By Jean DePlacido
---- — NAHANT — Being inducted in the Swampscott Hall of Fame was a memorable evening for everyone at the ceremony, which was held at the Oceanview in Nahant Saturday.
It was a double honor for Ed Loveday, who was one of 14 individuals inducted into the Swampscott Hall of Fame along with the undefeated 1957 football team. Loveday went in because of his illustrious three sport career for the Big Blue — and as one of the key members of coach Stan Bondelevitch’s 10-0 team that won the first Class B championship in school history.
The backfield of Bill Carlyn, George Blais, Jack Milo, and Loveday were some of the best backs to ever play for Swampscott. Many, including QB Loveday, went on to play on the 1958 team that repeated as Class B champs.
“What stands out in my mind is the Malden Catholic game my senior year,” said Loveday, a Byfield resident who also played hockey and baseball.”We only had six passes in that game, and five went for touchdowns while the other was for the extra points. There was no score at halftime, and Malden Catholic jammed the line of scrimage trying to stop our running game. Back then it was unusual to throw five touchdown passes because we were a running team. We wound up winning that game, 58-0.
“I also recall coming back from Marblehead on Thanksgiving in 1957. It seemed like the whole town came out to cheer for us. Everybody was so excited because that was the first time we ever had an undefeated season. That’s such a great rivalry. My father’s family came from Marblehead, and he played for the Magicians.”
Inductee Britte Lombard Roossien was one of the best tennis players to ever play for Swampscott. She was league MVP all four years and had an incredible 69-3 record. She also played basketball and was on the track team.
“Going into the Hall of Fame means everything to me,” said Roossien, who graduated in 1995. “It’s a huge honor and a nice sup rise. Having my husband (Tony), son Jace (age 7), and daughter Wylie (4) here with me is special. My kids drew pictures for me which was so nice.
“My fondest memory from high school is playing in the power puff game with all my friends. That was so much fun. I still play tennis and teach tennis lessons. I also coach soccer, and my husband is a little league coach. We live in Nahant, and I’m doing everything now that my parents did for me.”
Ken Richardson (1982) had an outstanding track career. He was Class D champ in the 600 and Class C champion in the long jump, setting school records in both. He was named team MVP four times, but what he remembers most isn’t an individual award, but a team victory.
“Our team won the state championship in winter track in 1981,” said Richardson, who still lives in Swampscott. “That was the highlight, and I also had several individual things that were wonderful. I’m very excited to be inducted, and I promised to keep my speech short.”
Charlie Kimball and Sue Settlemeyer were both outstanding coaches. Kimball coached track and was an assistant hockey coach. Under his guidance teams won four cross country and two spring track championships.
“I had 13 wonderful years teaching and coaching in Swampscott,” said Kimball, who went on to be a principal and superintendent in Western Mass. “I worked with wonderful athletes and coached with Stan Bondelevitch and Dick Lynch (who was Master of Ceremonies). I had great mentors and principals in Swampscott.”
Settlemeyer did it all, coaching field hockey and girls’ basketball beginning in 1966. She started winter and spring track programs in the ‘70’s.
“I coached in Swampscott for 16 years,” said Settlemeyer, who now lives in Marblehead and has 12 grandchildren. She said she has a very hard time on Thanksgiving at the traditional Marblehead-Swampscott foootball game. “The thing that stands out in my mind from my time coaching is the kids. I had so many wonderful young people.”
John Toner, class of 1973, joins his brother Tom, nephew Ed and niece Kathleen in the Hall of Fame. A football star for the Big Blue, he went on to captain UMass Amherst.
“The great people in Swampscott made it a lot of fun,” said Toner, who now lives in Marblehead. “My favorite memory from my playing days is my Pop Warner coach, who took us out for ice cream sundaes after we won.”
Bob Friberg is now 86-years old. He was not only a three sport athlete, who played football, basketball, and baseball but president of the class of 1944.
“I remember defeating Marblehead, 33-0 on Thanksgiving, and that was the first time we’d beat them in 25 or 30 years. That was a big victory for us,” said Friberg, who was a teacher/coach. He and his wife have been married for 64 years and have seven children.
Julianne Ferguson (2001) was an outstanding softball pitcher, who led her team to the North semifinals both in her sophomore and senior years. She was named Northeastern Conference MVP as a senior, and went on to play softball at Pine Manor College.
Jon Levine (1972) set a school record for most rebounds (24) and offensive rebounds (16) in a game as a member of the ‘71 and ‘72 NEC champion Big Blue basketball teams. He also competed in the high hurdles and triple jump for the track team. At Salem State he was two time MVP of the basketball team and three times named MVP of the track team. He is a member of the SSU Hall of Fame, and went on to play professional basketball in Israel for eight years.
Bill Madden (1990) won the Salem News Student-Athlete Award. He was named MVP of the league in cross country and undefeated in dual meets as a junior and senior. He was also a three year starter at point guard for the basketball team, and shortstop on the Big Blue team that went to the Division 3 North final in his senior year.
Madden was a walk-on at Harvard, and later became a starter in football and baseball.
Billy Murphy (1977) set nine records in basketball as a senior, averaging over 22 points per game. In one game he scored 44 points and in another had 26 rebounds. He is now an emergency room doctor in California.
Chris Powers, also from the class of ‘77, starred in track where he was unbeaten in dual meets in both the hurdles and relay in indoor track. He was the Class D champion in both high and low hurdles in the spring and runner up in both events not only at All-States but New England’s. He makes his home in Marblehead.
Michelle Williams (1982) was also a track star, a state champion in the hurdles in her senior year. The METCO student went on to win the hurdles national championship at UMass Boston. She now lives in Atlanta and works for the Centers for Disease Control.
Peter Sack (1963) was inducted in the merit category. He served as the PA announcer for Big Blue football games for 27 years, taught at Swampscott High for 11 years, and was principal for 20 years. He now lives in South Carolina.
In the special recognition category Bradley Lord (1957) was honored. The famous figure skater, who died with the entire USA skating team in a plane crash in 1961, won the US Junior Men’s title and was part of the U.S. team that won the World Championship in Czechoslovakia. He was on course to see his dream of competing in the Olympics come true when tragedy struck.