Acton Boxborough Colonial Club

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Acton Boxborough Colonial Club


Basketball & Track

Cathy Harrington Gallant Cathy set the standards by which all women athletes are now measured at Acton Boxboro. Her basketball career did not start until her sophomore year and by her senior year the three year starter and Captain averaged over twenty five points a game. Although a Dual County League All-Star in basketball, it was as a three year D.C.L. Track All-Star where Cathy garnered state-wide attention. At one time or other, she held school records in the high jump, long jump, shotput, 60 yard hurdles, and 400 x 100 relay. Her leap of 5'7" stood for ten years. As Captain her senior year, Cathy was the EMASS Class B High Jump Champion and Massachusetts State Champion.
Cathy attended UMASS Amherst on a basketball scholarship. After taking a year off, Cathy transferred to Bentley College on a basketball scholarship where she was a cornerstone in the building of Bentley College's national women's dynasty. Cathy's Bentley teams went 39-10 where they qualified for the NCAA Div. II Tournament from 1980 to 1982. Her career averages at Bentley of 16.1 p.p.g. and 9.2 rebounds are among the best in Bentley history. Counting her two years at UMASS, she topped the magical 1000 point barrier. Among honors Cathy received at Bentley were Team M.V.P. 1981 and First Team All-Conference, Academic All-American and Honorable Mention All-America 1982. Cathy also received the Scholar Athlete Award which the college presents annually to a senior for both academic and athletic success. In 1992, Cathy was elected to the Bentley College Athletic Hall of Fame. Cathy's most memorable AB moments came as Eastern United States High School High Jump Champion in the prestigious Glenn Loucks Games in White Plains, New York. Currently as coach of the AB women's basketball team her two year record is 39-5. Cathy lives in West Acton with her husband Ray and they have four children - Julie, Kevin, Megan and Kelley.

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