Ron Pokraka, a three-sport all-star at Bartlett High School, was another stalwart member of the 1955 undefeated football team.
As a running back on that squad, which went 8-0 for the season, Ron scored 74 points, setting a Bartlett scoring record at that time. He was noted for his many game-breaking long runs.
In basketball, Ron was a leading scorer in his junior and senior years.
In baseball, he had the second highest batting average and led in RBIs in both his junior and senior years.
At graduation in 1956, Ron received the Bartlett High Athletic Medal for being the school’s top athlete.
His extra-curricular activities while at Bartlett included serving on the Prom Committee and as a Band Booster.
The 1956 edition of The Chronicle yearbook notes “Perhaps the most admirable of all of Pokie’s character traits is his modest attitude in the face of the praise heaped on him for the unprecedented number of scoring plays he has made this year in football.”
After graduation he received an athletic/academic scholarship to Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He lettered in football all four years. He also was a four-year letterman in baseball and was a co-captain for the 1960 team.
While at WPI, he served as class president in 1956 and 1957 and was a Dean’s List student. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering.
Professionally, Ron was involved in technical sales and was awarded a sales award – Meyer Million Dollar Club.
A person achievement occurred in August, 2002 at the Falmouth Road Race, where he received the Michael Denmark Award for overcoming a handicap.
Ron is retired and lives in Falmouth with his wife Claire. They have three sons, Glenn, 42, Gregg, 36, and Gary, 33; and two daughters, Cheryl, 41, and Caryn, 39.