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Class of 2013 Named for Warren Athletic Hall of Fame

Athletes, coaches, contributors, and teams are scheduled for formal induction in April.

 

The Warren Athletic Hall of Fame recently announced its Class of 2013, including six athletes, three teams, two "old-timers," one coach, and one contributor.

Formal induction cereonies are scheduled fo April 13 at the Venus de Milo Restaurant in Swansea, MA.

This year's inductees are:

Athletes:

Roger Araujo [Posthumous] —

  • Starred on the Golden Lounge, Moe’s Ramble Inn, Hellew’s, and Old Ironsides championship teams of the 1960s and 1970s;
  • Member of the Little League Baseball All Stars of 1960, led the league in batting (.509) and runs batted in. At 9 years old, hit .357 while starting for the championship Braves team;
  • Played on Warren High School Basketball team [1965], named first team All Class C Eastern.

Joseph Catalfano —

  • Only freshman to make the Mount St. Charles varsity hockey team in 1978, named All-State defenseman his senior year;
  • Earned Little League and Babe Ruth baseball honors, skated on youth hockey travel teams, played on numerous softball championship teams in Warren, coached a Bantam State Championship hockey team;
  • Volunteered at the Special Olympics Summer Games, and served as a hockey referee and men’s softball umpire during many recent seasons;
  • Selected to be a referee or linesman in numerous Maryland and Virginia state football finals.

Mike Marino —

  • Member of undefeated 1970 Warren High School wrestling squad, named Most Outstanding Wrestler in the Suburban Division All Star Tournament in 1970, finished fourth in 145-lb. weight class;
  • Undefeated captain and Most Valuable Player at Worcester Academy.

Neil Murphy —

  • Named first-team All-State Prep at Portsmouth Abbey in 1987 and '88, helped lead team to Southeastern New England Independent Schools League co-championship in 1988;
  • Member of the 1989 Abbey squad that won the Southeastern New England Independent Schools League golf championship.

Gregory J. Sampson —

  • Rhode Island High School Individual Champion in golf once, runner-up twice, mamber of St. Raphael Academy golf squad from 1999 to 2002;
  • State Junior Amateur Champion and the U. S. Challenge Cup’s World Series of Golf Champion;
  • Won conference championship at Old Dominion University.

Kyle C. Teixeira —

  • Record-holder for most goals [82] and points [191] in a career at Rhode Island College, also holds the record for the most goals scored in a season in 2003;
  • Three-time Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, named first team All Little East Conference in each of his four seasons;
  • Earned first-team All Division honors at Mount Hope High School in both soccer and tennis, starter for the Huskies’ Division Two South basketball titlists;
  • Named first-team All State, only Rhode Islander to be named All American by USA Today.

Coach:

Wanda Lukas —

  • East Bay Special Olympics Coach since 1987, named RISO Co-Coach of the Year in 1999;
  • Coach for track and field, unified basketball, unified bocce, unified bowling, and unified golf;
  • Served as the coach of the United States golf team at the 2003 World Special Olympic Games in Ireland; coached Hall of Famer and World Champion Robbie Strickland and National Champion Frank Siembab, recipient of the Town of Warren’s Unsung Hero Award.


Contributor:

Brian Beausoleil —

  • Marathon runner with 50+ races completed, multiple qualifier for Boston Marathon, best finish time: 2:46;
  • Member of the East Bay Striders; has served as either Director or Co-Chairman of the Warren Substance Abuse 5K; Race Director of the Kayleigh Raposa 5K and Director of runs on New Year’s Day, at Colt State Park, and in the Senior Ocean State Games;
  • Boys and girls cross-country and track coach Kickemuit Middle School, school’s Athletic Director since 2007.

Old-Timers:

Charles H. McCanna Jr. [Posthumous] —

  • Pitcher for Warren Post American Legion baseball team that won the Division Two title and finished as State Runners-Up in both 1929 and 1930, compiled 13-0 pitching record in Tim O'Neil Providence Amateur League in 1931;
  • All Star pitcher in the Warren Twilight League, pitched Warren to victory
    over Bristol in every Little World Series from 1932 to 1935.
  • Star and captain of Rhode Island College of Education [now RIC] basketball team four straight years;
  • Assistant Coach to Jim McGeough on the Warren High School Red Raiders Class C baseball title-winning team in 1936, runners up in the state championship, coached the the Warren High School Redskins to both the Class C and State Baseball Championships in 1946.


Will “Biddy” Smith [Posthumous] —

  • Played left field for the Silk Hats Inter-State League title teams of 1908 and 1909, managed Warren to victories over Bristol in the Little World Series both years, played for Warren in five different Series, all of which Warren won;
  • Served as an officer/manager of baseball, basketball, and bowling teams in the first two decades of the 20th century;
  • Later served the Town of Warren as both a town councilman and a state senator.

Teams:

Warren High School Class C Baseball Champions, 1936

Warren High School Class C Football Champions, 1936

Warren High School Suburban East Wrestling Champions, 1970

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