Plourde and Laws among Newfound HOF inductees


July 31, 2017
BRISTOL — Newfound Regional High School will be having its second annual Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 23, with a reception at 2 p.m. and induction at 3 p.m. Entering the Hall of Fame this year will be Ron Bucklin '61, Paul Fournier '88, Wally Laws '95, Karri (Reynolds) Peterson '88, Dan Plourde '94 and the 1987 Class M state champion boys' cross country team.

One of the finest three-sport athlete to come out of the Newfound school is Wally Laws. He was an outstanding athlete in cross country, basketball and track and field.

Laws had a great cross country career, highlighted by placing third in the Class Meet as a senior.

In the winter, he was a four-year member of the boys' basketball team and their starting point guard during the 1994-95 season. His basketball career ended with a Class M state basketball championship, as Newfound defeated Conant, 67-59, at Plymouth State.

Come spring, you would find Laws outside as a member of the track and field team. In his junior year, he was Class M champion in the 300-meter hurdles and javelin. In the state championship that year, he was the champion in 300 hurdles.

In his senior year, he was Class M champion in javelin and the long jump, finished second in the pole vault and 300 hurdles. He went on to be state champion in the long jump.

Laws was a two-time state decathlon champion, breaking the state record his senior year. He placed 10th in the National Pentathlon Championship in Syracuse, N.Y. and ninth in the National Decathlon Championships in Eugene, Ore. his senior year.

After 22 years, Laws still holds seven school records.

Dan Plourde, was a participant in basketball and track and field. He was a four-year member of the boys' basketball team and one of seven boys who have scored more than 1,000 points in their career. Plourde was selected to the Class M All State basketball team in both 1993 and 1994.

Like Laws, Plourde was very proficient in track and field. He was the State high jump champion three times, 1992, 1993 and 1994, and set the state record in 1993. In 1992, Plourde was the New England high jump champion.

He continues to hold four school records

Plourde was a WMUR Athlete of the Week multiple times and their "Hometown Hero" once. In addition, he was the Boston Globe "Athlete of the Week" once in 1993. The highlight of his career was participating in the Penn Relays in 1994.

Plourde was an active high school student in the community coaching youth basketball during his junior and senior years. He received the "Wink Tapply" Community Award in 1994.

He went to the University of Rhode Island and received various Atlantic 10 Conference medals, including three first place medals in the high jump.

For more information about the Hall of Fame reception and induction on Saturday, Sept. 23, please contact Peter Cofran, pcofran@sau4.org or 744-6006, x1507. Tickets are $25.

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