Shairs, who is the first in his athletic family to be inducted, played lacrosse at the collegiate level at St. Anselm but will never forget the thrill of putting on his hometown jersey and playing with a bunch of friends.
When the call came to Dick Young, the former Beverly High football player, he couldn’t believe it. A 1963 BHS graduate who played for legendary football coach Roy Norden (his teams only lost twice in three years, including 8-1 his senior year), Young was inducted for his tireless work on behalf of the sports community and Beverly Boosters Club.
He was a committee member of the BHS Hall of Fame and has supported all sports for many years. Young frequently attends many high school sporting events and has volunteered his time as equipment manager and basketball timekeeper.
“I was in shock when they told me,” he said. “I’m very humbled and thankful for this completely unexpected honor. I’ve been a member of the football boosters for 29 years, and my grandson Brian Tripoli played on the 2012 (Super Bowl) team, which was very special.”
The first swimmer ever inducted into the BHS Hall is Robert Tilton (Class of 1986). A three-time captain, Tilton set several school and Northeastern Conference records and helped the Panthers win three straight conference championships before continuing his career at UMass Amherst.
Michael Cahill (1979) was an outstanding soccer player who took part in two of the longest tournament games in MIAA history. He was also a strong defenseman for the hockey team and went on to play soccer at Middlebury College. Cahill later returned to coach the sport at Beverly High, where his teams went to the state tournament six times (finishing with a 99-22-16 career record).
Gambale was a natural athlete who took over as the Beverly High starting quarterback even though he had never played the position. And when the basketball team needed a point guard, it was Gambale who made the switch from his natural shooting guard spot. In baseball he pitched, caught, played shortstop and first base. He was not only captain but MVP in all three sports.
In 1949 the Panthers won the state golf title under coach Bob Brown. Players on that honored team were Ron Kirby, Paul Kelley, Jim Buckley, Bill Palm, John Duran, Jim Gillis, Alden Norman and Billy Kirby. Kelley, one of two living members of the team, accepted the honor and spoke on behalf of his championship squad.