Palombo-McCallie tops UMaine inductees

Posted Sept. 25, 2009, at 1:43 a.m.
Duke coach Joanne McCallie directs her team during the first half against Wake Forest in an NCAA college women's basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Duke coach Joanne McCallie directs her team during the first half against Wake Forest in an NCAA college women's basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Carney (top right), a former University of Maine player, tries to clear Edmonton Oilers right wing Zack Stortinin from in front of the net during a game last week. Carney's Wild will face Dustin Penner, another former Black Bear, and the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the playoffs. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Carney (top right), a former University of Maine player, tries to clear Edmonton Oilers right wing Zack Stortinin from in front of the net during a game last week. Carney's Wild will face Dustin Penner, another former Black Bear, and the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the playoffs. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Former women’s basketball coach Joanne Palombo-McCallie and All-Americans Keith Carney (hockey) and Brad Colton (baseball) headline a list of six people who will be inducted into the University of Maine Hall of Fame.

They will be inducted on Oct. 31 at Wells Conference Center after being honored at halftime of the Maine football game against the University of Massachusetts.

Palombo-McCallie, Carney and Colton will be joined by four-year track star William Calkin, basketball star Roger Lapham, who also played one year of football at Maine, and swimming star Krystal Fogler.

Palombo-McCallie, a Brunswick native who is currently the head coach at Duke University after a stint at Michigan State, guided the Black Bears to six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances during her eight years in Orono and was the conference coach of the year three times. She guided the Bears to a 167-73 record, including a 109-25 conference mark.

She has an overall record of 341-158 in 16 years at Maine, Michigan State and Duke and she was named the National Coach of the Year in 2005 when she led the Spartans to a berth in the NCAA championship game. She was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame last year.

Carney is the school’s second-highest career scorer among defensemen with 14 goals and 112 assists in 121 games. He was a first-team All-American in 1991 after being a second-team selection the previous year. He was chosen the New England Defenseman of the Year in 1991. The former U.S. Olympian led Maine to three NCAA Tournament and two Frozen Four appearances. The Pawtucket, R.I., native went on to become just the 29th American-born player to appear in at least 1,000 NHL games as he played in 1,018 games over 17 seasons with Buffalo, Chicago, Phoenix, Anaheim, Vancouver and Minnesota. He amassed 45 goals and 183 assists and also played in 91 Stanley Cup playoff games with three goals and 19 assists. He retired in 2008.

Colton hit .355 during his four-year career at Maine with 23 homers, 143 runs batted in, 30 doubles, 8 triples and 124 runs scored. He helped lead Maine to three College World Series appearances. The left fielder was chosen a third-team All-American in 1981 after hitting .431, the fourth-highest single-season average in Maine history. He was named the NCAA Regional Most Valuable Player in 1983. He was drafted in the 20th round by the Seattle Mariners and played minor league baseball.

Lapham, a power forward, was a four-year letter-winner in basketball and ranks sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,523 points in 100 career games. He led the basketball team in scoring during the 1976-77 season with a 16.7 points-per-game average. After finishing up his basketball career, he returned for a fifth year to play football in 1979. He was a tight end and wound up leading the team in receptions with 27 for 254 yards and a touchdown. He was the first UMaine athlete to be drafted by pro teams in two different sports. He was a 12th-round pick of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and a ninth-round pick of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.

Fogler was a three-year letter-winner from 1999-2002 and is the school record-holder in the 100-backstroke, 100-butterfly, 200-individual medley and the 400 IM while also swimming a leg for five record-holding relay teams. She won eight America East titles and set meet records in the 100-back and 200-back at the 2000 America East championships. She was chosen the team’s Most Valuable Swimmer three times. Fogler wound up becoming the first women’s varsity swimming coach at Husson University in Bangor before leaving.

Calkin was a four-year lettet-winner in track and served as the captain of two indoor teams and the 1954 outdoor track team. He held numerous school records when he graduated and won the 220-yard low hurdles at the Yankee Conference championships in 1953 and ’54 and won the 120-yard high hurdles in 1955. He was named the outstanding athlete in the Maine Intercollegiate Athletic Association meet in 1954. He won the 120-yard high hurdles and the 220-yard low hurdles at the MIAA meet in two consecutive years.

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