Windsor High School Athletic Hall of Fame announces second class

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., Mar. 22, 2013
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Lou Allen from the class of 1970 was inducted in the Windsor High School Athletic Hall of Fame's second class for his talents as a three-sport star in football, basketball and track. Photos contributed. - Contributed Photo

Windsor is widely known to be a town with a rich history and tradition, tracing its roots back to the Colonial period as the first town in Connecticut. Windsor also has a rich history and tradition in athletics, with Windsor High School garnering more conference championships and state titles than you can count on your hands and feet, and sending countless student athletes to play for colleges and universities across America - with some even becoming professional athletes. With such an accomplished athletic history, one would expect Windsor High School to have a long-standing Athletics Hall of Fame, but that was not the case until two years ago.

The Windsor High School Athletic Hall of Fame (WHSAHF) was started two years ago to honor teams or individuals who have excelled in athletics or were consistently special contributors to the Windsor High School athletics as an athlete, coach, trainer, athletic administrator or supporter across all sports. This year, the Hall of Fame selection committee received dozens of nominations, with the difficult task of whittling down the nominations and choosing a select few to be inducted in the second class.

“It’s a pleasant problem to have, but it’s a challenge because there are dozens and dozens of people who deserve to be honored,” said Dr. George Curry, Hall of Fame co-chairman. “We want to honor those and make it real special so each year we have one volunteer, one coach, one team and a few athletes. We couldn’t recognize everyone in the first year, so there will be years and years to come rich with successful Windsor athletes.”

The second annual class features five athletes, one state championship team, a coach and a contributor.

Lou Allen from the class of 1970 was inducted for his talents as a three-sport star in football, basketball and track.

Sheila Martin from the class of 1980 was inducted for her prowess in field hockey, basketball and softball.

Marty McMahon from the class of 1981 was an outstanding member of the swimming and diving team who would later go on to become a world-class long-distance swimmer, swimming the English Channel.

Ron Narcisse of the class of 1982 was inducted for his skill in football and basketball.

Rounding out the athletes was Rose Harris of the class of 1982, who was skillful in soccer, basketball and track.

The 1978 field hockey team was enshrined for its state championship.

Paul Cody was initiated as a contributor for investing many years in the town’s Little League program, instructional basketball league, coaching soccer and volunteering at the high school.

The final honoree was current basketball head coach Ken Smith, who has led the Windsor team to three state titles in his 23 years of service.

“In today’s day and age, there is so much negative news, and this is an opportunity to celebrate what is good in our society,” Curry said. “Athletics encompasses the human spirit, and there is something about it that everybody loves and gravitates to. It’s a celebration of what’s right and good. It’s not just about sports and statistics; it’s about character. There are so many good people who have done so many good things and we don’t get a chance often enough to say thank you or acknowledge their efforts, so it is a nice feeling to thank and recognize them.”

The WHSAHF committee is in the process of creating a highly visible permanent display in or near the school’s lobby entranceway that will showcase the enshrinements or plaques of the distinguished athletes.

The formal induction of the Windsor High School alumni will take place at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport on Nov. 9. For more information, contact Celeste Over at chover@comcast.net or Kerry Curry at KKCurry8@aol.com.


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