Westerly High athletics: Eight set for April 7 enshrinement in Westerly HOF

Westerly High athletics: Eight set for April 7 enshrinement in Westerly HOF

WESTERLY — Eight new inductees will enter the Westerly High School Athletic Hall of Fame on April 7.

The induction ceremony will take place at the Haversham House. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling Deanna Fallon at Westerly High.

The inductees are:

Whit Randall,
Class of 1959

Randall, a 5-9 guard on the basketball team, was second-team All-League twice and made the state tournament All-Tournament second team twice.

He averaged 18.3 points per game his senior season and 14.4 as a junior. His coach, John Stellitano, said he was one of the top five shooters he ever coached.

In 1958, he scored 25 points in the state title victory against South Kingstown. Earlier in the season, he scored 24 points in a win against Pawtucket West that clinched a fourth straight Suburban title.

Randall had moved to Westerly from Jonesport, Maine, in sixth grade. He later moved back to Jonesport and died of a heart attack while playing basketball at the age of 50.

Bob Sisson,
Class of 1962

Sisson was a two-time Class A Suburban Division selection and led the basketball team in scoring his junior and senior seasons.

Sisson averaged 13.5 points per game as a junior and 12 as a senior. He was second-team All-Tournament his senior year. Westerly lost in the Class A semifinals in his final two seasons. He was co-captain as a senior.

Westerly won the Class A title his sophomore year and lost in the semifinals of the New England tournament.

Sisson later played at Springfield College.

Sisson worked in the Fort Walton Beach, Fla., recreation department. His children, Kevin and Emily, both played basketball at Fort Walton Beach High.

Sisson died in 1989 of a heart aneurysm. His wife, Sandy, still lives in Florida as does his mother, Helen Brown Sisson Seagrave.

Joe Fontana,
Class of 1981

Fontana earned All-State honors in soccer his senior year and was All-Division twice.

Fontana was a three-year starter as the Bulldogs lost in the state finals his sophomore year. He was MVP of the South County Tournament his senior year.

Fontana scored 40 goals, including 19 his senior season. The team finished 18-2-2 his senior year, which was a school record for most wins at the time.

He also played baseball and was second-team All-Division his junior year.

Fontana was recruited to play soccer at URI, but a knee injury prevented him from playing.

He was a student trainer for the 1984 and ’85 URI football teams, and an athletic trainer intern with the New England Patriots (1984) and the Cleveland Browns (1985).

Fontana is the athletic trainer at Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, Conn. He has been the baseball coach for 16 seasons and is the assistant athletic director.

His baseball teams have won six New England titles. Thirty of his players have played at the college level and five have been drafted.

Fontana lives in Branford, Conn., with his wife, Christine. Their son, Marco, is a sophomore at Ithaca College where he plays baseball.

Mike Murdock,
Class of 1991

Murdock earned first-team All-Class honors his junior and season seasons in basketball, finishing his career with 1,181 points.

He was the all-time leader in 3-pointers in a game, in a season and in a career when he graduated. He was the MVP of the WCCU tournament.

Murdock played football one year and was on the track team for two seasons.

Murdock later played basketball at Rhode Island College and Worcester State. He is the assistant girls basketball coach at Westerly High.

Murdock is the assistant store manager of SiteOne Landscape Supply Co. in Ledyard and co-owner of Murdock Landscaping Inc.

Murdock and his wife, Susan, live in Westerly.

Travis Cox,
Class of 2004

Cox was a two-time All-State selection after winning the discus and shot put at the outdoor state track championships his senior year.

He earned All-New England honors with a fifth-place showing in the discus that year. He was first-team All-Class in both events his senior season.

He was also on the indoor track team all four seasons, finishing fourth in the shot put at the state meet his senior year.

Cox was first-team All-Division as a defensive end in football his senior year, leading the team in sacks.

Alyssa Ebright-Smart,
Class of 2006

Ebright was an All-America, All-New England and All-State performer in track.

In her senior year, she won the 300 meters at the state indoor championships.

She was also part of eight state championship relay teams, winning the 4x400 and 4x200 in both indoor and outdoor all four years. She was All-New England twice in the 4x400 indoor.

She was on the sprint medley relay team that finished fourth at the Armory in New York, earning All-America honors her senior year.

In her junior year, the sprint medley relay team finished second at the Nike Nationals in a state and New England record time, earning All-America honors.

Ebright was a four-year starter in soccer.

Ebright lives in Londonberry, N.H., where she works as a dentist. Her husband, Trevor Smart, is also a dentist. They have a daughter, Delaney, that was born in December.

Mackenzie Ferreira,
Class of 2007

Ferreira was first-team All-State in the 3,000 meters when she won the event at the state outdoor meet her senior year.

She was also on the winning 4x800 relay team. The relay team earned All-New England honors with a second-place finish.

She was first-team All-Class four times — twice in the 1,500 and in the 3,000 and 800.

She established an indoor school record in the 2-mile at the nationals in New York her senior season. Ferreira was second-team All-State in the 3,000, finishing second at the indoor state meet.

Ferreira earned All-New England in the 2-mile (third) and the 4x800 (sixth). As a junior, she was All-New England on the winning 4x800 team.

She earned All-America honors on the distance medley relay team that finished sixth at the indoor nationals in state-record time her junior year.

Ryan “Rock” Palmer,

Palmer has coached the boys and girls indoor and outdoor track teams with Dave Federico for the past 18 years.

During that time they have won seven outdoor and five indoor state track championships. He was voted boys outdoor coach of the year in 2009 when Westerly won its only state title.

Palmer and Federico are also members of the Rhode Island Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

He has also been the boys cross country coach for 15 years.

Palmer is responsible for the distance runners and throwers. Distance runners Samantha Gawrych and Andrew Springer were both national-level runners in high school and competed at the Division I level. Springer was an All-American at Georgetown in outdoor track.

Throwers Kevin Conway and Jeremy Octeau later competed at the Division I level.

Palmer has coached two national champions and many athletes who won All-America, All-New England and All-State honors.

In 2008, he was selected to attend a distance running camp at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego.

He works as a landscaper.












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