IPSWICH — Eight former student-athletes, three coaches and two meritorious recipients will be inducted into the Ipswich High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 29 at the Hellenic Center in Ipswich.
Holly Foster (Class of 1974) was a two-time MVP in basketball, an MVP in field hockey and named “best all-around athlete” in 1974. She later coached the Tigers in basketball and was a two-time Cape Ann League (CAL) Coach of the Year, as well as two-time Coach of the Year for field hockey.
Megan Frederick (Class of 2002) was a four-time CAL shot-put champion and four-time state champion, as well. A three-year track captain and two-time soccer captain, she still holds the IHS shot-put record and was a two-time CAL Player of the Year. She later became a member of the US Olympic Handball team.
Carl Mattarocchia (Class of 1970) was an All-League lineman for the Tigers’ football state champs in 1970. A strong-pulling guard who legendary coach Jack Welch said was the “best lineman” he ever had, he also played lacrosse at IHS.
Ellen Nich (Class of 1977) was a standout basketball player and two-time All-Scholastic and Salem News all-star. She also earned team MVP honors in softball and was a Salem News all-star on the diamond, too.
Peter Pickul (Class of 1960) was regarded as one of the best all-around athletes of his day. He was a Class D all-star in football (as well as team MVP and Hellenic Trophy winner), an all-star and MVP in basketball and a baseball all-star and MVP.
Greg Smith (Class of 1983) was another three-sport star and a former Salem News Student-Athlete nominee. A captain, team MVP and CAL all-star in football, Smith rushed for over 1,000 yards. He was also a four-year varsity hockey player and a spring track all-star, still holding the school record in the discus. He is currently serving his country in the U.S. Navy as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corp. He has had two combat tours in the Middle East and Persian Gulf and is a Bronze Star medal recipient.