Northwest Catholic Announces New Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Members

West Hartford, Feb. 3 –- Northwest Catholic has announced the names of five people who will be inducted into the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame on Sat., Mar. 26, 2011; the 1987-88 Girls’ Basketball team, which won the first Girls’ Basketball State Championship in school history, will also be honored that evening.

The new inductees, chosen for their tremendous athletic achievements, as well as their integrity, sportsmanship, and character, are:
Victor Cruse ’67 – An outstanding football player, Cruse was the first-ever NWC athlete to be named All-State in any sport. He also played basketball and baseball, and served as captain on both teams. He went on to play football for Eastern Connecticut State University, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. He lives in Hartford.

Ned Guillet ’69 – Guillet played varsity basketball, baseball, and football for the Indians, starring as a wide receiver on the first NWC team to win a Hartford County Conference (HCC) championship. After NWC, he played football for Boston College; in his senior year, he was among the Top Ten in the NCAA in interceptions, and he was later drafted by the Green Bay Packers. He lives in Needham, MA.

Tom Bisson ’78 – A member of NWC’s 1,000-point club, Bisson was a prolific outside scorer long before there was a three-point goal at the high school level. A two-time All-HCC and All-State basketball pick, he also played baseball for NWC, finishing his senior season with a .390 batting average. He lives in Harwinton.

Susan Rodgers ’84 –Rodgers did it all: She was a member of the 1981 State Championship Softball team; All-State in soccer (50 career goals); and All-HCC in basketball as a senior, when she scored 353 points (ranking her among the top 15 all-time scorers in a season). One-half of the first pair of siblings inducted into the Hall of Fame in the same year, she lives in Lowell, MA.

Maura Rodgers ’89 –The other half of the first pair of Hall of Fame siblings to share an induction year, Rodgers played softball and soccer (All-HCC) as well as basketball (All-HCC and two-time All-State selection, and a member of the 1987-88 State Championship team). Her 1,214 career points make her the second-highest all-time scorer in NWC Girls’ Basketball. She went on to play basketball for the University of Hartford. She lives in West Hartford.
All are invited to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner; for information or to make a reservation, contact Jane Leary, NWC's Director of Constituent Relations ( or 860-236-4221, x131). Deadline is Mar. 18, 2011.
Cultivating students’ athletic gifts is central to Northwest Catholic’s mission to educate the whole student -- body, mind, spirit, and soul. Limited spaces are still available in grades 9-11 for September 2011 enrollment; for more information, contact Maryann Lacouture (

Michelle M. Murphy

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