Ceremony honors distinguished athletic alumni

The Newtonite

[media-credit name=”courtesy Jack Heavey” align=”alignleft” width=”300″] Dave Boyajian, Don Crowley Deb Satter Rooney Jody Rogers, Don Brigham, Kristen Chapelle, Brett Bernard, Chris Barnicle and Jim Leonard were inducted into the Newton North High School/Newton High School Hall of Fame.
by Camille Bowman and Adam Rabinowitz

Thursday, 12 accomplished former Tiger athletes were inducted into the Newton North High School/Newton High School Hall of Fame.

According to mayor Setti Warren, “The synergy of athletics and service comes together here. This tradition gives us a chance to salute those that came before us and also those that will come after.”
Chris Barnicle ’05 was inducted for being a champion distance runner at this school and making it to the national New Balance Team.
“It made me pretty happy. It brought back good memories, like when we won the State Championship and when we were a nationally ranked team,” Barnicle said of the induction.
Brett Bernard ’03 was recognized for his achievements in football, basketball and baseball at this school. He played baseball for a year at Stony Brook until an injury ended his career.
“It was very exciting and humbling. It was surprising that people still remember me,” Bernard said about the award.
David Boyajian ’73 played baseball and football for the Tigers and played baseball at Bentley. Boyajian is also a member of the Bentley Hall of Fame for his baseball career.
“My response was one of shock because there were so many athletes that deserved this as well,” Boyajian said of the award.
Donald Brigham ’55 was inducted for his excellence in track and field, baseball and football. Brigham played all three sports for the Tigers and played football for Norwich and the Army’s European All-Star football team.
Being inducted “made me feel very privileged and honored to be a part of something like this. There are so many good people involved,” said Brigham.
Kristen Chapelle ’91 was honored for her achievements in swimming. She held records at this school in the the 100 and 200 freestyle, the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and the 200 medley relay. Chapelle also swam for UMass Amherst and coached for Amherst College.
Donald Crowley was recognized for coaching boy’s ice hockey at this school between 1973 and 1985. Crowley’s teams won four Suburban League Championships. Crowley said that he was surprised to be inducted. “There are so many good players out there, and it is nice to be remembered,” he said.
William Fitzpatrick ’49 played football, hockey and baseball for the Tigers. Fitzpatrick also played baseball for the Army All-Star Post Team after the Korean War. He also coached American Legion Hockey and Baseball. Ed Frankman accepted the award on his behalf.
Jim Leonard ’58 played baseball and hockey for Newton High. He played baseball for Newton Junior College and for Falmouth in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Leonard said he felt elated by his induction into the Hall of Fame.
Deborah Quinn-Meinke ’82 was inducted for her achievements in soccer, basketball, softball and tennis. She played all four sports for the Tigers and played basketball at Boston University. Quinn-Meinke coaches youth soccer, basketball, softball and lacrosse.
Jody Rogers ’89 played volleyball, basketball and softball for the Tigers. Rogers was also on the Massachusetts Patriots, a volleyball Junior Olympic National Team and was a member of the National Championship Junior College team. “It was wonderful,” Rogers said of her induction.
Deborah Satter-Rooney ’91 was inducted for playing soccer, gymnastics and lacrosse at this school, as well as playing soccer at Brown. Satter-Rooney said her induction was “very exciting.”
Robert Scanlon ’46 was recognized for his achievements in baseball, basketball and football for this school. He was awarded the Dickinson Cup at his graduation, an award for that year’s most outstanding student-athlete. John Tinker-Connolly accepted the award on Scanlon’s behalf and read a quotation from a letter Scanlon wrote him. Scanlon said in the letter, “I thought you were kidding about the Hall of Fame thing. I’d like to say I was the best athlete, but I was a far cry from it.”
Inductees for next year’s ceremony can be nominated here.