Thirteen new members will be inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame on April 13, 2019.
The members of this year’s Hall of Fame class include:
Anne Battelle, Williston, moguls skiing: Battelle was a standout athlete at Champlain Valley Union High School and Middlebury College. She was a member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team for 11 years. She won the 1993 U.S. nationals, her first World Cup in 1997 and the 1999 world championships.
Bill Beaney, Cornwall, ice hockey: Beaney took Middlebury College men’s hockey to eight NCAA Division lll championships with five in a row. He won a total of 602 games as a college coach. Beaney’s career began at BFA-St. Albans where he led the Bobwhites to three Division 1 boys’ state hockey titles.
Mal Boright, Williston/Newport: The 2019 Inductee for the David Haskins award for exceptional development of sports in Vermont. Boright was a journalist covering sports at all levels throughout Vermont over five decades. Boright worked as one of the original sportscasters at WVNY and as sports director. He passed away at age 81 in 2016.
Elizabeth Burnham, Newbury, Softball: Burnham is the first softball player to be inducted into the VSHOF, earning 12 varsity letters at Oxbow High School. She was an all-region catcher at UConn and later attended Lyndon State. At Lyndon, she set records in basketball, softball and soccer.
Larry Damon, Burlington/Stowe, Nordic skiing: Also known as UVM’s first skiing NCAA champion, Damon was one of the first, four-time Olympians representing the U.S. He competed in the 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968 Olympics.
Harmon “Beaver” Dragon, Milton, auto racing: Dragon joins his brother Bobby in the VSHOF (Class of ’15), as the first brothers to be inducted. He won championships at Catamount and Airborne raceways as well as the Milk Bowl and Thunder Road. Dragon won more than 50 stock car races on 14 tracks.
Jenny Everett, Rutland, field hockey: An All-American at Rutland High, Everett then attended Wake Forest where she set new scoring records and was a two-time All-American and Hall of Famer. Everett was also an excellent ice hockey player and multi-event state track champion.
Jeff Hughes, Burlington, football: One of Vermont’s all-around high school athletes of the 60s. He went to the University of Nebraska where Hughes was a key component of the Cornhuskers back-to-back National Championships in 1970 and 1971. He was the team’s backup tailback and punter. He set the impressive state record in the 100-yard dash, running it in 9.8 seconds while attending Burlington High School.
Layne Higgs, St. Johnsbury/Barre, basketball: Higgs was a standout athlete at Spaulding High School and UVM in the 1960s. He also went on to have a successful basketball coaching career at St. Johnsbury Academy for over 30 years, winning three Division l boy’s state titles.
Ross Powers, South Londonderry, snowboarding: First Vermont man to win a Winter Olympics Gold medal. Powers was also a multi-time World Cup champion, he was the first man from the U.S. to win an Olympic medal in snowboarding in 1998, and one of the first to win Gold in 2002.
Holly Reynolds, Morrisville, golf: Reynolds is a four-time Vermont high school champion, and a member of the University of Kansas golf team. She’s also a nine-time winner of the Vermont Women’s Golf Association’s Vermont Armature championship.
Gale “Tiger” Shaw, Stowe, alpine skiing: Shaw was a premier skier at Dartmouth College. He skied in two Olympic games and completed his career with nine USA National Championships. Shaw is currently the CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
Rich Tarrant, Saint Michael’s College, basketball: Tarrant established himself as one of the most dynamic Vermont collegiate basketball players. In three varsity seasons at Saint Michael’s, Tarrant finished his career with 1,762 points, averaging 26.7 per game. Tarrant was selected in the fourth round of the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. His No. 22 jersey is retired as a member of the Purple Knights basketball team.