HUDSON – Current and former athletes, coaches, administrators and others gathered at the Hudson Portuguese Club on Nov. 26 to induct a new class of athletes, contributors and teams into the Hudson High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Three contributors, seven athletes and two teams joined the 160 individuals and 34 teams that had already been inducted in previous years.
“Today is a special day for the Hudson High School sports community,” Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Stephen Smith said in his opening remarks.
Longtime sports journalist Phil Ricciuti was honored in the contributor category alongside former Athletic Director Luis Macedo and Michael Correa, who made a name for himself as a star Hudson hockey athlete and coach.
Football and basketball player Larry Heindl was the first of this year’s inductees added as a “modern era athlete,” alongside basketball star Ralph Davis.
Sarah Spencer was recognized for her softball dominance and for her perseverance in the face of a cancer diagnosis in her mid-30s.
“A diagnosis like that is obviously life-changing and scary — but Sarah fights for her life with grace and grit, and we all are in awe of her tenacity and strength,” her hall of fame biography noted.
Krisha Zagura earned her hall of fame spot with a potent record on the soccer field, scoring 67 goals and 56 assists over her career, according to her biography. She was also a member of the track team during her time at Hudson High School.
Kristalena Lamore was a track star for the Hawks, setting numerous school records while also participating in softball, gymnastics and cheerleading.
Nick DiBlasi was only the third Hudson High School boys basketball player to score 1,000 points in his career, winning all star honors and later coaching following his graduation.
Ryan Bowen rounded out this year’s modern era player induction class, earning his spot primarily with his years of all-star pitching for the Hudson High School baseball team.
“His love of the game transcended not only on the field but also as a consummate teammate,” his biography noted.
The 2010 state championship softball team and the 2011 state finalist Hudson High School baseball team were then inducted at the conclusion of this year’s ceremony.
Committee seeks future nominations
The Hall of Fame induction takes place every other year.
Speaking, Nov. 26, Smith called on community members to nominate possible future inductees for future Hall of Fame ceremonies.
Hall of fame forms can be obtained on the Hudson High School website or requested by email at HHSAthl[email protected]