Tony Paranto, a four-sport all-star during the mid-1980s, has a distinction nobody else can claim.
Tony, in life after high school is now the coach of the Bartlett High boys basketball team – a post his dad Bob held within the past three decades. Dad and son are the first Bartlett coaches to both claim being at the helm of Indian teams which won the prestigious Clark Tournament.
Tony is one of a few athletes to play four sports for the Indians. The all-around athlete played fall soccer for two years, football for two years, and baseball and basketball for four years each. He was captain of the baseball and basketball teams in his senior year.
During his career, Tony achieved Border Conference All-Star status in soccer, football, basketball, and baseball. He was also named an all-star in soccer by the Worcester Telegram & Evening Gazette. He was a member of the Bartlett Border Conference Championship teams in football, basketball, and baseball.
Tony was a top performer on the Bartlett basketball team that won the Clark tournament title in 1986 and also was on district and state finalist teams in 1985.
During his time at Bartlett, he was on the honor roll and received the George Finnegan award for being the top male athlete.
In his post-Bartlett High School athletic participating, Tony stood out in basketball while at North Adams State College. During the 1987-88 season, he led the country in all divisions in three-point field percentage with a 53-percent mark. During his four years at North Adams, the college was crowned state college conference basketball champions every year.
Tony Paranto is employed by the school district as an MCAS math teacher and coach. He and his wife Melissa have a son Logan, 4