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November 9, 2012

Danvers Blue & White Club names Hall of Fame Class for 2012

The Danvers High Blue & White Hall of Fame and the Touchdown Club of Danvers have announced the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012.

The six inductees will be honored at the Hall of Fame dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Village Green Restaurant in Danvers.

Joanne Lavender, Class of 1980, will be inducted after earning four varsity letters in field hockey, including four straight Northeastern Conference all-star bid and two MVPs. She went on to play Division 1 field hockey at Northeastern, and was also a three-year starter for the Falcons basketball team and a four-year varsity letterwinner in softball.

Amy Papamechial Barth, Class of 1992, was a three-time NEC all-star in softball who had 52 RBI as a junior and helped the Falcons win the Eastern Mass. title. She was also a three-year starter for both the field hockey and basketball teams, and went on to play softball at Bryant College.

Michael Moroney, Class of 1994, was the Danvers baseball team’s single season leader in strikeouts with 75, and fanned a record 202 batter in his career while throwing a career best 188 1/3 innings. He was the Falcons MVP in 1993 and also captained the Danvers basketball team. Moroney went on to captain the Salem State baseball squad, earning a MASCAC all-star nod in 1997.

Brian Thibodeau, Class of 1991, racked up 104 career hockey points while earning NEC MVP honors as a senior while scoring 49 points on 17 goals and 32 assists. He also earned letters in golf and baseball and finished his 2-time NEC all-star hockey career with 50 goals and 54 asssts. Thibodeau played at Cushing Academy and at Division 1 Illinois-Chicago.

Len Elwin, Class of 1966, averaged 19 points per game and double figures in rebounds over his last two years on the Falcon basketball court. He was the third highest scoring player in DHS basketball history and later served his country in Vietnam.

Robert Parsons, Class of 1947, will also be inducted as a special contributor. He taught in Danvers for 35 years, including stints as guidance counselor, vice principal and house master. Parsons also served in the Korean War and retired as Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. He also scored the winning touchdown on Thanksgiving Day in 1946 to ensure the first winning season since 1941.

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