The Bristol Tramps will be holding their 48th annual sports recognition dinner on Friday at the Aqua Turf Club. The organization honors individuals and teams that have achieved significant sports and academic accomplishment, as well as presenting a scholarship to a senior from each of Bristol’s high schools.
This year’s honorees are as follows.
The 1987 Bristol Eastern girls basketball team (Julie Larese Team Award) was coached by Tony Floyd and captured the Class L state championship, one of four by the school.
Ryan Cook (Ron Choiniere) is 15 years old and was diagnosed with William’s Syndrome just before his second birthday. Despite this development disorder, which affects many parts of the body, he competed in both track and cross country at Terryville High.
Darrell Darby (Harp Broderick Award) was a basketball player for St. Paul who went on to be a member of the 1984 NLCAA Championship Webber College team. He has coached numerous girls teams from Bristol through the years.
Chris D’Amato (Chuck McCarthy Award) was a basketball and baseball captain at Bristol Eastern in 1984. He earned one MVP tournament award when playing baseball for ECSU, twice national champions.
Oak Hill Sports and Fitness (Tony Savino Award), located on Upson Street, is a facility to empower the physically challenged.
Jill Nocera Swanson (Committee Award) was a three-sport captain at Bristol Central and earned All-State honors in softball. She went to the University of Vermont, where she received a full scholarship to play softball.
Chryss Watts (Lidia Jabs Award) was a three-sport All-State player for Bristol Eastern who went on to compete in basketball and track for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She went on to captain the 1996 U.S. Olympic Women’s Team Handball team.
Spec Monico (Bill Garrett Award) has long been a member of the sports community. The Bristol American Legion baseball teams he coached won two state and five Zone 1 titles. His 2008 team played in the American Legion World Series.
The Julie Larese Scholarship winners are Maggie Santacroce of Bristol Eastern (Patricia D’Amato Memorial Scholarship), Pat Kjornrattananawich of Bristol Central (Frank Scalia Memorial Scholarship) and Kendall Davis of St. Paul (John E. Tavera Memorial Scholarship).
Tickets for the dinner are $40 and can be obtained by contacting Dan Valerio at 860-490-5128 or Frank Owsianko at 860-302-4133; or by emailing .
Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-973-1808.