Campbell, McGinn to be inducted

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MONTPELIER — Five all-star student-athletes, two outstanding referees, an award-winning sports editor, three leading administrators and coaches and a longtime key contributor have been selected for the 2019 Hall of Fame class for the Vermont Principals Association.

They will be inducted May 3 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center on State Street in Montpelier. Social hour is at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The induction ceremony will start at about 6:45 p.m.

Among the inductees are Ken Campbell, who served as the longtime sports editor at the Brattleboro Reformer. Campbell graduated from St. Michael's High School in Brattleboro and Becker Junior College in Worcester, Mass. and later joined this newspaper. He helped set a standard of excellence in his writing and reporting from 1952 to his retirement in 1989. Campbell had a must-read weekly column "Speaking of Sports." He was a pioneer in covering girls sports in Vermont while still in their infancy in the 1970s and early '80s. He snapped what is considered one of the finest photographs of Boston Red Sox All-Star Ted Williams. Campbell died in 2003.

Another is David McGinn, who was an exceptional three-sport athlete at Brattleboro Union High School. As a pitcher he had a 10-4 record as the Colonels (13-6) won the Class L title in 1978. He won all four playoff games, allowing just one run in 26 innings. McGinn scored 1,048 points in basketball - third all-time for the Colonels and led the Southern Vermont League with 21 points per game. He was a quarterback and punter on the BUHS football team. McGinn later coached at Oxbow, Thetford and St. Johnsbury Academy. He lives in Danville.

The others in the Hall of Fame class are: Windsor High School athlete Callie Ewald, Mill River basketball standout Kyle Fredette, Rutland track star Kate Goodchild Moser, Mill River great George Peterson, referees Brian P. Collamore and Terry Harlow, administrators Robert Goudreau and Paul Wheeler, Hartford football coach Mike Stone, and contributor Dennis Filion (athlete, coach, ref).

Tickets for the banquet are $45 and are available by sending checks to the VPA, 2 Prospect Street, Suite 3, Montpelier, VT, 05602, or by calling 802-229-0547 to pay by credit card.








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