Class of 2014
NANCY KITCHEN, Class of 1986
The second member of the her family to be selected for Hall of Fame induction, she achieved great individual and team success for the Hilltoppers. The sister of Hall of Famer Susan (Kitchen) Brown, 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, all while serving as a virtual player-coach after the head coach resigned unexpectedly. 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.
COLIN CHRIST, Class of 1996
Christ was clearly among the area’s premier athletes during his time at Durfee. He played three years varsity in both football and basketball. On the football field, Christ was a pass-catching, bone-crunching blocker. He shone even brighter at defensive end, where 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 ‘96. Christ was an agile power forward on the basketball court, and threw shot and discus in spring track and field for two years.
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. In 1972, she helped to lead the Hilltopper basketball team into the South Sectional playoffs. A well-rounded student-athlete, she was a member of the Varsity Club for three years and was the sports editor for the Durfee Hilltop in 1972-73.
CATHLEEN (FARRELL) SENRA, Class of 1973
Like her twin sister Christine, Cathleen 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 after serving as basketball captain in her junior season. A guard, she helped the Hilltoppers to the Bristol County League basketball title in 1972 as the team went 10-0. She was on the Varsity Club and was sports editor for the Durfee Hilltop.
CHRIS ANTAO, Class of 1998
High on the list of top wrestlers in school history, 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 left Durfee as its second winningest wrestler, sporting a career record of 109 wins and 24 losses. 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. He is the varsity wrestling coach at Durfee High School.
TIM FURTADO, Class of 1989
A standout in football, hockey and baseball, Furtado was Durfee’s male athlete of the year his senior year. He may be best remembered for baseball, where he was a hard-hitting, strong-armed catcher who often eliminated the opponent’s threat of base stealing. 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.
VICTOR PEREIRA, Class of 1984
Patience paid off for Pereira, widely regarded as one of the finest point guards in Durfee history. Because of a glut of hoops talent at Durfee during his four years at the school, the 5-foot-6 Pereira had to wait until his senior year to get significant varsity time. Given his chance to start, Pereira emerged as a press-breaking, pin-point-passing, accurate shooting machine to help the Hilltoppers 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.
DR. JAMES D. COLEMAN
A former Fall River resident now residing in South Carolina, Coleman served as Durfee’s school and athletic physician from 1989 to 1997. During those 18 years, his devotion and hours of service far exceeded the scope of his appointed duties. An orthopedist, Coleman regularly attended athletic events and was a regular in the halls of Durfee and in its athletic training facility from August to June every school year. He served Durfee when sports medicine and on-field emergency care were fields in their infancy. His greatest contribution may have been in education. He volunteered countless 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 girl or boy who wore the red and black.