WEST HARTFORD – Northwest Catholic High School has announced the names of the five newest members of its Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame. These outstanding alumni athletes were inducted during a dinner and ceremony at Wampanoag Country Club on April 26.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner are $75 and may be purchased by going to www.NorthwestCatholic.org/hof.
The new inductees are as follows:
Thomas Clark, ’68, who was a football captain and named All-Conference in football in 1966 and 1967, as well as a member of the New Haven Register All-State Second Team in 1967 in football. At Northwest Catholic, he held the school rushing and scoring records into the 1970s and was a member of the first Northwest Catholic football team to be ranked in the top 10 in the state. On the track team, Mr. Clark was a sprinter and high jumper. After Northwest Catholic, he played football at Harvard University. He currently is the co-owner, CEO and a board member for Miller Chemical & Supply Co. in Pennsylvania and the founder of Oldtowne Partners LLC in Hartford. He lives in Avon with his wife Margy.
Peter Egan, ’71, a talented basketball and baseball player, was named All-Conference and was a member of the Hartford Times All-Suburban team for basketball his senior year. Following Northwest Catholic, he played basketball and baseball for the University of Hartford, participating in four NCAA Division II basketball tournaments. In basketball, he was named All-American twice and All-New England three times. He was also named the University of Hartford Athlete of the Year in 1972, 1974 and 1975. He is the all-time career rebounding leader and third all-time scorer at the University of Hartford and was inducted into their hall of fame in 1992. Mr. Egan went on to play basketball for the Venezuelan Pro League and the East Hartford Explorers Semi-Pro Basketball team. He has been inducted into both the East Hartford Explorers and the New England Basketball Halls of Fame. He lives in Rocky Hill with his wife Trish.
Peter's brother William, ’76, a basketball captain and MVP, excelled on the court. He received All-Conference recognition in 1976 and was named to the New Haven Register All-State team and the Hartford Times All-Suburban team that same year. He is also one of the few Northwest Catholic basketball players to have scored 1,000 points over the course of their high school careers. He then took his talents to the University of Hartford. He is currently a Technical Communication Analyst for Hewlett-Packard and lives in East Hartford with his wife Cindy.
Ellen Gloekler Murphy, ’78, a basketball and softball player, was team captain in both sports her senior year. In basketball, she was named MVP for the Hartford County Conference Tournament in 1978. At Northwest Catholic, she was named Athlete of the Year in 1978 and Most Improved Player in Basketball in 1977. Mrs. Murphy was also named to the Hartford County Conference All-Conference Basketball Team as a junior and was a member of the All-State Basketball team, second team, her senior year. In softball, she was selected to play in the West Hartford Girls’ Softball league All-Star Game. Mrs. Murphy went on to attend the State University of New York at Cortland, where she played basketball and earned a degree in physical education. She is now retired and lives in North Carolina with her husband Russell.
Brooks Sales, ’98, was a 1998 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year in basketball. He was a basketball captain and MVP for multiple seasons, as well as a three-time All-Conference player. He is a member of Northwest Catholic’s 1,000-point club and holds the school records for most points in a season (654) and most rebounds in a season (338). Mr. Sales was named to the New Haven Register All-State team multiple times, was named a Big Apple Classic All-Star in 1998 and was an ABCD/Nike Camp invitee in 1998. He went on to play for Villanova University, where he was team captain, recorded 1,015 points and 858 rebounds, received the Philadelphia Big Five Sportsmanship Award and received The Villanova Basketball Award – the University's highest honor. He later played in both the NBA and European basketball leagues. He is currently the owner of Brooks Sales Basketball Academy.