The Bristol Tramps will hold its 48th Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington on Friday, April 6th. The organization annually honors individuals and teams whom have achieved significant sports and academic accomplishments. Scholarships are presented to a senior from each of Bristol’s high schools. The following individuals and team have been selected for this year’s event:
1987 Bristol Eastern Women’s Basketball Team (Julie Larese Team Award) – Coached by Tony Floyd the 1987 team captured the Class L state championship; one of four state championships achieved by women’s teams at Bristol Eastern High School.
Ryan Cook (Ron Choiniere Award) – Fifteen year old Ryan was diagnosed with William’s Syndrome just before his second birthday. Despite having this development disorder which affects many parts of the body, he participated in athletics and competed in both track and cross country at Terryville High School.
Darrell Darby (Harp Broderick Award) – A basketball captain at St. Paul, Darrell continued his college career at Webber College in Florida and won the NLCAA Championship in 1984. He has coached numerous women’s sports teams throughout the years including softball, soccer and basketball.
Chris D’Amato (Chuck McCarthy Award) – A Bristol Eastern baseball and basketball captain in 1994, Chris went on to play on two national baseball championship teams for ECSU and earned a tournament MVP award. He has also coached several successful softball teams during his career at Bristol Eastern.
Oak Hill Sports and Fitness (Tony Savino Award) – Located on Upson Street in Bristol, the goal of the facility is to empower the physically disabled (including veterans) by engaging them in adaptive and supportive exercise and health education.
Steve Roberts (Ed Lodovico Award) – A Bristol Central athlete who was a standout in baseball, Steve also played for the 1974 World Series Bristol American Legion team and several championship teams in the Connecticut Senior Men’s Baseball League.
Jill Nocera Swanson (Committee Award) – Jill was a captain in the three sports at Bristol Central, earning eleven varsity letters and was chosen an All-State player in softball. She received a full athletic scholarship and played at softball at the University of Vermont.
Chryss Watts (Lidia Jabs Bailey Award) – Chryss was a three sports All-State athlete at Bristol Eastern who continued her career in college playing basketball and participating in track and field at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was named captain of the U.S. Women’s Team Handball Team and participated in the 1996 Olympics.
Spec Monico – (Bill Garrett Award) – Spec has long been part of the Bristol sports community as a coach and player. As manager of the Bristol American Legion team, his teams captured two state and five zone one titles. His 2008 team participated in the American Legion World Series.
The Julie Larese Memorial Scholarships winners include Maggie Santacroce of Bristol Eastern (Patricia D’Amato Memorial Scholarship), Pat Kjornrattanawanich of Bristol Central (Frank Scalia Memorial Scholarship), and Kendall Davis of Saint Paul Catholic (John E. Tavera Memorial Scholarship).
“Following a long time tradition of recognizing sports and academic excellence; The Bristol Tramps are pleased to announce this year’s honorees. We look forward to another well attended event in April ” stated Tramps Chairman Sean Moore.
The Bristol Tramps will hold its 48th Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington on Friday, April 6th. The organization annually honors individuals and teams whom have achieved significant sports and academic accomplishments. Scholarships are presented to a senior from each of Bristol’s high schools.