The Bristol Sports Hall of Fame brought together five athletes from St. Anthonyâ€™s last Thursday evening at the Bristol Historical Society to highlight some of the athletic history of the former Bristol Catholic high school.
John Fasolo, a 1959 St. Anthony graduate and longtime manager of human resources at the Barnes Group, was the moderator with Morrie Laviero, Tom Burke, Bob Fiondella and Phil Mannarino each providing commentary in comprising the panel, after which questions were taken from the audience.
First to speak was attorney Bob Fiondella, a member of the Class of 1960, who is a retired CEO of the Phoenix. He talked about the late Father Settimio Crudele, founder of both St. Anthony grammar and high schools, who was responsible for the secondary schoolâ€™s successful baseball, basketball and soccer programs.
The schoolâ€™s basketball team saw 2,000 patrons at games played at the Bristol Polish-American Club.
â€śThere isnâ€™t anything you canâ€™t do, he said, and it created a can-do attitude,â€ť Fiondella said. â€śHe infused that attitude without us even knowing it.â€ť
Tom Burke, a retired Federal auditor, was a basketball standout as a member of the Class of 1956. He said that, â€śNumber one, St. Anthonyâ€™s was family.â€ť
He added that the 1953 New England Small Catholic High School championship the Crusaders won laid down the foundation for the schoolâ€™s successful basketball program, under the late coach Frank Longo.
Mannarino, a retired high school educator and coach, the youngest on the panel as a 1963 graduate, added that he was fortunate to have played three sports at the school. He talked about soccer coach Harry Peters, who was the catalyst for the success of that sport at the school.
Morrie Laviero, a 1960 graduate and retired businessman, mentioned classmate Mike Boguslawski, one of three players between 1959 and 1960 who obtained All-State status as basketball players.
â€śFor a little school, we didnâ€™t do so bad,â€ť Laviero said.
The program can be seen in its entirety at the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame website, which is bshof.org.
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