Berlin Sports Hall of Fame inducts 2022 class

Published on Sunday, 24 April 2022 20:36
Written by Erica Drzewiecki

@drzewieckinbh

Eight individuals and two teams have joined the ranks of Berlin High School’s top athletes.

The BHS Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2022 during a formal ceremony held at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville Sunday.

“We’re very pleased with the Class of 2022,” Chairman Bob Zipadelli said. “We have some great athletes here today.”

Among the new inductees was Larry Barber, from the BHS Class of 1963. Barber was the starting quarterback and senior football co-captain that year. He was also a star basketball and baseball player.

He suffered a massive stroke four years ago that impacted his speech significantly, so Barber’s wife Jackie joined him in accepting the honor Sunday.

“It came as a big shock to us,” she said. “When he got the call from Bob he was beaming. It brought back a lot of sentimental memories.”

Robert Facey Jr., a 1979 graduate, was an immense contributor to Redcoats’ football history.

He has 3,079 career rushing yards and was a two-time All Northwest Conference fullback and captain his senior year.

“This is quite the honor,” Facey said. “Quite the prestige, being a part of something bigger than yourself.”

Inductee Kory Kevorkian graduated in the Class of 2001. He played baseball, football and did track and field. His football career took him onto Central CT State University, where he played on two NEC Championship teams.

Kevorkian was “humbled” upon finding out he would be inducted into the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

“I was very surprised,” he added.

There are now a total of 141 inductees, including players, contributors, coaches and teams.

The newest teams to be inducted this year were the 2000 and 2001 boys’ Div. II state title-winning golf teams.

Nikki Kureczka was elected captain of three sports her senior year (2009-10) including soccer, as well as indoor and outdoor track.

“I loved competing with my teammates and individually,” she recalled of her BHS sports career.

“Berlin was always home to me.”

Kureczka went on to play soccer at CCSU for four years.

Fellow Class of 2010 graduate and inductee Kaitlyn Bovee played basketball and softball. She was twice All-Northwest Conference, NWC Tournament MVP.

“I remember seeing the Hall of Fame plaques in school,” Bovee said. “As an athlete you always want to get to the highest level you can.”

She enjoyed seeing fellow athletes and former classmates at the ceremony.

“It’s like a reunion coming back here,” Bovee added.

Tennis player Scott Trevethan was coached by fellow 2022 inductee Rex Smith, now deceased.

“I played in college afterwards and a little bit professionally,” Trevethan said.

The Class of 1988 graduate was #1 in singles and doubles his senior year, with a career record of 108-32.

“It’s a celebration of everybody that was kind enough to help me,” he said of being inducted into the Hall of Fame. “I was fortunate to have a good support system.”

Coach Smith, who passed away in 2018 at age 71, was described by players as “quirky” and “honest to a fault.” He also taught math at BHS for 38 years, all the while coaching tennis.

Also inducted was Jack Cooper, Class of 2008. He played football and ran indoor track.

“It’s a huge honor for myself and for my family,” Cooper said of being inducted. “I have a lot of pride and just feel extremely humbled to be honored by my high school.”

Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at edrzewiecki@centralctcommunications.com.



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