CONWAY — Sut Marshall, Class of 1959; Mandi Manoogian, ’01; Sarah (Martin) Keyser, ’01; Jennifer (Luoma) McCracken, ’02; Ricky Gaudreau, ’10; Allison Wagner, ’11; and coach Phil Haynes, a member of the Class of 1970, make up the 27th group chosen for Kennett High’s Sports Hall of Fame. They will be inducted Saturday, Nov. 9, in a ceremony at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway.
The festivities at the Red Jacket begin at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at 7 p.m., with induction to begin at about 8 p.m. Tickets, which include dinner and a social hour, are $39 per person and can be obtained by calling Bob Russell at (603) 447-5257.
Tickets must be purchased by Nov. 4. There will be no sales at the door.
Over the next two weeks, the Sun will highlight each of the inductees.
Sut Marshall, Class of 1959
Marshall lives in Madison, with wife, Margaret, and they have three grown children, Kim, Daryl and Todd and four grandchildren.
While at Kennett, Marshall played four years of basketball, lettering in three; two years of football, lettering his senior year; and four years of baseball, lettering his junior and senior years.
Marshall, who was the youngest student in the Class of 59, and recalls being the shortest boy in his class as a freshman, hit a growth spirt the spring before his senior year. That helped to make him a force on the basketball hardwood.
In his senior year, Marshall led the Eagles in scoring and helped Kennett to the 1959 Class M State Championship, giving legendary coach Karl “Crush” Seidenstuecker the third of five state championships (1942, ’50, ’59, ’60, ’61). Kennett went 14-3 during the regular season with the lone losses coming at Berlin, at Fryeburg Academy and at home against Brewster Academy by three to a team that featured only post-graduate players.
After winning the Class M title (beat Charlestown 49-43), the Eagles got the opportunity to challenge the top teams in Class L. Kennett beat Stevens, 51-50, to earn the right to play Keene, the No. 1 ranked team in the Granite State at the time and the Class L champs. Kennett played the Blackbirds tough before losing by eight, 51-43. “I still believe we could have beat them,” Marshall said.
In football, Marshall was a sure-handed wide receiver with good speed.
“I remember going up to Crusher and asking 'Crush, what happens if they double-team me,'” Marshall recalled. “He looked at me, smiled, and said, ‘If they double-team you, we’re going to win every game.’ (Laughing) I thought he was giving me a compliment.
In baseball, Marshall played under Kennett icon George T. Davidson.
Marshall went on to attend and graduate from the University of New Hampshire. He went on to teach in Alton but eventually returned back to the family business, Abbott’s Dairy.
There has arguably been no bigger supporter of youth sports in the valley than Marshall, who has coached youth basketball for more than 40 years. He calls it his passion. He has been a member of the Kennett High Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee since its creation.