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Class of 1980
A two-sport captain who was one of the finest pitchers in CCHS baseball
history and also Quarterbacked the 1978 Super Bowl champion football
team, Billy Moszka was honored as CCHS Athlete of the Year at
graduation and went on to play collegiate baseball at the University of Maine.
Moszka attended Alcott and Peabody Middle Schools before entering CCHS
in the fall of 1976. At a time when the enrollment of CCHS was near its peak, it was a golden era for Patriot sports with Hall of Fame coaches and multi-sport, future Division I athletes dotting the rosters of most teams.
Fall found Moszka on the football field for legendary head coach and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Al Robichaud. After toiling on the freshman and JV teams his first two years, Moszka took over as starting QB in 1978, and guided the powerful Patriots to an undefeated season and Super Bowl victory over Shawsheen Tech at Boston University's Nickerson Field. In that game, Moszka threw a pair of TD passes to spark the 34-0 win, CC's first and only Super Bowl title until the 2011 season. Moszka then served as team captain and was named Co-MVP of the 1979 squad in his senior year, guiding the Patriots to a Thanksgiving Day win over rival Bedford in his final game.
In the spring, Moszka was a dominating presence on the mound for coach Brent Clark's strong baseball teams of the era. As a senior, he was named Dual County League MVP after going 9-2 with a 1.84 ERA on the mound with 119 strikeouts in 78 innings. Offensively, Moszka was a force as well, batting over .500 with four HRs and 20 RBI and a gaudy .967 slugging percentage. In his final high school appearance on the mound, Moszka hurled a complete-game, nine-inning gem in a 3-1 win over Chelmsford in the opening round of the state tournament.
"I have so many memories of playing sports at CCHS, but the highlights were clearly being part of that great 1978 football team, winning against Bedford on Thanksgiving Day as a senior and the state tournament baseball win over Chelmsford," said Moszka. "Beyond that, playing for committed, knowledgeable coaches like Brent Clark and Al Robichaud, and alongside a great group of athletes and friends. Those were the people and experiences that made playing sports at CCHS so memorable for me."
Moszka went on to a college career at the University of Maine, where he was a pitcher under legendary coach John Winkin before shoulder problems forced him to step away from the game. The Black Bears made NCAA Tournament appearances in every one of his years in Orono.
Moszka now resides in Methuen, MA and is the proud father of daughters Jacquelyn, Heather and Kristina. He has enjoyed a successful career with National Grid, and currently serves as a Gas Supervisor at their Beverly office.