2006 Hall of Famers

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Charles Miller
Stand-out basketball player in Middletown in the early 1930’s. Middletown High School 1929-1932: Basketball, varsity team center, 1930-1932; leading scorer and in rebounds; Led MHS to Connecticut State Basketball Finals in Junior and Senior years. Semi-Pro: Basketball original member of the Middletown Speed Boys team he organized in 1932. Team won Middletown City Championship, 1932-1940. Speed Boys played teams from throughout New England. Moved to Los Angeles, played semi-pro softball until 1950. Became low handicap golfer. 

Carl Lombardo
Vinal Tech School, 1985-1989: Soccer, 4 years. All-American, Senior year; 3-time All-State, 4-times All-Conference; 2-times All-New England. Second in State scoring record, (123). Received “Totu” Award for most goals scored in tournament (14). Ohio State University, 1989-1993. 3-times All-Tournament Team; Most Valuable Player in first tournament at Villanova; received “Best Forward Award’. Member of Oakwood Select Team that toured and played throughout Europe. Coaching Career; in Ohio, Cosa Hurricanes, 1989-1990; Arsenal Soccer Club, 1991; Cosa Cyclones, 1991; Vinal Tech, 1993-1994; Rocky Hill H.S., 1995.

Jennifer O’Brien
AAU basketball 1993-1995. Mercy High School 1993-1996: Basketball, career leader in points (1905); Captain 1996 Class L State Championship team. 3-time All-State Team 1994-95-96. 4-time All-League 1st team and All-Middlesex County Team. Connecticut “Player of the Year”, by USA Today 1996. National High School Coaches Association, region 1 All-American. Lacrosse, 1995-1996. Cross Country, 1993-1996. Davidson College 1996-2000: Basketball, career leader in points, assists and free throws. 3-time Captain, 1998-2000: 3-time All Southern Conference League team; Southern Conference leader in steals, 4 seasons; assists, 3 seasons. 2-time Davidson Womens Basketball M 

Charles B. Stone
Woodrow Wilson High School, 1945: Track, State Champion in discus, 2nd in shot put. Swimming team Captain; placed 3rd in 100 yard freestyle in State meet. Held YMCA pool record, 100 yard freestyle. Wesleyan University, 1946-1949; college swim records in 100 and 200 yard freestyle, and 400 yard freestyle relay. High point scorer all 4  years. In 1949 New England Swimming Championships, placed 2nd in 50 yard, 100 yard freestyle and 400 yard freestyle relay. Won 50 and 100 yard freestyle events in 1952 Middle Atlantic YMCA swimming championships. State champion in 50 and 100 yard freestyle and 150 yard medley event at 1985 Masters swimming competition. 7th in 1985 National Masters Championships, qualifying for National Top Ten. Wesleyan: Track, discus and shot put, 4 years.

Richard Rosek
Central Catholic High School, Pittsburgh, PA: Varsity Football and Track. College of Santa Fe, New Mexico: Baseball. Highlands University, New Mexico: Varsity Football. Coaching Career: Football, Assistant Coach, East Hartford, H.S, 1967-68. Assistant football coach, Middletown H.S. 1969 to 1978 and 1984 to 1995. Assistant football coach, Woodrow Wilson H.S. 1979 to 1983. Head football coach, Middletown H.S. 1996 to 2001. Head coach, MHS women’s Basketball, 1990 to 1995. Head Track coach, MHS and Woodrow Wilson H.S., 1969 to 2000. Awards: Track Coach of Year, 1983. Basketball Coach of Year, 1990. Assistant Football, Coach of the Year, 1995. Friends of Football, 2000

Richard Satagaj
Little League Baseball: Kiwanis team 1953-1957. Named to All-Star team 4 times; won 1957 batting title with .542 average. Most Valuable player, 1956-1957. Ahern-Whalen League, 1958-1960. All-Star team, 1959-1960. Woodrow Wilson H.S.: 1959-1962; Football, fullback, safety, punter. Basketball, 1959-1962, point guard. Baseball, 1959-1962, shortstop, leader in batting and home runs, Captain 1962. St. Leo University: Baseball 1963-1964; second baseman and leading hitter. Captain and Most Valuable Player, 1964. Named to All-Conference Team. Central Connecticut State University, 1965-1966. Football, 1966, punter, kicker. Baseball, 1965-1966, home run leader, All-Conference Team. Semi-Pro Baseball: Hartford Twilight League; ShoreLine League. San Francisco Giants, Decater Giants, 1966. Skiing: Professional instructor and Manager.

Kenneth Robinson
Little League Baseball: All around player and home run hitter. Selected to league’s All-Star Teams. Won batting title in 1955 with .500 batting average. Woodrow Wilson High School: 3-sport athlete, Baseball, Track, Football. Known as speedy halfback whose long yardage runs and big plays won many games for Wilson Wildcats. Named an alternate to Connecticut Nutmeg East-West All-Star team, 1961. Played softball while at Lackland, U.S. Air Force Base, 1963. Hit 17 home runs to lead his team to the base Championship.

Francis Monnes
Middletown High School 1947-1951: Baseball, Co-Captain 1951. Central Connecticut State College Varsity Baseball, 4 years, Captain in Junior and Senior years. Semi-pro: Baseball, played 16 years for Cromwell in Middlesex County League. Hartford Twilight League, led league in batting and home runs in 1953. Coaching Career: Cromwell H.S. varsity baseball coach for 36 years. Amassed record of 467 wins- 192 losses. Teams went to State Tournaments 30 times: played in 6 State Championships games; won 13 Conference and 2 Division titles. CHSCA Baseball Coach of year 1976 & 1987. National High School Coaches Association regional winner. Chosen “Best of Century” in baseball coaching 1999. Connecticut Coaches Hall of Fame 1994.

Marc Levin
Xavier High School 1977-1980: Baseball 1978-1980; outstanding hitter and outfielder. Captain of 1980 State Class L Championship team. Batted over .500 in State Tournament. American Legion Baseball: Middletown Post 75 team 1978-1979. Team won Zone 3 Championship 1978-1979 and State Championship 1979. Stole 35 bases 1979 season. Tampa University: varsity baseball 1981-1982, batted .422; named to League’s All-Star Team. Semi-Pro Baseball: Mallove Jewelers in Hartford Twilight League 1980-1985; named to League’s All-Star Team.

Louis LaPila
Woodrow Wilson High School: J.V. Basketball. Little League: manager, umpire. Umpired adult softball games. Judo: 1961 to present. Middletown Judo Club. President of Club 1967-1969. Awarded rank of Shodan, 1st Degree Blackbelt; Sensee of Club 1973 to present. New England Y.M.C.A.  Middleweight Champion 1965-1966. Connecticut Invitational Meet: Middleweight Champion. Listed in Who’s who in Martial Arts. World Martial Arts Hall of Fame 1996. Won numerous Tournaments and Trophies. Teacher of Martial Arts 45 years.

Thomas Sweeney
Xavier High School, 1972-1975: Football, tackle and special teams for undefeated State Championship team, 1974. Received Honorable Mention on All-State Team, offensive tackle; All-Hartford County Conference team, defensive tackle. University of Pennsylvania, 1975-1979: Captain Freshman football team. 3 year starter varsity team. Received Senior Award as top offensive lineman. Coaching Career: coach Cromwell Park and Rec. Soccer teams and Travel Soccer team, 1995-1999. Coached Cromwell Little League, 1998-2002: Jaycee-Courant League, 2003-2004; assistant coach RCP, Post 105 American Legion Junior team, 2005; Legion Senior team 2006

Alan Warzecha
Xavier High School, 1968-1973: Football, freshman team, 1968. Varsity offensive tackle, 1969-1971. All-Hartford County Conference Team, 1971; All-State 2nd Team, 1971. Played in Connecticut Nutmeg Bowl game, 1971. New Mexico Highlands University; varsity football, 1972. Northern Arizona University: varsity football, 1973-1974-1975; All Skyline Conference. Coaching Career: Haddam Killingworth High School, Assistant Football Coach, 1977-1980; Assistant Swim Coach, 1978; Head Indoor Track Coach, 1979; Head Golf Coach, 1980. Gerard High School, Phoenix, AZ: Assistant Football Coach, 1981-1982. Established Junior Golf Program, Peoria AZ School District, 1994-2004.

Charles Robbins
Manchester High School, 1930’s: Cross Country and Track long distance events. University of Connecticut: Cross Country and Track. Captain Cross Country team 1941. Finished 3rd in 1941 NCAA Championships. All-American in Track and Cross Country. First one in UCONN history. Independent Running: won 5 National AAU Championships and back to back national Marathon Championships, 1945 and 1946. One of founders of Manchester Turkey Day Races. Ran in 50 consecutive Turkey Day Races, placed 1st 1945-1946. Top Age Group runner. Set 80 and over record in 2000.

1975 - 1976 Basketball Team
1976 - 1977 Basketball Team
1977 - 1978 Basketball Team

In the 1970’s, The Middletown High School Basketball Teams of Head Coach Tom LaBella and Assistant Coaches Hank Koritkoski and Tom Zabek created a dynasty in the State Class B Basketball Division by winning 3 straight Class B Championships. In Addition, they had a winning streak of 76 continuous games, and that winning streak was extended to 80 games in the 1978-79 season. The Players who established these records were:

Derek Darley, Steven Hannah, Ronnie Holly, Brian Hunter, Robert Earl Hyman, Tommy Jackson, Greg Lucas, Bernard McArthur, Alford Marshall, Kerry Marshall, Charles Muckle, Marvin Privott, Ricky Privott, Captain 1978 Michael Rankins, Joe Roget, Edward Steadham, Bobby Thomas, Captain 1976, 1977, Cornelius Thompson, Captain 1976, 1977, 1978, Vito Walton, Monty Watson, and Steve Winborne, and the Coaches were: Head Coach: Thomas LaBella, Assistant Coaches: Hank Koritkoski, Tom Zabek

The 1975-76 team’s record was 24 wins, No losses. The 1976-77 team’s record, 25 wins, No losses. The 1977-78 team’s record, 27 wins, No losses.

Their win streak of 76 games set the stage for the following season when the Middletown High team established the Connecticut and New England record of 80 consecutive wins. Many of these wins were major victories over such teams as Northwest Catholic, South Catholic, Woodrow Wilson, New London and St. Joseph’s.

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