Hall of Fame: Six to be Inducted, Len Gengel ’84 Honored
Becker College will induct six new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday October 22 at Wachusett Country Club, West Boylston, Mass.
Len Gengel, a Rutland resident and 1984 graduate of Becker College , is to be honored at the Hall of Fame ceremony with presentation of the first Gabe Simon Award for distinguished service to and support of Becker College.
The owner of C&S Builders, Inc and other businesses, Gengel has supported his alma mater as a trustee, as a philanthropist and as a mentor to young alums. He has established two scholarships; The Lawrence A. Spaulding Endowed Scholarship, to honor faculty member, Lawrence Spaulding, and the Carlton Perry Endowed Scholarship, to honor Becker’s longtime athletic director. Additionally, Gengel’s business partner, Robert Lord, and his family, created the Gengel Family Scholarship in 2006. Gengel has sent several family members to Becker College and currently employs an alumnus of the college in his business.
A past president of the Massachusetts Homebuilder’s Association, Gengel has supported numerous causes, including Habitat for Humanity, Eagle Hill School and Rutland Little League. Gengel’s name is most recently recognized for the foundation he and his wife, Cheryl Ann, founded, and their efforts to establish an orphanage in Haiti, all in the memory of their daughter, Britney.
As a college athlete, Gengel played first base and catcher under Coach Walt Morin, was a two-year starter (1983 and 1984) for the then Becker Junior College baseball team, serving as co-captain his sophomore year. His batting average hit .333 his freshman year and .243 his sophomore season. He graduated with a .291 career average. Gengel was also a standout performer as a freshman with the Becker junior varsity basketball team.
Inductees for 2010 include
Catherine M. Chambers ’77 LJC (field hockey, basketball, softball)
Zoe H. (Hinds) Morelli ’93 (field hockey)
Linc MacDonald ’64 LJC (basketball, baseball)
Bonnie L. (Rich) Jones ’92 (basketball)
Lewis J. Scott V ’92 (basketball)
Kathleen M. Sibya ’83 (volleyball, basketball, softball)
Cathy Chambers, a native of Mansfield, Mass., was an outstanding three-sport athlete at Leicester Junior College (now Becker College) during the school’s formative years of women’s sports.
She was the pitcher/outfielder for the 1974 softball team, 16-1, and her .667 average, 5-1 pitching record helped the Minutemen win the program’s first New England Regional softball crown. She was selected to the all-Region team as an outfielder and in her sophomore year; she repeated as an all-Region selection, after batting .639.
She also starred as a field hockey and basketball player.
Zoe (Hines) Morelli, a 5’6” forward from Yardley, Pa., played on the Becker field hockey teams that compiled a 32-2-2 record under Coach Ginger Daly from 1991-92.
Hines was part of a milestone event in 1992 when she scored two goals in a 2-1 win over Mitchell College (Conn.) to lead Becker to the program’s first-ever national crown and also its first-ever undefeated season (15-0-2).
Hines was a two-time NJCAA All-America during her two-year college career as well as a two-time first team All-New England selection.
Hines played in 35 career games and graduated as the school’s second highest leader in points (86), goals (31), and assists (24).
Linc MacDonald, a standout at Commerce High, was an exceptional two-sport athlete (baseball, basketball) at Leicester Junior College (now Becker College).
MacDonald, a solid catcher and hitter on the baseball team, helped the team advance to consecutive NEJC (New England Junior College) baseball championship games (1963 and 1964).
He was a top reserve, a 6’2” power forward, for Coach Paige Rowden’s 1964 basketball team that captured the school’s first regional championship and finished fifth out of 16 in the NJCAA national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
MacDonald received the school’s 1964 Outstanding Student Athlete Award given for achievement in athletics and academics.
He has served as head coach at Nichols College (men’s basketball, 1969-74, baseball 1974), and with Doherty High School (baseball, 1976 to 1984). He’s a past president of the Worcester College Basketball Coaches, Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (1971-72).
Bonnie L. (Rich) Jones
A New England title, a national championship, and 43 victories defined the basketball career of Bonnie Rich at Becker College-Leicester campus.
During her two years, 1991-92, Rich, a 6’center from Gardner, was an outstanding rebounder, scorer, and defender for Coach Bill Messier. In 1992, she helped the Hawks win (25-2) the school’s first national championship in any sport.
With 43 career victories Rich ranks tied for first all-time among the winningest two-year players in school history. Becker posted a winning percentage of .811 (43-10), including a 5-1 mark in postseason, with Rich on the court.
Rich finished with the third-highest two-year career point total (710) and was also ranked among the leaders in rebounds (489), blocked shots (60), and trips to the free throw line (250).
Lewis Scott, 5’7” from Ayer, Mass., was an outstanding scoring guard in basketball for two seasons and co-captained the 1992 team that finished 22-5 and shared first place in the CSAC (Colonial States Athletic Conference).
Scott was a two-time first team All-New England selection and a two-time CSAC All Star.
Scott led the team in scoring each year and totaled 1,058 points in his 52 career games for an 20.3 average, making him just the third Leicester campus player to score more than 1,000 points. The others are Paul Deignan and Bob Vartanian. From the three-point range Scott hit 108 of 251 attempts for 43.0 percent, and made 77.2 percent of his 277 free throws.
He was the recipient of the 1992 Van Buskirk Award given to a male athlete at the Leicester Campus for dedication and contribution to Becker athletics.
Kathy M. Sibya, a 5’3” native of Clinton, Mass., was a dynamic three-sport athlete (softball, basketball and volleyball) at the college (1982-83).
In softball, Sibya earned NJCAA Division I second-team all-America honors as an infielder. In her sophomore year, her.315 average and 19 RBIs helped the team make the regional playoffs.
In 1982 as a sophomore co-captain, Sibya received All-New England honors in volleyball, after helping the team, coached by Ed Lucier, to a 17-2 record.