Saugus High Sports Hall of Fame:
Hockey excellence highlights this year’s class of athletes who will be inducted
By Mark E. Vogler
The latest inductions into the Saugus High School Sports Hall of Fame reflect the community’s reputation as “a hockey town.”
Four of the ten Sachem athletic greats approved by a special panel of Saugus High sports alumni were standout hockey players during their high school careers.
The school’s Sports Hall of Fame Committee also chose to honor the 1999 Saugus High hockey team that won the Division 2 MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) State Championship.
“Saugus has a tremendous history in hockey and has always been known a great hockey town,” Stephen Boudreau, one of the Hall of Fame Committee members told The Saugus Advocate.
“A lot of great hockey players have played for Saugus High over the years. And recognizing the 1999 team — which was coached by Lou Finocchiaro, who was an outstanding hockey player when he played at Saugus High — is well-deserved and a long-time coming,” he said.
Finocchiaro — a 1983 Saugus High graduate who was inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 — will be invited along with other coaches and players on the 1999 State Champions to the induction ceremony and banquet set for Friday, Oct 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Saugus-Everett Elks Lodge #642, at 401 Main St., Saugus.
“Getting recognized as a team is quite an accomplishment,” Boudreau said in an interview this week after the committee notified each of the honorees.
“The last time a team was honored was in 1980 — when the girls’ softball team was inducted. That team was coached by Saugus High Hall of Famer Diane Bena,” he said.
A 30-year sports tradition
Eighteen former standout Saugus High athletes were nominated this year along with the 1999 Saugus High Hockey Team. This was the first class of athletes inducted since 2014. Previously, there have been 245 athletes inducted since the Hall of Fame’s inception (1987).
The hall’s first class included Arthur Spinney, a Saugus High football great who played for two NFL championship teams with the Baltimore Colts in 1958 and 1959.
A Saugus High athlete has to be out of school for at least 10 years before he or she can be nominated.
Shawn Sullivan, a 2001 Saugus High School graduate, was a member of the 1999 Saugus High team and is also one of the former hockey players who will be honored individually.
“Shawn was an outstanding player for four seasons,” Boudreau said.
“He’s also the all-time leading points scorer in Saugus High hockey history and he was also an NEC All-Star,” he said.
The other three hockey players who will be inducted were members of the team that won back-to-back Division 2 MIAA state titles in 2003 and 2004:
- Matt Serino, a member of the Saugus High School Class of 2005 who starred in hockey. He was named to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic teams. He’s the athletic director of Winthrop High School and is also the husband of Sabrina Cataldo Serino, another standout Saugus High athlete being inducted this year.
- Brian Hartigan, a 2004 Saugus High School graduate and hockey standout who made the NEC All-Star Team.
- Eric Quinlan, a 2004 Saugus High School graduate who was named to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic teams. He went onto play hockey at Merrimack College.
There were three other former Saugus High hockey players who were nominated for consideration, but who didn’t get enough votes to be included this year, according to Boudreau.
“Hopefully, they will be inducted the next time the committee meets in about three years, Boudreau said.
The Anderson twins inducted together
Other members of the 2018 Saugus High Hall of Fame class include:
- Steve Gould, a 1998 Saugus High School graduate and soccer star. “He was considered one of the best soccer players in the history of Saugus High School,” Boudreau said. “He was Boston Globe All-Scholastic in 1998 and he went on to be a star at Merrimack College. He lives in Melrose.”
- Cassandra Anderson, Saugus High School Class of 2007, soccer, indoor and outdoor track. She was inducted with her twin sister, Kelsey. Cassandra starred for four years on varsity member of the Saugus H.S. track and field team…named captain her senior year…MVP her junior and senior year. She won the Drew Female Athlete of the Year Award in her senior year. She went on to star in track at Holy Cross.
- Kelsey Anderson, Saugus High School Class of 2007, soccer, indoor and outdoor track. She was inducted with her twin sister Cassandra. Kelsey, a two-time captain, finished her high school career as Saugus’ second-leading career points scorer, capping her senior season off with 22 goals and 16 assists. She was a three-time NEC All-Star who went onto star at UMass-Amherst.
- Sabrina Cataldo Serino, Saugus High School Class of 2005, soccer, indoor and outdoor track. She is the wife of Matt Serino and is being inducted this year with her husband. She qualified for the state in track and won the William L. MacNeill Award in her senior year. That award was for the competitive female in 2005 and was presented in honor of the late and legendary Sachems coach, for whom the track and field behind the Belmonte Middle School was named.
- Steve Capozzi, Saugus High School Class of 1980, baseball and football, semi-pro pitcher, Melrose Rams. He was an NEC All-Star. “He was a long-time outstanding semi-pro baseball player for the Melrose Rams who were Inner League City Champions,” Boudreau said. “He lives in Revere.”
- Jen Salias, Saugus High School Class of 2001, basketball and softball. She scored more than 1,000 points during her high school basketball career. She was an NEC All-Star in softball and basketball.
The Hall of Fame Committee
Joining Boudreau on the Hall of Fame Committee were Tom Raiche, a former teacher/coach at Saugus High; Barbara Wall, a Saugus High teacher and former softball coach; Don Trainor, Class of 1979, a three-sports athlete in football, basketball and baseball at Saugus High, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997; Matt Serino, one of this year’s inductees; and Rich Salerno, a 1954 Saugus High School graduate, who was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2004 after being recognized as an important member of the 1953 championship football team. He also starred in baseball and later coached football for 22 years in Saugus Public Schools.
Boudreau is a 1965 Saugus High School graduate and track star. He coached basketball at Saugus High for 24 years — 17 years as the junior varsity coach, two years as an assistant and four years as varsity. Last fall, he helped his friend Chris Tarantino revive the Cross Country running program at the Belmonte Middle School that Tarantino had coached for 15 years before the program went dormant several years ago.
“Our committee is made up of six people of various ages and various generations who have a tremendous amount of collective knowledge on Saugus High School sports,” Boudreau said.
“We all listen to each other’s opinions and respect each other. This committee met monthly over five months and conducted a very thorough review of the nominations and each person’s accomplishments,” he said.
Trainor, Serino and Salerno are Saugus High Hall of Famers.
“Richie (Salerno) knows football and softball. I know basketball, track and cross country. Barbara (Wall) has a tremendous knowledge of all girl sports and the players. Tommy (Raiche) and Don (Trainor) have knowledge of all of the sports. And Matt (Serino), the newest member of the committee, has hockey knowledge and knows about the Saugus High stars of the new generation.