Dedication on the field, in the classroom and within the community may best describe the eight athletes, two teams, one coach, two contributors and one administrator to be inducted into the fourth class of Barrington High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
The group’s induction dinner and ceremony will take place this Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Rhode Island Country Club on 150 Nayatt Road. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 6. Tickets are still available by e-mailing a request to [email protected]
The fourteen inductees are athletes Bill Baker ‘76, Dana Warren Gee ‘78, Bruce Goff ‘68, Patty Baker Holland ‘78, Holly Morris ‘97, Kate Nagle ‘97, Eric Opdyke ’89 and Raymond St. Vincent ‘55, the 1985 Boys Swimming 200 Medley Relay Team and the 1996 Softball Team, Coach John Signore, administrator Larry Deschene and contributors Ernie and Pauline Woods.
Summaries of the inductees’ accomplishments follow:
Bill Baker – Class of 1976
One of the Eagles’ best all-around athletes, Baker co-captained his soccer, basketball and baseball teams his senior year. Recognized as one of the top 11 players in the history of the Interscholastic Soccer League in a 1991 Providence Journal-Bulletin column by John Gillooly entitled “Rhody’s All-Time Soccer Team,” Baker was named a Second Team All-State forward in his junior year on a team that was Metropolitan Division Champions and earned First Team All-State his senior year when he set a school record for goals (24) and tied for the league’s scoring title. He was the recipient of the Ray Biber All-State Award and the David Foster Booth Memorial Soccer Award. In basketball, he was named Third Team All-Suburban Division I his senior year and helped his team to a 16-0 record at home. He also patrolled centerfield in the spring, earning Second Team All-Eastern Division his junior year and First-Team All-Eastern Division his senior year in route to the team being crowned Eastern Division Co-Champions. Baker went on to graduate from Providence College, playing soccer all four years of his collegiate career.
Dana Warren Gee – Class of 1978
President of her class, the class Valedictorian starred in field hockey, basketball, softball and track. Gee was the definition of a student-athlete. She earned Second Team All-State accolades in field hockey her senior year and captained her team to a state championship win by scoring the winning goal from the left-halfback position. In softball, she was named Second Team All-State her junior year and helped her team win the Eastern Division Championship. She captained her team her senior year to another Eastern Division Championship, batting .617 and being recognized with a First Team All-State designation. Gee was also a captain in basketball, helped the team win an Eastern Division Championship in 1976 and was named All-Division in her junior and senior years. She was part of two Eastern Division Championships in track, placing second at the State Track & Field Meet in the discus her sophomore year. Gee received the Women’s Athletic Club’s Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award in 1978. She was also the Providence Journal-Bulletin Honor Roll Girl Scholar Athlete nominee in 1978 and received the BHS Citizenship Award that same year. Gee attended Harvard University and played varisty soccer, field hockey and basketball. She captained the Ivy League and New England Championship soccer team in 1977 which played in the NCAA tournament. She was also awarded the Richard Harris Gottesman Award, given annually to two Winthrop students (one woman and one man from any class) who contributed most to that year’s intramural athletic program.
Bruce Goff – Class of 1968
One of the best athletes in the state in the mid- to late-1960s, Goff was a First Team All-State halfback and senior captain of the State Champion soccer team in 1967. While playing soccer he also achieved First Team All-State in 1966 and Second Team All-State his sophomore season. He ran indoor track and was selected to the All-Class B Second Team in the 50 and the All-Class B First Team in the 300 his junior year and the All-Class B First Team in the 50 and All-Class B and First Team All-State in the 300 as a senior in 1968. In outdoor track he achieved All-Class B First-Team and Second Team All-State in the 100 his junior year and, although he won the 100 at the State Championships during his senior campaign in 1968, he was not selected to the All-State team as he didn’t run enough races due to injury. Goff went on to play soccer for four years at the University of Rhode Island where he helped the team win the Yankee Conference Championship.
Patricia A. (Baker) Holland – Class of 1978
Holland earned First Team All-State in both cross county in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and outdoor track’s mile relay in 1978. On the track, Holland led her team to the Class A Championship title her senior year by winning the 880, placing second in the 440, third in the high jump and running a leg on the first place mile relay team which set a new state record in the event. Her team proceeded to also win the Class A Large Schools Championships with Holland repeating her performance from the Class A Championships the week prior. In 1978, Holland was the first female recipient of the Bob Donovan Memorial Award, recognizing the Outstanding Middle Distance Runner.
Holly Morris – Class of 1997
A three sport athlete at BHS, Morris captained her field hockey, basketball and softball teams her senior year. While talented in all three sports, she especially excelled in softball. She earned First-Team All-State honors and also made the All-Tournament Team in each of her sophomore, junior and senior seasons while helping her team win the State Championship in 1995 and 1996. She was also named a Fast Pitch World Magazine High School All-American her sophomore and junior years and led the team her senior year to a Division Championship. In field hockey, Morris was Second Team All-State her sophomore year while helping the team win the Eastern Division Championship, Second Team All-State her junior year and First Team All-State and a NFHCA All-American nominee her senior year. She also was part of the Division II State Basketball Championship team her sophomore year and was named Second Team All-Division in hoops her senior year. Morris was inducted into the Roanoke College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011 after a storied career. She helped lead the Maroons softball team to four straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championships and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division III Softball World Series in 2000 and 2001. Morris was named twice to the Second Team NFCA All-American Team and was a four-time First Team All-ODAC. When she graduated, she held Roanoke College records in batting average (.431), on-base percentage (.485), hits (252), triples (15), RBI’s (175) and total bases (348).
Kate Nagle – Class of 1997
Nagle was a senior captain of her field hockey, indoor track and outdoor track teams and was selected the Providence Journal-Bulletin Honor Roll Girl Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1997. She earned First Team All-State honors in field hockey her junior year when her team won the Eastern Division Championship and the Providence Journal-Bulletin Sportsmanship Award. After leading the league in scoring her senior season, she was recognized with another First Team All-State designation, was named to the All-Tournament Team and was selected to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association’s All-American Team. In indoor track, Nagle was First Team All-State in the 1000 meters her senior year, capturing the State Track & Field Meet record and participating in the National Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston. She also was named First Team All-State in the 4×400 relay her sophomore year and earned a number of All-Class and All-Division honors. Running outdoor track, she earned First Team All-State honors in the 800 meters and the 4×400 meter relay her sophomore year and also earned numerous All-Class and All-Division designations. Kate went on to play field hockey at Harvard University and in 2000 was the team’s leading scorer and All-Ivy League Second Team selection for the 12th ranked Crimson which participated in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Nagle was inducted into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall of Fame in 2010.
Eric Opdyke – Class of 1989
A four-year letter winner at BHS in Indoor Track, Outdoor Track and Soccer, Opdyke was part of several championship teams while being president of the Letterman’s Club and treasurer of the Student Council. While these achievements are impressive in their own right, Opdyke’s real specialty was the hammer throw. He earned First Team All-State for the hammer in indoor track his junior year and Second Team All-State in indoor and outdoor track his senior year while achieving All-American status both his junior and senior seasons. Opdyke was the High School National Champion in the hammer throw his senior year, achieved the fourth all-time longest high school throw with a 16-pound weight and still maintains the BHS record in the hammer 23 years after graduation. Opdyke earned a scholarship to Syracuse University and went on to achieve All Big East honors in the hammer throw all four years and qualified and competed in the Junior National Track & Field Championships three times.
Raymond E. St. Vincent – Class of 1955
A four-time All-State harrier during his high school career, St. Vincent led his cross county team to a win at the Class B Championships in 1953. He took it to the next level in 1954 by winning the Cross County State Championship Meet by 100 yards while shaving 12 seconds off the course record. This individual accomplishment helped his team win the state championship, the first Class B team to have ever done so. St. Vincent also excelled in track, winning the mile run at the state championship in both 1954 and 1955.
Boys Swimming 200 Medley Relay Team – 1985
Arguably the most outstanding medley relay team the state has ever seen, Chris Giglio ‘85, Andrew Robinson ‘85, Jeff Robles ‘86 and Francis Giglio ‘87 earned First Team All-State honors in both 1884 and 1885 and received All American Honorable Mention in 1985 for their 200 medley relay state record of 1:38.60. Their efforts helped the BHS boys swimming team to state championships in both 1984 and 1985. Although they made an impressive relay team, their individual careers netted a total of nine First Team All-State honors and five Second Team All-State selections. Chris became only the second Rhode Island high school swimmer to beat the 2-minute barrier in the individual medley and he set a state record in the 200 freestyle while Andy was the first Rhode Islander to break the one minute mark in the breaststroke. Chris went on to captain the Williams College men’s varsity swimming team and was a Division III All-American in 1989 and Fran captained the University of Rhode Island men’s varsity swimming Team in 1991. Chris and Fran Giglio and Andy Robinson are members of the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame.
Softball Team – 1996
Although the previous year’s championship team was a special group in its own right, the 1996 BHS softball team dominated its Division I opponents like none other. The team was undefeated (16-0) and allowed no runs in regular season play! Along the way to its Division I State Championship, the team achieved a batting average of .314 and four players were selected First Team All-State: Heather Lombardo, Elizabeth Keenan, Kelly Maloy (who set a state record for most strikeouts in a game with 19) and Holly Morris. The other members of the team were: Kristen Agar, Julie Andreozzi, Meghan Edstrom, Kitty Gilbane, Melissa Hayden, Katie Piccerelli, Ann Pryzbyla, Kelly Richardson, Kara Simonsen, Kathy Standish and Kara Watson. The team was led by coaches Lee-Ann Markowski and Christine Conway.
John A. Signore – Coach
A Rhode Island Track & Field Coaches Hall of Fame inductee in 2006, Signore was the BHS boys indoor & outdoor track & field assistant coach from 1968-1976 and head coach from 1976 to 1999. He was also the BHS girls cross country coach from 1977 to 1988. During his head coaching tenure, boys outdoor track won the Class B Championship in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981 and 1982, the Central Division Championship in 1989 and 1995 and the Class D Championship in 1996 while boys indoor track were Class B Champions in 1980 and 1995, Suburban Champions in 1981 and 1990 and Eastern Division Champions in 1995 and 1996. Signore also led the girls cross country team to a Class B Championship in 1989. Signore was a beloved teacher at Barrington Middle School and Barrington High School from 1977 to 2005.
Lawrence T. Deschene – Administrator
Larry Deschene, a member of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Hall of Fame, devoted his life to Barrington High School for 35 years. After earning his master’s degree at Boston University and serving in the United States Armed Forces, Deschene was hired as a physical education instructor by the Barrington School Department in 1958. He also coached football and basketball during his career, winning numerous championships. He took over the reins as director of athletics in 1977 and continued to build a strong and successful athletic program at BHS which was respected throughout the state.
Ernie and Pauline Woods – Contributors
Ernie and Pauline were custodians of the Barrington Booster board on the corner of County and Federal from 1978 to 1992. Ernie handled the sign while Pauline tended the gardens in front of the sign as part of her work with the Barrington Garden Club. In addition to crafting the messages on the board, Ernie made the letters himself and coordinated a “Buck for the Board” fund-raising campaign to replace the old sign with a new, larger one in 1983. Ernie also was treasurer of the Barrington Boosters and a member of its awards committee from 1980 to 1984 and managed the Eagles Nest concessions stand during football games from 1978 to 1986. Throughout the 1980s, Ernie and Pauline were recognized by the Barrington Boosters, the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, the Barrington School Committee and the Bristol County Chapter of the DAR for their many contributions to the community.
Nominations for the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame were requested from the public in the winter and spring and the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee reviewed the nomination forms and made its final selections in May.