New England Basketball Hall casts large local net

The Clark Tournament, one of the finest high school basketball tournaments in the country since 1939, will be specially recognized by the New England Basketball Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies Oct. 9 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

The tournament, which since its inception has presented a college scholarship to one or more participating seniors, will be inducted to the hall along with two major contributors to its success, the late Russ Granger, a former Clark University athletic director, and John Doldoorian Sr., the former AD and boys’ basketball coach at Northbridge High.

Three of the top players in the history of the Clark Tournament will also be inducted — Paul Baker of Northbridge High, Bill Herrion of Oxford High and Cliff Smith of Leicester High.

This year’s inductees in the boys’ high school category include Mike Bradley of Burncoat High, Matt Palazzi of St. John’s, Dan Prince of Commerce, Joe Koz of St. Mary’s and Dick Armstrong of Leominster High. Among the high school girls inductees are former Holy Cross standout Anna Kinne of Monument Regional, Ann McInerney of Burncoat and Mary Ann Palazzi of St. Peter-Marian.

Among the prep school players to be inducted are Dick Stewart and Charde Floyd, both of Worcester Academy.

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