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Hamwey to Be Inducted into Millis Hall of Fame

Oct 29, 2021 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Former Bulletin Sports Editor Ken Hamwey

Former Bellingham Bulletin Sports Editor Ken Hamwey will be inducted into Millis High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame on March 19, 2022, at the Medway VFW.
 
The 78-year-old Hamwey, a Bellingham resident who worked as the Bulletin’s Sports Editor for 11 years, was a unanimous choice of the selection committee. The veteran news/sports journalist continues to work as a semi-retired freelance writer, covering a variety of sports in the Metrowest area.
   
Hamwey, who previously lived in Millis after earning a bachelor’s degree from Babson College, started his newspaper career in 1967 with the Framingham News, now known as the Metrowest Daily News. His first story, which was published 54 years ago, focused on Millis’ varsity football team. Early on, his reporting ranged from high school and college sports to the professional beat where he covered the Boston Celtics and the New England Patriots.
   
“I’m honored and humbled to be selected for induction into Millis’ Hall of Fame,”Hamwey said. “It’s heart-warming to have a wonderful community like Millis recognize me for my reporting. Some of my fondest memories during a 54-year career involve Millis. Gordon Browne, a three-sport athlete at Millis, will be presenting me at the ceremony and for those unaware of his stature, he was the first Tri Valley League football player to be drafted into the National Football League (second round by the Jets). He was an offensive tackle who blocked for Joe Namath for two years before suffering a career-ending injury.”
   
Hamwey will be inducted as a contributor, and he’ll be honored along with star athletes Molly Breen, Dennis Breen and Rich Monaghan; coach and athletic director Peter Vigue; the 2009-10 girls state championship basketball team and the 1980 boys track team.
   
After six years in Framingham, Hamwey was hired at the Providence Journal, where he spent the next 35 years working for the four-time Pulitzer-price-winning newspaper. He finished his  career there as the paper’s Night Sports Editor, retiring in 2008. On Hamwey’s last day in Providence, the Rhode Island State Senate read aloud a citation for his efforts and contributions to RI athletics. Two years later, in 2010, he was honored by the Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), which presented him with its Distinguished Friend Award.
   
At the Metrowest News, which included the Milford News and Country Gazette, Hamwey wrote a popular weekly column,  “Yesterday’s Heroes,” that focused on athletes’ and coaches’ past achievements.
   
In 2007, when Hamwey began covering sports for the Bellingham Bulletin, he launched a similar column called “Where Are They Now,” reporting on former Bellingham athletes. For the next 11 years, Hamwey extensively covered Bellingham sports. His contributions and the publicity he gave to Bellingham athletics over the years were numerous.
Hamwey has been nominated for induction into Bellingham’s Athletic Hall of Fame as well, but that committee has yet to select him.  
   
Hamwey moved to Bellingham in 1972. His son, Travis, graduated from Bellingham High in 1989. He’s married to Pauline Allard, a teacher who taught in Bellingham at Clara Macy Elementary School.
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