Plans are in the works to recognize some of the top student-athletes in Presque Isle High School history with the creation of an athletic hall of fame at the school.
The idea was spawned two years ago during a conversation between local sports historian Jim Carter, a 1964 Presque Isle graduate now retired after a long teaching and coaching career in the Caribou school system, and Mark White, adviser to the Presque Isle High School Varsity Club and a 17-year member of the school’s faculty.
“We wanted to recognize some of the great athletes that have come through Presque Isle High School, for the pride they brought to their school and their community, as well as provide some great examples for today’s kids through their achievements after high school,” said Carter.
Carter and White rekindled the idea last summer, and Carter soon contacted schools that already had established similar halls of fame – such as Orono and Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor – in order to develop bylaws for a similar program at Presque Isle.
The proposal for a Presque Isle Athletic Hall of Fame subsequently was approved by SAD 1 superintendent Dr. Gehrig T. Johnson, and it provides for an 11-member committee of coaches, student-athletes, administrators and community members.
That committee will hold its first meeting Thursday.
Nomination forms have been developed to include inductees from the following groups: student-athletes, administrators/coaches, and contributors from the community.
Plans call for an initial group of 10 people to be inducted during ceremonies to be held next winter between games of a boys’ and girls’ basketball doubleheader.
Seven people would be inducted into the hall’s second class, and subsequent classes would add up to five new members to the hall each year.
“Presque Isle has such a great tradition in athletics, and this will be a great way to recognize these individuals,” said White. “The school has done a great job of recognizing teams, but this will be a way to show the community some of the individuals who have done great things at the high school and then gone on to be productive members of their community.”
Honorees would receive a plaque recognizing their induction, and their names also would be placed in a permanent hall of fame display at the school.
“We want to emphasize not only what the person did in high school, but what they did after they graduated, too,” said Carter. “It will be good to be able to bring those accomplishments back to light.”
Information about sponsorship opportunities for the privately funded hall also is available, with several sponsor categories ranging from Team Player ($10 to $49), Winners Sponsors ($50-$99), Charter Sponsors ($100-$249) and Championship Sponsors ($250-$499) to Founding Sponsors ($500 or more).
“This has really taken off,” said White. “People are talking about it, and we’ve already received some donations.”
White said the school’s varsity club also would take an active role in helping the Presque Isle Athletic Hall of Fame grow.
“We’re involved in a number of activities during the year, but this is a way we can get on the ground floor of a project,” White said.
Nomination forms and more information about the Presque Isle Athletic Hall of Fame are available at www.sad1.org. Interested persons also may call Carter at 764-1217 or White at 768-5907.
Six wrestlers medal at NE meet
Six schoolboy wrestlers from throughout the state earned top-six finishes in their weight classes at the 46th annual New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships held over the weekend at New Haven, Conn.
Top-finishing Mainers were Steve Martin of Bonny Eagle of Standish and T.J. Vallee of Cony of Augusta, each of whom placed third. Martin earned his finish in the 171-pound weight class, while Vallee won the 189-pound consolation final by pinning fellow Mainer Tyler Russell of Morse of Bath in 3 minutes, 15 seconds.
Russell earned a fourth-place medal, along with Zac Fields of Camden Hills of Rockport and Billy Gauthier of York.
Fields went 4-2 in his 130-pound matches, falling into the consolation bracket after dropping his second match and then winning three straight matches before being pinned by David Owens of Pinkerton Academy of Derry, N.H. at 4:07 of their consolation final.
Gauthier competed in the 125-pound class.
Another Maine medalist was Marcus Bubar of Lisbon, fifth at 145 pounds.
Among other Eastern Maine wrestlers who participated, Jacob Powers of Camden Hills finished 3-2, dropping his opener winning three straight consolation-round matches before being eliminated in the consolation semifinals by Nick Lawrence of Timberlane High School of Plaistow, N.H., the eventual third-place finisher at 160 pounds.
Doug Richardson of Dexter, competing at 189 pounds, won two of his four matches, while Scott Carpenter of Calais (125), Lee Gustin of Dexter (160) and Patrick Hapworth of Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield (171) each won a match before being eliminated.
Other competitors from the region included Mark Smith of Foxcroft Academy (103), Brent Waterman of Belfast (119) and Zach Poirier of Dexter (285).
Timberlane High School won the team competition with 89 points, followed by Burlington, Mass. (75.5) and Cumberland, R.I. (69).
Camden Hills and Cony were the top Maine teams, finishing among a three-way tie for 34th place among the 130 schools represented with 20 points.
Scott resigns Skowhegan post
Troy Scott has resigned as Skowhegan’s boys varsity basketball coach after seven seasons, according to the school’s athletic administrator, Terry Michaud.
Scott guided the Indians to a 9-9 record this winter good for an eighth-place finish in Eastern Maine Class A. Skowhegan subsequently fell to top-ranked Brewer 63-53 in the regional quarterfinals.
Skowhegan’s best record under Scott came during the 2007-08 season, when the Indians finished 11-7.
The program has been beset by injuries in recent years. Standout guard Paul Verville missed the entire 2008-09 season due to injury, and senior forward Jordan Taylor sat out much of this season while recovering from a knee injury.