On Saturday, Oct. 7, as part of homecoming ceremonies at Hammond Field, Beacon High School will induct three players, a coach, an administrator and two teams into its Athletic Hall of Fame, established in 1996 and named for former Athletic Director Eric Romanino. The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m., following the parade and prior to the introduction of athletic teams at 2 p.m. and the 3 p.m. kickoff between Beacon and Somers.
John Madera (1982)
Madera set a school record with 11 career interceptions as a member of the football team, and also had 17 tackles in a single game, including seven solo. He was also a state semi-finalist in the 100-meter dash and at the time held the school and regional record at 10.7 seconds.
Alexander Bowen Jr. (2011)
As a senior, Bowen won the state high-jump championship at 6-8, and that same spring became an All-American by placing third in a national meet with a jump of 6-10, a school record. Bowen also holds the record at the University of Albany (7-3.25).
Vincent Grella (2011)
Grella holds the school record with 181 wrestling takedowns and is third in career wins. As a senior, Grella won the Section 1 championship and placed third in the state finals. He went on to wrestle at Binghamton.
Thomas Powers (Honorary)
Powers, a three-sport athlete at Beacon High School, later became a three-sport coach. He coached the boys’ basketball team for 25 years and recorded the most wins in school history (227). His 2003 team reached the final four of the state tournament. He launched the varsity boys’ soccer team and led the Bulldogs to their first softball league championship.
Lisa Tompkins (Honorary)
In 2012 Tompkins was named Section 1’s Secretary of the Year and was the recipient of a Secretarial Award of Excellence from the New York State Athletic Administrators Association. She also is the mother of three former Beacon athletes, including two members of the Hall of Fame.
1982 and 1983 Boys’ Track and Field
The 1982 spring team, coached by Jose Rodriguez, went 8-0 and won the Class B state championship. Its top performers included John Madera, Raymond Humphrey, Tamago Gray, Michael Banks, Monte Martin, Peter Loughran, James Scofield and Michael McCray.
The 1983 team was also 8-0 and won the Section 1, Class B championship. Its top performers included Gray and All-American jumper Raymond Humphrey.