The 14th annual Beverly Hall of Fame ceremony at the Danversport Yacht Club featured 11 outstanding athletes and coaches on Ssaturday night. This year's lone female inductee was Amy Roccio, who is also the youngest member of this year's class.
Roccio, a 2004 graduate, excelled in both track and gymnastics. She set or was part of 10 track school records in high jump, triple jump, and high hurdles relay while playing a big part in the Panther gymnastics team's success with two North Sectional championships. She followed that up with two second place finishes at states.
Roccio went on to have an outstanding track career in the pentathlon and heptathlon at UNH. In her junior year she won the America East indoor title in the pentathlon.
"Coach (Dave) Jellerson took me to my first heptathlon (7 events), and I went on to do it along with the pentathlon in college," said Roccio. "The most important thing I took away from my years at Beverly High was the camaraderie. Both track and gymnastics are individual sports, but at the same time they are team oriented. I think the two go hand in hand, and gymnastics was especially helpful in my big event, the high jump. I am very excited to be going in with so many great people."
Jack Remare (class of 1958) and Tom Risoldi ('57) have been friends since playing together at Beverly High and both are delighted to be inducted in the same class. Remare was extremely fast and used his speed in basketball, baseball, and track while Risoldi starred in football basketball, and baseball.
"The highlight of my Beverly days was going to the old Tech Tourney at Boston Garden," said Remare, who still lives in Beverly. "We had to beat Saugus and Lawrence to get there. Tom and I are lifelong friends, and we played baseball in the North Shore League for 15 years."
Remare captained the first Beverly team in 17 years to qualify for the Tech Tourney, scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds in the win over Lawrence. He was a three year starter at first base, and set the school record in the high jump to help Beverly win the Essex County League in his senior year.
Risoldi, who went on to be a successful cross country coach in Rockport, was named MVP of the 1956 Thanksgiving game with Salem. Both Remare and Risoldi went on to play basketball at Salem State where Remare was a thousand point scorer..
"We lost that game to Salem by one point," said Risoldi a former quarterback and superb defensive players at safety, who was a third baseman/catcher for the baseball team. "Salem scored a controversial touchdown to win (Tom said he tackled the ball carrier at the one-yard line).
"It's exhilarating to be going into the Hall of Fame. I still live in Beverly and have a lot of family and friends here with me."
Popular baseball and lacrosse coach Doug Linehan went in with one of his former players, Bobby Anderson (1985), who also competed in invitational and state track meets while compiling a 7-1 record on the mound as the team's ace. He had been undefeated in track during the indoor season in the hurdles and was a member of the 4x440 relay team that set the Beverly High record.
"I'm really happy for coach Linehan," said Anderson, who went on to play baseball at Westfield States and has been involved in Beverly Little League as a coach and a Babe Ruth executive. "He was a great coach and truly deserving of the honor."
Linehan, a physical education teacher, was the baseball coach for 21 years and took teams to the Division 1 state tournament 10 times. He also was the first Panther lacrosse coach.
"We had some great battles with Peabody and coach (Bob) Danish," said Linehan, whose son Doug Jr. and his family were with him as he was inducted into his third HOF. He is also in the Belmont High Hall where he caught future major league knuckleballer Wilbur Wood and drove in the winning run in the state championship game and the Montana State Hall for football. Linehan had signed a pro contract with the Mets after high school so couldn't play in college. He was signed as a tackle for the Redskins by Vince Lombardi.
"This is a real honor for me," said Linehan. "We had some great teams, and it's so nice to see so many of my former players. The thing I am proudest of is how well they have all done in life.."
Panther star pitcher Chris Peters (1986) was inducted into the Beverly Hall in 2008. He made the trip from his home in Nashua, NH to support his former coach.
"I'm here for coach Linehan, and Dougie Jr., who was my catcher," said Peters. "It's tremendous coach is going in, and so many of his former players are here for him."
Tom Donovan spent 51 years coaching the youth of Beverly. The former Panther basketball coach was a star athlete himself. He took over as head basketball coach in 1993 and took Beverly to seven playoff berths in 10 years. He led the 1996-97 team to the NEC championship, the first for Beverly in 30 years.
"I had great mentors in Al Churchill, Bobby Pieroni, and Doug LInehan," said Donovan. "They gave me my start, and I am very fortunate to have found my calling at a young age. I love working with kids, and I still do my camps in the summer. I've done the driving school for 22 years, too. I am so humbled and honored, but the biggest reason why I am here is all the wonderful kids I coached."
The late Dick Maitland started the girls' soccer program in Beverly in 1980 and had a terrific 238-61-26 record with seven NEC championships. In his final season in 1997 the Panthers were unbeaten while their beloved coach battled ALS. Maitland was always a compassionate coach with a great sense of humor.
Chuck Palmer set the record for most points in a basketball game, pouring in 41 against Gloucester in his senior season (1987). He was equally talented on the football field as a cornerback and running back. Palmer played basketball at Bentley College, and joins his brother Jim in the BHS Hall.
Michael Moschella led the soccer teams to three NEC championships. He had 31 goals and 50 assists in his career and went on to play for three years at Endicott.
Tom Lemire was a terrific track and football star. The 1964 graduate won the state indoor 45-yard hurdles and went on to run at nationals in New York. He was a tight end and blocking back on the football team, who went on to star in both track and on the gridiron at Brown.
He set the school rushing record and was named to the Brown All-Decade Team of the 1960's. He also broke the indoor 60 yard high hurdles mark in 7.0, (still stands). After college he played for the USA Rugby team.
Jack Healey excelled in basketball and baseball. The 1946 graduate was the starting shortstop for three years, and went on to play for the Cleveland Indians in their minor league system. His pro career ended when he served his country in the Korean War..
The 1958 Panther football team was honored. Despite having most of the players starting for the first time after the 1957 squad posted an 8-1 mark, the team went 8-0-1, scoring 302 points and allowing only 54. In the big Thanksgiving game with arch rival Salem, those Panthers rolled 47-19.