Another class gets called into the Hall

Apr 19, 2017 by

14th induction will take place Saturday at the Crystal Community Club

Published in the April 19, 2017 edition

WAKEFIELD — When the 14th induction ceremony of the Wakefield Memorial High School Athletic Hall of Fame takes place on Saturday, April 22 at the Crystal Community Club, some of the finest athletes, a coach, and a team will honored for their contributions to the Warrior sports programs over the years.

The social hour begins at 6 p.m. and the dinner is at 7 p.m.

The inductees to the Hall of Fame will include Scott Brown (Class of 1977, Basketball and Track), Janel Gerrior Stevenson (Class of 1989, Soccer, Basketball, and Softball), Jul Gerrior Schofield (Class of 1989, Soccer, Basketball, and Softball), Andrew Lombara (Class of 1988, Football, Hockey, and Track), William Morrison (Class of 1999, Football and Track), Samantha Rush Tetreau (2004, Ice Hockey, Field Hockey, and Softball), John Sage (Class of 1965, Basketball, Football, and Baseball), Coach Brad Simpson (1988 to Present, Varsity Boys’ Basketball), and the 1964-65 Boys’ Basketball Team.

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SCOTT P. BROWN

Scott Brown has given the Town of Wakefield many outstanding memories not only in basketball but in cross country and outdoor track. According to his Coach Sonny Lane, Brown was one of the five greatest players ever to don a Wakefield uniform. He possessed outstanding offensive skills and was one of the best defensive players Lane has ever coached.

Brown often guarded the opponent’s best offensive player who he consistently shut down and that often made the difference in Wakefield winning the game. His leadership, intestinal fortitude, and determination always put him a step above the rest.

In his senior year at WMHS, Brown was only one of two players to score over 500 points and ended up scoring 900 points in his three-year varsity career. That year he was co-captain, Middlesex League co-MVP, and Middlesex League All-Star. In addition, he was selected as a Boston Globe All Scholastic and an Agganis Team All-Star.

While at WMHS, Brown also participated in cross country and outdoor track where he was a three-year Middlesex League All-Star.

After graduation from WMHS, Brown attended Tufts University, where he was a four-year starter on the basketball team and the co-captain his senior year. At the time of his graduation, Brown was Tufts 10th leading all time scorer amassing 925 points while shooting 50 percent from the floor.

After college he was a member of the USA Triathlon team six times and was an All-American triathlete four times.

Brown also has had a very successful political career being elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the State Senate. His finest accomplishment occurred in 2010 when he was elected to the United States Senate.

Scott now lives in New Hampshire with his wife, Gail and has two daughters, Ayla and Arianna.

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JANEL (GERRIOR) STEVENSON

Janel (Gerrior) Stevenson, WMHS Class of 1989, was a three sport athlete in soccer, basketball and softball. Janel and her twin sister, Jul, had outstanding athletic careers while attending WMHS.

In soccer, she was a four-year varsity starter at outside back, a four-year Middlesex League All-Star, and a member of the 1988 M.L. championship team. She was awarded the team’s Unsung Hero for her efforts on the 1987 team.

In basketball, she was a three-year varsity player and was the captain her senior year. She played point guard and was a member of the 1987-88 Middlesex League and the Div. 2 state championship teams.

In addition, she was a Middlesex League All-Star in ‘88 and ‘89 and was awarded the team’s Unsung Hero Award in the same season.

In softball, she was a four-year varsity starter and captain her senior year. She was a three-year M.L. All-Star and was voted the team’s Most Valuable Player in ‘88 and ‘89 as the starting catcher.

After graduation from WMHS, Janel attended Keene State College and played soccer and softball. As a member of the Women’s Soccer team and the Women’s Softball team, Keene State reached the NCAA Div. 2 Soccer finals in 1989 and was the ECAC Women’s Softball championin 1993. Both teams were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame, soccer in 1997 and softball in 2007.

Janel currently works at the Galvin Middle School in Wakefield as a Physical Education teacher and has spent 19 years coaching high school athletics including soccer and basketball.

She lives in Wakefield with her husband Todd and her three children; Lucia, Aden and Everett.

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JUL (GERRIOR) SCHOFIELD

Jul (Gerrior) Schofield, like her twin sister, Janel, was a three sport athlete in soccer, basketball, and softball. She and Janel made significant contributions to the girls’ sports programs while at WMHS.

In soccer, she was a four-year varsity starter at outside back, a four year Middlesex League All-Star, and like her sister, a member of the 1988 Middlesex League championship team.

In basketball, she was a three-year varsity starter and captain her senior year. She played the off guard position and was a member of the M.L. and Div. 2 state championship teams in 1987-88.

Her individual awards were as follows: a M.L. All-Star in 1988 and 1989, the team’s best offensive player in 1988, and the MIAA’s State Tournament’s Most Valuable Player in the same year.

In softball, she played shortstop and was a four-year varsity starter. Her teams made the state tournament all four years that she played. She was the captain her senior year and was awarded the following individual honors: Middlesex League All-Star from 1986-1989, the team’s Best Defensive Player in 1987, and in 1989 the team’s Coaches’ Award and the Boston Globe’s First Team All-Scholastic.

After graduation from WMHS, Jul attended Keene State College and played soccer and softball. As a member of the Women’s Soccer team and the Women’s Softball team, Keene State reached the NCAA Div. 2 Soccer finals in 1989 and was the ECAC Women’s Softball champion in 1993. Both teams were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame, soccer in 1997 and softball in 2007.

Jul currently works as a Clinical Scientist at Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research in Cambridge in early drug development.

She lives in Ipswich with her husband Rich and her three children; Callum, Ella and Kennerley.

She continues to play sports and coaches her children in soccer and baseball.

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ANDREW LOMBARA

Andy Lombara was a superlative student athlete who played football and hockey and ran track at Wakefield Memorial High School. As co-captain of the 1987 football team, he led the team to an impressive 7-3 season, including a memorable win over Winchester.

Lombara was the recipient of the Michael Magliozzi Award and graduated in 1988 as the valedictorian of his class.

Lombara, a two-time all Middlesex League selection, was an exceptional football player, sparkling on both sides of the ball as a tight end and a defensive end. Despite being hampered by a shoulder injury and being outfitted with a special brace his senior year, Lombara was a proficient blocker and excellent receiver, catching 29 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns. On defense he terrorized the opposing offense his senior year with 41 tackles and 4 sacks.

Capping his superior senior year, Lombara was selected to the Boston Globe All Scholastic Team and was named Massachusetts State Lineman of the Year.

Lombara also excelled at hockey and track. A rugged defenseman, Lombara, a three-year letterman, served an an assistant captain of the hockey team. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury prevented Andy from playing hockey his senior year. On the track, Lombara, an assistant captain of the outdoor track team, ran high hurdles and threw the shot put, also earning three letters.

After graduation, Lombara attended Harvard College where he played football and was a three-year varsity letterman. He earned First Team All Ivy League honors as a tight end in 1990 and 1991. In 1992, Lombara graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government.

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WILLIAM “BILL” MORRISON

Bill Morrison was an outstanding football player for the Warriors from 1996-99. As the defensive leader of the 1999 undefeated Super Bowl championshipteam, he garnered virtually every available defensive award his stellar senior year: Daily Times Chronicle and Middlesex League Defensive Player of the Year, his team’s Outstanding Defensive Player, and he was a member of both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All Scholastic Teams.

Morrison capped his individual awards by being selected by the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association as a Member of the All-State “Super 26 Team”.

After graduation, Morrison attended Curry College and played four years of varsity football for the Colonels and Coach Steve Nelson. As a senior, he was the captain of the 2003 New England Football Conference champions. In that championship year, Curry College posted a 6-0 record in conference and an 11-1 overall record.

A defensive stalwart, Morrison was selected to the NEFC All-Conference team as a defensive lineman in both his junior and senior years.

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SAMANTHA (RUSH) TETREAU

Samantha (Rush) Tetreau was an outstanding three-sport athlete star excelling in hockey, softball, and field hockey. Samantha was a four-year varsity starter from 2000-04. She also played in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades while it was club hockey. Samantha had the honor of scoring WMHS’s varsity girls’ hockey’s first ever goal.

During her four years of varsity play, she was three-time Middlesex League all-star, captain, broke the 100 point mark, and also received MVP honors.

Samantha also played varsity softball from 2002-04, was a captain in her senior year, was a two-year Middlesex League All-Star, and received MVP honors.

She also played field hockey for two years and was M.L. All-Star in her senior year.

After graduation, (Rush) Tetreau attended College of the Holy Cross from 2004-2008 where she started for the women’s varsity hockey team all four years. Samantha was the captain in her senior year and received many ECAC honors. She continued her playing professional hockey for the Boston Blades and is the head varsity girls’ hockey coach at Melrose High School where she has coached since 2013.

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JOHN SAGE

John Sage was an outstanding athlete who played football, basketball and baseball while at Wakefield Memorial High School.

As captain of the 1964-65 basketball team, he led the team to the Middlesex League title, the first in 26 years, the Eastern Massachusetts Class B Tech Tourney Championship, and to the Massachusetts State Semifinals.

While at Wakefield Memorial High School, Sage was an exceptional basketball player. He garnered virtually every available award his stellar senior year: the Middlesex League’s Most Valuable Player and its highest scorer, a member of the Boston Globe’s and Boston Herald’s All-Scholastic First Teams as well as the Tech Tourney’s All-Tournament Team.

Sage capped his individual awards by being selected to the 1965 Collegiate Scholastic Review’s Third Team All-American.

John also excelled in football and baseball while at Wakefield Memorial High School. He was the starting QB both his junior and senior years and was selected the team’s Most Valuable Player his senior year. As a starting pitcher, he led the team to a M.L. championship and its first state tournament appearance in 15 years.

After graduation, Sage received a nomination to the United States Naval Academy. While there, Sage was the starting QB, breaking Roger Staubach’s records in passing and scoring. In basketball, he was the captain and leading scorer and led the team to a winning record before transferring to UMass-Amherst

While sitting out as a red shirt transfer, he coached and played with a skinny kid from Long Island who later became known as Dr. J., Julius Erving.

After college, John played on the Celtics’ scout team and was the leading scorer for three years on an AAU basketball team from the Virginia-Washington, D.C. areathat reached the national quarterfinals.

Currently, he and David Watson, also a 1965 graduate of Wakefield Memorial High School, are the state of Virginia’s defending two-man senior golf champions.

John currently resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Mary Lou and his daughter, Danielle.

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BRAD SIMPSON

Brad Simpson started his career as a basketball coach at WMHS in 1970. He was the sub-varsity coach for 17 years compiling a win-loss record of 227-105. In 1983, he was named the Assistant Coach of the Year by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches’ Association.

He became the varsity boys’ basketball head coach in 1988, a position he currently holds. During his tenure, he has compiled a win-loss record of 336-284 and counting. His teams have qualified for the Massachusetts state basketball Tourney 19 out of the 31 years he has coached. Under his leadership, his teams have won the following championships: the Middlesex League title in 1997, 1998, 2015, and 2016; the Div. 2 North sectional title in 1996 and in 1997, and the Div. 2 state championship in 1997 with a 25-0 record.

In addition, his teams have been Div. 2 North finalists in 2008 and 2012.

Brad’s individual accolades continue with the following honors: Massachusetts Basketball Coach and the Boston Globe Coach of the Year in 1997, IAABO #130, President’s Award, IAABO #27 in 2010, Oswald Tower Award in 2015, and the MIAA Coach of the Year in 2016. Brad was recognized as 2016 Northeast Region Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Brad is a 1964 graduate of WMHS and resides in Wakefield with his wife Judy, a 1965 WMHS graduate. They were both exceptional teachers in the Wakefield Public School System at the Galvin Middle School.

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WMHS 1964-65 BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAM

The 1964-65 WMHS varsity boys’ basketball team, coached by the late Frank Charbonneau and assisted by the late Pete Saitta, won its first Middlesex League title in 26 years with a record of 12 wins and two losses.

The Warriors posted an overall record of 19 wins and four losses capturing the Eastern Massachusetts Class B Tech Tournament championship with wins over Middlesex League rival, Concord-Carlisle, Mission High School, and St. Mary’s of Waltham. In the Massachusetts State Tournament. they defeated heavily favored St. John’s of Shrewsbury 63-61 on a last second shot by the late John Qualters. They eventually lost to Massachusetts Class A Tech Tourney Champion, Catholic Memorial.

Wakefield team members included seniors John Sage (Captain, Middlesex League All Star, All-Scholastic, All-American, All Tech Tournament Team), the late George O’Brien (Middlesex League All Star, All Tech Tournament Team), Don Climo, Skip Oxford, and Dave Drinkwater.

The juniors include the late John Qualters (Middlesex League All Star), Bill Shevlin, Pat Dawson, Paul Dawson, John Leone, Whit Rutter, Roger Coviello, and Mike Martello.

Also playing an integral part of the team’s success were managers Steve McGrail, Dick Regan, and Dr. William Kirmes.

The championships and the outstanding winning record were accomplished because of a commitment to hard work and unselfishness that was shared by the entire team, the managers, and the coaching staff.

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