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Stonington High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

Stonington High School will induct nine athletes and one contributor into the Stonington High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the SHS Cafe-Commons. For this year's 10th Annual event, the Hall of Fame will induct a team for the first time. The 1942 SHS Football team has been selected for this honor. Along with those inducted in the past, the 10 individual inductees represent the best of Stonington High School athletics from 1933-2003. Their selection was based on achievement, distinction, and contributions as student-athletes or contributors to the honor, fame, and tradition of Stonington High School athletics.

Those wishing to attend the SHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony should send a check for $35 per person to: SHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, c/o Dr. Stephen Murphy, Stonington High School, 176 South Broad Street, Pawcatuck CT 06379. For seating purposes, please indicate if there is a specific inductee you'll be there to honor. The inductees, in chronological order, are as follows:

2014 Inductees

1933
Everett Law
 
Law

Everett Law lettered in football, basketball, baseball, track, and cross country at Stonington High School. He was a three-year starter in football, playing on the line as a guard and tackle. He was a starter on the basketball team as a junior; during his senior year, SHS did not field a team, but he was the high scorer on a team consisting of SHS athletes who competed in the Southeastern Connecticut Junior Basketball League. As a member of the track team, he was a top performer competing in discus and shot put during his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. He was co-captain of the baseball team in his senior year, and was an accomplished pitcher. He was junior class president and a member of the "S" Club.

He played football and baseball in various local leagues after high school, and was a highly successful amateur golfer. He was a co-founder of the Mystic Little League.

1937
Donald Palmer
 
contributor
Palmer

Donald Palmer contributed to Stonington High School and the Town of Stonington throughout his life. Among his contributions to athletics at SHS, he was a founder of the SHS Athletic Boosters and served as its president.

Other town and community organizations in which he was involved include the Town of Stonington Zoning Board of Appeals, the Stonington Tri-centennial Scholarship Committee, the Pawcatuck Lions Club, the Stonington Little League, the St. Michael's Holy Name Society, and Stonington Community Center.

He received the Westerly-Pawcatuck YMCA Service to Youth Award in 1971, was the Pawcatuck Lions Club Lion of the Year several times and Man of the Year in 1978, and was also honored by the Stonington Pee Wee Football Program. After his passing in 1985, the Stonington Board of Education named the SHS football field after him in recognition of his dedication to the community.

1943
Robert Birchall
 
Birchall

Robert Birchall played football, baseball, and track at Stonington High School, and also served as basketball manager. He started at center on offense and guard on defense for the 1942 Eastern Connecticut Conference champion football team, one of the most respected teams in Connecticut that season and often called the best in school history. He was one of four SHS Bears to be named First Team All-State for the 1942 season.

After graduation, he joined United States Air Force and served during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant before his retirement.

1943
George McKenna
 
McKenna

George McKenna participated in football and baseball at SHS. He played quarterback and defensive end for the football team, earning Second Team All-State honors as a senior in 1942, when the Bears were Eastern Connecticut Conference champions and one of the most dominant teams in Connecticut. He played football at the University of Mississippi while undergoing training for the United States Army. After serving in Europe during World War II, he played football for the University of Connecticut, and graduated in 1950.

He was the director of the New Haven Boys Club, coaching football there until returning to Stonington as a teacher. He later earned a master's degree from UConn and served as assistant principal of SHS and principal of Mystic Junior High School. In 1999, the Stonington Board of Education dedicated the gymnasium and athletic facilities of the newly renovated Mystic Middle School as "George McKenna Gymnasium."

He was involved in numerous community organizations, including the Mystic Community Center, the Mystic Chamber of Commerce, and St. Patrick Church of Mystic.

1969
William Reardon
 
Reardon

Bill Reardon participated in football, basketball, and baseball at Stonington High School. He was captain of the football and basketball teams in his senior year, when he earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference and All-State honors while playing wide receiver and defensive end for the football team. He was named outstanding lineman at the 1968 Thanksgiving Day football game, and was selected to play for the East Team in the 1969 Nutmeg Bowl. He received the National Athletic Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award.

He was president of the "S" Club in his senior year and participated in Student Council as a junior and senior. He attended Central Connecticut State University.

1978
Lee Ann Lewis Schoenecker
 
Lewis

Lee Ann Lewis Schoenecker participated in tennis, basketball, and track at Stonington High School, earning eight letters during her three years, and served as captain of all three sports in her senior year. She was awarded the Athletic Achievement Cup, awarded annually to the top female athlete in the senior class.

As a member of the tennis team, she was the Eastern Connecticut Conference singles runner-up as a junior, and in her senior year won the championship. She was a two-year starter for the basketball team, and competed in the 400, 800, high jump, and shot put for the track team, which won the ECC championship in 1978.

She was awarded a tennis scholarship to Seton Hall University, where she competed for the varsity team for four years and was co-captain in her senior year. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Mathematics and was named the university's female Scholar-Athlete in 1982.

1980
John Bolduc
 
Bolduc

John Bolduc participated in football and track at Stonington High School and was awarded the Tuite Cup as the top male athlete in his graduating class. He was co-captain of the football team in his senior year, and earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors as a lineman. He was also co-captain of the track team, earned All-ECC and All-State honors, placing first in the shot put at the ECC and Class M meets. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Connecticut, and holds degrees from Charter Oak State College.

He has coached both football and track at SHS, served as chairman of the Board of Education from 2005-2009, and was vice chair of the SHS Building Committee from 2002-2007.

1994
Haley Sutman Graham
 
 
Sutman

Haley Sutman Graham participated in tennis, basketball, and track at Stonington High School, earning 11 varsity letters. As a senior she earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors in tennis, was a member of the Class M state champion girls basketball team, and earned All-ECC and All-State Class M honors in track, while serving as co-captain for all three sports.

She was awarded an athletic scholarship to Central Connecticut State University, where she was a member of the Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track teams, earning All-Conference and All-New England honors in both Indoor and Outdoor Track.

2000
Charity Schmitt Cress
 
 
Schmitt

Charity Schmitt Cress participated in soccer, basketball, and track at Stonington High School. She earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors in soccer as a sophomore, junior, and senior, and was Class M All-State as a junior. She also earned All-ECC honorable mention in basketball as a senior, and as a junior was a member of the Class M state champion 4x800 relay team.

She earned a B.S. in Education and played soccer at Hofstra University, where in her junior and senior seasons she was team captain and earned All-Conference honors. She was named team Most Valuable Player as a junior, and received the Outstanding Senior Athlete Award as a senior. She also holds a master's degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is a Health & Physical Education teacher at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas.

2003
Blake Jensen
 
Jensen

Blake Jensen participated in football, basketball, and track at Stonington High School, earning 10 letters. He was awarded the 2003 Tuite Cup as the top male athlete in the graduating class. He was a captain of the football team in his senior year and of the basketball team as a junior and senior.

He earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference in football in each of his four years, and was named Class S All-State as a junior and senior. He holds the Connecticut high school football record for career receptions with 188. He was named to the Westerly Sun's All-Decade team for both the 1990s and the 2000s. He also earned All-ECC honors in basketball as a junior and senior, and grabbed over 1000 rebounds during his career.

He is a graduate of Fordham University.

 

2013 Inductees

1916
Francis Pete Connors
 
Connors

Francis Pete Connors played football, basketball, and baseball as a student at Stonington High School, and later coached football and baseball at SHS. He lettered in football and baseball for three years each, and was a member of SHS’s first Eastern Connecticut Conference titles, with the football team in 1914 and the baseball team in 1915. A veteran of the United States Navy, he served in World War I. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, he owned and operated Connors Drug Store on Main Street in Stonington for 40 years. Mr. Connors was involved in numerous civic organizations, including serving as state representative from 1944-1948, serving as judge at the Stonington Town Court, was a charter member of the Stonington Ambulance Corps, and held office at the Stonington Community Center, the Eastern Connecticut Druggists Association, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion. He was a recipient of the American Druggist Magazine Award for Outstanding Community Service.

1939
Vernon F. Hauschild
 
Hauschild

Vernon Hauschild played football and track for Stonington High School. The Bears were Eastern Connecticut Conference champions in track in 1937; they were Connecticut Class B champions in 1936, 1937, and 1939, and were runners-up in 1938. The Bears also won the 1938 Rhode Island Class B meet. He set the ECC record in the 120-yard low hurdles in 1939, and at the state meet that year, he won the 220-yard low hurdles, high jump, and ran the third leg for the champion 800-yard relay team. At the 1939 University of Connecticut relays, he was a member of the record-setting 440-yard relay team as SHS took the team title. After graduation, he attended the Admiral Billard Academy, and then the United States Coast Guard Academy, graduating in 1944. A veteran of World War II, he achieved the rank of lieutenant and received numerous awards. He later attended the University of Connecticut School of Law and worked as an attorney for United Technologies.

1943
Carl H. Kieburg
 
Kieburg

Carl Kieburg played for the football and baseball teams at Stonington High School. As a senior on the football team, he earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference and All-State honors, one of four SHS players to be named first-team All-State, with the Bears winning the ECC title and finishing with a 9-1-1 record for the season. As a member of the baseball team, he was the starting catcher in his junior and senior seasons. He joined the Navy following graduation, and spent World War II stationed in the Aleutian Islands working as a mechanic. He later worked as a mechanic and flight instructor, and was the director of several local airports.

1967
Timothy Sisk
 
Sisk

Timothy Sisk participated in basketball and golf at Stonington High School. Golf returned as a varsity sport 1965 after a long hiatus, and during his three seasons, the golf team won Eastern Connecticut Conference titles in 1965, 1966, and 1967, amassing a 33-1 record; they also won the Connecticut Class B championship in 1966. He earned All-ECC honors as a junior and senior. He earned two varsity letters in golf at Northern Michigan University, and later earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Connecticut State University. He was an educator in North Stonington for 34 years, and started the golf program at Wheeler High School, coaching the team for 30 years. He also coached the Wheeler varsity basketball team for seven years. Still active in golf, among his accomplishments have been a record eight club championships at Elm Ridge Golf Course.

1985
Jeff Woodworth
 
Woodworth

Jeff Woodworth participated in soccer, basketball, and baseball at Stonington High School, and as a senior received the Tuite Cup as the most accomplished male athlete in the graduating class. As a member of the soccer team, he was a four-year varsity starter, earning All-Eastern Connecticut and All-Area honors as a junior and senior, and was named first team All-State a senior, when he was team captain. He was named Player of the Year in the ECC in 1984. As a member of the basketball team, he started as a junior and senior, and was a captain in his senior year. He was named MVP of the first Westerly Community Credit Union Holiday Basketball Tournament in 1984. He also started for the varsity baseball team for two years. He is a graduate of St. Michael’s College, where he earned four varsity letters as a member of the soccer team, and holds a Master’s in Social Work from Boston College.

1995
Jaclyn M. Kupka
 
Kupka

Jaclyn Kupka lettered in field hockey, basketball, and softball at Stonington High School. As a member of the field hockey team, she played on three Eastern Connecticut Conference champion teams. As a catcher for the softball team, she was named All-ECC and All-Area three times, and was a two-time Class M All-State selection. She caught numerous no hitters and one perfect game. The Bears won the Class M State Championship in 1995 and were runners-up in 1993 and 1994. She attended the University of New Haven, where she earned All-New England Collegiate Conference and All-Region honors in 1997. She broke the career home run record while she was there in just three years, and was team captain in her senior year.

1999
George H. Crouse
 
Crouse

George Crouse participated in basketball and tennis at Stonington High School, and was awarded the Tuite Cup as the top male athlete in the senior class. He was co-captain of the basketball team in his senior year. As a member of the tennis team, he earned numerous All-Eastern Connecticut Conference, All-Area, and All-State recognitions, and was All-New England in his senior year. He was a two-time ECC tournament semi-finalist and a two-time finalist, and was also a finalist in the 1999 State Open and a semi-finalist in the New England Open that same year. The Bears won the ECC championship three times during his four-year career at SHS. He attended Fairfield University, where he played number one singles on their tennis team, and is still active in tennis as a player and coach. He was named the 2010 New Jersey USTA Tournament Director of the Year, and is the head professional at the Moorestown Tennis Club.

2000
Rebecca Alfonso
 
 
Alfonso
Rebecca Alfonso participated in field hockey, basketball, and softball at Stonington High School, earning ten varsity letters. She served as captain and earned first team All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors in each sport as a senior and was awarded the Athletic Achievement Cup in 2000. As a member of the field hockey team, she was part of three ECC championships, and led the team in scoring as a junior and senior, earning honorable mention All-ECC honors as a junior and first team as a senior. She was also named to the All-State second team in her senior year. As a member of the basketball team, she was captain in both her junior and senior seasons, and led the team in scoring both years, earning honorable mention All-ECC as a junior and first team as a senior. She earned first team All-ECC honors in softball as a senior. She played field hockey at Eastern Connecticut State University, and is a physical education and health teacher at Montville High School.
2002
Mark Brissette  
 
Brissette
Mark Brissette had a storied career as a runner at Stonington High School, participating in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track, and baseball. He earned numerous All-Eastern Connecticut Conference, All-Area, and All-State honors, and earned All-New England recognition in Cross Country as a senior, when the Bears won the Connecticut Class M title. He was the Wendy’s Heisman Award winner for Connecticut in 2002, when he was also named a CIAC Scholar-Athlete. He was the valedictorian of the Class of 2002 and was editor-in-chief of the Pawmystonian. He continued his running career at Dartmouth College, where he was a four-year member of the cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track teams.
Coach Robert Mitchell  
Mitchell

Robert Mitchell coached varsity football at Stonington High School, leading the Bears to the 1991 Class SS State Championship. He was named the 1991 Eastern Connecticut Conference Coach of the Year. An accomplished athlete at Westerly High School and the University of Rhode Island, he is a long-time educator who has worked at Chariho High School, Westerly High School, and Stonington High School in a variety of roles. He was named the 2006 Rhode Island Principal of the Year while at Chariho. He is currently the assistant superintendent of schools in Cumberland, Rhode Island. He is also a member of the Westerly High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

2012 Inductees

1923
Peter Balestracci
 
Balestracci

Pete Balestracci was Stonington High School’s first four-letter-man, earning 15 letters in football, basketball, track, and baseball during his career at SHS. As a senior, he was captain of the baseball team and earned all-conference honors.

He was very active in local athletics, playing basketball for the Westerly Shamrocks, managing the Mystic Red Wings baseball team, was a founder of the Mystic Little League, and formed the Mystic Junior League (later the Mystic Babe Ruth League). He was president of the league for many years, and also started the Mystic Softball League. In 1936 and 1937, he served as Athletic Equipment Chairman, raising money to support SHS athletic programs and facilities.

He was very involved in politics at the local, regional, and state levels. He served as the chairman of the Democratic Town Committee for many years.

1928
Richard Dimock
 
Dimock

Richard Dimock participated in football, basketball, and track at SHS. He earned all-conference and all-area recognition in football as a senior, when the Bears won the Eastern Connecticut-Western Rhode Island championship, and he earned all-conference honors in basketball as a senior. He helped the Bears to conference championships in track in 1927 and 1928. He earned all-conference honors in three events in track as a senior, and won the discus at the 1928 Rhode Island Class B meet, with the Bears winning the meet, held in Kingston.

He played football, basketball, and track at Rhode Island State College (URI), serving as track captain in his senior year. He graduated in 1933 with a degree in mechanical engineering and spent his career at Electric Boat, where he played football for the Electric Boat Diesels.

He was a member of the Stonington Board of Education, and was a member of the Stonington High School building committee for the new high school built in 1957.

1942
Charles "Zeke" Palmer
 
Palmer

Zeke Palmer participated in football, basketball, and track at Stonington High School. As a senior member of the football team, he earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference and third-team All-State honors.

After graduating from SHS, he attended Green Mountain Junior College, and then joined the United States Marine Corps. After World War II, he accepted a football scholarship to the University of Georgia. He was a teacher and the head football coach at Brunswick (GA) High School, then returned to Connecticut, teaching and coaching first at Rockville High, then at Plainville High, where he eventually became head football coach and athletic director. He is also a member of the Plainville High School Hall of Fame.

1979
Andrew Dreher
 
Dreher

Andy Dreher participated in soccer, basketball, and baseball at SHS, serving as captain of all three sports in his senior year. A three-year starter for the soccer team, he earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors as a junior and senior. A two-year starter in basketball, he led the Bears in rebounding as a junior and senior. A three-year starter for the baseball team, he earned All-ECC honors as a senior while leading the team in batting average, home runs, doubles, and runs batted in, and was voted to the Connecticut High School Coaches All-Star Baseball Team.

He is a graduate of Union College, where he was a four-year starter in both soccer and baseball. In his sophomore year, he was named team MVP as the soccer team won the ECAC championship, and he captained both teams as a senior. He is a senior vice-president of the George C. Moore Company.

1991
Bernadette Macca
 
Macca

Bernadette Macca participated in tennis, basketball, and softball at Stonington High School, earning All-ECC honors in each sport twice and serving as captain in each sport in her senior year.

She is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she ranks third all-time in scoring in women’s basketball and was a Regional All-American goalkeeper in lacrosse.

Currently the head coach of the Mitchell College women’s basketball and tennis teams, she previously served as softball coach and as Sports Information Director at Mitchell. She has extensive coaching experience in four different sports at Bloomsburg University, Elmira College, Wells College, and Utica College. She was named the New England Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year for basketball in 2011.

1995
Mark deCastro
 
deCastro

Mark deCastro participated in soccer and baseball at SHS.

A three-year varsity performer in baseball, he earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors as a senior. A four-year varsity performer in soccer, the Bears won three ECC championships during his career, and were Class M state champions in 1993 and finalists in 1994. He earned All-ECC honors as a sophomore and senior, and as a senior was also named All-State, All-New England, and All-American.

He was a four-year starter for the University of Vermont soccer team, leading the team in goals in his sophomore year. He is an athletic trainer.

2001
Michael Mellow
 
Mellow

Michael Mellow participated in football, basketball, and baseball at SHS, and was a member of the National Honor Society.

A four-year varsity performer in football, he was team captain as a senior, and earned All-ECC and All-State honors as both a junior and senior. He also captained the basketball team in his senior year, when he earned All-ECC honors and was MVP of the Westerly Credit Union Holiday Tournament.

He accepted a football scholarship to the University of Maine, where he was a kicker and punter for four years. He held ten school records when he graduated and was ranked fifth in the nation in punting as a senior. He was a two-time Maine Special Teams Player of the Year, and as a senior was named All-Atlantic 10 Conference and New England Football Writers All-New England Team as a punter.

He graduated with a degree in biology and is employed at Amgen, Inc.

Coach
Fran McSweeny
 
McSweeny

Fran McSweeny coached varsity boys soccer and girls softball, and also coached junior varsity baseball and boys soccer during his coaching career. In 13 seasons of soccer, his teams won four Eastern Connecticut Conference titles and were the Connecticut Class M runner-up in 1989. In nine seasons of softball, his teams won the ECC title in 1994 and won the Connecticut Class M championship in 1995, and also finished as runner-up three times. In 1998, the Eastern Connecticut Board of Approved ASA Softball Umpires presented the softball team with the Good Sportsmanship Award.

He was also a CIAC softball umpire for many years.

He is a longtime mathematics teacher at Stonington High School.

 

2011 Inductees

1916
Alvin Mawson
 
Mawson

Alvin Mawson earned varsity letters in football and baseball at Stonington High School. As a member of the football team, he started at tackle as a sophomore, and as a junior captained the team, starting at fullback and handling the kicking duties as the team went 7-1-1 and won its first Eastern Connecticut Conference championship. He also served as co-captain as a senior. He had a 6-0 record as a pitcher for the baseball team as a sophomore, and went 9-1 as a junior, batting .388, as the Bears won their first ECC championship with a 11-3 overall record. As senior captain, he batted .386 and was 5-2 on the mound. During a game against Norwich Free Academy in his senior season, he pitched 16 innings, striking out 16 batters, though the Bears fell by a 2-1 score. After graduating from SHS, he played in local baseball leagues, then enlisted in the United States Navy, and served his country during World War I. Although a war injury prevented him from resuming his baseball career, he served as Vice President of the Westerly Twilight League, and also worked at the Adams Express Company.

1924
Anthony Pupillo
 
Pupillo

Anthony Pupillo participated in football, basketball, track, and baseball at Stonington High School. He was Class President as a senior, and Secretary-Treasurer of the “S” Club. After graduating from SHS in 1924, He attended Green Mountain College, and later graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College, where he was a member of the basketball team. He taught at West Broad Street School and Stonington High School, also coaching baseball and football, eventually serving as assistant principal and then principal of Stonington High School. He later became a principal, then superintendent, in Plainville. Upon retirement, he taught at Briarwood Junior College and briefly served as interim president in 1982.

1939
John Gatchek
 
Gatchek

Jack Gatchek participated in football, baseball, and track at Stonington High School. He was co-captain of the 1938 football team, which was Eastern Connecticut Conference co-champion and also ranked fourth in the State of Connecticut. He was named All-Eastern Connecticut by The Day in 1937, and earned All-ECC honors at tackle as a junior and senior. He played varsity baseball for three seasons, contributing as a pitcher, catcher, and outfielder. He batted over .400 as a junior, and as a senior batted over .300 and served as co-captain. He also participated in track in the spring as a junior and senior, earning Connecticut Class B All-State honors in the shotput in both years; he won the shot and discus events at the 1939 UConn Relays. After graduating from SHS, he was awarded a baseball scholarship to Elon College in North Carolina. He later worked at Electric Boat, where he played both football and baseball. He was a member of the Electric Boat team that participated in the National Baseball Congress Tournament in Wichita, Kansas, in 1941. He served in the United States Army during World War II.

1961
Dennis Dwyer
 
Dwyer

Dennis Dwyer graduated from Stonington High School in 1961, and earned letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. He played on two Eastern Connecticut Conference championship teams, the 1958-59 basketball team and the 1960 football team. As a member of the football team, he earned All-ECC First Team honors as a junior and senior. His 98-yard run from scrimmage against Plainville is the longest in school history. He was named the outstanding player for SHS in the 1959 Armistice Day and the 1960 Thanksgiving Day football games against Westerly by the Stonington Police Association. For his many accomplishments in football, he received votes as one of the best athletes in Southeastern Connecticut, competing against athletes in all sports at the high school, college and semi-professional levels for an award sponsored by The Day newspaper. As a member of the track team, he served as captain in his senior year as the Bears finished second at the ECC conference championships. He participated in the 100-, 220-, and 440-yard dashes, and the 880-yard relay races as well as the shotput. He was undefeated in the shotput as a senior, and won the event at ECC Championship Meet, earning All-ECC First Team honors. In the state relays he was part of the third-place 880-yard relay team. He received a full scholarship to Staunton Military Academy in Virginia, leading the team to the Military Conference Championship in football and track. He transferred to the University of Rhode Island and continued playing football and track, and also attended Thames Valley College. He retired from the United States Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after 42 years of both active and reservist duties. He is currently employed at Electric Boat.

1974
Pete Stefanski
 
Srfanski

Pete Stefanski participated in basketball and golf at Stonington High School and lettered in each sport during each of his three years at SHS. He served as captain in both sports during his senior year. He excelled in golf, earning All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors as a sophomore, junior, and senior, with the Bears winning the ECC title and qualifying for the state tournament in each of those years. In 1973 SHS won the inaugural Eastern Invitational, and he was medalist for the event. A graduate of Central Connecticut State University, he lettered in golf for four years, participating in three NCAA tournaments. As a senior, he was team captain and earned All-America honors. He held or tied the course record at five area courses over the years, and won club championships at Pequot, Shennecossett, and Elmridge. An employee of Electric Boat, he was been received the O.P. Robinson Award as the Electric Boat athlete of the year, and has won the Electric Boat Athletic Club Golf Championship a record seven times. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Haven.

1989
Matt Deary
 
Deary

Matt Deary participated in soccer, basketball, and baseball at Stonington High School. A key member of the defense, he helped SHS win two Eastern Connecticut Conference soccer championships; the Bears were co-champions in 1987 and outright champions in 1988. In his junior year, the Bears advanced to the state semi-finals, and in his senior year, in which he served as captain and earned All-ECC and All-State honors, the Bears were state finalists with a 19-1 record. He also earned All-ECC and All-State honors in baseball as a senior, playing center field and leading the Bears with a .410 batting average. He was a four-year starter in soccer at Eastern Connecticut State University, serving as captain in his junior year when ECSU were Little East Conference co-champions, and earned Honorable Mention All-Little East honors as a senior, when ECSU won the conference championship. He is a Social Work Supervisor with the State of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families.

1994
Heidi Wentz Drake
 
Wentz

Heidi Wentz Drake was a three-year varsity starter in field hockey, basketball, and softball at Stonington High School. She was awarded the 1994 Athletic Achievement Cup as the top female athlete in her graduating class and served as co-captain of all three sports as a senior. As a member of the field hockey team, she was a part of three Eastern Connecticut Conference championships, and twice earned All-ECC First Team honors. She was also named All-State Second Team as a senior, when she led the team in scoring. She was a starter on the 1993-1994 Connecticut Class M championship basketball team. She was a dominant pitcher for the softball team, earning both All-ECC and All-State First Team honors twice. The Bears were ECC co-champions in 1994, and won their division in 1993. She led the Bears to the Class M state final in both 1993 and 1994. She pitched at Central Connecticut State University, earning All-Mid-Atlantic Conference honors as a freshman.

2000
Alex Jensen
 
Jensen

Alex Jensen is Stonington High School’s all-time leading scorer in boys basketball, and also participated in football and baseball during his years at SHS. He played football as a freshman, starting at varsity quarterback in the only year that he participated in the sport, and was named the Thanksgiving Day Offensive Player of the Game. As a member of the baseball team, he earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference second-team honors as a senior. He excelled in basketball, and was named All-ECC during each of his four seasons. He also earned Class M All-State honors twice, with Second Team honors as a junior and First Team honors as a senior. He started all 92 games that SHS played during his four years at the high school, and scored a record 2,359 points, averaging 25.6 points a game. He holds the record for career 3-point baskets with 207. He was a two-year starter at Lehigh University, where he earned Patriot League All-Rookie honors as a freshman. He later played for two seasons at the University of Vermont, and was part of a Catamount team that participated in the NCAA tournament in 2005 He is Assistant Vice President and Senior Financial Analyst for Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Coach
Jean Kenney Daly
 
Kenney

Jean Kenney Daly was instrumental in moving girls athletics forward at Stonington High School and throughout Connecticut. She was the first coach for SHS girls basketball under full-court rules, and started the SHS softball program She coached until entering administration, and was the principal of Stonington High School from 1973 until 1992. While principal, she was actively involved with the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC). She served on the CIAC Girls Basketball Committee for many years, and was the Class M representative on the CIAC Board of Control. She was Secretary of the CIAC Board of Control in 1980-81, and President from 1981-1985. She became a member of the CAS-CIAC Board of Directors, serving as the Class M representative, Secretary, and Vice-President, and served as CAS-CIAC President from 1987-1989. She was named Connecticut High School Principal of the Year in 1986-87. She also served on the National Federation of High School Sports Associations, the national governing body for high school athletics. She was a member of the Executive Committee in 1980-81 as a representative of Section I (New England, New York, New Jersey) schools.

2010 Inductees

1911
James Leo Crowley
 
Crowley

James Crowley participated in football and baseball at Pawcatuck High School, and then participated in football, basketball, and baseball as a senior in the first year of a consolidated Stonington High School. He went on to Connecticut Agricultural College (University of Connecticut), where he played football and baseball, serving as captain of the baseball team in his senior year. He served with the United States Navy during World War I.

1926
Henry J. Cragan
 
Cragan

Henry Cragan earned letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track at while at SHS. In his senior year he captained the baseball team and was a member of the Eastern Connecticut-Western Rhode Island Conference champion track team. He later played football and baseball for Rhode Island State College (University of Rhode Island). A veteran of World War II, he retired from the Army Reserves in 1960 with the rank of colonel, and had a 40-year career with American Telephone & Telegraph. He also served as a member of the Stonington Board of Finance and as president of the Stonington Community Center.

1943
Albert Jeffrey
 
Jeffrey

Al Jeffrey participated in football, basketball, baseball, and track at SHS. As a junior he was a member of the Connecticut Class B champion track team, and as a senior was a key performer on the football team which won the conference championship and was named Connecticut Class B champion. He earned all-conference honors in football three times and as a senior was named second team All-State. After serving with the United States Marines during World War II, he was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Georgia. During his career at Georgia he played in three New Year's Day bowl games. He later was a highly successful high school coach in Forest Park, Georgia, and Sarasota, Florida.

1946
Robert V. Squadrito
 
Squadrito

Bob Squadrito participated in football, basketball, and track at SHS. A member of a conference co-champion football team in his junior year, he was two-time First Team All-Conference as a running back and co-captain in his senior year. He was a member of conference and state champion track teams and earned All-State status as a junior and senior, serving as captain in his senior year. As a junior, he won the 220- and 440-yard dash races and anchored the 880-yard runner-up relay team, also placing second in the 100-yard dash, at the conference meet; as a senior he took the 100-, 220- and 440-dash races and the broad jump. He won the 440-yard dash at the Connecticut Class B meet as a junior and senior. At URI he earned three letters in football and also had an outstanding track career. He was very active in the Mystic Chamber of Commerce for many years, and was one of the initial organizers of the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival.

1961
George E. Rathbun
 
Rathbun

George Rathbun participated in football, basketball, baseball, and track at SHS. A captain of the football team, he earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors in his senior year. He was a member of the 1960 Connecticut Class B champion baseball team. As a member of the track team, he earned four state meet medals, and won the long jump at the state indoor meet in 1961. He also won the discus and the long jump at the ECC meet that spring. He retired from the Mystic Post Office after a 37-year career, and has been involved with the Knights of Columbus, the Maria Assunta Society at St. Michael Church, and the Pawcatuck Little League.

1974
Antonio Tavares, Jr.
 
Tavares

Tony Tavares participated in soccer and track at SHS. A member of the school's first soccer team, he earned First Team All-ECC honors as a forward. He set numerous school and ECC records in track, and his school records in the 100- and 200-meter races still stand after nearly 40 years. He retired after a 34-year career at Electric Boat and has volunteered with the Stonington Borough Fire Department, Steamers Engine Company #1.

1978
Michael E. Cavanaugh
 
CAVANAUGH

Michael Cavanaugh participated in football, basketball, and baseball at SHS, earning nine varsity letters and All-ECC honors in each sport. He was awarded the Tuite Cup as the top male athlete of his graduating class, was a member of the National Honor Society, and president of the "S" Club. He later earned a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. degree from the Albany Law School of Union University.

1986
Carol Comrie
 
Comrie

Carol Comrie participated in basketball and softball at SHS and was awarded the Athletic Achievement Cup as the top female athlete of her graduating class. A three-year starter at point guard in basketball, she earned All-ECC honors and served as team captain as a senior. As a member of the softball team, she earned First Team All-State honors as a pitcher in her junior and senior seasons and played a key role in SHS's ECC championship in 1986. She later played soccer, basketball, and softball at Mitchell College. She is a co-founder of the Old Forge (New York) Little League and has coached soccer, basketball, and softball in youth leagues as well as at the high school varsity level at the Town of Webb (N.Y.) School.

1999
Tyler McCabe
 
McCabe

Tyler McCabe participated in football, cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track at SHS. During his only season participating in cross-country, he won both the ECC and Class M meets, and also earned All-New England status. During the indoor season, he won four ECC titles and two Class M titles during his four years. In outdoor track, he won ECC and Class M titles each season for four years, and was a member of Class M state champion teams in 1998 and 1999. He holds school records in the 800-, 1000-, and 1600-meter races and the sprint medley in indoor track as well as the 1600-, 3000-, and 5000-meter races and the sprint medley in outdoor track. He went on to a distinguished career at Providence College, where he was captain of the cross-country team as a senior and earned All-Big East honors in all three seasons that year. He was a part of three New England cross-country champion teams and in his senior year, PC won both the Big East and New England titles.

Coach
Thomas McCoy
 
McCoy

Tom McCoy has been involved with SHS athletics for over 30 years. He has worked with the boys and girls cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track teams, as a head coach, assistant coach, and volunteer, and also volunteered for one season with the girls lacrosse team. He was head coach for both boys and girls cross-country from 1995-2003, and during this time the boys team was state Class SS runner-up in 2000 and Class M champion in 2001, and won the ECC championship in 2002. He was instrumental in the creation of cross-country teams at Stonington's two middle schools, and established the annual middle school race which also includes runners from Saint Michael and Pine Point Schools. The Tom McCoy Fun Runs have been part of the local running scene for 34 years, and he represented the area as an Olympic Torch Carrier in 1984. He has been an active member of Saint Michael Parish and is a past recipient of the Westerly-Pawcatuck Service to Youth Award. A veteran of the Korean War, he retired after a long career at Electric Boat. He is a graduate of Forest Hills High School, Queens, New York, and Eastern Connecticut State University.

 

 

2009 Inductees

1932
Richard J. Collins, Sr.
 
Collins

Ricky Collins participated in football and track at Stonington High School, holding the SHS record for the 100-yard dash from 1932 to 1974. He was a halfback on two Eastern Connecticut-Western Rhode Island Conference championship teams. He excelled in track, winning the conference championships in the 100-yard and the 220-yard races three times. He was the member of two Rhode Island Interscholastic Track Meet champions, and was named the outstanding performer at the 1932 meet. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook and a member of the student council. A veteran of World War II, he was also a longtime member of the Pawcatuck Fire Department.

1946
Anthony J. Alfiero
 
Alfiero

Tony Alfiero was the captain of the first SHS boys basketball team to reach the finals of the state tournament. He also participated in football, track, and baseball at SHS. As a senior he also served as captain for the football and baseball teams. He earned All-ECC honors in football as a senior, and in basketball earned first team All-Class B Tournament and All-Boston Garden. He was an All-Class B performer in the 100-yard dash during his senior year. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

1958
John N. Mathewson
 
Mathewson

John Mathewson participated in football and track at SHS, earning letters in both sports for four years. Mathewson earned first team All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors in football as a junior. As a senior, he served as team captain and was awarded All-ECC and First Team All-State Class B honors. He was also an All-ECC performer in track as a junior and as a senior. He is a former reserve officer of the Stonington Police Department.

1965
Douglas Erskine
 
Erskine

Doug Erskine participated in football, basketball, and baseball at SHS, earning ten varsity letters. As a member of the football team, he was part of an ECC championship in 1964 and earned All-ECC honors. As a member of the baseball team, he earned four letters and was named All-ECC as a junior and senior, with SHS taking the ECC championship in 1965. He also served as captain of the basketball team and president of the S Club as a senior. He went on to play baseball at Mitchell College, where he is a member of the Mitchell College Hall of Fame, and at Springfield College, where he was a member of a team that participated in the 1970 World Series in the college division. He also holds a master’s degree from the University of Hartford.

1979
Jean Fiore
 
Fiore

Jean Fiore participated in tennis and track at SHS. An outstanding performer in track, she was co-captain of the undefeated 1979 team which won the ECC championship and placed third at the Class M meet. She was the ECC champion in both the 100- and 220-yard races as a sophomore, junior, and senior, and in the 4 x 100-meter relay as a junior and senior. She placed in numerous events at the Class M meet in all three years. She was long jump champion as a sophomore, and a member of the championship 4 x 100-yard relay team as a junior. As a senior, she was a member of the 4 x 100- meter relay team. She was named the SHS Female Scholar-Athlete in 1979. She competed in track at Providence College for four years, and was named PC’s Female Scholar-Athlete in 1983. She also holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University.

1981
Gretchen Mehringer-Stalters
 
Mehringer

Gretchen Mehringer-Stalters participated in track, gymnastics, and cheerleading while at SHS. As a member of the track team, she earned All-ECC and All-Class M honors as a sophomore, junior, and senior and served as team captain as a senior. She was part of state championship teams in the 4 x 100-yard relay as a sophomore and junior and won the 100 meter hurdles as a junior, setting a state record. She currently holds school records in the 100m, 200m, 100m hurdles, and 4x100m hurdles. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree from Long Island University.

1982
Heather K. Woodbury
 
Woodbury

Heather Woodbury participated in tennis, basketball, softball, and track at SHS, earning All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors in all four sports. As a member of the tennis team, she earned All-ECC honors as a junior and senior, with SHS winning the ECC title in her junior year.  She earned All-ECC honors in softball as a junior. As a senior she participated in track, with SHS co-champions of the ECC that season.  She was undefeated in the 800 meter and 1500 meters, winning the ECC championship and setting school records in both.  She was also part of the ECC champion 4 x 400 meter relay team. She was All-ECC in basketball as a junior and senior and earned All-Class M honorable mention as a junior and second team as a senior. In her three years at SHS, the basketball team never lost a regular season game and won three ECC championships as well as the 1980 Class M title. She earned the Athletic Achievement Cup as a senior. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate from the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic.

1987
Brynna Donn
 
Donn

Brynna Donn participated in field hockey and track at SHS. As a member of the field hockey team, she earned First Team Class M All-State as senior, and was a member of two ECC championship teams as well as the 1985 Class M runner-up. As a member of the track team, she earned All-State status three times, winning the 100m as a sophomore and senior and winning the 300m hurdles as a senior; she still holds the SHS record in this event. She competed in track at Brown University, where she set school records in the 400 meter hurdles and the pentathlon, also earning All-Ivy League honors in the pentathlon.

1990
Heston Sutman
 
Sutton

Heston Sutman participated in football, basketball, baseball, and track at SHS. As a member of the football team, he played quarterback and defensive back, earning All-ECC and All-State honors and serving as captain in his senior season. He was named the Westerly Sun’s offensive player of the decade for the 1980s. He was captain of the basketball team and earned All-ECC honors in track in his senior year. He participated in football at Central Connecticut State University, serving as captain in his senior year and earning All-ECAC honors as a receiver. He  holds the school record in receptions in a single game, single season, and career. He has coached football at CCSU, SHS, and Waterford High School, and is currently the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Old Saybrook Public Schools.

Coach
Abby Roy Gibney
 
Gibney

Abby Gibney, a longtime physical education and health teacher in the Stonington Public Schools, has served as a coach for numerous teams at SHS, and was the Women’s Athletic Director for five years. Gibney established the gymnastics and boys lacrosse programs at SHS, and assisted in establishing the girls' lacrosse program. She has coached both lacrosse programs as well as cross-country and indoor track as a volunteer. She also coached junior varsity girls basketball for one year, coached gymnastics for five years, and track for twenty years. She was named the CIAC Coach of the Year in Women’s Track and Field, and was nominated for National High School Coaches’ Association Girls’ Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. Her teams won ECC championships in 1978, 1979, 1981, and 1982, and were Class M runners-up in 1981, 1985, 1987, and 1993.

 

 

2008 Inductees

1926
Robert McCaffrey
 
Robert McCaffrey participated in football, cross-country, basketball, baseball and track at SHS, earning a total of 13 letters. In 1926, he placed first in the Eastern Connecticut-Western Rhode Island Conference 440-yard race and was a member of the championship relay team as SHS won the conference championship. He was also basketball captain and president of the S Club in his senior year. He attended the University of Connecticut and graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he played varsity football and basketball for four years, serving as football captain for the 1931 season. He graduated from CGA in 1933 and had a distinguished career in the Coast Guard. He later worked on the Apollo program for North American Aviation.
1932
Bill Cawley//Contributor
 
Bill Cawley participated in football, basketball, and track and wrote for the Brown and White newspaper and the yearbook while a student at SHS, but is best remembered as a reporter for the Westerly Sun. He began his career in 1935, covering Connecticut news and sports, later becoming sports editor; after his retirement in 1982 he continued writing a column focusing on local sports. He was a founder of Words Unlimited, Rhode Island’s state organization of sports media, and is a member of the University of Rhode Island Hall of Fame.
1942
Robert F. Shea
 
Robert Shea participated in football, basketball, and baseball at SHS, and was a member of the 1939 Class B championship football team. As a senior, he led SHS to a 16-3 record in basketball, a school best at the time, and earned all-conference honors in baseball. A member of the University of Rhode Island Hall of Fame, he played basketball and was a co-captain in his senior season, when he led URI to the finals of the National Invitational Tournament. He played in the first season of the National Basketball Association for the Providence Steamrollers and scored the first-ever basket against the Boston Celtics. He received a master’s degree in history from URI and was a long-time history teacher and department chair at SHS, retiring in 1984.
1956
James O. Cavanaugh
 
James Cavanaugh played football, basketball, and baseball at SHS, and he was a member of state championship teams in football and basketball in his senior year. He earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors in baseball as a junior, and was named All-ECC in basketball as a junior and senior. He was a basketball captain in his senior year, and also earned second-team All-State recognition. He played basketball at the University of Rhode Island and graduated in 1960. He also earned a master’s degree from the University of New Haven and served as the business manager for the Stonington Public Schools for ten years. He coached youth basketball and was involved in American Legion baseball for many years, and has served on numerous town committees.
1957
Edward F. Harrison
 
Ed Harrison participated in basketball and track at SHS, and was a member of state championship teams in both sports. As a sophomore, he set a record in the high jump at the Eastern Connecticut Conference track meet, and won that event at the state meet, with SHS placing second in Class B, and the Eastern Seaboard Invitational, setting a meet record. As a junior he set a school record in the broad jump, and won the high jump at the Connecticut Relays, the Eastern Seaboard Invitational, the Brown University Interscholastic Meet, and the Eastern Sectional Indoor Track & Field Meet, where he also placed third in the broad jump; SHS was Class B champion that year. As a senior, he was the ECC and State Class B champion in both events and also placed third in the 220 with SHS again earning runner-up status. At the University of Connecticut he lettered in soccer for two years and track for three; he was co-captain of the track team in 1961 and earned All-Yankee Conference honors. After graduating from UConn he served in the United States Army and then entered teaching, retiring from the Stonington Public Schools in 1995.
1970
Jack Morrison
 
Jack Morrison participated in cross-country, basketball, and track at SHS and earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors in all three sports. He earned All-ECC three times in basketball and was named first team All-State as a senior, serving as captain as SHS was undefeated in the regular season and won the ECC championship. He was twice All-ECC in track and placed second in the half-mile at the 1970 state meet. He won the 880 at the ECC meet, setting a conference record, and SHS was co-champion of the ECC that year with a 9-0 record. He graduated from the University of Maine and played basketball there for three seasons.
1973
Janis J. Ingham / Coach
 
Janis Ingham participated in basketball and softball at SHS, and later coached SHS to numerous conference and state honors. She played basketball for three years, serving as captain in her senior year, and participated in SHS’s first two seasons of softball. After graduating from Springfield College, she returned to Stonington and began teaching in the Stonington Public Schools. She served as head coach of track for one season and as assistant for four seasons, with SHS winning ECC titles four of those five seasons. She coached field hockey for thirteen seasons, winning nine ECC titles and reached the state championship game three times, winning the Class M title in 1987. She has received numerous conference and state awards for her coaching and teaching, and was the Stonington Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 1999.
1981
Matthew S. Latham
 
Matthew Latham participated in football, basketball, baseball, and track at SHS. He was quarterback for the football team for three seasons and also played three seasons of varsity basketball, serving as co-captain in his senior year and earning All-ECC and honorable mention All-State honors in both sports. He also earned All-ECC honors in track, placing second in the javelin at the conference meet in 1981. At the University of Connecticut he was a three-year starter at safety and was ranked nationally in both interceptions and punt returns during his senior season, during which he served as a team captain. He earned All-Yankee Conference and All-East Coast Athletic Conference honors and holds the UConn record for team interceptions. In 1998 he was named to UConn’s All-Time Football Team, which recognized the top 44 players in school history. After graduation he played in preseason National Football League games with both the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers.
1996
Dora Katie Clark
 
Dora Clark participated in field hockey, basketball, and golf at SHS. She earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors twice in field hockey and was second-team All-State as a junior, and played on four ECC champion teams. She is only one of six girls in SHS history who has scored over 1,000 points as a member of the basketball team; she earned All-ECC honors twice and was a member of the 1992-1993 ECC champion and Class M finalist and the 1993-1994 ECC and Class M championship team. She played basketball at Sacred Heart University for four years, graduating in 2000. She also holds a master’s degree in Health Sciences from Duke University.
1996
Kathryn Tabor Lyon
 
Kathryn Tabor Lyon participated in field hockey, basketball, and track at SHS. A member of four Eastern Connecticut Conference championship teams in field hockey, she was named All-ECC three times and also received second-team and honorable mention All-State recognition. As a member of the basketball team, she played on the 1992-1993 ECC champion and Class M finalist and the 1993-1994 ECC champion and Class M champion; she was twice named All-ECC and as a senior was named third-team All State. She holds school records in the heptathlon, 400m, and 4x400m, and was All-ECC and All-State in her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. She was ECC champion in the 4x400m as a sophomore, in the long jump and 400m as a junior, and high jump and 300m hurdles as a senior. She was Class M champion in the long jump as a sophomore, and in high jump and 300m hurdles as a senior. She received the Athletic Achievement Cup in 1996 and went on to play field hockey at the University of Connecticut. She coached field hockey at Eastern Connecticut State University and currently teaches and coaches at Ledyard High School.
 

 

2007 Inductees

1926
William Maggs
 
Bill Maggs participated in cross-country and track at SHS, earning all-conference in both sports as a junior and senior, with SHS winning the championship in 1924. He placed first in the Eastern Connecticut-Western Rhode Island Conference cross-country meet both years. He won conference track titles in the mile, 220, and 220 hurdles as a junior, and as a senior team captain, set conference records in the 100 and 220, earning 18 points overall in the 1926 conference meet, which was won by SHS. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
1940
Harry E. Jones
 
Harry Jones participated in football and track at SHS. He was member of the 1938 and 1939 conference champion teams, with the 1939 team also named Connecticut Class B Champion. He excelled in track and served as captain in his senior season. SHS won the Connecticut Class B championship in 1937, 1939, and 1940 and placed second in 1938, when the team won the Rhode Island Class B championship. As a junior he won the 100 and 220 at the state meet, and was a member of the winning half-mile relay team. As a senior he set a record in the 100 at the state meet and also won the 220 and anchored the winning 880 relay team. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
1942
Eddie Edgar
 
Eddie Edgar was a key performer on outstanding football and basketball teams at SHS. He was named football all-conference as a junior and both all-conference and all-state as a senior on a team considered by many to be Stonington’s best ever. They won the conference championship and were ranked second in Connecticut, losing only to state champion New Britain; that season, the team did not give up a point to a conference opponent. Edgar received a football scholarship to the University of Georgia and later attended and played for the University of Rhode Island, leaving to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. He later played professionally for the Providence Steamrollers.
1952
James Ballato
 
James Ballato played football, basketball, baseball, and track for SHS. A football captain in his senior year, he was named all-conference twice, and he was also a member of the 1950 state champion basketball team. Three times all-conference in baseball, he batted .545 in 1950 and served as captain for two seasons. He also served as track captain in his senior year; he won the 220 at the 1951 conference and state meets as a junior and again at the 1952 state meet as a senior, and won the 110 and javelin at the conference meet that year as well. He also served as Class President for three years. Ballato played baseball and track at Arnold College and also served in the U.S. Army. He later played semi-professional baseball in Norwich, New London, and Westerly, and served as the Stonington Recreation Director for many years.
1957
Dick Chipperfield
 
Dick Chipperfield participated in football, basketball, baseball, and track at SHS. He served as captain for the basketball and baseball teams and was a key performer on numerous conference and state championship teams. He received ten varsity letters and was named first-team all-conference seven times: twice each in football, baseball, and track, and once in basketball. He was also given honorable mention all-state honors in football. He received an academic scholarship to attend Colgate University, where he participated in football, baseball, and boxing.
1964
Bruce Greene
 
Bruce Greene participated in football, basketball, and track at SHS. Greene received eight varsity letters and was named All-ECC three times as a member of the football team and twice as a member of the track team. He was a member of the 1961 ECC champion football team and 1963 ECC champion track team. After graduating from SHS with numerous academic distinctions, he attended Trinity College, where he participated in football, indoor track, and outdoor track, earning six varsity letters.
1972
James Crowley
 
Jim Crowley participated in cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track for SHS. He won the ECC cross-country meet in his junior and senior seasons, and won 42 consecutive meets during those seasons. He won the 2-mile champion at both the ECC indoor and outdoor meets as a junior and senior. A physical education teacher in the Stonington Public Schools since 1977, over the years he has been assistant coach for boys soccer, girls track, girls tennis, freshman football, and boys track at SHS, and head coach of boys track and boys and girls cross-country.
1985
Gina Gingerella D'Ambrosio
 
Gina Gingerella D’Ambrosio is one of the finest gymnasts to compete for Stonington High School. She led SHS to three straight ECC Championships, including unbeaten seasons in 1982-83 and 1984-85. She earned All-ECC each year and was the ECC All-Around champion in 1985, also earning All-State honors, taking fifth place All-Around at the Connecticut State Open. That year she was chosen to represent Connecticut at the first annual National All-American Championships in Denver, Colorado and received a scholarship to the University of Connecticut. She received the Connecticut State Service Award for USA Gymnastics in 2001 and currently serves at the Vice-Chairman of Connecticut USA Gymnastics.
1992
Paul deCastro
 
Paul deCastro is one of Stonington’s most accomplished soccer players. He was a part of ECC championship teams in 1988, 1989, and 1991. He was named All-ECC as a sophomore, and after coming back from a season-ending injury he suffered as a junior, was named All-ECC, ECC Player of the Year, and first team All-State as a senior, leading SHS to the semi-finals of the state tournament. He attended the University of Vermont, where he served as soccer captain in his senior year and was the team’s leading scorer as a sophomore and senior. He has been a coach for both the boys and girls soccer teams at SHS, and currently teaches physical education in the Exeter-West Greenwich, RI school system.
Coach
Pete Young
 
Pete Young coached football, girls basketball, and golf at Stonington High School. An assistant for numerous football and basketball championships, his record as head golf coach was 433-217-14, with his teams winning eight ECC championships as well as state championships in 1979 and 1995. He was named Connecticut Golf Coach of the Year in 1996. He taught social studies at SHS from 1960 to 1995, and served as chairman of the Stonington Recreation Commission from its inception in 1963 until 1980.
 

 

2006 Inductees

1928
Robert Cragan
 
Robert Cragan earned twelve varsity letters while at SHS, participating in football, basketball, and baseball, and track. He was all-conference in football and track and honorable mention all-conference in basketball. He served as captain for both basketball and baseball, and in his senior year hit .436 for the baseball team. He was a member of the Eastern Connecticut-Western Rhode Island conference champion teams in 1927 as part of the football squad and in 1927 and 1928 as part of the track team. The track team also won the Rhode Island Class B championship and was runner-up at the Connecticut state meet. He was very active in school life at SHS, serving as president of his class as well as of the “S” Club. After graduating from SHS, Cragan attended Rhode Island State College (the University of Rhode Island) where he was an outstanding athlete, competing in football, basketball, and baseball. He was inducted into the URI Hall of Fame in 1976. He played football professionally with the Providence Steamrollers and the Providence Huskies. In 1953 he founded the East Greenwich, RI Little League, and the league’s field is named the Bob Cragan Memorial Field.
1937
Dave Austin
 
David Austin was an outstanding football and track athlete for SHS, serving as co-captain for both teams. As a track performer, he set six school and two Eastern Connecticut Conference records, and in 1936 won two events at the Connecticut state meet and three events at the Rhode Island state meet. In 1937, he won four events at the Connecticut state meet, setting records in the 220-yard dash and the discus. Stonington won the Connecticut Class B championship both years. He held six school records when he graduated. He was also named All-ECC in football as a halfback in 1935 and 1936. He was active in school life at SHS, serving as president of the Student Council and was also elected president of the Eastern Connecticut Chapter of Student Councils. After graduating from SHS, he attended college but World War II caused him to leave school and begin working at Electric Boat, where he played for the E.B. Diesel football team in the Connecticut Semi-Pro League and the New England Professional League.
1943
Ellery Whitford
 
Ellery Whitford was the first Stonington High School football player to twice be named first team All-State. He also earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors three times, named to the second team in 1940 and first team in 1941 and 1942. He was the mainstay of the defense at his position of tackle. In 1941, the team allowed opponents to score only 35 points and only lost to state champion New London Bulkeley by a score of 7-6. He was co-captain of the 1942 ECC championship team, a team considered by many to be Stonington’s best ever. They were ranked second in Connecticut and only lost to state champion New Britain; that season, the team only gave up 37 points to their opponents and did not give up a single point to a conference opponent. After graduating from SHS, he had the opportunity to play college football, but chose to serve his country instead, enlisting in the US Navy and serving World War II in the Pacific Theater from 1943-1946 and earning numerous medals.
1945
Helen Jean Cruickshank
 
Helen Cruickshank was awarded the SHS Athletic Achievement Cup as the outstanding female athlete of the senior class in 1945. She excelled in softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and tumbling at a time when opportunities for girls were limited. She was also elected to the National Honor Society. At the University of Rhode Island, Cruickshank participated in five varsity sports and served as captain of both the basketball and softball teams. She also participated in archery, tennis, and skiing. Inducted into the URI Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989, she was the first sophomore to win the Women’s Athletic Association Cup for athletic excellence. After graduation from URI, Cruickshank continued her athletic career while serving in the United States Army, where she attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. She earned distinction in golf, tennis, softball, bowling, and volleyball during her army career and was recognized as one of the greatest female athletes in her era. After retiring from the army she played golf professionally for many years.
1956
Pete Arnold
 
Peter Arnold was an outstanding football, basketball, baseball, and track athlete for SHS, earning All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors in all four sports. As a junior, he was a member of ECC champion basketball and baseball teams. As a senior, he was a member of ECC championship teams in all four sports. In football, he served as captain and earned honorable mention All-State on a team which received a Merit Award by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference as state champion. He was also honorable mention All-State as a member of the 1956 state champion basketball team. He was a captain of the 1956 state champion baseball team. He won first team All-State honors in track as the javelin champion at the Class B Meet, leading SHS to the 1956 Class B state championship. After graduating from SHS, Arnold attended Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, where he played football, basketball, and track.
1956
Curt Brown
 
Curt Brown was an outstanding football and track athlete for SHS. As a senior, he served as captain of the track team and led them to the Eastern Connecticut Conference and Connecticut Class M championships. For three seasons he has earned All-ECC honors and was Connecticut Class M, Connecticut State Open, and New England champion in the discus, setting a new record at the 1956 New England Open, and was also Class M champion in the shot put. Fifty years after graduation, he still holds the SHS school records in both events, 169’ 7 1⁄4” in discus and 57’ 6” in shot put. As a member of the football team, he was twice All-ECC and honorable mention All-State. In his senior year SHS was given a Merit Award by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference as state champion. That season, he rushed for over 1000 yards on 154 carries, an average of 6.5 yards per carry.
After graduating from SHS, Brown received a scholarship to play football at Brigham Young University in Utah, where he also participated in track. He went on to play football professionally in the Canadian Football League for the British Columbia Lions and the Montreal Alouettes.
1965
Randall Wentz
 
Randy Wentz was an outstanding football, basketball, and baseball player at SHS. In football, he was a three-year starter and in his senior year earned All-Eastern Connecticut Conference honors and SHS was ECC Co-Champion. He earned All-ECC honors in basketball during his junior and senior seasons. He was also twice All-ECC in baseball, and as co-captain of the baseball team in his senior year, he batted .443 with seven home runs and had a pitching record of 7-2 for the ECC Co-Champions. He was voted the best athlete of the Class of 1965. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he served in the Vietnam War, winning numerous medals and commendations. He later coached softball at the Pawcatuck Little League, leading Pawcatuck to its first state championship and the New England finals in 1982. He also coached girls’ basketball at Saint Michael School in Pawcatuck.
1979
Louis Stefanski
 
Louis Stefanski was a member of the football, basketball and golf teams at SHS. As a member of the football team, he was named the outstanding offensive player in the 1978 Thanksgiving Day game. As a member of the basketball team, he earned both All-Eastern Connecticut Conference and All-State honors.
As a member of the golf team, he was played on three straight ECC champion teams, earning All-ECC status each year. He helped lead SHS to the state championship in 1979. He also won the Eastern Invitational that year by shooting a 71, a record that stood for 20 years. At Temple University, he was a member of the golf team and was twice named to the All East Coast Team in Division 1; he was the Big 5 Champion, an NCAA Division 1 Honorable Mention All-American, and a 3rd Team All-American. After college, he was a Rhode Island Amateur Medalist, a Rhode Island Amateur 4-Ball Finalist, and participated in a number of professional golf tours.
1983
Karen Watson
 
Karen Watson earned nine varsity letters while at SHS, participating in field hockey, basketball, and softball. She was team captain and All-Eastern Connecticut Conference in all three sports as a senior. A member of Eastern Connecticut Conference champion basketball teams in 1981 and 1982; she led SHS to the first ever ECC basketball tournament title in 1983 and was named honorable mention All-State that year. The ace of the softball team’s pitching staff, Watson was named All-ECC all three seasons she played at SHS and first team All-State in 1982 and 1983. During her senior season she had a 12-4 record, including seven shutouts, with an ERA of 1.08.
1987
Tammy Wentz Parilla
 
Tammy Wentz Parrilla was an outstanding basketball and softball player at SHS. A superb rebounder, she earned four varsity letters in basketball, was twice named to the All-Eastern Connecticut Conference team, and served as captain during her senior year. She is the most dominant player in SHS softball history. She earned four varsity letters and was named All-ECC and All-State in 1985, 1986, and 1987. The team won ECC championships in 1986 and 1987, and went to the state finals in 1987. Team captain that season, she had a 20-2 record with an earned-run average of 1.18 in 112 innings, and also batted .386. Her career pitching record was 55-13 with three no-hitters. She was awarded the SHS Athletic Achievement Cup in 1987 and was awarded a scholarship to the University of Connecticut. She was inducted into the Connecticut Scholastic and Collegiate Softball Hall of Fame in 2004.
1989
Joe Ponte
 
Joe Ponte was an outstanding soccer player for SHS. He is the SHS soccer career and single-season record holder in both goals and assists. He was named All-Eastern Connecticut Conference in each of his four seasons and was the ECC Player of the Year in 1987 and 1988. In 1987 SHS was ECC Co-Champion, and in 1988 Ponte led the Bears to the ECC championship as well as the Connecticut Class M championship game. He was named All-State in 1986, 1987, and 1988 and All-New England in 1988. After graduation from SHS, he attended the University of Pennsylvania. He was Penn’s Freshman of the Year in 1989 and was named team Most Valuable Player in 1992. He was named All-Ivy League three times and All-Mid Atlantic twice. He participated on a United States National Select team in 1992.
He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in 1998.
Coach
George Foley
 
George Foley taught at Stonington High School from 1934-1941 and from 1945-1970, serving as track coach for the early part of his career. In 1936, his team won the Connecticut Class B Championship. In 1937, the team won the Eastern Connecticut Conference and Connecticut Class B championships. In 1938, the team earned second in the Connecticut Class B championship and won the Rhode Island Class B championship. Many of his athletes won state championships in individual events. He also served as SHS Athletic Director for twenty years. A very popular teacher who often led annual trips to Washington, D.C., the SHS Pawmystonian yearbook was dedicated to him three times.
 
 

     

2005 Inductees

1928
Mike Cronin
 
 Cronin was the member of Eastern Connecticut-Western Rhode Island conference champion track and football teams, earning all-conference honors in football for two seasons and serving as track captain in his senior year, 1928. At the University of Connecticut, he was a three-year starter and the captain of the 1934 team, and he graduated from UCONN in 1935. He later earned a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York. Cronin was hired to teach at Stonington High School in 1936 and became head football coach. His teams won a number of Eastern Connecticut Conference championships and was named 1939 Class B champion. He also served as assistant track coach for two state champion teams. He retired from SHS in 1969.
1931
Edgar Goyette
 
 Goyette earned sixteen varsity letters at Stonington High School, participating in football, basketball, baseball, and track during each of his four years. SHS was a member of the Eastern Connecticut-Western Rhode Island League; Goyette earned all-conference honors in both football and baseball. He was a member of conference champion football teams in 1927 and 1928, and a member of conference champion track teams in 1927 and 1928. He served as captain of the baseball team for two years and also served as captain for football and basketball. Goyette attended Marshall College in Huntington, West Virginia, where he was known as the “Connecticut Yankee.” He graduated in 1935 after starring in football and baseball. After college graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and became a decorated veteran of World War II. He attended the Naval Air School in Pensacola, Florida, and received his commission as a Navy Flyer. Goyette joined the famed “Flying Tigers” in 1941, was given the rank of flight leader, and was put in charge of training operations. He trained both American and Chinese volunteers to fight against the Japanese during World War II. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the World War II Flying Cross, and the Atlantic Pacific Campaign Cross.
1935
Florence Thavenet
 
 A life-long resident of the Town of Stonington, Thavenet was voted Most Athletic girl in her class. After graduating from SHS, she attended Rhode Island State College (The University of Rhode Island), graduating in 1939, and later received a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York and then served as a teacher in Stonington from 1944 to 1971. Thavenet taught physical education at SHS. She served as the girls’ basketball coach from 1945 to 1969 and as the cheerleading coach from 1944 to 1961. For seven years she directed the SHS Fife & Drum Corps, which she established in 1947. She also coached the badminton squad, with two players advancing to the state finals in 1949; in 1957 the team was undefeated. During her career she advised the Girls Athletic Association, the Tumbling Club, the S Club, and the Girls Sports Club.
1940
Ben Helme
 
 Helme participated in football, baseball, and track for each of his four years at Stonington High School, serving as captain of all three during his senior year. A member of football teams, which won the Eastern Connecticut conference championship in both 1938 and 1939 and was awarded the Connecticut Class B championship in 1939, he earned both all-ECC and all-state honors, the first SHS football player to be named all state. He was also a state champion in several track events in 1938, 1939, and 1940 and was named all-state for two years and all-ECC once; in baseball he was All-ECC, leading the league with a .482 average in 1939. He was the New London Day’s player of the year in both football and baseball for his senior seasons. After his graduation from SHS, Helme attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, North Carolina, studying business administration and playing football for two seasons before leaving to join the military in 1942. He served in the Normandy Campaign in England and northern France.
1950
Phil Jones
 
 A member of baseball, golf, and basketball teams at Stonington High School, Jones was named to the All-Eastern Connecticut Conference second team for the 1947-1948 basketball season and the first team in 194801949 and 1949-1950; he was also team captain and first team all-state and all-state tournament during the 1949-1950 season when SHS won a state championship. He was the Connecticut State Junior Golf Champion in 1950. At the University of Connecticut, Jones played both basketball and golf, serving as golf team captain in 1954. He won the Rhode Island State Amateur Golf Championship in 1968, and won thirteen club championships at area golf courses, including at Stonington Manor, Winnapaug, Shennecossett, Foster, and Pequot, where he holds the course record.
1951
Robert Gilmore
 
 Gilmore played football, basketball, and baseball for SHS, serving as co-captain of all three sports during his senior year. A member of the 1950 Class B state champion basketball team, he was a member of the all-tournament team. He was named all-Eastern Connecticut Conference during the 1949-1950 and 1950-1951 seasons, and second team all-state in 1949-1950 and first team in 1950-1951. He was also named all-ECC in football in 1950 and 1951. Gilmore was awarded a four-year scholarship to Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, where he participated in football, basketball, and baseball. After college graduation, he joined the United States Air Force and retired as a major. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross among other honors. He has coached baseball at both the high school and college levels, including at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London.
1956
Wayne Lawrence
 
 A member of the 1956 Class M State Champion basketball team at Stonington High School, Lawrence was all-ECC and all-Class M Tournament in 1954, 1955, and 1956; he earned Class M All-State honors in 1955 and 1956. During his senior year he set the school record for most points in one game, scoring 60 against St. Mary’s of New Haven, and the record for most points in consecutive games, 114, scoring 54 points against Fitch along with his performance against St. Mary’s. At the conclusion of the 1956 state tournament, Lawrence was awarded the Warren Sampson Memorial Award as the tournament’s most outstanding player. A three-year starter for Texas A&M University, Lawrence served as captain during the 1959-1960 season. He was named to the All-Southwest Conference team in 1960, the All-SWC tournament team in 1959 and 1960, and was an honorable mention All-America selection in 1960. He played in the 1960 North-South All-Star Game under Coach Adolph Rupp and was later drafted by the Boston Celtics. Although he was cut by both the Celtics and the New York Knicks, he played in the National Industrial Basketball League and the Eastern Professional Basketball League. During eleven seasons as boys’ basketball coach of Waterford High School, his teams won five Eastern Connecticut Conference championships and qualified for the state tournament ten times.
1960
Dan Banks
 
 A member of the Stonington High School football and track teams for four of his years at SHS, serving as captain of the track team in 1960. Banks was undefeated in dual meets in the shot-put and discus during his junior and senior track seasons. Banks was the Class M state champion in discuss for three years and shot-put for two, and won the State Open Meet in both during his junior and senior seasons. He qualified for the New England championship meet for three years, placing fifth during his junior year and winning in his senior year. During his senior year he set seven new conference and state records in these events, and won both at the Brown Invitational Meet. After graduating from SHS, Banks attended Central Connecticut State University and is a member of the CCSU Hall of Fame. He was the Connecticut AAU district champion in discus in 1964, 1965, and 1966, and established a new record in winning the New England championship in 1965. He was undefeated in dual meets in shot-put and discus in 1964, 1965, and 1966.
1980
Vianna McGugan
 
 McGugan participated in field hockey, basketball, and softball at Stonington High School, earning all-ECC honors in all three sports and was all-state in field hockey and basketball. She was a member of the 1980 Class M champion basketball team. At Mitchell College in New London, McGugan was named all-New England in basketball in 1984. McGugan later coached the SHS girls’ basketball team to several ECC championships and the 1995 Class M state championship, the first person in Connecticut to win state championships as a player and coach.
1990
Lauren Ellis
 
 Ellis-McGugan participated in field hockey, basketball, and softball at SHS, earning all-ECC honors in field hockey and basketball and was first team all-state in field hockey in 1989; she was a member of the 1987 state champion field hockey team. At the University of Connecticut, she played on a Big East Champion field hockey team in 1992 and served as captain for the 1993 season. She coached the SHS field hockey team to a number of ECC championships and was named the New London Day Coach of the Year six times and the Norwich Bulletin Coach of the Year once. She is a teacher at Mystic Middle School.
1994
Ann Crouse
 
 Crouse participated in gymnastics, tennis, and track and field at SHS, earning numerous honors in track. She won four consecutive ECC championships and three state championships in the javelin. In 1992 she was second at the U.S. Track and Field Association Junior Nationals, and in 1994 she set the Connecticut high school record in the javelin and was second at the Golden West Invitational in California and was the AAU Champion. She was awarded a scholarship to the University of Virginia, where she was a three-time Atlantic conference Champion, the 1996 ECAC champion, and a three-time All-American. In 1995 she was third at the Junior Pan-American Games held in Santiago, Chile. She was the American record holder in the javelin in 1998, when she was the top American finisher at the Goodwill Games. She was an Olympic Trials Finalist in both 1996 and 2000.
Coach
Morris Fabricant
 
 Fabricant coached the Stonington High School boy’s basketball team to state championships in 1950 and 1956 and the baseball team to a state championship in 1960, as well as numerous Eastern Connecticut Conference championships. Fabricant served as an assistant football coach from 1946-1951; he was head basketball coach from 1946-1964 and baseball coach from 1946-1969. He was SHS’s Director of Athletics, Health, and Physical Education for many years and retired from teaching in 1976. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island in 1939, he was later inducted into the URI Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Connecticut Coaches Hall of Fame as well as the Rhode Island Jewish Athletic Hall of Fame.
 
 

Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee:

Permanent Members:
Principal Stephen H. Murphy, Ph.D.; Athletic Director Bryan Morrone
Members:
Samuel Agnello, David Erskine, Mark Friese, Charlie Holdredge, Wayne
Lawrence, Joseph McKernan, Jennifer Norcross, Larry Theadore, Ken Wilcox

     

 

 

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