Harold “Tack” Hammer ‘29 (Posthumously)

Harold “Tack” Hammer was a three sport athlete at Wethersfield High School after transferring from Hartford High School as a junior.   Tack participated in soccer, basketball and baseball.  As a member of the 1928 soccer team, he scored 25% of the team’s goals and they finished their season with a record of 4 wins, 4 losses and 4 ties.

He was an excellent basketball player and the leading scorer in the Central Valley High School League. As a member of the 1928-29 basketball team he set the school record for scoring.

Tack was also an outstanding baseball player serving as team captain in 1929. During the season, he hit .366 with 2 home runs, 1 triple and 3 doubles. He pitched to a record of 2 wins and 2 losses.

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 Byron  morTon  ’42

Byron Morton was a three sport athlete at Wethersfield High School. Byron was an outstanding baseball player. He was the team’s starting catcher for all three years and also was elected as captain of the team his senior year. He also played on the Varsity Basketball team for three years. He was a starting guard on the record breaking 1942-43 team which won 13 games while losing only 4. As a member of the Soccer Team, he played halfback and fullback on the Varsity team for 2 years. During his high school career, he was part of a group of athletes referred to as “the three M’s” which included Hall of Famers Ed May and Dick McCue.

Following graduation from High School, he played on the Wethersfield Athletic Club Baseball team until 1943 when he enlisted in the Marine Corps. During his armed forces career, he served his country in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Upon his return from the service he established a career in the automobile business for 45 years. He was the owner of Morton Lincoln and Mercury in New Britain until his retirement

He resides in Oldsmar, FL. and Rocky Hill, CT. with his wife Rosanne. At 88 years “young”, Byron is still an avid golfer, bike rider and horseshoe player.

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 ricHard  morse  ‘62(Posthumously)

During the early sixties, one of the most popular activities at WHS on an early spring afternoon was sitting on the hill over looking the track and watching Dick practice pole vaulting or winning his event time and time again. This was before fiber glass poles, when the athlete had to do all the work.

Dick was a four year member of the track team. In 1961 he helped lead the Eagles to 11 straight meet wins and the CCIL Championship. That same year he set the school pole vault record at 11’ 8’’.

In 1962 he broke his own school record with a vault of 12’ 6.5”, a record that was not broken until 2010. Dick completed his senior year as the League, State and New England Champion.

Richard, as he preferred to be called later in life, completed his college education in Kansas, where he met and married his wife, Vicky. He returned to Connecticut to pursue a successful career with the J.M. Ney Company. He and his wife would relocate to Colorado where they raised their two children and Richard continued to be active in sports and numerous outdoor activities until his passing in 2003.

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 Gary lewis  ‘66  (Posthumously)

Gary was a three year member of the varsity Track team. In 1965 as a junior he set a school record in discus throw. He was the 1965 State Champion and ranked second in New England and the Northeast. In 1966 he was captain of the Track team and broke his previous record in the discus throw while establishing a new WHS, State and New England record with a throw of 177’ 3”. This record throw earned him an invitation to the very prestigious Gibsen West Invitational Track Meet in Sacramento, CA where he placed seventh. Gary’s’ record still stands today at WHS. In Gary’s senior year he also participated in football and wrestling

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  Tim  reid  ’67

Tim’s contributions to the 1967 CIAC State Championship Tennis team were truly significant. As the #1 Singles player, he led the team with a perfect 14-0 record. Paired with Charles Washer, he went on to win the 1967 CIAC Doubles Championship. Tim was also named to the 1966 and 1967 ALL-CCIL teams and won the 1967 Hartford Invitational Class A Singles Championship.

A graduate of CCSU, Tim went on to become the CEO of a tennis court construction company.

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 cHarles  “cHuck” wasHer  ‘68

Chuck was a member of the 1967 and 1968 CIAC State Championship Tennis teams. In 1967 he posted a perfect 14 – 0 #2 Singles and #1 Doubles record. He was also the 1967 Hartford Invitational Class B Singles Champion, the 1967 CIAC Doubles Champion with Tim Reid and a two- time All CCIL selection. 

In addition to earning three varsity letters in tennis and being captain of the Tennis Team his senior year, Chuck was also very active in the

Wethersfield Thespian Society, Debate Team and Science Club.   He also was a WHS representative to Nutmeg Boys State his junior year.

The son of former Wethersfield High School teacher Ed Washer, Chuck graduated from CCSU in 1972 with a degree in education. He is a Social Studies teacher at the Granby Middle School, where he has taught for 35 years. Chuck has also coached for many years in Granby, where he has led the high school tennis team to two state championships.

Chuck remains very dedicated to working with young people. He and his wife Peg have directed the High Meadow Day Camp in Granby for over 20 years.

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 ricHard  Palmer  ‘68

Dick’s successful tennis career at Wethersfield High School is highlighted by his 1967 perfect 11 – 0 record in #3 Singles matches. As a member of the 1967 and 1968 CIAC State Championship Tennis Teams, he was named to the ALL-CCIL teams in both 1967 and 1968.  With Greg Reid, Dick was the 1968 CIAC Doubles Champion, and the 1967 Hartford Invitational Doubles Champion. In1968 Dick was the Class A Singles Champion.

Along with earning three varsity tennis letters, Dick was inducted into the National Honor Society in his junior year and was an active member of the Debate Team. He also served as a Home Room Representative and as an alternate to Nutmeg Boys State.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity College, Dick earned his JD from the University of Connecticut Law School. He has served as Assistant US Attorney for Connecticut; US Attorney for Connecticut, Chief State’s Attorney for Connecticut and is currently an Associate Justice on the Connecticut State Supreme Court.

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  GreG  reid  ‘68

As a member of the 1967 and 1968 CIAC State Championship Tennis teams, Greg also earned three varsity letters. In 1967 he compiled a 6 – 0 Singles record and was the Class D Singles Hartford Invitational Champion. Greg was also undefeated at #2 Doubles and won the 1968 Class A Doubles Hartford Invitational Championship

During his years at Wethersfield High School, Greg was an active member of the Latin and Science Clubs as well as the Yearbook Committee.

Upon graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he began a successful career as an accountant.

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  JoHn Poulos   ‘77

John is the second wrestler honored from the outstanding 1977 Wrestling Team that won the team title. John’s record was 12-3-2 during the dual meet season. He was very physical and determined to end his career at Wethersfield on top. He went on to win the Class “L” State title at 167 lbs. In the  semi-finals,  John  beat  a  wrestler  from  Conard High School 9-5, that he lost to each of the previous 3 years, before winning the finals 4 – 2 over a Platt wrestler. John was also a 1st team member of the C.C.I.L. Wrestling team.

John attended and wrestled at Maine Maritime Academy and graduated magna cum laude. He was the class valedictorian. He and wife Susan reside in Baton Rouge and have two sons, Joseph and Michael.

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 Jennifer  amaio  ‘98

Jennifer Amaio was both an outstanding soccer and track & field athlete at Wethersfield High School. She was a three year starter on the varsity soccer team and lettered all four years. She was a member of the 1994 State Championship Soccer team and as a freshman was named the Most Valuable Player in the State Tournament. During her soccer career at WHS, Jennifer became the all-time leading scorer with 40 goals. She was named to the All Conference team three years in a row and also was selected to the All State Soccer Team in 1996 and 1997. As a senior, she was named to the All New England Girls High School Soccer Team which is a selection made by the National High School Girls Soccer Association. During the off season, she participated and was a standout in the Premier Girls Soccer program. Jennifer continued her soccer career at the University of Connecticut. The Huskies won the Big East Championship all four years that Jen played at UCONN.

Jennifer was also a member of the Indoor Girls Track and Field team at Wethersfield High School for four years and the Outdoor Track and Field team for two years. While participating in Indoor track, she set the school record in the 300 meter dash with a time of 43.09 seconds. This record still stands today.

Jennifer is a registered nurse and resides with her husband Richard  in Princeton, Massachusetts.

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 sTePHanie  smieTana  '00

Stephanie earned all-league honors in all 4 years of her swimming career at WHS. All-league honors included the following events: 200 yd. Medley Relay, 200 Yard Freestyle, 100 Yard Backstroke, and the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. As a freshman she excelled and helped the team with an unprecedented 57-0 record up through her junior year.

In 1998 at the Class M Meet, Stephanie finished second in the 100 yard Backstroke with a time of 1:00.8. In the 200 yard Freestyle she finished 6th with a time of 2:01.04.  That same year in the Open Meet, Stephanie finished fourth in the 100 yard Backstroke with a time of 59.81.

In the 1999 Class M Meet Stephanie finished 2nd in the 100 yd. Backstroke with a time of 1:00.77 and 6th in the 100 yd. Freestyle with a time of 57.45. That same year in the Open Meet she finished 6th in the 100 yd Backstroke with a time of 1:00.36

She was the captain of the swimming team her senior year and the team went 8-2. Stephanie was chosen as the recipient of the coveted Stephen Schultz Swimming award topping off her amazing career at WHS.

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 coAch elAine Pincince Boldi field hockey

Elaine Pincince Boldi graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 1978. In ’78 she fulfilled her student teaching responsibilities in the Wethersfield

School System. During that time, she coached Webb Junior High School Basketball.   In 1979 she was hired as a physical education teacher in the Wethersfield System and from 1979 to 1982 she coached both JV Basketball, and JV Softball at Wethersfield High School. It was also in 1979 that she became the school’s head Field Hockey coach and continued to coach for seven years. Never having played the game herself, Elaine managed to bring her team of athletes to a high level of skill. Elaine said…”when I became head coach, I didn’t take the job without first learning something about field hockey. I read a lot of books, went to many clinics, and studied as hard as I could to learn about the

sport.” Her first year resulted in the Wethersfield team missing the state tournament by one win. In 1980, her team, in only its fourth year of existence, ended the regular season with a 15-2-2 record and in post season play, went on to win the Class L Field Hockey Championship by beating Westhill High School with a score of 3-1.

One of her former athletes remembers….”Coach was very organized and conducted well thought- out practices. Each activity related to game-like situations and players were able to relate to what she was getting at. She loved to scream “FEET”, which meant move your feet, don’t stretch for the ball with your stick. She expected a lot of us and had the confidence in us that we could achieve. We all knew that she liked us because that came through with her discipline and sense of humor.”

Elaine is married to Martin Boldi and they have three children and a granddaughter. She presently fills her time as a volleyball official for both boys and girls volleyball. She is also head coach of the Stafford High School Varsity Field Hockey Team.

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BOyS GOLf STATe CHAmPIOnSHIP TeAmS ‘35 & ‘36

The tradition of athletic excellence began for Wethersfield High School in the fall of 1933. Seven young men under the direction of Coach Barnes formed WHS’ first Golf team. Because of Wethersfield Country Club’s generosity and support, the players had both a wonderful practice facility and an outstanding home course to host their opponents.

In their inaugural season, the team compiled a very respectable 8 and 4 record. The seven member team of Paul Kidd, Francis Hope, John Hughes, William Hughes, William Schappa, Harry Staib and Felice Torza set the stage for future successes. In 1934 they won 10 matches, losing only 2 on their way to finishing as the State Runner-up. Following an 8 and 1 regular season record they went on to win the 1935 State Championship, the first state title for WHS in any sport. They backed it up the following season by winning their second straight State Championship.

The 1935 & 1936 teams will forever be remembered as the founding fathers of WHS’ tradition of athletic excellence.

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2003 - 2006

4x100 relay Team new england Champions

Over a four year period of time the WHS Boys 4x100 Relay Team dominated the state and New England. During this time there had been many different combinations of the team but there were always at least two of the following athletes on the team; James Harris, Justin Harris, Persis Oware and Justin Scricca.

In their first trip to the New England’s in 2003 sophomores James and Justin Harris were accompanied by Paul Cavalieri and Derrick Amaio. With their best time to date, the boys finished first with a time of 42.92 seconds. That same year, they came in first at the Class MM meet with a time of 43.22 and 5th in the state open with a time of 43.70 seconds.

In 2004, with last year’s season behind them, the coaches realized they had something special on their hands. Unfortunately, James Harris suffered a hamstring injury and was unable to compete in the final meets. However, there was a positive that came out of this injury and that was finding Justin Scricca. The team also got a new addition when Persis Oware transferred into WHS from his native home of Ghana. When approached by the coaches, they assumed he would be a great distance runner but he was quick to correct them by saying (only the way Persis can),…”no, no coach….distance runners are from Ethiopia and Kenya, Ghana has all the sprinters”. Boy was he right. This team went on to set a record by finishing first in the Class MM meet with a time of 42.16 seconds. Next were the State Open and then the New England’s. They finished first in both with times of 42.12 and 42.67 respectfully.

For the first and only year, in 2005, Paul Cavalieri, Justin Harris, Persis Oware and Justin Scricca were able to run together for a complete season. The school knew how good they were. Other schools in the state and in New England knew how good they were and they were not going to disappoint. They started the season with lofty goals of repeating as Class Open and New England champions and broke 42 seconds for the first time and setting new state records. The team also wanted to see how they compared against the rest of the country. The results were remarkable and historical. Finishing first in the Class MM meet with a time of

42.18 seconds the team went on to set a State Open and all time New England record of 41.69 seconds. They then finished first in the New England’s with a meet record of 42.06 seconds.

The post Harris era begins in 2006 with Persis Oware and Justin Scricca being joined by James Hodges and Dan Lewis. New leaders and a new look but with the same result. Setting a meet record in the Class L with a first place finish and a time of 42.37 seconds, the boys went on to win in the State Open finishing in 42.42 seconds and came in 3rd at the New England’s with a time of 42.67

Obviously, coaching is an important part of this story and Coaches Norm Eng, Jeff Sanborn, John Walsh and Jeff Weber played major roles in the teams’ success. They had much to be proud of.


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  sPeciAl recognition AWArd | Joseph “Jay” Cottone ‘67

When Jay graduated from WHS in 1967, it’s probably safe to say he didn’t foresee that one day he would return to town as its Athletic Director. Since 1997, Jay has served the citizens of Wethersfield and more importantly our children and students in a highly dedicated and professional manner. Under Jay’s leadership, Wethersfield’s  athletic  program   has   exemplified   excellence in the areas of curriculum, student participation, academics, sportsmanship, physical plant improvements and on the field accomplishments.

In 2000, Jay along with several other founding members began the successful journey to establish the WAAHOF. Without Jay’s support and tireless efforts in those early days, the Hall of Fame would not exist. He was instrumental in authoring the Hall’s by-laws, building the trophy case to house our plaques & memorabilia and conducting those early golf tournaments to fund our annual dinner. His guidance regarding how the Hall could contribute to the Athletic Department’s needs and his support to establish the Scholarship Program were invaluable.

Thank you Jay for all you have done for WHS and the Hall of Fame.

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 distinguished Alumni AWArd Tom Drennan ‘57  

In addition to being an all around athlete at Wethersfield High School, lettering in soccer, basketball and baseball Tom was also active in a number of other extracurricular activities. It was during this time the leadership skills he was developing would someday serve him well as a coach.

Attending Providence College was the first major step Tom took towards a career as a college coach. It was as an undergraduate manager for the Friars basketball team that he learned first hand the art of coaching from the immortal Providence coach, Joe Mullaney.

After graduating in 1961, Tom joined the Athletic Department staff at Roger Williams College where within five years he was promoted to Athletic Director, a position he held until 1973. During his time at Roger Williams he was the head basketball and golf coach, leading the 1968 golf team to the NEIGA Small College Championship.

In 1973 he became the Assistant Basketball Coach at the University of Rhode Island. In 1978 he took a position in URI’s financial office and a decade later became the school’s Head Golf Coach. Tom led the Ram’s golf team to ten New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships, five Atlantic 10 Championships and 16 straight NCAA Regional appearances.

He has been named Atlantic 10 Coach of the year twice, New England Coach of the Year eight times and Rhode Island Coach of the year in 1994 and 1999. He is the past President of the New England Golf Coaches Association and past President of the National Golf Coaches Association of America.  In 2007 Tom was inducted into the Golf Coaches of America Hall of Fame.

Tom resides in Wakefield, Rhode Island with his wife, Nancy. They have raised four daughters and have been blessed with ten grandchildren.

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 mAXWeLL HILCHUK                                     

maxwell was a three sport athlete at Wethersfield High School. He played soccer, basketball and baseball. He was a two year member of the varsity team in all three sports.

In 2011, he was a member of the soccer team that won the conference championship. He was named to the CCC north All-Conference team and received Honorable mention honors from the Hartford Courant. It was in that same year that maxwell received the Walter J. Kozuch, Jr. memorial Soccer Award. maxwell served as captain of both the soccer and basketball teams his senior year. While at WHS, maxwell was on the honor roll. He earned an honorable mention award for the CT Home Builders Association youth Design Contest in 2011 and earned first place in that contest in 2012. maxwell is attending Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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 KIrBy O’Keefe                                               

Kirby played four years of varsity soccer while at Wethersfield High School. She was named to the All-Conference team and the All-State team in both her junior and senior year.

She received Honorable mention honors from the Hartford Courant. As a senior, she received the Walter J. Kozuch, Jr. memorial Soccer Award. In addition to soccer, Kirby was a member of the Indoor and Outdoor Track teams. She lettered in indoor track all four years and received her gold key in outdoor track. She is a member of the record holding 4 X 400 indoor track relay team. Kirby was captain of the soccer team and the indoor track team her senior year. She was also one of four WHS student athletes chosen to attend the 2011 CIAC Sportsmanship Conference. Kirby excelled in the classroom. She earned high honors each semester and was a member of the national Honor Society and the national french Honor Society. She received the CT Council of Language Teachers Award for excellence in 2010 and the Smith College Book Award in 2011. Kirby is attending Siena College.


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