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Hall of Fame Spotlight:
Carl Deleso

If Carl Deleso was an athlete at Milford High today, he would be what the coaches would call a "throwback." He never stopped competing during his time at MHS, going from football to basketball to baseball to American Legion baseball with barely a week between seasons. His leadership and success landed him a spot in the Milford High School Hall of Fame's Class of 2011, but he feels he was just fortunate to live in a great sports town.
"The teams had tremendous support from the community," he said. "And I was lucky to play for some great coaches." Deleso graduated in 1971, having played for longtime Milford coaches including Bob Pagnini, Joe Stoico, Dick Corbin, and Mike Brita.
"When I look back, I think I almost took for granted how great our coaches were," he said. "They taught us so much. These guys were good and they taught us how to play the right way. I didn't realize until later in life how good they were."
Deleso was the captain of all three Scarlet Hawks teams during his senior year. He was a split end on the 1970 football team that posted an undefeated record and has already earned itself a place in the MHS Hall of Fame. He also started at point guard for the basketball team, and played centerfield for the baseball team. His senior season, the Scarlet Hawks baseball squad rolled through the Midland League schedule a perfect 18-0.
"I was always proud to have played for those teams," said Deleso. "I don't care what level it is, to go through a season unbeaten is a rarity."
For his part, Deleso was named to the Worcester Telegram All-Star team for both football and baseball. Even with the success in the red and white of MHS, he said one of his biggest sporting thrills occurred during the summer, when he played for the 1970 Milford Legion team that captured the state championship.
"Winning the state title was a big thing," he said. "I can recall back in those days when we used to get 1500 people at a home game and throngs of people following us out on the road. I was amazed at the coverage in the paper as well; we had our box scores on the front page."
Deleso also remembered some of the less glamorous parts of his playing days in Milford. "We didn't have a gymnasium to use for practice, so we practiced in the old armory building, often times without heat," he said. "We would practice some days with gloves and hats on, only to take a cold shower after we were done."
Still, Deleso says the memories made with his coaches and teammates stand out the most when reflecting on a hall of fame high school career. "I valued the friendships that we made on the court or on the field," he said. "Those friendships have lasted all of my life, and I was lucky to have my teammates and the great coaches that we had to help us along the way."




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