Harry Frezza @thefrez56
The Bound Brook High Alumni Association will resume celebrating its long athletic and educational history Sunday as it inducts its ninth Hall of Fame class at the Bridgewater Manor.
A meet and greet with the inductees will start at noon, and dinner and the induction ceremony will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $55 and are available by contacting Alan Beatty at 732-356-0735 or Nancy Yuzuik at 732-563 4012. Make checks payable to Bound Brook Alumni Association.
Lifetime achievement inductees are Robert W. Pulsinelli (Class of 1959), Susan Schibanoff (Class of 1962), Dr. Louis V. DePaolo (Class of 1974) and the late John Cirello (Class of 1961).
Schibanoff will be the first inductee to also be inducted for athletic achievement. She was a state track and field record holder and All America performer before female athletes were formally recognized in New Jersey.
David Barile (Class of 1974) was a standout three-sport athlete and nine-time letter winner. He captained the 1973-74 basketball team to a Central Group 1 title and graduated with a school record javelin throw of 200-11. He is a graduate of the Naval Academy.
David Cameron (Class of 1977), who passed earlier this year, was Bound Brook’s all time scoring leader in basketball when he graduated. He was only the third Crusader to reach the 1,000-point plateau at the time.
Richard Ciarlariello (Class of 1963) was a track and field discus thrower. His throw of 165-7 remains a program record. He was named the team’s MVP in both 1962 and ’63.
Larry Gambino (Class of 1979) was the star of the only Crusader football team to play in a sectional final in December of 1978. He is recognized as one of the best running backs in Bound Brook’s 116-year program history. Gambino was a first team all-state Group 1 player and was named Somerset County Player of the Year his senior season by the Home News of New Brunswick. Your stories live here.Fuel your hometown passion and plug into the stories that define it.Create Account
Francis Maggio (Class of 1984) earned nine varsity letters in four different sports. He was twice named to the All State Group 1 baseball team as an outfielder. He was also a standout quarterback who was the first Crusader QB to throw for more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. As a junior he led Bound Brook to one of its biggest upsets by beating previously-unbeaten Immaculata on Thanksgiving Day in 1982. Maggio has gone on to build an outstanding career as longtime softball coach at Roselle Park where he has led the Panthers to state and Union County titles.
Mark A. Wooden (Class of 1979) was an all-around athlete, winning eight varsity letters for track and field and basketball. He was a cog in the Central Group 1 basketball title team and was chosen first team all-state Group 1. He went on to set a record in the long jump in the spring.
Frank Zawatski (Class of 1969), who was inducted into the Lehigh University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011, was an outstanding three-sport athlete at Bound Brook. He was an all-state Group 2 catcher and was all-Somerset County and Mountain Valley Conference in baseball, football and basketball. He was also named outstanding athlete of his senior class. He was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 1969 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft. He chose to continue his education at Lehigh and was drafted in the 19th round of the 1973 Amateur Draft by the San Francisco Giants. He played two seasons for the Giants Double-A Amarillo club in the Texas League. He was awarded the John A. Cable Leadership Award at Lehigh in 1973, which recognizes the player who best represents Lehigh’s tradition of leadership, character, athleticism, scholarship and service.
The 1979 boys basketball team, which was the last boys team to win a Central Group 1 title. The Crusaders finished 24-3 and were led by Hall of Famer Billy Vadinski and new inductee Mark Wooden.