Athletic Hall Of Fame - Class Of 2014

 

 

CATHLEEN (FARRELL) SENRA, Class of 1973
Feldman was a three-sport standout, lettering in volleyball, basketball and softball in all three years. She shared the first Lillian Darmody Trophy, as female athlete of the year, with her sister. She also was team captain in all three sports her senior year. A guard, she helped the Hilltoppers to the Bristol County League basketball title in 1972 as the team went 10-0.
   
CHRISTINE (FARRELL) FELDMAN, Class of 1973
The first recipient (technically co-recipient with her sister) of the Lillian Darmody Trophy as female athlete of the year, Farrell was a three-sport standout for coaches Margot Lavoie (volleyball, softball) and Beverly Cambra (basketball). She earned a varsity letter in all three sports in all three years. She also was team captain in all three sports her senior year after serving as basketball captain in her junior season. In 1972, she helped to lead the Hilltopper basketball team into the South Sectional playoffs.
   
VICTOR PEREIRA, Class of 1984
Finally getting his chance to start as a senior, Pereira emerged as a standout for the Hilltoppers, helping them to a 25-0 record and the Division 1 state championship. He followed that with an all-star career at Eastern Connecticut State University, and later played professionally in Portugal and Ireland. Pereira is Durfee’s director of athletics. He is a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and the Eastern Connecticut State Hall of Fame.
   
NANCY KITCHEN, Class of 1986
Kitchen achieved great individual and team success for the Hilltoppers. Kitchen was team MVP her last three years. She helped Durfee to a 10-0 conference record her junior year and was a top-three finisher in the 100 and 200 freestyles at the sectionals. Her senior year, she was second in the 100 free and fourth in the 100 back at the sectional meet and took a sixth place in the state meet. Recipient of the school’s top scholar-athlete award as a senior, Kitchen held the Durfee pool record in the 500 freestyle for more than two decades.
   
TIM FURTADO, Class of 1989
A standout in football, hockey and baseball, Furtado was Durfee’s male athlete of the year his senior year. An outstanding catcher on the baseball team, as a senior, he batted .435 with four home runs and 31 runs batted in. He lettered three times in baseball and hockey and twice in football, where he was the quarterback. After his Durfee career and a year of prep school, Furtado signed a contract with the Seattle Mariners and played minor league ball in their organization.
   
COLIN CHRIST, Class of 1996
Christ played three years varsity in both football and basketball. On the football field, Christ was a standout on both sides of the ball. As a  defensive end, he earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Connecticut. He was a two-time Herald News all scholastic, a three-time Big 3 Conference all star and played in the prestigious Shriners Game in 1996. Christ was a forward on the basketball court, and threw shot and discus in spring track and field for two years.
   
CHRIS ANTAO, Class of 1998
Antao in 1998 became the first Hilltopper in 17 years to win a state title when he took first place at 130 pounds at the Division 1 championships. He posted a stellar record of 44-4 in his senior season. Antao posted a career record of 109 wins and 24 losses, which at the time was second best in school history. Also in 1998, Antao was the South Sectional champion, runner up at the All State Meet and third at the New England Championships. A three-time Big 3 Conference all star and a two-time Herald News all scholastic, Antao was part of the first Sacred Heart University wrestling team. In 2012, he became the varsity wrestling coach at Durfee.
   
DR. JAMES COLEMAN
Coleman served as Durfee’s school and athletic physician from 1989 to 1997. Coleman regularly attended athletic events and was a regular in the halls of Durfee and in its athletic training facility every school year. He volunteered many hours to coach and parent education and support, regardless of the size of the organization requesting his presence. Coleman’s emphasis was always on the preservation of the health and welfare of any Hilltopper girl or boy.

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