As the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame gets ready for its 21st annual induction banquet on Oct. 5, here is a look at the incoming Class of 2019:
Harold “Curly” Bartley, 1962
Bartley graduated from Plainville High in 1962 where he was a two-sport star in basketball and track and field. Bartley was a key contributor on the hardwood as a forward and strong defender, who also provided scoring and rebounding that helped the Blue Devils to the 1961 state championship and the 1962 state final, earning second team All-State honors.
One of Bartley’s primary assignments in practice was defending Earle Jackson who as Bartley says, “I got more elbows and hits in the head in practice than against any other team because Earle believed that every ball was his.” That assignment clearly paid dividends as the team earned two consecutive trips to the state final.
Track and field is where Bartley left an impressive mark as a four-year letterman. He was the first freshman to “letter and sweater” in track and field and placed in the high hurdles at the state meet. He lettered all four years with success in the high hurdles, high jump and long jump and was elected captain of the 1962 team. As a senior, Bartley set the school record in the long jump of 22 ¼. He was one of five members of the ’62 track and field team to qualify and place in the New England’s meet at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Bartley played on four consecutive state championship track and field teams where the team won 48 dual meets in a row.
Bartley said his coaches, Pat Riera in basketball and Dino Iorli and Fred Kallback in track and field, taught not only sports, but lessons of the value of teamwork and comradery that were useful later in life. The message he remembers best is, “track and field is individual events that require being a team to have success.” He remembers Saturday practices running up hills and walking back down and repeating it several times and the comradery it helps to develop. “The team worked hard but we played hard too.”
After high school, Bartley served two years in the Army that included one year in Vietnam. Amazingly, one night Bartley ran into his friend Earle Jackson and the two enjoyed a few “cold ones” together before parting ways in the morning. He retired from Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine as a ship fitter building destroyers for the Navy. He currently resides in Florida with his wife Betty.
John Mangan, 1964
Mangan graduated Plainville High in 1964 and was a tremendous varsity offensive and defensive for three years. He lettered in 1961, 1962 and 1963 under head coach Charlie Palmer. Mangan was also on the 1961 state champion track team. His events were the pole vault, 100- and 400-meter dashes.
In football, Mangan was well known for his hard hitting and ability to lead the way on sweeps as a pulling guard. On defense, he was a devastating tackler from his position on the line. In 1963, he led the team in tackles with 64 and was honored as the defensive player of 1963. He was nominated for All-State in 1963 as well for his offensive line play. Mangan led by example by playing of both sides of the ball for the entire game. Mangan helped paved the way by blocking for current Plainville Sports Hall of Fame members Larry Amara, Peter Longo, Rusty Camp and Frank Accousti. Palmer referred to Mangan as “The Redheaded Marvel” and was quoted as saying, “you can’t kill him unless you hit him with an axe.”
Mangan was a gritty, determined, tenacious payer who played with unbridled fury according to his teammates. Mangan also spent 30-plus years as a member of the Plainville Volunteer Fire Department and reached the rank of Second Assistant Chief, giving back to the community he loved.
RoseMarie Havelevitch Dugas, 1975
Before graduating in 1975, Havelevitch Dugas was a blend of athletic prowess and academic excellence, who not only was a student-athlete, but also a scholar-athlete as well. A three-sport standout held in the highest regard by her teammates and classmates, she was the 1975 class valedictorian. Havelevitch Dugas excelled in tennis (4 years), basketball (4 years) and volleyball.
She was captain of both her tennis and volleyball teams. In tennis, Havelevitch Dugas competed as the No. 1 singles player as well as in doubles. In basketball, she was a defensive stalwart known for her aggressive rebounding while averaging eleven points per game as a forward and center on the Blue Devil team that qualified for the Class M state tournament her senior season. Havelevitch Dugas excelled in volleyball, laying the groundwork for Plainville’s first volleyball team (1974) competing in the Colonial Conference.
Havelevitch Dugas received numerous athletic and academic awards that culminated and highlighted her celebrated Plainville High accomplishments, including being named The Plainville Backers Club 1975 Female Athlete of the Year, along with the Betty Riera Sports Award. Academically she received the State of Connecticut Scholar Award, Bauch Lomb Science Award, Oscar Provencher Social Studies Award, Harvey Kalish/Nicole Margonelli English Award and the Trinity Book Award. Havelevitch Dugas continued her education and graduated from St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford with a B.S. degree in nursing. During her college years, she played No.1 singles, while continuing her academic excellence, becoming a Deans List student and a member of the Nurses Honor Society.
After her college graduation, Havelevitch Dugas began her nursing career as a registered nurse working in the Central Connecticut area. She currently resides and works in the Southeastern Connecticut area. Additionally, she is the proud mother of three children and also a grandmother of three. Athletically, she continued her lifelong love of basketball and tennis, competing in several amateur leagues and tennis tournaments. She also has instilled her love of sports into younger athletes by volunteering and coaching girls and boys basketball teams, as well as softball and Little League baseball.
Jesse Cavallaro, 2004
Cavallaro graduated from Plainville High in 2004 as a two-sport athlete in soccer and wrestling. He is considered one of the best wrestlers in Plainville High history and had a very successful soccer career. In wrestling, Cavallaro accumulated 173 total career wins which is the second most wins in Connecticut high school history. In almost 200 career matches he was only pinned once, which came his freshman year). He was able to reach the elite 100-win milestone halfway through his junior year. Cavallaro was able to win four straight Northwest Conference Championship titles which made him the fifth wrestler in league history to achieve this milestone. He finished in the top three in all four years in the CIAC state wrestling meets. He won state championships his sophomore year (2002 Class M state champion, 103 pounds) and also his senior year (2004 Class state champion, 119 pounds). In both of these years he was also the CIAC State Open champion as well. Cavallaro reached New England Championships in the 119 pound weight class in 2004, where he placed second after losing in double overtime. This match was voted the “Most Exciting to Watch.” Cavallaro received the Outback Steak House Athlete of the Week featured in ESPN2 in 2004. He served as a team captain in his junior and senior year and led the 2004 team to a Northwest Conference title and a second-place team finish in Class S which is the best finish in Plainville wrestling history.
Cavallaro was a four-year varsity starter on the boys soccer team as a mid-fielder, receiving All-Northwest Conference honors and All-New Britain Herald three times. He served as a captain his senior year and was also named Second-Team All-State. Cavallaro was also a member of the CT Olympic Development Team during his sophomore and junior years. Cavallaro went on and played college soccer at Salve Regina University.
Mannarino is one of the most successful coaches in the history of Plainville High School. Mannarino was the varsity head coach of the girls softball program for 22 years and never experienced a losing season. He led his teams to more than 300 wins. His teams won six league championships in 1982, 1983, 1994, 1995, 2001 and 2002 and were Class M state finalists in 1986. Mannarino coached 10 All-State and 50 all-conference student athletes. While coaching Plainville softball, he was also the varsity girls soccer coach at Bristol Eastern High and combined for more than 450 wins over 24 years.
In his early years, Mannarino graduated from St. Anthony’s High School as a three-sport start and captain of the baseball, basketball and soccer teams. He played baseball at Central Connecticut State College where he graduated in 1968. He also played in the Greater Hartford Twilight League and was later a volunteer baseball coach in Little League, Pony League and American Legion.
Phil taught in the Plainville Community School system for 35 years.
Distinguished Service Honoree: John Bello
Bello graduated from Plainville High in 1964 where he played football alongside Hall of Famers John Mangan and Larry Amara. He was Student Council president and was named to the National Honor Society. Bello went on to matriculate at Tufts University where he graduated cum laude in 1968. There, he played football for two years, was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and played drums in a rock band called "The What Four." While at Tufts, he also met the former Nancy Nelson whom he married in 1969.
Upon his graduation from Tufts, Bello was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy. As a lieutenant, Bello volunteered for Vietnam where he served supporting river boats in the Mekong Delta. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V for meritorious service.
Post Navy, Bello earned an MBA as an Edward Tuck Scholar at the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. Afterwards, he worked in marketing roles at General Foods and PepsiCo. In 1979 he joined NFL Properties (NFLP), the marketing and merchandising arm of the National Football League, where he ascended to the position of President in 1986. During his 14-year stewardship, NFLP grew from $6 million in annual revenue to over $3 billion in sales in 1993.
After his departure from the NFL, Bello created the South Beach Beverage Company, named after the trendy South Beach area of Miami. Based in Connecticut, the company marketed a line of exotic juice blends and ready-to-drink iced teas under the brand name SoBe. From its creation in 1995, SoBe's sales rose rapidly climbing to $275 million by 2000 when it was sold to PepsiCo. In 2001, Ernst and Young named John its national entrepreneur of the year in the consumer product category.
Despite his success, Bello has not forgotten his Plainville roots. He has been a consistent and ongoing “behind the scenes” supporter of sports and civic causes to his hometown. As a helper, he is willing to share the benefits of his success and experience and has shown himself to be a genuine, caring and proud supporter of the town of Plainville.
He established an annual scholarship in his parents’ name for Plainville High graduates and makes it a point to attend the award ceremony to remind the students to thank their parents, teachers and coaches for all their support, love and attention. At Plainville High and other schools, he reminds students of the value of hard work and the ability to rise with the simple message “if I can do it, so can you. But you have to do the work.”
Bello made a personal donation and secured a Pepsi sponsorship for the Skate Park in Plainville. In 2004, he brought national attention to the Plainville Fire Department having Jimmy Ross featured on package spokesman for the Firefighter Brand of energy drinks and foods.
As an appreciative thank you for his mentoring of many and personal help in his college search, Bello entertained an emotional Charlie Palmer, his high school football coach, and his entire family at Super Bowl XXIII in Miami. Attending a Super Bowl in his lifetime was a dream for Palmer whose entire life centered around football. On a continuous basis, Bello supports the Plainville township, kids, and events with donations of NFL and SoBe merchandise, beverages, tickets and financial support and sponsorships. In 1959, he brought national attention to Plainville when he made Eagle Scout at age 12, making him the youngest in history to do so at that time. When he was honored by the Boy Scouts of America at the Plaza Hotel in New York in 1993, he dedicated the night to his scoutmaster, Frank Flanagan, and brought the entire Flanagan family to the event.
Given his success, Bello is often interviewed and never fails to mention Plainville, his family, Plainville High and his hometown friends for forging the important foundation and basis for all of his accomplishments.
Bello resides in Scottsdale, Arizona and Rye, New York, with his wife Nancy. The couple has three grown children: Lauren, Lindsay and John Michael and four grandchildren.
The banquet will be held at Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central Street in Forestville. The festivities will begin with a cash bar social hour at 5:30 p.m. with dinner w at 6:30 p.m. and the awards following immediately. The cost for a ticket is $50 or $450 for a table of 10 people and can be purchased at the Dental Offices of Dr. Rusty Camp at 359 Farmington Ave, Angelo’s Modern Barber Shop at 61 East St., Peoples United Bank at 117 East St. and Gnazzo Food Center 73 East Street in Plainville or through Pay Pal or Venmo.
In conjunction with the banquet the committee prepares an event program and is hopeful for individuals to be a valued supporter of the inductees or advertiser. Revenues from this program assure the future of the Sports Hall of Fame, the induction banquet and the Sports Hall of Fame Founders Award presented annually to a graduating senior at PHS. Please contact Mike Bakaysa at 860-573-8015 or Byron Treado at 860-836-3377 for details or visit www.plainvillesports.com for more information about the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame.