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Athletics Hall of Fame

Michael Uretsky '81

Class of 2010

Football, Hockey, Baseball

Michael Uretsky was a three-sport star earning 13 varsity letters at Nobles. In football, he was an intelligent and punishing runner with exceptional balance who seemed to get tougher every quarter. He was a four-year starter and averaged eight yards per carry over his career, rarely making a mistake in play and serving as a “coach on the field.” Coach Nick Marinaro said that, in addition to being great running the ball, Michael was “the best lead-blocker I ever coached.” Over his four years on the football team, Nobles won the school’s first back-to-back ISL Undefeated Championships (14-0) and compiled a record of 23-5. He earned the Patriot Ledger’s All Scholastic Award for football his junior year and was a perennial ISL All-League running back.

On the ice, Michael used his football mentality to be a force on both ends of the rink. He made the varsity hockey team in the eighth grade and lettered for five years. He traveled with the team to Sweden and Finland to play in the school’s first international exchange game. He was a talented playmaker at forward, and he enjoyed defense on power plays. He earned All-League honors twice.

In the spring, Michael earned four varsity letters in baseball and captained the team his senior year. He was a very good hitter, a threat to hit a home run every time he stepped to the plate. His junior year he switched to catcher, never having played before, and performed exceptionally well. The last baseball game of his career marked his 206th game at Nobles in a varsity uniform.

Michael received the Elliot T. Putnam Football Prize in 1980, and in his senior year, the John Elliot Cooke Award. He was honored at Prize Day with the Davis Cup for “sportsmanship and consistent work in athletics.” Perhaps the words from an a note Michael received from an anonymous teacher on Prize Day capture his career best : "I just want to say how much I have enjoyed knowing you…I believe that you are a legend at Nobles- we will not forget your work here…you are a winner!"

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2010 Hall of Fame Michael Uretsky '81