WESTFIELD, MA – Westfield State University held its 22nd Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on October 13, 2017, inducting five new individual members and recognizing two “Teams of Distinction.”
The five individual inductees were track and field All-American David Bergeron '07, Women's basketball standout Kristen (Schmaelzle) Lavelle '00, softball pitcher Leah (Peterson) Holmes '06, men's soccer forward Andrew Lewis '02, and All-American football running back Shawn Lyman '02
The 1950-51 men’s basketball team and 1974 men’s soccer teams were recognized as the first two “Teams of Distinction.
Lewis, a native of Danvers who now resides in Kingston, N.H., gave credit to his teammates, coach, and family.
“I don’t consider this an individual honor,” said Lewis. “Without amazing players and amazing teammates, I woudn’t be here . . . I strongly feel it’s a ‘we’ award.”
Lewis played under Westfield State Hall of Famer Paul Whalley ’76, who coached the Owls to a 46-23-2 record in Lewis’s four years, including ECAC and NCAA Tournament Bids.
“I really want to thank my mom and dad,” said Lewis “From early childhood through college they sacrificed - everything. A lot of time, gave up a lot and got me to every practice, every game. They went to every game. Well, my dad went to every game,” he added with a smile. “My mom missed one. My dad sent her to the wedding that day.”
Full Bio information in Lewis is available at www.westfieldstateowls.com/hof.aspx?type=class_induction&path=hof.