The Berlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018 is:
Larry Kellum (Class of 1947; baseball, football, basketball), Dave McCain (Class of 1950; baseball, football, basketball), Sherwood “Woody” Anderson (Class of 1965; cross country, track); Sarah Szczepanik Sayko (Class of 1993; volleyball, gymnastics, track); Cory Carlson (Class of 1995; soccer, basketball, baseball); Paul Coccomo (Class of 1995; football, baseball); Nancy DeBlasio (Class of 1998; soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball); Chris Greene (Class of 2004; cross country, indoor and outdoor track); Barbara Breslin (Class of 1981; as a contributor in wrestling); and the 1989 and 1990 BHS baseball teams, which won back-to-back state championships and lost just once in two years.
Woody Anderson graduated from Berlin High School in 1965. While at BHS, he was co-captain of the cross country and track teams and among the top runners in school history. He set the mile record of 4:49.7 and the two-mile record of 10:14, both of which stood for many years. He was among the first in school history to qualify for the state meet.
After graduation, Anderson attended UConn, where he ran cross country and joined the school newspaper becoming its sports editor.
After graduating from UConn, Anderson joined the Hartford Courant sports department in January of 1970 where he spent 36 years as a sports writer, covering thousands of local events, from high school to college, and was known for his writing style as well as his flair.
Anderson won more that 40 state, New England, and national awards during his career. In 1989, he won a Pulitzer Award nomination for co-authoring a series on steroid use by high school athletes. In 2003, he received the CIAC Merit Award for his many years of distinguished service to high school sports. In 2008, he was awarded the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance Art McGinley Award, and in 2011 was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Anderson was among the first to compile weekly statewide coaches’ polls of top high school teams. He also compiled a ranking of the top 25 boys basketball players, including detailed information on each.
He also covered college sports, including UConn football and men’s basketball.
During his career he received awards from the New England Press Executive News Association, the New England Basketball Coaches Association, the Associated Press Sports Editors, the United Press International, The Sporting News, the University of Hartford and CT Special Olympics.
As a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wethersfield, Anderson served on committees, served meals at homeless shelters, collected and delivered clothing and other needed items to the shelters, and has helped build a home for Habitat for Humanity.
Anderson and his wife, Sharon, reside in Southington.
The Hall of Fame induction dinner is scheduled for April 22, at the Aqua Turf, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville. For ticket information, contact Marie Siegal at 860-828-1115 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit bhshalloffame.org.