50 Years of Newton South Athletics Newton South High School Athletics
Hall of Fame
27 November 2009
Hall of Fame inducts rst members
Mark Young Class of 1964 Voted by Denebola in 1970 as the best athlete at South in the previous decade, Mark played football and basketball but his rst love has always been track. An extraordinary runner, Mark set ve records at South during his time here. He won the state title in the mile. After Newton South, Mark attended Yale where he graduated in 1968. Captain of both indoor and outdoor teams, he set records anchoring the mile relay team. Since Yale, to enumerate his accomplishments as a runner and a coach would take far more space than is available here. But to name a few: assistant coach for the US Olympic Track and Field team at Sydney in 2000; Yale track coach with multiple championships. Thirteen women have been All-Americans in cross-country under Mark’s coaching. The list goes on . . . and on.
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Bruce MacLean Class of 1963
At South during the 1960’s, Bruce’s feats in football, basketball and baseball were phenomenal. He earned 9 Varsity letters on the way to compiling more records than one would believe possible for one single athlete. Football: Mid-way through his junior year he took over the job as quarterback. In his 1 1/2 years as quarterback he complied a 12-3 record and was selected to the Boston Globe All –Scholastic Third Team. Basketball: Considered Bruce’s best sport, he held, at the time, every record. He started for three years at varsity and amassed an amazing 664 points. He was selected captain for his junior year and was named to the All-Suburban Second Team. His senior year, again as captain, Bruce set the record for most points in a season. Averaging over 17 ppg, he pumped in a phenomenal 395 points. He also set the record for most points in a single game with 36. For his accomplishments on the court Bruce was named to the All Suburban First Team. Baseball: Bruce started at second base and moved to shortstop, he also pitched. As a senior Bruce led he team in at-bats with 71, hits with 27, stolen basis 8 and batted a career best 380. He was named to the All-Suburban First Team as a pitcher. After South Bruce went on to Bowdoin. He played some football and basketball but concentrated his efforts on baseball. He was elected captain for his senior year, but in that year he signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. In the Cardinal organization Bruce advanced fast. In his minor league stint he was 12-7 with an excellent ERA of 2.0. With a contract signed and ready to go to AA ball he developed bursitis and was forced to retire.
John R. Passarini
Class of 1966
Class of 1969
Numbers tell the story for John: 9 Varsity Letters (Football, Wrestling, and Baseball) (3 year HS) 3x Captain: Football, Wrestling, and Baseball senior year (1965-66) Football: Boston Globe AllScholastic Football Team (First Team) 1965 Football: 1965: Set a New School Rushing Record (811 yards). Wrestling: New England Champion (165 Lb. Class) (First in NSHS History) 1966 Baseball: All Suburban League First Team (Catcher), Boston Globe All Scholastic Honorable Mention (Catcher), Suburban League Batting Champion 1966
Nick earned 9 varsity letters – in Football, Basketball, Indoor and Outdoor Track. Football: Nick started in the defensive backeld all three of his high school seasons. It wasn’t until partway through his junior year that he debuted in the offensive backeld. His rst game in, Nick scored 3 touchdowns, totaled up 121 yards in 5 carries, and went on to score 5 more touchdowns that season. As a senior, Nick ran for 848 yards, made 4 touchdowns, carried the ball 128 times, and caught 22 passes. Basketball: During his junior year, Nick decided to try basketball, and immediately moved into the starting forward position. He scored 72 points in 13 games, and was the team’s third leading rebounder. Track: Nick started high jumping competitively in the 7th grade. By the time he left the 9th grade, he had set a junior high school record for the family. Nick’s dad, Dr. John V. Parnell Jr., ran track in his youth and was the rst track coach at Newton South. As a youngster, Nick would try to out-do his two older brothers, John and Steve who were exceptional athletes in their own right at Newton South. Entering Newton South, Nick continued his high jumping exploits, not only outdoors, but indoors as well. As a sophomore he earned two medals at the Indoor State Meet, and one in the Outdoor Class A State Championships, all in the high jump. During his senior year, Nick jumped a school record 6’4” and went undefeated indoors and out in dual meets. Nick was second in Class A, and earned a rst place tie in the Met League All Star meet. He was a runner up in Class A, and took 5th in the all-class meet, qualifying him as an alternate for the New England Regionals. During that same year, Nick accumulated 72 points in two track seasons, in the high jump and 45 yard and 120 yard high hurdles and then jumped his personal best of 6’6”.
Boys Senior Cup Award Winner, 1966 National Honor Society 2. Post Newton South Accomplishments: Inducted into the Massachusetts Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1986 Inducted into the Waltham Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 Winner National Adapted PE Teacher of the Year Award (AAHPERD) in 2000 John says the major award of his life was winning the 2003 Disney ‘Outstanding Teacher of the Year’ Award. (There were 185,000 Nominations.) John been married for 36 years to his wife, Gloria, and has three Adult Sons (John, Tom, and Mike). He has been teaching for 39 years (18 years in Waltham, 16 years in Wayland, 5 years in Higher Education at Salem State College BU - Northeastern U).
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Seth Hauben Class of 2001 Mendelson Award: Best Boys AllAround Athlete, 2001 Nominated for McDonald’s AllAmerican Basketball Team, 2001 News Tribune Basketball “Player of the Year” 2001 B’nai Brith NE Sports Lodge: Saul Nechten ‘All Around Athlete Award’ 2001 Globe All-Scholastic Basketball: ‘Super Team’ and Herald ‘Dream Team’ 2001 9 varsity letters (football, basketball & lacrosse) 7x Dual County League All-Star 5x Team MVP 4x Team Captain Football: 2 Varsity letters, 2x league
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all-star, 1x team MVP, 1x Team Captain Basketball - 4 Varsity letters, 3x DCL All-Star, 2x DCL MVP, 3x Team MVP, 2x Team Captain, 2x DCL Championships, Senior year averaged 25ppg & 18rpg. NSHS All-time (boys) Leader in: Scoring -1,308, Rebounds 1,142. Games played - 87 Lacrosse: 3 Varsity letters, 2x DCL All-Star,1x Team MVP,1x Team Captain 2 nd All-time points scored
NSHS Booster Club Award 1984 & 1986
Seth went on to star at the University of Rochester. His South class set the All Time record for wins, 97-17, in a four-year consecutive period. He was UAA Rookie of the Year and 2x UAA MVP. Was twice First Team All-American selection by NABC and in 2005 was the Division 3 Player of the Year (out of 3,500 athletes) as well as an ESPN Academic All-American. In his senior year his team was National Championship runner-up.
4x Team MVP
Since graduating Seth played two years professional basketball overseas. Playing one season in Denmark and then playing in Argentina, Australia, and China. This past summer Seth played on the USA Men’s Basketball Team at the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel. Closing out his career with a performance typical of Seth. He went for 20 points and 12 rebounds, while leading his team to victory over the Israeli’s in an OT thriller, to win the Gold. A perfect ending to his storybook career as a competitive basketball player!
Boston Globe All-Scholastic: Basketball (1986) 12 varsity letters: Soccer, Basketball & Softball 6x Team Captain: Soccer Basketball Softball (Junior and Senior years)
Katrina Antonellis Class of 1986 Mendelsen Award: Best Girls AllAround Athlete, 1986
10x DCL All-Star (2 Soccer, 4 Basketball, 4 Softball) 1x DCL MVP: Basketball (1984-1985 season) Records: All time leading scorer in basketball (1,436 points) Senior Cup, 1986
According to 1985 and 1986 issues of Denebola: In a January 1985 basketball game, Coach Mark Aronson was “pleased” with his team, adding, “Katrina Antonellis dominated.” With 28 points, the junior scored more than half of South’s baskets. “Antonellis – a South superstar” “[She is] the glue of the team” “Katrina is an outstanding shooter” “[Antonellis] is a strong rebounder” “She sets a model that makes other play harder”
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Don Sutherland 1961-1992 Baseball: First coach at Newton South (1961-1962) Indoor track: First coach1962-1963. Indoor Track State Champions 1966 2x Metropolitan league champions; 2x Runner Up Massachusetts indoor track coach of the year 1990 Outdoor track: coach 1963-1966. Girls track: Coach of the rst Newton South team (Coach Sutherland was in Argentina 1966-1969, returned to Newton South 1969, and coached until 1992). Sutherland retired from teaching social studies in 1982 and retired from Newton South track in 1992. After Newton South, Don went on to coach track at Weston from 1993-2005. A few of his awards: National Federation of Track Coaches Massachusetts coach of the year 1990 Massachusetts State track coaches association hall of fame 1996 Bates College Hall of Fame for football and baseball.
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George Winkler 1962 - 1987 Boston University was fortunate to have George Winkler as a student athlete. He earned 11 varsity letters in four years at BU. As an end in football, he contributed to the 17 and 7 record compiled during his three years of playing time. During this time he was a favorite receiver of Harry Agganis. He had a fouryear stint-playing center on the BU basketball squad and in baseball he compiled a four-year average of .323. Upon graduation in 1950, Winkler spent a number of years coaching at BU in all three sports. In 1962, Newton South High School was able to hire him on as head football, baseball, and wrestling coach. He soon became Athletic Director. In his 25-year career at South, George constantly worked to insure that any student who had an interest could participate in a sport. Winkler understood the essential relationship between athletics and academics. With the advent of Title 9, George worked hard to make sure that South had an excellent women’s athletic program. He fought hard and long to bring South its own football and track facility – no more bussing teams to North! As a result of his long and distinguished career, the field bears his name.
1969 – 2005
1962 – 1990
Judy Kennedy joined the faculty in 1969 after having been a student teacher at Newton South while attending Springfield College. Judy’s first responsibility was as varsity field hockey coach as well as teaching volleyball for six weeks each winter on a club basis. Volleyball eventually became a varsity sport for both boys and girls. Judy coached the girls’ varsity volleyball team from 1981 to 2005, a span of twenty-five years, and the boys’ varsity volleyball team from 1986 through 2005, a span of twenty years. She also coached the varsity field hockey team for nine years and the girls’ varsity basketball team for four years. Judy believes that Title IX opened up a great variety of new opportunities for girls. When she came to NSHS in the fall of 1969 there were few girls’ varsity sports. Current womens’ participation shows the change. Judy was elected to the Massachusetts Girls Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2005 she was inducted into the New England Division of New Agenda, an organization dedicated to advancing the role of women in sports.
Art Kojoyian joined the staff at NSHS as an assistant football coach in 1962, working under fellow NSHS Athletic Hall of Fame inductee George Winkler. After serving as an assistant for twelve years, “Kongie,” as he is affectionately known to those closest to him, took over as head coach in 1975 and held the post until 1990. The 1981 team nished 7 and 3, at that time the program’s best record in fourteen years, and the 1983 squad went 8-1-1 and won the Lions’ rst dual county league championship. Kongie was inducted into the State Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993 where one of his presenters was Tom Lopez, a former NSHS football captain and now the coach at rival Lincoln-Sudbury High School. Now 82 years old, Kongie is still coaching at James Madison High in Vienna, Virginia, his eighth season, marking his fty-eighth consecutive season as a high school football coach. Kongie played as a twoway guard at George Washington University in the late 1940s and early 1950s, once suiting up against a University of Kentucky team under the direction of the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant. In addition to his duties as football coach, Kongie also served for many years as wrestling coach at NSHS. He started in 1968 and was head coach for 11 years. His team won the sectional title in 68 and then came in second or third every year after. The 1971 team was both the runner-up in the Central sectional, second at the State Tournament, and nished the dual meet season with 15 wins and one loss. His teams had over 100 wins and he was inducted into the state Wrestling Hall of Fame.
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