St. Peter-Marian to induct 11 individuals, 2 teams
Tickets for the ceremony and dinner are $50 and can be purchased by contacting athletic director Peter Jones by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (508) 852-5555, ext. 20. Ticket deadline is Nov. 10.
Jerry Azumah (Class of 1995) was a football co-captain and MVP in 1994, rushing for 1,840 yards and 31 touchdowns and winning a Central Mass. Division 2 Super Bowl. He was also outdoor track co-captain and MVP in ’95, and went on to play football at UNH and with the NFL’s Chicago Bears for seven seasons, making the Pro Bowl as a kick returner in 2004.
Jennifer Ford Breslin (1988) was a two-year co-captain, CMC All-Star, and 1988 Telegram & Gazette Super Team All-Star in basketball, and a softball co-captain as well as a National Honor Society member and junior class president. She was a basketball co-captain at St. Anselm and had a 151-71 record as SPM basketball coach from 1994 to 2004.
Caitlyn A. Clark (2002) was a T&G Super Team pick for four years in cross-country, and Central Mass. champion for three years, leading SPM to the CMass team title three times. She was a T&G Super Team pick in indoor track, winning the district title in the mile and 2 mile and the district mile championship twice in outdoor track. She later ran track at Assumption, and was New England USA Track & Field champion twice in the 5,000 meters and once in the mile.
Michael Germain (1984) was a heavily decorated hockey all-star, including a two-time T&G Super Team pick, and led the Guardians to the CMass Division 1 title for four straight years, making it to the state final twice. He was also a two-time T&G Super Team pick in baseball, later played hockey at Holy Cross, and won 225 games in 19 seasons as SPM hockey coach, qualifying for the state tourney 14 years.
Malachi Kelley (1969) was a two-year football player at St. Peter’s, helping the team win the state Class A title in 1968, and played four years of varsity basketball as the Guardians won the Catholic Conference title in 1969. He also won a Catholic Conference title with the 1969 baseball team, winning the “Mr. Clutch Award” that year, and is now principal of Nelson Place Elementary School.
Christopher Kursonis (1994) was a football co-captain and CMC All-Star in 1993, scoring 11 touchdowns and 100 points as quarterback that year. He was also a basketball co-captain, played hockey, and was a T&G Super Team pick in baseball, a co-captain in 1993 and MVP in ’94. Before becoming a baseball all-star at St. Anselm, he was an honor student at SPM and a Greater Media Cable Outstanding Scholar-Athlete. He is now principal of Abby Kelley Foster Charter High School.
Michael Lamoureux (1997) was a five-year football player, a two-time T&G Super Team pick, a captain, and led SPM to five consecutive Central Mass. Division 2 Super Bowls. He also played basketball, and was a CMC All-Star and T&G All-Star in baseball, batting .405 one year. He was a National Honor Society member, and led the Brown football team to the 1969 Ivy League title as a 3.65 GPA honor student in economics.
Stacy A. Mattioli Courtney (1996) was a two-time T&G Super Team pick in basketball and scored 1,666 career points. She was picked for the Massachusetts Best of 80 game in ’96, graduated fourth in her class with a 3.8 GPA, and received a full scholarship to Assumption, where she became the school’s all-time leading basketball scorer (1,791 points) and was a highly decorated honor student.
Ed Riley (1988) played basketball and baseball, being named a three-time T&G Super Team All-Star in baseball as well as Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year and runner-up as National Player of the Year. He was 35-1 as a pitcher with a career batting average of .475, led SPM to two district titles and a state title, and once struck out 19 St. John’s batters. He played in the Red Sox organization, managed the Worcester Tornadoes, and is now the coach at SPM and directs his own baseball school.
Ralph “Rick” Spokis (1969) was a four-year baseball and football player at St. Peter’s, twice winning the MVP award for the annual Thanksgiving game against St. John’s. He was a T&G All-City football pick for two years, and led the Guardians to a state Class A title in football in 1968 and the Catholic Conference championship in baseball in 1969.
Leo Gravel (honorary induction) is a retired teacher at Marian and St. Peter-Marian highs, a member of the Guardian Hall of Fame committee, and a supporter of sports at both schools for almost 40 years.
The 1977 baseball team won the Division 1 state title. Members were Richard Ball, Anthony Bulak, Anthony Cicero, J. Michael Cotter, Kevin Foley, Rich Gedman, Brian Hackett, Tom Horan, Ed Kazanovicz, Robert Morton, Chuck Pascarelli, Rodney Peters, J.P. Ricciardi, David Riley, Rev. Walter Riley, Peter Rovezzi, Kevin Sheary, Tom Westerberg, and Rev. James Carmody, coach.
The 1977 softball team won the Division 1state title. Members were Sherry Aselton Gedman, Paula Carelli, Cindy Cammuso, Frances Collins Leblanc, Margaret Collins Coggins, Elizabeth Conrad Sargent, Cindy DiTullio, Maureen Duffy Shanosky, Susan Dupre Callahan, Ellen Felkel Brennan, Kathleen Kruczek Soucie, Nancy Keating Clark, Susan Morse, Mary Ann Palazzi, Lucille Reed, Ann Scannell, Janice Underhill, Sharon Trainor Zenevitch, and coaches Ann Ash Zelesky and Sandi Gentile.