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2005 Plymouth State Athletic Hall of Fame

   

BRIAN BORKOWSKI ('99): A two-time New England wrestling champion and three-time All-New England wrestler, Borkowski enjoyed an outstanding career for the Panthers in the mid-1990s. He earned All-America honors as a senior after advancing to the NCAA championship match at 158 pounds, and completed his career with a record of 98-21, including 91-13 over his last three years.

A native of Sabattus, Maine, Borkowski first made a name for himself as a sophomore, winning two regular season tournaments, placing third at the New Englands and finishing with a 25-8 record. He helped the team to a 10-1 dual match record and the New England Championship. Borkowski then posted a 33-4 record with a team-high 13 pins as a junior, winning four tournaments, including his first New England championship, and making his first appearance at the NCAA Championships, where he won two matches.

Borkowski concluded his career with a terrific senior season, winning all four tournaments, including his second straight New England Championship, and went all the way to the NCAA Championship final before suffering his first and only loss, finishing with a 33-1 record. Borkowski was Plymouth State's Male Athlete of the Year in 1998.

 

CASSANDRA DONOVAN ('65): A former basketball, tennis and field hockey player at Plymouth Teachers College, Donovan has spent her professional life as a teacher, coach and administrator at Exeter (N.H.) High School, providing a major influence in the growth of athletics at Exeter and in New Hampshire. She coached numerous state champions and has been a pioneer in the emergence and development of girls athletics in the Granite State.

Donovan began her career at Exeter High in 1965, and served 12 years as girls track coach and seven years as girls basketball coach. She led her track teams to eight state championships, including four in a row from 1966-69, and she guided her basketball teams to three undefeated regular seasons and an overall record of 75-10, twice reaching the state semifinals.

Donovan became the first female athletic director at a Class L school in 1980, serving 18 years in the position at Exeter H.S. She was very involved in and has been recognized by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association, including service on the Track and Field and Gender Equity Committees. She received the Walter Smith Coaches Award from The Union Leader in 1989, received the NHIAA Campaign for Girls Sports Award in 2001, and was inducted into the NHIAA Hall of Fame in 2004.

 

TONY GUARINO ('50): A former four-year basketball and three-year baseball starter at Plymouth Teachers College under legendary coach John Foley, Guarino enjoyed nearly 30 years as a successful teacher, coach and athletic director at various stops in Northern New England. He was a Basketball Coach of the Year in New Hampshire in 1956 and Vermont in 1963.

A native of Lebanon, N.H., Guarino spent three years (1950-53) as teacher and basketball and baseball coach at Lancaster (N.H.) High School and six years (1953-59) as teacher and basketball coach at Gorham (N.H.) High School, winning one state title. He then served four years (1959-63) at Spaulding H.S. in Barre, Vt., leading the basketball team to three straight state championships and representing Vermont in the New England Tourney at Boston Garden. The 1961-62 team was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 as the best high school team in the history of Vermont.

Guarino moved on to Johnson State (Vt.) College, where he taught and coached basketball and baseball for five years (1963-68). He also coached football at Lisbon (Maine) High School for two years (1968-70) before serving as Athletic and Physical Education Director in Exeter, N.H., from 1970-79, earning N.H. Athletic Director of the Year in 1977.

 

RANDY JENNINGS-SWORMSTEDT ('95): One of the top athletes in school history, Jennings was a multi-sport athlete who made her biggest mark at Plymouth State on the soccer and lacrosse fields. She earned All-America honors in soccer and Regional All-America honors in lacrosse, and has gone on to become a nationally-ranked triathlete and a member of the U.S. National Team.

A native of Northfield, Vt., Jennings played three seasons on the Plymouth State women's soccer team, helping the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances and the 1993 championship game. A two-year captain, she missed a season with an injury but earned Second Team All-America recognition in 1993, All-Conference and All-New England honors in '91 and '93, was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in '91 and ‘93 as well. She finished her career fifth on the Panther scoring list with 61 points (19 goals, 23 assists), and she still ranks ninth all-time in that category.

Jennings played two seasons on the Panther women's lacrosse team, earning All-Conference and Regional All-America honors her second season. She also competed one year on the Plymouth State diving and rugby teams. She qualified for Team USA in the triathlon in 2001 and has competed at the World Championships.

 

TIM KELLIHER ('82): An outstanding two-sport athlete at Plymouth State, Kelliher was a four-year starter for both the Panther football and ice hockey teams. He served as captain of both teams as a senior, earned All-New England recognition in football, and was named Plymouth State's Male Athlete of the Year in 1982.

A native of Walpole, Mass., Kelliher anchored the Panther football defense from his linebacker position for four years, helping turn the program around from sub-.500 teams his first two years to a winning team his junior year to a championship team his final season. He was co-Defensive MVP as a sophomore, and was co-captain, All-Conference and All-New England as a senior in 1981 when Plymouth State finished 9-1 and won the first of eight straight conference championships.

When football season was over, Kelliher laced up the skates as a four-year defenseman on the Panther ice hockey team. He helped the team to a 38-22 record over four years, and served as co-captain his junior and senior seasons. He was named ice hockey team MVP his junior year when the team finished 10-4-1.

 

BRETT SCACCIA ('98): The second-leading scorer in Plymouth State men's soccer history, Scaccia played three seasons in a Panther uniform, leading the team in scoring all three years and twice coming back from season-ending injuries. He ranks second on PSU's career scoring list with 65 goals and 139 points, and was a First Team All-America and Little East Conference Player of the Year in 1997 after scoring 26 goals and leading the team to the NCAA Regional Final.

A native of Stratham, N.H., Scaccia transferred to Plymouth State in 1993 and led the team his first season with 16 goals, helping the Panthers to the ECAC Tournament. After missing '94 following an injury, he came back to score a team-high 21 goals in 1995, leading the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament and a 12-6-1 overall record

After missing the '96 campaign with injuries, Scaccia returned to enjoy his final season in '97, scoring 26 goals, second-most in school history, and being named to the All-America First Team. He led the Panthers to a 14-3-2 record as the team advanced to the NCAA Regional Final.