Abington Athletic Hall of Fame 2021

Abington Athletic Hall of Fame 2021
Posted on 09/22/2021

September 22, 2021

The Abington High School Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to announce that the following players and contributors were nominated by the Abington High community and selected to be honored as the next slate of inductees to be inducted into the AHS Athletic Hall of Fame:

1. 2002 Abington High School Football Team – As Abington High School’s first championship team of this century, the 2002 Team is thought by many sports historians to be one of the most dominant football teams in the last 50 years of Green Wave football.

2. Joseph D’Antonio, Jr. (AHS ‘86) – As an athlete, a team manager, and as a long-time booster, Joe’s enthusiasm is contagious, his loyalty is treasured, and his Green Wave pride is admired by all.

3. Cecilia (Bombardier) Akins (AHS ‘84) – Cecilia will be posthumously inducted as a 3-sport team captain, the consummate Green Wave teammate, and a formidable foe for opposing teams on the soccer pitch, basketball court and softball diamond.

4. Richard “Dick” Wight (AHS ‘78) – As one of the most talented soccer and hockey players ever to play for Abington High, Dick Wight was named MVP of both sports and broke Abington’s hockey scoring records during his reign.

5. Robert “Bob” Bancroft (AHS ’66) – Bob Bancroft was the first football player named 3 times to the Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic Team, scored over 900 career points as an all-star basketball player, and he was an all-around threat on the baseball diamond as pitcher, centerfielder, catcher and hitter. He later coached football for Whitman-Hanson for 32 years, amassing 218 wins and 18 championship titles, and is a member of the Massachusetts Coaches Hall of Fame.

6. Charles “Lindy” Hanson (AHS ’45) – As a standout running back and defensive back, Lindy Hanson will forever be known as one of the best football players to play on the gridiron for Abington High School during the last century. Lindy also starred at the collegiate level at Boston University with teammate Harry Agganis and will be posthumously inducted in the AHS Athletic Hall of Fame as our first Legacy Inductee.


The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for SUNDAY, November 21, 2021, at 1:00pm in the Abington Middle/High School Auditorium. Tickets ($25 each) to the Induction Ceremony & Reception are now available; please call Hall of Fame Committee member Shawn Reilly at 781-690-3185 or member Eileen Walls at 781-985-6123 for more information.