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November 21, 2012

Six inducted into Danvers Blue & White Hall of Fame

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Barth was a power-hitting first baseman, who hit over .500 in her junior year to go along with 52 RBI. That season, she led Danvers to an undefeated record in the regular season and an Eastern Mass. title. After batting over .600 as a senior, she went on to play softball at Bryant College.

Moroney did his work on the other diamond for Danvers. One of the top pitchers in Falcon history, Moroney is the career leader in strikeouts with 202 and innings pitched at 188 1/3. He also holds the single-season strikeout mark with 75. Before going on to pitch for Salem State, Moroney also played three years of basketball at Danvers.

Elwin was a standout basketball player for the Falcons, averaging 19 points, more than 10 rebounds and five blocks per game his senior year. He graduated as the third-highest scorer in Danvers High history.

Lavender played four years of softball, basketball and field hockey, but it was in field hockey that she made a name for herself. She was the MVP in her junior and senior years and was a four-time NEC and Salem News all-star. She earned a full athletic scholarship to Northeastern University for field hockey and helped lead the Huskies to the Division 1 NCAA tournament.

“It’s quite an honor to be inducted. Over the years there have been outstanding athletes that have been inducted into the Hall of Fame,” Lavender said. “To be in the same family as them is quite an honor. I feel very, very privileged to be inducted.”

Parsons, a three-sport standout in football, basketball and track and field, made a lifetime commitment to Danvers education. He taught in Danvers for 35 years as a teacher, Guidance Counselor, Vice Principal and House Master.

A three-year starter on the football team, arguably Parsons’ most memorable sports moment was scoring the winning touchdown in a 1946 game against Cambridge on Thanksgiving Day to lock up the program’s first winning season since 1941.

“I’m 83 years old and I often look back over my lifetime hoping that I’ve made the right choices and the right decisions,” Parsons, who was also his class president, said. “This award just comes at a fantastic time because I guess it confirms that I did OK.”

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