A quarterback who led his team to the best season in 55 years. Arguably the greatest strikeout artist in area softball history. A coach who took a program from mediocrity to near perfection.
It all adds up to a gifted class of nine individuals and two teams being inducted into the Johnson High-North Andover High Hall of Fame on April 27 at DiBurro’s Restaurant in Bradford. For more information on the ceremony, call the athletic department at 978-794-3144.
Biographies are based on information supplied by the Hall of Fame committee and Eagle-Tribune archives.
Bowe has generously given his time and money to athletics in town. In the late ‘90s, he established the Ruth Bowe wrestling scholarship in honor of his mother. Additionally, he developed a mentoring program which has counseled dozens of students. His daughter, Cassie, set the area 300 hurdles record and competed at Harvard.
Dianne (Foley) Freiermuth
For 15 years, “Coach Frei” guided the field hockey program to great heights. In 1993, she took over a struggling program which had never even advanced past the North quarterfinals. Her teams won the 2003 and 2006 Division 2 North titles. She guided the Knights to a 160-72-65 record, including a 62-5-2 mark over the last three seasons. She helped start the Booster Club youth field hockey program. The Newburyport native is from a long line of successful athletes and coaches. She’s a history teacher at North Andover.
John Guilmet ‘93
Among the best baseball players ever to wear the Scarlet and Black, Guilmet was a four-year mainstay and a two-year Eagle-Tribune All-Star. As a senior All-Scholastic, tendinitis kept him off the mound but he batted .482 and drove in a whopping 31 runs. As a junior, the 6-foot-5 Guilmet batted .433. He won 17 games with 146 strikeouts in 201 innings at Merrimack College. Guilmet was drafted in the 44th round his junior year at Merrimack by the Cubs and in the 34th round his senior year by the Tigers. The big right-hander pitched a year for the Class A Jamestown (N.Y.) Jammers of the New York-Penn League.
William Sullivan ‘89
Sullivan competed in wrestling for four years, soccer for four years and outdoor track for three. He was an honorable mention Eagle-Tribune All-Star in soccer but his greatness was established on the wrestling mats. Sullivan earned Eagle-Tribune All-Star honors three times. The 119-pounder went 42-2 as a senior, placing third at New Englands. A top scholar, he wrestled at Williams, earning All-American honors in 1993 by placing eighth at the Division 3 NCAAs. Also, the New England College Wrestling Hall of Famer has donated considerable time to youth wrestling in town.
Dan Healey ‘76
Healey went 31-3 as a heavyweight his senior year. He won the Division 2 state title and was named an Eagle-Tribune All-Star. He posted 35 career pins and was never pinned himself. After high school he captured New England freestyle titles in 1977 and 1982. Healey was one of the co-founders of the North Andover Youth Wrestling program, which has been an invaluable feeder system to the powerhouse Scarlet Knight program.
Stacey (Lafond) Caravella ‘97
A three-year starter in field hockey, Lafond was named an Eagle-Tribune All-Star as a senior when she scored a team-high 11 goals. A four-year basketball player, she was a captain as a senior. She also ran track for three years. Lafond, who was also a standout in the classroom, played field hockey at Brown. She was a tri-captain as a senior and was one of 28 players chosen to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division 1 National Academic Team.
Lauren Otto ‘02
Otto enjoyed a legendary four-year softball career. She was a three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star who struck out an amazing 947 batters. As a senior All-Scholastic, she struck out 305 batters with just 30 walks in 148 innings. She went 16-6 that year with a 0.33 ERA and batted a team-high .351. Otto posted back-to-back no-hitters and fanned 21 Haverhill batters in a 1-0 eight-inning victory.
The fireballer carried the long-struggling Knights to their best seasons in a quarter of a century when she twice pitched the team to the Division 2 North quarterfinals. She was named to the 19-player Eagle-Tribune All-Decade team.
Otto was a Dean’s List student at Merrimack and was named third-team All-NE-10 as a senior.
John Routhier ‘95
A dynamo on the gridiron, Routhier ran and passed the Knights to 1994 EMass. 4A Super Bowl title. The Eagle-Tribune Offensive MVP rushed for 1,004 yards that year, scored 19 TDs, threw seven TD passes and picked off seven passes. He scored 30 career TDs and fired 12 career TD passes.
Routhier, who was also a fine hurdler in track, played his college ball at Tufts. He rushed for 1,187 career yards with nine TD runs. He was a tri-captain his senior year. Routhier’s father and grandfather are already in the North Andover Hall of Fame.
David Green ‘95
The two-time Eagle-Tribune swimming MVP owned every school record and every Cape Ann League record except the 50 freestyle. As a senior he won the Division 2 state title in the 100 butterfly (53.59) and won his second 200 IM title (1:59.66).
He went on to captain Division 1 Old Dominion, where he ranks in the top 15 all-time in the 200 IM (1:53.91), 400 IM (4:05.71), 200 butterfly (1:53.19) and 100 butterfly (51.46).
1982-83 Girls Basketball Team
North Sectional Finalist (20-2 Record)
After a season-opening loss to Lynnfield, the Knights reeled off 18 straight wins to capture the Cape Ann League championship. NA reached the North finals for the first time in school history.
The Knights were led by Eagle-Tribune All-Stars Karen Lagana Berry (14 points a game) and point guard Jean Bushnell Enright (7 points a game). Other members of the team were Carol Bushnell, Agnes Bernal McGrail, Debbie Furneaux Swenson, Kathy Delisle, Katie Walsh, Liz Duffy, Susan Breen, Kris Uttley, Donna Lagana Silva and Beth Kalinowski Sarni.
1983-84 Girls Basketball Team
Division 2 North champions (22-1)
Unbeaten in the regular season, the Scarlet and Black beat Triton, Stoneham and Salem to capture the Division 2 North title. In the state semis, it lost a 58-56 heartbreaker to eventual state champion Walpole.
The 22-1 Knights were led by Eagle-Tribune All-Stars Susan Breen (10.5 ppg), who guided this year’s Knights to the North finals, Donna Lagana Silva (9.5 ppg) and sweet-shooting junior Kris Uttley (15 ppg). Breen and Lagana were senior co-captains.
The team, which was coached by Bob Parker and Pat Lawlor Parent, also featured starters Beth Kalinowski Sarni and Katie Walsh, reserves Debbie Furneaux Swenson, Katie Moran Hickey, Tami Kehrig Lipson, Nancy Erban Carpenter, Arlene Uszynski Distel, Danielle Dixon Graf and Joan Bushnell Francis and manager Lynda Fann.