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New Hall of Famers in Toms River

 


22 athletes, four coaches and four teams will have their achievements celebrated today when they are inducted into the Toms River Regional Schools Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony I will emcee at the Pine Belt Arena. 

Rix N. Yard, Toms River High School Class of 1936
Rix N. Yard, Toms River High School Class of 1936 (Toms River Schools)

The group is broken down into the three current high schools as well as the original Toms River High School and there will be a sibling angle to the newest class of Hall of Famers.

The Toms River South honorees include brothers Charlie, Jeff and Todd Frazier, who are best known for their baseball exploits but were also 1,000 point scorers on the basketball court.  Other Indian inductees are soccer standouts Carrie Kennington and Georgio Carrozza, former basketball great Becky Zak, two-sport standout Ed Grundhauser, legendary wrestling coach John DeMarco and the 1974 champion Boys Two-Mile Relay team.

Heading up the newest class of Toms River North Hall of Famers are the sister/brother duo of Kim and Chris Peto who shared success on the soccer field with Kim a star on the basketball court and Chris also a top notch baseball player.

Other Mariners honored will be football great Aamir Dew, multi-sport star Mary Kilgannon Dugan, ex-basketball standout Sandy Bisogno Madigan, wrestler Terrance Clendenin, the late lacrosse and field hockey coach Kathy Leighty and the 1979 state championship football team coached by the colorful Bob Fiocco.

Toms River native Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds addresses the WOBM Christmas Classic breakfast at the Clarion Hotel of Toms River
Toms River native Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds addresses the WOBM Christmas Classic breakfast at the Clarion Hotel of Toms River (Townsquare Media NJ)

Toms River East might be the newest school in the district but their Class of 2014 takes a back seat to nobody, including brothers Colin and Casey Gaynor who shared success on the baseball field with Colin a record-breaking quarterback as well.  Joining them in the Hall will be basketball great Kim MacMillan, field hockey and lacrosse standout Kristine Arnold Cox, wrestler Devin Mesanko, superb soccer player Mike Benson, championship track and cross country coach Bob Petruski and the 1996 Boys Freestyle Swimming Relay team.

Not to be forgotten is the standard bearer in the original Toms River High School.

Honored posthumously will be Rix Yard and Lucille Miller while Roberta Sullivan and the 1944 Basketball team will be saluted on the stage today.

Rounding out the 2014 Hall of Fame class will be former Superintendent of Schools Al Dietrich, a strong proponent of athletic opportunities for females during his tenure.  He will receive the Athletic Hall of Fame Service Award.

Today’s ceremony will begin at 5pm.

 

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