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Fenwick inducts eight new members into athletics hall of fame

Fenwick Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Tarr (center, with trophy) celebrates his induction with former Crusader teammates. (COURTESY PHOTO BY ROSE RAYMOND )

STONEHAM Bishop Fenwick High School celebrated the induction of seven former Crusader student-athletes and one team (2004 state champion baseball) into the Fenwick Athletics Hall of Fame Friday night at Montvale Plaza.  

This was the first induction since 2008, and the seventh in the school’s fifty-eight year history.  The inductees are Elaine Moulison Greenhalge (1963); Michael Grady (1978), Shannon Lyman Blacker (1997);  Meghan King (2001), Andrea Slaven (2005), Bobby Tarr (2008), Becca Graves (2011) and the 2004 state champion baseball team.

Greenhalge was the only girl on the girl on the boys golf team while at Fenwick.  At one time, she was the youngest club champion at the old United Shoe Golf Course, now Beverly Golf and Tennis.  She won 16 club championships at York Country Club in Columbus, Ohio and also won multiple club championships at Delaware Country Club in Muncie, Indiana.  Greenhalge also won the Women’s Franklin County Golf Championship in 1973 and 1984.

Grady ran track and cross country at Fenwick from 1975-1978.  He holds school records in the 50-yard hurdles, the indoor high jump, the 120-yard high hurdles and the 110- hurdles.  As a senior captain in 1977-1978, he was undefeated in the league in the indoor hurdles and high jump and also won a state divisional championship in the 50-yard hurdles.  The following spring, he was undefeated in the league in the high hurdles, high jump, long jump and triple jump.  He was named to the Lynn Item, Peabody Times and Salem News indoor and outdoor all-star teams his senior year.  He was a 1977-1978 Commonwealth Athletic League indoor track all-star in the indoor 50-yard hurdles and high jump and a 1978 Catholic Central League outdoor all-star in the 120-yard hurdles and high jump.

Grady graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in computer engineering and programming, where he competed on the indoor and outdoor track teams in the decathlon, indoor high hurdles and outdoor high hurdles for two seasons.

King played varsity soccer for four years and also lettered in basketball, track and skiing.  

She said she was surprised when she found out she’d been selected to the Hall of Fame. “Fenwick hadn’t had a Hall of Fame class in a long time, so the news kind of came out of nowhere,” she said.  “We had a class reunion and there was talk about it then, about how Fenwick hadn’t done it in a while.”

One of the top goal scorers in Eastern Massachusetts in soccer, she left Fenwick as the Crusaders’ all-time leading goal scorer.  King, the CCL MVP, was a Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic honoree.

Following Fenwick, King played four years of Division 1 women’s soccer at Fairfield University.  As a freshman, she was Fairfield’s Female Freshman Athlete of the Year and was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Rookie team.  She was named to the MAAC All-Academic team four times and the All-MAAC second team three times. She finished her Fairfield career third all-time in goals (33), sixth in points (73) and tied for eighth in game-winning goals (8).

Slaven was captain of the field hockey and basketball teams her senior year and also played one year of varsity softball.  She led the Greater Boston League in scoring her senior year in field hockey when she was the Lynn Item Player of the Year and also a Boston Globe All-Scholastic.  She was named to the GBL all-star team three times and was also a 2-time CCL basketball all-star. and was the second leading scorer her junior year.

Slaven moved on to St. Michael’s College where she played field hockey from 2005-2009 and basketball from 2005-2006.  In field hockey, she earned All-American First Team honors as a senior and second team honors and ECAC First Team honors her sophomore and junior years.   She was the ECAC Division II Player of the Year as a junior.

A 2015 inductee into the St. Michael’s Athletics Hall of Fame, Slaven led the Northeast-10 in scoring her junior and senior years and finished second as a sophomore.  She finished her college career as the Purple Knights all-time leader in several categories, including scoring (117 points), games (75), goals (51), game-winning goals (17) and most game winning goals in a season (6).  This past June, Slaven was named the head field hockey coach at North Reading High School.

Graves was one of the most decorated 3-sport athletes in Fenwick history.  She helped lead Fenwick to CCL championships soccer in 2008 and 2009 and to the MIAA Division II North semifinals in 2009 and 2010.  In basketball, she helped lead the Crusaders to the Division 3 North final.  

Graves’ strongest sport may have been lacrosse.  She led the state in goals in 2010 and 2011, setting a state record in 2011 and also was a part of a team that captured CCL titles in 2009 and 2011 as a senior captain.

A 2-time Lacrosse Academic All-American, she earned Eastern Mass all-star lacrosse honors in 2010 and 2011, and also earned Eastern Mass and All-State soccer honors in 2010.  She was a 2-time CCL lacrosse MVP (201, 2011) and was the CCL Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010.

Graves received a 4-year athletic scholarship to the University of New Hampshire, where she majored in zoology and played four years on the women’s lacrosse team where she was named to the 2015 America East All-Academic team.

Blacker led the Crusaders to three straight state softball championships from 1994-1996, winning 15 consecutive games in the circle.  A 2-year captain, she finished her Fenwick career with a career record of 54-8 and ERA of 0.54, with one perfect game.   Blacker played three years of varsity field hockey, serving as a captain her senior year.  Blacker played softball and field hockey at Monmouth University.

Tarr played football and lacrosse at Fenwick.  He finished his career third all-time in Massachusetts in rushing yards with 5,601.  He scored 69 touchdowns and 426 points  and was the first football player in the state to rush for more than 2,500 yards in back-to-back seasons.  He led the state in scoring as a senior with 192 points, then moved on to Bentley, where he enjoyed a successful football career.

Tarr said he was taken aback when he found out he was being inducted.

“Honestly, I haven’t had high school football on my mind much of late. It’s been 10 years, but I was surprised when I got the call,” said Tarr, now a financial analyst for a property management company in Cambridge.  “It’s a great honor to be sure. There have been so many great athletes in Fenwick history, so I’m so grateful to Coach Woods for nominating me.”

The 2004 baseball team capped a remarkable 23-3 season with the school’s first state baseball championship, beating St. Joseph Central (Pittsfield), 4-1 in the Division 3 state final at Bentley College.  The Crusaders, coached by Kevin McCarthy, outscored their opponents by a combined 51-10 in the tournament with three players topping the .440 mark at the plate; Jeff Giannino (.494, 28 RBI), Mike Blanchard (.424, 23 RBI), and Harrison Bookstein (.402, 16 RBI).  Pitchers Mike Hickey and and John Boyle each won three tournament games for the Catholic Central League champion, while catcher Dave Surface didn’t make an error the entire season.

Like many of the other inductees, McCarthy said he was thrilled when he heard the team was going to be inducted into the hall.

“Anytime that a team’s recognized for winning a state championship, it’s incredible,” he said.  “A lot of people don’t realize the amount of work and good fortune that goes into it.”

 

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