On November 25, 2012, the York High School Athletics Hall of Fame officially inducted 10 new members at its second annual awards ceremony banquet. From the article in Seacoastonline by Jay Pinsonnault:
“It was a huge success,” York athletic director Ted Welch said. “I was really impressed with the speeches people gave. It’s more than just the accomplishments on the athletic fields, it is what they learned about life that’s impressive.”
The 10-member class consists of Tony Anni (1985), Shelby Marshall (1989), Lani (Boardman) Silversides (2001), Todd Spelman (2000), Brian Carl (2001), Hal Stanwood (1971), Bill Fisher (1948), Becky Wacker (2002), Donald Hansen (1966) and John Welch (1940).
“I love the history part of this,” Welch said. “One of our goals with this Hall of Fame was preserving history. We had people here from 1940 to the present, and this links the present to the past and it honors the tradition.”
Bill Fisher started the York High School cross country team in 1945, led the Wildcats to eight league championships, a state championship in 1948, and retired from coaching in 1964.
Fisher’s two sons, Bill Jr. and David, both York High School graduates, were at the ceremony.
“He would’ve been pleased and honored to be recognized in this way,” Bill Jr. said. “The afternoon was enjoyable and there was a common theme from all the inductees about the importance of family and support. Seeing so many athletes be recognized in various sports and celebrate their accomplishments was great.”
Silversides, 29, played soccer, basketball and track in her four years at York. She graduated with 1,413 points and is the school record holder with 1,111 rebounds and 299 blocks. She then played four seasons of women’s basketball at the University of Vermont.
Silversides’ former basketball coach, Rick Clark, presented her to the crowd.
“I was very impressed and humbled,” said Silversides, the girls basketball coach at Phillips Andover Academy for the past eight years. “The York coaches always supported us not only as athletes but also students and people in general. My coaches not only supported me for the season they coached me, but also encouraged me to play multiple sports. I totally respected that and appreciated that.”
Silversides’ father, Wayne Boardman, was part of last year’s inaugural class.
“It’s really neat for me to share this with my dad,” said Silversides, a mother of two. “I attribute all my athletic success to him, and my mom. Whenever he came home after a long day of work, I always asked him to rebound for me and shoot with me, and he always said yes. My parents also never missed a high school game of mine and just three college games, and now they come down and watch me coach. I am forever grateful to them for their support.”
Spelman, who played two years of tennis at Saint Michael’s College, won the Class B boys tennis individual championship as a sophomore, played three years of varsity basketball and was captain his senior season.
“It was great to see the people from the ’40s, ’70s and ’80s and see what their accomplishments were,” Spelman said. “It was interesting to hear their stories, all of them had better achievements than me. It was an amazing day, it really exceeded my expectations.”
Last year’s class included Wayne Boardman, Rich LaBonte, Rob Berry, Mike Sullivan, Kristen Briggs, Robert Butler Sr., Kathy Calo, Robert Craig, Larry Ellis, Dave Fernald, Ralph Gile, Ned Grieg, Larry Lapham, Elizabeth Sawyer Hoefler and Angie Suffridge.
Photos available from Cody Smith Photography.