Newest Blue and White Hall of Famers to be Inducted Tuesday

The Blue and White Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be inducted during a dinner program at the Villaeg Green on Tuesday night.

On Tuesday night, the Class of 2012 will be inducted into the Blue and White Hall of Fame at a dinner event at the Village Green Restaurant.

This year's inductees are Bob Parsons, a 1947 graduate who played football and basketball and will also be honored as a special contributor for 35 years of service to the Danvers School System; Len Elwin, a 1966 graduate who played basketball; Joanne Lavender, a 1980 graduate who played field hockey, basketball and softball; Brian Thibodeau, a 1991 graduate who played hockey and baseball; Amy Papamechial Barth, a 1992 graduate who played field hockey, basketball and softball and Mike Maroney, a 1993 graduate who played basketball and baseball.

Salem News sports editor Phil Stacey will serve as master of ceremonies. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. For tickets, call Barry Robertson at 978-821-9972. Tickets are $40.00.

Joanne Lavender

Graduation: 1980

Schools Attended: Danvers High School

Northeastern University

Varsity Field Hockey: 1976-1979

Four year starter: Earned varsity letters all four years.

MVP Award: 1978 and 1979

Northeastern Conference All Star: 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979

Salem News All Star: 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979

Boston Globe All-Star: 1978 and 1979

Varsity Basketball: 1976-1980

Three-year starter

Earned letters 1978, 1979 and 1980

Varsity Softball: 1976-1980

Four-year starter

Earned letters all four years.

Earned a full athletic scholarship to Northeastern University for Div. 1 field hockey.

Amy Papamechial Barth

Graduation: 1992

Schools Attended: Danvers High School

Bryant College

Varsity Softball: 1989-1992

Three year starter: Earned varsity letters all three years

Three time Northeastern Conference All-Star

Three time Salem News All-Star

Two time Boston Herald All-Star

Boston Globe All-Star

Power hitting first baseman, team co-captain

52 RBIs in junior year and batted over .500

Junior year team went undefeated during regular season

Won EMass title         

Offensive leader of the undefeated team.

Also started and played varsity field hockey and basketball for three years

Played softball at Bryant College

Michael Moroney

Graduation: 1993

Schools Attended: Danvers High School

Salem State University

Varsity baseball: Two year Captain, 1992 and 1993

Career leader in strikeouts: 202, 1990-1993

Career leader in innings pitched: 188 1/3, 1990-1993

Career single season in strike outs: 75, 1993

15 career wins starting freshman year

MVP Award: 1993

Northeastern Conference All-Star: 1993

Salem News All-Star: 1990 and 1993

Varsity Basketball: Letter in 1991, 1992 and 1993

Captain: 1993

Northeastern Conference All Star: 1993

Salem News All Star: 1993

Went on to pitch at Salem State; team captain 1997; All MASCAC all-star 1997

Brian Thibodeau

Graduation: 1991

Schools Attended: Danvers High School

Salem State University and University of Illinois Chicago

Varsity Hockey: Captain, 1991

Career Statistics: 50-54-104

Senior year was an NEC all-star and NEC MVP

Led the NEC in points with 17 goals and 32 assists for a total of 49 points

MVP Award: 1993

Two time Northeastern Conference All Star

Two time Salem News All Star                                               

Also played golf and baseball

Prepared at Cushing Academy for Div. 1 Illinois Chicago

Leonard “Len” Elwin

Graduation: 1966

Schools Attended: Danvers High School

Varsity Basketball: Three year varsity player

In 1965-1966 averaged 19 points per game, double figures in rebounding and five blocks per game.

Became the third highest scorer in school history

First basketball player from Danvers to be named to the official All-Scholastic Basketball Team of the Boston Record American. Nominated by High School Sports Editor Pat Horne.

NEC Conference All-Star Team                       

After high school, Len served his country in Vietnam.

Robert Parsons, Special Contributor

Graduation: 1947

Schools Attended: Holten High School, Northeastern University, Salem State University

Background: Played varsity football, basketball and track and field

Three year starter on football team

Scored winning touchdown in 1946 against Cambridge Latin on Thanksgiving Day to ensure first winning season since 1941

Professional: Taught in Danvers for 35 years, served as a teacher, guidance counselor, vice-principal, house master and junior high coach.

Military: Korean War-era active veteran

Retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, 30 years of service to his country

“A caring mentor to DHS students and student athletes”

Submitted by the Touchdown Club of Danvers and the DHS Blue and White Hall of Fame Committee.


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