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The Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion lived up to the organization’s motto of “Helping Preserve Bristol’s Sports History” during its 43rd annual dinner on Friday, April 12. The event was held at the Aqua Turf where over 300 guests renewed friendships and paid tribute to this year’s honorees and scholarship winners.
The evening was hosted by toastmistress, Maryellen Holden–who each year keeps the program entertaining and on schedule. Bob Montgomery prepared a marvelous tribute to recently deceased Tramps Committee member, Donald Cassin, whose wife and family were in attendance.
Prior to the family-style dinner, the Julie Larese Memorial Scholarships were presented by Julie’s daughter, Marion Gifford to a senior from each of Bristol’s High Schools. Emily Spinelli (BEHS), Michael Skorupski (SPCHS) and Eric Aldieri (BCHS) were thoughtful and brief in their speeches.
The Class of 2013 include: Tonya Hall (Ronald Choiniere Award), Michelle Guerette (Lydia Jabs Bailey Award), Mary Hurwitz (Chuck McCarthy Award), Joseph Mone (Harp Broderick Award), William Masci (Bill Garrett Award), Stephen Pikiell (Ed Lodovico Award), Dan Valerio, Jr. (Committee Award), Bristol Girls Little League Softball (Tony Savino “Pay it Forward” Award) and the 1985 BCHS Wrestling (Team Award). The night was filled with wonderful memories, great stories, some funny and others inspirational.
“The 2013 honorees represent some of our community’s greatest assets and in more ways than one have contributed to Bristol’s sports heritage” said Chairman, John Lodovico. “We are thrilled to have this group as part of our Bristol Tramps Family”.
The 2014 event is scheduled for Friday, April 11. Nominations (and requirements) for the Class of 2014 will be accepted through November 1 by accessing the Bristol Tramps website at www.bristoltramps.org
The Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion Committee is pleased to announce the members of our community being recognized at the 43rd annual Tramps Sports Reunion Dinner on April 12, 2013.
Ronald Choiniere Award–Tonya Hall
Lydia Jabs Bailey Award–Michelle Guerette
Chuck McCarthy Award–Marty Hurwitz
Harp Broderick Award–Joseph Mone
Bill Garrett Award—William Masci
Ed Lodovico Award–Stephen Pikiell
Tony Savino Award–Bristol Girls Little League Softball
Team Award–BCHS 1985 Wresting
Committee Award–Dan Valerio, Jr.
“This year’s honorees truly exemplify the combined tradition of sports, commitment and community for whom these awards are named. It gives the Sports Reunion Committee great pleasure to pay tribute to these individuals on their achievements,” said Chairman, John Lodovico.
“The nomination committee provided a fine list of candidates taking into account the many contributions each of these individuals have and continue to give to our community”, said co-chairman Daniel “Coach” Valerio.
The Bristol Tramps also provide a $1000 scholarship to a senior at each of Bristol’s High Schools. The Julie Larese Memorial Scholarship consists of matching funds provided by local companies in memory of their loved ones.
Julie Larese Scholarship Awards
Patricia D’Amato Memorial Scholarship
Bristol Eastern High School—Emily Spinelli
Spartacus Carpenter Memorial Scholarship
St. Paul Catholic High School—Michael Skorupski
Frank Scalia Memorial Scholarship
Bristol Central High School—Eric Aldieri
Advertising opportunities to acknowledge this year’s honorees in the 2013 Program booklet, are available by contacting Cathy Savino at 860-766-2671. All advertising and congratulatory messages are due by January 20, 2013.
Tickets to the April 12, 2013 dinner event at the Aqua Turf are available by contacting Maryellen Holden at 860-977-5074. Tickets will not be available at the door and should be purchased prior to April 1, 2013.
The Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion Committee wishes to welcome our newest member Spec Monico.
Bristol Eastern’s class athlete in 1976, captain of the soccer team Spec was an all-conference and all-state selection and received all-conference honors in baseball. Captain of Bristol’s American Legion baseball team he was a Zone One all-star, Connecticut tournament all-star and led the team in batting.
While playing at Tunxis Community College he was a gold glove recipient. He also played for the Bristol Caseys and Bristol Oilers in the Waterbury Twi-Met League. He played on three championship teams in the CMSBL with Fradette Agency earning all-star recognition and led the league with a .554 batting average in 1989.
He started his coaching career at age 21 while coaching Lewis S. Mills in Burlington and returned to BEHS as an assistant for 13 seasons. He skippered Bristol’s Legion baseball team to two state titles (2004, 2006) and five zone championships, doing so between 2003-2009 with an .801 winning percentage. His 2003 team was state runners-up and his 2004 team were Eastern Regional runners-up and in 2008 his team won the Eastern Regional Championship en route to World Series play. He was Connecticut American Legion Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2006 and was New England Coach of the Year in 2008. Spec is also a recent inductee of the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame*.
“The Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion Committee is excited to have Spec join our committee as we move into our 43rd year” said Chairman John Lodovico.
Honorees for 2013 will be announced December 12. For more information visit the Bristol Tramps website at: www.bristoltramps.org or check out our Facebook page!
The 43rd annual Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion Dinner will be held April 12, 2013. Secure your tickets early!
*Special thanks to the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame for the providing biographical information.
The Bristol Tramps mourn the passing of our friend, committee member, public servant, and all around nice guy, Donald Cassin. To his wife Ronnie; family; loved ones and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy. May his sense of humor and devotion to what he believed in, be an inspiration to others.
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” ~Albert Pike
Read more at Obituary-Donald Cassin
The Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion welcomes our newest committee members: Beth Kauke Lafferty and Dave Greenleaf.
Beth Kauke Lafferty, a 1980 graduate of John J. Jennings School, went on to play four sports at Bristol Eastern, volleyball, basketball, track and softball. She was All-Conference in volleyball, track and basketball while Honorable Mention All-State in the latter. The volleyball team she played on were state runners-up in 1983 and the school’s basketball team won the state title in 1984.
Beth went on to participate in basketball, softball and tennis at the University of New Haven as a 1988 graduate. She was selected to the New England Collegiate Conference team for softball in 1987. She ended up with a .299 career batting average at New Haven and was among the all-time leaders in doubles and triples. She won softball team MVP honors in 1987 while batting .319.
David Greenleaf, a graduate of Bristol Central High school, began working for The Bristol Press as a sportswriter in 1964. In more than 40 years of covering Bristol youth and high school sports, he has had the opportunity to cover local teams in two Little League and three American Legion World Series as well as numerous state and regional championship events.
A teacher and coach at Bristol Central High School he has coached freshman soccer for more than 30 years and also coached boys track. He has served as statistician and scorer for many Bristol Central teams and is currently webmaster and scheduler for all 24 schools of the Central Connecticut Conference.
He was an official scorer for the Bristol Red Sox and has been official scorer and record keeper for the state American Legion for over 30 years. He is a member of the American Legion’s national scoring committee and has served as scorer at both regional and World Series events. He has been affiliated with McCabe-Waters Little League for over 40 years in many capacities including player agent since 1978 and served two separate terms as president. Dave is a charter member and treasurer of the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors. A certified professional ski instructor, he has been Ski School Director at Otis Ridge Ski Camp in Otis, Mass. for more than 25 years.
“The Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion Committee is thrilled to have these two individuals from our community involved in our organization as we proceed into our 43rd year of Helping Preserve Bristol’s Sports History ” said Chairman John Lodovico.
Nominations for Bristol Tramps Sports Awards are being accepted through November 19th.
The Bristol Tramps mourn the loss of Jackie Larese, the wife of our beloved founding director, Julie. To your family, loved ones and friends we extend our deepest sympathy.
Front Row: (L-R) Jim Tetro, Jim Nocera, Brandon Ward, Abby Rose Massarelli, Emily Zygiel and Steve Phelps. Back Row: David Woznicki, Gary Fleming, Jen Hadley, Steve Wysowski, Craig Yarde.
BRISTOL PRESS STORY:
Tramps honor area’s best
Friday, April 13, 2012 10:43 PM EDT
By Paul Angilly
It was a celebration of excellence in the Bristol sports community Friday night as the Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion Committee held its 42nd annual Sports Reunion Dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
Nine awards representing outstanding contributions and/or achievement in local sports were presented, along with three $1,000 scholarships, one to a student from each local high school.
The awards and scholarships were all announced long ago, but the dinner was a chance for all the recipients to offer thanks to all those who supported them and helped make their achievements possible.
Each recipient had a personal story to tell, too. Ronald Choiniere Award winner Brandon Ward was found to be developmentally disabled as a young boy, but still put together a sports resume anyone could be proud of.
He joined Bristol’s Challenger Baseball League in 1990 and was guided by the late Ed Beardsley, who began the league two years earlier. Beardsley is among those Ward thanked in a prepared statement read by an assistant. He is still with the league as a player and coach and has also been with the Discovery basketball team since that program began.
A Special Olympian in various sports, Ward said “I really love sports and plan to continue to play.”
Current Bristol Eastern principal Steven Wysowski accepted the Team Award on behalf of St. Paul’s state championship track teams from the 1970s, which he coached. The Falcons won state championships in six of seven straight years, 1971-1975 and 1977.
“They were a collective group that was driven,” he said of those teams.
He talked about several of the members of those teams and their successes after high school.
“Their dedication and hard work have seen them through some great successes after St. Paul,” Wysowski said.
The former coach said he was proud to have his teams recognized along with all the other honorees.
“I’m humbled when I hear of all your exploits and all you’ve done,” he said.
Committee Award recipient Craig Yarde said being at the dinner brought back a lot of memories.
The Yarde Metals owner was recognized for his many contributions to the local sports scene and the city in general, including donating scoreboards for Bristol Central and Muzzy Field and Bristol Events Display boards at Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern and Route 6 that help advertise for Bristol’s non-profits and display Amber alert notices for the police department.
The son of a former sports promoter, he said he wanted to be a pro athlete when he grew up, but his dream was derailed by multiple ailments. Yet he has continued to contribute to local athletes all his life.
“This is a very emotional award for me to win,” he said.
Other award winners were Jen Hadley (Lydia Jabs Bailey Award), Jim Nocera (Chuck McCarthy Award), Gary Fleming (Harp Broderick Award), Jim Tetro (Bill Garrett Award), Steve Phelps (Ed Lodovico Award), Bristol Soccer Club (Tony Savino Award).
Scholarship winners were Bristol Eastern’s Abby Rose Massarelli (Patricia D’Amato Memorial Scholarship), St. Paul’s Kaleigh Paccioretti (Spartacus Carpenter Memorial Scholarship) and Bristol Central’s Emily Zygiel (Frank Scalia Memorial Scholarship).
Paul Angilly can be reached at (860) 584-0501, ext. 7271, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bristol Tramps mourn the passing of our friend, committee member, teacher, and all around incredible individual, Jerry Carpenter. To your family, loved ones and friends we extend our deepest sympathy. May the integrity and devotion with which Jerry lived his life be an inspiration to others.
The Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion Committee is pleased to announce the members of our community being recognized at the 42nd annual Tramps Sports Reunion Dinner on April 13, 2012.
Ronald Choiniere Award—Brandon Ward
Lydia Jabs Bailey Award—Jen Hadley
Chuck McCarthy Award—Jim Nocera
Harp Broderick Award—Gary Fleming
Bill Garrett Award—Jim Tetro
Ed Lodovico Award—Steve Phelps
Tony Savino Award—Bristol Soccer Club
Team Award—St. Paul High School’s Track Teams from the 70’s
Committee Award—Craig Yarde
The Bristol Tramps will also provide a $1000 scholarship to a senior at each of Bristol’s High Schools. The Julie Larese Memorial Scholarship consists of matching funds provided by local companies in memory of their loved ones. This year’s Julie Larese Scholarship Awards:
Patricia D’Amato Memorial Scholarship-Bristol Eastern High School
Abby Rose Massarelli
Spartacus Carpenter Memorial Scholarship-St. Paul Catholic High School
Frank Scalia Memorial Scholarship-Bristol Central High School
Tickets to the April 13, 2012 dinner event at the Aqua Turf are available by contacting Maryellen Holden at 860-583-6085. Tickets will not be available at the door and should be purchased prior to April 1, 2012.
Advertising opportunities are offered in the 2012 Program booklet, by contacting us on our website. To acknowledge this year’s honorees all advertising and congratulatory messages are due by January 20, 2012.
Congratulations to all! We’ll see you on April 13!