Also a member of the Class of 1999, Shairs was an all-star in three separate sports: football, hockey and lacrosse. An NEC All-Conference player twice in football, he captained the 1998 team to a 9-1 record, including a win over Salem in the 100th playing of ‘The Game’, and rushed for 15 touchdowns while scoring 10. A four-year varsity hockey performer, he is the school’s fourth all-time leading scorer (48 goals, 73 assists, 121 points) and was a two-time captain. He received the Herbert A. Colby Award for determination and dedication to the team, and is currently a varsity assistant for the BHS hockey team. In lacrosse, Shairs was both All-Scholastic and All-Conference his junior and senior years and is among the school’s all-time leading scorers.
Tache Turner (Class of 1957) was a force on the basketball court, scoring 223 points in just 10 games during the 1956-57 season. Her average of 22.3 points per game is believed to be the highest in BHS girls basketball history. The team captain scored a then-record 37 points in one game and hit the winning basket to cap Beverly’s only unbeaten girls basketball season in 1955-56. An Essex County all-star her final two seasons of high school, she regularly scrimmaged with boys to improve her skills and was voted ‘Best Female Athlete’ for her graduating class.
Tilton was one of Beverly’s best-ever swimmers, graduating in 1986. The owner of several school and NEC records, the three-time captain set marks in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.43) and 100 freestyle (52.14) while helping the Panthers win three straight conference championships in the pool. A two-time Salem News all-star, he made a remarkable recovery from spinal meningitis to lead the school to NEC crowns in 1985 and ‘86. He went on to swim at UMass Amherst for four years.
Young, a 1963 Beverly High graduate, is being honored for his meritorious service. His involvement started with the ‘Sports Club’, which became the Beverly Football Boosters Club, where Young served as director, treasurer and president. He organized many banquets for BHS teams, was a volunteer equipment manager for all teams, a volunteer timekeeper for basketball and a member of the BHS Sports Hall of Fame. He was also a football lineman in the early 1960s for teams that went a combined 25-2 and captured the prestigious Bucci Award as a senior.