February 18, 2013


                       Warren Athletic Hall of Fame to Induct Class of 2013


The Warren Athletic Hall of Fame today announced its Class of 2013.  It consists of six athletes, one coach, one contributor, two old timers, and three teams.  They will be inducted at the Hall of Fame’s annual banquet that will be held at Swansea’s Venus de Milo Restaurant on Saturday, April 13, 2013.


 The inductees are:


Roger Araujo (Athlete) (Posthumously)

One of Warren’s greatest slow-pitch softball players, the late Roger Araujo starred on the Golden Lounge, Moe’s Ramble Inn, Hellew’s, and Old Ironsides championship teams of the 1960s and 1970s.

Earlier he had been a member of the Little League Baseball All Stars of 1960 after leading the league in batting (.509) and runs batted in.  And as a nine-year-old he had hit .357 while starting for the championship Braves nine.

In 1965 he played for the Warren High School basketball team, scored more than twenty points in defeats of Barrington and Bristol, and was named first team All Class C Eastern.


Brian Beausoleil (Contributor)

Brian Beausoleil has competed in hundreds of races, including fifty-plus marathons.  His fastest time at the Boston marathon, for which he qualified more than ten times, was two hours and forty-six minutes.

A member of the East Bay Striders for the past quarter century, he has served as either Director or Co-Chairman of the Warren Substance Abuse 5K on numerous occasions.  He has also been the Race Director of the Kayleigh Raposa 5K and Director of runs on New Year’s Day, at Colt State Park, and in the Senior Ocean State Games.

For the last decade-plus Brian has been the boys and girls cross country and track coach at the Bristol-Warren School District’s Kickemuit Middle School.  And he has been the school’s Athletic Director since 2007.   


Joseph Catalfano (Athlete)

Joe Catalfano was the only freshman to make the Mt. St. Charles varsity hockey squad in 1978.  While he was at the Mount, his teams captured four state championships, three New England titles, and were designated the USA Today National Champions in both his junior and senior seasons. As a senior Joe was named an All State defenseman.

He earned Little League and Babe Ruth baseball honors, skated on youth hockey travel teams, played on numerous softball championship teams in Warren, coached a Bantam State Championship hockey team, volunteered at the Special Olympics Summer Games, and served as a hockey referee and men’s softball umpire during many recent seasons.

Joe was picked by a group of evaluators to be a referee or linesman in numerous Maryland and Virginia state hockey finals during the last decade.


Wanda Lukas (Coach)

Since 1987 Wanda Lukas has served as the East Bay Special Olympics Coach.  In 1999 she was named the Rhode Island Special Olympics Co-Coach of the Year.

Wanda has coached a number of sports, including track and field, unified basketball, unified bocce, unified bowling, and unified golf.  In 2003 she served as the coach of the United States golf team at the World Special Olympic Games in Ireland.

Among the athletes she has coached are Hall of Famer and World Champion Robbie Strickland and National Champion Frank Siembab, recipient of the Town of Warren’s Unsung Hero Award.


Mike Marino (Athlete)

A member of the Warren High School 1970 wrestling team that finished Suburban East competition without a loss, Mike Marino finished fourth at one hundred and fifty-five pounds in both the Rhode Island and New England Championships.  Earlier in the season he was the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the Suburban Division All Star Tournament.

At Worcester Academy he was the team’s undefeated captain and then was named its Most Valuable Player.  After reaching the finals of the New England Prep Division tourney before losing, he was named second team All New England Prep.

(The Warren High School 1970 wrestling team is also being inducted as part of the Athletic Hall of Fame’s 2013 class.)


Charles H. McCanna, Jr. (Old Timer) (Posthumously)

The late Charlie McCanna pitched for the Warren Post American Legion baseball nine that captured the Division Two title and finished as State Runners-Up in both 1929 and 1930.  The following year he compiled a 13-0 pitching record in the Tim O’Neil Providence Amateur League.

At Rhode Island College of Education (now Rhode Island College) he was the star – and eventually captain – of the school’s basketball team four years in a row.

An All Star pitcher in the Warren Twilight League, Charlie pitched Warren to victory over Bristol in every Little World Series from 1932 to 1935. 

Charlie was Jim McGeough’s assistant coach when the Warren High School Red Raiders of 1936 won the Class C Baseball title and then finished second in the state playoffs.  A decade later he coached the Warren High School Redskins to both the Class C and State Baseball Championships.


Neil Murphy (Athlete)

Competing for the Portsmouth Abbey soccer team, Neil Murphy was named first team All State Prep in both 1987, 1988, and 1989.  In the second of those three seasons, he helped lead his team to the co-championship of the Southeastern New England Independent Schools League.

As a golfer Neil was a member of the 1989 Abbey squad that captured the championship of the Southeastern New England Independent Schools League.


Gregory J. Sampson (Athlete)

Greg Sampson was a member of St. Raphael Academy’s varsity golf team from 1999 to 2002.  During that time he was the Rhode Island High School Individual Champion once and the state’s runner-up twice, and as a result earned first team All State honors in three different seasons.

During his high school years he was also the State Junior Amateur Champion and the U. S. Challenge Cup’s World Series of Golf Champion.

After leading his Old Dominion University team to a conference championship, Greg competed in various Rhode Island amateur competitions, capturing the Burke Memorial title and the Four-Ball Championship. 


Will “Biddy” Smith (Old Timer) (Posthumously)

The late Biddy Smith played left field for the Silk Hats Inter-State League title teams of 1908 and 1909.  In the latter year he also served as manager and engaged in a letter-writing tussle with Bristol regarding how many games had been scheduled and were required to be played.

He managed Warren to victories over Bristol in the Little World Series competition of those same two years.  In total, he played for Warren in five different Series, four of which Warren won.

Biddy also served as an officer/manager of basketball and bowling teams, as well as other baseball nines, in the first two decades of the twentieth century.

(He later served the Town of Warren as both a town councilman and a state senator.)


Kyle C. Teixeira (Athlete)

One of the greatest men’s soccer players in Rhode Island College history, Kyle Teixeira holds the school’s records for the most goals (eighty-two) and points (one hundred ninety-one) in a career.  He also holds the record for the most goals scored in a season (2003).

He was a three-time Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was named first team All Little East Conference in each of his four seasons.

At Mt. Hope High School Kyle earned first team All Division honors in both soccer and tennis and was a starter for the Huskies’ Division Two South basketball titlists.  In his senior soccer year, he was named first team All State and was the only Rhode Islander to be named All American by USA Today.

After college he competed professionally in soccer and is currently in his seventh year of coaching with the (New England) Revolution Academy.


 Warren High School Class C Baseball Champions 1936 (Old Time Team)

 Having defeated South Kingstown twice during the regular season, the Warren High Red Raiders trailed the Rebels by two runs with two outs in the ninth inning of their first playoff game.  Donat Brochu then stepped in and hit a two-run homer to tie the game.  Oops – foul ball by inches!  So he stepped back in and hit another two-run homer, the first of his career.  Warren High went on to win the game.

Tom McKale then shut out Burrillville to capture the Class C title.  After downing Class B West Warwick in a two out of three game series. The team qualified for the state finals, where they lost to Class A Cranston.

Coached by Jim McGeough and Charlie McCanna, the team was led by All Staters Duke Abbruzzi (the Class C batting leader at .406), Donat Brochu, and Captain Paul Sevigny.  All five, plus Lester Burdge, Ditty Drainville, Flash Greenwood and Tom McKale, are individual members of the Athletic Hall of Fame.  


Warren High School Class C Football Champions 1936 (Old Time Team)

 Charlie Burdge’s first-ever Warren High School team, the 1936 Red Raiders knocked Barrington from the undefeated football ranks and also downed St. Raphael’s, De La Salle, East Greenwich, South Kingstown, Colt Memorial of Bristol, and Burrillville on their way to the undefeated Class C title.

Running back and Co-Captain Duke Abbruzzi and guard Pete Mogayzel were named to the All State eleven; the team’s other co-captain was Fred Polak.  (This was the fifth of six consecutive sports seasons after which Duke was named All State.) “A holy terror in the second half,” Duke rushed for one hundred and fifty-four yards in the 20-7 defeat of our neighbors to the north and west.

Duke Abbruzzi, Coach Charlie Burdge, tackle Flash Greenwood, and end Tommy McKale, as well as freshmen substitutes Winky Correia and Ben Ferrazzano, are individual members of the Athletic Hall of Fame.


Warren High School Suburban East Wrestling Champions 1970 (Current Era Team)

Wins over Bristol and Barrington (twice) highlighted an undefeated Suburban East championship season for the Warren High School wrestling team of 1970.  The team was coached by Mike Nicolazzo and Dick Chester.

Starters John Abenante, Gordon Kee, Mike Marino, and Bob Pray won or tied all of their dual meet matches during the season.  In the state championship meet, four of the team’s grapplers finished in the top six, with Marino and Kee earning fourth place honors and Dan Devine and Bob Rutkiewicz placing sixth.

Having lost in overtime in the state semi-finals, Mike Marino then placed fourth at the New England championships.  He is also being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame as an individual member this year.



Tickets at $40 for adults and $15 for children ( 12 years old and under ) may be purchased by calling Martha Delekta at 245-1361. 

 Tickets may also be purchased by contacting other members of the  Hall of Fame Committee.


Ted Abrain 245-0468                        Matt Andreozzi 396-9800                     Jay Barry 245-2289                

Jay Ferreira 245-8763                      Jack Flynn 245-7687                            Tom Flynn 245-1086               

Diane Gempp 246-1413                    John Jannitto 245-6838                       Butch Lombardi 247-0007      

Gary Martins 1-508-336-4346         Jim McMahon 245-2354                       Mary Oliver 245-6749              

Al Sweet 245-3413                            Charlie Francis 245-7888                    Brian MacDougall  245-3364 

Beth Penkala  245-4560