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Leominster High inducts new Hall of Fame class

Oct 9, 2018

Ten athletes, three coaches, one contributor and two teams were recently inducted into the Leominster High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Here’s a list of the inductees and some highlights from their outstanding athletic careers while playing for the Blue Devils:

Richard Comeau, Class of 1975: A superb baseball pitcher, he averaged 12 strikeouts per game in high school and was the first player under Coach Emile Johnson to be drafted by a major league team.

Robert Stelluto, Class of 1979: A leading scorer on the ice hockey team with 30 goals and 34 assists, he also earned seven letters in three varsity sports: hockey, baseball and football.

Peter Van Dyke, Class of 1988: Won senior athlete of the year and, as a soccer goalie, had 17 career shutouts. Tri-captain of the 1988 Division I state championship team.

Jeffrey Berry, Class of 1988: Team captain in both basketball and baseball, went on to play varsity baseball at Northeastern and UNC Charlotte and played one year of minor league baseball in the Boston Red Sox organization.

Tracy Towle, Class of 1988: Starred in basketball and softball. As a pitcher had a two-year record of 45-5 with 267 strikeouts. Winning pitcher in state championship teams of 1987 and 1988.

Lauren Hatfield, Class of 1988: Four-year varsity starter in basketball, field hockey and softball. First LHS athlete to score 1,000 varsity points. USA Today All-American Honorable Mention 1988. New England Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.

Alex Walsh, Class of 1997: All-star in ice hockey and tennis, captain of 1997 hockey team and state scoring champion with 55 goals and 43 assists, a Blue Devils scoring record.

Richard Robichaud, Class of 1958. Lettered in four varsity sports, team captain in football and basketball, including the only unbeaten basketball team in LHS history, 1957-58. Sporting News National Honorable Mention in football 1957. Also a member of LHS Football Hall of Fame.

Lindsay Dellechiaie, Class of 2004: Basketball, soccer and softball star, scored the second most points in LHS hoop history with 1,150. Led Blue Devils to postseason in each sport she played. Went on star at Worcester State University.

Colleen Mason, Class of 1979: Four-year varsity star in cross country, indoor and spring track. Broke records in 45-yard dash, and also in high jump. State champion in 100 dash. Member of the Fitchburg State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Coach Pauline Ciccone: Outstanding Leominster athlete from Class of 1962, physical education teacher, coached the 1981 field hockey team to an unbeaten season and the Central Mass. League Championship.

Coach Frank Steffanides: A LHS grad Class of 1965, he was varsity softball coach for the Blue Devils from 1986-96 and won the Central Mass. Division I championship in 1987-88. Elected to the Mass. State Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Coach Richard Johnson: LHS Class of 1959. Coached nine Mass. state champions in individual swim events. Also coached the 1970-71 undefeated LHS swim team. A member of the Eastern Mass. Interscholastic Swimming Association Hall of Fame.

Contributor Donald Franciosi: Coached LHS boys varsity tennis for 34 years from 1970-2004. Also coached at Fitchburg State University. Former school administrator in Leominster, he organized summer tournaments at Fitchburg’s Coolidge Park drawing hundreds of area players.

Also inducted were the 1978-79 LHS ice hockey team and the 1975 LHS spring track team.