March 2, 2012
Warren Athletic Hall of Fame to Induct Class of 2012
The Warren Athletic Hall of Fame today announced its Class of 2012. It consists of six athletes, one coach, one contributor, three old timers, and two teams. They will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Hall’s annual banquet that will be held at Swansea’s Venus de Milo Restaurant on Saturday, April 14, 2012.
The inductees are:
Pamela Betres (Athlete)
Playing for Hall of Fame coach Bill Pepin, Pam starred on Warren High School girls basketball fives that won Class C titles in 1986, 1987, and 1988. In her senior year Pam helped lead her teammates to an undefeated twenty-win season. She was named the Class C Tournament Most Valuable Player after the Lady Redskins had defeated Fatima and Hope.
She and fellow Hall of Famer Marybeth Mann captained that team and then capped off their athletic careers by also leading the school’s softball team to a Class B South Co-Championship.
Bryan Cirillo (Athlete)
Bryan Cirillo was named to Little League Baseball Major and Senior All Star nines six years in a row. Having hit more than .400 in both years, he was named All Class B East in both his junior and senior seasons at Mt. Hope High School.
As a sophomore he was a member of the Huskies’ eleven that shared the Class B Co-Championship, and then in his senior year he intercepted eight passes and was named a defensive back on the Providence Journal All State squad.
Bryan has played for championship softball teams all over Rhode Island. He hit over .600 for the La Salle and Associates squad that captured the Walt Disney World Series title and was named a team of distinction by the New England Softball Hall of Fame.
Al Davidson (Old Timer) (Posthumously)
One of the highlights of Bristol County athletic competitions in the first half of the twentieth century was the Warren/Bristol Little World Series. The two towns often hired Major Leaguers and Triple A Minor Leaguers to play for their nines.
In 1921 Warren engaged the services of Al Davidson, Babe Ruth’s first roommate in organized baseball. He pitched all five games of that year’s series, recording an earned run average of less than two while striking out sixty-one hitters.
Ten thousand fans streamed to Jamiel’s Park for the finale. While Bristol used their fifth different pitcher of the series, Warren stuck with Davidson and placed future Hall of Fame catcher Gabby Hartnett behind the plate. Al hurled a one-hit, 6-1 victory, and Warren was again victorious.
(Of the thirty-seven Series played, Warren won twenty-two, Bristol won twelve, and three were tied.)
Joan Jamrog (Contributor)
Joan is currently in her fortieth year as Director and Coach of the Warren Junior Bowling League. Her coaching responsibilities have run the gamut from Pee Wees (ages four to six) to Majors (ages sixteen to twenty-one). One of her students broke the World Prep record in the seven to nine-year-old age category.
In just the past fifteen years her teams have captured nine Rhode Island championships and placed as high as second in United States competitions on multiple occasions.
The Treasurer of the Monday Night Warren Women’s League, a position that she has held continuously since 1993, Joan still holds the Women’s Singles record of two hundred and seventeen at Dudek’s Bowling Alleys.
Ken Kinney (Athlete)
The Warren High School wrestling team of 1967 finished fourth in the Suburban East Division. They then surprised the rest of the state by placing four grapplers, including Ken Kinney, in the state semi-finals. Ken, after losing narrowly by decision to a Cranston East wrestler in the finals, was named to the Providence Journal All State squad.
The following year Ken led a weaker Redskins unit to a defeat of Barrington and then placed third in the state in his weight class, losing to a wrestler who went on to finish second in the New England tournament.
Ken played on championship softball and flag football teams and won back-to-back ping-pong championships.
Wayne LaChance (Athlete)
From 1972 to 1975 Pat Abbruzzi’s Warren High Football Redskins captured thirty-two straight league games, in the process winning two Class C titles, two Class B Small championships, and a Class B Super Bowl.
Playing at wide receiver and defensive back, Wayne LaChance intercepted fourteen passes in the last two of these seasons, earning All Class B Small honors in both years and being named to the Providence Journal-Bulletin All State squad in his senior campaign.
A member of three Warren Men’s Softball League championships teams, Wayne was also named a Most Valuable Playoff Player of the Bristol County Flag Football League.
In recent years he has coached Little League baseball and Pop Warner football in Seekonk.
Bridgette King McPhillips (Athlete)
Bridgette King was a member of the Mary V. Quirk Girls Cross Country teams that won Junior High School Divisional and State Championships in both 1974 and 1975. She placed in the top three state runners in both years. Her 1973 gymnastics squad won the State Junior High School Gymnastics Championship.
At Warren High School she earned All Small School honors and All State honorable mention while competing in the 880, the mile, and the mile relay. And in her senior season she earned first team All Eastern Division honors in gymnastics.
Bridgette was voted the Most Athletic Girl in the Class of 1978 and was nominated by Warren High School for the Providence Journal-Bulletin Honor Roll Girl award in that same year.
Ashley O’Blenis (Athlete)
The 2000 Mt. Hope High School gymnastics squad set the Rhode Island scoring record. Led by Ashley O’Blenis, who was named to the Providence Journal All State team, the Lady Huskies won both the Division B and Rhode Island Championships.
That year she was the All-Around Champion at both the State Team Championships and the Midge Palmer Individual Championships.
The following year Ashley placed in the top four at both the State Team and Midge Palmer Championships and was again named All State.
She participated in numerous AAU, Junior Olympics, and USA competitions, and in 1999 she was one of only four Level Ten competitors in Rhode Island.
Henry Pratte (Old Timer) (Posthumously)
Herb Pratte (Old Timer) (Posthumously)
Twin brothers Henry and Herb Pratte were two of the best boxers in the history of Warren athletics. Early on a decision was made that they would not fight each other.
In 1933 they flipped a coin and thus Henry won the Rhode Island Golden Gloves title, while Herb was victorious in the New England Golden Gloves.
Eventually turning pro, they boxed in “smokers” at such settings as Warren Cercle Jacques Cartier hall, the Rhode Island Auditorium, and Manny’s Ringside Lounge. They retired at the age of nineteen!!!, but “unretired” during World War Two and won numerous military matches.
(Mid-century Henry was Warren’s Police Chief, while Herb was the President of the Town Council.)
Michaela Scanlon (Coach)
The equestrian coach at Roger Williams College for ten years, Michaela Scanlon became the Brown University coach in 1996. The Bruins team trains at Warren’s Windswept Farm.
Her Brown teams have captured ten Region One Championships, five Zone Reserve Championships, one Zone Championship, and five Ivy League Championships. The only Ivy League school to ever qualify for National competition, Brown has placed in the top ten nationally on six different occasions.
Michaela has coached several national individual champions and as a competitor herself has earned the U. S. Dressage Federation’s Bronze Medal.
Warren High School Class B Basketball Champions 1929 (Old Time Team)
Warren High School’s basketball team of 1929 finished the regular Class B season with a record of twelve wins and no losses. The neighboring schools of Barrington and Colt Memorial were each defeated twice, with the combined scores of the four games being Warren 124 and Barrington/Colt Memorial 56.
Coached by Jim Sullivan, the team consisted of All Stater Charlie Burdge, Captain Al Mercier, leading scorer Tom O’Brien, Lou Bernardo, Christopher Leo Crowe, Ulderic “Sheik” Dallaire, and Al Vitullo.
Burdge and Dallaire, who was named All State in basketball in 1930, are individual members of the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Warren High School Class B Football Super Bowl Champions 1979 (Current Era Team)
Foxy Marshall’s eleven opened its Class B Small regular season with five consecutive shutouts, with the last of the five victims, the Burrillville Broncos, being held to four yards rushing. North Smithfield and Hope put points on the scoreboard, but they too were overwhelmed. And then the regular season ended with two more shutouts, as Scituate and Tiverton fell to the onrushing Redskins.
Warren High School then captured its second Super Bowl win in history (the Hall of Fame team of 1975 won the first) by defeating Smithfield.
Captain Andy Vollaro, who led the state in scoring, was named to the Providence Journal-Bulletin All State squad, while Kevin Almeida, George Andrade, Matt Ferrara, Jim Martel (named to the Coaches All State squad with Vollaro), and Vollaro were elected to the All Class B Small first team eleven.Team members who are individual members of the Athletic Hall of Fame are the late Foxy Marshall, Bruce Hutchison (as a wrestler), cheerleader Cheryl Silva (as a volleyball player), and Andy Vollaro.
Tickets at $40 for adults and $15 for children ( 12 years old and under ) may be purchased by calling Martha Delekta at 245-1361.
Tickets may also be purchased by contacting other members of the Hall of Fame Committee.
Ted Abrain 245-0468 Matt Andreozzi 396-9800 Jay Barry 245-2289
Jay Ferreira 245-8763 Jack Flynn 245-7687 Tom Flynn 245-1086
Diane Gempp 246-1413 John Jannitto 245-6838 Butch Lombardi 247-0007
Gary Martins 1-508-336-4346 Jim McMahon 245-2354 Mary Oliver 245-6749
Al Sweet 245-3413 Charlie Francis 245-7888 Brian MacDougall 245-3364
Beth Penkala 245-4560