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Mascenic Hall of Fame

The Inaugural Class

MASCENIC HALL OF FAME

It is something that has been years in the making and this September it will finally become a reality.

After much debate, numerous nominations and hours of discussions, the Mascenic Athletic Hall of Fame Committee decided upon its inaugural class that will consist of 15 athletes, two coaches, a friend of sport and a team to be inducted on homecoming weekend.

“We wanted to make sure we were covering all our bases,” said committee member Mike Smith. “And we did span quite a few years of Mascenic athletics.”

It was a challenging task for the committee. And in the end, they came up with some of the most decorated athletes since Mascenic first opened its doors in 1968.

“I just love sports and I thought this would be a cool opportunity to look back,” said committee member and Mascenic alum Amy Hill.

Many of the athletes helped bring home the championship banners hanging on the gymnasium walls. Others have won individual state titles, player of the year accolades and Mascenic athlete of the year awards.

The two coaches, Lloyd Sheehan and Bob Caswell, combined to coach in 19 state title contests with Sheehan winning seven.

“I think we have a little bit of everything,” said committee member and Mascenic Athletic Director Kevin Rines. “Over the 40-plus years we’ve had some really good athletes come through the doors.”

And on Sept. 21, the Saturday night of homecoming, the inductees will be honored in a ceremony at Mascenic with a time to be determined.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them all together,” said Hill

Athletes

Chris Henault, 2003

Henault was the 2003 Class M Player of the Year in baseball while leading the Vikings to the semifinals. Mascenic also made it to the state championship game in Henault’s freshman season. He was also a three year starter in basketball and soccer.

“He’s the best player I’ve coached or coached against,” said Rines.

Heather Shaw, 1991

Shaw finished her basketball career as the all-time leading scorer in school history with over 1,350 points and helped lead the girls volleyball team to the state title as a junior. She was also the female athlete of the year as a senior.

Bret Cartwright, 1986

Cartwright won back-to-back Class M-S individual cross-country championships as a junior and senior and finished runner-up in the state both years. As a senior, he finished 28th in the Kinney Nationals meet and was also a strong Nordic skier.

“He was just an incredible runner,” said Smith, who was on the same team as Cartwright.

Lisa Berry, 1995

Berry played four years of volleyball and softball, earning first-team all-state honors her final three years for volleyball and the Class M Pitcher of the Year award as a senior, when she was the female athlete of the year. Mascenic won the girls volleyball state title her freshman year and Berry helped the Vikings to the Class M finals her junior year.

Kevin Rines, 1989

Rines finished with 1,274 points on the basketball court, while earning three all-state awards and team MVP honors. He was a two-time all-state player in baseball and a five year starter. Rines was also the school’s male athlete of the year as a senior.

Sarah Peltokangas, 2003

Peltokangas helped Mascenic win the only two field hockey state championships in school history in 2000-01 and earned three team MVP honors. She also played basketball and softball, while also finishing ninth in cross-country at the Class M-S meet as a senior.

Jason Starr, 1999

Starr helped Mascenic win its only boys basketball title as a senior and is a member of the 1,000-point club, while earning first-team all-state honors in his final season. He helped the Vikings to three semifinal appearances in baseball and was a three-year starter at goalie for the soccer team.

“I think it’s awesome for the school and great for the athletic program,” said Starr. “It brings you back to those days you were there.”

Jeff Ambrosini, 1999

Ambrosini helped Mascenic win its first and only boys basketball championship as a senior, when he was also named the school’s male athlete of the year. He lettered all four years in soccer, basketball and baseball, winning team MVP in baseball as a junior and senior and offensive player of the year as a junior for basketball.

“We have been friends a long time,” said Starr, who is also the Mascenic boys basketball coach. “I was definitely happy to see his name on the list. It’s a testament to the guys we had at that time.”

Shannon Cunningham, 1995

Cunningham won two state titles in the javelin and was the fourth basketball player in school history to reach 1,000 points. She also played volleyball, as Mascenic won the championship her freshman season.

Jeff Alix, 1997

Alix was a three-sport athlete at Mascenic and received 11 varsity letters in soccer, basketball and baseball. He earned all-state honors in each sport, as well as team MVP. In 2004, he was named Class M Baseball Coach of the Year in his one year at the helm.

James Rines, 1981

Rines earned Mascenic’s male athlete of the year award as a senior, while earning first-team all-state in baseball and soccer. He was team MVP in soccer with 16 goals and 10 assists and hit .464 with 36 runs batted and eight wins as a senior.

Mike Cullinane, 1978

Cullinane earned team MVP honors as a senior in basketball, playing three years of varsity. He earned all-state honors his final two years in soccer and team MVP as a senior. Cullinane also wrestled, ran cross-country and track.

Helen Henault, 1977

Henault earned female athlete of the year honors as a senior to go along with field hockey and basketball MVP honors. She also was named basketball MVP as a junior and softball MVP in her sophomore season.

Peter Moorman, 1994

Moorman played six years of volleyball and helped the Vikings win five club championships, while earning three tournament Most Outstanding Player awards and team MVPs for his final three years. He was MVP in basketball and baseball as a senior.

Dean Salmonson, 1977

Salmonson was team MVP in basketball and baseball as a senior. He earned all-state honors as a junior in soccer and played varsity for four years in all three sports.

Coaches

Lloyd Sheehan

Sheehan led the girls volleyball team to five state championships, including back-to-back in 1984-85, and six other appearances in the finals.

He won two softball state titles and made it to four other championship games in his more than two decades at Mascenic. He was also responsible for starting the boys volleyball program.

“He’s kind of a legend at Mascenic,” said Hill, who played for Sheehan.

Bob Caswell

Caswell began coaching baseball at Mascenic in 1987, taking over a team that had just one win, and within two years had the Vikings in the state championship game. Two years later, Mascenic was back in the Class M title game and Caswell also won a Coach of the Year award during his 10-year run.

Friend of Sport

Leo Alix

Alix worked at the school as a custodian and was a big part of the athletic program. He helped coached and umpire games when necessary and even opened the school for teams to practice at odd hours. Alix attended thousands of Mascenic sporting events and was one of the school’s biggest fans.

Team

1984 & 1985
Girl’s Volleyball

The girls volleyball program won back-to-back state titles, the first school to do so in the sport. The 1984 team was 16-2 overall and won the first girls volleyball title in school history as the sixth seed. In 1985, the Vikings went undefeated, 17-0, on their way to a second straight championship — making it to the title game for a third straight season.

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