Torrington Hall of Fame Inducts seven.
The 2012 Torrington Hall of Fame Inductees. (left to right). Newell Porch, Adam Golembeski, Glen Brignolo, Christine Arsego, Daniel Palladino, Rick Koenig and Charles Gunn.
TORRINGTON: Every year for the past 16 years, Torrington High School throws the best athletic family reunion.
It’s called the Torrington High School Hall of Fame Inductee dinner because such an event calls for an official name.
But really, calling it a reunion wouldn’t offend anyone who attended Sunday nights gala, held at the Cornucopia Banquet Facility.
The entire range of generations were on hand from the original 1997 group to the seven 2012 nominees who where set to be inducted.
It’s all about history and tradition with the THS Hall of Fame, run by a fantastic group of volunteers led by Pat Fairchild.
On Sunday night, Christine Arsego, Adam Golembeski (’02), Rick Koening (’95), Glen Brignolo (‘71), Charles Gunn (’37), Daniel Palladino (‘74) and Newell Porch joined this special club, made of the some of the best human beings one will ever meet.
Gunn was clearly the crowd favorite on Sunday night and rightly so.
The 1937 graduate was given a standing ovation when he finished with his remarks, he is that important to Torrington sports and it’s history.
He was a standout basketball player who played for legendary head coach Connie Donahue’s during his first season, a year that would see the Raiders claim their second ever Naugatuck Valley League Championship.
If you have been to a THS basketball game, you have seen Charles Gunn.
“When we grew up and played basketball at Torrington,” former Raiders boys basketball coach Tony Turina said, “We knew who Charlie Gunn was. Each of us understood the history of what happened at THS.”
Fairchild appropriately referred to Gunn as, “The Chairmen of the board.”
The familiar faces in the crowd speak to every sport, every season.
“It is a reunion and celebration of the best of the best.” Raider athletic director Janet Giampaolo said during her opening remarks.
Sure enough, if you look through the crowd you saw Jay Reginatto, RJ Poniatoski, Biff Pond, Turina, Gerry Carbone and Michael Fritch, to name a few.
Pat Strawson, Eric and Christine Gamari mingled with Drake Waldren, Charlie McSpirit and Mike Conley.
There was Connie Donahue’s son Tom, sitting to my left, the great Peter Wallace to my right; good company indeed.
Nick Carbone and Paul Denza were on hand, the sports they excelled in are a many.
The 2012 group has some pretty special credentials and the hardware to prove it.
Koenig played three sports (baseball, soccer and basketball) while Brignolo excelled in football and baseball.
Palladino was honored and inducted because of his countless hours spent supporting his community and especially anything that had to do with THS.
If it is “for the kids”, Palladino has always been on board.
Golembeski dominated on the track during his senior year, not losing once in any of the events he entered.
Arsego was the first female athlete from THS to receive a full scholarship to a Division I school in basketball but also to the pitch in soccer during the fall and on the track in spring.
Porch gave six years of his career to the athletes at THS as a health teacher, physical education teacher and AD.
An easily assessable AD who was always there if you needed anything as a reporter at a THS event, Porch now runs the athletic department at Avon High School but has another special trophy from his days at THS.
It always goes by so fast.
The reunion will be back again in 2013 for year 17.
Book me for the beef.
It was great, along with the night and company.