Stephanie (Meneze) Meneze ' 85

Inducted by Kathleen Radecke '85

Stephanie played varsity basketball at Moreau Catholic from 1981-1985 including the first girls team to win a North Coast Section Championship in 1984. She was a standout individual player as well as a consummate team player. She credits her success to teammates Kathleen Radecke ‘85, Stephanie Snyder ‘85, Elaine Clancy ‘85, Teresa Frates ‘85, Stephanie Mendoza ‘85, Lisa Puccini 85, Julie Lopez 82, Tina Steinberger ‘82, Blanca Carrillo ‘83, Julie Radecke ‘83, Jill Pickard ‘83, Cathy Pickard ‘83, Kim Cardoza ‘87 and Rachelle Jones ‘87. Stephanie also competed in varsity track and field, running the 800 meters and mile relay events.

Stephanie was the starting point guard for the Mariners her freshman year. Coach Paul Phelps immediately recognized her ability as an athlete who was able to do all the basics well. As point guard she was able to distribute the ball to hot players, steal and run the floor. Stephanie was also a tenacious defender. She still holds the record as the 5th leading scorer in Mariner history with 1,328 points.

Stephanie was considered “very coachable” and, while she credits much of her success in basketball to Coach Paul Phelps, her development as the consummate competitor came from Terrance Lewis, the older brother of Darren Lewis ’85 and Hall of Fame inductee in 2001. Terrence taught her the fundamentals of basketball and how important they are in becoming a complete player. Stephanie will always credit Terrence for his patience and desire to help make her the best athlete she could be.

After graduating from Moreau, Stephanie was recruited to Pepperdine University and played for four years as the starting point guard from 1986-89, becoming the Assist Leader at Pepperdine. After college she played semi-pro in Sacramento with Rutie Bolton of the Sacramento Monarchs. Stephanie was invited to try out with the WNBA Monarchs, but chose to focus on her growing family instead. She is currently working as a personal trainer and basketball coach and is also a competitive tennis player in the United States Tennis Association, ranked 6th in Northern California. Stephanie is the mother of Samantha, 11 and Gavin, 9.

 

Honors

Catholic Athletic League All-League, four years
All Bay Area 1983, 1984, 1985
Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year, 1984, 1985
East Bay Player of the Year, 1984, 1985
Northern California Payer of the Year, 1985
All State First Team 1985
Member of the US Select Team in Hong Kong, 1985
All West Coast Conference, Pepperdine, 1986, 1989

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

Stephanie (Meneze) Sontag ‘85

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Moreau Girls Basketball Program

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