Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica has announced the inaugural
honorees into its newly created Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was
created to maintain the rich heritage and tradition of successful athletics at
It will also serve as a means of recognizing, preserving and
honoring the student-athletes, coaches, teams and individuals who have made
significant contributions to the school’s athletic program, which is
celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
The Class of 2014 inductees include:
played point guard for Crossroads’ basketball from 1994-97. He was named
Gatorade Player of the Year, Parade All-American, and was three-time CIF Player
of the Year and three-time State Player of the Year.
He was also selected to
play in the McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Game, won the Sprite
Slam Dunk Contest and was voted MVP of the Beach Ball Classic Tournament in
He played NCAA Division 1 basketball for the University of
California, Los Angeles, and he was the third pick in the first round of the 1999
He played for the New Orleans Hornets, the Golden State Warriors,
the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks.
Croshere played varsity basketball his last three
years at Crossroads. During his senior year in 1993, he led Crossroads to a CIF
He was recruited by Providence College in Rhode Island, and he
helped the team accelerate to the NCAA finals.
He was drafted in the first
round of the NBA draft and picked up by the Indiana Pacers, where he played for
He then played for the Dallas Mavericks, the Golden State
Warriors, the Milwaukee Bucks and the San Antonio Spurs before retiring to
become a game analyst for Fox Sports in Indiana.
Solomon was brought up from
the junior varsity baseball team in his freshman year to take part in the
Crossroads won the CIF title in 1985 with freshman Solomon playing
outfield, where he remained on the varsity squad throughout his high school
career. The team won CIF again in 1987 and was runner-up in 1988.
Solomon was a two-time All-State
outfielder and a three-time All-CIF outfielder in 1986, 1987 and 1988.
He was a
member of the National Junior Baseball Championship Team in Sioux Falls, S.D.,
and he earned a place on the U.S. Junior National team. He was recruited by
Stanford University, where he made Pac-10 All-Conference. After graduation, he
was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jen Anderson (Abramson)
played third base for the Crossroads’ softball team. She was named the CIF
Player of the Year as a sophomore in 1992. In 1993, she was named State Player
of the Year.
From 1991-94 she earned All-CIF honors. Apart from being a star
softball player, she also played on the school’s volleyball and soccer teams.
She played softball for Miami University of Ohio, where she was All-Mid-America
Conference in 1997 and 1998. She also earned All-MAC for academics in 1997 and
She still holds a number of records at Miami of Ohio, including stolen
bases, at-bats and hits.
Banks was the lead forward
guard for the girls basketball team from 1987-90. She was named All-Westside
for three consecutive years and also named MVP for the Delphic League in 1989
She was named an L.A. Times
All-Star in 1989, averaging 20.2 points and 10 rebounds per game, as well as a
total of 45 blocks and 62 steals to lead the Roadrunners in all four
categories. She played a key role in helping Crossroads extend its
league-winning streak over several years to 77 consecutive games at the end of
the regular season.
She was chosen as the MVP at the Westlake School for Girls
Tournament, made the Cabrillo All-Tournament Team, and she was a two-time All-CIF
performer in 1989 and 1990.
Yamini-Benjamin was a forward guard for the girls
basketball team from 1992-95. In 1993, she was named to the L.A. Times Westside Girls Basketball
She was voted All-CIF in 1995 and was offered a full scholarship
to Division 1 University of California, Santa Barbara, where she played basketball
and earned her Ph.D.
Aside from her major accomplishments on the basketball
court, Yamini-Benjamin was the 1995 League Singles Tennis champion, and she led this team to the CIF title as
the No. 1 singles player.
1997 Varsity Boys Basketball Team
The 1997 boys basketball team beat Calvary Chapel to take the CIF
Division 4A title. They later went on to beat Encina Preparatory High School from
San Jose, 91-57 to become the Division 4 State Champions, the second state
championship for a Crossroads boys’ basketball team.
Friend of Athletics
Cummins attended Stanford University, Harvard University and
the University of Southern California. In 1970, he became the headmaster of St.
Augustine’s Elementary School in Santa Monica and the following year co-founded
Crossroads School, where he served as headmaster from 1973-93.
He is also the founder
of the New Visions Foundation, where he is currently executive director.
Cummins brought sports to Crossroads as soon as enrollment would allow, just
two years after the school’s beginning.
Cummins’ philosophy has led to the
unique athletics environment at Crossroads, wherein students are encouraged to
love the journey while becoming the best athletes they can be, rather than
define the experience based on wins and losses.
For more information about the Crossroads School 2014 Hall of Fame class, contact Tara
Shima, athletics communications coordinator, at 310.829.7391, ext. 534 or
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