The “Pride and Joys” of Irvington High School

Irvington Athletes have gone on from Irvington High School to achieve incredible feats.

Eric Nielson-Class of 1996, Basketball ay BYU; Position: Forward

Although Stanford, Santa Clara and Colorado State recruited Nielson, he chose BYU. At Irvington High School, Nielson was the student body president his senior year. He holds school season records for field goal percentage (59.4%), rebounds per game (12.3) and blocked shots per game (5.1). Nielson has earned the honors of three-time first team all-league, three-time Irvington MVP, first-team Greater East Bay by the Alameda Newspaper Group, and two-time Argus Newspaper Basketball Player of the Year.

Robert Turbin-Class of 2007, football at Utah State, Position: Running Back

Expected to enter NFL as a strong player, Turbin is making noise at Utah State. At Irvington, Turbin received honors like first-team All-league for running back and defensive back. he was the league’s defensive player of the year. His freshman year at Utah state was disappointing because he had a foot injury that led to him being red-shirted. therefore, he only saw action in one game. He has since earned honors like WAC league’s Offensive Player of the Year and all-WAC.

Noah Delgado- Class of 1999, Soccer at Fresno State University and then professional at Puerto Rico Islanders team, Position: Midfielder

As a member of the Irvington High School soccer team, Delgado led the team to back-to-back NCS Championships his junior and senior year. As an all-league member for all 4 years, Delgado was then recruited by Fresno State and played there for 4 years. He has also played at Portland Timbers, Syracuse Salty Dogs, Rochester Raging Rhinos, and now he represents Puerto Rico Islanders, who are in a Division II Pro League. He has since become the team captain and has led the team to USL-1 Finals and the CONCACAF Championship League Quarter-Finals.

Laura Nielson- Class of 1999, Volleyball at BYU; Position: Middle Blocker

Sister of Eric Nielson, Laura played Varsity Volleyball for Irvington High School for four years. She received honors of Second-team All-League her freshmen year and First-team All-league for the rest of her years in high school. Before playing at BYU, Laura went to Rick’s College for her freshman and sophomore years.

Chris Nguyen- Class of 2005, Swimming at UC Irving; Events: Free/Fly/Back

& Jenisse Demeulenaere- Class of 2005, Swimming at UC Santa Barbara, Event: Freestyle/Butterfly

At Irvington High School, Chris Nguyen lettered all 4 years, made the All-League team all 4 years, and served as captain for 2 years. He also qualified for NCS Finals and set the school record for the 50 freestyle

Demeulenare holds the school records in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and also at one point held the school record for the 100 Butterfly. She was an all-league selection for four straight years and an All-American in 2005. She qualified for NCS Finals.

Coach Larsen recalls of members of his team in the past. “Both worked really hard and had extremely fun personalities,” he said. Also, both got into their first-choice school, where both of them received full-scholarships, which is very rare for swimmers.

Stephanie Hebison- Class of 2010, Softball at Ashford University, Position: Short Stop/ Outfielder

In her senior year at Irvington High School, Hebison was one of the team captains. Coach Kim Martin recalls, “Our team was always able to count on Stephanie to make that exceptional play”. She continues, “Although she was one of the best players, she was also the most dedicated”. Stephanie didn’t only play softball, but volleyball as well. She made all-league for both sports.