Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes 10 inductees

The 2019 South Burlington Hall of Fame inductees pose with their plaques. from left to right, Rebecca Shaw ‘08, Jennifer Davidson Jacobus ‘02, Alicia Hawks ‘06, Penny Guilmain Faszewski ‘84, David Lapointe, Chris Gilding ‘06 and David Antonioli ‘92. Not pictured: Casey Harman ‘07 and James Smith ‘94.

South Burlington held a celebration of a different sort on Friday evening.

Instead of students cheering on the football team or leading pep rallies in the gym, on Sept. 27, South Burlington athletes were celebrating past Wolf greats at the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

David Antonioli ‘92, Jennifer Davidson Jacobus ‘02, Chris Gilding ‘06, Penny Guilmain Faszewski ‘84, Casey Harman ‘07, Alicia Hawks ‘06, Rebecca Shaw ‘08, James Smith ‘94 and David Lapointe, coach from 1977 to 1999, were inducted into the ninth Hall of Fame class.

“Everyone is so deserving of being in the Hall of Fame,” said South Burlington’s Director of Student Activities Mike Jabour.

During the ceremony at the Delta Hotel by Marriot in South Burlington, each inductee was introduced by a current South Burlington athlete.

“I hope it motivates them (current students) to think that it could be me up there one day,” Jabour said.

Antonioli, who was introduced by Seamus McGrath ‘20, was inducted for his skill in soccer and baseball as a South Burlington athlete and as a student at St. Michael’s College, where he still holds records for career points and goals.

Jacobus, who was introduced by Emma Kelley ‘21, was a three-sport athlete at South Burlington, competing in soccer, alpine skiing and lacrosse. She was the Outstanding Female Athlete of her graduating class and went on to play Division III lacrosse at William Smith College.

Chris Gilding, who was introduced by Brett Bohlman ‘20, led the South Burlington football team to two Division II state titles as quarterback and the baseball team to a state championship in 2005. The Georgia, Vt. resident also played four years of football at Norwich University.

Faszewski, who was introduced by Ainsley Hultgren ‘20, turned all-star performances on the field hockey field, basketball court and softball field into a Division I field hockey college career at Springfield College. The 1984 graduate was also named to two all-star Olympic development squads in field hockey.

Harmen, who was introduced by Jack Ambrosino ‘20, was inducted for his skills as a baseball pitcher and basketball player. Harman finished his South Burlington career as one of the best pitchers Vermont has ever produced and went on to play in college at Clemson University.

Hawks, who was introduced by Danielle Sleiman ‘20, was inducted after starting for four years on both the varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams. She led the Wolves to two state championships in field hockey and two more in lacrosse. She also went on to play lacrosse for the University of Vermont

Shaw, who was introduced by Lyssa Tan, was the starting goalie for three different South Burlington teams – field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse. After shining in all three sports for the Wolves, she went on to Middlebury College where she played both ice hockey and field hockey and led the Panthers to NCAA appearances in both sports.

Smith, who was introduced by Reid LeClair ‘21, was a Most Valuable Player in soccer, ice hockey and baseball for South Burlington. His leadership was key in all three sports and he helped carry the ice hockey team to back-to-back state championships.

Lapointe, who was introduced by Jagr Rinehart ‘20, was inducted after a 22-year career as the South Burlington boys varsity basketball coach. Lapointe led the team to their only Division I state title game appearance in 1989 and retired as the winningest coach in program history with 282 wins.

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