The fourth class of inductees into the Duxbury High School Hall of Fame has been named, bringing the number of Hall of Fame members to 20. The induction class of 2009 will be selected this fall, with a combined induction ceremony to take place in the spring of 2009. The class of 2008 consists of Andy Bolster (’77), Andy Arnold (’78), Linda (Renner) Hartz (’80), Matt Cushing (’84), and Dave Seger (’99)

The fourth class of inductees into the Duxbury High School Hall of Fame has been named, bringing the number of Hall of Fame members to 20. The induction class of 2009 will be selected this fall, with a combined induction ceremony to take place in the spring of 2009.

The class of 2008 consists of Andy Bolster (’77), Andy Arnold (’78), Linda (Renner) Hartz (’80), Matt Cushing (’84), and Dave Seger (’99)

The selections were made by a committee of media members, DHS Athletic Director Thom Holdgate, former DHS coaches, and long-time observers of the Duxbury sports scene, who weighed the accomplishments of close to 20 finalists, before narrowing it down to the five selections.

While men’s soccer and basketball dominated the first two classes, this year’s class mirrors last years in that it covers a wide variety of sports and includes the first football player (Seger) to be inducted into the DHS Hall of Fame.

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Dave Seger

 

“David was the most athletic player I ever coached,” said former DHS football Coach Don Dellorco. “Once he hit the outside, no one could catch him.”

It was evident in his youth football days that Seger was special. Despite being the youngest player in the league, he displayed a natural running ability that made him a scoring threat every time he touched the ball.

“I always had people telling me how good I was and where they thought I should go to school,” he remembers. The step up to the high school level was not as easy, and Seger waited patiently as a freshman, kicking-off and playing defensive back while also playing QB for the JV team.{sidebar id=4}

He was inserted into the starting lineup his sophomore year and even surprised Dellorco with the impact he made. “He carried us that year. It was kind of unexpected that a sophomore could do that.”

Having proven his ability, big things were expected from Seger. He didn’t disappoint anyone, leading the Dragons to their first-ever Super Bowl appearance in 1997 and smashing most DHS rushing and scoring records during his career.

He played for Phillips Exeter in ‘99, breaking the school’s 122-year old rushing record, and earned the attention of the Holy Cross coaching staff where he played for four years.

Seger now lives in South Boston and works as a bond trader for Bank of America.

Joining Seger is what many of the school’s former coaches consider the greatest female athlete in DHS history:

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Linda Hartz
Linda Hartz.

 

Shortly after the Renner family moved to Duxbury, Hartz got involved in tennis through the Newcomers Club and her interest in athletics began to grow.

As she moved through the school system and entered high school, Hartz looked for other outlets to display her athletic skills. Her attention quickly turned to field hockey, the only sport offered to women in the fall, and she excelled. While preparing to attend Brown University, she caught the attention of Purdue coach Ruth Jones at the State Field Hockey Tournament. Hartz displayed a knack for the game that impressed the Boilermaker’s coach, who rewarded her with a scholarship to the Big-10 school.

Hartz garnered numerous athletic accomplishments over the years, being named a two-time Boston Globe, Patriot Ledger, and Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic in field hockey, a two-time SSL All-Star in basketball, and was 36-1 in two years of varsity tennis.

“I’m greatly appreciative of my selection to the Hall of Fame,” said Hartz. “High school was such a great thing and a fun time, and sports probably kept me out of trouble too. Life was so simple then. You got to know all the kids and we had a lot of fun. It had to be the most favorite part of my life.”

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Two runners (Andy Downin and Dorothy Ptomey) have been inducted into the DHS Hall of Fame, but Andy Bolster becomes the first track team member in field events to be chosen.

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Andy Bolster

 

It was the keen eye of former DHS coach and current Hingham HS Athletic Director Bill Barges that led Bolster to become one of the nation’s premier high school discus throwers.

“I was a tall, skinny kid back then and I was training to run in the 800,” said Bolster. “Barges noticed that I had long arms and came over to me and suggested I try throwing it. The first time I tried it, I threw it backwards.”

Bolster’s career in the discus went forward from then on. As he grew from a gangly 6'/152-pound sophomore to 6'2"/205, his exploits grew, culminating in the 1976 East Coast Discus Championship. Coaches from UCLA, USC and Nebraska couldn’t wait to get their hands on Bolster, but his Harvard-educated father insisted that academics be his top priority.

He enrolled in URI’s Marine Technology program that precluded him from continuing his discus career, and in 1980 he began to train once again with members of the UCLA squad in preparation for the Olympic Trials. An injury quickly scuttled his comeback bid and in 1981 he joined the military and became a Green Beret.

Part of his training was in kayaking, which would eventually become his livelihood and pastime.

Bolster now lives with his wife, Shaelagh, in Onancock, Virginia, along with their two sons, Orion (6) and Odin (3). He is involved in antique home restoration.

This is the second straight year that a wrestler has been chosen, and at most high schools he might have qualified as an inaugural class selection.

Eric Arnold follows Steve Hasenfus into the Hall after an illustrious high school career that would eventually be overshadowed by a career as one of the nation’s premier power-lifters.

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Eric Arnold

 

“He was in such incredible shape,” said former DHS wrestling coach and retired Silver Lake Athletic Director Ralph Frazier. “I can remember when they were having some trouble at one of the bridges in town and the kids in my summer program said they should send Eric down to hold it up. They were awe-struck by him.”

While not a power-lifter in high school, Arnold did use his strength to his advantage when he won the New England and Massachusetts Heavyweight Wrestling Championships in 1978. His performance caught the eye of college coaches at Bucknell and the University of Rhode Island where he accepted a scholarship and the chance to stay close to home.

While attending URI two events occurred that would change the direction of Arnold’s athletic career. A serious knee injury requiring reconstructive surgery and the elimination of the Ram’s wrestling program left Arnold with few options.

“They gave me an opportunity to keep my scholarship,” said Arnold. “So I continued to study economics and took nutrition courses as well.”

Having decided to remain at URI, Arnold now turned his attention to power-lifting that he had started in 1976 to benefit his football and wrestling efforts. He approached the sport with an increased level of intensity and began to compete extensively.

In 1984 Arnold went Elite at 242, but was finding it harder to make the weight without losing some power. Through hard work and discipline he stayed in the weight range, winning the ADFPA National 242 title in 1985.

Sensing that it was time to move up, Arnold competed at 263 lbs. four months later at the Adirondack Open in the 275 lbs. class where his three-lift total (836-500-671) of 2007 lbs. would have heads turning.

Shortly thereafter, Arnold would set an American ADFPA 275 lb. squat record of 845 lbs., a meet record bench of 510 lbs. and a meet record dead-lift to raise his total to 2055, a score he would better at the U.S.P.F. Senior Nationals (2061).

What made his performances incredible was that he was a drug-free lifter whose innovative training methods, nutrition knowledge and mental intensity allowed him to ‘strive to reach the outer limits of my physical and mental potential’.

Arnold lives in Plymouth with his wife, Elizabeth, and their 12-year-old son, Kyle, and is an account manager for Miracle Financial, Inc.

Joining the list of former great soccer players previously selected is Cushing, the younger brother of DHS basketball coach Gordon Cushing and currently a highly successful soccer coach at Wheaton College in Norton.

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Matt Cushing

 

Cushing has never been far from a soccer field his entire life.

“I was the ball boy at DHS in the late 70s. I’d be at every game, travel with the team, and play day in and day out. I idolized guys like Colin McEvoy,” said Cushing.

Absorbing as much as he could while manning the sidelines, Cushing took that knowledge and his vast skills and guided the Dragons to a 65-1 record during his career, culminating in his selection as a PARADE Magazine All-American.

His showing at the high school and MASS State team level gained considerable attention from college coaches and his decision to attend UMASS paid immediate dividends for the Minutemen.

He guided UMASS to their best record in school history (15-6) in ‘85 and was named an All-New England selection at sweeper.

Cushing was named captain for his final two seasons and after graduation decided to try coaching. After brief stints at Brandeis, Lafayette and Rutgers, he has led Wheaton to an 214-58-25 record and been named “Regional Coach of the Year” by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2001, and Coach of the Year by the Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Coaches Association  in 2000, NEWMAC in 1998 and 2001, and New England Intercollegiate Soccer League  in 1997 and 2001. He is now the coaching director at the Crusaders United Club in Plymouth and has also coached the U17 Olympic Development team in Massachusetts.{sidebar id=6}