Three named to Cactus Shadows athletics hall of fame

The 2018 Cactus Shadows Hall of Fame inductees include Jerry Cumberland, Lauren Weaver and Jessie Goulder Nelson. (Photo Courtesy of G. Brown)

Cactus Shadows High School announced its 2018-19 Hall of Fame Inductees at its Homecoming game Friday, Oct. 5 against Phoenix Paradise Valley High School.

Those inducted included former coach Jerry Cumberland, former CSHS golfer Lauren Weaver and three-sport athlete Jessie Goulder Nelson, according to a press release.

“Congratulations to our inductees,” Jim Swetter, interim principal of CSHS, said in a prepared statement. “Our hall of fame inductions are always a special night. I love that we are able to honor these individuals who have made such a contribution to Cactus Shadows athletics; and this was a truly a deserving class.”

Coach Cumberland worked at Cactus Shadows from 1986-2014. He spent 26 years as a teacher and 28 years as a coach. Coach Cumberland coached several sports including football, track and field, girls basketball and boys basketball.

Throughout his years of coaching, Coach Cumberland received several honors including: 2A North Desert Region Track Coach of the Year in 1987-88, 1988-89 and 1991-92; 3A North Central Region Track Coach of the Year 1992-93; 3A Girls State Track Runner-up 93-94 with the team scoring 107 points; and Northwestern College Red Raider Alumni Coach of the Year 1995.

Coach Cumberland’s favorite athletic memory is helping athletes reach their goals and become better people from their athletic experiences, a release states.

Ms. Weaver attended Cactus Shadows from 2005-09 and while attending, she won the 4A state team championship in 2005, 2007 and 2008 as well as state runner-up in 2006.

She was also the individual state champ in 2007 and 2008. She also earned the third academic ranking in the CSHS Class of 2009 and four-year full scholarship to Northwestern University.

After her time at Cactus Shadows, Ms. Weaver went to compete in golf at Northwestern University. While there, she was on Golfworld’s Top 50 Female College Players to Watch for 2011-2012 season; the 2010 All-Big Ten second team; and the 2011 All-Big Ten first team

She also won the 2010 Lady Northern as an individual champion with a first round 66 (lowest score in program Northwestern history); 2011 Big Ten Championship individual runner-up; and 2013 Big Ten Conference Women’s Golf Team Champion (first in Northwestern women’s golf program history).

Ms. Weaver’s proudest accomplishment is winning three state team championships as a member of the CSHS women’s golf team.

Mrs. Nelson competed in cross-country, basketball and track and field. While attending Cactus Shadows, she was a three-year varsity letter runner for cross-country and helped the girls cross-country Team win three regional championships.

She was a four-year varsity letter for basketball. She also is the school record holder for track and field in the 800-meter runs and the 4X800-meter run.

Mrs. Nelson continued her athletic achievements after graduating from Cactus Shadows and Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., competing in cross-country and track and field. There, she represented her collegiate team in the NAIA National Championship Marathon.

Mrs. Nelson goes by Coach Nelson as she has moved back to her home town of Cave Creek to raise her family, work in the family business and is the Head Cross-Country Coach for Cactus Shadows.

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