LHS Hall of Fame induction ceremony is next Wednesday

LHS Hall of Fame induction ceremony is next Wednesday

Brennan, Latham, Bonavita, Sullivan make up Class of 2019; top senior student-athletes will also be honored at Kirkbrae C.C.

LINCOLN – The Lincoln High School Athletic Department will hold its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony next Wednesday, May 29, at 6 p.m. at Kirkbrae Country Club, and while this year's class is one of its smallest in recent memory, it may also be one of its most dynamic.

Inducted will be three-sport (cross country, swimming, and track and field) standout Elizabeth (Carlson) Brennan, field hockey and softball standout Laura (DeMello) Latham, four-year girls’ basketball and softball starter Jackie (Daigneault) Bonavita, and former boys’ basketball coach Michael Sullivan.

Brennan, who has been an assistant coach at Lincoln High since 2008, not only with the swim team from 2008-2012, but also since 2009 with the girls' track and field program, graduated in 2003 and was named the recipient of the Outstanding Female Athlete Award as a senior for her excellence in cross country, swimming, and indoor and outdoor track and field.

In cross country, Brennan earned First-Team All-State, All-Division, and All-Class honors in all four of her seasons. She was also the Class B individual champion as a senior, finished second twice and fifth twice in her four years competing in the All-State Meet, and placed as high as ninth at the New England Championships

In swimming, she helped the girls' team win two state championships, as she earned four First-Team All-State honors in the freestyle relay, as well as multiple Second-Team and Third-Team All-State laurels in the freestyle events. And as a senior on the girls' indoor track and field team, she was a Second-Team All-Stater in the 1,500 meters and Third-Team All-Stater in the 1,000, and she's the current school record holder in both events.

Like she did during the fall and winter seasons, Brennan earned numerous All-Division and All-Class honors during the spring season in outdoor track and field. Her best events were the 800, 1,500, and 4x400 and 4x800 relay events. She was a state meet qualifier from 2000-2002, placing as high as fourth and no lower than 10th in all the events she competed in during those years.

Latham, who graduated from Lincoln in 2003, played four seasons with the Lions' field hockey and softball teams and her junior and senior years on the girls' basketball team. She is best remembered for scoring the game-winning goal in the sixth overtime of the 2001 state championship match to lead the Lions' field hockey team past East Greenwich, 2-1.

DeMello was also a speedy outfielder for the LHS softball team who helped the Lions reach the state finals as a junior and earned First-Team All-State honors as a senior.

Daigneault, who graduated from LHS in 1996, was a four-year starter of the girls' basketball and softball teams. She averaged 14 points and 16 rebounds per game in her remarkable hoop career, and shen she graduated, she did so as the girls' basketball program's all-time leading scorer with 1,296 points.

She was named to the All-Division and All-Class teams in each of her four years, as well as selected to All-State and All-Tournament teams as a sophomore.

Sullivan, who was an LHS Educator from 1986-2012, served as the Lions' head hoop coach for nine seasons (1994-2003), posted a career record of 140-66 that included eight playoff appearances, and was a three-time D-II Coach of the Year in 1999, 2000, and 2003. The Lions' best season under Sullivan's watch was the 1998-99 campaign, which saw Lincoln win the Division II championship

The Athletic Department will also honor several of its graduating student-athletes, as well as present the Charles Hien Outstanding Male Athlete Award and Katherine Tiberii Outstanding Female Athlete Award.