P.O. Box 968
Easton, MA 02334

Oliver Ames High School
Athletic Hall of Fame

 

CLASS of 2005

 

ATHLETES

MARIA A. ALLEN, 1979

Maria Allen ranks as one of the most talented all-around athletes in the history of OA girls’ athletics. She excelled in field hockey, basketball, and softball; and she even played No. 1 singles for the Tiger tennis team as a freshman and sophomore.

Voted “Most Athletic” by her senior classmates, Maria made five Hockomock All-Star teams, two each in field hockey and basketball, and one in softball. She also co-captained the field hockey team as a junior and senior, and the basketball and softball teams as a senior.

Field hockey may have been Maria’s best sport; at center-forward she led the league in scoring as a junior and senior, posting 17 goals and five assists in the 1977 season, and 24 goals and seven assists the next year. Her senior year in field hockey brought major recognition, including selection to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Brockton Enterprise all-scholastic teams.

In basketball it was Maria’s play at guard that brought her All Hockomock honors, and in softball she made the all-league team for her defensive performance at catcher as well as her solid hitting.

Maria coached the OA JV field hockey and softball teams for two seasons each in the early 1980s.

A member of the U.S. Navy Reserves, Maria has served in the U.S. Navy, in an active and reserve capacity, for 18 years. She was recalled to active duty at the end of 2002, and served in Kuwait and Iraq as a member of a unit that provided security, including operations under enemy fire, for Allied military shipping and troop transport. Among other decorations and commendations, Maria has received five Navy Achievement Medals, four Reserve Meritorious Service Medals, and three Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbons.

 

JOANNE L. (CAMARA) FAUST, 1979

While at Oliver Ames, Joanne Camara was among the top sprinters in the area. She was also an exceptional center-halfback for the Tiger field hockey team. In fact, Joanne was so talented on the track and on the field, that she was offerer college scholarships in both sports.

It was in the short sprints – in indoor and outdoor track – where Joanne earned the most distinction. As a freshman, Joanne won the Hockomock League title in the 50-yard dash and went on to finish third in the dash at the Eastern Massachusetts All-Class meet at Lexington. The following spring Joanne was undefeated in the 100-yard dash in dual meets and finished second in the Hockomock League championship meet. OA did not have an indoor track & field team the next year, but outdoors in the 100 Joanne lost only one dual meet but won the league championship meet. As a junior Joanne was undefeated in the 100 in dual meets in outdoor track but did not compete in the league championship because of a hamstring injury. Her senior year, Joanne did not lose in the league in the 100, winning all her dual meet races and taking the crown in the Hockomock League championship as well.

Joanne also won a South Shore Principals Invitational divisional championship in the 100-yard dash.

In field hockey, Joanne started her sophomore year on; OA won the Hockomock League championship when she was a sophomore. Joanne was named to the Hockomock League All-Star team when she was a senior.

Joanne was awarded a track & field scholarship from the University of Connecticut. She lettered in indoor track & field her freshman year, but sustained a career-ending hamstring pull at the end of the season.

 

WAYNE R. CASEY, 1968

Consider Wayne Casey something of a shining throwback figure in high school athletics. Maybe not a blue-chipper in any one sport, Wayne was most surely a square-jawed, talented, hustling, hard-nosed, lunch-pail competitor who did big things for the Tigers in the fall, winter, and spring.

Voted “Most Athletic” in the senior class by his peers, Wayne was one of the last athletes at OA who lettered in four varsity sports in the same school year. (He graduated shortly before the Massachusetts ruling that prohibited an athlete playing more than one sport for a school in the same day.) No doubt, the Orange and Black got the most out of him. Competing in football, basketball, baseball, and track & field, Wayne earned 10 varsity letters at OA.

As a halfback in football, Wayne led the Tigers in scoring his senior year, and was selected as a Brockton Enterprise and Taunton Daily Gazette first-team all-scholastic. In basketball, as a junior, he started at guard for the Tiger squad that made it to the Class C Tech Tourney finals at Boston Garden; he captained the team as a senior, and led it in scoring with 15 points per game. Wayne earned three letters in baseball, and two in track & field.

Wayne has given considerably to the community, and in 1988 he coached the OA girls softball team to the Hockomock League championship.

Wayne and his high school sweetheart, the former Susan Flynn, have been married for 36 years. All four of their children – Bridget, Billy, Wayne, and Mary Kate – are former OA student-athletes.

 

DIANA L. CHURCHILL, 1967

Oliver Ames coaching legend and fellow 2005 OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Sue Rivard, calls Diana Churchill “one of the five best athletes I’ve ever coached.” Need anything else be said?

Diana Churchill stood out academically, athletically, and civically. She was also a leader.

A member of the National Honor Society and voted “Best All Around” by her classmates, Diana was a co-captain her senior year of the OA field hockey, basketball, and softball teams. As a sophomore, junior, and senior she was a starting shooting guard on hoops teams that won three consecutive Hockomock League championships while going undefeated each year. In field hockey her senior year, Diana backboned the almost impenetrable defense of a Tiger squad that went undefeated while allowing only one goal scored against it all season. Diana was also a standout at third base for the OA softball team.

Among Diana’s many other accomplishments while in high school was being selected to represent OA at the 1966 Massachusetts Girl’s State. Diana became a successful entrepreneur, operating as sole proprietor of the Family Grocery Store in Blackstone, MA for 18 years. She was also known for giving back to the Blackstone community, with a special emphasis on helping out senior citizens through sponsoring and running Thanksgiving dinners, cookouts, and other events.

Diana is enjoying retirement, splitting time between her homes in Rhode Island and South Carolina.

 

JOSEPH P. “MURPHY” CONNOLLY, 1916

In 1905, young Joe Connolly of Boston (b. 1898) was taken in by Mr. and Mrs. James Murphy of North Easton following the death of Joe’s mother. Joe took the last name Murphy and began a new life in a new town with a new family.

The years after 1905 proved that when Joe and the Murphys found each other, it was the best result coming from a tough situation. Joe, the Murphy family, Oliver Ames, and Easton all benefited tremendously. Joe starred in the three boys’ sports – tennis (fall), basketball (winter), and tennis (spring) – that OA had at the time. He was also high-achieving academically and president of the senior class.

In basketball, Joe was ahead of his time in scoring, tallying game point totals that were more commonly posted by entire teams. During the 1915-16 season, Joe, a team captain, scored 22 baskets in one game then followed up with 15 baskets in the next game.

Superb in tennis, Joe played No. 1 singles and on OA’s No. 1 doubles and mixed doubles teams. A 1915 Brockton Enterprise story notes that Joe won an area championship in tennis. Batting in the fourth position in baseball, Joe was, as the local press described, the “heaviest hitter” for the OA nine.

Following graduation from OA, and going to work in a management position with the George E. Keith shoe company, Joe kept up in amateur baseball. He was one of the area’s best, even earning the moniker, “Mops,” because he not only cleaned the bases but “mopped” them up as well.

In 1924, he married Julia Lyons (OA ’18) and retook the surname of Connolly. Joe’s son, Joseph E. Connolly (OA ’50), was inducted into the OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

JAMES D. CRAIG, 1975

Jimmy Craig played an integral role in one of the most celebrated achievements and series of memorable moments in sports history.

He is a member of the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame, the USA Hall of Fame, the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame, and the United States Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame. Yet,  Easton wants the world to know that prior to any Olympic gold medal, Jimmy operated as a stingy net-minder for the Oliver Ames Tigers for three years. During that stretch OA was one of the top programs in Eastern Massachusetts, and Jimmy made three All- Southeastern League teams and was named Brockton Enterprise All- Scholastic. He also ran cross-country and made All-Hockomock in golf.

Jimmy went on to Massasoit Community College where he earned NJCAA All-American honors, and led the school to a national junior college championship, posting 66 saves in the final game, and being named tournament MVP. Next up was Boston University, where Jimmy was named All-American, selected to two All-East teams, and manned the goal for the Terrier squad that won the 1978 NCAA championship.

Then there was Lake Placid.

Jimmy became a renowned legend for his standout performance as the goaltender for the 1980 U.S.A. Olympic hockey team that shocked the Soviet Union and went on to defeat Finland to cap the “Miracle on Ice” run that transfixed a nation. Jimmy, draped in the Stars and Stripes, while searching the stands for his father, is an image etched on the conscience of millions.

Jimmy played in the NHL with the Atlanta Flames, Boston Bruins, and Minnesota North Stars.

Today, Jimmy is a successful marketing executive and motivational speaker. His father, Don (OA ’36), is a 2004 OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.

 

ANDREA GOMES-PUCILLO, 1978

Andrea Gomes-Pucillo joins her mother, Martha (MacAfee) Gomes (OA ’51) and her uncle, Ken MacAfee (OA ’48), in the OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

Andrea received the Easton Athletic Council Award as the top OA senior girl athlete. Like her mother, Andrea was a standout in field hockey. And Andrea’s four children, all daughters, continued the family tradition with the sport at OA; from oldest to youngest: Cassie was a co-captain for the Tigers, and later a co-captain at Salve Regina; Mandy earned her letter; and for 2005 season, Toni, a senior, and Jackie, a junior, were two of the tri-captains for the Orange and Black.

Andrea played field hockey, basketball, and softball at OA, but of course it was in field hockey where she shone most brightly. She started at halfback from her sophomore year on. As a junior, the Tigers won the Hockomock League crown. Her senior year, Andrea established herself as one of the best players in Eastern Massachusetts. Among the honors that Andrea garnered with her smart and aggressive and unselfish play were being featured in a spot on the sports segment of the WBZ TV Channel 4 nightly news, being named a Boston Herald “Player of the Week,” and being selected to the All-Hockomock League, Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic, and Boston Herald All-Scholastic teams.

Andrea’s best game of her senior season – incidentally the one that Channel 4 was at to shoot footage – was in a victory against Stoughton in which she scored a goal and had three assists. Andrea credits her coach Sue Rivard and her teammates for playing a big role in her success. Andrea coached the OA varsity field hockey team in the 1980s.

 

JOHN NELSON, 1911

In the 1960s, the Boston Celtics had Casey Jones and Sam Jones; in the 1940s, the Army football powerhouse had Felix “Doc” Blanchard (“Mr. Inside”) and Glenn Davis (“Mr. Outside”). A decade into the 20th Century, Oliver Ames boys’ basketball opponents had to deal with their own double-whammy in John Nelson and Joe Tracey. It must have been misery. The Boston Globe reported that the two stars of the 1910-11 state championship team were “credited in basketball circles with being [the] two fastest schoolboy players in New England.”

John Nelson started playing basketball as a kid when the Ames Gymnasium opened in 1902.

John, captain of the OA team as a junior, did his damage as a right forward. He used speed, smarts, and a keen eye for the hoop to establish himself as one of the most effective scorers of his time. In a game against Middleboro he set a state single-game scoring mark of 18 baskets. The Boston Globe described as a “record” his 1909-10 per-game average of 13 baskets.

John was also an excellent football and baseball player, and sprinter.

At Springfield College, John starred in basketball. He later played professional baseball in the old New England and Canadian leagues.

 

RAYMOND NICHOLS II, 1978

No matter the sport, Ray Nichols II was a fierce and focused competitor who relished a challenge and an opportunity to help his team win.

At Oliver Ames, Ray lettered three years in football, playing running back and linebacker. He had an excellent understanding of the game, was fast and strong, and enjoyed hitting. In the parlance of the gridiron, he could really “bring it.” During his junior and senior season he was named a Boston Globe “Star of the Week” – and for both seasons he was named the team MVP. He was also an All-Hockomock and Brockton Enterprise All- Scholastic defensive team selection as a senior.

In basketball, Ray, a power forward, was a strong rebounder and defender. As a sophomore, he was the sixth man for the OA team that went undefeated during the regular season and made it to the Div. 2 South finals. Ray started the next two years, and co-captained the team and made All-Hockomock as a senior.

In track and field, Ray was a workhorse: depending on the meet he might run the 440-yard or 100-yard dash, or maybe the 220; he also long jumped and ran the relays. He was a point-getter. Ray co-captained the team his senior year.

Ray went to Northeastern University on a full athletic scholarship in football. Just as OA did, the Huskies got the most out of him. He picked up the nickname, “Buddha,” and played in 42 consecutive varsity games, almost every defensive position, lettered all four years, and started as a junior and senior.

Ray passed away far too young. Every summer, former Tiger athletes and others travel to the courts at OA to play in the Ray Nichols Jr. Memorial Basketball Tournament.

 

STEVEN TASHO, 1977

Over a career that spans 30 years (and counting), Steve Tasho has established himself as one of the most celebrated amateur golfers in Massachusetts history. He won major honors while playing for Oliver Ames, then went on to success in college; and since the early 1980s he has appeared at the top of the leader board in amateur events throughout the state and New England.

Steve lettered in golf at OA his sophomore, junior, and senior years, and was selected All-Hockomock as a junior and senior. As a senior, he was a captain of the Tiger team and a medalist in the Massachusetts schoolboy individual tournament and was selected as a Boston Globe All-Scholastic.

Steve went on to earn three varsity letters at Temple University. After graduation from Temple, Steve returned to the area and continued his winning ways. Following is a sampling of his post-collegiate wins and honors: Patriot Ledger Golfer of the Year (1981, 1985), Norfolk County Classic champion (1981, 1986, 1989), only three-time Hornblower Memorial Tournament champion (1986, 1981, 1996), Southeastern Amateur champion (1993, 1998, 2000, 2001), Tarlow Invitational champion (1999, 2003) New England Invitational champion (2001), Boston Globe Invitational champion (1996), four-time winner of the Brockton City Open championship, two-time Concord Four-ball champion, three-time Norfolk County Four-Ball champion, two-time South Short Two-Ball champion, and NEPGA Pro Am Champion. Steve also qualified for five United States Amateur championships and three United States Mid-Amateur championships.

Steve coaches an Easton Youth Basketball team and is a member of the board of directors at Thorny Lea Golf Club.

 

BRADFORD M. TIGHE, 1975

Brad Tighe was a “go to” competitor, one on whom his teammates could rely to give his all no matter the sport, no matter the season. Yes, for sure, Brad had physical talent, but what he had more of was a competitive zeal and a desire to win.

Brad earned nine varsity letters at OA – three each in football, basketball, and golf. In the fall, he was a tough and agile end, on both sides of the ball; and his senior year he even kicked off, punted, and kicked extra points and field goals as well. Brad was captain of the All-Hockomock defensive team his senior year, and was named Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic and Taunton Gazette All-Scholastic. A combination power-forward-with-a-sweet-jumper, Brad co-captained the 1974-75 Tiger hoops squad that went undefeated until upset in the EMass Div. 2 South semifinal.

That year, he was a captain of the All-Hockomock team, was named a Boston Herald Honorable Mention All-Scholastic, made the Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic team, and was selected as a Taunton Gazette All-Scholastic for the second consecutive year.  

Brad excelled in golf. As a sophomore, he won the South Shore high school state-qualifying tournament. He was named All- Hockomock as a sophomore and junior, and his senior year received the added honor of being named a captain of the All-Hockomock team.

Married for 25 years to his high school sweetheart, the former Jeannette Holmberg (OA ’76), Brad and Jeannette are the parents of two 1000-point OA scorers in basketball: Christopher (OA ’01) and Bethany (OA ’05), field hockey standout Kristin (OA ’03), and Katelyn, an OA sophomore already doing big things in field hockey and basketball.

Brad has volunteered for many civic programs in Easton.

 

JOSEPH O. TRACEY, 1911

Joe Tracey, the captain and starting center of the 1910-11 state championship basketball team, was widely regarded as one of the top players in the state. He was also president of his graduating class and played football and baseball for OA as well.

During the four years that Joe played basketball for OA, the hoop teams built a record of 65-10. It appears that speed and scoring were the hallmarks of Joe’s basketball game. The Boston Globe, commenting on his play during the 1910-11 campaign, described Joe as “one of the fastest of schoolboy basketballists.” The Globe also noted that during the same season his average of 12 baskets a game was the “highest on record in the state.”

Joe had a 16-basket game, second only to the then state record performance of 18 baskets in a game tallied by his teammate, classmate, and fellow 2005 OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductee John Nelson.

“Captain Tracey was considered to be the best basketball player in the district from 1910 through 1920,” it was reported in a retrospective of that magical season that ran in the Brockton Enterprise in March 1949.

After graduating from OA, Tracey attended Harvard University on an academic scholarship and later transferred to the University of Vermont where he lettered in football.

 

CRAIG T. WATTS, 1977

Craig Watts ranks among the most dominant players in the history of Eastern Massachusetts high school basketball. He was 6-9 when he first played for the OA varsity, and grew to 6-11 by the time he graduated. When you add in his intelligence, agility, and competitive attitude, it’s no wonder that the Brockton Enterprise dubbed him “The Towering Inferno”.  With Craig in the lineup, the Tigers went 48-3 over three seasons, including a 34-game consecutive win streak in the Hockomock League, and two consecutive EMass Div. 2 South final appearances.

As a sophomore, Craig handled the pivot for an OA team that went 21-1, losing only to Rockland in the South final.

Craig exploded as a junior: he averaged 28.5 points (with an incredible 69.2 shooting percentage from the field), 16 rebounds, and seven blocked shots per game. He set an OA single-game scoring mark of 52 points against King Philip; he also dropped 46 points on Barnstable in the state tournament.

Hurt in the sixth game of his senior season, Craig was out until the final two weeks, and when he returned he was not at top form. He still managed to average 16 points and 12 rebounds for the 197677 campaign.

North Carolina State won the recruiting war. By the end of his freshman season at NC State, Craig, now seven feet, took over as the starting center, a position he would hold for his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons as well.

Craig was drafted in the fifth round of the NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He went on to play for the French, Madrid, and Lisbon clubs of the European professional league.

Craig’s 16-year old son, Daniel, is a 6-11 high school center drawing all sorts of interest from major colleges.

 

ROBERT J. WOOSTER, JR., 1978

Bobby Wooster is arguably the best all-around baseball player in OA history. Then again, Bobby – voted “Best All Around” by his senior classmates – was accomplished all around, period.

A member of the National Honor Society, in athletics Bobby excelled not only on the baseball field, but on the basketball court as well. A shooting guard, he made the Hockomock League all-star team as a junior and senior, and was named Hockomock Co-Player of the Year as a senior. He also led the Tigers in scoring his senior year.

Baseball is where Bobby really stood out. At OA, as a pitcher and shortstop, he made the All Hockomock team as a junior and senior. His senior year he was 10-2 on the mound.

Success in baseball continued when Bobby went on to play across town at Stonehill College. He started four years at shortstop and was named to the NCAA Div. II All-New England Team as a sophomore, junior, and senior. Following graduation, Bobby signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Indians organization, and eventually reached its Double A team.

Bobby returned to Stonehill to coach the baseball team from 1986 through 1993. He then moved over to Bridgewater State where he has coached baseball from 1994 to the present. For 20 years, Bobby has managed – for 13 years as a player-manager – a semi-professional baseball juggernaut the Easton Huskies of the Cranberry League. Under his direction, the Huskies have won five Massachusetts Stan Musial titles and made two trips to the Stan Musial World Series in Battle Creek, MI, finishing second in 2002.

Bobby is a member of the Stonehill College Athletic Hall of Fame and the Cranberry League Hall of Fame. He is the son of 2003 OAHS Hall of Fame inductee Robert “Buddy” Wooster (OA ’47).

 

COACHES

 

E. ELIZABETH (DONAHUE) BARROWS

Nowadays with all the specialization among athletes and coaches – even at the secondary school level – there aren’t many working in the mode of Betty (Donahue) Barrows. You know, that esteemed and admired high school mentor who taught an academic subject and coached the girls from pre-season in August through the final competition in June.

A 1939 graduate of OA, Betty played field hockey and basketball in high school. She went on to Bridgewater State College where she earned a bachelor of science degree.

In 1947 she returned to OA to teach phys ed and coach the varsity and junior varsity field hockey, basketball, and softball teams. For most of her coaching career at OA, she would not have an assistant, and would handle both varsity and JV duties.

Betty’s coaching record in field hockey is particularly impressive: her record over 11 seasons was 51-15-15, including undefeated seasons in 1948 and 1950, with the 1950 squad finishing unscored upon as well. Betty also coached a streak of 13 consecutive games without a defeat.

Betty had winning seasons in basketball and softball; and in 1955 her softball team went undefeated until losing to Hingham in the final game of the season.

Betty, who also served a stint as OA student council advisor, resigned from coaching in 1958 in order that she could focus on her new teaching assignment of mathematics. The following year she left OA to take a teaching position at the Lincoln School (associated with Brown University) where she had a long and distinguished career.

Six of Betty’s athletes are in the OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame: Mona Bellows, Patricia Buckingham, Alice Maliff, Anne Taylor, and Anna Tracey.

 

JAMES J. MITCHELL

Jim Mitchell has led a life of exemplary and successful public service, and made considerable contributions to youth.

Jim retired from Oliver Ames in 2003, following a career at the school in which he taught physical education for 11 years, was head coach of the football team for 18 years, served as the OA athletic director for 14 years, and even coached the Tiger girls’ track & field squad. Jim became athletic director in 1990 following the retirement of his friend and colleague Val Muscato.

Jim came to Oliver Ames in 1979 to become head coach of the Tiger football team and teach physical education. He took on a program that had been lacking in success of late and returned it to respectability and competitiveness and winning records. Jim’s peers selected him to coach South teams in the Shriner’s and Agganis all-star games. In 2001, Jim was inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Prior to OA, Jim was an assistant for the highly successful Woburn High School football program. He started in high school football coaching as an assistant at Nashua High School (NH). Before Nashua HS he was an assistant at Boston University. Jim’s first coaching job was as an assistant at the University of Massachusetts.

A combat veteran, Jim served as a platoon leader in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and at the Army Intelligence School. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor.

Jim holds a master’s in education from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science degree from UMass/Amherst. He was an outstanding tackle for UMass. In 1968 he and future NFL quarterback, Greg Landry, were co-captains for the Minutemen.

 

HARRY S. PRATT

Talk about a solid candidate for the job: that is what those responsible for hiring teacher-coaches at Oliver Ames must have thought when the credentials of one Harry S. Pratt were placed before them. Harry Pratt was all of that – and more.

It was probably in 1902 when Harry came to Easton to take a position as boys’ instructor at the Ames Gymnasium. Harry had recently graduated from Brown University where he starred at quarterback on the football field, and was named an Honorable Mention Walter Camp All-American. He also started at catcher for the Brown baseball team. For sure, he was the type of young man that a boy could look up to.

In 1906, Harry added teaching and coaching duties at OA to his job at Ames Gymnasium.

Harry built and coached a boys’ basketball dynasty at the school. Records are incomplete, but it most likely that over 14 seasons at OA, his teams won close to 80 percent of their games. In the 10 seasons for which records are complete, his win-loss mark was 148-36. Harry’s most renowned and distinguished squad was the 1910-11 team (inducted into the OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004) that went 24-2 and won the all-class Massachusetts state championship.

Harry coached at least three other two-loss hoop campaigns: one of 20-2, another of either 14-2 or 16-2, and one of 13-2. There were three other teams that each had only four losses on the season.

Harry also coached the OA football and baseball teams. His 1915 and 1916 baseball squads, which went 11-3 and 10-2, respectively, were both described in the town report as two of the best that the school ever fielded.

 

SUZANNE RIVARD

For 37 years, as a coach, teacher, and administrator, Sue Rivard not only cultivated and promoted excellence among students and athletes at Oliver Ames, but also was a mentor to whom kids could turn for support, and in whom they could confide. And then there is that coaching record.

Imagine the distinction that Sue would have achieved had she coached most of her career (instead of only a small portion of it) after the enactment of Title IX, the federal ruling that made great strides in establishing gender equity in sports in America. Sue came to OA in 1962 as a physical education teacher, and soon added field hockey, basketball, and softball coaching to her duties, thus launching an extraordinary 18-year career of winning. For all but a few years of that stretch, there was no post-season play for high school girls in Eastern Massachusetts.

So Sue Rivard focused on developing and guiding teams that won in the regular season and in Hockomock League play. And this was a mission with which she had success – lots of success.

Field hockey teams Sue coached won six Hockomock League championships and finished four seasons undefeated, with three of those seasons consecutive. She was named Hockomock League Field Hockey Coach of the Year in 1970, 1971, and 1976. Sue’s hoops teams won four consecutive Hockomock League championships, going undefeated each of those seasons, a run that was part of 51-game winning streak.

Sue was appointed dean of students at OA in 1980 and assistant principal in 1984. In 1985, OA received the National Excellence in Education Award in recognition as one of the outstanding high schools in the U.S.

Sue was a member of the 1957 undefeated Narragansett League champion basketball team that was inducted into the Somerset High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

 

TEAM

 

1912-1912 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL TEAM

In the early years of Oliver Ames basketball, it was not just the boys who were winning big and bringing home lofty titles. Indeed, a season after the boys won the state crown, the OA girls’ team went undefeated against high school competition and, as described in the 1913 town report, its “schedule proved to be a victorious score throughout the season and enabled the girls to win the High School Championship of Eastern Massachusetts.”

The 1912-13 squad averaged 30 points a game, an impressive tally for the type of game played during this era. Throughout the season, no matter if the opponent was a high school from the city or a small town, OA emerged with the win.

“North Easton once more claims the honor of harboring a championship basketball team,” started a story titled “NORTH EASTON GIRLS ARE THE ‘CHAMPS,’” in the March 29, 1913 Brockton Enterprise. The story continued: “This time the girls of the Oliver Ames school, by defeating the hitherto undefeated Cambridge Latin school at Cambridge, claim the title.”

In losing to OA, 30-20, the Cambridge school tasted defeat for the first time in two seasons.

Members of the OA team, coached by Eva Brunell, were Louise Drake, right forward; Catherine Blake, captain Helen Pomeroy, right guard; Anna Maliff, left guard; Gertrude Flanagan, right forward; Grace Harlow, left forward; and Lucy Sullivan, center; and Mary Sullivan, guard.

Coach Brunell was a capable mentor for the team. She starred as a player at both Worcester Classical High School and later with the Sargent School (an independent post-secondary school that would later merge with Boston University).

Anna Maliff is the aunt of 2003 OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Alice (Maliff) DeCouto (OA ’52).