The 2006 inductees are individuals who achieved excellence
in athletics while attending Bartlett.
Szamocki, Class of 1936
Anthony (Tony) Szamocki excelled in basketball and baseball while at Bartlett
High School, serving as team captain in both sports his senior year.
Tony was a stand-out first baseman, considered the best ever by legendary
coach George Finnegan, who placed Tony on the All-Time baseball team.
He was a varsity team member for four years.
Likewise, Tony was a force on the basketball court, using his height to
great advantage, especially on the defensive end of the court. He was
a varsity team member for three years.
He was a member of the undefeated 1934-1935 basketball team that compiled
a 21-0 record. It is said to be the only time in the school's storied
basketball history, spanning more than 100 years, that a boys' team went
In 1935 he received recognitiion by being named to the league All-Star
After graduating from Bartlett High, Tony went on to become a National
Golden Gloves Boxing Champion. In 1941 he fought his way to the New England
Light-Heavyweight Amateur Championship.
In 1942, his jabs and solid punches led to his being crowned as the National
Hurst Light-Heavyweight Champion.
As for his personal achievements, Tony Szamocki served as the Town of
Webster's Police Chief for 26 years.
Three sons, Norman, 55, Michael, 48, and John, 43, and one daughter, Donna,
45, survive him. Another daughter, Sandra, is deceased.
Suss, Class of 1937
Al Suss was voted best male athlete by his 1937 Bartlett High School classmates
for starring in football and baseball.
In football, he was a shifty running back and an excellent blocker.
In baseball, he played on the varsity team for four years, batting well
over .400 his last three seasons. He captained the 1937 team to a 14-4
record, and was named by Coach Finnegan to his All-Time baseball team
as an infielder.
While at Bartlett, Al was active with the yearbook production and with
the Sportsmanship Brotherhood.
After graduation, Al suss had some memorable moments in professional and
During the summers of 1937-40, he played in the Canadian League for the
Quebec Senators, and for Montpelier in the Northern League. He made two
all-star teams in those years, drawing interest from three Major League
teams; the Boston Bees, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees.
In 1942, he played for the All-Rhode Island team that went to the National
Semi-Pro Tournament in Wichita, Kansas. Each state was represented, as
well as many military bases with Major League players on the rosters,
including Hank Greenberg and Ralph Houk. Al was one of 16 All-American
players selected for batting .429 in nine games.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-45. He saw considerable action on
the Italian Front and, for gallantry before the war was over, Al received
the Bronze Star.
In 1946 he went to work for the Norton Company in Worcester, where he
was also a standout on the company's baseball team, and retired at age
65. Al died in 1999.
Lorenz, Class of 1938
Howard Lorenz was a genuine two-sport star for Bartlett High School in
a noteworthy career that spanned three years in the mid-to-late 1930s.
He demonstrated superb prowess in football and basketball, playing on
varsity teams for three years in both sports.
He is considered to be among Bartlett's outstanding defensive ends and
also contributed mightily as a sure-handed receiver. In a noteworthy achievement,
Howie caught the winning touchdown pass against archrival Wells High of
Southbridge. The clutch reception came after Howie returned to the team
from an appendectomy.
Playing guard and center, he also is considered to be among the school's
top basketball players. In fact, he is considered by some to be the most
outstanding defensive player in Barteltt basketball history. He served
as team captain his senior year.
Howie's list of extra-curricular activities at Bartlett is impressive.
He was a three-year member of the Boys Club, served on the Student Council
for two years, and was a member of the Sportsmanship Brotherhood, Athletic
Council, Executive Council, the Junior Prom Committee and the Class Day
Howie served as a pilot in the U.S Air Force, achieving the rank of Lt.
Colonel. He participated in the Berlin Airlift.
He graduated from Springfield College in 1963.
His wife Katherine and daughters Susan, Linda and Paula survive the late
(Kuba) Jarzabski, Class of 1941
Andrew "Kuba" Jarzabski brought much notoriety to Bartlett High
School, performing as an outstanding three-sport athlete during the early
Many remember him by his nickname, Kuba, although it's uncertain how the
calling card came about. In any event, Andy is among the early athletes
who possessed that extra drive to excel.
He contributed greatly for three years on each of the varsity
baseball, basketball and football teams.
Andy was an all-star catcher on the baseball squad, being a member of
the undefeated team that compiled a 13-0 record in 1941. He led the Bartlett
nine with a .531 batting average, a single season school record. He joins
teammates, Sam Cowitz, John Stefanik and Paul Deary, previous individual
inductees from that 1941 baseball team, as a member of the Hall of Fame.
In basketball, Andy was a stalwart defensive player and top scorer during
an era when game totals were unlike those of today. The All-Star scored
151 points for his career, placing him among the elite scorers in Bartlett
history at that time. During the 1940-41 season, the team compiled a 24-3
record, with the three losses totaling four points. Andy was team captain
during that stellar season.
In football, Andy was a swift running back who contributed greatly during
the team's success. During his 3-year tenure, Bartlett compiled a 15-8-2
After graduation, Andy received a scholarship to play football at Seton
Hall University, where he played one year. He left school when World War
II started, joining the U. S. Marine Corps.
After the war, the late Andrew Jarzabski returned to Dudley and later
moved to Florida where he worked as a painter.
Christopher, Class of 1948
Joe Christopher was a three-sport athlete at Bartlett High School during
the mid-to-late 1940s.
Joe played three years each on the Indians' baseball, basketball and football
varsity teams. He received letters all three years in baseball and basketball,
and lettered two years in football.
His prime talents were in basketball and baseball.
In basketball, Joe was a leading scorer and rebounder for
the Indians, playing both forward and guard positions.
In baseball, he was an outstanding hitter and superb defensive shortstop,
and was a three-year starter at the position.
Joe also played baseball for local powerhouse Stevens Boys Club and the
East Douglas semi-pro team made up of college-bound players.
After graduating from Bartlett, he went to Worcester Academy where he
lettered in baseball, basketball and football. During his time there he
received the Presson Award for Athletics.
Joe then went on to Brown University where he lettered in basketball and
baseball. Possessing a very strong arm, Joe was converted to catcher when
playing for the Bears. He served as captain of the freshman baseball team.
Joe eventually became the principal at Dudley Junior High School, a position
from which he retired a few years ago. He also taught at that school and
coached basketball and baseball teams before being named principal.
Joseph Christopher died recently. His wife Janet lives in Dudley and has
a son, Joseph R. Christopher, 45.
Markiewicz, Class of 1950
Sportsmanship, student-athlete and leadership are some of the attributes
displayed by Joe Markiewicz, a two-sport standout at Bartlett High School.
Joe played four years for Indian basketball and baseball teams, lettering
in both sports for three years and serving as co-captain in both sports
for one year each.
It is recalled that during the 1950 baseball season, Joe compiled an 8-1
record on the mound, the only defeat coming in a 1-0 loss to Worcester
Trade in the post-season tournament.
An Al Banks sports cartoon in the May 25 Evening Gazette featured
Joe as: "Bartlett High's ace hurler now has eight for eight (victories)
with a specialty of a fast curve."
While he received much justifiable publicity for his diamond exploits,
Joe also was a key player on the basketball team. The team compiled a
13-8 record in his senior year.
His Bartlett High awards included being the recipient of the H.C. Branch
Athletic Medal for exemplary achievement and influence in athletics; the
1950 winner of the inaugural Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Award as voted by
the student body; and Most Valuable Player of the 1950 baseball team,
receiving a watch for that recognition.
While at Bartlett, Joe was an honor roll student and held memberships
in the Alpha Club, Student Coundil and Executive Committee.
Upon graduation he received a scholarship to Nichols College where he
lettered in basketball and baseball.
Joe served in the U.S. Air Force for five years. During his tour he played
baseball and basketall on Air Force base teams in Florida and Colorado.
He spent more than 25 years coaching and serving as commissioner of youth
basketball in Solon, Ohio. He also served that community as a school board
member for 12 years.
Joe and his wife Irene now live in Twinsburg, Ohio.
Richard Pizzetti, Class of 1955
A sports love affair and friendship with fellow atheltes are prime reasons
Dick Pizzetti played baseball and football for Bartlett High School.
It was a privilege, he says, to have been able to play those sports with
many of his friends.
Dick's senior year in football was special for him. Not only did Bartlett
have a successful season, but also playing for new coach Bob Devlin was
particularly rewarding. Coach Devlin came from St. John's High to Bartlett
for one year, helping the Indians to a winning season.
Highlights of that 1954 season included wins over Aldrich High (RI) and
Manchester High (CT), with Dick playing well in both games. Also, that
season, Bartlett beat Clinton for the first time in 13 years, tied a strong
Auburn team and enjoyed Thanksgiving Day dinner after shutting out Southbridge,
Dick says it also was a privilege to play baseball under Coach George
Finnegan and then Ziggy Strzelecki. The Indians compilted a 13-1 baseball
record in his senior year.
Beyond high school, Dick played American Legion baseball, traveling all
over New Enlgand. He remembers traveling to Cooperstown, NY for a game,
but it was rained out.
He also has some fond memories about playing softball. He played with
some very talented player such as Al Suss, Wigs Deary, John Stefanik,
Pro Pizzetti, Joe Maisto and Rocky Miller.
Dick Pizzetti says he is extremely proud to be inducted into tghe Hall
of Fame and promises to always cherish the award.
(Tanko) DiDonato, Class of 1960
DiDonato ranks as one of the best basketball players in Bartlett High
Ginni, as she prefers to be called, played and lettered for four years
in basketball, and was team captain her senior year.
During the 1959-60 season the team went undefeated, in part due to Ginni's
contributions, and the coaching of Sis Ingraham.
Ginni also played softball in her senior year. Ths sport was introduced
at Bartlett High in that 1960 season.
During her high school years, Ginni served as a Webster Times
reporter, writing a "Student of the Week" column during her
senior year, 1959-1960. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.
Her post-Bartlett portfolio includes being a member of the Scarlet Key,
an All University honor society, while at Boston University. She has been
listed in the Who's Who Among Colleges and Universities, and received
a Dean of Women's Award while in college.
She plays golf and won the Webster-Dudley Golf Club's President's Cup
in 1998 and 2000. She was a Flight A Club Champion in 1991 and 1994.
Ginni has coached softball in the Dudley Lassie League and organized the
Webster-Dudley Crop Walk, participating in the event for 16 years.
She is a financial planner for Lincoln Financial.
Ginni's husband, Leonard DiDonato, is deceased. She makes her home in
Dudley and has two daughters, Debbie Tagg, 38, and Pamela O'Sullivan,
37, and one son, Jeff DiDonato, 36. She has four grandchildren, Nicholas,
Kristin, Julia and Jack.
Kuszewski, Class of 1962
A great competitor who played with much heart and skill, Fran Kuszewski
is on the top rung of three-sport athletes to ever wear a green and white
It didn't matter the season, this sparkplug was at the forefront when
Bartlett High School needed something extra. He played four years each
on the football, basketball and baseball teams.
In basketball, Fran was a good rebounder, very quick and
had a good shot. The coach would call on him often when a big play was
needed -- and he usually made it. He was a student of the game.
In football, Fran was one of the main offensive threats at running back,
utilizing his speed and ability to change direction for big gains. He
was difficult to defend, for one occasion he would throw an option pass,
often on target. In addition, he excelled on defense playing free safety.
It is recalled that as a junior he scored three touchdowns on Thanksgiving
Day against archrival Mary Wells of Southbridge. Fran was among three
players on that team who each scored about 60 points for the season. Fran's
athleticism paved the way for many glorious gridiron moments.
His achievements continued on the baseball diamond, as Fran was a prime
player in Bartlett's successes and was called a natural by one sports
columnist. Among his career statistics are: a 13-1 pitching record, only
five errors in 46 games played, including a 24-game streak where he committed
no errors; a .310 batting average, with 14 extra-base hits, and striking
out only 12 times for his career.
Fran served as class president his junior and senior years and served
on Class Committees both of those years.
Strzelecki, Class of 1971
The induction of Paul Strzelecki, a three-sport star at Bartlett High
School, presents a significant Bartlett Sports Hall of Fame milestone.
Paul's father, the late Ziggy Strzelecki, was inducted into the Hall of
Fame in 2002. So, the Strzelecki duo becomes the first father-son combination
to be inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame.
Paul was a top contributor to the success of Bartlett's
soccer, basketball and baseball teams from 1969 through 1971. He played
soccer for two years, being a member of the squad when the sport was first
played at the school. He played baseball and basketball for three years,
and in his senior year seved as team captain in both sports.
In basketball, Paul was a steady, offensive shooting guard and a very
good defensive player. He was always assigned to cover the opponent's
top perimeter player. He is considered to be one of the best zone press
defenders ever at Bartlett and was a prime performer in Bartlett's tenacious
In soccer, Paul was a strong, aggressive, quick outside halfback. He played
with much heart and a never-quit style. His contributions helped Bartlett
achieve a 12-2 record in the school's second season and a 13-1 record
when he was a senior.
In baseball, Paul played shortstop on talented Bartlett teams. He had
great range, especially going into the hole and using his strong arm to
throw out runners at first base. He was an above average hitter and always
a threat to steal bases.
Paul would continue his baseball career at Southern Connecticut State
College where he was a team captain. While in college he played in the
Cape Cod Baseball League and continued playing after college graduation
in the Stan Musial Baseball League.
Paul Strzelecki works for the US Postal Service as a sales associate in
the Webster-Dudley office.
Nadeau, Class of 1974
A top competitor with a never-say-die attitude are attributes of Gerry
Nadeau, an all-star performer at Bartlett High School.
Gerry played three sports at Bartlett during the early 1970s. He played:
baseball for four years and was captain his senior year; basketball for
three years, captain of the team in his senior year; and football for
three years, playing quarterback.
Gerry was a multi-talented baseball player, gaining much
notoriety as a pitcher. Using a mixture of intelligence and skill, he
baffled many batters during mound assignments. He was an above average
hitter and a good defensive infielder.
Likewise in basketball, he used a combination of athletic prowess and
brainpower as a playmaking guard to help lead the Indians to successful
seasons. He was an above average scorer and a steady defensive performer.
Gerry's Bartlett High School athletic honors, recognitions and achievements
include: named to the Worcester Telegram & Evening Gazette
Baseball and Basketball All-Star teams in 1974, his senior year; member
of the District Champion Bartlett High School baseball team in 1973; recipient
of the George Finnegan Award in 1974; and playing key roles on Bartlett
High's Clark Tournament Championship basketball teams in 1973 and 1974.
During his high school career, Gerry played and starred in American Legion
Baseball for the Webster-Dudley team during the summer months.
After graduation from Bartlett, Gerry went to the University of Lowell
where he played on the baseball team for three years.
Gerry is employed by IGA Field Services as a District Sales Manager. His
professional achievements include: Member of the One Million Dollar Club
in sales volume for one year; and All-Star Team in Personal Production
in the country.
Gerry has three children, Kerri, 21, Kyle, 17, and Seth, 16.
Hetherman, Class of 1975
George Hetherman set the highest example for all athletes at Bartlett
High School using a combination of a positive attitude, good citizenship,
talent and hard work to excel in three sports, especially baseball.
George played varsity baseball for three years, serving as captain his
senior year. He played varsity football for three years and was a captain
his senior year. He also played two years on the varsity basketball team.
It was in baseball where this affable athlete brought much
notice to himself and the Indians, and, in the summer months, for the
Webster-Dudley Post 184 American Legion team during the mid-1970s.
His baseball coaches during that time span had high acccolades for George.
Bartlett coach Ziggy Strzelecki once remarked, "He's the best catcher
I ever had." Legion Coach Fran Kasheta, a former pro baseball player,
said, "He's the epitome of a true baseball player." Coach Bob
Pepka noted that George set the standard for "all players in all
positions in all sports."
Highlights of George's baseball career at Bartlett include: three home
runs in a game; 3-year batting averages of .344, .403 and .339 as a senior;
and 44 total RBIs during his junior and senior seasons.
In Legion baseball, he hit for .441 and .403 averages during two seasons
and had 22 RBIs -- one more than Rich Gedman who would eventually be drafted
by the Boston Red Sox.
George went on to play baseball at North Adams State College, where he
continued his hitting and catching prowess, and captained the team in
his senior year.
George is employed as a manager for Interstate Battery.
He and his wife Mary make their home in Dudley. They have two children,
Caelin, 9, and Jack, 7.
Halloran, Class of 1985
All-Star and All-American are synonymous with the athletic exploits of
Lisa Halloran, a three-sport star at Bartlett High School.
She excelled in soccer, basketball and softball for the Indians during
the early to mid-1980s. Her athleticism and leadership were quite evident,
for she was captain in all three sports in her junior and senior years.
Lisa was named to the Worcester Telegram & Evening
Gazette All-Star Basketball Team in her senior year. Playing guard,
she averaged 20.8 points, five rebounds and three steals in that season.
As a junior she was named to the T & G Class B Honor Team.
During that season she averaged 16.4 points a game and was a 70 percent
free throw shooter.
In softball, Lisa was an outstanding shortstop, playing a prominent role
in the Indians' 12-6 season in her senior year. She was named to the T
& G All-Star Softball Team that year for her achievements: A
.500 batting average; collecting 29 hits, including four doubles, two
triples and three home runs. She drove in 29 runs and had a .954 fielding
Lisa set a Bartlett High School Girls Soccer Team record as a senior scoring
19 goals. She was named the team's Most Valuable Player that year.
While at Bartlett, Lisa served as Junior Class Vice President and was
a member of the school band, French Club and the Chronicle staff.
Her sports career continued when she went to Framingham State College
to major in computer science. Lisa was inducted into the college's Athletic
Hall of Fame in 2003. She is the Rams all-time leading scorer in basketball
with 2,177 points. During her Rams career, she was the leading scorer
in the nation averaging 26.8 points a game in Division 3 basketball and
was named to the Kodak All-American second team. In softball, she holds
the college record with a .405 batting average.
Lisa Halloran works in administration for the Conham Inspection Company.
Paranto, Class of 1986
Tony Paranto, a four-sport all-star during the mid-1980s, has a distinction
nobody else can claim.
Tony, in life after high school, is now the coach of the Bartlett High
Boys basketball team -- a post his dad Bob held within the past three
decades. Dad and son are the first Bartlett coaches to both claim being
at the helm of Indian teams which won the prestigious Clark Tournament.
Tony is one of a few athletes to play four sports for the Indians. The
all-around athlete played fall soccer for two years, football for two
years, and baseball and basketball for four years each. He was captain
of the baseball and basketball teams in his senior year.
During his career, Tony achieved Border Conference All-Star status in
soccer, football, basketball and baseball. He also was named an all-star
in soccer by the Worcester Telegram & Evening Gazette. He
was a member of the Bartlett Border Conference Championship teams
in football, basketball and baseball.
Tony was a top performer on the Bartlett basketball team that won the
Clark Tournament title in 1986 and was also on district and state finalist
teams in 1985.
During his time at Bartlett, he was on the honor roll and received the
George Finnegan award for being the top male athlete.
In his post-Bartlett High School athletic participation, Tony stood out
in basketball while at North Adams State College. During the 1987-88 season
he led the country in all divisions in three-point field goal percentage
with a 53-percent mark. During his four years at North Adams, the college
was crowned state college conference basketball champions every year.
Tony Paranto is employed by the school district as an MCAS math teacher
and coach. He and his wife Melissa have a son Logan, 4.
Holland, Class of 1992
Scott Holland is considered to be among the most outstanding
football players in Bartlett High School history.
Scott played on Indian football and basketball teams for three years,
serving as team captain for both teams in his junior and senior seasons.
He was a huge force in football, whether it was on offense or defense,
and often played multiple postions during games. There were several memorable
games during his Bartlett days but the granddaddy of them all, perhaps,
was the 1991 Thanksgiving Day game.
Played in Southbridge before 6,000 fans, Bartlett upset the Pioneers,
12-7, and thereby vaulted the Indians into the Division 2 Super Bowl game.
The winning score came late in the game in an 8-play, 71-yard drive keyed
by running back Scott Holland.
Scott was twice an T & G All-Star in football and received the honor
once in basketball. During Scott's three-year varsity football career,
the Indians compiled a 21-9 overall record. Bartlett's basketball squads
went 17-4 in each of Scott's junior and senior years. He went on to more
football stardom playing for the Worcester State College Lancers. His
achievements in Division 3 football include: New England Football Conference
Defensive Player of the Year for three years; conference all-star team
for four years; Division 2 & 3 Little All-American team in 1994; Football
Gazette All-American in 1994 and 1995; All New England Football Writers
team in 1995 and 1996; and a three-time ECAC All-Star. Scott is the all-time
leading tackler at WSC with 440 as a linebacker.
He played for the Munich Cowboys in the German Football League in 1998
and played several years for the semi-pro Marlboro Shamrocks.
He was a physical education teacher at Bartlett and currently is the owner
of Powerhouse Gym in Webster.
Daskowski, Class of 1994
Whether it was on the gridiron or court, Todd Daskowski was a superstar
for the Bartlett High School Indians during the early 1990s.
Todd was a four-year letterman in both football and basketball. He served
as football team captain in his senior year and basketball team captain
in his junior and senior years.
Todd's athletic recognition includes selection to the Worcester Telegram
& Gazette All-Star team -- twice in football and once in basketball.
His football achievements include: two Super Bowl appearances by Bartett;
leading scorer in Central Mass. in 1992 with 22 touchdowns; 48 high school
career touchdowns; and more than 3,000 yeards rushing as a speedy running
back. Todd has the distinction of scoring all seven touchdowns registered
by Bartlett against Southbridge in games played from 1991 through 1993
when the Indians won two of the three games. He received the Sabatinelli
MVP award for his performace in the 1992 game. During his career Bartlett
compiled a 30-10 record.
Todd was a point guard on Indian basketball teams for four years. He is
a member of the school's 1,000-point club having scored 1,089 career points.
The 1993-1994 team was crowned District E, Division II Champions and,
during his career, Bartlett recorded a 71-15 record.
Todd went on to football stardom at Worcester State College where he was
a running back and wide receiver. His achievements include: Offensive
Rookie of the Year; Golden Helmet award winner; led the conference with
10 touchdowns; named to the New England Football Conference All-Star team;
and is listed as seventh on the WSC scoring list with 20 touchdowns.
Todd lives in Elk Grove, Illinois and is employed as the operations manager
for American Fitness Wholesalers.
Induction into a hall-of-fame is a tremendous part of the Don Ferrari
legacy, for this occasion marks the fourth time he receives recognition
for contributions to athletic programs.
Don previously was inducted into the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Athletic
Hall of Fame in 1989, the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame
in 1997, and the Massachusetts Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998.
Don's coaching tenure includes two stints at Bartlett High School spanning
15 years. His football coaching legacy at Bartlett includes teams compiling
a 67-35-4 overall record.
Don was at the helm of Bartlett football from 1959 through 1964 and from
1990 through 1999. The 1960 team was crowned Central Mass. Class B Champion
compiling an 8-1 record. The 1991 and 1992 teams played in Central Mass.
Division 2 Super Bowls, compiling 8-1 records in both years.
During his second stint at Bartlett, Don coached Indian baseball teams
from 1990 through 1999.
Like many people who've been associated with Bartlett football over the
years, competition against Southbridge on Thanksgiving Day stands out
in the memory bank. Don recalled the 1960 game as one of the greatest
victories he ever had. Bartlett defeated Southbridge 44-12 snapping the
Pioneers' 28-game winning streak.
In between his two Bartlett tenures, Don coached baseball and football
at Athol High School. His Red Raider football teams were twice crowned
Western Mass. Super Bowl Champions -- in 1978 and 1984. His baseball teams
also were highly successful.
Don currently is a chemistry teacher at Holy Name High School. He and
his wife Lorraine live in Webster and have a daughter Geana, 27, and two
sons, Robert 30, and Paul, 22.
Mrazik, Coach and Athlete, Class of 1965
John Mrazik is the first inductee to be recognized for dual
contributions to the Bartlett High Athletic program -- as a highly successful
coach and as an outstanding football player.
In general, John played on Indian football teams from 1961 through 1964;
has coached for 36 continuous years, a school record; and served as athletic
director for three years.
John recently completed his 17th season as the girls' tennis team coach.
The mentor had guided the teams through 16 winning seasons and post-season
tournament appearances. His tennis teams collectively have tallied an
overall mark of 250-61 for and 80 winning percentage. That winning percentage
is the highest for any coach in school history. The 1995 District Championship
team was the last to record an undefeated regular season at BHS in the
20th century and the 2006 team posted the school's first undefeated regular
season in the 21st century.
John served as defensive coordinator for five different head football
coaches during a 26-year span. Bartlett's defense was known for being
well-prepared and hard-hitting units during John's tenure. In 1980, upon
the death of Coach Jim Healy, John Mrazik became interim head coach. In
an inspirational Thanksgiving Day game, the Indians defeated archrival
Southbridge thereby ending Bartlett's 10-year losing streak on the holiday.
As a football player, John was a three-year starter at center and middle
linebacker for Bartlett. He was captain and voted the Team's Most Valuable
Player in his senior year. He continued his football career at Nichols
College and Central Connecticut, playing center and linebacker for both
John has retired as a teacher at Bartlett High although he continues as
coach of the girls tennis team. He and his wife Suzanne live in Dudley
and have two sons, Jeff, 28, and Joel, 26 and one daughter, Beth, 23.
Pratt, Coach, Class of 1930
Bea Pratt is the pioneer in establishing girls athletic programs at Bartlett
Bea began coaching and teaching physical education and science at Bartlett
in 1936. A 1935 graduate of Boston University School of Physical Education,
she was the first full-time women's coach at Bartlett, expanding the girls
basketball program in 1938. She also started the field hockey program
in 1939 and the softball program in 1947.
Bea coached four undefeated teams while at the helm of athletic programs.
The 1940 basketball team compiled a 9-0 record and the 1946 team had an
8-0 mark; the field hockey team had an 8-0 record in 1940; and the softball
team finished with an 8-0 record in 1951.
Her commitment to the girls athletic program was the prime reason for
successful results during her coaching tenure. Her players described Bea
as an energetic and devoted mentor. She was admired and respected not
only by the athletes but also by the students in her classes. She strived
to set goals to develop character and high personal values. Bartlett High
School faculty and Worcester County coaches also regarded her in high
Bea managed summer camps in Maine, New Hampshire and Cape Cod before retiring
from coaching. After 18 years of coaching she reamined in the classroom
at Bartlett teaching biology and science.
She was honored several years ago when the Webster Senior Center named
the Bea Pratt Lounge for her devotion and contribution to the Webster-Dudley
Two sisters, Ms. Corinne Pratt and Mrs. Florence Pratt Lucas of Webster,
1955 BHS Undefeated Football Team
The 1955 Bartlett football team featured a solid and experienced offensive
backfield. Leaders on that unit included: Co-captain and quarterback George
Muzea, an excellent passer and field general; a halfback Ron Pokraka who
was elusive and fast; and fulback Peter Teguis, a rugged, punishing runner.
When the season began, first-year coach Frank Kronoff and first-year assistant
coach Vern Cormier were faced with inexperienced lineman. Only co-captain
and guard Mike Mahan returned as a starter from the previous year - he
was a hard-hitting blocker and defender.
The starting offensive lineup found Harry Penniman at center; guards Mahan
and Russ Wilson; tackles Don Ryan and Paul Sledzik; ends Sam Tanko and
John Strzelewicz; Muzea at quarterback; Teguis at fullback; and halfbacks
Pokraka and Roy Mierzejewski, who later became known as Roy Mier.
A season highlight came on Thanksgiving Day. After falling behind 12-0,
the Green & White roared back scoring 34 unanswered points to defeat
Mary Wells of Southbridge, 34-12.
Bartlett finished with an 8-0 record and was the only undefeated team
in Worcester County, thereby holding claim to the Central Mass. Schoolboy
Roy Mierzejewski, John Strzelewicz, Sammy Tanko, Peter Teguis, Ron Pokraka,
Russell Wilson, Michael Mahan, Paul Barre, Paul Roy, Richard Belleville,
Dick Nowak, Eugene Beauregard, Robert Grzych, Edmund Kasierski, Donald
Vincent, Joseph White, Alfred Mrazik, John Chlapowski, Robert Sellig,
George Muzea, Donald Ryan, Harry Penniman, Paul Holley, James Sullivan,
Joseph Zdrok, Neal Mahan, Peter Gadoury, Andrew Milowicki, John Gogolinski,
Alan Bayer, Richard Nezuh, William Parmentier, Rene Langevin, Raymond
Dupre, Paul Sledzik, John Sellig, Ernest Benoit, John Duff, Coach Frank
Kronoff, Assistant Coach Vernon Cormier, Managers Michael Levey and Michael