Class of 2006
TOM BOTELHO, Class of 1967
Tom Botelho was the Hilltoppers’ quarterback, throwing 20 touchdown passes and running for six touchdowns over three seasons. He also performed exceptionally well in his baseball career as a three-year starter. He led the Toppers in hits, RBI, doubles and triples, while compiling a .357 average during his senior year. He gained All-Bristol County status in football and baseball and an honorable mention on the Boston Herald All Scholastic team. Tom is still contributing to Durfee athletics as a coach.
HERMAN BOMBACK, Class of 1970
Herman Bomback was an outstanding baseball pitcher and football halfback for the Toppers and was named All-Bristol County in both sports. He was honored with the Jake Reagan Trophy as Durfee’s most outstanding football player in 1969 and named the Red & Black’s Athlete of the Year in 1970. In baseball, Bomback accumulated an 8-1 record as a senior, striking out 112 in 61 innings.
CAROL LYNCH, Class of 1977
Carol Lynch had many athletic talents in basketball, softball, and volleyball. She was a Durfee starter for three seasons and selected as an All-Scholastic performer in each sport. In basketball, she was also named a High School All-America. With her help, Durfee captured Southeastern Massachusetts Conference championships for three years in basketball and the 1975 softball title. She was named most valuable player in 1976.
JOHN SILVIA, Class of 1980
John Silvia played football, baseball, and winter track at Durfee, scoring more than 80 points as the Hiltoppers’ quarterback in his final two seasons. He was named as an All-Scholastic performer in his senior year. Silvia established a winter track record in the 50-yard high hurdles (6.82 seconds) and was a main cog on the 4 x 100 relay team.
NORM DUMONT, Class of 1986
Norm Dumont was an excellent performer in basketball and cross country, but he is best remembered for his outstanding contributions in baseball where he posted a 13-8 three-year record, including a 1.69 ERA as a senior, and finished his career with 185 strikeouts in 154 innings. He also batted .340 as a junior and .325 as a senior. Dumont was the most valuable pitcher and player of the Massachusetts All-Star game and a first-team selection on both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Star teams. In basketball, he was a steady performer named to the Rogers Holiday All-Tournament team and was among the top 90 runners in the state’s cross country rankings.
1963 FOOTBALL TEAM
Coached by Don Montle, the team is considered by many as the best gridiron squad ever to represent Durfee. The '63 Hilltoppers posted a perfect 8-0 record, including a 22-0 victory over rival New Bedford on Thanksgiving Day. For the season, the Toppers scored 201 points, while allowing only one touchdown.
Members of that team who will receive Hall of Fame certificates are Bill Carey, Joe Souza, Dave Bouchard, George Lavoie, Bob Greeson, Art Arruda, Jim Feijo, Dan Michael, Bob Farias, Bill Cooper, Bob Smith, Bob Klimka, Glynn Gesner, Ken Silva, Everett Correia, Mike Shaughnessy, John Mills, Bruce Isidor, Vin Schieri, Len Bly, Joaquim Fachada, Don Howarth, Larry Souza, Pete Machado, Ron Franco, Joe Karam, Ron Gagnon, Charley Harrington, Art Murray, George and Geoffrey Potts, Mike O'Shaughnessy, Henry Lord, Wayne Levesque, August Pimental, Dave Pacheco and Len Martin.
Montle was joined on the coaching staff by the late Joe “Skip” Lewis, Steve Nawrocki, Ray Medeiros, and Tom “Skip” Karam.