Thomas Sly

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Thomas Sly was an outstanding football player and wrestler while at Napa High. Sly played on the great Napa High football teams of the early 1980s. His accomplishments include leading the MEL in scoring with 15 touchdowns in 1980, setting the Napa High rushing record with 1,035 yards on 171 carries in 1981, a year which included a 17-carry, 211-yard game against Vacaville and All-MEL, All-County, Cal-Hi All-State honors. In 1982, Sly added Second Team All-MEL honors as a linebacker and another All-County selection. Sly was a member of three Napa football teams that posted a combined 30-2-2 record. As a wrestler, Sly was the MEL champion in his class in 1981 and 1982 while also earning a No. 1 ranking in the State of California by Cal-Hi Sports in both years as well. He gained a national ranking in Freestyle in 1980 and 1981, won the Bella Vista Championship three times and won a total of twenty tournaments while at Napa High. He joins several other teammates from the football and wrestling teams of the early 1980s as a member of the Napa High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Sly is police chief in the town of Etna, California. He is married to the former Diane Messner, daughter of Donald Messner after whom the Napa High gymnasium is named.