Rothkugal, Villafane Raimondi to enter Plainville Sports Hall of Fame
This is the third in a multi-part series highlighting the newest inductees into the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremonies will be held Saturday, November 20 at Hawk’s Landing in Southington.
Rothkugel was a great teammate who was a four-year starter and letter winner on the Plainville High School baseball team from 1998-2002. He was a two-time All-State (2001 and 2002) nominee and named to the All-Northwest Conference team all four years of his career.
Rothkugel was an offensive powerhouse who was feared by opposing players and coaches. He was a natural hitter with power to all fields and an excellent athlete. "As coaches, we never had to say anything to Phil Rothkugel about hitting. He had an amazing ability to hit a baseball and hit it with power to all fields. We just left him alone and he did his thing," Coach Freimuth said.
During his career at PHS he finished with a .424 batting average, had 129 hits, drove in 120 runs and hit 17 home runs. In 1999, as a sophomore, he helped lead the Blue Devils to the CIAC Class M State Championship. That season he batted .500, hit 8 home runs and drove in 39 runs. In 2002 he helped lead a young team to the CIAC Class M State finals. During the year he batted .541 with an amazing 41 hits in 23 games. On the mound he finished his career with 8 pitching victories with only one defeat and a career earned run average of 1.90.
While at PHS he also participated in football, basketball and wrestling.
He went on to have an outstanding collegiate career at CCSU where he still remains an all-time leader in numerous offensive categories.
Naoemi Villafane Raimondi
A talented and published author, “Visualize Positive Results,” whose athletic background became the impetus behind a career path that allowed her to achieve excellence in many unique athletic disciplines, graduated from Plainville High School in 1996. During her high school career, Villafane Raimondi earned 11 varsity letters, four each in both soccer and track and field and three in cheerleading.
In soccer she was selected All-Northwest Conference and Most Improved during her senior season and in cheerleading she was awarded the Team Spirit Award, also during her senior year. However, it was in track and field that she drew the most accolades. Villafane Raimondi’s specialty was the 100 yard high hurdles and during her junior and senior years she ran undefeated in dual meet competition. She also was part of a school record setting 4x100 relay team along with HOF member Jill Giannini that established the new benchmark. Additional honors followed including being named All-Northwest Conference and All-State 1994-96, participating in both the State Open and New England Championships and was co-captain of the 1996 Class M State Champion outdoor track team.
After her PHS graduation, Villafane Raimondi moved on to Division I Central Connecticut State University where she continued her outstanding athletic and academic accomplishments, graduating with a degree in accounting in 2000 and an MBA in Business Administration in 2001.
From her love of competition and physical well being sprang the passion to sustain her fitness foundation. She changed her career path becoming a certified fitness instructor and trainer currently employed at the Southington-Cheshire YMCA. She has been a triathlon coach, adventure racing coach, multi-sport trainer, along with being an aerobics and fitness instructor. Competitively, she has been in the top three female finishers in 95% of the multi sport events that she has competed in since 2006.
Additionally, she has completed four marathons including both the prestigious New York City and Boston Marathons. Her finishing time of 3:40 in the NYC Marathon earned her a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon. Villafane Raimondi’s finishing time at Boston was 3:36, which also was a re-qualifying time. The Boston Marathon considered by many the Holy Grail for distance runners has become even harder to get into each passing year.
Tickets for the induction ceremonies may be purchased at Modern Barbershop, Angelo’s, Gnazzo’s and The Central Connecticut Dental Group (Dr. Rusty Camp). For additional ticket information, visit plainvillesports.com.