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    Saturday, December 03, 2022

    Waterford Hall to honor 8 athletes, 1 team at induction ceremony

    Waterford – Eight former athletes and one team will be inducted into the Waterford Athletic Hall of Fame Nov. 25 at Langley’s.

    Social hour begins at 5:30 before the dinner at 6:30.

    The inductees:

    • Michael Colston, (Class of 1969): Colston set Eastern Connecticut Conference and state records in both football and track. He led the track team to consecutive undefeated seasons in his junior and senior years, going undefeated in the 100 and 220-yard dash. He scored 26 touchdowns as a senior football player and scored 156 points, the state record for points scored in a season.

    • Fred Malan, (’64): Malan was a standout two-sport athlete in basketball and baseball, the first freshman to play varsity basketball and earn a varsity letter all four years. In baseball, he led the team in most offensive categories as a junior and senior. He went on to play baseball at UConn, hitting .310 his senior year.

    • Jack O’Keefe (’80): O’Keefe, a two-sport athlete (basketball and baseball) at Waterford played collegiately at Mitchell and Holy Cross before returning to coach the baseball team at Montville, where his team won the 1995 ECC title. O’Keefe took the job at Waterford soon after and won four state titles in 16 years as head coach (1998, 2000, 2002 and 2005).

    • Kathy (Olson) Fugett (’85): Fugett had a prestigious career at Waterford High School and at the University of Georgia in cross country and track and field. At Waterford, she was an ECC and Class M cross country champion three times before being named a Kinney Cross Country All-American as a senior. In track, she finished sixth in the country at the Millrose Games. She earned a full athletic scholarship to run cross country at Georgia where she was named All-Southeastern Conference.

    • Christine (Perkins) Maclure (’94): Maclure was a four-year varsity starter at shortstop and team captain in softball as well as a four-year varsity starter and team captain in basketball. She earned all-state honors in her junior and senior years in both sports. Maclure graduated with a career record of 658 rebounds, 398 assists, 269 steals, 68 blocks, 110 three-pointers and 1,564 career points (still the school career scoring record for both boys and girls).

    • Gregg Swanson (’81): Swanson is among the best soccer players in school history, a two-time all-state honoree. He was named team captain at Boston University, where he was a two-time team captain and team most valuable player. Swanson also played on two state championship baseball teams at Waterford High.

    • Ron Twitty (’74): Twitty was a three-sport athlete at Waterford (football, baseball, track). He helped his football team to three consecutive winning seasons, culminating in the first undefeated season in school history as a senior rushing for more than 1,000 yards. In baseball, he hit .380 with 27 RBI as a senior and was the ECC champion in the 60-yard dash as a junior and senior during indoor track. Twitty later played baseball at the University of Southern California for two years as a centerfielder.

    • Mark Winters (’78): Winters owns several pitching milestones at WHS, including twice striking out 20 batters in a game, two no-hitters and a 13-inning shutout. He recorded 398 strikeouts in three varsity seasons and had a stretch of 65 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run as a senior. He helped the Lancers to a state championship in 1976 with 18 strikeouts in the state semifinals. During his career as a basketball player, he was named all-ECC three times and all-state twice. Winters later pitched at UConn, where he led the Huskies to the College World Series. Winters was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and played in the Arizona Instructional League, then four years in the Giants and Brewers organizations advancing to the Double-A level.

    • The 1969 Boys’ Track Team: Team members Bob Concascia, Charles Good, Gene Fergione, Bob Skewes, Tom Chiavaglia, John Belbruno, Russ Moore, Peter Schlicht, Mike Colston, Steve Stanley, Ken Paulsen, Mike Green, Greg Dunn, Nick Jewett, Dudley Herndon, Lloyd DeLong and Robert Hull won 35 consecutive dual meets over a three-year period.

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