For some, flashy stats and gaudy titles are the barometer of
accomplishment in sporting endeavors, while solid defense and quiet
excellence are often overlooked. If you didn’t pay close attention, you
may have missed Alice Barry’s greatness during her time at Stoneham High
She was a three-sport athlete at
SHS, with legacy of hard work and accomplishment in field hockey,
basketball and track during her time as a Lady Spartan. Barry was an
outstanding defensive player in the game of field hockey, sometimes
chipping in for the goal but, more often than not, neutralizing the
other team’s players and quarterbacking several strong defensive teams
at Stoneham High School.
Barry was named the co-captain
of both her field hockey and basketball teams during her senior year,
and also flashed her defensive skills on the basketball court. She was
presented the “Outstanding Contributor” award during her senior
basketball season by former Stoneham high School girls basketball coach
“She was a great student, a terrific athlete, as team-oriented a person
as you could ever wand and such a pleasure to coach. She just worked so
hard to succeed at everything she did,” said. Kennedy.
Barry was named to the Middlesex League All-Star team during her senior
year of spring track, as she routinely dominated the 80 meter high
hurdles, the high jump and the 440 yard race. Barry accumulated the
highest number of individual points (45) on the 1976 women’s track team,
and set a record with a then-best high jump of 5 feet at the State Meet.
She was named the “Outstanding
Female Athlete of the Year” in 1976 for her accomplishments at Stoneham
She was twice a selection for
All-New England in both lacrosse and field hockey at the University of
Vermont before being inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1996, and then
went on to become the first female to score a perfect 500 on the
physical fitness test for the ROTC at Fort Knox in 1980.
Barry married David Carberry,
earned a PhD in Ecology in 1991, and now lives with her husband and
their three children Scott, Nathan and Caitlan in Puerto Rico.