The Salem News
---- — SWAMPSCOTT — Eleven of the school’s finest student-athletes will be among those inducted as Swampscott High School has announced its latest class heading into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
In addition, one entire team, one long-time supporter, one former student and two legendary coaches will also be inducted into the Hall when a banquet is held at The Oceanview in Nahant on Saturday, March 23.
The Swampscott High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are:
Robert Friberg (Class of 1944), an outstanding running back for the football team and three-year varsity baseball player. He was president of his class, captained the baseball squad and played at Springfield College.
Edward Loveday (Class of 1959), a starting quarterback for back-to-back unbeaten SHS teams who threw five touchdown passes in one game against Malden Catholic. He was also the starting QB in one of the first Harry Agganis All-Star Football Classics.
Jon Levine (Class of 1972), a starting center on the Big Blue basketball team that won the Northeastern Conference title. He held the school records for rebounds in a game (24) and offensive boards (16) in a single game. Also a member of the Salem State Hall of Fame, he was an all-NEC track performer who played eight years of pro basketball in Israel.
Jon Toner (Class of 1973) was the captain of Swampscott’s first Super Bowl team in 1972, where he was a starting tight end and middle linebacker. He was the key blocker in that 28-21 Super Bowl win over Catholic Memorial, allowing teammate Don Page to run for over 200 yards. He went on to captain the football team at UMass Amherst.
Billy Murphy (Class of 1977), a three-year starter in baseball who held the single season record for points as well as rebounds in one game (28).
Chris Power (Class of 1977), a school record holder in the 45-yard hurdles and both Class D champion and Northern Area champ in that same event. He held the school marks in both the 120 and 330-yard hurdles and was the Class D titlist in both.
Ken Richardson (Class of 1982) was a state champ in the 600 indoors for Class D and Eastern Mass. The 1982 NEC winter track MVP, he was also the Class C long jump champion, runner-up in the 440 and long jump, and holds Big Blue records in the 600, long jump, 4x400 relay and 4x110 relay.
Michelle Williams (Class of 1982) was an indoor track Class D champion in the 50-yard hurdles, as well as holding the Mass. State Coaches Association record in that same event. Undefeated in the NEC hurdles and relay, she was the Northern Area hurdle champ and school record holder in the 45-yard hurdles.
Bill Madden (Class of 1990) was a two-time Northeastern Conference MVP who received The Salem News’ Student-Athlete Award in 1990. Captain of the track, basketball and baseball teams, he went on to play football at Harvard despite never playing in high school, as well as baseball. He went on to become a captain in the United States Marine Corps’ Special Forces.
Britte Lombard (Class of 1995) was a four-year varsity tennis superstar with an overall regular season record of 69-3. The All-Scholastic was an NEC MVP, a Salem News all-star and also an all-star track performer.
Julianne Ferguson (Class of 2001) was a three-time NEC all-star in softball and was MVP of the Holland Tournament for three years as well. An NEC MVP, she also was MVP of the Agganis Game, was a Mass. State all-star and holds Big Blue records for strikeouts in a game (18) plus career wins, strikeouts and ERA.
Suzanne Settlemeyer coached field hockey, basketball, and winter and spring track at Swampscott. She guided the Big Blue to NEC winter and spring track titles from 1978 to 1981 and was a positive role model for all.
Peter Sack, the Swampscott High School principal from 1995-2003, was the football team’s public address announcer from 1976-2003. He was also president of the NEC twice (1989-90 and 1999-2000), won the 2002 Football Program Award for Dedication; the 2003 Hockey Program Award for Dedication; the 2003 Baseball Program Award for Dedication; and was part of the MIAA’s Football Committee from 1995-2003.
Charlie Kimball is considered the “Grandfather of Swampscott High track,” having coached there from 1963-71. He guided three straight Big Blue cross country teams to conference titles as well as two outdoor conference championship seasons in the spring. He was also an assistant hockey coach.
Bradley Lord, who went on to earn a silver medal at the 1961 North American Skating Championships, will be given a special recognition as well. Lord, who attended Swampscott High, was also the U.S. Men’s Ice Skating Champion in 1961.
Lastly, the entire 1957 Swampscott football team, which went unbeaten as the Class B state champs and ended the year with a trip to Miami, will be honored as Hall of Fame inductees as well.