Panther alums to be inducted into new Hall of Fame
SPRINGFIELD — Two Middlebury College alumni and Panther athletes will be among the first inductees into the new Springfield High School Athletics Hall of Fame on March 9.
The Springfield Athletics Hall of Fame Committee recently announced its inaugural class and it included 1975 SHS graduate Greg Birsky (Middlebury College class of 1979) and 1957 Springfield graduate Brad Dunbar (Middlebury College 1961).
Birsky, the valedictorian of his high school class and a four-year varsity member of the Cosmo football, basketball and baseball teams, was named the SHS Most Outstanding Male Athlete in 1975. In basketball, his school record of 1,468 points stood for 30 years. At Middlebury College Birsky was a four-year member of both the basketball and baseball teams and captained the basketball team.
Brad Dunbar captained the SHS football, basketball and track and field teams and played on the Cosmo 1956 and 1957 state champion basketball teams, becoming an all-tournament and All-American selection. At Middlebury he was a member of the basketball and track and field teams and held the school shot-put record for many years.
The SHS hall will also induct Class of 1942 member Boleslof “Bo” Birsky as a coach, Class of 1978 member Mary Beth Birsky as an athlete, Class of 1928 member Curt Dressel as a coach, Class of 1991 member Tracy Guilford as an athlete, Class of 1907 member and Olympic champion Albert Gutterson as a athlete, Class of 1977 member Mary Rose Jasinski as an athlete, coach and teacher Bob Schweitzer, Class of 1968 member Jim Schwartz as an athlete, and Class of 1952 member Richie Wyman as a coach.
Each inductee will be honored with a plaque to be displayed in the high school lobby wall that leads to the school’s trophy cases.
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