By KEVIN ROBERTS
In the mid-1970s, RoseMarie Havelevitch-Dugas set the standard for Plainville students on and off the court, and she excelled at everything she did, athletically and academically. The 1975 class valedictorian, she played four years of tennis and basketball, and she helped lay the groundwork for the first girls volleyball team in 1974, which played in the Colonial Conference.
Havelevitch-Dugas was the No. 1 singles player and also played doubles in tennis. On the basketball court, she could be counted on for standout defense. She averaged 11 points per game as a forward-center on the Blue Devil team that qualified for the Class M state tournament in 1975.
She was as dominant as they come, so it was no surprise that she was chosen as The Plainville Backers Club 1975 female athlete of the year, along with the Betty Riera Sports Award. She was a state scholar, won the Bauch Lomb Science Award, the Oscar Provencher Social Studies Award, the Harvey Kalish-Nicole Margonelli English Award and the Trinity Book Award.
Havelevitch-Dugas graduated from St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She continued to play tennis as the No. 1 singles player at St. Joseph’s, and she was a dean’s list student and member of the Nurses Honor Society. Havelevitch-Dugas began her professional career as a registered nurse in central Connecticut. She resides and works in southeastern Connecticut.
She continued her lifelong love of basketball and tennis by competing in several amateur leagues and tennis tournaments. Havelevitch-Dugas mentored young athletes by volunteering and coaching girls and boys basketball teams, as well as girls softball and Little League baseball.
She is the proud mother of three children and grandmother to three grandchildren.
Tickets are available for the Plainville Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Nuchie’s Restaurant, 164 Central St., Forestville. This year’s inductees are Harold “Curly” Bartley (Class of 1962); John Mangan (Class of 1964); RoseMarie Havelevitch Dugas (Class of 1975); Jesse Cavallaro (Class of 2004); and coach Phil Mannarino. John Bello will be honored with the distinguished service award.
Tickets are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10 and are available at the Dental Offices of Dr. Rusty Camp, 359 Farmington Ave.; Angelo’s Modern Barber Shop, 61 East St.; People’s United Bank, 117 East St.; and Gnazzo Food Center, 73 East St. Tickets can also be purchased via PayPal or Venno.
A cash bar social hour opens the festivities at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed immediately by the awards.
To sponsor the event or to advertise, contact Mike Bakaysa at (860) 573-8015 or Byron Treado at (860) 836-3377. More info about the hall of fame can be found at www.plainvillesports.com.
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