Torrington High School Athletic Hall of Fame to induct 26th class Sunday

The Torrington High School Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates its 26th Class Sunday with a banquet at the Green Woods Country Club.

The Torrington High School Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates its 26th Class Sunday with a banquet at the Green Woods Country Club.

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TORRINGTON — The Torrington High School Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates its 26th Class Sunday with a banquet at the Green Woods Country Club.

This year’s inductees are Garrett Perusse, Steve Pretak, Scott Richnavsky, Krista Traub and Dean Tsopanides.

Garrett Perusse

Perusse is most noted as a pre-eminent catcher/hitter for the Raiders’ 2011 NVL regular-season champion baseball team, though he also led the Torrington football team in interceptions as a free safety that year and played guard on its basketball team.

Perusse shone brightest in baseball, behind the plate or next to it in the batter’s box. As a senior captain, he led the NVL in home runs paired with a .400-plus batting average.

At Division I University of Pittsburgh, Perusse stuck to intramurals in football and basketball, serving as a tour guide for the Pittsburgh Pirates in his junior and senior years.

He still plays basketball and softball in the Pittsburgh Sport League while guiding kids as an elementary school teacher at Pittsburgh’s Carriage House Children’s Center.

Garrett’s father Joe and grandfather Claude preceded him into the Hall of Fame.

Steve Pretak

Pretak was a late bloomer in Torrington High School sports, joining the Raiders’ cross country and indoor/outdoor track teams as a junior.

Then, alongside fellow 2022 inductee Scott Richnavsky, the pair set cross country courses and tracks ablaze.

Pretak burst out as an All-NVL, All-State standout in cross country, then turned to the indoor/outdoor track as an All-NVL runner in the 4 x 800 relay, 1,000 meters and 3,200 meters.

His running excellence continued at Southern Connecticut State University, where he was the 2004 Northeast 10 Steeplechase Champion and a competitor in the 2005 NCAA Division II National Steeplechase Championships.

Meanwhile, he was All-Northeast 10 in indoor and outdoor track and All-New England on the Owls’ indoor medley relay team.

He’s still running fast, with some 44 road-race wins spread over courses in Connecticut, Minnesota and Colorado while increasing his distance and glory with course-record branch-offs into trail running and ultra-marathons.

Pretak currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, in the process of starting his own coaching business while working as a training supervisor for an app called Strive, specializing in training for runners and cyclists.

Scott Richnavsky

Richnavsky’s achievements as a stellar runner at Torrington High School parallel friend and teammate Steve Pretak’s.

Richnavsky was the NVL cross country champion in 2000 and 2001 and All-NVL/All-State in indoor/outdoor track in the 800 meters, 1,000; 1,600; 3,200; 5,000 and 4 x 800 relay.

At Southern Connecticut State University, Richnavsky was All-Northeast 10 in his distance events in indoor and outdoor track and competed for the Owls in the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships.

Since then, he’s run the Boston Marathon six times while pursuing a business career that now has him living in Plymouth, Minnesota with his wife Erin and kids Emma (6) and Nolan (4) as a Manufacturing Account Manager for Amazon.

Krista Traub

Like all of her family, Traub is a champion swimmer, starting in the water as a 3-month-old baby and in competition at age 7 with the Northwest CT YMCA Lazers.

She set records through all the Lazer age groups, some of which still stand.

When she arrived at Torrington High School, the records expanded to five individual team records as well as an NVL record-setting relay team.

Traub was rewarded with All-NVL honors in all four of her high school years, then became a team captain and All-State in the 200 IM as a senior.

As a nursing student at NYU, she swam four years on the Violets’ team, helping to set five team relay records while earning NCAA All-American honors four times.

Traub now works as a fertility nurse in Farmington’s Center for Advanced Reproductive Services.

Her Dad, Gerry and brother Eric are also members of the Hall of Fame.

Dean Tsopanides

Tsopanides was a fearsome football player for the Raiders (20011) and just as fearsome as a wrestler attached to Wolcott Tech’s wrestling team across the street (there is no Raider wrestling team).

He came into his own as a football lineman in his junior and senior years when he was named the team’s Best Defensive Player as a junior and captain and team MVP as a senior.

His junior year numbers include 65 tackles and 13 quarterback sacks.

In his 7-3 senior season, he had 70 tackles, 40 of them solos, and 9 quarterback sacks.

As a 215-pound wrestler, he was third in the state tournament as a junior, Class L state champion as a senior with a 42-5 individual record.

Iowa State College noticed, presenting him with a football scholarship. In his one year playing with the Cyclones, he received the Team Leader Award for special teams.

Other football awards came with his transfer as a grad student to the University of New Haven. Playing for the Chargers, USA College Football put him on its All-American defensive team.

The Northeast 10 made him second-team All-Conference and placed him on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Tsopanides was fourth on his team with 65 tackles, 20 of them solo.

He currently lives in Stratford.