Class of 2018 Inductees
Quabbin Announces 8th Athletic Hall of Fame class
The Quabbin Regional High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee has announced its eighth class of hall of famers to be inducted during Homecoming weekend this fall on Columbus Day weekend.
The banquet will be held on Oct. 6 at the Eagle Hill School in Hardwick with four athletes, two coaches and three state championship teams among the next group being honored.
Those selected to the next induction are as follows:
- Carlton A. Perry, Coach: He helped to lay the foundation for athletic excellence at Quabbin from the time the school opened in 1967. He was the very first wrestling and track coach, introducing both sports to athletes who had never taken part in them. He was also athletic director at the school in 1971-73 and head of the physical education department where he helped foster a school spirit and “Panther Pride” which continues to this day. He left Quabbin in 1973 and became the longtime athletic director and later dean of students at Leicester Junior College and, subsequently, Becker College where he influenced another generation of student-athletes.
- Charles G. “Bert” Allen, V, Coach: a former Quabbin three-sport athlete with the Class of 1974, he returned to his alma mater where he became outdoor track coach from 1976-84 and the school’s first indoor track coach beginning in 1982. His 1982 spring track team won the Class C District championship, while in 1983 his indoor track team placed third in the State Class D meet. During his tenure he coached several district champions and one athlete, Valarie Rozkuszka, won the state and New England shot put title in 1984. In addition, six of his former athletes still hold school records at Quabbin.
- Olen Muir ‘75: a three-sport athlete in soccer, wrestling and baseball, he played catcher and was one of the cogs in the 1974 Quabbin state championship baseball team. He was co-captain and MVP of both the baseball and wrestling teams his senior year. He held the single-season team record for doubles with ten in 1974, and also that year he caught the school’s first no-hitter pitched by Chuck Andrukonis. He later coached the Quabbin wrestling team for five seasons to a 74-15 record, winning a pair of sectional titles and coaching the school’s first state champion wrestler, Quabbin Hall of Famer Bob Richard in 1981.
- Philip Molesky ’87: He became the second state champion wrestler in school history, capturing the 121-pound weight class in 1987. That season, he helped to lead Quabbin to its first-ever team State Division 2 championship. He was a four-year varsity competitor on the mat and was a sectional runner-up his senior year before defeating that same opponent from Monument Mountain for the state title. He was also selected the outstanding wrestler in the 1986 Granby Tournament. In addition, he was a standout performer on the soccer team and a top golfer. He was tragically killed in a jeep accident two-months after his 1987 Quabbin graduation and will be inducted posthumously.
- Harly Savage ’89: One of the best golfers in Quabbin history, he was a three-time league All-Star from 1987-89. In 1987 he missed the cutoff for the state tournament by one stroke. He was team co-MVP in 1988 and team captain in 1989 when he won the Central Mass. District tournament at the Gardner Municipal Golf Course where he shot a 72. He also qualified for the state tournament that season.
- Todd Stewart ’96: an outstanding soccer player, he became the school’s fourth leading scorer all-time with 30 goals and 38 assists for 68 points. In his senior season of 1995 he was the Mid-Wach League Most Valuable Player, and a member of the Central Mass. Coaches, Mass. All-State and Telegram & Gazette Division II All-Star teams. He was also named to the T & G Super team. He coached the Quabbin varsity soccer team from 2000-05 to a 74-33-13 record with five district tournament appearances. He worked at the Quabbin Middle School as a social studies teacher and assistant principal for many years.
- 1973 State Championship Soccer Team: Under the direction of Quabbin Hall of Fame coach Ray Turcotte, the Panthers captured the Quaboag League title, the Western Mass. championship with a 3-1 win over Monument Mountain and the school’s first-ever State championship, beating Nauset 1-0 for the Division 2 state crown. The 16-1-1 Panthers were led by Central Mass. All-Stars Adolph Andrukonis, Kevin Rice, Ed Podbelski and Rick Lindsten. In addition, senior Tom Mansfield was named the Most Valuable Player in the Western Mass. Tournament.
- 1974 State Championship Baseball Team: Quabbin Hall of Fame coach Mike Dymon brought his baseball team to the state title game for the second straight season and this time came away with the Division 2 state title. Behind the phenomenal pitching of Quabbin Hall of Famer Joe Sinkewicz, the Panthers concluded a 20-5 campaign with the District III championship over Notre Dame of Fitchburg. From there they won the state semifinals against St. Patrick’s of Holyoke 3-2 followed by the state title win over St. Joseph’s of Pittsfield, 11-6. Lefty Sinkewicz pitched 40 innings in the five playoff games allowing only six earned runs, five walks and 62 strikeouts. He also hit .389 in the playoffs with seven hits including a home run and eleven RBI.
- 1987 State Championship Wrestling Team: Led by Quabbin Hall of Fame coach Fran Cranston, Quabbin continued its dynasty in the sport with its first-ever Division 2 state championship. Leading the team was state champion Philip Molesky, state runner-up Jason Kallio, as well as Jaime Badgio, Jason Thompson and Ross Charters who finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Other state qualifiers included Harly Savage, Todd Valley, Bill Purcell, Mike McDonald and Todd Lang. The team was in the midst of a 26-consecutive dual match winning streak and had been state runners up the previous year.
Tickets for the banquet will be available by mail at Quabbin Athletic Hall of Fame, PO Box 874, Barre, MA 01005, or by calling (413) 277-9504 or (413) 348-0414.
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