Martha Grinnell, Ray Brown among Williston’s Hall of Fame Class of 2013
The Williston-Northampton Athletic Hall of Fame will induct nine new members in its Class of 2013.
The class will be honored June 8 at 4 p.m. at the Reed Campus Center in Easthampton.
The 2013 Hall of Fame members are: David “Duff” Tyler (class of 1963), Mark Timm (’76), Martha Grinnell (’86), Patrick Rissmiller (’97), coach Wilmot Babcock, coach Ray Brown (’55), coach Rick Francis, the 1953 boys swimming team and the undefeated 1963 football team.
Grinnell, a Westhampton resident and Smith College graduate, was one of the most decorated runners in school history. She holds the school records in the 1,500-meter run (5 minutes, 01.3 seconds) and 3,000 (10:32.4).
Grinnell coaches professionally through her company, Dynamic Training
Brown, a Hadley native, was a successful girls basketball and boys soccer coach. He holds a combined 423-345-68 record over 43 years.
His basketball team qualified for New Englands 11 times and won the 1986 championship. His soccer teams won two Stewart Cup championships.
He has been inducted previously into the Massachusetts High School Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame and New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
Rissmiller played with Rochester Americans of the AHL this past season. He has spent time with the San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers and Florida Panthers in the NHL.
Francis coached football and boys basketball, and served as the school athletic director.
Babcock took the swimming program to 15 New England championships and produced 15 national prep champions. He passed away in 1978.
Timm earned 12 varsity letters and was a three-sport captain. He scored 1,000 points for the boys basketball team.
In 1963, Tyler set three national prep swimming records and was an All-American in six events.
This ceremony is open to the public. To register, visit www.williston.com/reunion.
SIMPSON SETS MARK — Karly Simpson, of South Hadley, capped a tremendous career with the girls lacrosse team.
During her six-year career, the Wildcats went 73-3, including 15-0 this past season.
Simpson had 58 goals and 58 assists for 116 points as a senior. Her 217 career goals and 245 assists established a new school record with 462 points. She broke former teammate and fellow South Hadley native Bridget Instrum’s points record, which was set last season.
Simpson also recorded 158 ground balls and caused 84 turnovers this year.
The three-time All-New England prep selection will attend Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., in the fall. The Bantams were the Division III national runner-ups this past season.
OSTBERG TOP PLAYER — Junior Erik Ostberg, of Northampton, was named the Cleary Division Player of the Year in the Western New England Prep Baseball League.
Ostberg, in his third year as the team’s starting catcher, hit .500 over 15 games. He had 11 extra-base hits (seven doubles, two triples and two home runs). He added 13 RBIs and five stolen bases.
Ostberg, a team captain, led the Wildcats to the Western New England Prep League final four tournament where they lost to league champion Salisbury.