The North Haven High School Sports Hall of Fame announces their 2014 inductee’s. They include:
- Kathleen M. Crisafi – Coach
- Nicholas F. Ferrara (1958) – Athlete
- Susan McGrath-Powell (1972) – Athlete
- Claire M. Doyle Putnam (1980) – Athlete
- Christopher Carazo (1985) – Athlete
- James W. Harris (1996) – Athlete
- Brian W. Havens – Service
The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 8th at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn located at 1074 South Colony Road in Wallingford. Cocktail hour will begin promptly at 6:30. Please contact Donna Malley at 203-239-1132 for ticket information. Tickets are $55 and must be purchased in advanced. No tickets will be sold at the door.
About the Inductees
Nicholas J. Ferrara, 1958 – Athlete Inductee
Nick graduated from North Haven High School in 1958. During that time he earned 4 varsity letters in football and played 1 year of JV baseball. Nick had a unique opportunity in the late 50s while playing all five years for Hall of Famers, Tim Connell, head coach, and assistant coaches Bob DeMayo and Mike Vanacore. He was able to play 5 years of high school football, taking a starting position as an eighth grader in 1953. Nick was elected captain of his team his senior year and earned All State Honorable Mention and New Haven Register Honorable Mention All-State recognitions. He was also the first North Haven athlete to be the New Haven Register Player of the Week in 1957. Nick set the standard for competitive, hardnosed football at North Haven High School. After graduating from North Haven High School, Nick received a scholarship and attended New Haven State Teachers College. Nick and his wife of 49 years, Patricia, live in North Haven. They have three children, Kim, Kenneth, and Keith.
Claire M. Doyle Putnam, 1980 – Athlete Inductee
Claire graduated from North Haven High School in 1980. She was an outstanding athlete and student. She was ranked in the top 10th percentile of her class and was named to the Who’s Who Among High School Students. As an athlete, Claire left her mark throughout the seasons, earning three varsity letters in volleyball, 1 in basketball and 4 in outdoor track. Claire was an outstanding middle blocker and outside hitter for the volleyball team and was named to the All Housatonic Team in both her junior and senior years. She was also a two year captain of the volleyball team and was voted MVP in her junior year. Claire concluded her high school volleyball career by helping the team win the Class M State Championship. She also played basketball and was a thrower for the track team. Claire went on to the University of Connecticut where she played 4 years of collegiate volleyball and was named captain of the team her senior year all while earning a B.S in Nursing. Claire and her husband, Andrew, live in Wallingford with their three children Ryan , Zachary, and Kaleigh.
Susan McGrath-Powell, 1972 – Athlete Inductee
Sue graduated from North Haven High School in 1972. She was coached by Hall of Famer, Lauren Anderson in both basketball and outdoor track and field. Sue earned 3 varsity letters in each sport. Her love for track and field began at NHHS where she set and held the javelin record for over 10 years. She also qualified for the State Track Meet her senior year.
Sue earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State College in 1976 where she played 3 years of varsity volleyball, 2 years of JV basketball and 4 years of track and field where she holds the high jump record. She went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Buffalo in 1981 In 1982, Sue joined the University of Delaware staff, coaching cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. During her tenure at UD Sue guided her cross country squads to three conference championships (1990, 1991, 1995) while her indoor and outdoor track and field teams captured four (1983, 1984, 1990, 1991 and three (1983, 1984, and 1991) conference titles respectively. Sue and her husband, Charlie, live in Chardon, Ohio. They have two children, Shane and Kayla.
Christopher J. Carazo, 1985 – Athlete Inductee
Before graduating from North Haven High School in 1985, Chris earned 9 varsity letters, 4 in soccer, 3 in outdoor track, and 2 in the newly established indoor track program.
Coached by Hall of Famer, Joe Janush, Chris started for the boys’ varsity soccer team as a freshman. He was named to the All Housatonic 2nd Teams in his junior and senior years. He was also a key player in winning the Housatonic title in his senior year, making it the first Housy title for boys’ soccer in North Haven High School history. In the spring, Chris continued to excel. Running outdoor track for Coach Bob Tenza, Chris quickly earned the respect of his opponents. He is the only runner to “three-peat” in the 400 meter at the Housatonic League Track Championship Meet in three consecutive seasons. He held the Housy 400 meter and 200 meter records for many years. Chris received All State recognition 15 times. After graduation from NHHS, Chris attended Southern Connecticut State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. He was a member of the men’s track team and was recognized for his collegiate talents by being named to the All Eastern Athletic Association Track Team, All New England Athletic Association Track Team, and All Intercollegiate Athletic Association of America Track Team. Chris resides in Mesa, Arizona with his wife, Lisa.
James W. Harris, 1996 – Athlete Inductee
Jim fenced in his junior and senior year for Hall of Famer, Lucienne Coifman. Jim was a quick learner and earned two varsity letters. He was named Most Improved in his junior year. In his senior year, Jim was elected captain of the team and earned the honor of being its Most Valuable Player.
Jim attended the University of Notre Dame from 1996-2000. His fencing career continued at ND, earning two varsity letters in his junior and senior years. He was also elected captain of the squad in his senior year. He earned such recognitions as Midwest Fencing Conference, All Conference Honorable Mention in his junior year and was a member of the National Championship Runner Up His love for the sport of fencing and his alma mater continued as an adult. He shared is knowledge of fencing with North Haven High School students by becoming its fencing coach. His teams won many titles, including Boys Foil Team State Championships in 2004, 2005, and 2007. The boys’ epee team won state titles in 2007 and 2008. Jim has developed over 25 All State fencers throughout his high school coaching career. Jim was one of the founding members of the Connecticut High School Fencing Coaches Association and has served as its chairperson from 2005 – 2010. Jim has owned and operated the ICONN Fencing Club in Wallingford, since 2005. Jim resides in Meriden and teaches at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford.
Kathleen M. Crisafi – Coach Inductee
Kathleen graduated from North Haven High School in 1975. A resident of North Haven for over 43 years, Kathleen begins her 34th year as North Haven High School‘s head cheerleading coach. Throughout those years, cheerleading has transformed itself into a competitive sport extending well beyond the traditional football and basketball seasons. This era of cheerleading has its own competitions, performing head to head against other school’s squads. Creative choreography, exciting tumbling and intricate routines are the signatures of Kathleen’s squads.
In 1998 and 2003 Kathleen’s teams took third place in the Class M State Cheerleading Tournament. Her 2008 and 2009 teams both won the Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC) titles. But in 2011 Kathleen’s team won not only the Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC) title but went on to place first in Class L State Championship. That squad also placed third in the All New England Regional Championships. Kathleen has owned and operated Spectrum Hair Design Inc. for 21 years. She and her husband, Ed, have two children, Jeffery, and Kayla.
Brian W. Havens – Service Award
Brian has been the owner and director of North Haven Funeral Home for 31 years. There is no facet of the North Haven community that Brian has not supported. His generosity and kindness has been felt throughout the years at North Haven High School. Taking ads out in many publications, donating to various activities and his willingness to help in any way has been the hallmark of Brian and his business.
The recognitions bestowed on Brian are both numerous and well deserved. Highlighting some of them include receiving the Community Service Award presented by the American Committee on Italian Migration / Greater New Haven Women’s Division, receiving two Paul Harris Fellows and being voted the David A. North Award for Rotarian of the Year from the North Haven Rotary. Brian has received recognition from the Marine Corp, the New Haven Club of Providence College, and The Greater New Haven Lodge 37 O.S.I.A. for his service to each. In 2005, he received the Stephen D. Vuolo Scholarship Committee Citizenship Award for his consistent leadership to youth and community. . He is a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus / Father Donaher Council of North Haven as well as an active participant and communicant at St. Barnabas Church. In 2008, Brian participated in Ronald McDonald House’s Dancing Under The Stars as one of the featured celebrities. Brian and his wife, Phyllis, live in North Haven with their two children, Jennifer Mineri and her husband Louise E. Mineri III and Luciano C. Havens. He is the proud grandfather of Louis E. Minieri IV, Biagio and Filomena Mineri.
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