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The purpose of the Robert E. Fitch High School Athletic Hall of Fame is to bring proper recognition to noteworthy Athletics, Coaches and others for their accomplishments and contributions to the Robert E. Fitch High School Athletic Program. We conduct an annual ceremony in November to induct those duly elected to the Hall of Fame. Explore our page for more information including a printable Nomination Form. To honor each inductee, the Robert E. Fitch High School Athletic Hall of Fame maintains a permanent plaque located in the lobby of the Fitch Gymnasium.


Hall of Fame Inductees


Marguerite Luzi “Muggs’ Ellis -1934 Field Hockey and Basketball

Hoot Ellis - 1934 Football and Baseball

Richard A. “Dick” Neff, Sr. - 1949 Football and Baseball

Clarence A. Kows - 1949 Football, Basketball and Baseball

Bob Barron - 1954 Football, Basketball, Track and Field, Baseball

Albert Vescovi - 1957 Football, Track and Field

Art Sawyer - 1968 Football, Basketball and Baseball.

Wayne Jacob - 1974 Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field. Outdoor Track & Field

Cheryl L. Turgeon - 1976 Basketball, Track and Field, Tennis and Softball

Matthew J. Maginniss - 1985 Football, Wrestling and Baseball

Tina Macdonald Doody - 1983 Volleyball, Basketball and Softball

Brian Hopkins - 1994 Football, Basketball and Baseball

Christopher Coppolo - 2003 Football, Wrestling and Baseball           

Taylor Doyle - 2008 Volleyball, Basketball and Track and Field


William Tiede 1934 Football, Basketball, Outdoor Track & Field

Earned three letters in track as a sprinter, hurdler and javelin thrower, and was a member of a state championship relay team. Football Starter.

Betzy Christensen Killam 1935 Basketball

Was Captain and the second-leading scorer as a senior before playing collegiately at Pembroke(Brown) University. She later spent her entire teaching career in the Groton Public Schools.

Eugene “Gee Gee” Cedio 1947 Football, Baseball

A running back and receiver on the football team he played shortstop in baseball. He caught the game-winning touchdown pass to beat Bulkeley of New London in 1945 and was named Fitch's best athlete as a senior.

Andy Andrews 1946 Football, Basketball, Baseball

He was an All-ECC lineman as a senior, the starting catcher in baseball and Captain of basketball team as a senior while serving as Class President as a junior and senior.

Bob Ross 1950 Basketball, Baseball, Golf

Earned first team ECC honors and third team All-State honors as a senior while leading Fitch to Class B State Basketball final at Yale. Went on to play golf in college and later won numerous tournaments as a professional.

Fred Clark 1955 Football, Basketball, Outdoor Track & Field 

As a senior high jumper he helped the Falcons win the ECC and Class M State Championship. He was also a lineman and end in football and a center in basketball, Captaining the teams as a senior. Served as class president both junior and senior year.

Ed Harvey 1969 Football, Basketball, Baseball

Lettered three years in all three sports. Went on to play baseball at Hudson Valley CC and UConn, where he helped Huskies reach the College World Series in 1972. Returned to Groton to teach at Fitch and as head coach built the Baseball team into one of state's elite programs.

Richard Lowe 1970 Football, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field 

A three-year starter for in football he served as a Captain in 1969 and earned All-Area honors. Also a captain of track team as senior he was a great multiple event athlete and left with school records in shot put and high jump before continuing his career at the University of Connecticut.

Kim Murphy 1974 Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field

Was CDC cross country champion as a senior and placed fifth in the State Open while leading Fitch to State Open title. As a Senior he set the school indoor record in the mile (4:23.38). In Outdoor Track he was a two-time CDC and Class L Champion in the two-mile, also setting a school record (9:23.4) in that event. Set in 1974, both of his school records still stand today.

Donna Sullivan 1978 Tennis, Softball

Lettered all three times each in softball and tennis, and was Captain of both teams during her senior year. She was part of a State Championship doubles team in tennis as a Senior, was named All-Southeastern Athletic Conference(SAC) and All-Area in softball as a senior and was Fitch's 1978 Female Athlete of the Year. 

Scott Khoury 1981 Football, Basketball, Baseball

Was team MVP in all three sports as a Senior. Rushed for over 1,000 yards in football. He earned all-league honors in Football and Basketball and All-State in baseball. After graduation he played professional baseball in the US and Europe. Fitch's 1981 Male Athlete of the Year.

Renee Khoury-Cooper 1983 Basketball, Softball

She was the first basketball player to surpass 1,000 career points and was chosen All-Southeastern Athletic Conference(SAC) as junior and senior. Was also named All-SAC twice in softball, and added All-State honors in her Senior while earning a scholarship to Sacred Heart.

Warren Williams 1990 Football, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field

Was a two-year letter-winner as running back and defense back in football. Senior Captain of both Track Teams and Still holds school Indoor record for the 300m (36.58) and Outdoor record for the 200m (21.9). 1990 Fitch Male Athlete of the Year.

Kim Nichols Hanlon 1991 Volleyball, Indoor Track & Field, Softball  

Lettered in indoor track twice and Captained softball team as senior. She really excelled in volleyball, Captain of the team as senior she earned team Most Valuable and was named All-State honors while leading Falcons to the CIAC State Class L finals.

Beth Kosta 2007 Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field

Lettered all 4 years in her three sports for 12 Varsity Letters. In Cross Country she was All-ECC 4 times, ECC Individual Championship in 2005, All-State 3 times, and was All-New England as a sophomore. In Outdoor Track she holds the current school record holder in 2,000m steeplechase (7:45.41), and was All ECC for Indoor Track 3 times. 2007 Fitch Female Athlete of the Year and CIAC Scholar Athlete.

Ben Latham 2008 Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field

An elite track & field athlete, won ECC and Class L javelin titles 3 times and the State Open twice. He was New England javelin champion in 2008 and Nike National Meet runner-up. He earned All-State status three times, All-New England twice and was an All-American in 2008. As a Senior he set the Class L, State Open and School Record (212') in the Javelin, all these records still stand today. 2008 Fitch Male Athlete of the Year.


Joseph Rinoski-1933- (Football, Basketball)

Football Captain in his Senior Year. Career teacher at Fitch. Coach who kept Girls Basketball alive. Vital at Fitch during the War years.

Charles Burrows-1934- (Football, Basketball, Baseball)

He earned 7 varsity letters during his high school career.  Captained the Basketball team.  Was considered a spectacular football punter.

Lil Hansen (Lamb)-1938- (Cheerleading, Basketball)

Lettered in both sports multiple years.  Superlative career involvement with youth activities in the Town of Groton.  Founded the Teenage Club which donated 2 electronic scoreboards to Fitch High School.

Ted Hespeler-1951- (Football, Basketball, Outdoor Track & Field)

All-Conference in football and basketball.  Ran on the 4X220 championship relay team, and came in second in the ECC Pole Vault with a jump of 11 feet.

Pat Michaud-1955- (Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track & Field)

Captain of the Football Team.  Held the school pole vault record for 20 years.  Member of the Indoor Track State Champion and record breaking relay team.

Dan Nilsson-1960-(Basketball).  Co-Captain of the team.  His team won the ECC Championship and went on to play in the State Semi-Finals.  He set the Fitch scoring record, was named All-Conference and All-State.

Jimmy Hall-1963- (Football, Basketball, Baseball)

Starting end on the New London Elk’s Clubs’ “Best All-Area Football Team 1961.  Captain of the Basketball Team.  Was selected to play in the Nutmeg Bowl.

Rick Hauser-1977- (Football, Wrestling, Baseball)

Captain in all three sports.  Second Team All-State in football, All-State twice in wrestling.  Running back for the 1976 State Championship Football Team.

Jim Gabarra-1977-(Soccer).

Captain of Soccer Team was first-team All-State and All-SAC Conference. Professional Soccer Player

Laurie Blanton (Atkins)-1982- (Volleyball, Basketball, Softball)

Captain of all three sports, All-Conference in all three sports, All-State in Softball, and named Fitch’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1982.

Lonnie Hooker- 1982- (Football, Outdoor Track & Field)

Outstanding on both the Kick-off and Kick-return football teams.  All-Conference and All-State in Track 2 years in a row.  State Open 100m Champion in 1982.  Still holds school records in 100 meters and 100-meter relay.

 Reggie McNeill- 1990- (Indoor Track, Outdoor Track & Field).

He excelled in the hurdles in both sports.  Also was on the 4X180 relay team that set a Conference Record, and excelled in the Long Jump. School Record 110 High Hurdles (14.00) State Open and New England Champion in 110 meter hurdles.

Danielle Isbister-1996- (Volleyball, Basketball, Softball)

Led the Volleyball Team with 58 blocks, is in the elite group of 1000 point scorers in Basketball.  All-Conference in all 3 sports, and All-Area in Softball.

Betsy Boucher-2004- (Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track & Field)

Captain of all three sports.  She earned All-Conference and All-State honors in each sport. All-New England Cross Country.  She was a State Champion in all three sports.  Her 4X800 Indoor Track Relay Team still holds the school record.

Jesse Hahn- 2007-(Football, Basketball, Baseball). 

In basketball he was named to the Christmas Tournament All-Tournament Team.  In baseball he made both the New Haven Register and CHSCA All-State Teams. Major League Baseball Player.



Barbara Dupuis Ellis-1935 (Girls Basketball, Cheerleading)

Earl Rowley-1935 (Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track & Field)

Elliot Johnson-1943 (Football, Baseball)

 Charles Scott-1948 (Football, Baseball, Track & Field)

Donald Langworthy-1955 (Football, Baseball, Outdoor Track & Field)

Ronald Hughes-1956 (Football, Basketball, Outdoor Track & Field)

Paul David Silva-1961  (Football, Basketball, Outdoor Track & Field)

Gerald Henderson-1972 (Basketball)

 Joe Addison-1977 (Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track & Field)

Alice Hunter-1978  (Tennis, Basketball, Softball)

Tami Hyde-1980 (Basketball, Softball)

Chris Stuart-1984 (Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball)

Neal Currie-1984 (Basketball, Outdoor Track & Field

Brenda O'Connell-1990 (Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track & Field)

Anthony Wilson-1996 (Football, Basketball, Baseball)

Jessica Schenk-2000 (Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track & Field)

Matt Harvey-2007 (Baseball)


John Lawrence "Larry" Sullivan-1935 (Football, Basketball, Track & Field)

Jack Tansey-1940 (Football)

Ray Bracci-1943 (Football)

Tom Halliwell-1959 (Football, Basketball, Baseball)

John Carney-1959 (Football, Basketball, Outdoor Track & Field)

Al Chapman-1962 (Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track & Field)

Thomas Yarman-1963 (Football, Basketball, Outdoor Track & Field)

Mike Ellis-1963 (Football, Basketball, Baseball)

Amby Burfoot-1963 (Cross Country,Indoor Track, Outdoor Track & Field)

David Campo-1965 (Football)

Dottie Richardson-1974 (Basketball, Outdoor Track & Field)

William "Bill" Borden-1977 (Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track & Field)

Glenn Miller-1979 (Basketball, Baseball)

Johnny Kelley-1959-79 (Cross Country Coach)

David Menhart-1985 (Soccer, Baseball)

Todd Clarke-1986 (Soccer, Golf)

Kathy Gailor Fedorjaka-1986 (Basketball, Softball)

Paul Menhart-1987 (Soccer, Basketball, Baseball)

Dion Devega-1989 (Soccer, Wrestling)

Jason Teague-1992 (Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track & Field)

Sarah Renzler-1994 (Tennis, Swimming, Outdoor Track & Field)

Raheem Carter-2000 (Football,Indoor Track, Outdoor Track & Field)

Sarah Latham-2004 (Volleyball, Basketball, Outdoor Track & Field)

Todd Doyle-2005 (Basketball, Baseball)


Nomination Forms

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