Bristol Sports Hall of Fame welcomes newest crop of inductees

Published on Sunday, 21 November 2021 19:23
Written by RYAN AMES


BRISTOL – The Bristol Sports Hall of Fame held its 25th Anniversary Induction Program on Friday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel where eight new inductees were honored.

Anthony Savino, Stacy Mills Rivoira, Dr. Albert Jabs, John Dauphinee, Karin Pryzgocki, Hank Lodge, Jim Danis and Todd Hasler made up this year's class.

Friday's induction included an official welcome from Bristol Mayor Jeff Caggiano, remarks from the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame Vice President Bob Kalat, and a presentation to each inductee following dinner.

Anthony Savino played basketball and baseball at St. Anthony's High School, where he led the basketball team to two appearances to the New England Small Catholic High School Tournament, winning one in 1953.

Savino entered the Army in 1956 and coached the Eighth Cavalry, First Cavalry Division team to a 29-3 record and scored 23 points per game as a player.

Savino continued his basketball career at Uconn Waterbury following his return from the Army, and averaged 18.5 points per game while also scoring 50 or more points five times.

In 1996, Savino joined the Bristol Tramps Sports Reunion Committee and later became its 'squared away' executive director.

Stacy Mills Rivoira graduated from Bristol Eastern in 1988 following a four-year stints with the volleyball, basketball and tennis teams. Rivoira was a three-year varsity starter and senior captain in all three sports.

A two-time state champion, once with volleyball and another with basketball, Rivoira continued her volleyball career at Stonehill College, where she started all four years.

Rivoira returned to coach the Lancers girls volleyball team for 23 years, the last 13 as the varsity head coach, where she posted an overall record of 248-56.

Under Rivoira, the girls volleyball team made it to the state quarterfinals or better 11 times, won 12 CCC South Championships, four CCC Tournament Championships and two CIAC Class L Championships. Rivoira also produced 46 All-Conference players and 16 All-State players.

“It's special,” Rivoira said. “We waited two years for this to happen too, it's special to be part of a group that has very much been a part of my life. I feel like so many of the people that are in the Hall of Fame now were a huge part of my life growing up, so to be a part of that is a special thing.

“I have so much respect for so many people that are here because they formed who I was as a coach, so it's nice to be a part of that,” Rivoira said. “I have a lot of friends that I played with as well that are a part of the Hall of Fame so it's special.”

A graduate of Immanuel Lutheran and the Bristol high schools in 1951, Dr. Albert Jabs participated in basketball, as well as scholastic soccer, football and track and field.

Jabs was a three-year starting center in basketball, served as captain his senior year, set a new school scoring record, and won the Thomas M. Monahan MVP Award as a senior.

Jabs went on to play basketball and run track and field at Valparaiso University, before becoming a distinguished college professor.

John Dauphinee graduated from Bristol Central in 1988 where he was a three-sport athlete with the football, basketball and baseball teams.

In 1987, the football team claimed the conference championship, the same season Dauphinee received all-conference and second-team all state as a safety. The same year, the basketball team were Class L runners-up.

Dauphinee was named to the 1987 ESPN Scholastic Sports American Scholar Athlete Honor Roll and in 1988, he began his football career at Trinity College. His senior year, Dauphinee was selected as the NESCAC and ESAC Defensive Player of the Week and tied a school career mark with 14 interceptions.

Karin Pryzgocki earned All-Conference honors in soccer, basketball, and softball at Bristol Central before graduating in 1989.

Pryzgocki went on to play softball at Yale University, where the Bulldogs won the New Haven City Series and Ivy League Championships her senior year.

Pryzgocki also made her mark around the world as part of the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand for softball in 2017, cycling four of the five main islands of Japan and helped organize athletic programs for kids in China, Ghana and India as part of the Yale Alumni Service Corps.

Hank Lodge joined the BSHOF Board in 2005 and has been known as one of the most active volunteers as he received the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame Joe McGinn Award in 2008.

An active member of Bristol youth sports, Lodge was Vice President of Bristol Pop Warner, minor league coordinator, player agent and vice-president of Edgewood Little League, and served many duties with the Eastern Regional Tournament.

Hodge grew up in Hartford where he was captain of the 1959 Hartford Public School freshman basketball team, then later served in the Air Force from 1962 to 1968.

As part of the Class of 1982 at Bristol Central, Jim Danis played football and baseball for the Rams.

The football team were state finalists in 1979 and conference champions his senior year, while the Bristol American Legion team won the 1983 state title.

Danis played baseball in college at ECSU where he won conference championships in his first three seasons before heading to the College World Series his senior year as captain.

Danis' college batting average finished at .380 with 10 home runs and 80 RBIs and is also in ECSU's 100 hit club.

“It feels good,” Danis said. “It's from a long time ago. We basically have the chance to look back and reminisce on things that happened 30 years ago with baseball and going through the ranks from little league to college. Bristol's always had a huge place in my heart and I've been back to see some friends inducted previously and it's an honor to be inducted.

“Honestly, I got the nomination letter four years ago in the mail and up until that point I was shocked that I got in,” Danis said. “It's a treat for me and I'm enjoying it.”

Todd Hasler starred for Bristol Central basketball before graduating in 1978, then went on to have a succesful four-year career at Marist College.

Hasler's high school scoring average was 17 points per game, while averaging 23 points as a senior and finishing with 1037 career points.

Hasler also was a successful coach with Bristol Central, serving as an assistant basketball coach for 17 seasons, which included the 1990 Class L championship team. Hasler also coached the 1998 Nutmeg Team to the eighth-grade championship and Uptempo AAU squad in 2002 that placed third nationally.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, General Sports on Sunday, 21 November 2021 19:23. Updated: Sunday, 21 November 2021 19:26.