Plainville Sports Hall of Fame welcomes Class of 2016

Plainville Sports Hall of Fame welcomes Class of 2016


The Plainville Sports Hall of Fame welcomed its Class of 2016 at a banquet held at Nuchie’s Restaurant in Forestville Saturday, Oct. 1.

Entering the Hall this year were:

Robin “R.J.” Anderson, a 1998 graduate, was a three-sport star athlete in football, basketball and baseball. Anderson was a record-setting quarterback who, as captain, led Plainville to its first victory over Berlin in 15 years, and to a conference championship and a CIAC Class M playoff berth.

John Blackmore, a 1996 graduate, excelled as captain in three sports – soccer, basketball and baseball. As a fullback on the soccer team, Blackmore earned All-Northwest Conference and Class M All-State honors. On the basketball court, he was named All-Northwest Conference.

Janice Mancarella Portlock, a 1983 graduate, was a three-sport athlete. In volleyball, she was a four-year player, captain in her senior year, and earned all-conference honors two years. Mancarella played basketball for two years and softball for four, serving as captain her senior year. In softball, she earned all-conference honors three times and batted over .500 as a senior.

Herbert J. Santos, Sr., a 1950 graduate, gained national prominence in the sport of boxing. While at Plainville High School, Santos played football, basketball and ran track. He moved to Nevada and made his mark as an attorney and boxing official. He has been involved in Nevada boxing since the 1970s as a judge and member of Nevada State Athletic Commission, serving as chairman in 1987-88.

Santos advocated practices for safety, including attached thumb gloves as a result of the eye injury to “Sugar Ray” Leonard, and helped to modernize the NSAC rulebook published 1989. He received Special WBC recognition in 2012 as one of the top judges of the past 50 years.

Charles Petit, a 1957 graduate, was a three-sport athlete, excelling in baseball, basketball and football. A two-year varsity starter in baseball, Petit was considered a natural leader and a team player. A versatile team player, Petit played the football positions of center, tight-end and quarterback during his varsity career and was elected co-captain of the football team in his senior year. In basketball, Petit was voted the Player of the Week five times and earned the moniker “The Gentlemen of the Court” from then-coach Pat Riera. During the 1957 season, Petit averaged 15.9 rebounds per-game and set the record for the most rebounds in a single game, with 32.

1996 girls outdoor track team. The undefeated Class M state champs were led by captains Denise Brousseau, Jen Hayes, Kelly Kong and Naoemi Villafane. The 35-member team worked together under coaches David Wesoloski, John Laskarzewski, Jeff Sorel and Nikki Jones to earn the school’s first girls state championship.

Several team members, led by Jill Giannini and Naoemi Villafane, participated in the State Open and New England championships. Villafane also competed in the Heptathlon.

The team’s dual meet record from 1993 through 1996 was 32-2.

1958-59 football team. Who can forget the names of Steve Vargo, John Gacek, Jim Parilli, Joe Natale, Tom Graney, Brian Brooks, Larry Biskupiak, Bob Dalke, Dave Christiansen, Roger Roy, Dick Synott, Bob Browne and so many others? The ‘58-’59 state championship team almost duplicated the undefeated feats of the 1937 and 1947 teams, but came up short against rival Southington, 12-0.

The 1958-59 team outscored its opponents 278-12. The 266-point margin still stands as the school record for scoring supremacy.

Tom Arcari, Sr. The Distinguished Service Award winner has been the silent gem of Plainville High School record-keeping. Arcari has been a volunteer statistician for the high school football team and softball team for more than 30 years and is considered by many as “Mr. Statistics.”

Hall of Fame plaques are displayed in a showcase at Plainville High School. Learn more about the Hall of Fame at

– Press Release


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