Entering the Berlin High School Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring will be BHS athletes Wilfred R. Guite (Class of 1938), Charles Vigra (1948), Todd Marble (1977), Jon Veneziano (1989), Tony Santoro (1991), Jason Maule (1995), Amanda Rival (1997) and Anthony Reynolds (1999).
Also, BHS baseball coach Leo Veleas will be enshrined, as will Arthur Powers Sr., in recognition of his contributions to sports in town.
The BHS team being highlighted this year is the 1986 softball squad.
Jon Veneziano, Class of 1989
Jon Veneziano was a two-year varsity basketball player, but it was on the golf course where he truly excelled.
A four-year member of the golf team, and a two-year captain, Veneziano was a three-time All-Northwest Conference selection, a two-time individual state champion, a state runner-up, an All-American (’89), and a member of three state championship teams.
Also, in 1988, Veneziano was a Connecticut State Golf Association Junior Champion, a New England Junior Champion and a semifinalist in the U.S. Junior Championship.
Veneziano continued his golf career at the University of Hartford, graduating in 1993 with a degree in communications.
At UHart, Veneziano, a two-time team captain, won 10 collegiate tournaments, was a four-time all-conference performer, and an All-American in ’93.
Also, Veneziano was the New England Amateur Champion in ’92, and was one of just 12 collegians selected to represent the United States in Tokyo for the U.S.-Japan Ryder Cup matches in ‘93.
In 2001, Veneziano was inducted into the UHart Hall of Fame.
Veneziano played professionally from ’93 to ’98 and claimed five mini tour event titles. As an amateur, he won the Florida State Mid-Amateur (’05) and the Florida State Public Links (’06), and competed in 16 U.S.G.A. events, his best finish being a second with the Florida state team in 2010.
Veneziano is a vice president financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. He resides in Mt. Dora, Fla.
The Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held Sunday, April 28 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. For ticket information, contact Diane Egazarian at (860) 402-1169 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.