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Berkshire Girls Basketball Hall of Fame Weekend Set for Jan. 18-19

By Jim Abel
Pittsfield Public Schools Athletics
08:53AM / Thursday, December 27, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of the Berkshire County High School Girls Basketball Hall of Fame scheduled the Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Weekend on Jan. 18 and 19.

Eighteen individuals –- including 15 players, two coaches, and one contributor that have all had a tremendous impact on Berkshire County girls basketball — highlight the diverse group of inductees that will be honored over the Martin Luther King weekend. The inaugural induction festivities are proudly included as part of the Berkshire County Coaches vs. Cancer Girls Basketball Showcase.
 
A non-profit organization with the mission of recognizing accomplishments and services within the history of Berkshire County High School Girls Basketball, the Hall of Fame was established earlier this year based on the vision of long-time local coach, Bob O'Neil. The names and honors of the inductees will be displayed permanently in the Taconic High School gymnasium.
 
The upcoming Hall of Fame weekend will feature an inaugural induction banquet on Friday, Jan. 18 th at the ITAM Lodge in Pittsfield. Open to the public, tickets are only $15 per person and include a buffet-style Italian meal, cash bar and programming related to local girls basketball and the Hall of Fame inductees. Attendees will include the past, present and future of local girls basketball. Former high school players, coaches, and officials — as was as current high school teams — from throughout Berkshire County are expected to attend. A limited number of advanced tickets are available by calling 413-499-4656.
 
On Saturday, Jan. 19, every Berkshire County high school girls basketball team will be featured in the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase held at Taconic High School. Twelve teams, six games, and 200-plus student-athletes will come together to display their talents. Games begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue until about 10 p.m. Last year;s Coaches vs. Cancer Girls Basketball Showcase raised close to $10,000 for breast cancer awareness and research development. A brief on-court Hall of Fame inductee recognition ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m.
 
The inaugural Berkshire County High School Girls Basketball Hall of Fame induction Class of 2013 features:
 
Players:
 
Samantha Herrick - Lenox - 1990's, All-Time Berkshire County leading scorer
Paula Hayden - Hoosac Valley - 1970's, 1,000 point scorer, played at Louisiana State Univ.
Lisa Boenitz - Lenox - 1980's, 1,800 point scorer, 3-Time Berkshire County MVP
Mary Gaudreau - Drury - 1970's, 1978 State Champ, All-Time leading scorer at Siena
Anna Kinne - Monument Mt. - 1990's, All Western Mass, 3-time league champ at Holy Cross
Erin Ladley - Pittsfield High - 1990's, Capt. at Univ. of Pennsylvania, European Pro League
Kelly McMammon - Lee - 2000's, Western Mass. Champ, played at St. John's
Megan Ladley - Pittsfield High - 1990's, Western Mass MVP, AIC, European Pro League
Hollie Steinman - Taconic - 1990's, American Univ. (D.C.), USA Today All-American
Ann Whalen - Monument Mt - 2000's, Mass. Player Of The Year, 2000 State Champion
Nina Kazura - Pittsfield High - 1940's, Berkshire Belles, Semi-Pro National Tournaments
Meghan Vaughn - Wahconah - 2000's, 1,000 pt. scorer, Boston College, Univ. Alaska coach
Mary Langendorf - Wahconah - 1980's, 1,000 pt. scorer, Captain at Army
Mickie Turner - Taconic - 1990's, 4-time W. Mass Finals, 1,000 pt. scorer, Westfield St.
Stephanie Ladley - Pittsfield High- 1990's, Western Mass. Champion, 1,000 pt. scorer
 
Coaches:
 
Bob O'Neil - Taconic\Pittsfield High - 3 time W. Mass Champion, 2-time W. Mass D1 Coach of Year
Robert "Boog" Powell - Wahconah - 20+ years as Coach & Athletic Dir., Girls Basketball & Soccer
 
Contributors:
 
Wray Gunn Sr. - Stockbridge - Referee, 1950's-1980's, 2 x. N.E. H.S. Champ. Official-Boston Garden
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