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The Cheverus High School Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes individuals in the Cheverus community who have competed and achieved at the highest levels in athletics, or those who have helped design, create, or advance the Cheverus tradition of athletic excellence. Individuals inducted into the Cheverus Hall of Fame also exemplify the core values of Cheverus and serve as leading examples for others.

Nominees are selected through a nomination process by an Athletic Hall of Fame Committee and honored at an induction ceremony. The next induction ceremony is scheduled for April 6, 2017. 

Cheverus has a proud tradition of State championships in baseball, basketball, football, cross-country, indoor track, outdoor track, swimming and diving, soccer, tennis, ice hockey and sportsmanship. In addition Cheverus holds many Western Maine and Conference Championships.

Hall of Fame Inductees for 2017


Football, Basketball, Track & Field


Although William “Tige” Curran lettered in three sports at Cheverus -- football, basketball, and track and field -- he is best known as a gifted and formidable lineman who excelled on the gridiron. With outstanding game instincts, tenacity, extraordinary quickness, and relentless explosiveness, Curran served as a “bulldozer of a blocker.” A captain on the team, honored with his selection on the Southwestern Maine All-Conference team, Curran distinguished himself as a leader on and off the field by serving as an enthusiastic spiritual leader known as a generous friend to all. During his four years at Dartmouth College, his team was highly competitive winning 28 games out of 33. Curran was a pillar of the offensive line for the undefeated Ivy League champions in 1962, and the 1963 team that tied for the championship. His teammates at Dartmouth celebrated Curran as a player of “great character possessing outstanding athletic skill and a deep will to win.” In recognition for his contributions, Curran was named All-Ivy League, All-East and All-American honorable mention. After college, Curran pursued his passion for teaching, coaching, and mentoring youth and served as a beloved coach of the South Portland and Deering football programs, and the Deering softball program; a team that he led for thirty-two years and to four state championship titles. Curran was recognized as the Maine softball coach of the year in 1989.


Soccer, Ice Hockey, Softball, Lacrosse


A gifted leader of three sports at Cheverus, Fitzpatrick is celebrated not only as a fierce competitor, but also as an important role model in her tireless drive, laudable work ethic, and also her care and concern for others. Fitzpatrick was a pioneer in the soccer program, leading the team to three Southwestern final games, and as captain in 2007. She was a founding member of the girls’ ice hockey program, scoring the historic first goal, excelling on the ice and receiving recognition for her contributions with her selection on the MGIH All-Star team, and in earning the Stag Award, the Captain’s award and the MVP award. Rounding out her career as a tri-sport competitor, she earned three varsity letters on the lacrosse team, winning the captain’s award and serving as captain. Honored as the Cheverus Athlete of the Year in 2008,  Fitzpatrick also distinguished herself in the classroom as an honor student. At Norwich University, Fitzpatrick helped to lead her hockey team to three ECAC tournament championships, four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, three national championship final games, and in 2011 she helped secure Norwich’s first ever national title for a women’s sport. She has continued to serve as a distinguished leader in collegiate hockey by serving as an assistant coach for her alma mater, most recently earning a spot in the 2017 Frozen Four.


Field Hockey, Basketball, Softball


A versatile athlete, dedicated competitor and inspiring leader,  Theresa Hendrix served as the captain of three sports at Cheverus -- field hockey, basketball and softball. In Cheverus field hockey, she earned SMAA all-conference recognition and all-academic distinction. This high level of play continued onto the courts, as she was named to the SMAA All Rookie, and All-Defensive team for basketball. Hendrix truly excelled at softball where she was named to the SMAA All-Conference, the All-State team and was ultimately named the SMAA Player of the Year and the 2010 Cheverus Athlete of the Year. An exceptional pitcher and strong hitter as well as a talented base runner, she led her team both offensively and defensively, and served as an important role model to her teammates. Upon graduation Hendrix continued to be a standout two-sport athlete at Saint Joseph’s College where she earned her bachelor of science in physical education and exercise science leadership in 2014. As a decorated St. Joseph’s Monk softball player, Hendrix was honored with her selection as the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Woman of the Year in 2015 for excellence in academics, athletics and in community service. Hendrix was named the St. Joseph’s College Female Athlete of the Year, and as the 2012 North Atlantic Softball Tournament MVP.


Golf


John Mills, Jr., one of the best golfers in Maine history, grew up in Portland and learned the game at Riverside Golf Course. A 1967 graduate of Cheverus, Mills won the Maine schoolboy championship in his senior year, and was the 1970 Maine Amateur champion. He was the runner-up in the Maine Open in 1968, following in a playoff for the title with professional golfer Bob Pacheco at Riverside. In college Mills played for the University of Houston Cougars, one of the most successful college programs in history, with 16 team national championships and eight individual national championships. The Cougars won NCAA titles in Mills’s sophomore and junior seasons. One of Mills’s Houston teammates was John Mahaffey, the 1978 PGA champion. In 1971, Mills’ senior season at Houston, he led the NCAA individual championship by three shots heading into the final round at Tucson, AZ., after rounds of 65-69-71. Mills was named to the Division I All-American first team that season. Mills was inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame in 1999. Mills receives this honor posthumously; he passed away in 2012.


Football, Basketball, Track & Field


Angelo Salvaggio was one of those talented and exciting basketball players who would attract a packed gymnasium of excited fans to watch his skill and expertise. A 1,000 point scorer who was a member of the 1997 State Championship team, Salvaggio was one of a very small handful of renowned players in the state of Maine to be recognized twice as the outstanding player of the year in Western Maine tournament play with the prestigious George Vinal Trophy. Selected as a member of the All-State team, Salvaggio was also recognized as the USA Today Maine Player of the year in 1998, and was a runner-up for the Gatorade Player of the Year. Also an outstanding track and field athlete, Salvaggio was a vital member of the 1997 and 1998 State Championship Indoor and Outdoor track teams, with distinguished performances in the high jump. Salvaggio was the individual Class A State Indoor Champion in high jump in 1997 and 1998 with jumps of 6’2” and 6’6” respectively, and in outdoor track in 1997 with a jump of 6’4”. Salvaggio broke the  Cheverus indoor and outdoor records for the high jump during his tenure. Upon graduation from Cheverus, he competed on the University of North Florida basketball team for two years, later transferring to Bates College. At Bates, Salvaggio was recognized at the NESCAC Player of the Week in 2002, and gradated with a degree in psychology.

Hall of Fame Inductees

 

2015

Michael DeSimon '56
Michael Murphy '78
Scott Shirrell '00
Jonathan Stovall '85
James "Jimmy" Sullivan '46
John "Buddy" Sullivan '44*

2013

The Baseball Team of '61
John "Jack" Brennan '70
Richard "Dicka" Whitmore '33* 

2010

John P. Cimino ‘61
Santo A. Cimino ‘62
Philip “Jack” Dawson ‘52
Peter J. Foley ‘63
Ronald L. Lemieux ‘73 

2008
Basketball Team of '48
Robert M. Napolitano ‘57
Robert Scott Perez ‘86
Walter Pochebit ‘77

2007

Jesse Allen ‘95
Robert D. Brewer, Faculty/Coach
William E. Foley '30 *
Colin Peddie ‘81

2006

Sean Ashley ‘86
Richard “Sonny” Conley ‘48*
Daniel Costigan ‘82
Rudy DiPietro ‘73
Pierre Arthur Harnois '44 
Gary Hoyt, Coach/Athletic Director
Christopher Jerome ‘79

2005

James E. Honan ‘38
Brian Pettingill ‘81
Ernesto R. Salamone ‘80
Clytis J. Theriault ‘36*  
Peter Thornton ‘62

2004

Jeffrey G. Bannister ‘64
Ian L. Crocker (‘00)
William P. Curran, Coach '36-'38, '44-'71*
Richard E. Joyce ‘61
Paul L. Sullivan ‘61
Thomas J. Thornton ‘64 

* deceased


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