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March 25, 2013

Swampscott inducts 2013 Hall of Fame class

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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.

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