Nine athletes, one team will be inducted at Sept. 26 event
Published in the September 11, 2015 edition
By JENNIFER GENTILE
MELROSE — The Melrose Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its newest inductees for the 2015 class. Nine Melrose High School graduates will be inducted along with one team, MHS 1982-3 football team, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. The event’s plaque ceremony will be held at Memorial Hall in Melrose at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The ceremony is free to the public.
A dinner will follow at Memorial Hall Melrose from 6-10 p.m. Dinner tickets are $45 per person and must be purchased a week prior to the event. Tickets can be purchased from Wilson Insurance, Foster Street in Melrose – 781-665-1034.
The Melrose Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes the following 2015 inductees:
Melrose High School, Class of 2010
Volleyball 4 years; two year team captain. Three time team MVP. Middlesex League MVP 2010. Two time Boston Globe All- Scholastic. Three time Boston Herald All-Scholastic. Three time MGVCA Div.2 All-State Team. Boston Globe Div.2 Player of the Year 2010. MHS Career Kills leader (894). MHS Outstanding Female Athlete Award 2010.
Basketball 4 years, two year team captain. Middlesex League All-League First Team, Team MVP. Boston Globe All Scholastic. North Sectional All-Academic Team.
Trinity College 2014, Class Salutatorian
Outstanding Scholar-Athlete twice, Outstanding Female Athlete, Capital 1 Academic All-American Volleyball. AVCA Div 3 All New England, All NESCAC 1st Team Volleyball and Basketball, NEWBA All-Regional 1st Team, NESCAC Women’s Basketball Player of Year, College record for volleyball, 4.2 kills per set.
Melrose High School, Class of 1961
Football – 2 year letterman/ Leading scorer Senior Year.
Basketball – 4 years. 3 years varsity. Captain senior year. All-League senior year.
Baseball – 4 years, 3 years varsity. Co-captain Senior year.
New Preparatory School Boston 1962: Captain – baseball and basketball. University of Maine 1966: Baseball 4 years. Yankee Conf. champions 1964; co-champs ’65 and ’66. College World Series 1964 3rd place. Basketball freshman year.
Semi Pro Baseball 1962-1965 Wakefield Merchants-Intercity league. Intercity League Hall of Fame 2015.
Teaching and Coaching: Head Baseball Coach Avon High Conn.-State Champs 1968. U. Maine Asst. Baseball Coach League Co-champs 1970. No. East Reg. H.S. Varsity Baseball League Champs 1971. Belmont H.S. Varsity Baseball Coach 1973-78.
Don Gautreau Jr.
Melrose High School, Class of 1988
Wrestling, 4 year letterman. Co-captain senior year. 1987 Massachusetts Junior National Team. 1988 Middlesex League Outstanding Wrestler. 1988 All-Scholastic. 1987 and 1988 Div. 1 Massachusetts State Champion.
Football, 2 year letterman. 1987 Middlesex League All-Star. 1987 Boston GlobeDivision I All Star. 1988 Agganis All-Star Team Co-Captain.
Coach: Melrose Junior High School 1993. Noble and Greenough School 1994-95. Madison West (WI) High School 2008-10.
Rugby: Mystic River Rugby Club 1995, 1996 and 1997. Boca Raton (FL) Rugby Club 1998-99. Rutgers University BS 1992.
Melrose High School, Class of 2006
Outdoor Track, 4 year letterman. Co-captain senior year. 4 times Middlesex League All-Star. 3 times Melrose High School Team MVP. 3 times All State Meet Qualifier.
Indoor Track: 2006 High Jump State Champion. 2006 Boston Globe All Scholastic. 2006 New England High Jump Runner–up. 2006 Middlesex league All-Star. Football, 2 Year letterman. Middlesex League All-Star. Swimming: 1 year letterman.
Cornell University: 2010 Div.1 varsity Track team Co-Captain. 4 time Ivy League Team and 5 time Individual Champion. 2 time Ivy League Championship MVP; 2 time Team MVP. 2010 USATF National Championship Qualifier. Co-Capt. of team that set Ivy Record for Consecutive championships.
George Le Blanc
Melrose High School, Class of 2000
Football – 4 years. As starter, 3 years, rushed for over 3,600 yards and 50 TDs. All Scholastic Boston Globe 1998 and 1999. All Scholastic Boston Herald 1998 and 1999. Middlesex League All Star 1998 and 1999. Shriners All–Star Classic 1999. Running Back and Outside Line backer Coach MHS 2007-9.
College: Dean Junior College. Football 1 year.
Military Service: United States Marine Corps 2001 2005. Joined U.S. Marines two months after 9/11 attack.Three tours of duty in Middle East. Fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003 and in 2005 was part of the Battle of Faluja.
Coaching: Running Back and Outside Linebacker Coach: MHS 2007-9.
Melrose High School, Class of 1989
Football 4 years. Three year starter, captain senior year. Boston Globe All Scholastic 1988. Boston Herald All Scholastic 1988. Middlesex league All-Star 1987-88. Shriners High School Football All Star Game 1988. Harry Agganis All-Star Classic 1988. Middlesex League Champions 1988.
Wrestling 4 years. Middlesex League Heavyweight Champion 1989. Undefeated Senior Year, Middlesex League. North Sectional Heavyweight Champion. Runner-up New England Championships. Spring Track 4 Years. Captain 1989. Middlesex League All-Star 1989.
Boston University 1993. Full Football Scholarship. Four Year Starter and Letterman.
Melrose High School, Class of 1969
Hockey 4 years. Tri-Captain 1969. Middlesex League Champions 1967, 1968, 1969. Middlesex League All-Star 1968 and 1969. Boston Globe All-Scholastic 1969.
Cross Country 2 years.
Boston University 1973. Freshman Hockey 1970. Varsity Hockey 3 years. Beanpot Champions 1971, 1972, and 1973. ECAC Champions 1972. NCAA Div. 1 National Champions 1971 and 1972. Coaching: Asst. Hockey Coach Wakefield Varsity 1974-1976 Asst. Hockey Coach Melrose Varsity 1983-1992.
Manager and Owner Hockey Town USA since 1973. NEISMA Frank J. Zamboni Hall of Fame 2015.
Melrose High School, Class of 2006
Track and Field, 4 year letterman, Capt. Senior Year. 2006 Mass State Champion-110 Meter High Hurdle Div.3. 2006 Middlesex League MVP. Most points scored, most league first place finishes 2006. 2006 Undefeated in Middlesex League Hurdle events 18-0. 110meter High and 300 meter intermediate. 2006 State Decathlon Bronze medal (MHS record 5,855 pts). 2006 Bob Gleason Award Winner,Outstanding Male Track and Field Athlete. 3 Time Middlesex league All Star 2004, 2005 and 2006. 2 Time Team MVP 2005 and 2006. MHS Record 110 Meter High Hurdles, 300 Meter-Hurdles,Decathlon State qualifier in 5 events (110 Meter Hurdles,300 Meter Hurdles, Triple Jump, Long Jump, 400 Meters)
Basketball, 4 years. Captain senior year. 2006 Cliff Somerville Award, Dedication to MHS Basketball. 2005 and 2006 Team Sportsmanship Award Winner
University of New Hampshire. 2007 Bay State Games 110 Meter High Hurdle Gold Medal.
Melrose High School, Class of 2007
Basketball 4 years Captain, senior year
Three time Middlesex League MVP
Four time Team MVP
Four time All Middlesex League selection
Boston Globe Player of the Year 2007
Boston Globe Super Team 2007
Boston Herald Dream Team 2007
MHS All Time Scoring Leader (boys and girls) 1,614 points. Avg. 21 pts, 9 assists, 8 steals and 7.3 rebounds per game.
College: Wright State University 2 years. Horizon League, Newcomer of the Year 2007. First Team All Defensive Team 2008. Horizon League All Star Second Team 2008.
Temple University 2 years: Atlantic 10 Player of the Year 2011 and 2012. Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year 2011 and 2012. Atlantic 10 First Team All Star 2011 and 2012. 2012 League Scoring Leader 17.6 pts per game and second in steals 3.1 per game. Scored over 1,000 points in two years.
Professional: Women’s National Basketball Association WBNA 2013. Professional Basketball, Germany 2015.
1982-83 MHS Varsity Football Team
Coached by the late Bruce McPherson, the Raiders enjoyed a 10-1 campaign going into its first high school Super Bowl appearance at Schaefer Stadium (now Gillette). On Dec. 4, 1982 they faced a tough Natick team (11-0, ranked #1 in New England) in the Division 1 Super Bowl.
The game is considered one of the best high school Super Bowl contests in state history, though Melrose fell, 35-34, in a heartbreaker after a successful two-point conversion by Natick quarterback Darren Flutie. Until 2014 the 1982-3 team was the sole Melrose representative in high school Superbowl history.
On the roster: Doug Prentice, Richard Karelas, Chris Kelliher, Dennis Lawhorne, John Gautreau, Eric Young, John Bladers, Lamar Capehart, Brian Kelleher, Robert Morris, Chris Hickey, Peter Maher, Greg Mahoney, Robert Smith, Paul Fanikos, Kevin McNair, Anthony Spinale, James Muse, Marc Rucker, Keith McNair, Kenneth Brown, Chris McCormack, Paul Mawn, Michael Crowley, Sean Wright, Joseph Spinale, Chris Reilly, John Crowther, Charles Hughes, Kurt Dygert, Peter Kelly, James Del Genio, Donald De Leire, Stephen Mastrangelo, John Mercer, Richard Cellucci, captain James Kelliher, Steven Nell, Mark Farrell, Jason Turley, Eric Johnson, Robert Cratimski, Frank Morrelli, Darren Lennon, Ray DiGiovanni, David Eldridge, George Karelas, Sedrick Perry, Robert Daley, James Morris, Scott Barron, Don Carlberg, Russell Willworth, Harry Vieno, Barry Prior. Coaches: Bruce MacPherson (head), Emerson Dickie, Glenn Pires, Scott Crowell, Cliff Somerville, Dan Falkenstein and George Lirakis.