Mark Lundeen

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Mark Lundeen was a three-sport athlete at Napa High, where he played basketball and excelled in football and baseball. He was a member of the famous athletic class of 1989 and, given all of the great athletes that were in that class, the fact that Lundeen was the captain of the football team in both his junior and senior years says a great deal about his leadership qualities. Lundeen was an end on offense and a linebacker on defense and as one of his teammates said, to have a freshman starting at middle linebacker on a varsity football team was unheard of. “Some of Mark’s tackles are still talked about today in the lore of Napa High football,” according to Troy Mott, current head football coach at Napa High and fellow NHS Hall of Famer. Lundeen was All-County in 1987 and 1988, All-MEL as tight end on offense and linebacker on defense in 1987, All-Region in both positions in 1987 and All-State as linebacker in 1987. He was MEL Lineman of the Year in 1987 and repeated as All-MEL, All-Region and All-State as linebacker in 1988. As a baseball pitcher and outfielder, Lundeen also excelled in the diamond sport. In his junior year of 1988, his pitching led Napa to a 20-3 record and a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. The Indians won six and lost none on their way to the Division I Section Title and Lundeen was the winning pitcher in three of those six games. According to Mike Brown, the coach of that team, it was the only Division I title in the school’s history and they ended the year ranked seventh in the State of California. Lundeen broke his wrist in the off season between his junior and senior years and that impaired his senior year activities. He was drafted by the L.A. Dodgers but chose to go to Napa College to continue his baseball career. Unfortunately, he blew out a rotator cuff at the college and that ended his baseball career. Lundeen joins his two brothers, Robert and Craig as members of the NHS Athletic Hall of Fame and they become the first family to achieve the honor of having three brothers elected.