The Branford Sports Hall of Fame will induct 10 new members and two state championship teams at their 29th annual dinner on Friday November 18 at 5:30 pm at Woodwinds in Branford. Tickets are $50 and are available at the Branford Recreation Department. Contact Andrea Kenney at 203-315-2355.
This year's inductees include Brittney Carfora, Bob Dikranian, Gary Dunn, Jeff Klarman, Michele Leddy, Fran Lee, Bob Mason, Michael Riccitelli, Artie Roy and Paul Santacroce. In addition the 1991 and 1992 State Championship swim teams will be honored.
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Paul Santacroce has been a dedicated mentor, teacher and coach in Branford for 28 years. He has been involved in Little League and American Legion baseball as a coach for nearly three decades. After Little League he went to American Legion Post 83 where he coached for 14 years building a team that qualified for the State Legion tournament on a regular basis.
Artie Roy has been the head athletic trainer at Branford since 1995 and has been guiding hundreds of Branford athletes in injury prevention since he arrived. He was a champion wrestler and outstanding baseball player at Berlin High School and later at SCSU. He is employed by Star Physical Therapy/Ct Orthopedics.
Bob Dikranian is a native of Long Island and long time Branford resident who was an All American soccer player at the U of Bridgeport. He founded the soccer program at SCSU in 1966 leading the Owls to 14 NCAA II tournaments winning the National Championship in 1987. He was inducted into the National Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013.
Bob Mason graduated in 1952 and played football and baseball being captain of both. He scored all 4 touchdowns in the Hornets 25-0 win over Derby including a 64 yard touchdown run and threw a touchdown to Joe Paul to defeat an East Haven team that was undefeated, untied and unscored upon 7-6.
Brittney Carfora graduated in 2004. She was the New Haven Register Female Athlete of the Year. She scored 1980 career points and 929 rebounds while earning all state honors for three straight years. She was also all state in Volleyball. She attended Columbia where she also excelled for the Lions.
Fran Lee grew up in New Haven moving to Branford in 1955. He excelled in football, basketball and track at Hillhouse where he graduated in 1936. He was selected All District in football his senior year. After a year at Choate he attended Harvard University where he was captain of the 1941 football team. He holds the record for a 78 yard record punt return in Yale Bowl in 1940
Gary Dunn graduated in 1971 where he excelled in football, baseball and basketball. In his senior year he had 58 receptions for 1050 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was captain of both the baseball and basketball teams. He later attended Brown University where he played football for two years.
Jeff Klarman graduated in 1979. He played football and baseball for all 4 years. He was a member of the 8-2 football team his senior year scoring the only touchdown in the 7-0 win over East Haven. Later in life he became interested in Olympic Weight Lifting winning several events. The family business W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home is well known for their community support.
Michael Riccitelli graduated in 1994 and was an all state swimmer all four years setting records in the 100 freestyle and several relays. He was a member of two state championship teams. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he was a top swimmer in the 200, 500 free and the one mile swim. He now lives in Oregon and participates in Underwater Hockey.