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New Class of Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
The Fitchburg High School Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its 10th Induction Class, which will be honored on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg. This class features eight worthy student-athletes, including the school's all-time leading scorer in ice hockey, numerous track stars, a basketball player from the early 1980s teams under the legendary Doug Grutchfield, as well as another standout from the Class of 1948, which now boasts seven Hall of Famers. In addition, the FHS Hall welcomes a deserving coach who gave up four years of his coaching career to serving his country, as well as a deserving team. The honorees are, with their year of graduation in parenthesis: John Bennett (1948): Won two individual state running titles in 1947 (cross country) and 1948 (indoor mile), and was also an assistant coach on the inaugural FHS ice hockey team in 1959-60. John Marabello (1971): Played football for HOF coach Marco Landon and ran track at FHS. Scored three touchdowns against Notre Dame in 1969; was consistently referred to as a defensive standout and a speedster. Was second-highest scorer in the city of Fitchburg in the fall of 1969 (7 TDs, 6 points-after), which saw FHS go 9-0. In his senior year, would score a TD against Leominster. Was a prodigious hurdler and held the school record until fellow HOFer Mike Gallo broke it in 1976.Was outstanding in triple jump, long jump, high hurdles and relay. David Marshall (1984): Was a member of the outstanding FHS basketball teams in 1982-83 and 1983-84. Lost only four games in those two seasons, and won Central Mass. in 82-83; there was no state tournament that year due to Proposition 2 1/2. Helped lead FHS to the Central Mass. final in 1984, scoring 34 points against St. John's - only to lose by one point. Due to his height, Marshall was a prolific scorer and rebounder. Also played soccer (goalkeeper) prior to the Prop 2 1/2 budget cuts, which wiped out the soccer team. Oly Wirtz (2002): Played four years of field hockey, as well as four years of indoor and outdoor track. Member of undefeated track team in 2001, league champions. Currently holds three track records and previously held two records which were broken in 2018. S&E and T&G all-star in all three sports. Member of the Wheaton College Hall of Fame for track. As field hockey player, played as a defender, was essential on offensive corner hits. Ryan Davenport (2002): A rare four-sport athlete for the Red and Gray, Davenport competed in indoor track, ice hockey, baseball and football; he was a captain in baseball, football and hockey. Member of the HOF football team from 2000, which went undefeated; never lost to Leominster. Was a baseball all-star selection for both the S&E and T&G. Was a Gold F recipient academically, and was the S&E's 2002 Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Ryan Logan (2003): Another outstanding track athlete who registered 5,801 overall points in the decathlon over three years of outdoor track. Member of the 2002 and 2003 District E Champion outdoor track teams, the 2003 Mid-Wach League championship team, and was undefeated in the 2003 dual meet season. Overall individual decathlon champion in 2003. Also holds two pentathlon records for the school. For football, was responsible for field goals, PATs, and punts. Was also the starting quarterback for the football team for two seasons. Sarah (Conroy) Earley (2006): A prolific hurdler and high jumper in the mid 2000's. Held the season records in the outdoor 100-meter hurdles (15.88) as well as consistent at 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump for five consecutive track seasons. Was also a two-time state champion in the high jump. Zach L'Ecuyer (2008): One of the most outstanding hockey players in FHS history. All-time leading scorer with 123 points. Two-time captain, T&G Super Teamer. Ranks first all-time in assists (61) and is only player with two 20-goal seasons. In three years, L'Ecuyer's teams boasted a winning percentage of .786. Martin McDonough, coach: Was the successor to Clarence N. Amiott as football coach starting in 1938, taking four years off due to World War II. Also baseball coach from 1946-52 before taking over as head of the physical education department - precursor to today's athletic director position - from HOFer Loring Reed Stevenson in 1953-54. Coached 11 FHS HOFers, with five HOF coaches under his direction as AD before his retirement in 1968. Beat Leominster five times in an 11-year coaching career. Overall football record of 48-47-8. 1999-2000 indoor track team: Unbeaten in dual meets (5-0-1), won second consecutive Mid-Wach relay championship, first-ever Mid-Wach championship for indoor (beat St. John's, 91-54). Team members set 10 individual records. Eight Mid-Wach all-stars. Three team members were individual District E Division 1 champions.
   
Author: Sean Sweeney