The Naugatuck Hall of Fame is holding its 41st-annual induction ceremony Oct. 20th at the Continental Room in Naugatuck.
This years honorees are Jessica Mudry, Eric Mudry, Bud Klimaszewski, Dan Freddino, Cindy Adamski, and Ed Rossi. Former UCONN Womens basketball ALL American and present University of Hartford Women's coach Jen Rizzotti will be the guest speaker for the evening.
Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $40.00. Money raised from the evening will go to the organizations scholarship fund.Tickets may be purchased by calling Ray Rossi Jr. at 203-729-4865 or Gordon Rossi at 203-723-7893. Tickets are also available at the Tax Collector's office at the Town Hall or from the inductees. No tickets will be sold at the door. Anyone wishing to purchase a booster ad or an individual ad can call Kim Pruchnicki at 203-808-6776 by Sept. 28th.
For the next six days, Naugatuck Patch will be highlighting each of the inductees with brief bios and photos. Today, we select a Naugatuck High School basketball player who scored an astounding 2,056 points at Naugatuck High School (a current high school record that may stand forever) and went on to star at Lehigh College in Pennsylvania. Today, she is a successful businesswoman in New York City. Her name...
Jessica began her basketball career at the Naugatuck YMCA playing Little Pal for Allstate Insurance and immediately fell in love with the sport.
She attended Hillside Middle School where she was a three-year starter and led the team to two undefeated seasons. Jessica also played for the Pearl Street Summer League for five consecutive years. She was named MVP of that league in 1991.
At the high school level, Jessica led Naugatuck to three Naugatuck Valley League championships in 1990, '91 and '92, which included not losing a game in NVL action during that three-year span. She was named the High School Player of the Year in Class LL in 1991. She also was honored with first team All-State (Hartford Courant) recognition during her sophomore, junior and senior years; first team All-State (New Haven Register), and all-NVL for four years.
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Jessica received a USA Today Honorable Mention and was recognized as one of the “Players to Watch” 1990-91. She also received the Dottie Shortell Award for outstanding senior athlete in 1992, recognition by the Hartford Courant as one of the Top 16 Players to Watch in Connecticut, was the leading scorer in the state in 1991 with 27 points per game, and remains the all-time leading scorer at Naugatuck High School with 2,056 points.
Jessica furthered her career at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. She played all four years and led the Patriot League in assists in 1996. She was named to the All Tournament teams at Pittsburgh, Iona and Fairfield. Jessica was the sixth Lehigh women’s player to score more than 1,000 points in a career and holds the Lehigh career steals record with 309.
She was named to first team All Patriot League and was the only player in the Patriot League to rank in the Top 10 of every statistical category: points, assists, steals, rebounds, free throws, field goal percentage and 3-point percentage. In 1996, Jessica was named co-MVP, Lehigh Defensive Player of the Year, and Player of the Year in the Lehigh Valley.
In 2004, Jessica was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, followed by a 2009 induction into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jessica currently is the vice president of development and operations of Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment in New York City. She resides in New York City with her partner and their daughter.