Thursday October 15, 2015
The South Burlington Rebel Athletic Hall of Fame recently inducted the Class of 2015 members, including:
Tom Breen ‘72
Football, Alpine Skiing, Baseball
Tom Breen was a winner! A 1972 graduate of South Burlington High School (SBHS) and a three-sport athlete, Breen was a significant contributor to four state championship teams, two in football and two in baseball. He was named 1st team All-State in football playing on both sides of the ball, most importantly one of SB’s best offensive lineman. In addition, Breen was named 1st team All-State both junior and senior year in baseball, as well as defensive player of the year. In the midst of all these championships, Breen also earned four Varsity letters in Alpine Skiing. He went on to play college football at Williams College.
Hiroshi Andrews ’87
Soccer, Indoor Track,
Track & Field
Hiroshi Andrews was “poetry in motion.” A 1987 graduate of SBHS, Andrews helped win a state championship in soccer his junior year, but it is track where he excelled, winning the school’s first ever Track & Field State Championship in 1987. Andrews set school records and state records, some of which stood 27 years, in the 60m, 110m, and 300m hurdles. He also competed in the New England Championship where he won the 300m hurdles. Awarded Outstanding Athlete of his class, Andrews sealed his status as one of the most outstanding track athletes SBHS has ever seen.
BJ Barrett ’99
BJ Barrett was named Outstanding Athlete of his class in 1999. His coaches describe him as a “tough nose kid” and a “stand out who always gave his maximum effort.” Barrett was a highly accomplished athlete at SBHS in both football and baseball, but it was on the football field where he truly excelled. A four year varsity starter as a running back and linebacker, he led his team senior year with 1,815 yards rushing, a record that lasted 16 years at SBHS, onto to a State Championship, and then representing Vermont as a member of the Shrine team. According to Coach Mac, Barrett is, without question, the best all-around back to play at SBHS in the last 25 years.
Bill Bright ’87
Soccer, Basketball, Track & Field
As an All-league basketball player and All-New England triple jumper, Bill Bright left a lasting legacy on our record books. Bright led his basketball team in assists and steals and was selected to the All-Metro team, All-State team, and Alhambra game representing Vermont. Bright went on to play 4 years of basketball at UVM under Coach Tom Brennan. Bright shone in basketball, but attained even more success in track. He was a triple jump threat, winning at the districts, states, and then competing at the New England Championships. His triple jump record stood for 16 years. Bright captained both basketball and track and won Outstanding Athlete of his Class. His coaches describe him as, “a fine leader with a very high work ethic.”
Shawn Carney Lefebvre ’99 Field Hockey, Basketball,
Shawn Carney was an outstanding four-sport SBHS athlete in field hockey, basketball, lacrosse and softball. Her athletic career at SBHS was one of excellence and fierce competitiveness even during the trials and tribulations of an ongoing ACL injury. Carney earned honors by being named to Metro Conference teams and All State teams in multiple sports. Her leadership skills were acknowledged by being named captain during 5 seasons of varsity play. Carney was awarded the Outstanding Athlete of her class in 1999. She attended UVM and was a 4-year starter on their field hockey team. Carney coached varsity field hockey at Colchester High School and today is a PE Educator at BFA St. Albans.
Jackie Filion Decarreau ’98
Soccer, Basketball, Softball,
Track & Field
Jackie Filion Decarreau was a three-sport standout SBHS athlete in soccer, basketball and softball. She was named to many All-Metro, All-State, and All-Star teams all while battling a reoccurring ACL injury throughout her career at SBHS. Filion Decarreau was a tough defensive player in soccer, possessed a sweet jump shot in basketball, and in softball she made hitting and fielding look easy. In basketball her senior year, she went down early in the season with her second ACL injury but was able to rebound and represent VT in the Alhambra All-Star Squad. Filion Decarreau was named Outstanding Athlete of her class at SBHS and went on to compete in sports at Springfield College.
Ann Hayes Churchill ’74 Rebelettes, Gymnastics,
Track & Field
Ann Hayes Churchill was one of the school’s first female athletes to find statewide success in multiple sports. Using grace and flexibility, along with strength, speed, agility, and power, she performed at the top level in gymnastics and track and field. Hayes Churchill was the leading point scorer and MVP all three years of her track career, excelling in shot put, setting and breaking her own records. In gymnastics, Hayes Churchill won two individual state championships and one team state championship, where she was described as a clutch performer. She was also a member of the Rebelette Drill Team. Hayes Churchill was awarded the Outstanding Athlete of her class in 1974.
Erica MacDonald Burke ’85 Soccer, Alpine Skiing,
Nordic Skiing, Track & Field
Erica MacDonald Burke, a four-sport athlete at SBHS, was known for her perseverance. Although a competitor on both the soccer and track and field teams, there was no doubt MacDonald Burke’s greatest pursuits were achieved on the snow with the Alpine and Nordic Ski teams. She was a State Champion, New England Champion, Eastern Champion, Junior Olympian and All-American. A top skier in Vermont and New England, MacDonald Burke won the Skimeister Award for the most points combined by Alpine and Nordic skiers during the same season. She went on to compete as the first alternate of the US Ski Team and placed fourth in her second Junior Olympics, as well as competing at UVM.
Mike O’Day ’72 Football, Basketball, Baseball
Although he may be best known as the Student Activities Director at SBHS for 30 years, Mike O’Day was also a standout three-sport SBHS athlete. A three-year starter in football, basketball, and baseball, his four-team state championships as a Rebel represent a remarkable accomplishment. He was named to All-North and All-State teams in both baseball and football. O’Day went on to play football at the University of Maine. Recently retiring as SBHS Student Activities Director in 2014, O’Day is recognized as one of the hardest-working, most dedicated athletic administrators in Vermont history. His impact at SBHS will always be appreciated.
D.G. Weaver ’71 Football, Ice Hockey, Baseball
D. G. Weaver is best remembered for his hustle and determination as an SBHS athlete, a UVM hockey goalie, and later as an athletic administrator. Weaver was a three-sport athlete at SBHS, playing football, ice hockey, and baseball. He contributed to several Vermont State Championships, but it was his determination and his contribution to the teams’ togetherness that was even more significant. Weaver left this world at the young age of 55, but throughout his short life accomplished valuable achievements with his work at the state level in both sports and academics. Weaver’s coaches will tell you that his attitude and outlook toward his work and life was a positively infectious influence and that he carried the “Proud Tradition” of SBHS everywhere he went.
John “Jack” Woods
Jack Woods is honored for his tremendous coaching career at SBHS. Woods coached both baseball and football, but it is baseball where he had tremendous success. Compiling over 200 wins with four state championships, he brought teams to semi-finals at least ten times. Weaver was recognized by his peers three times as the Coach of the Year. Along with coaching at SBHS, he was also a PE teacher for 27 years and Department Chair for 20 years. Weaver inspired, guided, and mentored many who went on into sports, coaching, and teaching careers. He was pleased and honored to hear of his induction to the Hall of Fame prior to his passing in June.