Class of 2019

 

KEVIN SHURTLEFF, Class of 2001

The talented left-hander enjoyed a superb baseball career. Known best for his pitching, he was also a fine outfielder and hitter. A three-year varsity player, Shurtleff chalked up 19 wins and more than 150 strikeouts (76 in 2000). His career ERA was sub-2.00 and he posted a 1.47 in 2000. He threw a no-hitter his senior year. He also batted a career .335 with 30 extra-base hits. While in high school, Shurtleff was selected for the Super East team (top players from Massachusetts) which competed in a humanitarian series in Cuba. Professionally scouted and a college recruit, Shurtleff played at Division 1 Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Owner of a degree in criminal justice, Shurtleff has since 2006 worked for the United States Border Patrol and is a supervisory border patrol agent (acting watch commander) in Indio, Calif. He has a wife, Sheryl, and a daughter Zoe.


JUSTIN KOGLER, Class of 2001

A three-season athlete, Kogler in football was a running back/linebacker/placekicker/punter and compiled 172 career points, including 80 as a senior when he helped lead Durfee to its first and still only Super Bowl appearance. Combining his junior and senior years, he gained 1,600 rushing and receiving from his fullback position. Durfee’s 2001 male athlete of the year, Kogler in baseball was the Big 3 Conference’s batting average leader his senior year, finishing at .387 with two home runs, 24 runs scored, 15 walks and eight stolen bases from the leadoff spot. He also played four years of basketball. After graduating from Durfee with a 4.2 GPA, Kogler played football at Bridgewater State University. He has been varsity football coach at Bishop Connolly and Old Rochester Regional high schools and is now the new head coach at West Bridgewater High.


ROCHELLE LAVOIE, Class of 2001

Durfee’s 2001 female athlete of the year, Lavoie played varsity for four years for volleyball, basketball and softball. A three-year volleyball starter and two-time Big 3 Conference all star, the heavy hitter in her senior year helped lead the Hilltoppers to a surprise trip to the South final. A four-year basketball starter, she became the program’s second 1,000-point scorer. She averaged 17 points per game as a junior and then 20 ppg. in her senior year. In softball, Lavoie, as a freshman, contributed to the state championship team. She stepped into a starting role (third base, first base) the next year. As a junior, she batted .542 with five homers and 32 RBIs and, as a senior, batted above .500 while taking over at catcher. She played the same three sports at Worcester State where she was the school’s 2005 female athlete of the year and a 2013 hall of fame inductee.


NICOLE KOGLER, Class of 1996

One of the top gymnasts in school history, Kogler was also a top-notch outdoor track and field athlete. The four-time MVP of the gymnastics team, she is best remembered for her explosive floor routine where, in 1996, she earned the school’s first 9.0 score. She is the first Hilltopper gymnast to be selected to the Massachusetts High School National team and she attained a No. 4 ranking in the state in the all-around. In track and field, Kogler set the school record in the 100 meters, qualifying for the State Class A finals her senior year. Academically, she was No. 10 (out of more than 700) in her senior class and also found time for the student newspaper, yearbook staff, Press Club and Varsity Club. Married and mother of two, Kogler is a senior project manager for Nitsch Engineering in Boston and lives in Bridgewater.


MICHAELA GAGNE, Class of 2000

In the years before she earned the title “Miss Massachusetts”, Gagne was a remarkable athlete at Durfee, competing in soccer, basketball and outdoor track and field. She earned 11 varsity letters before missing her senior track and field season due to health concerns. In soccer, where she was primarily sweeper, Gagne was a two-time team MVP, four-year starter, and four-time league champion. In basketball she was a two-time captain and Durfee’s Dave Cowens Award nominee. In track and field, Gagne qualified for the Eastern Massachusetts Division 1 Championships in the long jump, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles, and 300-meter hurdles. She scored 158 points (counting big meets) as a junior and set the school long jump record. Gagne was named track and field’s most valuable athlete in her junior year.


VICTORIA SOARES, Class of 1994

One of the premier runners in Durfee history, Soares ran indoor track and field for four seasons and both cross country and outdoor track and field for three seasons. Along the way, she earned 10 varsity letters and was named to nine all-star teams. In cross country, she qualified for All State individually as a sophomore and then her top-10 finishes helped the Hilltoppers to a fourth and then a second place at the All State Championships the next two years. She is one of only three Hilltoppers to break 17 minutes for the Durfee course. In outdoor track and field, she took seventh place All State in the 800 meters (2:23.9; still 3rd fastest time in school history). In dual meets, she had 23 career wins and placed in 11 of the 14 events staged in the sport.
 


ERIC KELLY, Class of 2001

A baseball, football and basketball player, Kelly may be best remembered as a baseball catcher with a rocket arm and quick release. A four-year member of varsity baseball, Kelly threw out 72 percent of those daring enough to try to steal against him. He also had four pickoffs at first base and two more at third. He twice led the Hilltoppers in home runs and RBIs and he also helped out pitching early in his career. An all-state selection after his senior season, Kelly earned a scholarship to Barry University in Miami , Fla. Following an injury, he finished his career at Rhode Island College. During high school, Kelly played on a Massachusetts all-star team that played Connecticut at Fenway Park and he was on a team that played a series of goodwill games in Cuba.
 


DAVE MAZZARELLA, Class of 1978

The elder statesman of the Durfee HOF Class of 2019, Mazzarella was a rock-solid defenseman in the early days of the hockey program. Mazzarella mixed toughness with dignity, often conspicuous for keeping his cool when others did not. Mazzarella was able to dominate a game from his defenseman position, a rarity. After playing his freshman year at Diman Regional, he was a three-year varsity standout at Durfee, and he followed with a superb career at then Southeastern Massachusetts University where he captained in his senior season. In 1982 he was offered a tryout with the Erie Blades of the East Coast Hockey League and with the Italian national team. A respected and honored hockey referee, Mazzarella since 2008 has been the head hockey coach at Southeastern Regional High School in Easton.