Sharon Russell played three sports at Stoneham High School, and the 1975
graduate was a success in all of them, collecting eight varsity letters
in the then three-year school. She was named Outstanding Girl Athlete
her senior year.
As captain of the basketball team, she led the Spartans in scoring
with 23 points (vs. Concord-Carlisle), 20 points (vs. Wakefield) and 18
points (vs. Woburn) during her senior season.
Professional tennis began to bloom in the United States in the
1970ís, but Russell was already dominating the tennis courts as no
Stoneham High player had before. She captained her team and played #1
singles sophomore through senior years and was named MVP all three
seasons. In 1974 Russell led the team to the state semi-finals for the
first time in Stoneham High history.
Upon graduating, Russell took her extraordinary tennis skills to
Salem State College where her dominance continued. With the Lady
Vikings, Russell played #1 singles from 1977 through 1979 and was voted
Most Outstanding Player in 1979. Her efforts were rewarded with a berth
on the Mass. State College All-Conference team for the 1978 season. That
year she went 10-1 to win the Mass. State College singles title. Her
overall record at Salem State was 39-5 for the three year period.