STONINGTON — Six individuals and two teams will be enshrined in the Stonington High School Athletic Hall of Fame on April 27.

The induction ceremony will take place in the school's cafe/commons at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 each. For information, call Susan Weber at the school at (860) 599-5781 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., or send a check to the SHS Athletic Hall of Fame, c/o Stonington High School, 176 South Broad St., Pawcatuck, with a note listing who will attend and which inductee guests are there to honor.

The school's office will be closed during school vacation (April 15-19).

William Barrett,

Class of 1924

Barrett earned All-Conference honors in football and track.

He was captain of the track team as a sophomore and junior, and captain of the football team as a senior. He won the mile at the Kingston, R.I., Interscholastic Track Meet. Barrett also played baseball.

A graduate of Yale University, Barrett earned two varsity letters as a member of the football team. He later graduated from Yale Law School.

In 1933, he was appointed Town of Stonington prosecuting attorney for the town court, and also practiced law in Norwich. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a past commander of the Robert O. Fletcher American Legion Post 4 in Norwich, and Judge Advocate of the Fifth District of the American Legion.

Robert Weall,

Class of 1945

Weall was All-State and All-ECC in the high jump and a member of the ECC champion 4x880 relay team.

He was a part of state championship track teams in 1942 and 1944, and the ECC championship team in 1944.

He was a co-captain of the football team and earned three letters. He was a key performer on the 1942 ECC title team that was ranked second in Connecticut.

As a member of the track team, he was part of state championships in 1942 and 1944, and the ECC championship in 1944. He was a member of the ECC champion 4x880 relay team, and also earned all-ECC and all-state in the high jump.

He played football at Boston College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and government.

Weall served in the U.S. Army for 22 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He served in Korea and Vietnam and received numerous medals for his service. After his retirement from the Army, he earned master’s degrees in history and urban affairs from Southern Connecticut State University. He worked for the Town of Stonington as the community development director, and was involved in the building of the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and upgrading the Stonington Town Docks.

Keelin Linehan,

Class of 2002

Linehan was an All-State and All-ECC tennis player.

She also earned All-State status as a senior, when she was a finalist in the state singles tournament.

She won the ECC and Eastern Connecticut singles titles as a sophomore. She was ECC tournament runner-up as a junior and senior. She reached the ECC semifinals as a freshman, when she was undefeated during the regular season at No. 2 singles.

Linehan also rowed and played lacrosse, which were club teams at the time. She was co-president of the National Art Honor Society, and a member of student government.

She played No. 1 singles for Pratt Institute, where she earned a bachelor's degree in 2006. She was the Hudson Valley women’s singles champion in 2002 and 2003, and the Hudson Valley Player of the Year in 2002.

Justin Hedde,

Class of 2002

Hedde played four sports and was All-State in soccer his senior year.

He was a three-time All-ECC selection in soccer, and the Bears were league champions in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

He was captain of the soccer and baseball teams his senior year. Hedde was MVP of the baseball team his final season. He also played basketball and golf.

Hedde was a member of the National Honor Society and received the Yale Book Award.

He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a bachelor of design in architecture degree, and earned a master's degree in architecture from Yale.

Heather Buck,

Class of 2008

Buck was the state Gatorade Player of the Year in basketball in 2007 and 2008. She was also the Connecticut High School Coaches Association player of the year in 2008.

She later played at the University of Connecticut, where she was a part of three NCAA championship teams and was named UConn’s Outstanding Senior Scholar-Athlete in 2013.

Buck was All-ECC and All-State all four years at Stonington, and finished her career with 2,205 points, 1,406 rebounds and 331 blocked shots.

Stonington won the Class M state championship in 2006 and was runner-up in 2005.

She was the ECC tournament most outstanding player in 2006 and 2008.

She is a nurse at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.

Frank Turek,


Turek served as director of the Stonington Community Center for 38 years, and contributed to the town in many other ways.

He was a co-founder of Stonington’s Pee-Wee Football program, started the junior high basketball program, and served on the Stonington Board of Selectmen in 1971-72.

He was on the Stonington Board of Education for 12 years, helped start the SHS soccer program, was a member of the Stonington High School Athletic Boosters and served two years as president of the Pawcatuck Lions Club.

He was a member of the Stonington Recreation Commission, served on the Stonington Tricentennial Scholarship Committee, was a member of the Stonington Fire Department, and was involved with the Stonington Little League.

He also served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He also served in the Connecticut House of Representatives for more than eight years.

Badminton state champions: 1957, 1958, 1961

The badminton team won CIAC championships under coach Florence Thavenet in 1957, 1958, and 1961.

Badminton was one of very few athletic opportunities for girls at the time, and Stonington dominated the competition in CIAC tournaments, which were held at Norwich Free Academy.

1955 football team

The 1955 team had an overall record of 8-1 and was the undefeated champion of the Eastern Connecticut Conference.

The Bears were named 1956 Class M state champions by the CIAC. They had wins over Woodrow Wilson, Fitch, St. Mary’s, Plainville, Putnam, Killingly and Westerly twice, on Armistice Day and Thanksgiving. Their only loss came at the hands of St. Raphael, the unbeaten Rhode Island Class B champion. The head coach was Woody Douville, and the assistant coaches were Arthur Carlin and George McKenna.

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