Seven inducted into RHS Athletic Hall of Fame

Seven Rockland High School alumni ranging in age from 30 to 86 were inducted into the RHS Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday night, Nov. 23, at the Rockland Golf Course.

Athletic director Gary Graziano, master of ceremonies for the evening, introduced  outstanding athletes from the Class of 1945 to 2001. The 2013 induction class includes two females and five males who starred in wrestling, track, basketball and soccer and led their teams to league and state championships while at RHS.

The highlight of the evening was the induction of Willard Lewis, Class of 1945, whose running accomplishments were detailed by Graziano. The spry 86-year-old was honored with a standing ovation by all at the ceremony including  44 Lewis family members and friends.

Willard Lewis, Class of 1945, shown with his cross country jersey from high school.  Presenting Lewis with his plaque is Athletic Director, Gary Graziano.

Willard Lewis, Class of 1945, shown with his cross country jersey from high school. Presenting Lewis with his plaque is Athletic Director, Gary Graziano.

The other inductees include:

Peter and Paul Hoss, Class of 1965,  track and cross country stars who were presented by long time RHS cross country coach, Charlie Leverone. Leverone said the Hoss twins got their start in running by chasing the farm animals on their 20-acre farm on Summer St.  Hailing from a family of ten siblings, both Hoss brothers went on to star in track in college at BU and UMass Amherst.

Donna Girouard Rinella, Class of 1967, presented by classmate and friend, Jane Killinger. Girouard led her basketball teams to two league championships and held the single game scoring record of 36 points for many years.  Killinger described Girouard as the girl that all the boys wanted on their team and said Girouard paved the way for the recognition of female athletes at Rockland High School.

Steve Owen, Class of 1972, presented by longtime RHS boys basketball coach Bob Fisher. Steve captained his 1972 basketball team to a state championship and amassed 1,021 rebounds in his high school career. Fisher also recognized the four Owen brothers, Ken, Wayne, Andy and Steve who excelled in athletics at RHS in the 60’s and 70’s.  Ken was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.

Mark Laramee, Class of 1998, presented by former coach Ken Leer. Leer could not attend the ceremony but his presentation speech was read by Graziano. Laramee’s  wrestling accomplishments included four state championships in four different weight classes and one All-New England championship.  Laramee is also a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Liz Lima, Class of 2001, was presented by former coach Peter Woodward. Lima excelled in soccer at RHS and is now a successful club and high school girls soccer coach at Notre Dame Academy, recently leading her girls to a state championship. Lima, also an outstanding student graduated from Harvard University. Woodward described Lima’s indomitable spirit as her guiding character trait, which Lima herself attributed to her family and to Bulldog pride.

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