It a recognition that he and others felt was long overdue, said Hall of Fame Chairman Gerald Arcouette, a long-time basketball coach at THS.
“Some great coaches and players have passed and each time that happened some people would say we really need to get this going to preserve these memories,” Mr. Arcouette.
So he, Athletic Director Bob Murray, Assistant Principal Jack McKinnon and others went to work on establishing a Hall of Fame.
Mr. Arcouette got the chairmanship “since being retired I have a little time on my hands.”
“There are a lot of good experiences, good memories that we want to pass on to others at the school,” he said.
For the inaugural class, the Hall of Fame Committee has chosen 11 individuals and one team — categories include athletes, teams and contributor/supporters.
“Choosing from so many worthy candidates is the hardest part,” Mr. Arcouette said. The good thing about a Hall of Fame is that there will be opportunities each year to add others, Mr. Arcouette said.
The induction ceremony and dinner, sponsored by Viti Automotive Group, will be at McGovern’s Family Restaurant on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the Tiverton High Athletic Director’s office at 401-624-8494 ext. 8.
The inaugural class includes:
• Bo Sullivan – A 1970 graduate lettered in baseball, basketball, and football. He was named the school’s outstanding male athlete in 1970. He was a member of the 1969 and 1970 baseball teams which advanced to the finals and semi-finals in the state tournament and was named to the first team all-division team as a shortstop in 1970. In basketball he captained the team from ’67 through ’70 and was named all class in ’69 and ’70. In football
he was the starting quarterback in ’69. He was named the THS scholar athlete of the year in 1970 Ranked third in his class and graduated from Brown University with a degree in electrical engineering.
• Elaine Ferreira — Also a 1970 graduate, she lettered in three sports, basketball, softball, and volleyball, and was named the school’s outstanding female athlete in 1970. She graduated from URI where she competed in basketball, softball, and volleyball. She would later coach all three along with field hockey at Tiverton High School for 16 years.
• Stephen Lake – One of the high school’s most decorated athletes and coaches, he lettered in baseball, basketball, and football in all four years. He was the school’s first 1,000-point scorer in basketball and named first team all-league in his junior and senior years. In football he was an outstanding running back and named first team all- league in both his junior and senior years. It was in baseball where he truly excelled — named first team all-league as a pitcher in his sophomore year and then first team all-state in his junior and senior years. He would continue his education at UConn, where as a freshman he pitched on a nationally ranked team and in the college world series finishing fifth in the nation. He would go on to captain the team in 1975 and was named All New England first team pitcher that year. He would return to Tiverton as a teacher and coach where he was named to the RI Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.
• Sara Cayer Dixon – Graduated in 1984 and was considered one of the best athletes of her time, she was voted the school’s outstanding female athlete in 1984. She participated in field hockey, basketball and softball all four years she attended Tiverton High School. Her basketball team won a state championship in 1983/84 and she was selected first team all-division. She finished her career with 973 points in an era where there was no three-point line and a boys’ basketball was used. She was selected as MVP in all three sports during her senior year.
• Jim McGlynn – He also graduated in 1984. An outstanding clutch athlete, Jim was a member of the 1982 baseball state championship team and got the game winning hit in the ’82 state championship game. He was a member of the ’83 and ’84 Class C state champion basketball teams and with, Dan McDonald, made up perhaps the best backcourt in Tiverton basketball history. In 1983 and 1984, his junior and senior years, Jim was selected to first team all-division teams in both basketball and baseball. Jim would continue his education at Rhode Island College, playing both baseball and basketball for the Anchormen. He was selected first team all-New England baseball in 1988 and was inducted into the RIC Hall of Fame in 2009.
• Kristan VonVillas Housholder – Kristan graduated in 1985 and lettered in three sports at Tiverton High School, field hockey, basketball and softball. She was selected to all division teams in all three of the sports. A fierce competitor she was tireless and a tremendous leader. She was a member of the 1984 Girls Varsity Class B state championship team. She is now a physical education teacher and was selected Teacher of the Year. She continues to coach at both the junior and senior high school level in volleyball, track & field, softball and field hockey in Virginia.
• Tom Murray – Tom graduated in 1989. He lettered in three sports at Tiverton but it was in soccer that he left his mark as both a player and coach. In soccer he was selected to the all-division team starting in ’86-’87, his sophomore year. Then in ’87-’88, his junior year, he added all-state to his accomplishments and, along with his teammates, the first ever Division II state championship in Tiverton soccer. In ’88-’89, his senior year, another state championship followed and Tom added RI Gatorade Player of the Year, All- New England and first team All American to his list of accomplishments. Tom continued his career at Massasoit Community College and then received full scholarship to Lenoir Rhyne College in North Carolina. Currently he is head soccer coach at Tiverton and still plays soccer in the LASA.
• Michelle Milot — A 1990 graduate, Michelle starred in soccer, volleyball and basketball in an illustrious four-year career. In soccer Michelle was named to the all-division Team in 1987 and followed that up with second team all-state in 1988. She finished her soccer career with an honorablemmention all-state selection. In volleyball she was named to first team Class A in 1989 and third team all-state in 1990. Basketball, however, was her best sport. In 1987-’88 she was selected to the Class A second team. In ’8-’89 she was first team Class A and selected to the Class A all-tourney team and the all-state Team. Michelle finished her THS career with over 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds, and was selected all-sate for a second time. Michelle continued her basketball career at Skidmore College where she was named MVP in women’s basketball in each of her four years. She finished her career in 1994 being named the senior Athlete of the Year and finishing with 1,313 points and 1,088 rebounds. In 2012 she was elected to the Skidmore Hall of Fame.
• Rick Messier – Rick starred in both football and baseball at Tiverton before he graduated in 2001. In baseball he was the starting shortstop for all four years at THS. In his junior and senior years he was first team all-division. On the gridiron in 1999 Rick rushed for over 1,500 yards and 23 touchdowns and was selected to the all-state team. In 2000, Rick was integral part of the Division IV state champions and an all-division selection and was selected all-state honorable mention.
• Alyson Beck Carver – Alyson graduated in 2003 after starring in three sports on teams that reached the finals in soccer, basketball and softball. In soccer Alyson was selected first team all-division in 2002 and received the RIIL Sportsmanship Award. In basketball she was also an all-division selection in 2003. In softball she was selected to all-division teams in both 2002 and 2003 being named to the all-state team in 2003. An outstanding shortstop, she led the Tigers to two successive Division II state championships. Alyson was a Wendy’s Heisman Award winner in her senior year. She continued playing softball at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.
• 1982 Baseball State Champion team — Coached by Tiverton Hall of Famer Stephen Lake, this talented team featured all-state athletes Richard Phillips and Mark VonVillas along with a senior-dominated lineup that became the first team in Tiverton’s history to win an open state championship.
•James Cook Sr. —The first athletic director at Tiverton High School, his leadership in the school’s early years provided the foundation for athletic success. He also served as the school’s industrial arts chairman and had a great effect on the careers of many Tiverton students. He was the school’s head golf coach during the 1970s. He was an original Tiverton Booster Club member. His contributions to and support of Tiverton High School, its athletes and its teams played an important part in establishing the school’s athletic program.