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.