Eight Athletes To Be Inducted Into Varsity Club Hall of Fame
July 29, 2003
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Eight of the finest athletes in Boston College history have been selected for induction into the Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame.
The athletes being honored are: Bob Sweeney '86 (hockey), Dominic Pressley '86 (basketball), Dave Widell '87 (football), Doug Widell '88 (football), Brian Lowe '89 (football), Michael Martin '94 (baseball), Tiffany Young '94 (track and field) and Holly Porter '97 (women's basketball).
The eight athletes will be inducted in a ceremony on Friday evening, Nov. 7 at Lantana in Randolph, Mass, and then honored at halftime of the Eagles' Saturday, Nov. 8 football game against West Virginia.
Here are short biographies of the new Hall of Famers:
Bob Sweeney '86 (hockey): Sweeney enjoyed an outstanding career at the Heights from 1982-86. A forward, he finished his four-year career with 152 points -- 78 goals and 74 assists -- in 138 games. He is currently tied (with Tim Sweeney) for 22nd on the school's career scoring list. He is tied for eighth on the all-time goal scoring list. The Eagles won 95 games between 1982 and 1986. After graduation, Sweeney played 10 years in the National Hockey League, including six with the Boston Bruins. He totaled 198 points -- 41 goals and 157 assists -- in 670 games.
Dominic Pressley '86 (basketball): Pressley, who passed away from cancer some four years ago, is known as one of the quickest players and best defenders in BC basketball history. He played for the Eagles from 1982-86, helping BC gain two NCAA Tournament bids (1983 and 1985) and one NIT berth (1984). He played in 119 career games, starting 109. He missed just two games in his four-year collegiate career. He finished with 967 points and 190 steals. He currently ranks sixth on BC's career steals list.
Dave Widell '87 (football): Dave Widell was a three-year starting offensive lineman (1985-87) for the Eagles. He played nearly every position on the offensive line early in his career, before settling in at right tackle. He also served as the team's top long snapper. Dave Widell played a key role in blocking for two 1,000-yard rushers -- Troy Stradford (in 1986) and Jim Bell (in 1987). He earned All-ECAC honors in 1987 and played in the Blue-Gray Game that same year. He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 1988 NFL Draft. He enjoyed an 11-year career in professional football, playing with Dallas (1988-89), Denver (1990-94), Jacksonville (1995-96), Detroit (1997) and Atlanta (1988).
Doug Widell '88 (football): Doug Widell is 18 months younger than his brother Dave, but just like his brother, Doug was a standout offensive lineman for the Eagles. He replaced Steve Trapilo in the starting line-up in 1987 and started every game at right guard. Doug Widell played in the 1988 Blue-Gray Game. He was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft. He played 10 years in the league, splitting his time between Denver (1989-93), Detroit (1994-96), Jacksonville (1997) and Green Bay (1998).
Brian Lowe '89 (football): One of the great success stories in BC athletic history, Brian Lowe came to Boston College as a goalkeeper for the soccer team. He walked on to the football team in the spring of his freshman year and earned the starting kicking job the next fall (1986). He remains BC's career scoring leader with 262 points -- on 91 PATs and 57 field goals. He also holds the school record for field goals made. He ranks fourth on BC's career PAT list. Lowe made four field goals in three different games in his career. The first time came in a 19-10 victory over West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va. on Oct. 25, 1986. His longest field goal was a 52-yarder at Syracuse on Nov. 4, 1989. Lowe also served as the Eagles' punter in 1988 and 1989. He played in the 1990 Hula Bowl.
Michael Martin '94 (baseball): A four-year starter from 1991-94, Michael Martin topped the .440 batting average mark in two of his four collegiate seasons. A second baseman, he finished third in the nation with a .462 average (60-for-130) in 1993, capturing All-America third team honors. The following year, he finished seventh in the nation with a .441 average (60-for-136). He was an All-BIG EAST first team selection in both his junior and senior seasons. He totaled 205 career hits, second on the Eagles' career list. He also ranks fourth on the career runs scored chart. Martin also excelled in the field, recording a .970 or better fielding percentage in each of his last three seasons. After graduation, Martin spent 1? years in the Detroit Tigers' organization. He served as an assistant coach for the BC baseball team from 1996-98.
Tiffany Young '94 (track and field): Tiffany Young graduated in 1994, but she is still regarded as the fastest woman to ever run at Boston College. A state champion at Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) High School, Young continued her record-setting ways at the collegiate level. Competing in outdoor track, she set -- and still holds -- the BC record in the 200 meters (23.97). She shares the 100 meter school record (12.14) and ranks second in the 400 (53.90). Young also made her mark on BC's indoor record books. She still has the fastest time at 200 meters (24.14) -- by one full second -- in school history. Young earned All-America honors in the indoor 200 in 1994. She also ranks second on the school's indoor 400 list (55.00).
Holly Porter '97 (basketball): Holly Porter's name cannot be missed when glancing at BC's women's basketball records. She currently ranks first in career rebounding and second in three additional career categories -- scoring, field goals made and free throws made. Porter led the Eagles in scoring in three of her four years. She also led the team in steals three times and in rebounding all four years. Porter captured BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honors in 1993-94. She was an All-BIG EAST selection each of her four years, earning third-team accolades as a freshman and sophomore, second-team honors as a junior and first-team honors as a senior.