Athletic Hall Of Fame - Class Of 2013

 

 

NANCY JANE HARGRAVES, Class of 1986
A four-year member of the swimming and diving team, her specialty was the 100-yard backstroke and she went undefeated in that event in all conference and dual meets for all four years. She qualified for both the South Sectional and State meets for all four years, winning the sectionals as a junior and taking fifth All State the same year. As part of Durfee’s exceptional 200-yard medley relay team, Hargraves helped the Hilltoppers to first place in the South in 1983 and third place in ’82. At the State Meet, she helped the Toppers to place fourth in 1983. Outside of Durfee, Hargraves  twice (1982, 1984) qualified for the National AAU competition in Florida, swimming against the best competition in the country.
   
JEFF DAVIS, Class of 1990
One of the great arms in Durfee baseball’s impressive history, Davis was exceptional and consistent in his two-year varsity career. As a junior, the right hander posted a 6-3 record with a 1.38 ERA and 65 strikeouts and 19 walks in 50 2/3 innings pitched. As a senior, he was 8-3 with a 1.45 ERA and 86 strikeouts and 2 walks in a remarkable 72 innings pitched. An infielder when not pitching, Davis batted .329 and .333 in his two years. After high school, on a brilliant two-year career at Masssasoit Community College, leading MCC to its first NJCAA World Series championship in 1992. At that World Series, Davis earned the win in three of his team’s four victories. He was 9-1 in both years, batted .329 as a freshman, and was named first team all-American as a sophomore. A 28th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers in 1993, Davis embarked on an impressive five-year pro career ultimately ended by shoulder injury. He was the Rangers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 1993 when he went a combined 13-7 with a 2.77 ERA for Single A Port Charlotte and Double A Tulsa. The year before, Davis had fanned 72 batters in 49 2/3 innings. In 1996, he was placed on the Rangers’ 40-man roster and attended big league spring training.
   
KATHERINE ATTAR, Class of 1994
Attar makes an unprecedented second-year-in-a-row appearance in the list of individual inductees. It all has to do with motherhood. Selected for induction in 2012, Attar was unable to make the trip from Maryland due to the impending birth of her child. The plan is to make it this year. She was a three-sport (volleyball, basketball, softball) star at Durfee and followed with a superb volleyuball career at Holy Cross. She was a potent middle hitter and blocker in volleyball. In basketball, she gave Durfee a big, athletic presence in the middle, a shot blocker with a very soft shooting touch. In softball she hit for power and average and, arguably, was the best defensive first baseman in school history. Her long reach and deft footwork saved many an otherwise errant throw.
   
RONNIE FERREIRA, Class of 1995
One of the great runners in Durfee history, Ferreira finished with 15 varsity letters, more than 40 school records, and was eight times all-scholastic for both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. In cross country, Ferreira was runner-up in the state his senior year. He won the City Companionships three straight years (setting course records at all three schools) and took first place at the State Coaches Meet three straight years. As a senior he also won the prestigious Catholic Memorial Invitational.
He set course records at numerous schools during his high school career and piled up a slew of notable accomplishments, including during his junior year, when he ran an outdoor mile in 4:29 to break to break a 31 year-old school record. His previous 4:29 indoor mile helped to earn him an invitation to that year’s Top 12 New England Milers meet at Harvard, where he took third place. He broke his own record the next year with a 4:26. Ferreira is also the school record holder in the two miles (9:16).
   
DAN LePAGE, Class of 1996
One of Durfee’s all-time great wrestlers, LePage posted a career record of 144-18, making him the the winningest wrestler in Durfee history. In his career, he twice won a Division 1 South title and twice took third place at the All State Tournament. The list of his other accomplishments – as a senior he wrestled at the very competitive 152 pounds – include twice winning the prestigious Marshfield Holiday Invitational Tournament and a third place at the New England Championships. His 40 wins as a junior included 30 pins. In addition to his accomplishments for Durfee, LePage was a two-time USA Wrestling Freestyle state champion, a Bay State Games gold medalist and Bay State Games two-time bronze medalist. After graduating from Durfee, LePage wrestled for Syracuse University, where was a three-time team MVP.
   
JIM WILCOX
A 1959 graduate, Wilcox competed in track and football. One of the areas first distance running coaches, he coached both cross country and track and field at Durfee. When his coaching days were complete, Wilcox refereed basketball, officiated football, and became a nationally recognized track and field official. While his experience and skill as a track and field official landed him assignments at events as big as the U.S. Olympic Trials (2004, 2008), he continued to officiate high school events. Wilcox was known for being the last to leave the Urban Field House after those indoor events, making sure every student athlete had a ride home. Wilcox was not only a teacher and mentor, he was a fountain of information. He was long known as the go-to guy for any questions about Durfee athletics history, sports rules and interpretations, and history in general.

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