The 1995-96 Ponaganset High School girls basketball team was one of the best and most successful teams that the school has ever seen. This record-making team ended its season with a league record of 15-1, an overall record of 25-2 and a Class A State Championship.
The 1995-96 squad earned various honors and distinctions. In January 1996, New England Sports Network (NESN) ranked the team fourth in its New England Top 10. The Providence Journal Bulletin named Ponaganset girls basketball from the 1990s part of the Top 100 Best of 20th Century in Local Sports. The team was honored by the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. Many of the players from this dynasty were named all-state or all-division, and many more played collegiately.
This winning season was the culmination of a storied career for the senior captains. The Class of 1996 won four-straight girls basketball State Championship titles, was part of a 152-game regular-season winning streak, and had an overall record of 104-4. Underclassmen of this team went on to win two additional Class A State Championships in 1997 and 1998.
The 1995-96 girls basketball team was comprised of 14 players and three coaches: Stephanie Boisvert, Lauren Brown, Julie Stockwell, Stephen Alexander (J.D.), Jane Ragno, Helene Stockwell, Jayne Stockwell, Heather Spahn, Heather Dandrow, Emily Winsor, Kendra Nerbonne, Carleen Aubee, Jamie Hazard, Jessica Shawver, Head Coach Paul Shawver and Assistant Coaches Walter Hagerty and Jill Farley.
Paul Shawver was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, the RIIL Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Ponaganset High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.