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March 25, 2013

Swampscott inducts 2013 Hall of Fame class

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“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.

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