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March 19, 2013

Fond memories aplenty at Beverly Hall of Fame banquet

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“That’s my best memory from high school. It was the only playoff game we ever won in my four years,” said LeBlanc, who still lives in the Garden City and plays hockey with some friends from Beverly in a men’s league in Gloucester. “It means so much to me to go into the Hall after my dad. He coached me my entire life, and I know he’s very proud.

“I kind of knew this was coming, but it is still a big honor for me and my family. I know a lot of the guys in the Beverly Hall of Fame and have great respect for them.”

Justin Shairs, also from the Class of 1999, was an all-star in football, hockey and lacrosse. He is fourth on the all-time hockey scoring list and currently serves as a varsity assistant coach for the Panthers. In lacrosse, he set a BHS single-game scoring record with six goals and five assists, but his fondest memory came on the football field at Hurd Stadium in front of more than 8,000 fans.

“Playing in the 100th Thanksgiving game against Salem my senior year was special,” said Shairs, a captain on that 9-1 team. “We scored on our final drive to close the gap to 7-6. I remember coach (Roger) Rosinski coming over to me and asking what I wanted to do: go for the tie or the win. I told him if he called a kick, I’d pull the ball off the tee and run with it. So he called a quick pitch, and Eugene Moore ran it outside for the two points — the same play we had scored on.”

The large Shairs family came out in force to support Justin and filled four tables Saturday night. Shairs said he was out to dinner with his brother Ryan when Bill Moody called to tell him the news.

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