizona Team. She was 2A All State Player, All Metro Region, our MVP, and if this wasn’t enough, USA Today listed her as one of the top players in the Country.

These levels of achievement don’t just happen. It takes a lot of hard work, a supportive family, and the ability to balance your life to make the time for athletics and academics. This same dedication led Courtney to Dartmouth, where she continued as a starting point guard in the prestigious Ivy League, a Division 1 program. Courtney went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Sports Management from NYU. She is presently in her last year of law school at Chapman University, planning to specialize in Sports Law.

Courtney Lewis has an impressive background, but what is more impressive is Courtney Lewis as a person. She is a caring, unselfish, and humble person. Courtney is an athlete who represented our School with class and dignity.

Paul Schweikher has always loved athletics, and he played sports through high school and college. In high school he played varsity football and baseball. That experience led him to Cornell where he played a varsity sport called “sprint football.” Sprint football is lightweight football for those in the 150-lb. range. He was a three-year starter, competing against schools such as Penn, Army, Navy, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers. In his senior year he received Honorable Mention All-League as a defensive end. Paul Schweikher, or as he is affectionately called “Schweik,” came to PCDS in 1974. If anyone is counting, that is 34 years ago. More than thirty of those years have been spent on the softball field as Head or Assistant Coach. Under Paul’s leadership, we won our first Arizona Independent Athletic Association State Championship in 1986. The following year, we moved into the Arizona Interscholastic Association, and Paul led the team to the first-ever AIA title. This championship was orchestrated in typical Schweikher style with a dramatic, strategic extra-inning two-out rally that brought the state championship to PCDS.

Paul is a man of character, someone every school would want for a coach. The six pillars of character explain what Paul is all about: he is trustworthy, responsible, respected, fair, caring and a great citizen of the PCDS community. He represents our school and its values so well. Paul’s enthusiasm and energy are reflected in his teams. His love for young people has impacted so many lives, and he has been an inspiration to all of us.