The Warren Athletic Hall of Fame is getting ready to induct the Class of 2011, a select group of honored athletes, individuals and team members.
Jack Flynn, Chairman, announces this year's honorees: Athletes Anne Hackley Cardenas, Nancy Chaffee, Sam Correia, Dave Lamarca (posthumous), Jim McMahon, Doug Mitchell, and Joel Morrissette, Coach Foxy Marshall (posthumous), Contributor Jay Ferreira, Old Timers Ernie Hoar (posthumous) and Cas Potera (posthumous), Phyllis Abbruzzi Award Manny Correira, and two teams, the 1937 Warren Wanderers semi-pro football team, and the 1956 Warren High School football eleven.
They will be inducted at the Hall of Fame’s13th annual banquet, on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Venus de Milo restaurant in Swansea. Tickets may be purchased ($40 for adults and $15 for children) by contacting Secretary-Treasurer Martha Delekta at 245-1361.
Anne Hackley Cardenas
Thirteen Warren athletes have been named All State by the Providence Journal in two or more sports: Duke Abbruzzi, Karen Cabral Booth, Donat Brochu, Anne Hackley Cardenas, Kris Collins, Hirum Jamiel, Angelo Marino, Bob Massa, Dan McConaghy, John Murphy, Markis Rhynard, Laurie Figureid Ross, and Bethany Sardinha. They are all members of the Athletic Hall of Fame.
The state’s Co-Outstanding Junior High School Outdoor Track Girl, Anne received All State honors in both Cross Country and Outdoor Track. She was a member of the 1974 and 1975 Warren High School girls track squads that won state championships. Anne’s 1975 championship team was previously inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Nancy Chaffee is the only woman to win the Rhode Island Women’s Golf Association’s Junior, Regular, and Senior Championships. She has been the Rhode Island Country Club’s Women’s Champion fifteen times and is the only female to have made a hole-in-one at all of the par-three holes at that Barrington course.
She has held the women’s title eight times at the Newport Country Club, one of the United States Golf Association’s five founding members.
Nancy was inducted into the Rhode Island Golf Hall of Fame in 2005.
From 1925 to 1931 the Providence Steamroller (Editor’s note: yes, it is Steamroller) football team competed in the National Football League (NFL). In 1928 they captured the league championship, the last title won by a team that is no longer in the league. After they dropped out of the NFL during the Depression, the Steamroller competed as a semi-pro, minor league, or independent outfit.
Five Warren athletes competed for the Steamroller in the 1930s and 1940s: Duke Abbruzzi, Charlie Burdge, Sam Correia, Ben Polak, and Ricky Vitullo. With Sam’s induction, they are all members of the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Sam and fellow Hall of Famer Bill Willis founded Little League Football in Warren in 1958.
Dave Lamarca (Posthumous)
Two years apart Dave Lamarca was the Warren Midget Football League’s Rookie of the Year and its Outstanding Lineman.
At Warren High School he and fellow Hall of Famer Francis “Tut” Jamiel led the 1972 Redskins to Pat Abbruzzi’s first championship season. Having garnered two interceptions, forty-five solo tackles, and twenty-three assisted tackles, he was named both All Class C and All State as a linebacker. Hall of Famer Abbruzzi noted that Dave “may have the quickest reactions of any linebacker that I have seen in high school football.”
In the Warren Men’s Softball League Jim McMahon was a player/manager on 15 championship teams that competed under such names as Golden Lounge, Moe’s Tap, Old Ironsides, Mr. Ts, and Ken’s Auto Body. He also served as the league’s All Stars manager.
He starred in the Fall River Men’s Softball League for more than 40 years and was a member of seven championship teams, including the 1982 squad that finished the season undefeated. He received the Joseph Martin Memorial Trophy for Sportsmanship and was named to that league’s Hall of Fame in 1992.
Jim coached Little League Baseball (for 19 years), School Indoor Soccer, and Youth PeeWee Football in Warren.
In 1985 Warren High School captured the Division Two South Boys Soccer Co-Championship. They then won the Division Two State Tournament. Co-Captain Doug Mitchell scored two goals and an assist in the tourney quarter-finals, a goal and an assist in the semi-finals, and two more goals and an assist in the final win over Narragansett High School. He was named the tourney Most Valuable Player.
Doug won scoring championships in the Warren School Indoor Soccer League and the Men’s League Junior Division while playing for the Warren Men’s Soccer Club. He has volunteered as a coach in the Bristol Youth Soccer League for the past ten years.
To prove that we wasn’t just a soccer player, Doug was twice named to the Boys Baseball League All Stars, the second time after his Yankees team won the league’s 1980 title.
A member of All Star baseball squads in the Warren Little League and the Warren Babe Ruth League, Joel Morrissette earned class and divisional honors at Warren High School and Mt. Hope High School on five separate occasions. He was the first Mt. Hope boys basketball player to reach the one thousand point scoring plateau.
Joel and fellow Hall of Famer Sal Corona starred on a three-on-three team that won the 1994 Rhode Island Championship and then traveled to Colorado where they notched the eighteen-nineteen-year-old National title in five straight games.
He was a member of the Mt. Hope Huskies baseball squad that snared the Class B East Championship of 1995 with a record of fourteen wins and two losses and the Allstate American Legion team that won the Rhode Island Legion regular season title in that same year.
Foxy Marshall (Posthumous)
Foxy Marshall was a graduate of Bristol’s Colt Memorial High School and a multi-year championship coach at Portsmouth High School. But during the 12-year period that he spent coaching Warren High School football teams, he bled maroon and white.
He was a Redskins assistant coach under Hall of Famer Pat Abbruzzi from 1970 to 1977. In that time Warren High captured four championships, won thirty-two straight league games, and copped the second-ever Super Bowl that was contested.
For the next four years Foxy served as the Redskins’ head coach. His best team was the 1979 squad that won both the Class B Small and Class B Super Bowl Championships.
His philosophy was simple: “Our players believe that they can accomplish anything as long as nobody cares who gets the credit.”
More than one neutral observer has described the Warren Athletic Hall of Fame’s website (www.warrenhof.com) as one of the best community websites they have ever seen. The site was launched by Jay Ferreira in 2004 and is maintained by him to this day. It contains biographies of all Hall of Fame individual and team members, historic pictures, interesting stories, lists of all kinds, and articles from local newspapers.
A multi-year All Star in the Warren Men’s Softball League, Jay played on teams that won more than thirty regular season, tournament, playoff, district, and state titles.
For seven years, he served as the League’s Commissioner. In 1995 Jay was awarded the USSSA Rhode Island Softball Director of the Year designation.
Ernie Hoar (Posthumous)
Those who grew up in Warren in the middle of the twentieth century have fond memories of the nationally prominent Warren Indian Band and its director, Ernie Hoar. But few, if any, knew of Ernie’s athletic accomplishments in earlier years.
In 1921 Ernie was a member of the Warren Grammar School baseball team that captured the Rhode Island Grammar School Championship. In high school he was a player/manager on the baseball nine and captain of the outdoor track squad.
Warren High did not have a football teams in the ‘20s, so the boys (later men) of that time formed their own semi-pro team. Ernie was in the thick of things for that outfit for sixteen years, with state championships being won in 1923 and 1937.
Cas Potera (Posthumous)
In the 1920s and 1930s Providence College played an extremely competitive football schedule, vying with national powers Boston College and Holy Cross and also dueling with such schools as City College of New York, Duquesne, Rhode Island State College (later URI), Springfield, and Xavier.
Cas Potera gained first team status as a sophomore end and never relinquished it. As a senior in 1940, he followed in the footsteps of fellow Hall of Famer Ben Polak and co-captained his school’s eleven. (In the Friars’ shutout of Rhode Island State, the Providence Journal noted that Duke Abbruzzi cut loose in fancy style a few times, but Cas Potera ……. took pretty good care of him on his sweeps.”)
He was voted the second best athlete in his Senior class.
PHYLLIS ABBRUZZI AWARD
A retired sportswriter, editor, and photographer for East Bay Newspapers and the Providence Journal, Manny Correira has been recognized by coaches and athletic administrators for his dedication to schoolboys and schoolgirls in the Warren and Bristol/Warren School Districts, as well as those of Barrington, East Providence, Newport, Portsmouth, and Tiverton.
He received the Rhode Island Interscholastic League Athletic Administrators Association’s Media Award as the state’s top high school sportswriter. In 2009 Manny was inducted into the Rhode Island Interscholastic Hall of Fame, joining fellow Warren Athletic Hall of Fame members Duke Abbruzzi, Pat Abbruzzi, and Ann Chandler Morris. He was only the third member of the Rhode Island media to be so honored.
Warren Wanderers Semi-Pro Football 1937
The 1937 Warren Wanderers were managed by Hall of Famer Ernie Hoar and coached by fellow Hall of Famer Ben Polak. They began the season by shutting out the Woonsocket Thunderbolts, the Washington Park Bears, and Oakland Park. This brought the team’s shutout string to ten games over a two-year period.
After giving up a touchdown, they started a new shutout streak and soon captured the Rhode Island One Hundred and Thirty-Five-Pound Championship with a 19-0 win over the Elmwood Shamrocks. Joe Bernatchez, Frank Rutkiewicz, and Jesse Salvatore all scored in that victory.
And then, to put the icing on the cake, the Wanderers celebrated Thanksgiving Day by shutting out the Bristol Olympians. This was our southern neighbors’ first loss of the season and the first time that they had been scored upon.
Warren High School Football 1956
Coached by Hall of Famers Charlie Burdge and Donat Brochu, the 1956 Warren High Redskins defeated Burrillville’s Broncos for the first time in twenty years and shared the Class C Championship with East Greenwich. Captained by Dick DeBlois, All Stater Pete MacDougall, and Warren Proulx, the team won the Bristol County Football Championship for the second year in a row after having not won it in eighteen years.
In the championship win over Burrillville, the Redskins trailed late until a double reverse from Johnny Costa to DeBlois to Proulx, perhaps aided by one or more Warren men preventing Proulx from being forced out of bounds, brought Warren High its victory.
Nine players, coaches, and managers of this team are individual members of the Athletic Hall of Fame.