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MHS Hall of Fame Class of 2015

The Milford High School Hall of Fame Committee has announced its Class of 2015, with 10 individuals and three teams slated for induction this fall. The inductees are Alyssa Balboni, class of 1997; Michele Barys, '83; Ernest Chaplin, '79; Anthony Consigli, '85; Patrick Cornelius, '76; Joseph Lasorsa, '65; Susan Mastroianni, '79; Richard "Dickie" Pilla, '64; Christopher Wild, '88; and Peter Filosa, '67, Contributor. Also being inducted are the 1980 and 1981 Girls Volleyball Teams and the 1996 State Championship Wrestling Team.
"I think there are a lot of quality individuals in this class," committee chairman Nick Zacchilli said. "This is the first year we are inducting three females and they all come from three different decades. The fact that some of our female athletes are getting their recognition is a great thing."
The Class of 2015 is headlined by a number of three sport athletes, including Balboni who served as captain of the softball, soccer, and basketball teams at MHS and went on to play collegiate softball. Barys was a standout basketball and softball player, but made her most indelible mark on the volleyball court as a member of both of the soon-to-be inducted hall of fame teams in 1980 and 1981.
Chaplin was a four-year starter in soccer and played three years of baseball as a catcher for hall of fame coach Charlie Stand, serving as a captain in both sports. He went on to play collegiate soccer and helped grow what was a fledgling MHS soccer program at the time, Zacchilli said.
Consigli played football and was a member of the 1984 Super Bowl championship team and also captained the Harvard football team. Yet another three sport star, he was a member of a sectional championship wrestling team and competed in track and field.
Cornelius competed in track and basketball, but is most remembered for what he accomplished on the gridiron. "The late Dick Corbin said (Cornelius) was the best football player to come out of MHS and I would have to agree," Zacchilli said.
Lasorsa pitched for both Milford High and the Milford Legion teams before playing at Rollins College. He posted a 22-1 record on the mound over his final two seasons, Zacchilli said. Mastroianni played volleyball at Milford High on the program's first state finalist squad in 1978 before going on to Springfield College. Pilla served as captain of the football, basketball, and baseball teams, and Zacchilli said his record of seven interceptions in 1963 still stands. He also hit over .450 on the baseball field, Zacchilli said.
A quarter century later, Wild would be another three sport captain in football, basketball, and baseball as the star quarterback, point guard, and catcher. "Chris was an intense athlete," Zacchilli said. "In all the time I spent at MHS, I would say he was the most outstanding athlete I saw. He could do anything."
Filosa started the swim program at Milford High when the new school opened in 1974. He was the team's first coach and served as an athletic trainer. Over the past four decades, he has contributed to the athletic department in a variety of roles.
"This is a great group," Zacchilli said. "And our two 'old timer' candidates, Lasorsa and Pilla, are guys some of the younger kids in town wouldn't know much about. It's great to bring those types of people forth to the younger kids and recognize some outstanding athletes from our past."




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