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Beth Rainville Peacock

Beth Rainville Peacock

Beth Rainville Peacock was excited when she transferred to Milford High School after St. Mary's closed in 1974, all she wanted to do was suit up for the Scarlet Hawks.
"I thought it was the best place to be and it proved me right," she said. "The sports programs are phenomenal. The coaches were terrific and we were always working hard to do the best we could do."
Peacock, then Beth Rainville, was a three-sport standout at MHS, playing field hockey, basketball, and softball. She was elected captain of all three sports as a senior in 1976-1977, and was inducted into the Milford High School Hall of Fame this fall.
"I was a little bit shocked when they told me I was elected," she said. "I've been gone so long, to even remember me was a little surprising."
Peacock was a two-year starter on the field hockey team. She helped Milford to a one-loss season and a playoff birth during her senior year. She was the team's most valuable player during her junior season, and was named to the Midland League All-Star team as a senior. Peacock was also an all-star and team MVP in softball, playing second base or shortstop and typically batting in the heart of the order. She was also an all-star in basketball, averaging 15 points per game as a senior in a sport she did not intent to play at Milford High.
"The coaches at Milford were all so passionate about their sports and the JV coach told me to play basketball and I said 'no, I'm terrible,'" she said. "But they took me under their wing and Linda Zacchilli told me 'we are going to keep working with you.' I ended up being one of the more valuable players on the team. That's how the coaches were, they always wanted to bring their students to the best level at which they could be."
Peacock played for three well-respected coaches in Milford High history, Hall of Famers Zacchilli in basketball and Stephanie Slack in softball along with Arlene Guidali in field hockey.
"They were all about fostering growth and we St. Mary's kids were welcomed with open arms," said Peacock. "I went from varsity at St. Mary's as a freshman to JV as a sophomore but I didn't care. I always wanted to be the best that I could be at Milford High was the best place for any hard-working athlete."
In her induction speech last weekend, Peacock also thanked her parents. Her dad Richard would always indulge an eager young athlete who wanted to play another game of catch and her mom Jean always had her uniforms clean and ready to go the next day. She also thanked her teammates, many of whom were in attendance to watch as she was inducted.
"It's been 35 years and we don't see each other as often but we are all still connected and sports definitely connected us," she said. "We are different ages, but through sports we formed that tight bond. That bond will always be there, always."




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