Wareham athletics Hall of Fame welcomes new members
A U.S. Army Sergeant with major in physical education and an athlete with 12 varsity letters were among those inducted into the Wareham athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Held at the Rosebrook Event Center, the ceremony honored six individuals, and one team.
Amanda White, Class of 2004, who is the fourth person in the family to get the Hall of Fame award, joining her great-grandfather, great-uncle, and grandfather. During the ceremony she expressed her gratitude to her high school track coach, Tina Clark, who awakened her interest in running.
“Throughout your life you meet so many people, hundreds, thousands of people, and when you think back you only remember the moments of the significant people you meet. I always remembered the first moment I met coach Clark,” said White. “It was during lunch, I was a freshman, and I remember that she convinced me to join a track team. I did not even finish saying ‘yes, I will join,’ when Coach Clark was already walking to my table with a sign-up board.”
While in high school, White participated in soccer, winter track and spring track. She was a captain for all three sports and was a varsity athlete all four years, earning 12 varsity letters.
After graduation, White was recruited by Trinity College for track where she continued to compete in the hurdles. As a freshman, she was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Rookie of the Year. Throughout her time at Trinity College, White held records for the 55m, 60m, and 100m hurdles.
Another athlete, Michael LaPerriere, Class of 2007, was also the captain of three teams: football, basketball, and baseball.
LaPerriere, who former Wareham High head football coach Dan Nault described as “one of the worthiest Hall Fame candidates Wareham High School has ever produced,” received many accolades throughout high school, and was part of a Boston Globe and Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic team as a junior and senior.
In basketball, LaPerriere was a key contributor to a team that went undefeated during his senior year (19-0). He was named the Wareham High School Male Athlete of the year for the Class of 2007.
“It’s a great night, thank you,” said LaPerriere. “I would not be up here without the support of my family throughout my life. My wife Angie has been by my side since the eighth grade, she is always pushing me to reach my full potential, even when we were thirteen hundred miles apart in college.”
Other inductees include:
Richard Arruda, Class of 1996: Football, baseball, basketball
Ronald Bumpus, Class of 1964: Football, gymnastics, track and indoor track
Sydney Andrews, Class of 1989: Basketball, football
Coach Dave Harrison and the 1980-81 Football Team