2019 AHOF inductee Devon Dobson (21) celebrates a South-West Conference championship with his Green Wave boys' lacrosse teammates in 2007
Incoming New Milford High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductees gather Nov. 2, 2019 at Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton shortly before the AHOF's annual induction ceremony. In the front row are, from left to right, Danielle Gasser '08, Jack Lavalette '87, Donna Maruszak Roberts '81, Margo Maytham Muttilainen '83, Laurie Center '75, and John Bucinsley '67; back row, Devon Dobson '07, Eric Muttilainen '83, Emma Crowcroft '09, Tom Ferrell '06, and, representing the late Sam Blackman '56, his sons, Jimmy Blackman and Kenneth Blackman. Elizabeth Carter '67 was unable to attend the banquet.
Covid-19 forces another year's postponement
The New Milford High School Athletic Hall of Fame has regretfully called off its Oct. 16, 2021 induction banquet, which had been scheduled at Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton. It marks the second straight year that the NMHS AHOF board has opted to delay its ongoing process due to the corononavirus pandemic.
Due to the ongoing threat of the pandemic, the AHOF board has also put on hold selection of its next class of inductees. Concern for the health and well-being of everyone associated with the banquet is the AHOF's reason for caution, and will be going forward. When we can safely finish the selection process, we'll then announce our next class, possibly at that time to be called the Class of 2022.
With the Covid-19 vaccination process well underway, we are optimistic we will be able to induct a Class of 2022 and have therefore scheduled our next banquet for Oct. 15, 2022.
Starting in the fall of 2017, the AHOF has hosted three banquets at Fairview, on each occasion welcoming a dozen inductees. Each of our 36 inductees, including legendary athletic director/coach Joseph Wiser and coaches Fran Zaloski and Russell Devin, has a page on this website featuring a biography and photos, and plaques for all inductees hang proudly on the wall in the NMHS athletic wing.
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Athletic Hall of Fame inducts its Class of 2019
2019 inductee Devon Dobson proved a record-setting Green Wave lacrosse force leading up to his 2007 graduation.
A third class of a dozen inductees to the New Milford High School Athletic Hall of Fame was honored Nov. 2, 2019 at the annual banquet at Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton.
Taking their turns accepting induction were John Bucinsley '67; Laurie Center '75; Donna Maruszak Roberts '81; Eric Muttilainen '83; Margo Maytham Muttilainen '83; Jack Lavalette '87; Tom Ferrell '06; Devon Dobson '07; Danielle Gasser '08; and Emma Crowcroft '09.
Elizabeth Carter '67 was unable to travel to the banquet. She was represented by NMHS teammate and classmate Nancy Bierbower Carlson.
Sam Blackman '56 passed away in May, 2019 at the age of 81 but his sons, Kenneth Blackman and Jimmy Blackman, were on hand to accept their father's induction.
A large crowd was in attendance to support this year's inductees and share in the NMHS AHOF banquet experience.
Bios and photos of the 2019 inductees are posted on their respective pages.
2019 inductee Donna Maruszak Roberts was a volleyball standout and mercurial track & field athlete prior to her 1981 graduation.
Class of 2018 inductees honored at annual banquet
The New Milford High School Athletic Hall of Fame's second annual induction banquet was held Oct. 27, 2018 before a sellout crowd at Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton.
Honored were the late Alfred "Sonny" Zaloski '47, Bryan Riley '75, Maggie Rinaldi-Chappuis '80, Trey Lavalette '82, John McCafferty '83, Louis Heaton '84, the late John Ndukwu '84, Alexis Thompson Kleinhans '90, Morgan Brady Degan '97, Jeanna Bradle Freeman '06, Meghan Johnson Lyon '08 and Conor Kirkegard '12.
Banquet photos are available to view, purchase
2019 banquet photos by Karen Berwick are featured in the gallery section of the website.
Photographs of the 2017 and 2018 New Milford High School Athletic Hall of Fame banquets are available for viewing and purchase from respective banquet photographers Trish Haldin and Liam Lacey. Please turn to our Gallery pages for the links.
Membership is open for the NMHS Athletic Hall of Fame Club
Signup is underway for the New Milford High School Athletic Hall of Fame Club. More than 40 members have joined the club.
The New Milford High School Athletic Hall of Fame is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization. Donations and other contributions are tax exempt with the IRS.
New Milford High School Athletic Hall of Fame
The Athletic Hall of Fame is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization “dedicated to honoring those who have contributed with distinction to NMHS inter-scholastic sports as athletes, teams, coaches and in support roles,” according to its mission statement.
The primary goals for the Hall of Fame are stated in its mission statement:
We seek to preserve the history of athletics as an integral aspect of the educational experience at NMHS.
In doing so, we strive to encourage and inspire contemporary and future NMHS student-athletes to achieve to the best of their ability in the sports realm while maintaining their standing in the classroom and other school activities.
In keeping with interscholastic sports' role in the physical and emotional growth of many teens, we endeavor to maintain the Hall of Fame as a standard by which young student-athletes can establish their goals and judge their progress.