The Salem News
---- — 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.
Dorothy “Dot” Stanley (Class of 1981) was an All-Scholastic player in both basketball and softball. She was team MVP in both, as well, earning CAL all-league honors. She hit .508 on the softball diamond and played a terrific center field.
Cammy Wallace (Class of 1960) was a Class D all-star and MVP on the gridiron for the Tigers, as well as winning the Hellenic Trophy award. He led the boys basketball team in scoring for two years and was named the league’s Outstanding Player. In baseball, he started at shortstop and pitched while being named a CAL all-star.
Coach Frances Cogswell taught and coached in Ipswich schools from 1942-60, coaching all sports, including archery, badminton, dance, field hockey, gymnastics and softball in Girls Exhibition and intramurals. A biology teacher, she also organized and coached the first girls interscholastic basketball team and had a winning record in 14 of 15 seasons.
Robert Conary was a football coach and athletic director at Ipswich High. His teams won 97 games between 1921 and 1942, with an amazing 76 of those by shutout. He is the second-longest tenured football coach in school history and was elected to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1983.
Rick Storer was a soccer coach and teacher at Ipswich for 38 years. His teams won the Colonial Conference title, Commonwealth Coast Conference and Cape Ann League titles, while winning both the North sectional and Eastern Mass. titles. He was named a Coach of the Year four times and was instrumental in the formation of the Ipswich Youth Soccer Association. He is a member of the Massachusetts State Coaches Hall of Fame.
Chester F. Bowen Jr. was a single-leg amputee at age 7 after suffering a playground injury. He became a sportswriter for the school newspaper, as well as for several town publications while in high school. He was manager of the local town team, was an assistant playground director and the official scorer for high school basketball. Ipswich dedicated the first Little League field to him at Bialek Park.
John Stella was the superintendent for Ipswich Public Schools from 1968-81 and was a strong advocate of the high school’s athletic programs. He understood the role of athletics in education and was staunch in his support of female student-athletes from the early years on.
The Ipswich High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is looking for any family or friends of two of their newest inductees, Frances Cogswell and Robert Conary. If you have any information that can help, please call Doug Woodworth 978-356-9359.