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Lopata has been swimming competitively since he was six years old when his mom Lopata also helped set the school marks in the and freestyle relays this season. “I just want to go in there, probably go to finals the next day,” said Lopata of the state meet. In a Nutshell by Tom Donegan. Girls Swimming: Class A & B Championships Set for Thursday teams will participate in the sectional finals on Thursday at Notthingham High School. . 16 Donegan, Paige WG . 4 Canne, Elizabeth MARC Although I've been swimming since just after h.s., I've never really competed on a swim team or in many organized meets. But my daughter.

Mike also played on the golf team and in was a junior champion at the Meadow Brook Country Club. Not physically big nor exceptionally fast, she was an All-Scholastic in two sports due to her drive, commitment, determination and intelligence on the field.

In her sophomore year she was a member of the State Champion softball team, and she wasn't just along for the ride.

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She was a valuable contributor, usually batting second and playing a stellar center field. She was named to the first of her three Middlesex League All-Star teams that year. She continued her solid play as a junior and senior. Courtney was team captain her senior year and batted. As good as Courtney was in softball, she may have been even better in field hockey. An unselfish, two-way player, she earned the respect of teammates and opponents alike with her earnest efforts and skills.

Whether on offense or defense, Courtney's greatest asset was her ability to read the field and sense a developing plsay. In her junior year the team compiled a record while she lead the team in scoring with 9 goals and 11 assists.

She was name a ML All-Star. As a senior Courtney switched from midfield to corner defender and still manage to score 10 goals and 12 assists. The team finished with a record and won a share of the Middlesex League title for the first time in 10 seasons. A three-sport starter and all-league performer in two sports, Carroll was an integral part of 5 Middlesex League champion teams. This included HOF teams in both football and basketball, and baseball teams that went to the Eastern Mass finals or semifinals for two straight years.

In the course of his football career Carroll compiled at least a single entry in almost every statistical category including; rushing touchdown, touchdown reception, passing touchdown, two-point conversion, interception, fumble recovery, and sack, and for good measure, he was the holder on placekicks.

A two-year starter at guard in basketball Carroll was the leading scorer and first team All-League for the Hall of Fame team that was the Middlesex League champ and progressed to the Tech Tourney semifinals.

As a senior he was the recipient of the Wakeling Award given to the RMHS student that exemplified excellence in athletics and in the classroom. Carroll returned to Reading after attending Amherst College where he continued to make his mark in year career, as a respected teacher, successful coach and even as an announcer in his extraordinary run at RMHS.

From his freshman year through graduation, he didn't just seem unbeatable-- he nearly was. A four year letter winner with the swim team, Matt completely rewrote the record books and graduated with his name stamped on eight school records, including five individual events-- the individual medley, freestyle, freestyle, back stroke and freestyle-- and three record setting relay teams.

Matt was a two year captain, an eight time Middlesex League champion, a four time league all-star and a four time league MVP. At the time of his induction he still held five RMHS records: With nearly individual races under his belt, Matt lost only three times in the Middlesex League-- twice as a freshman and only once as a sophomore.

He excelled at the annual league meet and was undefeated every year, earning a total of eight blue ribbons as the Middlesex League champ in his respective events. In his freshman year, Matt began what turned out to be a four year run of appearances in the State Championship meet As a freshman he was 6th in the yard freestyle and 4th in the yard freestyle. He was 4th in the freestyle as a sophomore.

In his junior year he was second in the freestyle. In his final appearance he was second in the freestyle--losing to a future Olympian. No matter the sport, he excelled at it. He showed the most talent at a young age in tennis and when he entered Reading High in the Fall ofhe was already an accomplished New England ranked junior player, having competed at the highest levels on the junior circuit. During his freshman year, he played his one and only season of Reading High tennis.

He breezed through Middlesex League competition going undefeated at No. His extraordinary stats in the regular season included a. On the mound, he was with a 1.

She was able to catch on to the sports quickly and play them at a high level and well enough to be named All-Middlesex League twice. During her basketball career she scored points. Janice was a solid left-handed hitter with power to all fields and speed on the bases. She started her varsity softball career as a sophomore and finished the season with a. The highlight of her senior year was being league champs again and Division One State Champions. Both her last two years she was named Middlesex League All-Star.

Her career batting average was. In the fall of she was named a Boston Herald All-Scholastic. In the spring, Katie played for another Lady Rocket powerhouse, the softball team.

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She was an outstanding two-way player and three time Middlesex League All-Star. But, Katie's best sport was ice hockey. Her senior year was RMHS's first year playing the sport. She was so much more skilled and advanced than most of the other high school girl players. For the season, Katie finished with 46 goals and 35 assists for 81 points, a single season high water mark that transcends both the girls and boys programs up to the time of her induction. While Reading was a fledgling program inthat didn't stop the honors from coming her way as she skated right on to the Boston Globe's girls hockey All-Scholastic Super Team.

He ended his freshman season as the team's leading scorer on the league leading team and Super 8 participant. In his sophomore year, Sean again spearheaded the Rockets to the Middlesex League title with a league record and yet another Super 8 berth. Sean's junior season of had similar results along with accolades, It was a third straight 30 goal season for Sean as he found the mark 38 times to go with 41 assists for 79 points.

When Sean's final high school numbers were added up he wound up as the all-time RMHS scorer with points, a mark that could stand for an eternity. Sean went on to the University of New Hampshire on a hockey scholarship where he attained All-American honors in his senior year.

From her sophomore year to her senior year, she never lost a league running or hurdling event, winning or sharing league MVP honors for both indoor and outdoor track for three consecutive years.

She was named Daily Times Chronicle outstanding girls track performer for five of those six seasons as well. At the time of her induction, Andrea still held the school records in the 55 and meter hurdles and high jump.

Additionally, she anchored a school record breaking 4X meter relay team. She also won the 55 meter hurdles, breaking her own meet record, with a time of 8. At the indoor All-State meet in the winter ofshe placed second in the hurdles and won the high jump.

In the spring ofAndrea was a repeat Globe and Herald All-Scholastic and was the cornerstone of the only girls track team to win an All-State championship.

Reading defended its Class B title. Andrea won the high jump and anchored the winning 4x relay. She finished second in the high jump. At the All-State meet, she won the hurdles, placed second in the high jump and ran the anchor leg of the Lady Rockets' second place 4x relay team.

She ended her career with a victory in the hurdles at the New England championships. A two time Boston Globe and one time Boston Herald All-Scholastic she set an awfully high bar for the great track athletes of the s to follow.

She won an amazing seven Class B championships including four in hurdles and three in high jump. Mary was also an All-State indoor high jump champion as a junior and an All-State and New England champion in the hurdles as a senior in the spring of At the time of her graduation, Mary held records in the indoor 6.

Mary also excelled in the seven event, heptathlon. In her senior year she shined in the and 4x relay.

Although her teams never won the Middlesex League title, finishing as runner ups to Lexington and Stoneham, Mary was almost unbeatable. She was undefeated in outdoor dual meet competition her junior and senior year and finished no worse than second in indoor meets. Mary capped her career off with her highest honor, a New England championship in the hurdles She took third in the high jump at the New England meet and was the only athlete to place in two events.

An excellent student as well as athlete, Mary attended Harvard University where she continued her track career. He was a three year varsity player for John Burns' hockey team as a solid blue liner. But it was baseball on which he left his mark. On January 18, he fulfilled his lifelong dream by signing his first professional contract with the California Angels. After five years of preparation and hitting over. Gregg's speed and versatility made him a dangerous opponent regardless of the event.

He ran the, andand could could triple jump, run the mile, and as the anchor of the 4x relay team, and was noted for reeling in four or five runners in the home stretch of a race. He capped off his RMHS track career with an extraordinary senior year. In the winter he won the state Class B and All-States with a state record high jump of 6'10".

That same day he won the in He finished second in the high jump and at the All-States. He was named All-Scholastic by the Globe and Herald. Highly skilled with an acute hockey sense, his awareness in seeing the ice and anticipating situations is what set him above all others. Additionally, his physical presence on the defensive end proved to be the backbone for the Rockets during their championship run from An integral part for Reading during the span, Chris helped lead the Rockets to four Middlesex League titles, four Super 8 appearances and a perfect league record in Perhaps no Rocket player has ever been as team oriented as Chris.

Countless times he could have been a one man show and taken over games, but the Reading defenseman opted to pick his spots and get his teammates involved. Still, he was on induction night the highest scoring defenseman in RMHS history with career points on 65 goals and 84 assists. He parlayed those achievements into a hockey scholarship to Boston University where he was All-Hockey East first team in and Those same years he was named second team East All-American.

Chris was drafted in the fourth round, 97th overall, by the Montreal Canadians in the draft. His relay team won the event and the Reading track team won the Middlesex League championship. In the winter of in Northeastern University's Cabot Cage on a rectangular track, he moved up to the to set a state record of 1: He returned to Cabot Cage in March to improve that record to 1: On a May day in Watertown, running by himself on one of the few composition tracks in the Middlesex League, Mark ran a Later that spring, he ran He went on to win the State and New England championships.

Mark also had a successful career for the Rockets on the gridiron as an outside running threat from his halfback position. In football he started at left halfback for three years and was considered by his coach, Arthur Radvilas, to be one of the best backs to ever play for Reading.

In his junior and senior years, he led the team in scoring. He also handled the team's kicking duties, putting the extra point through the uprights after his own touchdown run. Inthe football team finished with a record, the best for the school in 11 years. George was captain of the football team in his senior year. George shined even brighter on the diamond where he started as a catcher and pitcher for three years.

InReading won the league title for the first time in 12 years, qualified for the state playoffs and got to play a game at Fenway Park. He was captain of the team inand that year finished second in the league with a record.

George was rewarded with All-League honors in and The respect of his teammates is evidenced by the fact he was elected captain of the football, basketball, and baseball teams in his senior year. Steve's productivity on the football team was remarkable. He amassed 10 touchdowns pass receiving, three defensive touchdowns, and one special teams touchdown and 11 pass interceptions.

He was a member of three Middlesex League teams and one Super Bowl champion team. In his senior year, he was the floor leader of the basketball team and helped lead the Rockets to a post season berth in the Division 2 North tournament where they lost in overtime to the Number 2 seeded East Boston Jets. Steve was named to the second ML All-Star team. As a three year starter on the baseball team, he played one year at third base and two at shortstop.

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