Derby High School inducts 8 more in Athletic Hall of Fame
By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Published 12:00 am EDT, Thursday, October 25, 2018
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The 2018 Hall of Famers are: Ben Bartone, Class of ’92; Heather Beauton Class of ’89; John DeFrancisco, Class of ’64; Eileen Duggan, Class of ’86; Paul “Itch” Grant, Class of ’47; Frank Ishman, Class of ’62; Walt Lenart, Class of ’41 and John “Al” Tiano, Class of ’38.
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Tiano, a three-sport athlete, was a member of the legendary Moxie Five basketball team in the late 1930s. It was this Class B squad that Coach Nuggy Ryan opted to enter into the Class A tournament. Tiano led the Red Raiders in scoring. He excelled in track, making his mark in the long jump. He is most remembered on the gridiron, earning the nickname “Al” because his running style reminded them of Yale star Albie Booth. He helped lead the Raiders to three straight Housatonic League football titles as well as the 1937 state Class “B” championship. He earned a four-year scholarship to Manhattan College, where he played basketball and football.
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Tiano, John “Al” [MC????]
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I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1942.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Tiano, John “Al” [MC1942]
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