P.O. Box 968
Easton, MA 02334

Oliver Ames High School
Athletic Hall of Fame

Class of 2003

 

JOAN ANDO, 1962

In Joan Ando’s senior high school yearbook entry, she was referred to as “Miss Sports.” The name surely fit.

At Oliver Ames High School, Joan played field hockey her junior and senior years; basketball her sophomore through senior years; and softball her freshman through senior years. A solid scorer in hoops, she was a co-captain of the team her senior year. She received the Oliver Ames Athletic Council Award. Joan attended Bridgewater State College where she somehow managed to play field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse all four years.

From 1966 to the present, Joan has been a physical education teacher and athletics coach at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School. In 1992, she was honored as the Boston Globe’s Div. 1 Field Hockey Coach of the Year. She is a member of the Women’s Hall of Fame: New Agenda – Northeast, and has received the LPGA Award in recognition of leadership, inspiration, and outstanding contributions to athletics. Joan was named to “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” in 1994, 1996, 1997, and 1998.

Joan writes that she “has received great satisfaction from working with young people for 33 years.”

 

 

 

DONNA LEE BARKER, 1952

Donna Barker excelled in multiple sports for Oliver Ames High School, but she was also a regionally ranked tennis player, a sport that OA did not offer at the time.

Donna has been active in tennis since her early teens, and during her career has achieved a doubles ranking of #5 and singles ranking of #6 in the New England women’s category. She competed against such notables as Karen Hantz Susmann and Billy Jean King.

At OA, Donna played field hockey for two years, softball for three years, and basketball for three years. Her senior year, she was the high scorer for the field hockey team and co-captain of the basketball team. Donna went on to Wheaton College in Norton where she competed for four years both in intercollegiate basketball and tennis. In tennis, she was the Eastern Intercollegiate champion in doubles in 1964 and 1965, and finished second in singles in 1966.

Donna holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton and a master’s degree from John Hopkins University. She owns a software management consulting business. Donna lives with her husband, Dick, in Lincoln, MA.

 

WILLIAM BAXTER, 1957

Bill Baxter had a lot of experience in winning in athletics at Oliver Ames High School. Following his playing days in high school and college, he continued his involvement in sports to the present day.

Baxter played football, basketball, and baseball four years at OA, and was on the track & field team his sophomore, junior, and senior years. As the starting quarterback his junior and senior years, Baxter, and OA, did not lose. During the 1955 football season, when Jim Elson scored 59 points, more than any

end in Eastern Massachusetts that year, most of the points came courtesy of passes delivered by Baxter.

Baxter went on to play football at the University of Rhode Island, starting at quarterback for the Rams his senior year. After college, while building a successful career in the insurance and healthcare industries, Baxter played semi-professional football, rugby, and softball, and coached youth baseball, soccer, and basketball. He is an avid skier with National Ski Patrol certification.

He and his wife, Anita, have been married for 35 years. They have a son and a daughter, and three grandchildren.

MONA BELLOWS, 1952

Mona Bellows distinguished herself as a multi-sport competitor at Oliver Ames High School, but she didn’t stop there, remaining active in a variety of competitive athletics.

At OA, Mona played four years each of field hockey, basketball, and softball. She earned four varsity letters in field hockey, two in basketball, and three in softball. As a junior, Mona was a member of the OA field hockey team that finished the season undefeated, untied, and unscored upon. Following high school, Mona attended Boston University. Collegiate varsity athletic opportunities were limited for women in those days, but Mona competed in intramurals. Mona graduated from BU with a degree in physical therapy.

In the years after college, while working as a physical therapist, Mona was active in athletics, playing for soccer, ice hockey, golf, and softball teams. She also coached youth soccer in Piedmont, CA, the community where she now lives. A sailing enthusiast, Mona belongs to a sailing club and has sailed the Great Lakes.

 

PATRICIA BUCKINGHAM, 1951

Tall, slender and coordinated, with a love for sport, Pat Buckingham was one of the top female athletes of her day. At Oliver Ames, Pat played four seasons each of field hockey, basketball and softball. In every sport, Pat’s abilities drew attention.

Pat wanted to become a teacher and attended Bridgewater State College where she majored in physical education and minored in science, graduating with a bachelor’s degree. While waitressing in college, she met Phillip, an Air Force man stationed in Wisconsin. The two quickly fell in love and were married right after college. They moved to Wisconsin for a short period of time where Pat worked as a physical education teacher in an elementary school.

Pat and Phil moved to the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area where they had four daughters. When the children were older, Pat returned to teaching physical education. Throughout adulthood, Pat remained active in sports on a recreational level. Pat was only 54 when a heart attack took her from Phillip and her daughters.

 

THOMAS F. BUCKLEY, 1950

Tom Buckley twice received the J. Francis O’Neil Trophy, and was one of the most talented baseball players in Oliver Ames High School history. He played football, basketball, and baseball at OA, and captained the football and baseball teams.

A solid all-around shortstop who ran the base paths aggressively, Tom spent much of the spring and summer months of his adolescence playing baseball for OA, the Easton Legion, and the Easton Huskies. Young for his grade, he graduated from OA shortly after turning 17. In April of 1951, he

left Stonehill College to play for a Chicago White Sox minor league club in Wisconsin. Tom was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953 during the Korean War. He served in the Far East, including a year in Tokyo.

After his discharge from the service, Tom returned to the states and attended the University of New Hampshire. As a sophomore, Tom was a member of the UNH team that won the New England championship and went on to play in the College World Series in Omaha, NE.

Tom is retired and lives in south Florida.

 

CHARLES CAMPBELL, 1959

At 6-2, 265 pounds, fast, strong, tough, and agile, Charles “Budgie” Campbell was almost illegal as a high school lineman. As a junior, he anchored the line of an OA team that went undefeated and untied.

Budgie was also tough inside in basketball, and played forward on the 1957-58 team that went to the Class C Tech Tourney finals, and the 1958-59 team that won the Class C Tech Tourney.

It was in football, though, where he caught the eye of major college scouts. Budgie accepted a full football scholarship to the University of Indiana, where he played as a sophomore. Not content with college life, Budgie returned to the area following his sophomore year and went to work and started a family, and continued to play football on local semi-professional teams, including stints as a middle linebacker with the Brockton Pros and Providence Steamrollers. He dominated, and the Boston Patriots offered him a tryout. Campbell made it to the final cut.

Campbell maintained his love for football. In 1970, he was one of six men who formed the Mansfield Pop Warner football program.

ROBERT CLARY, 1965

When the subject is brought up concerning who is the best all around athlete in Oliver Ames High School history, Bob Clary is often the first name that comes to mind.

At OA, Bob earned 11 varsity letters and starred his senior year for the football, basketball, and outdoor track & field teams, all of which won Eastern Massachusetts Class C titles. In the late winter of ’65, Bob finished third in the high jump in the national scholastic indoor championships at Madison Square Garden. Bob was also a top performer for the Tiger baseball team that won the Hockomock championship and made it to the Eastern Massachusetts Class C semifinals. As a senior, Bob received the J. Francis O’Neil Award.

Following a year of prep school, Bob went to Syracuse University on a full basketball scholarship. While at Syracuse, he earned varsity letters in basketball and baseball.

A lifelong resident of Easton, Bob has coached several youth sports teams, and has served on the OA football and basketball booster clubs. Bob is the chairman of the Easton Covenant Congregational Church.

 

THOMAS CLAY, 1967

In the long and winning tradition of Oliver Ames High School boys basketball, Tommy Clay remains one of its best players. A forward, he was a three-year starter on championship teams, and scored more than 1300 points in his career.

Teams on which Tommy started won three consecutive Hockomock League championships, won the Class C Tech Tourney in 1965, and made it to the finals of the Class C Tech Tourney in 1967. Tommy captained the 1965-66 squad, and was co-captain of the 1966-67 team, along with Paul Anderson. Tommy made both All Hockomock and Brockton Enterprise All Scholastic as a junior and senior, and was captain of the Brockton Enterprise team his senior year. He also lettered three years in baseball.

At the University of Vermont, Tommy lettered three years in basketball. His senior year he was team captain, named team MVP, and selected as All Vermont.

Tommy became a physician and served with the National Health Service Corp in Appalachia. He now lives in western Massachusetts where he is a family physician. Tommy continues to play basketball, and competes in an over 50 league.

DEBORAH G. COE, 1966

Debbie Coe had an idyllic childhood. After all, she grew up next to Frothingham Park. And Debbie took full advantage of her living location, engaging in an active childhood of play that prepared her for the outstanding athlete she was as a teenager.

 

Debbie was not only a gifted athlete, but also a leader on the field, hardwood, and diamond. She played four years of both field hockey (inner halfback) and basketball (point guard), and three years of softball (catcher). As a senior, Debbie was co-captain of all three sports. During high school, Debbie was also a serious tournament tennis competitor, even though OA did not have a tennis program. One of Debbie’s most memorable moments came on the tennis court of the Longwood Cricket Club where, while in high school, she volleyed with the grand dame of New England tennis, Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, then in her 80s, and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

At LaSalle Junior College, Debbie played field hockey, basketball, and tennis. She later taught swimming and tennis for several years, and coached basketball and softball youth teams.

 

 

HERBERT DECOUTO, 1945

 One of Oliver Ames High School’s top all around athletes, Herbie DeCouto earned 11 out of a possible 12 varsity letters and received the J. Francis O’Neil Trophy. Herbie played quarterback in football; primarily forward in basketball; and third base, catcher, and pitcher in baseball. He captained the football and baseball teams his senior year. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea from 1946 through 1947. Following his discharge from the service, Herbie played semi professional baseball with Bridgewater and Middleboro town teams, and semiprofessional with the Bridgewater Vets. He also played in the Easton Softball League with the VFW, George F. Schindler Post team.

Herbie volunteered with Easton youth sports, umpiring both Little League and Pony League baseball.

A lifelong resident of the community, Herbie served as postmaster of the Eastondale Post Office, then the North Easton Post Office, for a combined service of almost 30 years. He and his wife, Jackie, split their time between Easton and their winter home in Florida. They have four children, all OA grads.

  

JAMES ELSON, 1956

At 6-5, strong, with exceptional coordination, Jim Elson was OA basketball’s original “big man.” He dominated the pivot as OA went undefeated in the Hockomock League his junior and senior years and established itself as one of the top programs in the area. The first 1000-point scorer in school history, Jim captained the 1955-56 team that went deep into the post-season before losing to nemesis Wareham in the Class C Tech Tourney finals.

An end on the undefeated 1955 OA football team, Jim scored 59 points, more than any other player in Eastern Massachusetts at that position. He also played baseball and competed in track & field. Jim earned 10 varsity letters and received the J. Francis O’Neil Award his senior year.

Jim received a full scholarship to Colgate University. Following his freshman year, he transferred to Stonehill College where he enjoyed a highly successful basketball career and set a number of rebounding records. Jim graduated from Stonehill College and returned to Oliver Ames where he taught English until his retirement in 1998.

 

GILBERT A. HEINO, 1958

Gil Heino was a multi-sport varsity letterman at OA, but it was in baseball where “Gilly” was particularly distinguished. Overpowering on the mound, he hurled a no-hitter in high school and was widely considered one of the top pitchers in the area. Gilly made All Bristol County and (Boston) Record-American Honorable Mention All Scholastic. In 1960, while stationed with the US Army in France, he played for the Verdun Cardinals in the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) championships – referred to as the “Little World Series” by the publication Stars and Stripes – in Germany. Aided by Heino’s pitching and play at second base, Verdun made it to the semifinals.

 

After the service, Gilly was a perennial all-league selection for the Easton Huskies of the Cranberry League, a semi-professional athletic organization. It was no surprise that when the Cranberry League created a hall of fame, Heino was its first inductee.

 

A lifelong resident of Easton, Gilly has contributed to the community in several areas, and has received an Easton Distinguished Service Award. Gilly and his wife, Cathy, have been married for almost 40 years. They have two sons, Peter and Todd.

HAROLD K. HOLMES, 1939

 

Haddy Holmes was a leader and exceptional all around athlete at Oliver Ames High School. At OA, Haddy played football three years, basketball four years, and baseball four years. Haddy did it all, playing halfback and quarterback in football, once scoring three touchdowns in a game against Mansfield; leading the OA hoops team in scoring from his sophomore year on; and in baseball game, while playing for the North Easton Town Team, striking out 11 batters. But he was most distinguished in basketball. During a period in which a high school basketball game final score of 25-20 would not be unordinary, Haddy often scored in double figures. Haddy set the OA single game scoring mark of 39 points; and in a win over Foxboro, he scored 20 of OA’s 27 points. Haddy was twice selected to the South Shore Tournament all-star team. He received the J. Francis O’Neil Trophy.

 

Haddy was a combat veteran, serving with the U.S. Army in Europe in World War II. He and his wife, Louise (Lee), were married for more than 50 years. He is the father of fellow OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Butch Holmes.

 

 

HAROLD HOLMES, 1962

As Haddy Holmes’ kid, Harold “Butch” Holmes had tough shoes to fill. Well, truth be told, he managed to do all right. Butch earned 12 varsity letters at Oliver Ames High School: three in football, three in basketball, four in track & field, and two in baseball. Butch started at halfback for the undefeated and untied 1960 team and the 1961 squad that won the Hockomock League championship. He was a forward and defensive specialist in basketball, and co-captained the 1961-62 OA team that went into the Class C Tech Tourney with a record of 19-0, losing to eventual tournament champion Plymouth. Butch co-captained the track & field team his junior and senior years, and could be relied on to win three events in a dual meet.

 

Butch lettered in basketball at Harvard College. A Vietnam Veteran, Butch served five years active duty with the U.S. Army, and 24 years with the U.S. Army Reserve. He served 24 years as an agent with the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Customs. Butch’s daughter, Kathryn, was an NCAA Division III All American in lacrosse at St. Mary’s College in Maryland.

 

 

KENNETH HURLEY, 1947

Before he was a highly respected police officer in Easton, Kenny Hurley was an outstanding athlete, one of the best high school football players in Massachusetts and then a champion amateur heavyweight boxer.

Hurley lettered four years for the Oliver Ames High School football team. As a tackle, he made All Scholastic Honorable Mention in the Boston newspapers as a sophomore and junior. Hurley’s junior year OA went 4-0-4 – the first undefeated football team in school history. Hurley made (Boston) Record-American All Scholastic his senior year.

Hurley received a scholarship to Romford Prep School in Connecticut, and played on the school’s undefeated Eastern Seaboard Prep School championship team. Wake Forest offered Hurley a full scholarship. He made the freshman team at Wake Forest, but an injury prevented him from playing; discouraged, he left school. Soon he was drafted into the Army, and stationed at Fort Devens. With a summer of training with Rocky Marciano behind him, Hurley entered the post boxing tournament. He won the post heavyweight title and went on to win the New England Golden Gloves heavyweight title.

ALFRED JERMOLOVICH, 1935

People whom Alfred “Porky” Jermolovich knew well were thankful for what he did for Oliver Ames High School in sports. People he never knew were thankful for what he did for his nation in battle.

Alfred was one of the most gifted athletes – and determined competitors – in OA history, excelling in football, basketball, baseball, and track & field. He also participated in the school’s club wrestling program. Today, he would have been highly recruited by college athletic programs. But college athletics were not an option for Alfred; for in 1935, in the Jermolovich home, as it was in homes across America, money was tight. Alfred graduated from high school and went to work. Late in 1941, Alfred felt another responsibility, and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He fought heroically in some of the most hellish combat in the Pacific, and received the Navy Cross, the U.S. Navy’s highest decoration for valor, given only to combatants during and after World War II.

 

Alfred came home and played football, basketball, and baseball for the Easton Huskies. He also volunteered with the Huskies helping to raise funds for youth groups.

 

 

RICHARD KENT, 1938

Dick Kent was a top all around athlete at Oliver Ames High School, competing in football, basketball, and baseball, and earning nine varsity letters. But it was in baseball that Dick shone most brightly.

Dick was a dominant right-handed pitcher. How dominant? Well, consider that in a 3-0 win over Foxboro, Kent threw a complete nine-inning game and notched 17 strikeouts. “Richard Kent proved himself a real twirler with a total of 17 strikeouts,” it was reported in the local press. Kent also started on the OA basketball team that won the Hockomock League championship.

 

A year after graduating from OA, Dick signed with the Washington Senators farm team, and played down south for a season. The big leagues didn’t happen, and Dick returned to the area and earned a degree from Burdett Business School. Dick served in the Navy in the European theater in World War II.

 

After the war, Dick played football, basketball, and baseball for the Easton Huskies for several years. He and his wife, Mary, also an OA grad, were married for 54 years. Dick passed away in 2000.

 

EDWARD F. LEMISH, 1961

Ed participated in all four major sports – basketball, baseball, football and track. He was one of a few athletes in OA history to receive twelve varsity letters. Ed was co-captain of the 1960 undefeated football team that won the mythical state championship. He served as vice-president of his class for four years and upon graduation received the J. Francis O’Neil Award, the YMHA Student Athlete Award and the Easton Huskies Scholarship.

While attending the University of Massachusetts in Amherst he participated in both Freshman and Varsity Football until corrective knee surgery ended his career. A 1965 Cum Laude graduate, Ed returned to Oliver Ames to coach all four major sports and become the most successful Boys Track & Field Coach in school history. He founded the Easton Gridiron Club, served as president of the Easton Teachers’ Association along with being president of the Easton Coaches’ Association for 25 years.

 

Ed was employed in the New England Patriots scouting department from 1980 to 1988. In 1989 he was given the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Award for Services to the Youth and the Game of Football.

 

 

KENNETH MACAFEE, 1948

Kenneth MacAfee is the only Oliver Ames High School graduate to have played in the National Football League. MacAfee played end with the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins.

At OA, MacAfee was a multi-sport athlete who was a backbone of solid football, basketball, baseball, and track & field teams. He was a hard-nosed running back on the 1947 football team and a tri-captain of the “Shoveltowner” hoop squad that made it to the finals of the South Shore Tournament and went three games deep into the Eastern Massachusetts Tournament. MacAfee received the J. Francis O’Neil Trophy in 1948.

 

Following high school, MacAfee went to Boston University eventually transferring to the University of Alabama where he had a stellar career. After college, MacAfee served in the Marines. Then it was on to the NFL, where he played for six years, became the first tight end in the league, and was a member of two NFL championship teams while with the New York Giants. MacAfee’s son, Ken Jr., played for Brockton High School, the University of Notre Dame, and the San Francisco 49ers.

 

ALICE MALIFF, 1952

Alice Maliff is a member of the second of four generations of Oliver Ames High School athletes. She represented her generation well. Alice played four years of field hockey, basketball, and softball at OA, and earned 10 varsity letters. She starred on the 1951 field hockey team that was undefeated, untied, and unscored upon, a record that may remain unmatched for all time at OA.

Alice graduated from Springfield College. She returned to Easton and became a physical education teacher in the town’s school system. Alice and fellow OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Patricia (McCann) DeCoste, became a teaching duo, and were known to thousands of Easton school children as their first tutors in phys ed. Alice also refereed Hockomock League field hockey and girls basketball games for 17 years.

 

Alice writes that, “Many of my fondest memories are the years I participated in sports at Oliver Ames High School. These years were instrumental to my success in college and in my professional career.”

 

RALPH E. MANCHESTER, JR., 1954

Ralph E. “Bunky” Manchester, Jr. is an example of someone who accomplished so much in so little time. In his 28 years on earth, Bunky was an outstanding student-athlete at Oliver Ames High School, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a talented and hard-working engineer – and, most importantly, a wonderful husband to his wife and classmate, Priscilla Gonsalves, and loving father to his son, Dale (born less than a year before Ralph’s death).

Bunky was the premier student-athlete: president of his class for four straight years and earner of eight varsity letters: four in football and four in track & field. It was no surprise that this classmates voted him “Most Likely to Succeed,” “Best All Around,” and “Most Athletic.” In football, he was shifty, had tremendous acceleration, and had the intelligence to pick the right hole at the right time. In the spring, he was one of the top sprinters and long jumpers in the area, and held the OA 100-yard dash record.  Ralph lost his life to acute leukemia in August of 1964.

PATRICIA KATHRYN McCANN, 1947

Pat McCann played field hockey, basketball, and softball at Oliver Ames High School, earning many letters. As physical education teachers, Pat and fellow OAHS Hall of Fame inductee, Alice Maliff (DeCouto), educated a generation of young Eastoners on the importance of exercise and healthy living. (Students, of course, know Pat as “Mrs. DeCoste.”). Pat was avid sports fan, both as a participant and spectator. She was also passionate about teaching. Easton had the first public physical education program in the United States, and Pat’s devotion to her profession, honored and built on the strong physical education tradition in the community.

 

Pat graduated magna cum laude from Boston University’s Sargent College with a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy. She was awarded and served a fellowship at the New York State Rehabilitation Hospital (now the Helen Hayes Hospital) in West Haverstraw, NY. Pat earned certification as a physical education teacher and a master’s degree in guidance and psychology from Bridgewater State College.

In addition to teaching, Pat ran a private physical therapy and rehabilitation practice, and was a director on the board of the Frothingham Memorial Corporation.

EDWARD MEEHAN, 1960

Eddie Meehan is an ambassador for track & field, accomplished as an athlete, coach, and event judge.

So considerable are his accomplishments and contributions that he is in the Harvard University Track & Field Hall of Fame, the Massachusetts Track Coaches Hall of Fame, the Weymouth High School Athletics Hall of Fame – and now the Oliver Ames High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

At OA, Meehan was the Massachusetts and New England high school cross country champion as a junior and senior. His senior year, he won the Class D indoor mile run with a time of 4:23, the best of all classes. An exceptional student, he went on to Harvard University, where he would set a school record in the 1000-yard run and be a member of the school-record-setting two-mile relay team. He captained the Harvard cross country and track & field teams his senior year.

Meehan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in teaching from Harvard. He and his wife, Jane, have been married for 35 years. They have three adult children: Kate, Keith, and Sara.

 

JAMES MEEHAN, 1965

In the spring of 1965, Jimmy Meehan ran 1:53.9 for 880 yards. It’s been more than 38 years since that performance, and while Oliver Ames High School has had tremendous success in middle distance running over that period, the OA record for 880 yards is still 1:53.9 – still held by Jimmy Meehan.

When Jimmy Meehan started running at OA, he might have been best known as Eddie Meehan’s younger brother; but that changed soon. Before he graduated, he won a number of state class titles, a New England title, and an indoor national title in the 1000-yard run on the boards at Madison Square Garden. He set OA records in the 880, 1000, and 440-yard dash.

Meehan received a full scholarship to the University of Maryland where he competed in the 880, 1000, and one and two-mile relays. In the field of education for more than 30 years, Meehan is a principal of Winslow Elementary School in Marshfield.

 

ARTHUR PETERSON, 1969

Art Peterson was one of the most talented offensive lineman in Oliver Ames High School football history. His senior year, playing for a Tiger squad that finished in a three-way tie for the Hockomock League championship, his play earned him extensive recognition: All Hockomock, Brockton Enterprise All Scholastic, (Boston) Record-American All Scholastic, Boston Globe Honorable Mention All Scholastic, and Taunton Gazette All Scholastic.

Peterson went on to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he played four years of football. As a senior, Peterson started as an offensive tackle for an Army team that went 6-4 while playing a schedule that included Nebraska, Texas A&M, Miami, Rutgers, Penn State, and Syracuse.

Peterson graduated from West Point and served five years in active duty with the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of captain. Peterson and his wife, Anna, have four children and live in West Rutland, Vermont. Peterson has been active in coaching and developing local youth and high school football programs. Two of his sons, George and Tucker, are on football scholarship at the University of New Hampshire.

MICHAEL A. PETROS, 1965

In high school, good luck to anyone who tried to match up with Mike Petros, either on the line in football or in the pivot in basketball. During the football season, the 6-4, agile, Petros, played at 260 lbs. During basketball season, he dropped to 240 lbs. As a defensive and offensive end, he lettered three years, and his senior made Brockton Enterprise All Scholastic while making life miserable for opponents of the undefeated and untied Eastern Massachusetts Class C Champions. In hoops, Mike lettered three years, and started center for the 1965 Eastern Massachusetts Class champions, a title won on the parquet of Boston Garden. Mike also made Brockton Enterprise All Scholastic in basketball his senior year. Mike lettered three years in outdoor track & field and set the school shot put mark, later broken by Eddie Ready.

 

Mike received a full football scholarship to Boston College. Some of his fondest memories of high school athletics involve “all the games we played at Boston Garden.”

Mike and his wife, Patricia, live in Florida and have been married for 34 years. They have two grown children.

 

EDWARD READY, 1966

While playing for the Oliver Ames High School football team, Eddie Ready established himself as one of the top lineman in the state. He also excelled for the Tiger track & field team, setting records in the shot put and finishing high in state and New England competition.

As a member of the undefeated and untied 1964 football squad, Ready, a junior, was selected All Hockomock League. His senior year, he received All Scholastic recognition from the Boston print media, and was selected captain of the All Hockomock League team. In the shot put his senior year, he won a state class indoor title, set records in the Hockomock League and South Shore Principals Association outdoor track & field championships, finished third in the outdoor All State meet, and sixth in the New England championship meet.

Ready received a full football scholarship to Holy Cross. Ready played four years for the Crusaders, earning two varsity letters.

 

In addition to a bachelor’s from Holy Cross, Ready holds an MBA from Babson College. He is the owner of E.A. Ready & Sons, a real estate construction company.

 

PAUL ROCKWELL, 1965

During the 1964-65 school year, Oliver Ames High School went undefeated and untied in football while winning the Eastern Massachusetts Class C championship; won the Class C Tech Tourney championship in basketball; and went to the Eastern Massachusetts Class C semifinals in baseball. A standout and leader on all those three teams was Paul Rockwell.

During that year of winning, Rockwell quarterbacked the football team, was a co-captain and played guard on the hoops squad, and was a co-captain and third baseman on the baseball team. He made Enterprise All Scholastic and All Hockomock in basketball, honorable mention All Hockomock in football, and All Hockomock in baseball. As a junior, he was a co-captain of the basketball and baseball teams, and received the J. Francis O’Neil Trophy.

Rockwell went to North Park College in Chicago, and started at guard for four years for a NCAA Div. III program that was building toward national prominence. His senior year, North Park went to the NCAA Div. III semifinals.

Rockwell lives with his wife, Jean, in Rockford Illinois. They have two children.

ROBERT SILVA, 1958

Bob Silva was an immensely talented athlete and a winner.

In football, Bob started as a running back from his sophomore year on, a stretch in which OA did not lose a game. Along with Dave Tyler, he was co-captain of the 1957 team that became the first undefeated and untied team in the school’s history (three other teams had finished undefeated, but had at least one tie). A four-year member of the basketball team, he was the starting guard on the 1957-58 squad that went undefeated in the regular season, won the South Shore Class A championship, and made it to the Class C Tech Tourney finals where it lost in an upset to North Andover. A gifted catcher, Bob played four years of baseball, and was co-captain of the team his senior year.

 

Bob attended the University of Rhode Island where he played freshman football. He transferred to Stonehill College and played junior varsity basketball. While at Stonehill, he also played football for the Whitman Town Team. Bob has two children, and two grandchildren. He and his wife, Marion, live in Maryland.

 

 

CORNELIUS SPILLANE, 1927

Connie Spillane is known affectionately, and accurately, as “Mr. Baseball.” A multi-sport athlete while at Oliver Ames High School, his participation in scholastic sports was merely a warm-up to a truly extraordinary life of love and devotion to amateur and semi-professional athletics.

 

Spillane has been inducted into the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Cranberry League Hall of Fame, and has received special recognition from the Frothingham Park trustees.

More than 50 years ago, Connie launched the Easton Huskies, a semi-professional athletic organization that fielded football, basketball, and baseball teams in the Cranberry League. While Connie has love for many sports, he is of course best known and most closely identified with his affection for and contribution to local amateur and semi-professional baseball. Through the years, Connie has helped introduce scores of up-and-coming baseball talent to pro scouts and the Major League farm system.

 

At the age of 92, Connie remains active in raising money and providing overall support for his beloved Easton Huskies and Cranberry League.

 

KAREN SWANBERG, 1965

Karen Swanberg has led an interesting life, including richness in athletic experience and the development of the synchronicity between the mind and body.

 

At Oliver Ames High School, Karen played field hockey, basketball, and softball, and along with Gail Ready, co-captained all three teams her senior year. The 1964-1965 Tiger hoops team won the Hockomock League championship. Also, while in high school, she was involved in a variety of forms of dance and played two sports not yet offered at OA: golf and tennis.

Karen became a nurse after high school then took to the road, living for several years in California and Hawaii. During this period, she continued to dance and practiced aikido, a Japanese form of martial arts. In 1990, now living in Massachusetts, Karen, after a layoff from golf of several years, took up the sport again – with success. Karen has a single digit handicap, and has won several individual club and state championships – and along with her husband, John, has won statewide couples championships.

Karen is a licensed massage therapist, and owns “Be Well/Play Well,” a company that works with athletes to improve the mind-body connection.

 

LINDA SWANBERG, 1961

Linda Swanberg played field hockey, basketball, and softball all four years at Oliver Ames High School. During a time of little media attention and no post-season play for girls high school sports, the opportunity for an athlete like Swanberg to prove herself outside the local area was limited.

Then again, when coaches of the caliber of Sue Rivard and Bill Nixon call Swanberg a “great athlete,” maybe that’s all the testament to her ability that is needed. A leader as well as gifted athlete, Swanberg co-captained the basketball team her junior and senior year, and co-captained the field hockey and softball teams as a senior. In her junior and senior years, she received the OAHS Athletic Council Award.

After high school, Swanberg turned to a new sport – lacrosse – and not surprisingly became excellent at it. She played for a Boston area team, and was selected for a squad that represented the U.S. in Ireland.

 

Swanberg and her husband, Dan, have been married for 37 years, and have two daughters, and two grandchildren. Semi-retired (she worked for 25 years in the electronics industry), she enjoys golf and photography.

 

 

ANNE TAYLOR, 1958

Oliver Ames High School contemporaries of Anne Taylor have called her “ the best athlete in her time at OA” and OA’s “best female athlete of the ‘50s.” June Farris, a member of the OAHS class of ’58, said of Anne, “she lived sports.”

Anne played basketball and softball all four years at OA. She played field hockey her sophomore, junior, and senior year. In basketball, she once scored 35 points in a game, and was a co-captain of the team as a senior. Anne earned 11 varsity letters in high school. She was the class secretary her freshman and sophomore years, and served as the sports editor for "The Eastoner" when she was a senior.

Anne graduated from Springfield College with a degree in social sciences. She recently retired from the manufacturing field where she worked for more than 25 years in quality and production control. Married with two grown children, and four “terrific” grandkids, she says it is time to enjoy the “’golden years’ and do a little traveling.”

ANNA TRACEY, 1951

As a competitor, coach, official, and organizer of athletics, Anna Tracey fully exemplifies the qualities of a member of the Oliver Ames High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Playing under Coach Elizabeth Donahue, Anna earned seven varsity letters at OA: two in field hockey, two in basketball, and three in softball. In field hockey, as a senior, she was a member of the team that was undefeated, untied, and unscored upon; in basketball, her junior year, she tied the OA single game scoring record of 27 points; she was captain of the softball team for three years.

After high school, Anna was a Hockomock League official for field hockey and girls basketball. She coached the Oliver Ames High School softball team in 1971 and 1972. Anna was one of the founders of the girls division of the Easton Church Basketball League, and also coached a team in the girls senior division of the league.

 

Anna and her husband, Frank, are lifelong residents of Easton. They have two sons and a daughter, all of whom were student-athletes at OA.

 

 

DAVID TYLER, 1958

David Tyler was “Mr. Everything” – an exceptional athlete, top student, handsome, and fun-loving. The “most brilliant all-around athlete in the school’s history” is how Tyler was described in a 1957 (Boston) Record-American story.

During a three-year period (from Tyler’s sophomore through senior years), the football team did not lose a game, and the basketball team was not defeated during the regular season. At running back, the 6-5, 195-pound Tyler scored 101 points on the 1957 undefeated and untied football team, and was a dominant inside player on the OA squad that made it to the Class C Tech Tourney final at Boston Garden. A standout on the baseball diamond, he was scouted by at least four major league teams and projected as a hard-hitting shortstop. Tyler also competed for the OA track & field team, and was one of the top sprinters in the area.

Tyler earned 12 varsity letters at OA and received the J. Francis O’Neil Trophy. He went on to Brown University, where as a running back he continued to shine, until an injury his sophomore year cut short a career of immense promise.

 

DONALD VARNEY, 1943

When the Oliver Ames High School class of 1943 went through graduation ceremonies, a classmate not participating (although receiving a diploma in absentia) was Donald Varney. Drafted into the US Army the previous January, this stand-out OA football and basketball player was one of the young men of his generation who had a high school sports career cut short by war.

On graduation day, Donald Varney was in North Africa. He would soon see combat in the invasion of Italy.

Varney received the J. Francis O’Neil not once, but twice. He also received the OA Good Citizenship Award his senior year. A lefty, he played football all four years at OA, operating as a quarterback out of the single wing set. A right fielder in baseball, he played his first three years at OA, again missing his senior year because of military service.

Varney and his wife, Shirley, a fellow member of the OA Class of ’43, were married for close to 40 years until his passing in 1984. His son, Mark (OA ’71), kicked the game winning field goal against North Attleboro in 1970.

 

ARTHUR WILDE, 1958

Artie Wilde was the purest shooter that ever came out of Oliver Ames High School, maybe the entire South Shore.

From his sophomore through senior years, Artie started for OA teams that did not lose in the Hockomock League, and went, respectively, to the Class C Tech Tourney finals, semifinals, and finals. In 1958, Artie led OA to the South Shore Tournament Division I championship. A career 1000-point scorer, in three games in the 1958 Tech Tourney Artie set tournament all class records for most points in a tournament (91), most field goals in a tournament (39), and most field goals in a game (18). His senior year, he led area scorers with 575 points, and was named a (Boston) Record-American All Scholastic.

In the semifinals of the 1958 South Shore Tournament, against Plymouth, Artie went 22 for 23 from the floor, hitting on all his outside jump shots, missing only a lay-up. Following a year of prep school, Artie had many college scholarship offers, but chose to come home to Easton, marry his high school sweetheart, Elsie, and start a family. Artie passed away in 2000.

ROBERT J. WOOSTER, 1946

 

For more than 50 years, Buddy Wooster has supported athletics and its culture in Easton. As an athlete and coach at Oliver Ames High School a coach of community teams, and a devoted caretaker of the magnificent Frothingham Park, he has given tremendously of himself to nurture sport and recreation in the community.

Buddy was a standout athlete at OA, winning the J. Francis O’Neill Trophy his senior year. He earned four varsity letters in baseball, three in basketball, and two in football. Buddy played on the

undefeated 1945 football team, and was an integral component of the 1946 South Shore championship baseball team.

Buddy has coached Senior League and American Legion baseball, and Church League Basketball. He coached OA junior varsity baseball in 1964, and the OA varsity from 1965 through 1971. His ’65 team won the Hockomock League championship and made it to the semifinals of the Eastern Massachusetts class tournament.

 

A long-time runner, Buddy has completed two Boston Marathons. He and his wife, Grace, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. They have seven children, all OA graduates.