DANVERS — Even with all the points that were scored, games and championships won, and goals achieved, there was another common memory that was ingrained in each of last night’s six new inductees into the Danvers High Blue & White Hall of Fame.
“Just the camaraderie,” field hockey star Joanne Lavender, Class of 1980, said. “Danvers is known for its sports, and everybody gets behind every team and cheers. The friendships I made and the coaches, it was just a wonderful experience playing Danvers High sports.”
That sentiment was echoed throughout the night as the Class of 2012 was formally inducted into the Blue & White Hall of Fame at the Village Green restaurant.
Amy Papamechial Barth, a standout softball player for the great Falcon teams of the early 1990s that reached a state title game, agreed with Lavender’s message.
“We were an awesome team. We dominated my junior and senior year. We had great team camaraderie,” Barth, a 1992 graduate, said. “I loved the bus rides to games.”
It may seem odd that a decorated high school softball player like Barth placed emphasis on trips to away games ahead of her three Northeastern Conference and Salem News all-star selections. However, not one member of the 2012 Hall of Fame class — which also included Robert Parsons (Class of 1947), Leonard Elwin (‘66), Michael Moroney (‘93) and Brian Thibodeau (‘91) — spoke of individual accomplishments.
“I’d definitely put my teammates first,” Thibodeau, who excelled in hockey and baseball, said. “I think 1991 was a great (hockey) season. We went undefeated, 16-0 (in conference play), and had some really great players and an excellent coaching staff.”
Thibodeau, like all of last night’s inductees, posted some impressive stats during his high school career. As a senior, he led the NEC in scoring with 17 goals and 32 assists for 49 points. He was named conference hockey MVP as a senior and finished his career with 104 points (50 goals, 54 assists). He was also a solid baseball player for the Falcons.