Hall of Fame Inductees 2006
Lawrence William Biskupiak
Graduated from Plainville High School in 1960. Larry was one of the multi-sport stars who excelled in football and baseball. He was a versatile football player who as a tri-captain with Bob Dalke and Joe Natale excelled splitting time at quarterback, running back, punt returner, pass receiver and punter. As a senior, Larry lead the team in tackles and also scoring 20 points in one game against Platt High School. Ironically, Larry scored all of Plainville’s points in that victory over Platt. On the baseball field, Larry was a combination of Yogi Berra and Johnny Bench. He batted over .300 during his first three years and as the senior captain, batted .508 and earned ALLSTATE honors. Larry went on to play football in the service and later came back to Plainville where he was a successful coach in Plainville youth baseball.
Brian Brooks Graduated from Plainville High School in 1959. Brian was one of the uniquely gifted honor student varsity athletes that is rarely seen. Brian was an exceptionally talented basketball player who co-captained the Blue Devils with John Gacek to the 1959 State Championship. Brian also earned ALLSTATE honors as a guard and was named to the All Tournament team. Never one to seek the spotlight, Brian is considered by his teammates to be “a terrific floor leader” and “the glue that kept those excellent teams together”. “It was a privilege to be on the floor with him” Brian also displayed his athletic prowess in football playing key roles as a kicker, receiver and defensive back for the State Championship football team. He was also known as a talented baseball player specializing in defensive skills. Brian went on to Trinity College where he captained the basketball team. Honored Posthumously.
Coach Bob Freimuth is a highly recognized and respected baseball coach who has guided the Blue Devils since 1985 and is already looking forward to the 2007 season. “Freim” has lead his teams to 349 wins against 141 loses with six appearances in the State Championship game winning 4 times. The Devils were in four consecutive championship games between 1992 and 1995, winning in ’92, ’94 & ’95. They also won in 1999 and were runner up in 1993 and 2001. His teams have won nine conference titles and he has coached 27 players who earned ALLSTATE honors. Bob was named Connecticut High School Association Coach of the Year in 1996 and was nominated by the American Baseball Coaches Association Regional Coach of the year.
Gerry Joseph is the recipient of the Sports Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award. Gerry has been a special supporter of Plainville sports for more than 35 years in various capacities with various groups. Gerry was a Little League coach, umpire and Board Member, later moving up to join the PHS Athletic Backers Club, serving as President from 1988 to 1990. After his retirement in 1993, Gerry became an Associate Scout with the Kansas City Royals from 1994 to 1997. Gerry also worked part time as a paraprofessional at the Middle School of Plainville. Currently, Gerry is the voice of Blue Devil Baseball at Plainville High School home games. It seems like baseball is his passion, but Gerry can be seen at almost any sports venue in town. Just look for the guy with the big smile cheering for everyone and you will find Gerry Joseph.
Lisa Cianchetti Mandeville
Lisa Cianchetti Mandeville Graduated from Plainville High School in 1987. Lisa was a member of the National Honor Society who was an ALLSTATE athlete in two sports and later came back to PHS to lead the Lady Devils to their first ever State Championship in basketball. That sums it up, but there is so much more. Lisa was an ALLSTATE shortstop on the softball field for the Lady Devils. Lisa was multi-talented earning All Conference honors for three consecutive years and playing 1st base for 2 years and blossoming as a senior short stop. Lisa has a career batting average of .384 with 89 hits and 6 home runs. In basketball, Lisa was a three year player who displayed her scoring abilities as senior captain to lead the team while setting the school scoring record of 37 points in a single game and earning ALLSTATE honors. Lisa returned to PHS as the Lady Devils basketball coach leading the team to the 1st ever State Championship in 2001 and has started several recreation programs to develop basketball for younger players.
Graduated from Plainville High School in 1984. Rick is one of the few student athletes who according to his coaches, practiced as hard as they played. On the basketball court, Rick made a name for himself as a multi talented player who could play any position during a game. His versatile style helped lead the team into the quarter finals of the state tournament in his senior year. .Rick is remembered by his coach as a fierce competitor who never quit. On the baseball diamond, no one would ever question his desire and ability. Rick was a versatile player who in the words of Hall of Fame coach Ron Jones “As far as I’m concerned with his adaptability, I never had a better player”. Rick twice earned ALLSTATE honors. As a junior outfielder, he was the fleet footed lead off hitter and outfielder. In his senior year, Rick he changed roles to become an ALLSTATE catcher who complimented fellow Hall of Famer Jeff Howes pitching in 14 games while hitting .394 with 5 home runs and 36 RBI.
Daniel Michael Raymond
Daniel Michael Raymond Graduated from Plainville High School in 1982. Dan was an outstanding two sport star in basketball and baseball. On the hardwood for coach Ziogas, Dan was the defensive specialist who used his quickness to shut down the opponents guards as he helped his team to a 22-3 record, NWC championship and the semi-finals in the State Tournament. But Dan shined even brighter on the baseball diamond where as a shortstop, he earned ALLSTATE honors and was the first baseball player from Plainville to earn ALL NEW ENGLAND honors. As team captain in his senior year, Dan batted .445 with a slugging percentage of .837 and had 13 multiple hit games with 8 home runs leading the Devils to the Class M semi finals finishing the season with 19 wins and 2 loses, He went on to play baseball at Northeast Louisiana University and later had professional tryouts with the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals.