2015 INAUGURAL INDUCTION HONOREES
- Bill Lamphere (pioneer)
- Paul "Pappy" Wrighter (pioneer)
- Rick Kokosky (Class of 1967, football, baseball)
- Jeff Hill (Class of 1973, basketball)
- Jessica Olsen Ringsted (Class of 1977, softball, basketball, cross country, track)
- Kim Watt (Class of 1980, cross country, field hockey, basketball, softball)
- Doug DuBose (Class of 1982, football, basketball, baseball)
- Kim Hawkes Weidman (Class of 1984, cross country, track)
- Jeremy Terni (Class of 2000, baseball, football), and
- Lindsey Castano (Class of 2003, softball, basketball, soccer).
Bill Lamphere and Paul "Pappy" Wrighter are considered the founding fathers of the Montville High School athletic program when it began in 1963.
Bill Lamphere taught physical education at Montville High School from 1963 until his retirement in 1991.
Bill started the school's football program as its first head coach. During his tenure, he also served as the head of the physical education department, assistant basketball coach, and assistant baseball coach. Bill is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, earned his teaching degree at Eastern Connecticut State University and his 6th Year in Administration at Southern Connecticut State University. Bill served our country during the Korean War and retired from the Army with the rank of colonel.
Prior to beginning his teaching career, Paul Wrighter served as an Army Air Corps pilot during WWII. He flew thirty-seven bombing missions over Europe in the famous flying fortress, the B 17. He taught physical education at MHS from its opening year until his retirement in 1984. Paul served as the school's first athletic director from 1963-1968, first varsity basketball coach and first varsity baseball coach from1963-1974. He also was an assistant varsity football coach. Paul is a graduate of the University Bridgeport. He passed away in 1990.
Rick Kokosky is widely considered to be the first truly exceptional athlete at MHS.
His class was the first to spend all four years at MHS. Rick received the maximum of twelve varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. It was on the football gridiron that his star shone brightest. He established many early records as a running back and linebacker. Rick was named All ECC and All State during his senior year. Upon graduation, he accepted a football scholarship to attend a national powerhouse, Syracuse University, where he would become a three year letter winner as a defensive end. As a senior, he was selected to play in the prestigious North/South Shriners All-Star Bowl. Rick is a Syracuse graduate.
Jeff Hill is Montville High School's first and its most decorated male basketball standout.
Jeff was the first player in school history to score over 1,000 points. His 1,061 career points were scored nearly exclusively during his junior and senior seasons. Jeff was a two time All ECC and All State selection. After graduation, Jeff attended and graduated from Harvard University where he was a four year member of the basketball program. In 1977, Jeff was selected as the team's Most Valuable Player and served as captain during his senior season. During that same season he won the Ivy League's Major "H" Award. In 2013, Jeff was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jessica Olsen Ringsted anchored the first state championship team in the school's history. A three sport varsity letter winner who earned nine letters, Jessica captained the 1977 Class M softball state champions and was named to all the tournament team. In just its second year of existence as a varsity program, the softball team defeated Notre Dame-Fairfield 8-6 to complete its improbable run through the state tournament. Jessica's career statistics (.512 batting average, 101 runs batted in, 17 home runs) ranks her among the school's softball elites. Upon graduation, Jessica attended Mitchell College for two years and was an All American in 1980. She transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University where she was team captain, earned first team All American honors and an All National Tournament Team selection in 1982. She was part of back-to-back National Championships in 1981 and 1982.
Best known as a current collegiate and professional basketball referee, Kim Watt earned twelve varsity letters in field hockey, cross country, basketball and softball during her time at MHS. As a freshman Kim was a member of the Class M state championship softball team, which was the first softball team from eastern Connecticut to win a state championship. In cross country, she was a three time All ECC selection and won three Class M State Championships. On the basketball court, Kim was All ECC three times and broke the girl's record for points in a game with forty in a 49-40 victory over Waterford. She was also named All ECC her senior season in softball. Since her days at MHS, Kim has become a very successful basketball official working sixteen NCAA Women's Tournaments, including eight regional finals and has spent the past six years officiating WNBA contests. Kim is a graduate of Winston-Salem State.
Doug DuBose generated a buzz and excitement that Montville High School athletics had never seen before.
In the late 1970's and early 1980's, Doug made Montville football, basketball, and baseball games must see events. He earned numerous All ECC, and all area accolades in all three sports. At the conclusion of his senior football season he was named to the exclusive New Haven Register All-State 1st Team. Doug's senior year saw him lead MHS to its first and only appearance in the CIAC state finals in basketball and to its first ever state championship appearance in football. Upon graduating, he accepted an athletic scholarship from collegiate power the University of Nebraska. While at Nebraska, Doug gained national attention rushing for over 2,205 yards and sixteen touchdowns in two full seasons. He was the first underclassman to rush twice for 1,000 yards in a season and gained First Team All Big 8 honors. After an impressive college career, Doug was signed as a free agent by the San Francisco 49ers. Doug would play two full seasons with the 49ers and would receive a ring as a member of Super Bowl XXIII champions.
Simply put, Kim Hawkes Weidman enjoyed a high school athletic career unequaled at Montville High School.
Kim was the first athlete at MHS to be named All State in four consecutive years (this would be later equaled by her sister Kelly). In her four years as a cross country runner, she placed seventh, sixth, fifth and second at the State Open championships. Incredibly during Kim's four years, her cross country teams would win four ECC Championships, four Class M State Championships and three CIAC State Open Championships. In track, Kim was an individual ECC champion four times and a three time CIAC individual state champion in the 1500 meters. She held many ECC records and still holds many MHS records. Kim would go on to graduate from the University of Connecticut where she earned twelve varsity letters over four seasons in cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track.
Jeremy Terni is a four time varsity letter winner in baseball and three time varsity letter winner in football. He was a member of three regular season ECC and three ECC Tournament championships in baseball and an ECC championship in football.
Jeremy, a shortstop, holds baseball school records in many categories including hits (148), runs batted in (135) and home runs (31). He was All ECC three times and as a senior All State and a Third Team ABCA All American. On the football field, Jeremy starred at running back amassing twenty-seven touchdowns and two hundred points during a senior season that saw him earn his second All ECC and all state recognition. He was selected in the 30th round of the 2000 MLB Amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox but elected to attend UCONN-Avery Point where he was a two time NJCAA Second Team All American and later Southern Connecticut State University where he was a two time NCAA Division II Second Team All American. Jeremy played three seasons of minor league baseball highlighted by being named the Canadian American League's Rookie of the Year in 2006.
Lindsey Castano accomplished the feat of receiving twelve varsity letters in three sports, but did so without ever playing in a freshman or junior varsity contest.
Lindsey was a two time All ECC and all area pick in basketball where she would score 1,059 points (seventh highest in MHS girls' basketball history) and lead the team to the ECC Finals in 2003. On the softball diamond, Lindsey was a four time All ECC, all area and two time All State selection with a career batting average of .550. She would captain the team to the 2003 ECC Medium Division Championship. Upon graduation, Lindsey accepted a softball scholarship to Southern Connecticut State University where she was a four year starter at third base and earned All Northeast 10 Conference honorable mention. Lindsey finished her collegiate career with the second most hits all time at her school. She is a SCSU graduate.
2015 HALL OF FAME NIGHT
Inaugural Induction Ceremony Program
Chip Terni and family
Committee members with former Mayor Joe Jaskiewicz and family
Family and friends of inductee Paul Wrighter
Grove Family and friends
Jeff Hill Supporters
Lyndsay Castano and her fromer coaches Mickey Davidson and Allison Delaney
Lyndsay Castano and teammate Nicole Terni Homsey
Rick Kokosky, Dan Castano and Rick Mattson
Leo Pachuka and committee member Chuck Treat
Master of Ceremonies Mike McLaughlin and committee member Tanner Grove
MHS Alumni Vouise Fonville, Aaron Meredith and Brian Heller
MHS Athletic HOF committee members Tom Amanti and Walt Sherwin
MHS basketball coach Derek Wainwright and his wife Bonnie
MHS soccer coach Colin Delaney and his wife Allison
Ryan and Stephanie Treat
Tyl Principal Will Klinefelter, and MHS baseball greats Chip Terni and Eric Anthony
Vinny and Betty Terni