Inductees

New Britain Sports Hall of FameSeated L to R: Sebby Amato, Jo-Ann DiMauro Staves, Scott Hamel
Standing L to R: Ron Pringle, Bryan Anderson, Wesley Morehead, Jr., David Sytulek accepting posthumously for his Dad, Stanley Sytulek, Paul Ryiz

Bryan Anderson

Bryan was a three sport star in football, basketball, and baseball at New Britain High School from 1977-1979. The football team won three CDC championships with the help of Brian’s outstanding play which led to him being named ALL-CDC his senior year. He carried over this aggressive hard nose play to the hardwood as a three year member of the basketball team where he was named team captain and defensive MVP his senior year. Bryan didn’t take a season off as he was a big part of the highly successful Hurricanes baseball team for three years. During that time they won three CDC championships. His senior year he was named team captain, team MVP and led the team with the highest batting average. He was selected to the ALL-CDC team and invited to play in the state All-Star game.

Bryan’s ability, hard work, and determination did not go unnoticed as he was recipient of the Jack Stuart Award as Scholastic/Athlete and the prestigious Burns Memorial Award for Top Athlete in New Britain High School.

He continued to give back to New Britain as a member of the New Britain High School football coaching staff from 2001-2004 helping lead those young men to the State Class LL Championship in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Bryan was also an assistant football coach at New London High School from 2005-2008, leading the team to the 2008 Class SS State Championship. He coached in the Arena Football League for five years with three different teams. The Connecticut Coyotes, New York City hawks and the New England Sea Wolves.

Bryan continues to be instrumental in the success of the New Britain High School Girls Powder Puff football program. He also volunteers his time helping at the New Britain YMCA weight lifting competition.

Jo-Ann DiMauro Staves

As a student at New Britain High School from 1962-1965 Jo-Ann grew up in an era before Title 9 and did not have some of the same opportunities as female students now have. This didn’t prevent Jo-Ann from participating in as many sports as she could and making sure she was highly successful at them all.

She attended Central Connecticut State University from 1965- 1969 graduating with a B.S. degree in Education as well as excelling as an athlete. She was a four year member of the basketball team captain her senior year, a four year member of the field hockey team, a four year member of the volleyball team serving as captain her senior year, and four year tennis team member captain her senior year. She was Association of College Unions New England Regional Champion Single, Double 1968 and 1969. Association of College Unions National Tournament Singles, Doubles Third place 1968 and 1969. She participated in bowling from 1966-1969 and excelled. She led the Tri-State Bowling League with a first place high average in 1967 and 1968. Jo-Ann was a member of the Leader Corps as well as participating in and being president of the Girls Sports Association.

Jo-Ann was an educator and coach for many years. She spent eighteen years at St Paul High school first as physical education teacher then guidance counselor. She also served as softball, basketball and tennis coach. The next twenty years were as a guidance counselor at New Britain High School where she coached tennis and junior varsity softball. She was a member of The Division of Girls and Women’s Sports Referee for field hockey, basketball and volleyball.

After retiring in 2007 she began working on her tennis game and has participated in numerous USTA New England Sectional Championships. Not only did she participated but she has won.

Jo-Ann was winner of the Lewitt Jewelers Award, and the recipient of the Gail Rutz award in 1969. In 1988 was inducted into the CCSU Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame.

Paul Ryiz

Paul was born in New Britain and attended Northend Junior High School. He played Football for the Golden Hurricanes and Coach Tony Apisso from 1966-1968. His attention then turned to golf, which turned out to be a rewarding one.

He won the New Britain Rotary High School Golf Championship in 1968.

He was a member of the Stanley Golf Course New England Public Links Team, which won back to back championships in 1969 & 1970.

After a brief stay at Lester Junior College in Massachusetts, he was recruited by Coach Lowell Lukas (Hall of Fame 2016) of Central Connecticut State College, and immediately became a part of the most successful collegiate sports programs in New England. During his career at Central, Paul won the Plattsburg Invitational, the ECAC Sectional Qualifier, and finished in the top 20 of the NCAA Division II Championships at Taconic CC, Williamstown, MA. While playing for Central, the Blue Devils won 3 Connecticut Collegiate Titles, 3 ECAC Championships and 3 successive New England Collegiate Crowns, and qualified for the NCAA Division II Championship.

His distinguished career at Central earned him All-American honors in 1972.

Paul turned professional in 1973 and his impact in the CT PGA didn’t take long. He won several Sectional tournaments as an Assistant Professional. He was named CT Section Player of the Year 9 times: from 1980-82, & 1984-89. He qualified for the Greater Hartford Open (now the Travelers Championship) in 1984, 1985 and 1990.

He has competed in the 1987 PGA Championship, the 2001 United States Senior Open, and the 2002 PGA Senior Championship.

Last year, Paul was inducted into the CT Section PGA Hall of Fame, and is now the 9th Golfer to be inducted into the New Britain Sports Hall of Fame.

Paul begins his 10th season as PGA Head Professional at Brownson Country Club in Shelton, CT. Ryiz resides in Shelton, CT with his wife Judy. They have three children, Paul Jr., Lindsay and Krystee.

Ronald M. Pringle: “Ronnie, Ron”

Ron was born and raised in Weatogue Connecticut. Graduating from Simsbury High School where he was a member of the 1952 State Championship basketball team at Simsbury High School. In 1953 Ron started his college education at Teacher College of Connecticut (CCSU). He was a member of the basketball team for TCC from 1953-1957 and was Co-Captain of the 1957 team. Upon graduating from TCC in 1958 with a BS in Elementary Education Ron joined the United States Army where he proudly served his country as a cryptographer for 13 months in South East Asia.

Ron returned home to begin his teaching career. He taught Physical Education First at Litchfield High where he coached boys’ basketball and soccer, then at Avon High School where he also coached basketball. During this time Ron also received his Master’s Degree from Southern Connecticut University.

In 1970 Ron was hired back to his Alma Mater Central Connecticut State University where he would spent the next twenty-five years as a coach, mentor, teacher and friend to hundreds of student athletes. During his tenure at Central he was an assistant to basketball coach Bill Detrick. He held this position for 15 years. During this time he also assisted John Webster with his soccer team for four years. In 1978 Ron left coaching basketball and became the Head Women’s Softball Coach for the next 17 years until his retirement in 1995. Ron didn’t stay retired long.

In 1995 Ron returned to coaching as an assistant basketball coach at New Britain High School under Beryl Piper. During this time he played a major role in the development of players and winning three state championships as well as numerous league championships.

He is a member of the Central Connecticut State University Hall of Fame, The Connecticut Women’s Softball Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Kaiser Service Award.

Scott Hamel

Scott excelled in track and football at New Britain High School graduating in 1984. He was one of the few freshman to make the kickoff team his freshmen. That was the start to a very successful career on the gridiron where he was named First Team All CDC Defense in 1983 and All CDC Fullback in 1984.

Track and Field was another area where Scott left his mark. He was a top performer in the javelin, discus, and shotput. From 1982-1984 Scott was All CDC in the javelin, discus and shotput. He was not only the top performer in the conference but also on the state level. During this time period he had top three finishes in all three events in the CIAC Class LL state meet. In 1983 and 1984 he was the State Class LL State Champion in the shotput.

Scott had much success with top finishes at the Yale Invitational, the Eastern Relay, the Knights of Columbus Meet, and The Hartford Invitational. In 1984 he was shotput state open indoor champion and won the Gold Medal at the Eastern Relays.

Scott was awarded the Burns Memorial Award in 1984.

He continues to back active in the community coaching youth sports in New Britain and Berlin. He is married to Laurie Hamel; with three children Emily, Jack, and James.

Sebastian Amato (Sebby)

Sebby was one of the finest wrestlers to come out of the City of New Britain. He was a member of the outstanding wrestling teams at Pulaski that dominated the state in the late 70’s and early 80’s. He was a member of the 1979 and 1980 State Championship Teams. In 1979 he was the Class S runner-up and in 1980 his senior season he was the State Class S Champ. He earned All- State honors in 1979 and 1980. After his great high school career he continued on to become an outstanding collegiate wrestler and coach.

He wrestled collegiately at Western New England College for four years compiling a dual meet record of 65 wins and 26 defeats and 4 ties. Sebby wrestled at 142 pounds and placed second in New England his sophomore year and first in New England his senior year. He qualified for the NCAA National Championship twice, one NAIA National Tournament and the 1983 New England All-Star meet. He served as team captain in 1983 and 1984.

In 1986 he was named head wrestling coach at Trinity College where he spent the next nineteen years transforming the wrestling program into one of the finest in the region. He coached 9 All-Americans and 11 Academic All-Americans. His 2000-2001 team won the New England Championship and he became the first person to win a New England Championship as head coach and as a wrestler. To this day that has only been accomplished by one other person. The 2003-2004 team was selected to represent New England in the National Duals Championship a tournament that features the top 16 teams in the nation. That year his team posted the best grade point average in the region and ninth best nationally.

He was named the 2000-2001 New England Wrestling Coach of the Year. He is a member of the Western New England University Hall of Fame and a member of the New England Wrestling Association Hall of Fame.

In 2011 Sebby was named the New England Wrestling Association Man of the Year.

Stanley Sytulek

Dedicated Coach, Mentor, and Friend to youth in the City of New Britain.

Coached Basketball at St. Francis Middle School for numerous years winning five Deanery Championships and one State Title. Stanley coached many years in the Walicki A.W Stanley Little League winning many Championships.

Stanley played basketball and baseball for the Dusty League and was regarded as a fierce competitor. He also was known as an outstanding duckpin bowler and avid golfer.

Stan passed away peacefully in 2010.

Wesley Morehead, Jr.

Wesley was one of the finest track and basketball stars to represent the city of New Britain and Pulaski High School. Wesley was an outstanding athlete at Pulaski. In 1964 his senior year he led the basketball team to their best record at the time as they qualified for the state tournament. He was considered the best shot blocker and rebounder in the state, averaging twenty one plus rebounds per game. After a victory over Amity, in 1964, headlines in the New Haven Register sport’s section read “Pulaski Five Brings High Flying Amity Down to Earth 86-66 Morehead’s Board Control Paces Attack.” He also gained notice throughout the state and New England for his excellence in track. He won two New England Championships in the triple game and one New England Indoor Championship in the long jump.

Wesley’s outstanding high school performances led to him receiving a basketball/track scholarship to New Mexico State University. His freshmen year he was voted one of the top freshmen in the southwest. He played against the likes of Lew Alcindor, Elvin Hayes, and Mel Daniels. In 1966-67 his team went undefeated in the WAC Conference and was selected to play in the NCAA Tournament finishing third in the west regional. He was well respected in the basketball community for his rebounding and shot blocking. He was selected to play on Ernie Di Gregorio’s All-star team as well as playing in the prestigious New York Rucker League.

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