Hall of Fame Inductees 2001

Keith D’Amato
Graduated from Plainville High School in 1979. Keith was a three sport varsity player who starred as a pin point quarterback who lead the Devils to their first home win in thirty years over then rival Southington. His greatest achievements however, came on the baseball field first as an ALLSTATE pitcher who won 20 games during his time at PHS. Keith went on to Fairfield University where he earned All New England Honors. After graduation, Keith went overseas to play baseball professionally in Italy. His hard work continued and Keith was chosen to be a member of the Italian Olympic team and a participant in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Ronald Daniels
Graduated from Plainville High School in 1950. “Rabbit” earned his nickname in track teaming with fellow Hall of Famer Vet Mason to dominate the sprint events in track from 1948 through 1950. Ron was a four sport varsity player in football, baseball and basketball along with track. Ron’s speed on the football field allowed him to “rabbit” by the defensive as quarterback and halfback. He also used his speed on the hardwood and playing 2nd base in baseball, but Ron’s greatest success came on the track in the 100 yd, 220 yd, 440 yd, and 440 relay. After serving his country, Ron graduated from C.C.S.U. and went on coach for more than 25 years at Gilbert High School.

Mark Gediman
Graduated from Plainville High School in 1973. Mark was a two sport star in cross country and track. Mark was a key member of coach George Grasso’s championship teams in the early 1970’s. While he enjoyed success in distance running, Mark’s greatest abilities were as a sprinter. As a captain of the team, Mark established a school record 9.6 seconds in the 100 yd dash. He was also Connecticut State Champion in the 100 yard dash in outdoor track and the 60 yard dash in indoor track and was co-holder of the Class S State record in the 100 yard dash. Mark earned a scholarship to the University of South Carolina and was a member of the conference championship relay team.

Dr. William A. Petit, Jr.
Graduated from Plainville High School in 1974. Bill was a three sport varsity athlete in cross country, basketball and track. As a member of the cross country team, Bill was a valuable point contributor to compliment the team successes of the early 1970’s. In basketball, Bill twice lead the team in scoring and was captain in his senior year and in track he competed in the long jump and triple jump where he set a freshman record of 36’ 4”. Bill was a member of the National Honor Society and Class president and went to Dartmouth College and University of Pittsburg Medical School.

Irene Pierce
Graduated from Plainville High School in 1975. “Basketball Bones” as she was known in school was the first female athlete from Plainville High School to earn a full athletic scholarship, playing basketball in Florida. “Bones” was also a star as captain of the softball and volleyball teams in addition to basketball. As stated by former PHS coach George Grasso, “the only thing that Irene lacked was competition, she was that good”.

Carl Tinti
Graduated from Plainville High School in 1966. Carl was a four sport letterman as an ALLSTATE quarterback in football, sharp shooting ALLSTATE guard in basketball and high jumper, triple jumper and discuss thrower in track. After three years of track, Carl decided to trade his discus for a baseball and he pitched and played outfield for the Blue Devils his senior year. Carl still holds a school record of 19 foul shots made in a basketball game, which he did against then archrival Southington. Carl continued his competitive attitude and became one of the key members of the nationally recognized Gartenhaus Softball team in the 1970’s and 1980’s and was inducted into the Connecticut State Softball Hall of Fame in 1993.