Karen Norton is arguably the most versatile and talented athlete to ever wear a Bartlett High School uniform.
A genuine three-sport star, Karen also utilized her intelligence and leadership to enhance soccer, basketball, and softball programs. Actually, MVP could be her middle name.
She played soccer for six years, starting in the seventh grade at the junior-senior high school. Karen was captain of the 1992 team and she received varsity letters for all six years she played. In basketball, Karen played four years, received four letters, and was team captain during the ’92-’93 season. She played and lettered all five years she was on the Indians’ softball team, and captained the 1993 squad.
Karen received many honors and much recognition for her athletic prowess. She was soccer MVP in 1989 and 1992, basketball MVP in 1993 and unsung hero in 1989 and MVP in 1993 in Softball. In addition, she made several Border Conference all-star teams in every sport during her career. She was named Tourtellotte Basketball Tournament MVP in ’92-’93 and received a Gregory J. Collins Memorial Scholar-Athlete award in 1993.
After graduating from Bartlett in 1993, Karen became a two-sport star at the College of the Holy Cross. She played soccer for four years for the Crusaders, serving as captain in 1996. That same year, she was named to the All-Patriot League first team, and was named the league’s defensive player of the year. She also played four years on the Crusaders softball team, serving as captain in 1997. She was named to the All-Patriot League first team in 1995.
Karen was the recipient of the Holy Cross Club Norton Award and John P. Cooney, Jr. Memorial Award for academic/athletic excellence in 1997. In addition, this stellar scholar-athlete was named to the Patriot League academic/athletic honor roll (’93-’97) and the league’s scholar-athlete of the year in 1996.
Karen Norton currently is a mechanical engineer at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center.