Ten more names synonymous with their chosen sports have joined the ranks of the Maine Sports Legends’ Hall of Honors, which was created to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves or made significant contributions to their chosen sports.
This year’s honor roll of new members includes longtime Aroostook County officials, coaches and educators like Lynwood McHatten and Roger Shaw; distance runner and running enthusiast Andy Palmer; and two-sport star and longtime high school basketball coach Tony Hamlin of Milo.
Also: Waterville hockey and baseball standout Noel “Spat” Roy; longtime Colby College men’s basketball coach Dick Whitmore; and standout high school football coach John Wolfgram, who also excelled as a coach in softball, baseball and lacrosse; longtime Bowdoin College basketball coach Ray Bicknell; southern Maine high school field hockey coach Lucy Bogdanovich; and multiple sport coach Leroy Rand of Portland.
Maine Sports Legends was started in 1997 to recognize sports standouts as well as aid and honor the youth of Maine by providing scholarships for outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes. Proceeds from last weekend’s banquet went directly to fund those scholarships.
“It started out as something of an adjunct to the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Paul McClay, secretary-treasurer. “Each of the four regions of the state gets to select honors recipients each year.
“We are scholarship-driven. That’s our primary purpose. We’re funding eight $500 scholarships annually now plus two $1,000 scholarships.”
Hamlin was a basketball standout at Milo High and the University of Maine who went on to coach the sport at Maine Central Institute, Morse of Bath, South Portland and most recently Penquis in Milo. He is also a member of the Maine Basketball Commission.
McHatten, the guidance director at Caribou High School, has been a high school basketball official since 1974. He coached baseball at Ashland High School for six years.
Shaw lives in Mars Hill and is currently superintendent of schools for MSAD 42. He has served as varsity soccer and JV basketball coach for five years at Central Aroostook High School and later became chairman of the Maine Principals’ Association’s state basketball committee. He was also a basketball official for 37 years.
Whitmore is entering his 39th year as Colby men’s basketball head coach with 607 career victories. The 1965 Bowdoin graduate has had 30 winning seasons for the White Mules. He also coached at Hall-Dale and Morse high schools.
Palmer, who died at the age of 48 seven years ago, is a Madawaska native who was a running and basketball high school and college standout athlete. He attended UMaine-Presque Isle. He owned and directed the Maine Running Camp in Bar Harbor and held many running records before building a state-of-the-art training facility in Blowing Rock, N.C.
Roy played hockey and baseball all four years at Waterville High and went on to play hockey for the Waterville Bruins semipro team. He also coached hockey at both Waterville and Winslow High Schools, winning five state and three New England championships.
Wolfgram has led his high school football teams to eight state titles in Classes A, B and C in a 39-year career that spanned three schools. He won one at Madison and three at Gardiner before winning four more at South Portland. He also coached Gardiner’s girls softball team to a state title and was a basketball and lacrosse official.
Bicknell coached Bowdoin women’s basketball for 23 years. His Polar Bears were named the 1967-68 ECAC Division III team of the year and he was named New England Coach of the Year.
Bogdanovich started as a one-year substitute coach and stayed at Deering High School for 28 years, coaching basketball 11 years, softball for 11, and field hockey for 21.
Rand, who died last year, taught at Cape Elizabeth High for 29 years and Catherine McAuley High for 14, coaching basketball, soccer, cross country and baseball in that span. He led his Cape baseball team to seven state titles and served as the Portland Sea Dogs’ official scorer from 1994 to 2001.