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November 23, 2012

Peabody honors Hall of Fame Class of 2012

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“Tonight’s bitter-sweet for me,” said McHenry. “I’m being inducted one Hall of Fame away from my Mom (Terry, who passed away in 2010) being here to see it. She was always my biggest supporter, and I wish she could be here. I do get to share this moment with my children, who can’t believe their mother was an athlete.”

Kerry Newhall Heath (’94) was a three-sport captain in soccer, basketball, and track. She was undefeated in the javelin for three years, and continued to excel at Connecticut College as D-III and ECAC javelin champion.

“It’s quite an honor to be with so many distinguished people,” said Newhall, who now lives in Salem and teaches in the Concord school system. “I used to coach soccer, basketball, and track, but now that I’m a department head and I can’t do it anymore.”

Kevin Bettencourt, Amy Nizwantowski, and Helder Braz joined other family members already in the hall. Bettencourt (2002) is the Tanners all time leading scorer in boys basketball with 1,810 points and a single game high of 46. He went on to have a great career at Bucknell as a two time captain.

“This is the third time I’ve been to a Peabody Hall of Fame banquet,” said Bettencourt, who has been an assistant basketball coach at Bentley for five years. “I came for my uncle David and sister Julie. I had to miss my brother Ted’s when I was away at college.”

Amy Nizwantowski joins her father Ed. A natural athlete, she was a field hockey and lacrosse star. Former lacrosse coach Dan Hayes said she is the first female lacrosse player to be inducted, but it was in field hockey where she is most remembered as a high scoring MVP.

“This is a great group to be part of,” said Nizwantowski, who now works in New York City. “I’m humbled and honored. The only sport I’m playing now is two-hand touch coed football.”

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