Third Annual Beverly High Hall of Fame
Saturday, February 26th, 2005
Danversport Yacht Club
161 Elliott Street
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Another Classy Class Heads Into Beverly High Hall of Fame
By Bill Kipouras
Salem News Staff writer
The latest list of Beverly High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductees serves as another reminder that the Garden City has been blessed with extraordinary athletes.
The newest class of 17 includes a judge, John Ryan (BHS Class of 1959), a high profile, high ranking student-athlete during his schoolboy days. He went on to the Naval Academy, became a fighter pilot who did two tours in Vietnam and graduated from Georgetown Law Schoo. Nowadays, he's a well-known federal bankruptcy judge in Southern California, residing in Escondido.
Ryan and 16 others will be honored at the Danversport Yacht Club on Saturday, Feb. 26 as part of BHS' third Hall of Fame class.
Posthumously, Doug Campbell (Class of '33) was also voted in, someone who contributed more than just performance and coaching deeds. He's also a member of the Boston University, Ohio and U.S. Track Coaches Hall of Fames. Campbell helped develop the first starting blocks used in track, worked on introducing adjustable hurdles for the sport, and consulted New Balance in creating better equipment for weight throwing events.
Raymond qualified for the 1940 Olympics, but World War II interrupted his competitive career.
How about a nationally known golf figure? Teaching pro Jane Frost (Class of '75) will be honored.
So will Major League Baseball scout John Wright (Class of '68), a 12th round high school pick as an outfielder by the Baltimore Orioles. Now a scout for the Cleveland Indians, Wright was an NCAA all-star, captain and MVP at Northeastern, where he's still prominent in the Huskies' record book.
A retired special agent with 26 years service in U.S. Immigration, Wright also scouted for the Red Sox and Diamondbacks. He was chosen for the Hearst All-Star Game at Fenway when that was the biggest deal around for a schoolboy.
Then there's legendary Lucien Belanger (Class of '35), who was a superstar in baseball and hockey and played minor league baseball. His peers thought Belanger was some kind of superman.
Dr. Robert Mattson (Class of '52) starred in three sports and was a big time pass catcher in football, later regarded the best receiver Tufts University ever had at that point in the mid-1950s. He was an athlete who was able to attend college with the help of the Beverly Sports Club scholarship.
"If it wasn't for Bob Mattson, I couldn't have done half the things I did on the football field," 2003 BHS Hall of Famer Charlie Manuel said. "He cleared the path for me."
Was there a better football guard than Earl Carter (Class of '58)? His peers said that's not possible.
Another inductee, Gordie Reid, a 1959 classmate of John Ryan, was the ultimate three sport athlete. Mr. Grit.
Fred Bucci (Class of '51); John Carratu (Class of '61); hockey coaching immortal George Kinnaly, and the illustrious Mickey Abate (Class of '50) are other posthumous selections.
Bucci, who captained the football team at Columbia, made such an impact on Beverly football that a major award was named in his memory. It goes to the outstanding lineman. That award went to a fellow Hall of Fame inductee, Steve Pascucci (Class of '84), in 1983. Pascucci also won the Birmingham Trophy and was a dynamo on the ice before heading to Harvard.
Carratu played football, served the Beverly Youth Football program, was a Beverly High football assistant. His love the game and his fellow players couldn't be surpassed, icon coach Roy Norden said in his nomination.
All Kinnaly did was put Beverly on the hockey map, taking the Panthers to two state semifinal appearances at Boston Garden in the early 1970s.
Abate, one of the most popular athletes of his era, had great skills as a quarterback and hit .541 to lead the old Essex County League in batting in 1948. He was sweet-fielding second baseman, but best known for football. Fellow Hall of Famer Sandy Kessaris said Abate's leadership qualities were unequalled.
Todd Lampert (Class of '69), a fine goaltender for Kinnaly, served as the goalie coach at his alma mater, as well as Danvers High. He could be named Alumnus of the Year annually for his work in the community. Now the owner of Todd's Sporting Goods in North Beverly, Lampert has been a benefactor to many a hockey youth player (and soccer, and Little League, and softball, etc.) who couldn't afford the required equipment.
Darla Parisi Mazola (Class of '82) was a four-time NEC track MVP in the early 1980s, captained indoor and outdoor track, and had the 10 best times in 10 different conference events in her BHS career. She was the Division 1 state champ in the 600, a 1:23.1 record.
Bob Norris (Class of '65) and Mark Murray (Class of '66) are other track notables. Norris is recognized as the greatest miler in BHS history, the New England schoolboy titlist in '64. Murray ran the fastest 400 meters (48.7) ever recorded at the high school en route to the track captaincy at Boston College, where he was 440-yard New England collegiate champ.
"Mark Murray is the best track athlete I ever coached at Beverly High in 20 years," legendary track coach Fred Hammond, an earlier inductee, said. That's some endorsement.
Let it be known that the Beverly Hall of Fame needed an organizer after John Lyons departed as athletic director. Up stepped retired Salem High physics teacher Bill Poole. Let us never forget that there would no Hall of Fame in Beverly if it weren't for Lyons, who was its founder and ran into some opposition when he first proposed it.
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