Wethersfield Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame
2003 Hall of Fame
Bill Adams '52: The two-sport athlete was captain of the 1952 soccer team and a starting forward on the basketball team which won the Central Valley Conference title and then lost in the CIAC Class B state final. Adams earned all-state basketball honors (1951-52) and was named to the All-Tournament first team. Adams, who died June 3, 2001 at the age of 66, went on to play both sports at Hillyear College (now University of Hartford) where he was captain of the 1954-55 basketball team.
Chris Albrecht '88: A scoring threat from anywhere on the field, the play-making soccer midfielder was a two-time All-State and All-CCC West selection. He has 12 goals and 10 assists his senior season and finished his WHS career with 30 goals and 20 assists. He played four years at the University of Connecticut for coach Joe Morrone and as a freshman, he was named to the Big East All-Tournament team and was an all-conference selection s a junior and senior. Albrecht played on the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival East soccer team which placed second and also played professional with the Charleston (S.C.) Battery of the USISL from 1992-96. At WHS, he also played basketball three seasons and was on the track team in 1987.
Cara Andreoli '82: The first female to play on the WHS boys golf team from 1978-82, Andreoli played in the No. 2 spot in 1982. She was enjoyed an outstanding junior and amateur career in Connecticut and at Wake Forest University where she was captain of the 1986 team. She competed in 23 consecutive collegiate tournaments. Andreoli was a three-time Connecticut Women’s Golf Association junior champion and won the 1983 CWGA Match-Play Championship. She was also three-time runner-up at the State Women’s Amateur stroke play tournament and won the Wethersfield Country Club women’s championship four times. In 1995, Andreoli earned her PGA of American Class A license and has worked at Woodside Plantation CC in Aiken S.C. since 1993. In 1998, she became the club’s Director of Tournaments and is a teaching professional.
Maribeth Blonski '85: A two-time All-State selection in soccer, Blonski scored 38 career goals in the Eagles’ first two varsity seasons. She led coach Jack Shea’s Eagles to an 11-6 record in their first varsity campaign in 1983 with 18 goals and 12 assists. The following season, she has 20 goals as the Eagles went 13-6. Blonski also played three years of tennis and basketball before attending the University of Hartford on a soccer scholarship. After college, she returned to coach the WHS junior varsity girls soccer team.
Charles Bowes '93: One of the top all-around athletes to come out of WHS where he played football, basketball and baseball. The football Eagles were 19-10-1 in Bowes’ three seasons in which he plassed for more than 4,000 yards, completing 259 of 486 passes (53 percent) and 41 touchdowns. His career total yards surpassed 5,600, Bowes who still holds the basketball single-game assist record (15) achieved during his senior season. He also enjoyed tremendous success on the baseball team as a four-year starter (the Eagles were 52-27 during that time). Bowes’ career pitching record was 26-7 with five saves, a 2.03 earned run average in 199 innings. In his senior season, Bowes (8-3 record) led the 15-6 Eagles to their only CCC West baseball title and a state tournament semifinal appearance in 1993.
Bob Heimgartner '64: One of WHS’ outstanding three-sport athletes, Heimgartner was co-captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams in his senior season and earned nine varsity letters. He was the leading rusher for coach Joe Cottone’s football team; shared the basketball team’s highest scoring average with teammate Bill Casey at 14.9 points a game, and was the baseball team’s leading hitter. He played the basketball and baseball for WAAHOF coach Millard Mason. Heimgartner went on to play football for coach Dane Jessee at Trinity and baseball for Robie Shults for three years. He also played basketball his senior season at Trinity. Heimgartner has worked in the Hartford Public School System for the last 33 years in the Pilot Reintegration Education Program-which works to get adjudicated students back into the school system. Heimgartner has also officiated high school football for 23 years and is currently the president of the Central Connecticut Football Officials Association. He also coached the WHS boys basketball team for 13 years (1983-1995).
Ed May '42: The Class of 1942’s president played soccer/basketball/baseball (eight letters) and went on to a prominent career in golf and politics. After serving three years in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a P-38 fighter pilot, May returned to Wesleyan where he was basketball captain in 1946-47. He was co-chairman of the first Hartford PGA Tour event – the 1952 Insurance City Open played at Wethersfield Country Club – which later became known as the Greater Hartford Open. He remained active with the Greater Hartford Jaycees and GHO through the 50th anniversary celebrated in 2001. May also represented Connecticut’s 1st District in the House of Representatives (1957-59) and was state Republican chairman in 1958. May, who died on Feb. 20, 2002 in Florida, was inducted into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame, for his work with the Jaycees and ICO/GHO. One month before he passed away, May achieved a lifetime achievement” a hole-in-one at the Heritage Ridge GC in Hope Sound, Fla.
Joe Schimanskey '48: This versatile athlete lettered in four sports during his high school career: soccer, basketball, baseball and track. In soccer, Schimanskey was an All-State center halfback on the 1947 Central Valley Conference championship soccer team and three-year starter on the basketball team which he captained his senior year. Schimanskey played baseball his junior year, once striking out 18 batters in a nine-inning game, and when he didn’t pitch, he played the outfield and batted .345. He turned his attention to track in the spring of his senior year, and excelled in this sport, competing in the 100 yard dash, high jump and broad jump. In the 1948 Greater Hartford meet at Trinity, Schimanskey finished third in the 100 behind Lindy Remigino who would go on to win two gold medals in the 1952 Olympics. Schimanskey served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Beatty (1949-52) and then returned home to work at Northeast Utilities as a supervisor. After 40 years at NU, Schimanskey retired and still resides n Wethersfield.
Coach Bob Burford: Coach of soccer, basketball and track teams at the high school from the late 1940s until the early 1950s. His boys soccer teams won the first and second CIAC state tournament championships and the 1950 team was runner-up. Burford’s 1951-52 boys basketball team won the league title and lost to Shelton in the 1952 Class B state final. Burford retired after 33 years from the Wethersfield Public School System in 1980, most of which time was spent at the Silas Deane Junior High School. Since his retirement, Burford has kept busy with his hobbies – genealogy, coin collecting and lawn bowling – and also worked as a part-time staff member at the Connecticut Historical Society.
Coach Brendan Reilly: Coach of cross country and girls track and field since the early 1980s, Reilly surpassed the 200-victory plateau during the 2001 season. Coming into the 2002 season, Reilly’s country teams had compiled a 217-131 record since1985. He also coached the boys cross country for four season (25-25) prior to becoming the girls coach. His record for three sports is 345-255.
Boys Tennis: Coach Bob Hansen’s 1975 team went 14- and captured the CIAC State Open team championship. Members of the team included Eric and Paul Giosa, Tom Byrne, Gary Despins and George Kramer, Sean Donovan, Tom Adil, Jeff Reid and Mike Jacuch. In addition, the Giosa brothers won the state doubles title and the 1975 team’s record contributed to the Eagles’ success from 1974-76 when they won 33 consecutive matches.
Girls Swimming: Coach Dave McOmber’s teams enjoyed tremendous success in the 1990s. The members of the 1997 team (graduating class of 1998) compiled a four-year dual meet record of 38-0. Among the
accomplishments: four consecutive CCC West titles, strong finishes in Class M (4th, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd) and State Open (17th and three 7ths in a row) meets. Over a four-year period, the team set and reset 35 records (seven freshman, 10 pool and 18 varsity).