Wellesley High, Stonehill basketball teams mourn loss of biggest fan

Elisa Parsons demonstrates her shooting technique last month.
Barry Chin/Globe Staff
Elisa Parsons demonstrates her shooting technique last month.

The Wellesley High girls’ and Stonehill College women’s basketball teams lost their most loyal fan Wednesday, with the passing of 90-year-old Elisa Parsons of Sharon from pneumonia.

Affectionately called “Aunt Lisa,” Parsons was featured in the Globe South Sports section Dec. 16. The story, she said afterwards, was a special memento.

The Wellesley girls’ team is coached by her great-niece, Kristin Cieri, who coached current Stonehill junior captain Mary Louise Dixon.  


Dixon’s parents, Tom and Pauline, picked up Parsons — a basketball and field hockey star at Stoughton High in the late 1930s — so she could follow both teams.

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Parsons, nee Carrara, also rode on the Wellesley High team bus for a scrimmage at Oliver Ames in Easton.

When Wellesley High, with Dixon and her older sister, Eleni, starting in the backcourt, defeated Millbury for the state girls title in 2008, Parsons joined in the celebration.

And on the night Dixon and Wellesley teammate Blake Dietrick each scored their 1,000th career points, she posed for a photo with them.

“Aunt Lisa has such a wonderful spirit that draws you to her,’’ said Stonehill head coach Trisha Brown in the Globe story. “We should all have Aunt Lisas in our lives.’’

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