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Cambridge Athletic Hall of Fame reviving, inducting Patrick Ewing

Posted by Brock Parker  October 25, 2012 05:01 PM

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Basketball great and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School graduate Patrick Ewing is finally going into the city’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

After 31 years of inactivity, the Cambridge Athletic Hall of Fame is inducting 13 new members, including Ewing, 11 other individuals and a hockey team, as new members Saturday night at a dinner and reception at the St. John Evangelist Hall.

It’s the first class of inductees into the Cambridge Athletic Hall of Fame since 1981, the same year Ewing graduated from the high school, and the recognition is a long time coming for the athletes and coaches, said Joe Pagliaro, the president of the Hall of Fame.

“It’s going to be a great night,” Pagliaro said. “These were the cream of the crop.”

The inductions come after two years of work in which a group of community members, coaches, educators and city officials began worked to revive the Cambridge Athletic Hall of Fame.

Pagliaro said the work began in earnest around the time the city was renovating the War Memorial recreation center and members of the Hall of Fame were working to garner funds to update the banners for high school championship teams.

The Athletic Hall of Fame then began soliciting nominations for a new class of inductees and received about 70 nominations.

Pagliaro said the Hall of Fame chose the best of the best, and about 300 people are expected to attend the ceremony to honor the inductees Saturday night.

Whether Ewing will attend has not been confirmed, Pagliaro said. After the basketball star graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, he won a NCAA National Championship with Georgetown University, played 17 seasons in the NBA, and was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield in 2008. Ewing also won two Olympic gold medals.

Pagliaro said some of the inductees that have confirmed they will attend the ceremony Saturday night include most of the 1958 Cambridge High and Latin School Hockey Team, which was an underdog squad that won the state championship.

Other inductees to the Cambridge Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday will include late basketball coach Al Coccoluto, who coached at Rindge, Cambridge High and Latin School, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School from 1976 to 1992.

The late William “Doc” Linskey, who served as athletic trainer for the Cambridge High and Latin School and Rindge Technical school from 1946 to 1981, will also be inducted.
Two female athletes will be inducted, including cross country and track star Frances Jarvis, who graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in 1986.

Pagliaro said some people have confused the Cambridge Athletic Hall of Fame with the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Alumni Hall of Fame, but the difference between the two is the Athletic Hall of Fame only recognizes those involved in athletics in the city, while the Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes other teachers and students.

The Athletic Hall of Fame is hoping to have another class of inductees next year, Pagliaro said, to continue catching up for lost time over the past three decades.

After that, he said the Hall of Fame is discussing whether inducting new members should be done every two years.

The following is the full list of inductees into the Cambridge Athletic Hall of Fame this year, followed by a list of previously inducted members:

2012 inductees

Jack Hannon (CHLS 1949) starred in basketball before and after his military service which interrupted his high school career. He went on to become a basketball official working in the NCAA for 15 years. He is a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

Edward Asaley (CHLS 1951) was a three-sport standout, captain of basketball and baseball and a league all0-star in both in 1950 and 1951. Ed went on To B.U. playing varsity baseball and basketball. He went on to coach three sports at Newton South High School. and served as a sports official for 30-plus years.

Roberto Cooper (Rindge 1976) is considered by many as the finest all-around athlete of his time. A native of Panama, Roberto starred in Cross country and Indoor and Outdoor Track. He still holds the all-time Cambridge record in te high jump, breaking Olympian John Thomas’s records. At Adelphi University he set the school record at 7-feet-2-inches.

Terry Shinkwin-Ward (CHLS 1977) starred in volleyball, basketball and softball for all of her four years in high school. She was named All-State and Player of the Year in basketball as a senior, playing on championship teams in volleyball and basketball.

Rudy Williams (Rindge 1977) was All-League in football as a junior and senior, All-Scholastic in basketball as a senior and had 1000-plus career points, and was an outstanding left-hand pitcher in baseball, scouted by the Red Sox. However, he went on to Providence College on a basketball scholarship, becoming a 1,000-point scorer there, as well.

Patrick Ewing (CRLS 1981) starred all four years in basketball for Coaches Tim Mahoney and Mike Jarvis. His high school career is legendary as was his collegiate career at Georgetown. After winning a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics, he returned to CRLS for “Pat Ewing Day.” His long career in the NBA was highlighted by being named one of the 50 all-time best players.

Robert Sheehan (CRLS 1982) ranks among the best middle distance runners in Massachusetts history. He ran cross country and track all four years, setting numerous school and state records. He ran the fastest time in the country in the 1000 yard event at the Class A State Championships. At Auburn University he was named All-American.

Frances Jarvis (CRLS 1986) was an eight-time Suburban League All-Star in cross country and track and a five-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic. She established a new state record in the mile (4:57.7) at MIT in 1985, thus breaking the five-minute barrier.

Lance Dottin (CRLS 1987) excelled in football and basketball where he had a 1,000 point career. He has been head coach of basketball at CRLS since 1996 and his teams have won numerous championships.

Khari Milner (CRLS 1990) is considered the most successful swimmer in school history, still holding most of the school records. He captured multiple New England and U.S. Junior National Championships before going to excel at the University of North Carolina where he swam on two ACC championship teams.

1958 CHLS Hockey Team, coached by Jim Fitzgerald and Dinny Downing, captured the State Championship as the underdog. The team finished second in the GBI but upended power houses like Natick, Needham and Walpole in the state tourney. The team also competed in the New Englands.

William Linskey, better known as “Doc,” served as athletic trainer for the Cambridge High & Latin School and Rindge Technical school from 1946 to 1981. He was also known as legendary speaker and emcee at countless dinners. His oratorical skills were well known. He is memorialized in the Doc Linskey Road Race which supports a scholarship at Northeastern University.

Al Coccoluto coached basketball at Rindge, CHLS, and CRLS from 1976 to 1992, His teams achieved tremendous success, winning numerous league and state championships. Among his student players were the likes of future NBA players Patrick Ewing and Rumeal Robinson

1981 inductees
Timothy Keefe (18??)
Timothy Lahey 1899
William Robbins 1904
Kennedy Park 1906
“Mitch” Metivier
John J. Sheehan ‘14
Neil McDonald ‘15
George White ‘15
William Barrett ‘17
Gertrude Brooks ‘18
John Collier ‘18
Anna B. Hickey ‘18
James McDonald ‘18
Frank Sullivan ‘18
Barney Zarkov ‘18
Joseph Kozlowsky ‘20
Walter “Doc” Gautreau ‘21
Isadore Zarakav ‘22
James “Sonny” Foley ‘25
Frank Hussey ‘25
Thomas J. Kenny ‘25
John “Fudge” Murphy ‘25
E. Joseph Fay ‘26
Lawrence Gibson ‘26, Coach
Wilfred Burke ‘29
Marjorie Lynch ‘29
John J. Reardon ‘31
Thomas H. D. Mahoney ’31
Anthony Sarausky ‘31
Vito Ananis ‘33
Francis “Lefty” Mathews ‘35
Francis Coady ‘36
Edith Coady Sheehan ‘36
Edward Waitkus ‘37
Alfred “Fishey” Dumont ‘21
Joseph Sheehan ‘38
Harry Robart ‘40
Robert Verrier ‘43
John “Lefty” Caufield ‘44
Robert Mix ‘49
John Murphy ‘51
Mary McManus Santos ‘52
Francis Looney ‘52
Thomas Magnarelli Reis ‘52
Charles Jenkins ‘53
John Noble ‘53
Lawrence Plenty ‘53
Mary McMullen ‘54
Bette Ann Regan ‘54
Douglas Scholl ‘55
Charles Stead ‘55
Paul J. White ‘55
Bruce Hunter ‘57
John Thomas ‘58
James Whelan ‘61
Robert Chebator ‘62
James Griffin ‘63
Timothy Johnson ‘63
George Hewitt ‘64
Aubrey Flagg ‘64
William Hewitt ‘64
Frances Y. Waltman ‘64
Michael Bianca ‘66
Charlene Reese ‘66
Thomas Fratto ‘68
Valerie Terry ‘68
Randolph Dunn ‘69
Virginia M. Gurry ‘69
William Lyons ‘69
Maryann Moneypenny ‘67
Shirley Walcott ‘69
Warren Waugh ‘69
Patrick Ryan ‘73
Gerard Fairfield ‘74
Maureen Crane Havern ‘74
Karen Johnson ‘74
Darlene Ronchetti ‘74
Peter Jones ‘75
Michael Kee ‘75
Leander McDonald, Coach/AD
Marie Hyde., Coach

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