Milford Sports Hall of Fame announces inaugural class of inductees

Milford Mayor Ben Blake celebrates the opening of the Milford Sports Hall of Fame with HOF committee members Meg Winfield, Tom Blake, Ted Boynton, Bob Dulin, Peg McGowan and Cindy Shepard Stewart.

Milford Mayor Ben Blake celebrates the opening of the Milford Sports Hall of Fame with HOF committee members Meg Winfield, Tom Blake, Ted Boynton, Bob Dulin, Peg McGowan and Cindy Shepard Stewart.

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MILFORD -- The Milford Sports Hall of Fame has announced nine prominent sports figures and one team to its inaugural class of inductees who will be honored at Stonebridge Restaurant on Saturday, Nov. 6.

The class of 2021 honorees are coaches Edna Fraser (Milford, Foran) and Linwood Schulte (Jonathan Law); players Ken Walker (Milford), Lou Pietrini (Jonathan Law), Amy Campanelli (Lauralton Hall), Bill Coelho (Milford), Tracy Shackett (Jonathan Law), April Hunt (Foran) and Walt Pilkowicz (Milford). Foran High’s 1994 state championship football team will also be inducted.

The HOF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will award a letter and plaque to each inductee. The name plaque will be on permanent display on the Milford Hall of Fame section in the Parsons Government Complex.

Milford Mayor Ben Blake said: “Milford has a rich history of stellar athletes. The Hall of Fame is an important way to recognize those people. Their accomplishments have put Milford on the map from a sports perspective. I think the second floor of Parsons is a sensible place to stage it. On the first floor we have the Hall of Fame with historical figures who have contributed to the community. It will be great to have one that focuses on athletics as well.”

High school athletes who played at Milford High, Jonathan Law, Foran High, Lauralton Hall and Platt Tech are eligible.

Persons interested in joining the HOF committee, and those wanting to nominate for the Class of 2022, can find information on the HOF website: milford-sports-hof.herokuapp.com. Donations are now being accepted on the site.

HOF treasurer Tom Blake said: “This is an opportunity for people who live in town, or former Milford residents who want to nominate someone they think is worthy. The committee is here to sort through it.”

Bob Dulin (chairman), Paul Piscitelli (vice chairman), Bill Bloxsom (secretary), Blake, Meg Winfield, Cindy Shepard Stewart, Teddy Boynton, Peg McGowan and Dorothy Franco-Reed were first-year HOF committee members.

“It is important not to forget our past, Milford athletes have accomplished so many great things,” said Franco-Reed, who earned 13 varsity letters at Milford High before playing and coaching volleyball at the University of Alabama. “There are many Hall of Fames around the state. I felt we should put that into action in Milford.”

“This is long overdue. Many of our most deserving athletes and coaches have recently passed away,” Dulin said. “The time is now. We have many athletes and coaches who have passed away without being honored.”

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