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10/16/2013 6:00:00 AM
Meet the PVHS Hall of Fame inductees - Class of 2013
Pictured, left to right: Herman Black (Class of 1952), Henry Guevara (Class of 1960), and Coach Charles Brugh; PVHS 2013 Hall of Fame inductees.
Pictured, left to right: Herman Black (Class of 1952), Henry Guevara (Class of 1960), and Coach Charles Brugh; PVHS 2013 Hall of Fame inductees.
Jaclyn Randall
Associate Editor

BLYTHE - Palo Verde Historical Museum & Society will induct three Palo Verde High School alumni into the PVHS Hall of Fame during Friday night's Homecoming pre-game show; Herman Black (Class of 1952), Henry Guevara (Class of 1960), and Coach Charles Brugh.

Black started his Palo Verde Valley coaching career, first as a player at Palo Verde High. Black was a four-year letterman, running track since eighth grade, football for four years (sophomore, junior and senior year on varsity), and basketball (varsity, all four years).

He played football with Palo Verde High elite Clancy Osborne, Ray Adams, and Ernest "Ernie" Mack. In basketball, he shared the court with basketball greats Alonzo Mack, Billy Jones, John Martin, Mack and Adams.

Black's participation at Palo Verde High School was recognized when he earned the 1952 LA Examiner Scholastic Sports Association League Player of the Year - Tri-State for football, basketball, and track. After high school, Black took a break and raised his family of eight children with wife, Myrtle. It wasn't until his grandson Daniel began playing sports that he took an interest and started coaching.

Teaming up with the city's recreation director, Joe Wine in the 80s, Black coached flag football for 12 years. He also operated the Blythe Football League (BFL) for Blythe Junior High/Blythe Middle School for many years. While running BFL, Black helped out with the high school's football program, in addition to girl's basketball at the junior high.

While at the high school, Black coached athletes who went on to the next level, notables Daniel Jones (1994) for football and Jeff Phipps (1993) for baseball.

Moving to the high school in the early 90s, Black was the JV and assistant varsity basketball coach along Tom Hays. Hays and Black coached the varsity boys' basketball team to three championships (1990, 1991, 1992). Giving credit to players Austin Sorensen (1992), John Martin (1995), Brian "Bo" Jackson (1995), and Andrew Sorenson (1995), to name a few, they are the reason that Black continued coaching for so many years. Black was with the boys basketball team when coaches Randy Peterson and Joe Cota (1966) took the PVHS Boys Basketball 1995 team to Bishop, Calif. to play in the first round of the CIF playoffs.

For years, Black coached the PVHS hurdlers and dash runners. Under his watch, Anthony Foster, Jr. (1999) and Jonathan Cooper (1999) competed in meets where one or the other earned MVP honors. The passion to see athletes achieve their best was Black's motivation to be a coach.

During all the time that Black was helping out the schools, he never forgot the city and continued to be a part of the annual Jesse Owen Track & Field competition along side Joe Johnson throughout the 1980s. Up until 2012, Black continued to help coach, participate, or help out in one way another at PVHS. And it is because of this 60-year dedication to PVHS athletics that Palo Verde Historical Museum & Society honor Herman "Chody" Black, Sr.

Guevara was an original blue-collar high school athlete. According to classmates, Guevara always gave 100 percent and encouraged teammates to do the same. He was also known to help younger student athletes in any sports.

Guevara began his high school athletic experience as a freshman playing Junior Varsity football, baseball, and track.

As a sophomore, Guevara moved up to varsity football, basketball, baseball, and track. He also found time to be Spanish Club treasurer.

His third year at Palo Verde High, Guevara again played four sports and he lead the baseball team as captain.

As big man on campus, his senior year, Guevara was once again on four varsity teams - football, basketball, baseball, and track. He was "Outstanding Player" after the football season, captain of the basketball team, and lead pitcher for the baseball team.

According to classmate, not only was Guevara a great athlete, he was a wonderful person who was respected by his teachers, athletes, and students. Because of these qualities, he made a great Palo Verde High School ambassador during his entire four years in high school.

Charles Brugh, also known as "Coach", to the students during his Palo Verde High era, was born on April 6, 1921 in York, Neb. He graduated from Kearney State Teachers College in 1943. Brugh brought his young family to Blythe in 1952 to coach the Palo Verde Community College basketball team. During this time, he also was a science teacher at Palo Verde High.

Brugh continued teaching and coaching in Blythe while he earned his Master's degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1955. Around 1960, Brugh became PVHS vice principal, a post he held for 15 years. He also served as athletic director, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) representative, and student body advisor. He went on to become Margaret White Elementary School principal in 1972. Brugh retired in 1982.

After retirement, Brugh served on the Riverside County School Board, serving two terms as president.

Brugh dedicated his life to helping Palo Verde Valley kids in both athletics and education. He was instrumental in starting the Tri State Track Meet (California, Arizona, and Nevada), which was held for many years.

Brugh is a humble man who never cared for publicity. He never coached a losing team. His teams dominated the league during his tenure as coach. Perusing through the PVHS yearbooks during Brugh's PVHS tenure, he was a coach for every sport at one time or another. And he did it quietly, for the love of sports, and not for the notoriety.

Brugh has also been a member of many local organizations such as the Lions Club and the Elks Club. Burgh's main focus in these clubs was to promote the kids of the valley through scholarships.

Coach is honored for his 30-year dedication and support of the PVHS students and student athletes.

Black, Guevara, and Brugh will be at Scott Stadium Friday night. The pre-game show starts at 6:30 p.m.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Article comment by: Jillian Sanchez

Henry Guevara was my Uncle that our family lost way to soon. Growing up my Uncle Henry taught me everything he knew about baseball, and told me stories of his time spent with the Giants. Jazz/Blues, trains and baseball cards, and of course, lettuce are only a small list of the things he shared with me and loved. I was lucky to have lived near, worked and learned so much of what I know because of this great man. I think of him often. We use to share music. He taught me about Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ma Rainey. I taught him about Snoop Dogg. CC Rider was one of his favorite songs he loved to play while we were at work "working" attempting to teach me to dance to as he always said, "the soul music of his youth!" Most of all he taught me that family is binding. No matter what you stick together through the good times and bad. Thank you for inducting him into the PVHS Hall of Fame. I love you Uncle!!

Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Article comment by: Jake Johnson

Congradulations to Mr. Herman Black. I am proud to able to say that I was able to play for Mr. Black while he assisted with the basketball team. You are truely an ispiration. One of the best people, not just coaches, you'll ever be able to meet. One love "Coach Herm"!

Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013
Article comment by: Robin Bowers

Congrats to Mr. Black and Mr. Brugh. IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!!! Those were the good old days when real coaches, gave a DAMN and did what was best for the school and team and didn't play players just because they were their friends sons, grandsons, nephews, cousins, etc. Mr. Brugh was and awesome coach AND teacher. Mr. Black was a great coach and mentor to all his players. OUTSTANDING CHOICES FOR THIS YEARS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES!!!

Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013
Article comment by: freddie sanchez

Henry Guevara, my oldest brother, was responsible for teaching our family about sports. He especially taught me how to pitch a baseball. He once said that he tried out, roomed and played with Felipe Alou in spring training for the San Francisco Giants in the early 60's. Thank you for recognizing and inducting him into the PVHS Hall of Fame.

Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Article comment by: PV Alumini

Coach Black will forever be one of the greatest coaches and athletes at PVHS. Glad i was able to be coached by him and learn about how he did in high school. Glad he is being inducted.



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