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November 8, 2013

Class of six inducted to NHS Wall of Fame

The Newburyport football program was well represented last night as the newest class of Wall of Fame members was inducted at the Elks Lodge.

Four of the six members — Daniel “Francis” Sullivan (Class of 1934), David Fournier (Class of 1978), Michael O’Connor (Class of 1981) and Michael Rymsha (Class of 1991) — of the 2013 induction class played football at Newburyport.

The other two members included longtime Newburyport School Committee member Bradley Fuller, and 12-time varsity letter receipient Vicky Kelleher Connor (Class of 1987).

Fuller served on the Newburyport School Committee from 1938 to 1989. He was one of the founding members of the Booster Club and a lifelong member (’44 to ’89). His son, Bradley Fuller, accepted his father’s honor posthumously.

Sullivan was a three-sport athlete, best remembered as a hard-nosed football player. The long-time offensive and defensive end moved to fullback his senior season.

Fournier was a three-sport athlete who earned eight varsity letters spread across football, hockey and baseball. He was an EMass. Super Bowl champion in 1976, a Cape Ann League football champion in ’76 and ’77, and a Harry Agganis All-Star in 1978.

O’Connor played football for three years and baseball for four. He was a captain of the baseball team as a senior before having a prolific college career at Bentley College. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1984.

Connor earned four varsity letters in the fall, winter and spring during her high school career. She earned four each in soccer and basketball, and two each in track and field and softball. She was a Daily News All-Star four times in soccer, twice in basketball and twice in softball. She led the CAL in hitting as a senior (.621).

Rymsha was the 1990 Cape Ann League Player of the Year in football. He also captained the basketball and baseball teams as a senior, and was a three-year starter in both sports.

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