BARTLETT HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS HALL OF FAME CEREMONY

Oct. 30, 2010
John J. Mrazik, Committe Chairman
Carl Beane, "The Voice of Fenway Park", Master of Ceremonies

The 2010 inductees are individuals who achieved excellence in athletics while attending Bartlett.

Dr. Anthony Wojciechowski, Class of 1932

Dr. Anthony Wojciechowski, Class of 1932, was known as one of Bartlett's first "Big Men" and one of the key cogs in establishing Bartlett High School as one of Worcester County's elite basketball programs in the early and mid-1930's.

Legendary Bartlett coach, George Finnegan, won consecutive Southern Worcester County championships from 1930 through 1936, with center Anthony Wojciechowski and fellow Bartlett Hall of Famer Joe White playing key roles in establishing that championship streak. White provided the scoring and Wojciechowski provided tenacious defense and controlled the rebounding on both the offensive and defensive boards.

Anthony was tall, very strong, determined and an exceptional leaper. A Webster Times report from 1932 states, "Wojciechowski always wins the taps." In Anthony's senior year (1931-32 season), the Bartlett basketball program recorded a 20-and-3 record, which would be the first time any Bartlett squad won twenty games. Besides basketball, Anthony also played baseball, and lettered in both his sophomore and junior years. In his senior year, he decided to forgo playing baseball to concentrate on his academics.

Anthony attended Worcester Academy for a year before moving on to Tufts University where he majored in the pre-med program. In 1936, Anthony enetered Tuft Medical School and graduated in 1942. Upon graduation from Tufts, Dr. Wojciechowski entered the military and attained the rank of captain. In World War II, he proudly served with the 13th Portable Surgical unit in the Pacific Theater. Upon completion of his military duty, he opened a medical practice on Main Street in Webster and, for the next thrity-nine years, he served the community as a dedicated physician healing and touching the lives of many.

In the medical community, he was well-respected and served as president of the Webster-Dudley Medical Society, the Chief Medical Examiner for Southern Worcester County, and was the FAA flight examiner. "Dr. Tony's affiliation with Bartlett High School did not end in 1932. For about a twenty-year period, Dr. Wojciechowski conducted physicals every fall, winter and spring for all Bartlett athletes. Former A.D. Donald Cushing described him as "conscientious, dedicated and sensitive" and was a tremendous asset to the athletes of Bartlett High School as team physician for several decades.

Anthony and his wife Stephanie had two children, Robert and Phyllis, and six grandchildren.

Hank Begreen, Class of 1945

According to legendary Bartlett Hall of Fame coach George Finnegan, Francis "Hank" Begreen was one of the most gifted natural athletes ever to don the Green and White.

Hank was a three-sport star, participating in football, basketball and baseball.

In the fall, Hank played football and lined up offensively at both ends as well as running back and at end on defense. In his first game against Palmer, playing halfback, he scored on a sweep, threw a touchdown on a halfback option, kicked an extra point and finally ran in a fake extra point. In his last game, in a mighty defensive struggle versus Wells, on Thanksgiving Day, he scored a touchdown, caught numerous passes, and managed to keep Southbridge at bay the entire game with his booming punts -- including the longest punt in Bartlett history, a record-breaking 92 yards.

In the sport of basketball, he once again took advantage of his size and power. On the boards, his rebounding skills on both ends of the court made him a force for the (17-3) Finnegan-led Indians. Offensively, he had a nice soft touch, especially when in close. In his senior year. the biggest game of the season was the match-up with Catholic League Champions, (18-3), St. Louis Cavaliers. Hank went on to score a game-high 26 points, and was described by the St. Louis fans as an "unstoppable force". At the end of the season, he was named to the Red Cross Schoolboy All-Star Team which played Connecticut in the post-season.

In the sport of baseball, the big left-hander manned first base for the Indians. Defensively, he was described as being "very smooth with excellent range, and on offense a power hitter". In Hank's junior year, he led the team both in RBI's and homeruns. At that time, Bartlett played at Marcustry Park on West Street and according to a number of fans the big lefty hit a ball that cleared the barn in right field which was a distance estimated in the 400-foot range!

In the spring of 1945, Hank would forgo playing baseball and joined the U.S. Army, serving his nation proudly. On his return from the military, he would play two years of semi-pro football.

Hank and his wife, Patricia, had four children: Deborah, Mark, Paul and Caroline. He remained in the Webster area and operated a number of local businesses.

 

Edwin Stochaj, Class of 1954

Edwin Stochaj, Class of 1954, was a three-letter athlete participating in football, basketball and baseball. In his senior year, he had the distinction of serving as co-captain in all three sports. The three captaincies were a direct result of his teammates recognizing his leadership skills, dedication and hustle on the gridiron, court and diamond.

In the fall, Edwin played both defensive and offensive end on the gridiron for the Indians, By all account, he had "excellent hands as a receiver and was a solid blocker both on the line of scrimmage and downfield." On defense, "he was a solid tackler and was known for his hustle and desire to get the ball carrier."

In basketball. Edwin was a guard known for his tenacious defense, and was routinely assigned the opponent's top scoring threat. Standing at six feet tall, he also made his presence known on the boards, which was unusal for someone playing guard. His tough football attitude and hustle carried over to the basketball court from the gridiron. On offense, he was a solid passer and averaged 12 points per game.

On the diamond, Edwin played two positions, left field and catcher, for the legendary Bartlett coach Ziggy Strzelecki. Edwin had a strong arm, which he utilized in both positions.

Runners attempting to steal second were gunned down and throws in from left prevented runners fro advancing. In left field, he had both a good glove and an excellent range. In both his junior and senior years, he was a solid three hundred hitter.

After graduation, Edwin attended Wilbraham & Monson Academy as a postgraduate student. At the Academy, he excelled in basketball and was named both MVP and to the All-Tournament team in a junior college tournament held in the Springfield area. After graduating from prep school, he went on to attend Springfield College prior to beginning his professional career in the insurance industry with Metropolitan Life and Travelers.

In 1975, Edwin and his wife Ann established the E.J. Stochaj Insurance Agency, Inc. in Webster, and later moved the agency to Dudley. Edwin passed away in 2005 due to a heart ailment and his survived by his wife Ann and four children, Lynn, Jim, Mary and Kate, and nine grandchildren.

Bruce Ziemski, Class of 1968

Very possibly the very best and most accomplished golfer from Bartlett High School for the last half decade (1960-2010)!!!

Bruce Ziemski joined the Bartlett High golf team in his sophomore year and helped to propel the Green and White to seasonal team records of 7-3, 9-1, 12-0-1 for a total record of 28-4-1. Bruce served as team captain and Most Valuable Player during his senior year, and was also MVP in his junior year.

The sport of golf had begun in 1957 at Bartlett. Martin Starosta served as Ziemski's first coach in 1966 before Ed Kunkel took over and had the extreme pleasure of mentoring Bruce in 1967 and 1968.

"Bruce was an outstanding leader -- a quiet leader who led by example," exalted Coach Kunkel. "As a golfer, he had no peer and in his senior year went undefeated in every individual match he had and he played against the best #1 golfers in Central Mass.," stated Kunkel. He went on to say, "Plus, in his senior year, he teamed up with outstanding freshman, Dean Mason, in team play and they finished the season undefeated."

Bartlett recorded a record of 12-0-1 in 1968 and went on to win the Central Mass. Golf Title and finished the season as State Runner-Up to Newton High School.

Individually, that season, Bruce won the Central Mass. Schoolboy Golf Tournament.

"Bruce was the best of the best -- he set the golf standard in Central Mass. during his high school years," stated Ed Kunkel. "The strongest part of his game -- his booming drives. His low scores of 34, 35, 36 were simply sensational," stated Kunkel.

The quiet and reserved golfer had been active in golf since age 13. His father, Joseph Ziemski, was an avid area golfer and "I just picked it up from him. I never took any lessons," stated Bruce in a 1971 interview with the Worcester Telegram.

Bruce went on to Nichols College where he played golf for four years and was team captain and MVP in the 1972 season. He was inducted into the Nichols College Hall of Fame in 1979. Also while at Nichols College, Bruce was a Dean's List achiever, won the Southern New England Conference Championship in 1970 and was the New England Intercollegiate Champion in 1971.

Bruce Ziemski -- simply put -- "The Best of the Best" -- and still going strong!!



Mark Lempicki, 1970

In football, Mark was an outstanding guard and middle linebacker on the 1967, 1968, and 1969 Green and White football squads and captained his senior year.

Mark was chosen as a Telegram and Gazette All-Star in his senior year. This same year, he led the Green and White to the Central Mass, Class B Championship and had a record number of solo tackles from his middle linebacker position.

According to Border Conference League football coaches, he was accalimed to be "the most outstanding linebacker in Central MA in 1969."

He continued his stellar play during his four seasons at Nichols College, where he dominated once more defensively as a linebacker. He captained the 1973 Nichols College football team to their first New England Football Conference Championship. He also played lacrosse during his tenure at Nichols, at what other position but defense. The goalie on that lacrosse team referred to his as, "a brick wall in front of the wall and was very seldom penetrated."

After playing defense in football for Coach Langevin, at Bartlett and at Nichols College in Dudley, he describes Mark as "the most dominating linebacker in his 35 years as a coach." In the language of football, Langevin quotes, "Mark as having more turtle hits (hitting an opponent so that they end up flat on their back) in one season than most defenders have in a full career."

At Nichols College, he was named no less than nine times, in 1973, to the weekly ECAC All-East Team. He was also the first Nichols athlete to be named to the first All-East Team in 1973. Mark was inducted in the Nichols Hall of Fame in 1980.

Mark has been employed in the Oxford school system where he teaches Math in Project Coffee. He went on to serve as defensive football coach for thirteen years with the Pirates, at which time he was able to coach his sons Josh, Abe, and Sam on the gridiron to two Super Bowl games.

He is also the proud parent of one daughter Mariya. He resides in Webster.

There is no question that Mark will go down as one of the most dominant recognized gridiron players ever at both Bartlett and Nichols College.

Stephen Iglowski, Class of 1973

Steve Iglowski, Class of 1973, was a two-sport athlete who participated in both basketball and baseball. Steve had plenty of natural athletic talent, but it was his great positive attitude and work ethic that really distinguished him among his peers.

Steve participated in the newly organized (1969) BHS varsity soccer program during his early years, but experienced some knee difficulties, thus requiring him to forego the fall sport.

In the winter, Steve would join a highly successful Bartlett basketball program. Steve was a junior on the Border Conference Championship Team (17-5) and averaged approximately ten points per game. The classy ball handler was exceptionL on the fast break and had been a part of the BHS basketball program since his freshman year and was counted upon to be the Indians' playmaker during his senior year. However, Steve sustained an off-season knee injury which required knee surgery and was lost to the team for his entire senior year. The 1973 team would eventually become Border Conference Champions as well as the BHS first-ever Clark Tournament Champions.

In the spring, Steve had the opportunity to play his favorite and strongest sport -- baseball. The legendary Ziggy Strzelecki coached him. Steve was a four-year member of the varsity team excelling in both hitting and pitching. In both his junior and senior years, he led the team in hitting. His pitching skills matched his outstanding hitting and he recorded twenty-five wins over a three-year period. He was noted for his command of his pitches and his mental toughness on the mound. In his senior season, he captained the team and led the Indians to the 1973 MIAA District Championship.

He was named to both the Border Conference and Worcester Telegram and Gazette All-Star Teams, to go along with his two baeball MVPs which he won in both his junior and senior years.

While at Bartlett, Steve was an excellent student achieving honor roll status all four years and participated in many extracurricular activities.

Steve would graduate from Providence College with a degree in Accounting and followed with an MBA from Nichols College.

He is presently employed by the Raytheon Company as Director of Global Cash Management. Steve and his wife Nadine line in Auburn, and they have two sons, Andrew and Adam.

Danielle Norton Dickman, Class of 1987

Danielle Norton Dickman graduated from Bartlett High School in 1987. She excelled in both soccer and softball. Danielle was also president of the National Honor Society in 1987, and, in this same year, was selected to the BHS Super Team by the English Department.

As a sophomore, Danielle developed a reputation in soccer as both a tough-nosed defender and a skilled forward. Danielle was selected to the Border Conference All-Star Team in 1986 and 1987, and was selected to the Central Mass. Division II All-Star Team in 1987. Danielle was chosen as a captain in her senior year.
Danielle also lettered in softball for four years. She pitched the majority of the games as a freshman and also played first base and catcher. During the next three years, Danielle left her mark as perhaps the best pitcher ever in softball in Bartlett Hgih School history. Her record as a sophomore was twelve wins and seven losses. Despite a serious knee injury in her junior year, Danielle's record was nine wins and two losses at the end of May, her ERA was under 2.00, and her batting average was over .350. In the district E Tournament in June, she pitched both a four- and five-hitter in the preliminary games, and won the championship game by pitching a three-hitter. As a senior captain, Danielle batted over .450 and her record as a pitcher was seventeen wins and four losses with an ERA of under 2.00.

In the 1987 District E. Championship game, she pitched a two-hit shutout and won 6-0 but lost to Greenfield (19-2) in the state semi-finals.

Danielle was chosen by her coach as an unsung hero in 1986 and MVP in 1987. Plus, she was selected by league coaches to two Border Conference All-Star teams, and selected several times as "Star of the Week" by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette sports department.

Her total three-year pitching record, for three great BHS Varsity Softball teams, was an outstanding 38-13.

Upon graduation from Bartlett High School, Danielle Norton Dickman attended Tufts University where she was a two-time captain of the rugby "A" team, and was awarded a degree magna cum laude in International Relations.

Presently Danielle lives in Beverly with her husband James and they have two children, Ava and James.


John Lamontagne, Class of 1988

John Lamontagne, Class of 1988, was an oustanding two-sport athlete.

John started off his athletic career as a starting middle linebacker for the football squad in his freshman year and continued to do so for the next four seasons. He captained the football team in 1988. By his junior year, John was tearing up the gridiron and was known around Central Mass. as "The Train". John led the team in yards gained in both his junior and senior years and he recorded over 3,000 yards and over thiry rushing touchdows. On defense, he led the team in tackles, in both his junior and senior years, delivering some thunderous hits to opposing ball carriers.

"The Train" was presented the Thanksgiving MVP, the "Captain Vincent Sabatinelli Award", in both his junior and senior years. He was also the recipient of the Elk's MVP versus Shepherd Hill in 1986 and the Knights of Columbus Sportsmanship Award in 1987.

John was inducted into the Central Mass. Chapter of the National Football Foundation in 1986. He was a three-time Border Conference All-Star, and also was named to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette All-Star teams in his junior and senior years.

John was also an outstanding and versatile baseball player. In his sophomore year, he played catcher. In his junior year he pitched and caught, and ended the season with an outstadning .500 batting average. In his senior season, he pitched, played first base and was a designated hitter. John was overpowering on the mound, solid defensively, excellent on the base paths, and was known for his monstrous homeruns. He served as the team captain and was named the team MVP in his senior year, and he was also named a three-time Border Conference All-Star.

John was a 1992 graduate of Nichols College where he played football for four seasons and was captain as a senior. He set rushing records playing tailback and also played middle linebacker on defense. Additionally, he was also a member of the baseball team for three seasons. In 1999, he was named to the Nichols College Hall of Fame.

John later served as a defensive coordinator for the Webster Pop Warner football program, and also at both Shrewsbury High School and Bartlett Higih School.

John works for the Small Business Insurance Agency in Worcester. He and his wife Beth Ellen reside in Auburn with their daughter, Sydney and Alyse.


Alex Ampontuah, Class of 1995

Alex Ampontuah, Class of 1995, was an outstanding two-sport athlete at Bartlett High School.

In the fall, Alex played soccer at Bartlett High School earning three letters. However, it was in the spring, on the track, where Alex left his mark on Bartlett High School sports.

Alex was a member of the Track Team at Bartlett for four years. In his junior year, the track team went undefeated with a record of 12-0. During that season, Alex was entered into 35 events, placing first in 17 of these events, for a winning percentage of 48%. It was in his junior year, where Alex's skill in the triple jump was brought to the forefront. He placed third at the District Meet which qualified him for the MIAA State Meet where he placed 20th out of 36 contestants.

Due to his dedication to the sport of track, as well as his quest for excellence, Alex was elected captain of the 1995 team. It was during the 1995 season that Alex's mark was left for all athletes after him to follow. The team went 7-3-1. Alex competed in the long jump and was undefeated. He set school records in the 100 meters, where he was undefeated; 200 meters, 400 meters, and, his specialty, the triple jump where he was also undefeated.

At the 1995 Class Meet, Alex continued his dominance in the triple jump by placing first.

He was dominant at the Border Conference League Meet in 1995. Alex placed first in the 100, long jump, and the triple jump. In all, Alex competed in 35 events, and placed first in 33 of these events for an outstanding winning percentage of 94.2%.

In his last two season of track at Bartlett, Alex competed in 70 events and placed first in 50 of them for a 71.4% winning percentage.

At the District Meet in his senior year, Alex placed first in the triple jump with a school record jump of 44' 3 1/4"! This record still stands to this day!

In the 1995 State Meet, Alex improved on his junior year result by placing fifth out of thirty-six contestants.

Alex was selected to the 1995 Worcester Telegram and Gazette All-Star Track and Field Team, and to the 1995 Border Conference All-Star Team.

Alex is now an investment banker working for RBC Capital Markets in New York City. In addition, he has completed the New York and Paris Marathons and is training for the Berlin Marathon.

Jason Bielik, Class of 1995

Jason Bielik, Class of 1995, was a two-sport athlete at Bartlett High School participating in both soccer in the fall and tennis in the spring. In soccer, Jason played fullback starting for the Indians both his junior and senior years. His intelligence and excellent instincts resulted in solid positional play in front of his goalie.

Tennis was by far Jason's top sport and, by all accounts, he was the top male tennis player ever to don the colors of the Green & White -- by a large margin.

Jason joined the tennis team in the eighth grade and became a permanent starter in his freshman year.

As a ninth grader, Jason played the number two singles position and recorded a record of 16-0. In his sophomore year he moved up to the first singles position and continued his amazing streak of undefeated play, facing many top upperclassmen. The junior and senior years were no different, with the phenomenal play and streak continuing. By the end of his senior year, Jason has compiled an amazing career record of 67-0 -- Wow! It is highly unlikely that this extraordinary record may ever be matched by any future Bartlett tennis player.

Jason was incredibly consistent in all phases of the game. He was an excellent server, had solid ground strokes from both the forehand and backhand sides, and used his long reach to his advantage when he approached the net. Despite all of Jason's excellent tennis skills. The biggest factor in his incredible record was his unyielding determination. He never quit and his never-give-in attitude often was the difference maker.

Jason was a four-time Border Conference All-Star and was named a Worcester Telegram and Gazette All-Star in both his junior and senior years. In his junior year, Jason played a key role in leading the boys' tennis team to the District E Tournament title.

Jason was an honor roll student and participated in a number of activities at school, with an especially strong interest in band.

Jason graduated from UMass-Lowell with a degree in music and now heads the Music Department at North Middlesex Regional High School. He is the son of Jack and Pat Bielik and has a brother Matt.

Kathleen Neff Phillips, Class of 1997

Kathy Neff Phillips, Class of 1997, was an outstanding three-sport athlete at Bartlett and she will be joining her equally talented twin sister, Kelly, who was inducted in the Bartlett High School Hall of Fame in 2008. The induction of both Kathy and Kelly marks the first time a twin combination has been recognized by the Hall of Fame.

By all accounts, Kathy was Bartlett's top female soccer goalie in Green & White history! She was the captain and MVP of the soccer team and was named to both the Border Conference and Worcester Telegram & Gazette All-Star squads. Coach Pat Hyland lauded her for her "outstanding team attitiude and leadership qualities."

Kathy went on to star at Stonehill College. In 2000, she was named a NCAA Division II Soccer All-American and eventually was inducted in to the Stonehill College Hall of Fame in 2007.

In basketball, at Bartlett High School, Kathy was a four-year starter and served as one of the tri-captains in both her junior and senior years, and was also named to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette All-Star Team her senior year. During her four years, Kathy was a tenacious defender and rebounder and known for her toughness down low.

Kathy was a key member of the group of tremendous athletes who were considered to be the best Bartlett girls squads of all time, securing three Border Conference championships, two District titles, and appearing the the State finals twice.

Kathy played tennis only in her senior year. Although her tenure was a short one, her range, quickness, power and athleticism proved that she was a natural at the sport, especially at playing doubles. Her net play and anticipation were exceptional. Kathy was primarily paired with fellow BHS Hall of Fame inductee Abby Charbonneau, also a one-year participant. The Neff-Charbonneau team went undefeated, playing a vital role in securing Bartlett's last Border Conference title in the spring of 1997, and remarkably upsetting a powerful Notre Dame double team, in District play, that hadn't lost a match in three years.

Kathy and her husband Stephen reside in Ashland. She is employed by the Genzyme Corp. as a Principal Research Associate.

Robert Pepka, Coach

Robert Pepka, Class of 1968, dedicated nearly forty years to Bartlett High School. He participated in football and basketball but truly shined as a three-year letter winner for the Indians baseball program in the spring. After graduating from Westfield State College, Bob returned to Bartlett where he committed his efforts and passion, as both a teacher and coach, for the Green & White.

For Bob, the diamond was his home. In 1967 and 1968, he was selected to the Border Conference All-Star Team. While he was an all-star outfielder, he still definitely could do damage on the mound. He was undefeated as a starting pitcher and the Number One relief pitcher. In the batter's box, he contributed with power and finesse, maintaining a three-hundred-plus average in his junior and senior years. Bob was also recognized by his coach, Ziggy Strzlelecki, his senior season by earning the MVP award.

Upon graduating from Bartlett, Bob continued his education and athletic career at Westfield State. He played for the volleyball, lacrosse and baseball teams at Westfield. In 2008, Bob was named to the Westfield State Hall of Fame in the sports of volleyball, baseball, and lacrosse, and for his contributions to the intramural program.

When he returned to Bartlett, he coached the junior high basketball team, junior varsity boys soccer team, eventually earning the privilege to coach the varsity team. Under Coach Bob Pepka's fourteen year command, his baseball teams compiled an excellent 158-100 record, making frequent trips to the District playoffs. Coach Pepka's teams were known for their discipline and sound fundamental play. Former Auburn High School and Massachusetts Hall fo Fame baseball coach Paul Fenton stated, "Every time you faced a Bob Pepka baseball squad, you were in for a battle." Coach Fenton also mentioned, "no one in the conference was better than Bob in handling their pitching staffs."

Bob's impressive athletic career and lessons that he learned and taught carried over into his classroom. Bob taught his science classes with poise and charisma. Among his accolades and awards, Bob was selected to the Who's Who Among America's Teachers and received the prestigious Webster's Quo Vadis Award.

Bob retired from teaching in 2007 and resides in Dudley with his wife Karen. They have two children, David and Bethany.

Edward Kunkel, Class of 1960, Contributor

Covering a span of 54 years, Edward Kunkel Jr. has supported the Bartlett High School athletic department in many different ways and has made numerous contributions as a member of the Bartlett High School community.

A 1960 graduate of Bartlett High School, he was the epitome of hard work earning twelve varsity letters in football, baseball track and basketball. Ed later coached football and golf at Bartlett and, later in life, he became a fixture in the stands both as a fan and radio annoucer for Bartlett basketball and football games.

Upon graduating from Bartlett High School, Ed entered Nichols College and became the starting quarterback on the football team for the next four years. He continued his affiliation with Nichols by serving as their secondary and backfield coach in football for fourteen years. During this time, the defensive backfield ranked number one in the country in 1973, seventh in 1974, tenth in 1975, and also ranked tenth in the nation for overall passing efficieny in 1975. Ed was inducted into the Nichols College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.

Additionally, in 1965, Ed became backfield and secondary football coach for Bartlett High School, a position he held through 1970. During that same time frame, he also was the coach of what is considered to be the greatest golf team in BHS history -- one that defeated Marlboro High School and ended it's 36-match, three-year wininng streak. His team also qualified for the state tournament that year and finished second amongst all golf teams in the state of Massachusetts.

In future years, Ed became the radio voice of the Bartlett High Indians as he offered play-by-play and analysis of Bartlett basketball and football games on the local radio.

As business manager for the Webster Public Schools for many years, he continued his invaluable support of the school community and athletic programs and attended many of its events.

Throughout the years, Edward Kunkel Jr.'s presence and loyalty to the Bartlett community has remained steadfast and his influence on the athletes he coached and the community he served continues to this day as he currently coaches Webster's youth in its Little League. Ed retired from the Webster Public School system in 2008. He has three children, Julie, Kyle and Katie, and lives in Dudley with his wife Mary. Ed and Mary have three grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The 1994 Boys Track Team is truly one of the finest teams ever to come out of Bartlett High School. Their 1994 season was nothing short of remarkable!

In a sport where there is no defense, it is a credit to all thirty-six individuals on that team for their accomplishments! The team was coached by 2008 BHS Hall of Fame member Paul Lango.

Their first big meet of the 1994 season was the District Relays. At this meet, a team which has great depth in each event is usually the winner. Due to the fact that the 1994 Bartlett Track Team was so strong, often having three or four quality athletes in each event, this Bartlett team placed second out of fifteen teams -- scoring in twelve of the fourteen events.

Two weeks later, this quality group of athletes showed their dominance by winning the District C class Meet for the second year in a row, outdistancing themselves from the field by an incredible 23.5 points! Leading the way was Jim Hachigian who won the discus and Justin Kennedy who won the pole vault. Also scoring were Jim Nadeau, Jesse Meagher, Nate Brunell, Jerome Ellis, Chris Chase, Alex Ampontuah, Matt Condos, Mike Ellis, John Dougherty, Sean Whelan, Chris Nordstrom, Gerry Grudzien, and Dave Lusignan.

The 1994 team also won the Border Conference League Meet, scoring more points than the other three schools combined! Sensational!!

During the regular season, the team outscored their opponents 1182-to-518, placing first in 110 of 162 events, second in 95 of 162 events, and third in 74 of 162 events on their way to a 12-0 record. They were also 36-and-0 over the last three seasons -- Incredible!

Opponents knew when they were facing this team, they were in for a tough afternoon!

Out of the thirty-six members of the team, twenty-six scored in dual meets. There were times when the "regulars" were given different events to participate in because of Coach Lango's fear the score would be too lopsided.

The 1994 team also placed eight members onto the sixteen member Border Conference All-Star Team.

It was through their extremely solid efforts and outstanding teamwork that this tream, was one of the most dominant teams in Central Massachusetts and the entire state.

The 1994 Boys Track Team is truly deserving of their Hall of Fame recognition.

J. Ellis, J. Grudzien, C. Nowak, N. Brunell, Capt. D. Demaris, Capt. J. Hachigian, Capt. D. Lusignan, C. Nordstrom, J. Nadeau, J. Meagher, J Bounphasaysonh, M. Torres, J. Dougherty, J. Kennedy, G. Charbonneau, R. Norton, M. Condos, T. Gustafson, E. Forty, A. Ampontuah, S. Whelan, D. Dougherty, M. Pickering, J. Moussa, T. Edwards, S. Fjellman, J. Ladd, M. Lester, M. Blazek, C. Gustafson, C. Chase, M. Ellis, S. Pappas, B. Jolda, J. Moreno, R. Ramirez, A. Nordstrom, M. Asabre, J. Magario, Mgr. J. Rolak, Mgr. A. Gawle.

2008 Sports Hall of Fame Committee

John Mrazik, Chairman
Don Cushing, First Past Chairman
John Katori, Second Past Chairman
Kathleen Lipski, Secretary
Rene Langevin, Treasurer
Philip A. Charbonneau
Jack Joyce
Paul Lango
Mike Majewski
Gerry Nadeau
Chris Nasis
Colleen Nasis
Anthony Paranto
Bob Pepka
Sheryl Anderson (program assistance)
Greg Lynskey (audio-visual presentation)

The athletic department seeks the input of all graduates of Bartlett High School to ensure that the Hall of Fame, established in 2001 by a vote of the Webster School Committee, is successful.

Requirements for selection to the Hall of Fame include:

1. Individual athletes must be a graduate of Bartlett High School.
2. Eligibility is based upon recipients having graduated a minimum of seven years before receiving the award.
3. Anyone who has made an outstanding contribution to Bartlett High School athletics in any capacity, shall be eligible.
4. Eligibility shall not be based primarily on the athletic prowess of the individual in a varsity sport.
5. Selection shall be made on the basis of playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and the athlete's contribution to the team or teams on which he or she played, and to Bartlett High School in general.
6. Selection shall not be made on one athletic event or one spectacular play.
7. Selection shall not be made on the basis of sentiment or popularity in order to protect the validity and exclusiveness of the Hall of Fame.

Contact the Bartlett High School Athletic Director (52 Lake Parkway, Webster, MA 01570; 508-943-8552) with information pertaining to the candidacy of an individual, or individuals, for future consideration for the Bartlett High School Sports Hall of Fame.

 


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