This is the first of a three-part series highlighting the newest members of the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame:
David Hansen, 1970
Hansen attended Plainville High from 1976-70 where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He served as a co-captain in football his senior season.
Hansen was an exceptional talent on both sides of the field in football and earned a starting role as a sophomore as a running back for the Blue Devils. As a junior running back and defensive back, he played every game as a punishing runner, including gaining 160 yards and three touchdowns in one game. On defense, he was a tenacious hitter who used his speed and power to punish the opposition. His junior season was cut short due to a broken foot that also sidetracked his basketball season.
Once healthy for his senior season, Hansen resumed where he left off, gaining at least 100 yards in seven of eight games with a season-high 181 yards against Glastonbury. Amazingly, Hansen led the team in many categories: rushing yards, receiving yards, kickoff and punt returns and tackles. He was named to both the ALL-CVC offense and defensive teams.
On the hardwood, Hansen was a power forward who’s rebounding and ability to find the open shot made him a key contributor to the team’s successes. If only he was healthy to have played three full seasons.
As a lanky left-handed strikeout specialist, Hansen was one of the anchors of the pitching staff drawing interest from Philadelphia Phillies in his senior season. Hansen, however, chose football and attended UConn where he was a starting running back with Eric Torkelson.
Sandra Paradis Fray, 1979
Paradis Fray graduated from Plainville High School in 1979. She was a three-sport, scholar athlete who participated in volleyball, basketball and softball.
In volleyball, she was a striker who earned four varsity letters from 1975-78. In her senior year, she was chosen a tri-captain and led the team to its first ever qualifying postseason tournament. The Blue Devils went on to the state quarterfinals, finishing 13-5 for the first winning record in school history for girls volleyball.
In basketball, Paradis Fray was a ferocious guard earning three varsity letters from 1976-79. In her senior year, the team went to the postseason tournament qualifier and finished the season with an 11-8 record.
In softball, Paradis Fray could play any position on the field. But with her solid glove and strong arm, she was platooned at short stop and third base. She earned four varsity letters and in her senior year was named co-captain, leading the team to its first ever postseason softball tournament. That year the team went to the state semifinals losing 6-5. Plainville finished 16-5, which was the best winning record for the softball team at the time. Paradis Fray was named All-Colonial Conference in 1979.
Paradis Fray was the consummate student-athlete, who was the vice president of the PHS Girls League. She was recognized with the following honors: 1978, 1979 PHS National Honor Society, Who’s Who Among High School Students and the 1979 Athletic Backers PHS Female Scholar Athlete Award Winner
Paradis Fray attended the University of Valley Forge where she earned NACC All-Conference and tournament MVP honors in volleyball. In softball, she earned NACC All-Conference and All-Tournament. In 1983–84, Sandy was selected as All-American in basketball. In 2004, Sandy was inducted into the University of Valley Forge Hall of Fame.
Paradis Fray is married to William Fray and three grown children. She continues to volunteer in various community school and church groups.
The Plainville Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held at Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central Street in Forestville. The ceremony will begin with a social at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. with the awards following immediately. The cost for a ticket is $45 and can be purchased at the Dental Offices of Dr. Rusty Camp at 359 Farmington Ave, or Angelo’s Modern Barber Shop at 61 East St. or Farmington Bank at 117 East St. in Plainville.
Please contact Mike Bakaysa at 860-573-8015 or Byron Treado at 860-836-3377 for details. All commemorative plaques can be viewed at Plainville High School in the Hall of Fame Showcase. For further information on the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame can be found at www.plainvillesports.com