The 32nd Annual Branford Sports Hall of Fame dinner will be held on Friday November 22nd at Woodwinds Restaurant 29 Schoolground Road Branford. Eleven outstanding individuals will be honored for bringing honor and distinction to the Town of Branford. Tickets are $55 and are available at the Branford Parks and Receation Department at the Branford Community House 46 Church Street, 203-315-2355. Those being honored include:
Eddie Bethke, Class of 2005. Baseball all time leading pitcher with 22 wins. In senior year he had eight wins and led the Hornets to the semi finals of the state tournament. Was chosen MVP of the American Legion State Championship team. Two time all conference at SCSU.
Steve Bray, Class of 2001: Pitcher on 1998 State Championship baseball team. Earned All Conference, All Area and All State. He played at the University of New Haven earning Division II All Regional honors. Drafted and played in the Royals, Brewers and Mariners organizations.
Caitlyn Buckanavage, Class of 2006: All Area Field Hockey MVP in both junior and senior years. Led state in scoring as a senior with 28 goals. Had 78 career goals. Member of three Hornet state championship teams. Register All Area MVP. Also All Conference, All Area and All State in lacrosse. Played at Boston College.
Jenifer Carini Clarkson, Class of 1985: Connecticut State and Open Diving Champion. Set Branford school record that has stood for 34 years. Member of 1982 undefeated swim team. The dual meet record for 6 dives of 247 points she set in 84-85 season are still Branford record 35 years later. Was top diver at Cornell.
Kelley Anderson Esposito, Class of 1995: Received Class M All State Honors and All Housy, in 100 backstroke and 400 yard freestyle relay in 1992 and 1994. Captain of 1994. Also All Conference tennis. Elected National Honor Society 1994.
Paul Gagliardi, Class of 1991: All American tennis player at Branford. Providence team captain. New England individual champion in 1996. Played professionally. Became head coach at Branford, assistant coach at Yale and head coach at Sacred Heart University.
Frank Grandel, Class of 1941: Played baseball for four years at Branford, enlisted in Army 1942. Graduated from Arnold College 1949, Returned to Branford as assistant football, basketball and baseball coach and was selected to coach the Branford Townies
Owen Rood, Class of 2008: Was a four time All State swimmer in the 50 and 100 freestyle for the Hornets. Anchored the 200 yard Medley Relay and the 400 Freestyle Relay. New Haven Register All Area MVP who later swam at Tufts. Elected captain his senior year.
Eric Sokolosky, Class of 2008: School record holder in 5 events 200 Free, 100 Butterfly, 200 yard Medley Relay, 200 yard Free Relay and 400 yard Free Relay. Selected All State and All American. Swam for four years at Bucknell. Four time All Patriot All Conference.
John Steady, Jr.: Long-time, well-known photographer and jouralist in Branford. Has been involved in numerous causes. He worked first for the Branford Review and later the Sound Newspaper creating the first sports section. He is the official photograper for the Southern Connecticut Conference.
Mike Tamsin, multi-sport performer: Best known for baseball where he was two time All State and New Haven Register 2003-2004 Male Athlete of the Year. In 2005 he was a member of the Branford American Legion team the came in third in the American Legion team World Series in South Dakota.