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Melican headlines ARHS's newest Athletic Hall of Fame class

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Northborough/Southborough – Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) welcomed eight new members into its athletic Hall of Fame recently, including the man many consider responsible for a great deal of the success the school has enjoyed in sports competition of the past decade – Robert E. Melican.

"Bob Melican was a driving force behind making athletics here at Algonquin Regional all it could be," acting Superintendent Dr. Charles Gobron said in his welcoming remarks at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony Nov. 24 in the high school cafeteria.

Melican, who headlined a induction class of eight, served as the superintendent of Northborough and Southborough schools from 1996 to 2005. He has been an educator and administrator in the district since 1969.

"Algonquin competes at the varsity level in 30 sports and fields a total of 57 teams," Gobron said. "The recent additions of boys and girls lacrosse, co-ed swimming, alpine skiing, boys volleyball and girls ice hockey are a result of Bob Melican's belief that athletics is an important component of student's educational day. He's why we're here. This Hall of Fame wouldn't exist without Bob Melican."

Also inducted as a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2007 were Sue Allen, Evan Berte, Dallas Mall, Beth Minnucci, Mike Mocerino, Andrea Sinerate and Bill Stapleton.

"I felt as superintendent it was my duty to provide opportunities to participate in after-school activities for students from Northborough and Southborough," Melican said. "I consider this induction one of the greatest honors I've ever received. When I received the call from the selection committee telling me I had been chosen, I was speechless."

Allen, who graduated in 1961 as class valedictorian, was a member of the varsity field hockey, basketball and softball teams for three years, captaining all three as a senior.

After receiving degrees from Tufts and Michigan, and working as a teacher at the Perkins School for the Blind, Allen returned to ARHS, where she served as a physical education teacher and coached volleyball, track, softball and basketball for more than 20 years.

Berte, a 1998 graduate, excelled in football and track and field during his time with the Tomahawks. He finished his football career having rushed for 3,038 yards and 34 touchdowns and holds single-season records for both with 1,789 yards gained and 19 touchdowns scored as a senior.

In track and field, Berte finished undefeated in dual meets in the 100- and 200-yard dashes and he still holds school records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, having been clocked in 10.9 and 23.9 seconds, respectively.

Mall, a 2000 graduate, was a multiple letter-winner in football, basketball and baseball. Football is the sport that brought him the most success, especially after high school. As a junior, Mall caught 60 passes, gained more than 1,000 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. He followed that up with a 70-catch, 1,500-yard, 17-touchdown senior season.

Minnucci, a member of the Class of 1986, was a four-year member of the varsity soccer and softball teams and was a league all-star in each her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Minnucci served as class president her sophomore year and was a member of the honor society as a senior.

Mocerino, a 2000 graduate, played basketball and baseball for the Tomahawks. He was a three-year starter on the hardwood, but excelled on the diamond infield, starting all four years, the last two at shortstop. His 141 career hits is a school record that still stands.

Mocerino went on to play baseball – on an athletic scholarship – at the University of Connecticut and has since returned to ARHS, where he is a teacher and coach.

Sinerate graduated in 1999 after a career that included four years of varsity competition in soccer, gymnastics and tennis. She was a league and state all-star in soccer, a member of the state-finalist gymnastics team as a freshman and a state-finalist tennis team as a senior, when she served as captain. The tennis team won Central Mass. championships her sophomore, junior and senior years.

Stapleton, Class of 1973, earned varsity letters in football, basketball and track at ARHS, and went on to play football for the Marlborough Shamrocks for a decade.

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