Athletic Hall of Fame

Nominations Sought for 2019 Induction

Rice is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Rice-Cathedral Athletic Hall of Fame.  The qualfications are simple - potential inductees must:
  • Have graduated from either Rice or Cathedral in good standing
  • Be graduated from Rice for at least 10 years
  • Share our school’s values of tradition, character and Christian ideals. 
Individuals closely associated with Rice-Cathedral, such as coaches or athletic boosters who are no longer working in said capacity at Rice, will also be considered.

The quality of “greatness” is key. Greatness can be defined as striving to be an outstanding athlete or coach or be of strong personal dedication.

All suggested names are kept on the perpetual candidates’ list and are reviewed each year.

Nominations must be submitted by May 17.

2017 Rice-Cathedral Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

List of 8 items.

  • Mary Evelti Guyette '34

    The combination of being a first generation American and being born into a family which embraced athletics make it no surprise that Mary T. (Evelti) Guyette embraced what America had to offer and emerged as a pioneer in Cathedral High School’s Girls’ Basketball program.

    Women’s basketball in the 1930’s bore little resemblance to what we see today. Depending on the area of the country there could be two or three zones in the court with six or nine players on the court for each team, also based on the number of zones in that version of the game. Women might wear skirts, bloomers, or shorts, and were permitted to dribble the ball three times and hold the ball for three seconds before passing, while never leaving their zone. In Vermont, girls’ high school basketball was played according to grade in school so all freshmen played against freshmen, sophomores versus sophomores, etc.  Mary played this game for all four years of her high school career, playing as a center and dominating the game.  As a freshman, she managed the team in addition to playing. Sophomore year she was selected as captain, a recognition of her strong leadership skills and dynamic personality. Junior year, the first year that a cup or trophy was awarded to the winning team, the girls went undefeated, bringing home the trophy as well as bragging rights. Senior year earned Mary the opportunity for bragging rights of back-to-back titles. Capping this off, Mary was elected by her classmates as Best Athlete, Female, Class of 1934.

    Mary was passionate about sports at Cathedral, and then Rice Memorial High School as she moved from player and sibling to parent, grandparent, great-grandparent and always the proud fan. Mary’s brother, Vincent “Pickles” Evelti ‘32 joined the Hall of Fame in 2001. Three of her sons, Al (HoF ‘94), Bill (HoF ‘05) and Mark Guyette played in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. One of her nephews, Michael Evelti ‘77, is also in the Hall of Fame. Mary’s legacy continues through the generations with children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and now great-great-grandchildren playing, coaching, and officiating the sport she loved.   Tradition really doesn’t ever graduate!
  • Arlene Fraga O'Rourke '70

    If there’s one word that sums up Arlene O’Rourke’s high school athletic career, it’s commitment. It is best seen in her four year participation in both basketball and track. Off the field, it is exemplified through her four year run in the Rice Choir. Perhaps the most telling sign of her commitment was her return to Rice after graduation to coach three sports teams, including the Softball and Field Hockey teams, in their inaugural seasons.
    Arlene’s commitment to athletics allowed her to be successful in a pre-Title IX world. One such example is her junior season of basketball. The girls’ team started the season with a 2-2 record. As the season advanced, Arlene’s leadership sparked 8 consecutive wins and an impressive season record of 10-2. While the girls’ basketball program in the late 60’s was successful and enriching, the players and the very game itself were about to see some major changes.
    In Arlene’s era girls’ basketball played with a different set of rules. She explains, “My freshman through junior year the game had 6 players, two played only defense, two played only offense and two players called ‘rovers’ were allowed to play both.”  In her competitive spirit, Arlene adds, “I remember trying out for rover and being quite determined I would be a rover or not play.” Not everyone knew the differences in the games. Arlene recalls one incident in which the boys’ team was passing through the gym during a girls’ game. “One member called to me to let me know the other team had 6 players on the court. As I continued to play I responded ‘So do we!’”
    In Arlene’s senior year, for the first time in the history of girls’ basketball at Rice, boys and girls would play by the same rules: 5 players with free reign over the whole court. The Little Indians dominated, led by Captain Arlene Fraga, with a  5-1 season. To this day, she still lists playing “real” basketball as one of her fondest Rice memories. Reflecting on her time as a female athlete, she remarked, “We played because we loved to play. There was certainly no notoriety or often any encouragement to play.”
    1970 also marked the first time that Vermont held a state track meet for girls. Arlene, who had participated in track all four years without ever being able to compete in a state meet, did not let the opportunity go to waste. She won the Rice team points with her 5th place overall in the shot put, ending her track career with the Little Indians on a high note.
    Arlene continued to make Rice proud after her graduation in 1970, going on to play basketball at UVM freshman year, then switching to softball. Throughout her college athletic career and after graduation, Arlene displayed a commitment to sharing her love of athletics with others. After starting the field hockey and softball programs at Rice, she moved on to a career in Physical Education. She has never stopped coaching, between her kids’ Little League teams, field hockey team, and swim lessons, and her role as the first female coach of the Saint Michael’s College Field Hockey, Basketball, and softball teams.Even now she devotes herself to her hometown of Bakersfield, teaching Physical Education and Health at Bakersfield Elementary and coaching freshman basketball and JV softball at Enosburg High School.
    Arlene has four children, Kevin, Catherine, Daniel and Elizabeth with husband, Mike O’Rourke ‘73.
  • Douglas Carey '56

    In the 1950’s Cathedral High School was one of the larger schools in the state of Vermont with over 1100 young people making up the student body. There were also fewer athletic opportunities, as sports such as lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer had yet to make their way into the high school arena. So when a student athlete is able to be a four year starter on the varsity football team, as well as play basketball, baseball, and then track, that is a worthy accomplishment, and Doug Carey accomplished all of that and more as a student at Cathedral.
    Doug Carey arrived on campus in the fall of 1952 and made a name for himself as an athlete to watch as he emerged as a starter on the varsity football team. He also played JV basketball, baseball and participated in intramurals. Stunt Nite of freshman year remains a special memory for Doug, and he participated in the “Living Rosary” that year as well.

    As quite often happens with students following freshman year, Doug started to see the possibilities  and participated in more activities as a sophomore. He retained his starting spot on the varsity football team and JV basketball, but added track and manager of the baseball team. He also was a member of the Spotlite staff and Student Council and participated in the May Crowning and Stunt Nite.  He lived out his Catholic faith as he joined the Sodality group

    Junior and senior years his commitments continued through football, and basketball and track. He continued on the Spotlite staff, participating in the Living Rosary, May Crowning, Stunt Nite, added the Tower board, and became an officer in the Sodality group and Student Council-serving as President of Student Council senior year! Doug recalls defeating BFA 55-0 in football during his junior year as a high point on the grid iron.  Accolades tend to follow a student like this, and this was true with Doug. In addition to his many Varsity Letters, Doug was selected as the Outstanding Athlete of his graduating class, received the “Good Citizenship Award” from Balfour, and was named to the 3rd team All-American All Catholic Football Team.

    Doug graduated from Cathedral and found a career in computer programming: working for the State of Vermont,  a Senior Analyst at IBM, a Manager at Motorola, and a Director at UNISYS Corp, ultimately owning his own consulting firm with Carey Consulting Inc. Doug married Myrna Samson and they have four children, Jeffrey, Lynn, John, and Lori. He is retired and currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Mike Cioffi '01

    When Mike Cioffi and Nick Landrigan arrived at Rice Memorial, the Cathedral-Rice basketball program had made 21 trips to the state title game (with eight victories), but was suffering from a 15 year drought. Hopes were pinned on these young men to bring home hardware and sure enough, they did.
    From 1985 to 2000, the Rice men’s team was constantly thwarted in its championship quest. That all changed when the 2000 team featuring fellow Hall of Famers Nick Landrigan ‘01, Alex Lloyd ‘00, Kyle Cieplicki ‘03 overcame BHS in the championship by 16 points, after trailing at the half!  It was junior Mike Cioffi who sparked this comeback, scoring 23 points in the game with 12 in the third quarter alone. It would be a perfect end to a great season for Mike, as he later earned the honor of being 1st Team All-Metro and 3rd Team All-State. Unfortunately, his clutch championship performance would be the last with his senior teammates, when the team lost three of their starting five to graduation. With a target square on Little Indian's back as the reigning champs, Mike Cioffi and his team needed to find a way to win with the absence of some excellent basketball players on their roster. And sure enough, they did.
    One of the key elements to the Little Indians’ success Mike's senior year was his ability to put points on the board. And he did, game after game, until he ensured his place in Rice basketball history books by being one of an elite group of players to score over 1,000 points (1,152 to be exact), many of them in his senior campaign. His offensive production helped lead the Little Indians to another solid season, along with a repeat trip to the semifinals, where they suffered a hard fought loss to the Crimson Tide of Spaulding. His efforts were recognized with yet another 1st Team All-Metro, along with a 1st Team All-State and a spot in the Alhambra Classic against New Hampshire.
    While senior year saw Mike step up his role on the court for the team, he also stepped up in his role as a leader, being named co-captain for the 2000-01 season. And while the added responsibilities might have changed some people's attitude towards the game, Mike never lost his love and passion for the sport of basketball. For him, it was special just to "play competitive basketball for four years in a well-coached, fun, and energetic atmosphere." Reflecting on the atmosphere at the games, he remarked, "The support of the Rice Community – every game felt like a performance… we were lucky enough to be a good team for 3 out of the 4 years and the support we got from teachers, parents and fellow students was incredible." Along with the support of the entire Rice community, Mike is grateful for the support of their beloved Hall of Fame player turned coach, Kevin Cieplicki ‘76. "He was very supportive and challenged us to get better individually and as a team but most of all taught us that it meant something to play for Rice and that we should present ourselves the right way.  He was a great mentor and coach."
    After his graduation from Rice in 2001, Mike attended Colby-Sawyer College where he continued his winning ways for the Chargers. Mike lives out the Rice mission by helping local youth through his work with the YMCA, and his current role as General Manager of Social Enterprise at Spectrum Youth and Family Services. He currently resides in Williston with his wife, Alaina, and their son Bennett, who is almost two.
  • Nick Landrigan '01

    The point guard on a basketball team is regarded as the court general. He runs the offense and creates opportunities for scoring. It is no coincidence that as identifying positions from names such as “point guard” shifted to numbers, that the point guard assumed the number “1,” leading all of the rest. When reflecting on Nick Landrigan’s career, it’s difficult to find Rice-Cathedral athletes who have fulfilled the role better than he. A state champion, two time All-State selection, college standout, and Rice-Cathedral’s All-Time Assist leader, Nick has not only been a phenomenal basketball player, but has consistently elevated the play of his teammates through his selfless and skillful playing style. 
    Nick held the starting guard spot all four years of his career at Rice, and was recognized for his talents when he was selected as a member of the 3rd Team All-State Basketball squad his sophomore year. It was the first of many honors to come. His junior season stands to this day as one of the finest seasons in Rice basketball history. With a team consisting of four Hall of Famers (Mike Cioffi ‘01, Alex Lloyd ‘00, Kyle Cieplicki ‘03 and Nick), Rice grabbed the first seed overall and swept its way to the Championship game, where they earned a decisive victory over BHS, and hung a Boys’ Basketball banner for the first time in 15 years. Nick played a huge role in the game, finishing with 12 points, and several assists to teammate Mike Cioffi, who sparked a scoring run that put Rice safely ahead in the fourth. Nick would later be named Third Team All-State for a second time in a row, and First Team All-Metro. The chemistry between Nick and Mike would only grow more important as Rice lost several talented seniors, and leadership responsibilities fell to the pair, who were named Co-Captains.
    Nick continued his success in the 2000-01 season, facilitating yet another very powerful offensive Rice squad. Not only did he set the Rice-Cathedral assist record, but helped produce one of Rice’s top scorers in fellow inductee Mike Cioffi, who tallied up 1,152 points over his career. Unfortunately, the successful senior campaign ended one stop short of the coveted championship when Rice lost to Spaulding in the semi-finals. Nick’s outstanding play, however, earned him yet another 1st Team All-Metro and Second Team All-State.
    Nick stood out on the court, not only because of his personal production, but in the way that he helped others play better than they could have without the presence of an elite point guard. His selflessness and leadership on the court translated into wins and a title for the Little Indians. His time at the helm of the Rice offense showcases just how beneficial it is to have an exceptional point guard running the show.
    After his graduation from Rice in 2001, Nick went on to attend Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. While earning many accolades during his college career, perhaps his most impressive stat is once again his ability to make his fellow teammates better: Just like at Rice, Nick dished out more assists than anyone in Acadia University history and sits at #10 overall in assists for the conference.
    Currently Nick resides in Charlotte, and works as a Real Estate Appraiser. He also co-owned the popular Arrowhead Golf Course in Milton. He volunteers for Vermont Special Olympics, a fitting service to his community by a man who spent his basketball career making those around him better.
  • Paul Reiss '03

    While we may not know how many Track stars it takes to change a lightbulb, we can be certain that it only takes four of them to win the largest meet in Vermont. All of Vermont found that out the hard way when the Rice “Supermen” of 2003 took the Track world by surprise, posting 85 points in the school’s only victory at the Burlington Invitational with just four athletes scoring. All of the four Supermen were multi-sport athletes, (Keith Nunziata ‘03, Brian Mongeon ‘03, Andrew Gill ‘03) yet Paul Vincent Reiss was arguably the most impressive of the squad. Perhaps the best witness to Paul’s athletic ability is his school record in the Decathalon. Additionally, his skills for the boys’ soccer team and role on the basketball team are testaments to his versatility as an athlete. A rare blend of strength, speed, and skill, Paul Reiss forever left his stamp on the record books and the trophy cases here at Rice Memorial.

    Paul’s athletic transition began his sophomore soccer season, as a member of the boys’ soccer team that went all the way to the semifinals where they would mark their third consecutive trip to the semifinals, accompanied by a loss to keep them out of the championship game. The following year, Paul’s junior season, things changed. After keeper Greg Langston received a concussion in a tied game with 10 seconds remaining, Paul stepped into net and held Burr and Burton at bay until teammate and fellow Hall of Fame member Kevin Brosseau ‘03 launched a 30 yard shot in the 4th overtime to win the match!  The boys moved on to defeat Mt. Abe in the title game with Paul in net.

    Paul played varsity basketball his junior and senior years, and spent his first two spring seasons with the baseball team. But where Paul would truly find his calling was on the track, where he would be part of one of the most dominant teams in Vermont history. The “Supermen” as they were dubbed, won both the Burlington Invitational, featuring the best athletes in the state regardless of division, and the DII state championship. He took first place in both hurdle events, as well as long jump, and grabbed a third place finish in the high jump, tallying 36 points as an individual. His dominance would earn him a trip to the New England Championship meet, where he took a 10th place finish in the 300m hurdles.
    Paul elected to try the Decathlon, which is comprised of 10 disparate events. Over two days, an individual must complete every event, and is awarded the corresponding number of points based on his time, height, or distance in every event. Success in the Decathlon requires an athlete to have a blend of talents and skills: speed, endurance, strength, and vertical leap. Equally important is the form and technique with which he executes them. All the athleticism in the world will not secure the win without countless hours of practice perfecting form and timing. With the help of Coach Mark McKenna ‘78, among others, Paul went on to take 3rd place at the Decathlon his junior year, and secured the victory as a senior and amassed enough points to hold the school record..

    Paul’s involvement at Rice extended beyond the sports fields. A proud participant in Stunt Nite, Paul also was a member of the Band, French Club, Student Council, and National Honor Society. His performance in the classroom earned him recognition as a Burlington Free Press Scholar Athlete.  After Paul’s graduation from Rice in 2003, he attended Boston College, and founded “Proportion Design,” where he now works as Creative Director. He currently resides in Medford, Massachusetts with his wife Meghan, and their two children.
  • Drew Macartney '05

    Drew Macartney’s impact on Rice football can be seen simply by comparing the Rice football record before and during his time as a Little Indian. He joined a team that had suffered 24 consecutive losses in its previous years of competition. However, his presence as both a running back and linebacker for three years led them to a 24-5 record throughout his career, along with two appearances in the semi-finals and a championship his Senior year. Drew was a dominant and decorated football player, but more importantly, he was a leader and a role model for his teammates and classmates at Rice.

    Drew’s talent can be seen by his spot on the Varsity roster all four years. Not only did he contribute to the drastic record change, but he put up some absolutely astonishing numbers doing it. His Junior season, he scored 13 touchdowns as the team’s power RB, a role he reprised in his Senior campaign, this time tallying an unbelievable 25 scores and over 1,000 yards rushing in only 11 games. During his last season, the Little Indians outscored their opponents 548-124 (Rice’s all-time scoring record). While Drew may have been a frighteningly dominant presence on offense, he more than pulled his weight on the defensive side of the ball. A force of nature as linebacker with speed, strength, and skill, Drew ensured that no team Rice faced had an easy time of it. In the 2004 season, Drew and fellow running back Matt Tomkowicz ’05 helped Rice sweep to the Championship game with a 10-0 record and helped Rice overcome Woodstock to take the crown. He earned a First Team All-State recognition for both his positions, as well as a spot in both the North-South game and the VT-NH Maple Shrine Bowl game.

    Drew was not afraid of contact - he just ran over people - while Matt had a more evasive style that he used both from the line of scrimmage and on kick returns. According to Coach Tony Brice, “Drew is as good a football player as Rice has ever seen and Tomkowicz is not far behind.” No runner ever goes anywhere without good blockers and, according to Drew, “They were the greatest offensive line in Rice football history, no contest!”  Let’s hear it for Matt Kreutz, Andrew Knox, Matt Briand, Nate Denton, Ralph Alfieri, Brendan McCarthy, and Ben Trottier!

    After high school, Drew participated in the football program at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. He currently works for London Life Insurance Co. and lives in London, Ontario, with his wife, Heather, and their two children, Thomas and Katherine.
  • Matt Tomkowicz '05

    Matt Tomkowicz enjoyed a charmed and remarkable athletic career at Rice High School, but one thing he was very bad at was losing. It was so foreign to him that he never experienced it in either Football or Lacrosse his Senior year. Matt’s athletic dominance gave Rice two more championships and  countless more stories, and he ushered the Little Indians back to the forefront of high school athletics in northern Vermont.
    One can truly grasp the tremendous impact Matt had on Rice sports when reciting his many accolades. He was recognized in his selection on the All-State Football team, both his Junior and Senior years, along with his participation in the North-South game and the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. His Junior year saw his selection as the Kick and Punt Returner for the All-State Team, and he was also an All-Stater for his defensive efforts at Linebacker. To cap it off, in 2005 he was nominated for the Vermont State Football Hall of Fame. Perhaps even more impressive are the stats he put up in his Junior and Senior seasons. As a Junior, he scored a remarkable 14 touchdowns, while tallying up six interceptions, three of which he converted into TDs. Along with his teammate and fellow inductee, Drew Macartney ’05, he led Rice to the playoffs in 2003 where they suffered a loss. Moreover, the team endured a tough offseason with 10 Seniors graduating in the spring of 2004. Undaunted by this loss of leadership, Tomkowicz reprised his role as star running back with 24 touchdowns his Senior year, and a whopping 1,400 yards of rushing. That’s nearly a mile of rushing in only 11 games! Off the field, Matt’s leadership and character were recognized when he received the Peter Godfrey Scholarship which goes to a student “characterized by their determination, desire to succeed, and their service to others.” Of course, anyone who had seen Matt on the playing field wouldn’t doubt the first two.

    Matt’s Football career is only half the story. An undefeated Football season must have sparked a real passion for winning, because that’s all he and the Indians’ Lacrosse team would do in their 16-game season. When asked to recall any special memories while wearing the Indians’ uniform, he spoke of the weather during the Football Championship game his Senior year. “Although it was cold, it did not slow us down in our quest for the title.” Another prized Rice memory was of his other championship that year, this time with the Lacrosse team. That season Matt led the Indians with two clutch goals to win both games over Burlington and sealed the W for Rice in the first ever Division II Championship.  He remarked, “Being able to score a goal in the championship game put the cherry on top of my athletic career at Rice.”

    Following his standout Rice career, he attended St. Lawrence University where he played football in his first year, but he left the team due to concussions he sustained. He then switched to the Lacrosse club team, of which he became Vice President, for the remainder of his time there.
    Currently, Matt is an engineer with PC Construction Co. in South Burlington and resides in Burlington with his wife, Jessica, and their children, Maxton and Hadley. Matt has said, “A senior year without a loss (27-0 and two championships) is something I can be proud of to this day.”

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