For Amesbury native Sam Wilmot, starting an Athletic Hall of Fame at his alma mater has been a labor of love that he hopes is about to bear fruit as well as answer some questions people never knew they had.
“You may have been unaware that your father or your grandfather or even your grandmother was a terrific athlete,” said Wilmot, an Amesbury High graduate in 1977. “And that’s why we need people to step up and give us this information.”
The information Wilmot is looking for are nominations for Hall inductees. Wilmot started the Hall ball rolling two years ago, planting notices in local papers. He now has a nine-member committee of himself, current AHS teacher Cathy Mamokos, former AHS teachers Dave Bailey and Gail Kelleher, 50-year AHS graduate Dick Peeke, Steve Bastein, Tim Hoyt, Bill Burnham and the Provident Bank’s Dave Randall (‘72), who ran cross country and track for the Indians.
“It’s very exciting,” said Randall. “The stories that you hear (are great). It’s going to be great to recognize some deserving men and women who attended Amesbury High School — or who supported or coached sports. It’s been fun to sit back and hear some of the stories of athletes before my time.”
“These people have worked very hard and have been very dedicated to get this going,” Wilmot said of his fellow committee members. “They are the people who stepped up and wanted to help. I talked to a lot of people I thought might be interested. A couple of them were, a couple of them were not. Hopefully we can get it up and running.”
The committee has been hard at work of late, sorting out the 65 nominations it currently has. But the members want to get the word out one more time before the first deadline, May 1.