A cornerstone on the diamond and on the court from 1984-1986, Brian Fell was an accomplished all-around athlete. A three-year varsity starter for the Ponaganset baseball team, by his junior season he had become a power hitter and an all-league shortstop. He also played for the West Warwick American Legion Post #2, and area scouts rated him as a pro prospect.
His basketball success was equally amazing. A high-scoring guard who could dominate a game, Brian was the team leader and was key in the development of Ponaganset's highly successful basketball program. In his sophomore year, he was member of the Class C-1 Varsity Boys Basketball Championship team. Being a swing player that year, he also led the junior varsity team to a Class C Championship and ultimately to the State Junior Varsity Tournament Championship. As a junior the following season-on a varsity team that lost in the finals-Brian led the Chieftains in points scored, steals, blocked shots and free throw percentage.
Brian was honored numerous times throughout his two-sport career. He was a first team all-league player on the court and was named MVP in several basketball tournaments. It is also significant to note that the Rhode Island High School Baseball Coaches Association named an award in his honor, given out to the most outstanding player in the state each year.
Brian consistently displayed admirable character traits, both on and off the field of play. A well-rounded student- athlete, he was selfless, unassuming, dedicated, dependable and gentlemanly-and yet, he was fiercely competitive. He was the ultimate good sport, teammate and fair contender.
Shortly after his death in 1986, a scholarship was established in his name, and each year since, awards of $500 have been given to one male and one female graduate who has exceeded expectations in sport, excelled in the classroom and displayed outstanding citizenship in the community. Brian"s legacy continues through this scholarship and is lived out through the characteristics he exhibited, an example for all Rhode Island athletes.