Peter Wynne (Class of 1981) was represented by his family. Wynne is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player to ever come out of the city, and his battle with future NBA star Patrick Ewing will never be forgotten. In a Division 1 North state tournament game against the 7-foot Ewing and his Cambridge Rindge and Latin squad, Wynne (then a junior) scored 29 points. Underdog Beverly lost the game, but Wynne’s heroic performance is still talked about.
A dominant post player was also an outstanding rebounder, Wynne finished his career as the Panthers all-time scoring leader (1,351). He was heavily recruited and chose Syracuse, where he played for two seasons. He died three years ago at the age of 48 but will long be remembered in his hometown.
“This means a lot to our family,” said Wynne’s sister Tina Sherman, whose son Jonathan spoke about his uncle. “We always felt my brother was one of the best players and gave the most effort every single game.
“For him to finally be recognized is wonderful. I just wish he could be here tonight. He loved Beverly High, and those were the best years of his life. We’re here to say thank you for him to all those who supported him.”
Jessica Davidson (Class of 2003) is the first female swimmer to be inducted into the Beverly Hall of Fame. She started swimming at the North Shore YMCA, where she still holds records and was a 16-time YMCA All-American. She won the state championship in the 100-yard backstroke for Beverly High (and still holds many school records) before going on to have a terrific career at Harvard.
Brian Nelson (Classs of 1974) led the Northeastern Conference in goals (24) his senior year of hockey. He was only a sophomore when the Panthers beat Needham in seven overtimes in the state tournament, with current Beverly High hockey coach Bob Gilligan and his brother Bill leading the way. That earned the Panthers a berth in the Division 1 semifinals at the Boston Garden. Nelson also scored the 1,000th goal in the program’s history. In addition, he was one of the best track sprinters in the NEC.