Goffstown - 8 June 2016: The 52nd annual Goffstown Senior Athletic Awards & Hall of Fame Induction Dinner was held Wednesday May 25th at Goffstown High School. The Goffstown High School athletic department presented senior awards to the following students. (courtesy of GHS Athletic Department)
Female Scholar Athlete- Molly Collimore
Male Scholar Athlete- Nick Ollila
Female Grizzlies Sportsmanship Award- Olivia Brigagliano
Male Grizzlies Sportsmanship Award- Casey Gervais
Female Athlete of the Year- Sydney Gagnon
Male Athlete of the Year- Connor Bourque
Female U.S. Marine Corps Excellence in Athletics- Olivia St. Jean
Male U.S. Marine Corps Excellence in Athletics- Ian Routhier
In addition the sports booster clubs awarded two $300.00 scholarships, which were voted on by the student-athletes in attendance to Sydney Gagnon and Connor Bourque.
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees were Pam Mijal ’89 and Wake Stillman.
Pam Mijal is a Goffstown High School graduate who spent her four years at GHS competing in multiple sports. Pam graduated in 1989 with an impressive eleven varsity letters. One in tennis, three in both basketball and field hockey and four in softball, a sport in which she truly excelled. As a pitcher for the softball team, Pam’s record was 36-4, with a 1.50 ERA, while tallying five no-hitters. She was equally talented at bat with a career batting average of .580. In basketball, Pam averaged nine points and nine rebounds and was a member of two Class I Title teams, in 1987 and 1988, playing for Hall of Fame Coach Bill Ruwell. Upon graduating in 1989, Pam was named one of the top high school athletes in the country by USA Today. That summer, before starting her freshman year at the University of New Hampshire, Pam’s coach and mentor, Martha Benton asked Pam to play in a Concord softball league. After graduating from UNH in 1993 with a major in English and Art, Pam returned to Goffstown to coach JV Softball under Wake Stillman. Pam currently lives in Newport, Rhode Island and is a freelance Graphic Artist.
Wake Stillman’s long and impressive career as both a talented athlete and a successful coach began early. Before he even reaching high school, he had already competed on three State Championship teams, two Pop Warner and one Little League. During his high school playing career, he further proved his athletic abilities in several areas. In 1966, he was a member of the undefeated Central High School State Champion Football team. Two years later, in 1968, he became the New Hampshire State Tennis Champion. Inspired by his father, who consistently coached Wake in his younger years, Wake coached several winning teams and was involved in both community and school sports on many levels. He, along with Bruce Rand, started Babe Ruth softball in Goffstown. He coached his Pop Warner football team to the State Championship in 1971, 1976 and 1978. His coaching accomplishments continued here at Goffstown High School, where he coached softball from 1988-2012. In that time, his teams won three State Championship titles, in 1990, 1991 and 1992. They were also runner’s-up in 1988 and 1989. As a tribute to Wake’s noteworthy coaching career, he was inducted into the NHIAA Hall of Fame in 2013.