, Newburyport, MA


June 7, 2013

Nine will enter school's first Hall of Fame class

Nine former Indians to be honored in September


A holder of 10 varsity letters, Joe Desroches (’83) was outstanding in football, basketball and track, where he still holds school records.

A legend in the world of field hockey, Kristy Gleason (’89) is considered to be the best female athlete ever to attend AHS. Receiving 10 varsity letters, Gleason was named All-Scholastic and All-America in softball and field hockey multiple times and is the all-time leading scorer in Amesbury field hockey.

Gleason’s aunt, Pam Gleason Holt (’82), was the all-time leading scorer in field hockey until her niece broke her record. A four-year starter in softball, Holt was also the first girl in Massachusetts history to play boys ice hockey and was named All-Scholastic in field hockey and softball as well.

Amesbury’s all-time winningest coach in hockey, Leo Dupere (’58), also coached baseball and received eight varsity letters out of nine chances when he was a player.

Larry Moran Jr. (‘51) was a three-sport star, scoring 138 points in his football career and had eight varsity letters of his own.

The honorees will be inducted at a luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 19, followed by an official ceremony at the high school auditorium that evening at 6:30. The inductees will also be introduced at the football game the following night. Tickets for the luncheon are limited.

The committee members are Gail Kelleher, Steve Bastein, Cathy Mamokos, Bill Burnham, Dave Bailey, Dick Peeke, Wilmot, Tim Hoyt and Dave Randall.

“I’m a proud Amesbury Indian,” says Wilmot, who also thanks the Provident Bank’s executive chairman Charlie Cullen for being so supportive. “When this actually happens, it’s going to be pretty emotional and to have played a small role in this is a real honor to me.”

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