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Rockland Schools Induct Six into High School Athletic Hall of Fame

ROCKLAND — Athletic Director Gary Graziano is pleased to announce that six individuals were inducted into the Rockland High School Athletic Hall of Fame at a dinner and ceremony held at the Rockland Golf Course last weekend.

The inductees were:

  • Fran Cook, Class of 1951 – Track and Cross Country
  • Kevin Klier, Class of 1978 – Golf
  • Peter Foster, Class of 1979 – Basketball
  • Jeffrey Phelps, Class of 1986 – Football
  • Thomas Ryan, Class of 1997 – Football
  • Courtney Burns, Class of 2009 – Basketball

Graziano, who served as master of ceremonies at the event on Saturday, Oct. 26, said this is one of the best induction classes they have had. Since 1988, Rockland High School has inducted 78 student-athlete alumni to the Hall of Fame, as well as four former coaches as honorary members.

Each of the hall-of-famers attributed their accomplishments and the paths their lives have taken in great measure to growing up in Rockland and participating in the town’s and schools’ athletic programs.

Presenters included John Spinale, Cook’s teammate, Madeline Lannin-Cotton, former Rockland High School girls basketball coach, Bob Fisher, former boys’ basketball coach, Ken Klier, Kevin’s brother, Charles McDonald, Ryan’s teammate and Rockland assistant football coach, and Rick Phelps, Jeffrey’s brother and teammate at RHS.

Serving on the Hall of Fame Committee are Lannin-Cotton, Nick Liquori, Graziano, Kathleen Paulding, Fredrick Damon and Stephen Sangster.

Nominees for the Hall of Fame had outstanding athletic accomplishments during and after high school. They also have contributed to their communities, and in some cases have overcome adversity and thrived either during high school or later on in their lives.

Anyone may nominate a Rockland High School graduate who is at lest 10 years removed from their time in high school for consideration for the Athletic Hall of Fame.  To do so, please contact the RHS athletic director at graziano@rocklandschools.org.

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