Stoneham High School

High School  І   Town of Stoneham

Athletic Hall of Fame

 
 


Inductees

 

Hall of Fame Inductees - Class of 2016



  Joyce Turner
1960 Field Hockey & Basketball

 




In the pre-1960 era, Joyce Turner was the poster child for women’s high school sports. During this time in Stoneham, a female athlete had two choices: field hockey in the fall and intramural half-court basketball in the winter. Joyce played both and was named a Field Hockey captain her senior year. According to Frank (Tiger) Burns, “SHS Field Hockey team has not been able to play a game at home because they have not got a field suitable for their opponents. They were refused use of Recreation Park because their sneakers would tear up the sod, weeds, and goldenrod that passes for sod.” The Field Hockey field finally opened at Recreation Park in the fall of 1959.

In the 1959 opening game at the new field against archrival Woburn, Joyce scored all 3 goals for the first win of the season. Then against Saugus, Joyce scored both goals to secure a 2-2 tie. Against Malden, Joyce scored the only goal. Joyce could be constantly heard running up and down the field screaming, “Play your position, play your position!” The Field Hockey team had a winning season with a 3-1-1 record.

Joyce played intramural basketball and was captain both junior and senior year. Her junior year, Joyce scored 10 points in a 40-22 rout in tournament play; in her senior year, Joyce led her team in scoring to another tournament win 39-13.

In club sports, Joyce was a feared competitor. As a former classmate so fondly recalls, “I was terrified to play against Joyce. What feared most was Joyce hitting the ball right at me. It gave me nightmares.” It was much easier being on her team.

Joyce is still active in sports. She is playing in a senior slow pitch softball league competing and traveling locally and nationally in various tournaments.

After graduation from Stoneham High School, Joyce served in the U.S. Marine Corps. and is a Vietnam War veteran. She moved to Miami in 1963 and spent many years working for American Airlines. She is currently a massage therapist residing in Mt. Dora, Florida.

 

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