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HHS unveils Athletic Hall Of Fame class

by | Sep 25, 2023 | Featured: Sports, Sports

Margie Grabmeier

Margie Grabmeier, shown coaching the Hillers volleyball team in 2021, heads to the HHS Athletic Hall of Fame next month after compiling 307 victories and three state titles. FILE PHOTO/CHRISTINE STRICKLAND

The Hopkinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame is set to induct its sixth class on Oct. 21. A total of 20 inductees will be enshrined, with their careers ranging from the 1940s through 2009.

In the contributor category, Ken Burt will be inducted after serving as a physical education teacher and a three-sport coach — soccer, basketball and baseball — for three decades. Steve Simoes is another inductee, having led Hopkinton to a state championship in baseball in 2004 and appearances in the state final in 2019 and 2021. His career included 290 wins and 15 state tournament trips.

Margie Grabmeier had similar success in volleyball. Her teams made the state tournament in all 18 seasons she coached. She won 307 matches and three state titles.

Dave Cross is an inductee in the athletes category. The member of the class of 1948 was a three-sport star who captained the undefeated 1947 football team. Rick Breault played basketball for Burt, his fellow inductee, and went on to play basketball at Northeastern. Charlie Brock, a 1971 graduate, was a star basketball player who competed at Springfield College and spent 20 years as a coach.

Nesta Karner Eaves, class of 1979, was a field hockey star who went on to play at Salem State and with the Olympic Development team.

John Donovan, a 1988 graduate, was a standout running back for Hopkinton for four years and played basketball as well on three state tournament teams. Jeff Golden, class of 1995, was a two-sport star in basketball and baseball and continued his baseball career at Princeton and as a professional pitcher.

The Hall of Fame also will welcome Jamie Keiler from the class of 1998. Keiler starred in cross country, basketball and softball before playing hoops at Ithaca College and leading her team to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

Jess Titus, class of 2000, was a three-time volleyball captain and a standout in track and field. Classmate Jim Mecone was another three-sport star who made a total of eight Tri-Valley League All-Star teams. He went on to play football and compete in track at Bowdoin College.

Baseball and football standout Tyler Call graduated in 2001, winning a league MVP and helping the Milford Legion baseball team advance to the World Series. Fellow 2001 graduate Sean Keane became the boys basketball all-time leading scorer and a TVL MVP.

Ken Lysik of the class of 2002 played football and lacrosse, winning a player of the year award in the latter before playing at Pace. Mari Levine played 12 seasons of varsity sports in soccer, basketball and softball, graduating in 2002.

The Hall of Fame will induct three members of the class of 2005. Emily Daly, a track and field star, participated in the Olympic Training Program for the hammer throw for the 2012 Games in London. Sean Terry was a four-year runner for the Hopkinton cross country team and won multiple MIAA titles in swimming before participating in the sport at the Division 1 level at Fordham. Allison Berkley was one of the best soccer players in school history and played soccer at Miami of Ohio.

Cory Thalheimer, a 2008 grad, was a five-time TVL All-Star, seven-time TVL champion and two-time TVL track and field MVP. He captured three individual school records and was a two-time NCAA Championship qualifier at Clemson.

The induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Oct. 21, at Hopkinton Country Club. A limited number of tickets are available at $60 per ticket. Those interested can contact Aubrey Doyle at soxwin18@comcast.net.

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