Seven of Beverly’s great athletes from the past and one state championship team have been chosen for induction into the Beverly High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Michael P. Cahill, Scott Gambale, Roger LeBlanc Jr., Justin M. Shairs, Claudette Tache Turner, Robert Tilton and Dick Young will all be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame, as will the members of the 1949 state champion BHS golf team.
The Class of 2013 will be honored on Saturday, March 16 at Danversports Yacht Club.
Cahill, a 1979 Beverly High graduate, was known for his soccer ability and was a Northeastern Conference all-star on the pitch. He was named tri-captain during his time with the Panthers and went on to play at Middlebury College before returning to coach his alma mater to great success. Cahill also played four years of varsity hockey and reached the Boston Garden with his team during the state tournament his sophomore year.
Gambale (Class of 2002) was a three-sport captain in football, basketball and baseball. He became the football team’s starting quarterback four days before the season opener despite never having played the position before and went on to have a strong campaign, including a win over arch rival Salem on Thanksgiving Day in which he completed 6 of 7 passes for 103 yards. For his efforts, he was awarded the Jason Aucone Memorial Award. A shooting guard and point guard for the basketball team, he averaged a dozen points before moving on to baseball, where he played shortstop, first base, catcher and pitched. He hit .393 with 16 RBI and a .646 on-base percentage as a senior and played in both the Agganis football and baseball All-Star Games. He currently coaches freshman basketball at BHS.
LeBlanc is Beverly’s all-time leading scorer in hockey with 86 goals, 86 assists and 172 points. The Class of 1999 graduate was a four-year letterman, three-time Northeastern Conference all-star, two-time All-NEC selection and was co-MVP of the conference as a senior. He led Beverly to its first hockey tournament appearance in eight years as a junior, then scored the game-winning goal with 26 seconds remaining to give the Panthers a thrilling 6-5 win over Methuen in the playoffs as a senior. He was also a team captain in 1999. LeBlanc also played baseball, where he was a dominant pitcher and powerful cleanup hitter over three varsity seasons.