Athletic Hall Of Fame - Class Of 2015



KELLY DeMELLO, Class of 1994
DeMello was an all star in field hockey and basketball. A center halfback in field hockey, DeMello was a two-time Big 3 Conference all star who, as a senior registered 10 goals and 5 assists and was named second team all state. On the basketball court, she was also a four-year varsity player. She was a Big 3 all star and in her senior year scored a team-high 11.6 points per game with 7.7 steals, 6.3 steals and 11.5 assists. As a junior, she scored 11.3 ppg. in helping the Hilltoppers to the Division 1 South final. A four-year softball team member and a three-year starter, she helped Durfee to two league titles and a berth in the Division 1 South finals in 1993. Collegiately at Bridgewater State College, she played four years of basketball, scoring more than 1,000 points.
JOHN SANTOS, Class of 1972
Santos was an outstanding soccer player at Durfee before later embarking on a very successful tenure as the team's head soccer coach. A varsity player throughout his high school years, he was a two-time league all star and captain and MVP his senior year. In 1971, Santos broke the school record with 22 goals. He followed with a fine playing career at Southeastern Massachusetts University. He returned to coach Durfee for a decade with his teams posting a combined record of 122 wins, 41 losses, and 31 ties and qualifying for the playoffs 10 times. His 1988 team was undefeated in the regular season, posting 13 shutouts in 18 games. He went on to become a long-serving and well respected soccer referee. Santos has been inducted into both the New England Soccer Hall of Fame and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Soccer Officials Association Hall of Fame.
A talented catcher for the baseball team, Yarbough batted .409 his sophomore year. After his outstanding Durfee career, Yarbough played two years for the well-renowned baseball program at the University  of Southern California. Yarbough was also part of two great Durfee basketball teams. He was a sixth man in 1977 when the Hilltoppers went 26-0 to win the state title. The next season, he was the starting center, scoring 10.7 points per game. That year, the Hilltoppers nearly pulled off a repeat, losing in the state finals.
1998 SOFTBALL TEAM, Division 1 state champions
After finishing the regular season at 15-5, Coach Steve Winarski's team put it all together in the post-season to claim the school’s first softball state title. Led by the sophomore battery of pitcher Kelly Orton and catcher Jessica Bigos, the Hilltoppers won the South, beating Somerset 3-1 in the final. The Toppers would face a highly touted pitcher in the state semi-finals but emerged victorious in dramatic fashion, knocking off previously undefeated Woburn 1-0 in 12 innings. Durfee then took down Holy Name 3-0 in the state final to finish the season 21-5.
Front row: Jamie Fereira, Denise Souza, Paula Costa, Nicole Gendreau, Stephanie Menard, Melissa Casavant, Amy Napert
Back row: Jessica Bigos, Kelly Orton, Liz Silvia, Alisha LaFrance, Megan DeNardo, Carissa Fitzgerald, Kathy Ward, Rochelle Lavoie, Coach Steve Winarski

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