P.O. Box 968
Easton, MA 02334

Oliver Ames High School
Athletic Hall of Fame

 

CLASS of 2006

ATHLETES

JAMES F. BUMPUS, 1982

Jim Bumpus’s physical achievements in athletics cannot be divested from his incredible grit and fortitude. The National Honor Society member (ranked in the top five percent of his class) possessed exceptional athletic ability, and was an All-Hockomock selection in football and baseball. But injuries, and a life-threatening staph infection his senior year, prevented Jim from coming close to what he could have achieved as a Tiger. Prior to his illness he received tremendous attention by major college football scouts, but many got cold feet when Jim became sick – but not the University of New Hampshire, which awarded Jim a full athletic scholarship to play football. At UNH, Bumpus regained his strength and blossomed into a dominating player. As a senior, he was named First Team All-Yankee Conference, All-East, and Honorable Mention All-America for Division 1AA. NFL teams invited Bumpus to try out as a free agent, but he opted not to try for the pros and instead began a career in finance.

 

ANN-MARGARET CHARRON, 1983

Ann-Margaret Charron was a standout in field hockey and softball for the Tigers, and lettered in hoops as well. Ann-Margaret was a field hockey co-captain as a senior, and a softball co-captain as a junior and senior. She was named Enterprise All- Scholastic in field hockey and softball for both her junior and senior years. At Bentley College, Ann-Margaret starred in both sports, and was twice named Northeast-10 All-Conference in softball. She is enshrined in the Bentley College Athletic Hall of Fame for field hockey and softball. In 1999 and 2000, Ann-Margaret was named MVP of New England Women’s Baseball League. In 2002, she started at shortstop for the USA Women’s Baseball national team. Ann-Margaret is the granddaughter of OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame member Don Craig (’37), and niece of fellow 2006 OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Dan Craig (’81) and OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame member and Olympic gold medalist Jim Craig (OA ’75).

 

DANIEL J. CRAIG, 1980

On skates, Danny Craig was fast, creative, and elusive – a combination that made him an extraordinarily effective offensive threat for the Tigers. He led the Tigers hockey squad in scoring all four years, and was a three-time Enterprise All-Scholastic. At New Hampton Prep he was the top scorer for the undefeated and number one ranked prep team in the country. He attended the University of Lowell on a full athletic scholarship. Danny started all

four years for the River Hawks; his freshman year, the team won the NCAA Div. II national championship. As junior, Danny finished seventh in the nation in scoring. After graduation from the University of Lowell, he went on to the professional ranks in Europe where he starred for the Nijmegen club in Holland, leading the team in scoring and being named a league all-star. A serious knee injury ended his playing career. Danny is the son of OAHS Athletic Hall of Famer Don Craig (OA ’37), younger brother of OA Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist Jim Craig (OA ’75), and uncle of fellow 2006 OAHS Hall of Fame inductee Ann Margaret Charron.

 

MICHAEL J. DINEEN, 1980

Mike Dinneen, a president of the National Society his senior year, remains among the most effective and successful scorers in OA basketball history. A shooting forward, Mike was named Boston Globe All-Scholastic as a senior, and five times during his high school career was named a Boston Globe Player of the Week. Mike scored 1207 points during his career at OA. Prior to the implementation of the three-point shot, he led Eastern Massachusetts in scoring as a senior, with perhaps 40 percent of his field goals coming from what is now three-point territory. As a junior, Mike ran in the 51 to 52-second range in the quarter mile for the Tiger track & field squad. He was awarded the John C. Mason Award, given to the school’s outstanding boy athlete. Mike went to the University of New Hampshire on a full athletic scholarship where he lettered for the Wildcats.

 

DANIEL J. FARREN, 1982

Legendary OA basketball coach and OA Hall of Fame member, Bill Nixon, calls 1000-point scorer Danny Farren one of the best he ever coached. A tenacious power forward who grabbed rebounds with abandon, he was also remarkably efficient as a shooter, averaging close to 60 percent shooting from the field over his junior and senior seasons. He also starred in baseball for OA. Danny received the John C. Mason Award, bestowed on the outstanding boy athlete at OA. Danny continued his athletic success at Tufts University, lettering four years in basketball and two years in baseball. Following graduation, college, he was an assistant coach of the Brandeis University varsity men’s basketball team for a season, and an assistant for the Tufts University varsity men’s basketball team for a season. Now a power player in the venture capital field, Farren as of only a few years ago was still tearing it up as a forward for the Easton Huskies in the Cranberry League.

THOMAS J. FOLLIARD, JR., 1983

Tom Folliard, Jr. was a lanky and highly skilled shooting guard for the Tigers who had an exceptional understanding and feel for the game. A 1000-point scorer for OA, he started three years and made three consecutive All-Hockomock teams and an Enterprise All-Scholastic team. During that period, OA won three straight Hockomock League crowns. Tom averaged 26 points per game as a senior, with a season high scoring game of 44 points against Canton. He received a full athletic scholarship to Bryant College where he played for a season. Following his freshman year at Bryant, his father, Tom, Sr., the head coach of the Stonehill College men’s basketball team (he was later inducted into the Stonehill College Athletic Hall of Fame), took over as men’s basketball coach at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). His son followed. After red-shirting a year, Tom scored 1000 points in three seasons at FIT and was twice named All-Sunshine State Conference. He is a member of the FIT Athletic Hall of Fame. Tom was recently named CEO and president of CarMax, the nation’s largest retailer of used cars.

 

RACHEL M. JACKSON (HODSDON), 1981

Rachel Jackson was a six-foot, thin, nimble, and tenacious two-sport star for the Tigers. The Honor Society member was a two-time Enterprise All- Scholastic center in hoops; she averaged 14.1 points and 13.7 rebounds a game for her varsity career. Rachel’s school record school record 5-7 high jump remains among the top performances in EMass scholastic history. At St. Anselm College, Rachel grew an inch and brought her game to an entirely new level, blossoming into one of the best NCAA Div. II players in the nation. As a senior, Rachel, still playing center, was named to the Division II Kodak All-American basketball team. She finished her collegiate career with 1,652 points and 1,185 rebounds. In a game against Dartmouth her senior year, she scored 43 points and pulled down 19 rebounds. Rachel is the first woman enshrined in the St. Anselm College Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

RANDALL R. MILLEN, 1975

Randy Millen ranks as one of the greatest offensive players and most prolific scorers in Massachusetts scholastic hockey history. He held the Massachusetts state high school record for most points in a career, including 66 goals his senior year. Along with OAHS Athletic Hall of Famers Jim Craig (OA ’75), Steve Tasho (OA ’77), and Brad Tighe (OA ’75) comprised one of top high school golf teams in the state. Randy won Massachusetts Golf Association Junior title while in junior high, and at 15 the New England Golf Association Junior title. At Harvard University, Randy earned four varsity letters in both hockey and golf. He was a big contributor to the Crimson’s 1977 Beanpot victory. Randy signed a contract to play professionally in Europe for Dusseldorf club, yet contracted hepatitis and was waylaid for several months. Following recovery, he passed on Europe and the pros and launched his business career.

 

ROSS A. MUSCATO, 1981

As a junior, Ross Muscato, along with Jeff Paraskivas, Glenn Gage, and Doug Hatcher formed the team that won Massachusetts and New England scholastic championships in the mile relay, an accomplishment that earned him and his teammates Honorable Mention All-America recognition. One of the top scholastic runners in New England, during a stretch in indoor track his senior year, Ross broke meet records in the 1000-yard event at the Dartmouth Relays, the Massachusetts State Coaches Meet, and the Massachusetts Class D meet. The 1981 Massachusetts state champion in the half mile, he was twice named Boston Globe All-Scholastic. Ross was awarded the John C. Mason Award, given to the outstanding OA boy athlete. Ross received an athletic scholarship to Boston College where he was a versatile and highly valuable point-scorer for the for the Eagles, being put to work in the 600, mile relay, 1000 meter, mile, and two-mile relay events. He is the son of OAHS Hall of Fame inductee Valentine P. Muscato.

LINDA M. NARDELLA, 1983

An immensely gifted athlete and fiery competitor, Linda Nardella did big things for the Tigers on the basketball court and softball diamond, and while in high school even earned statewide honors in equestrian events. A scoring and playmaking guard for the OA hoop team, Linda made the Boston Globe All-Scholastic Second Team and Enterprise All-Scholastic team as a junior, and the Globe’s First Team and another Enterprise All-Scholastic team as a senior. Her senior year she posted per game averages of 19.8 points, 12.4 rebounds, and seven assists. A two-time Hockomock League All Star in softball, as a senior she hit for .600 and had a 1.64 ERA on the mound. Linda went to Bentley College on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. She co-captained the Bentley hoops squad as a junior and senior. Bentley won the Northeast-10 Conference championship when Linda was a senior.

MARK M. NICHOLS, 1980

Mark Nichols is one of the most gifted all-around athletes in OA history. Admired and a leader, Mark was a co-captain of the football, basketball, and baseball teams. As a halfback his senior year, he ran for more than 1700 yards and scored 13 touchdowns His two biggest games that season were against Stoughton when he rushed for 300-plus yards and scored five touchdowns, against Cardinal Spellman when he rushed for 300-plus yards and scored three touchdowns. In hoops his senior year, at guard, he averaged 12 points a game for the Tiger squad that made it to the Div. II South final. In baseball, Mark had a better than .300 hitting average three consecutive years. Mark chose football for college, and the University of New Hampshire, which awarded him a full athletic scholarship. Mark started four years at running back for the Wildcats; his top game was a 150-yard rushing and three-touchdown performance against AIC.

 Nichols is the younger brother of OAHS Athletic Hall of Fame member Ray Nichols III (OA ’78).

 

DIANN M. REYNOLDS (ABELA), 1984

The name Diann Reynolds is usually mentioned in any discussion about who is the best all around girls’ athlete in OA history. Diann made eight All-Hockomock teams: three each in field hockey and softball, and two in basketball. She was named Enterprise All-scholastic in field hockey and basketball, and as a senior made the Boston Globe and Boston Herald all-scholastic teams in both sports. Diann was also named to Massachusetts and New England scholastic basketball all-star teams. Recruited by Div. 1 schools for field hockey and basketball, Diann went to play basketball on a full athletic scholarship at Providence College. Diann started for three years for the Friars, and holds the PC record for highest sophomore field goal percentage (0.496) . The Friars won the regular season Big East championship when she was a sophomore. Diann served as assistant coach for 2005-06 OA girls’ Massachusetts Div. 2 state championship team.

STEPHEN P. TROMBLEY, 1963

As a young boy, an accident left Steve Trombley with only half of one foot, yet that handicap did not stop him from starring in multiple sports at OA and playing two varsity sports at Northeastern University. Competing in football, basketball, baseball, and track & field he earned nine varsity letters for the Tigers. His senior year, he co-captained the baseball, basketball, and track & field teams, and was named All-Hockomock in basketball and baseball. President of his class as a junior and senior, he received the J. Francis O’Neill Award in recognition of being OA’s outstanding boy athlete. Steve played three years of varsity hoops at Northeastern and two years of varsity baseball. Following graduation, he returned to OA to coach and teach physical education. Perhaps the highlight of his coaching career at OA was mentoring the 1980 boys New England champion mile relay team, which also received Honorable Mention All-America status.

 

TEAM

1928-1929 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL TEAM

The 2005-06 OA girls’ Div. 2 state champions built on a legacy that goes way back, including the 191213 OA girls’ state championship squad, and the 1928-29 team that lost in the state finals and thus missed a chance to play for a national crown in Chicago. The 1928-29 team, coached by Astrid Norling, entered the state tournament undefeated. OA represented the southeast part of the state, Malden the northeast, Gardner the central, and Ware the west. The girls from the Shovel Town made it to the championship game against Malden. Playing without its starting inside player, senior Sonja “Sunny” Carlson (who was suffering from food poisoning), OA just missed bringing home the school’s second girls’ basketball state crown, losing, 31-28. Two of OA’s guards fouled out in the game. Members of the team were Carlson; forward and captain, senior Enis “Enie” Larson; sophomore forward Barbara “Barb” Nolan; junior side center Grace “Gwaithie” Nolan; senior guard Helen “Red” O’Neil; senior guard Muriel “Case” Case; sophomore side center Helen “Hildie” Anderson; and Leola Jackman and Glady Edlund.

 

 

CITIZEN

 

ANNA C. (RAY) AMES

Anna C. Ames just may have done more for athletics in Easton than anyone in the town’s history. Mrs. Ames was the wife of Massachusetts Governor Oliver Ames, for whom Oliver Ames High School is named. Following Gov. Ames’s death in 1895, Mrs. Ames, then 55 years old, ramped up her support of the town’s youth. She established the OA High School band, and in 1902 commissioned the building of a gym on Barrows Street to be used for the development and maintenance of the physical wellbeing of the community’s young people. The gym was the best in the area, with all the latest equipment. Mrs. Ames oversaw and helped develop physical education programs for boys and girls, hired coaches and instructors, and regularly attended OA games and rooted fervently for the school’s teams. The contributions of Mrs. Ames were central to the stretch of dominance the OA girls’ and boys’ basketball programs enjoyed in second and third decades of the 1900s. Anna C. Ames died in 1917.

 

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