Maine Sports Legends will honor 13 individuals as inductees into its Hall of Honors Sunday at Alfond Youth Center in Waterville.
Selections from Northern Maine are William Haskell (posthumous), Emery Plourde (posthumous), Jeanette Peters and Dana Hews. From Eastern Maine are David Ames, Donald Dow and Margaret Gillis (posthumous). From Central Maine are Richard McGee and Paula Doughty and, from Southern Maine are Maurice Clark, Reta Brown, Arthur Dyer and Jeddy Newman (posthumous).
Proceeds from the banquet provide funding for eight scholar-athletes, one male and one female from each of four regions of the state. All eight will receive $500 awards and two students, designated as outstanding, will receive another $1,000 each.
This year’s recipients are Presque Isle High’s Kelsey Park, Samuel Chasse of Fort Kent, Alexandria Nicole McVicar of Calais, Harold Roy Lyons of Jonesport-Beals, Amanda Hall of Mt. Blue in Farmington, Christopher Low of Lawrence in Fairfield, John Bartlett of Medomak Valley in Waldoboro and Emma Clark of York.
The banquet will begin at 12:30 p.m. following a social half hour which begins at noon. Tickets are $35 at reserved tables of eight and can be obtained by calling 622-1539 or by e-mail to Paul McClay@msn.com.
Haskell, born in Presque Isle in 1913, participated in sports at Aroostook State Normal School and the University of Maine. A pitcher for the Presque Isle Indian semi-pro baseball team from 1934-37, he taught and coached in the local school system and in private schools in Massachusetts.He was involved in the construction of the E. Milton Grant Playground and Swimming Pool, and became the first Director of Recreation and Parks in Presque Isle, serving in that position for 35 years.
Plourde, a Caribou native, was an outstanding high school athlete who set many records in track meets in Maine and in New Jersey. In 1938 his high school team won the state cross country championship. A year later he won the state cross country meet and placed second in the New England competition held in Boston. In 1940 he won and set records in both the mile and 880 state competition. He also captured first place in the mile run at the national championships syn Madison Square Garden in 1941. He accepted a scholarship at Seton Hall and was national runner-up in cross country.
Peters, an Island Falls native, was a department head and coach who attended Ricker Classical Institute and played on the volleyball team for Ricker College. She graduated from Aroostook State Teacher’s College in 1966 with a bachelor's degree. The college had no women’s varsity sports, but she received the Gold Key, the highest award at the time for intramural sports. After graduation she started teaching physical education at Caribou Middle School while also coaching the cheerleading team and helping with the track and field team. She started teaching at Fort Fairfield High in 1971 instituting a Lifetime Sports Program at the school while working as a physical education and health teacher and coach. Her field hockey and softball teams won Eastern Maine championships.
Hews, an Ashland native, is a longtime educator, coach, guidance counselor, athletic director, principal and basketball official. After graduating from Springfield (Mass.) College, he returned home to teach and coach for several years at Ashland High School, and then moved on to Presque Isle High where he organized the physical education and health programs for all grades. He also coached basketball and led his team to an Eastern Maine championship in 1961. He helped established soccer as a sport in Aroostook County high schools.
Ames, a Camden native, graduated from Camden High School in 1963 as one of two students to win a varsity letter in all four sports in the same year (cross country, basketball, baseball, track & field). He is a graduate of the University of Maine, where he played baseball and was undefeated as a pitcher over three years. He worked for the university for 33 years as an instructor, assistant professor, director of recreational sports and associate director of athletics retiring in 2001. A member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, he has served as its president, member of the executive committee and board representative to the State Basketball Council.
Gillis, a Lubec native, was a graduate of Milo High School and a member of the girls basketball team. She graduated from the Maine School of Commerce, now Husson College, and earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Maine. She was named to the Husson College Athletic Hall of Fame. She coached girls basketball at West Paris High School, Guilford High School and at Schenck High School, where she also taught physical education and coached cheerleading. The school gymnasium was named in her honor in 1980 in appreciation of her dedication as a teacher and a coach.
Dow, a Fort Fairfield native, spent 45 of his years educating students and athletes. As a Fort Fairfield High School student he played basketball and baseball and pitched a no-hitter in 1958 against Caribou. Prior to assuming a post as athletic director and then assistant principal at Stearns High School in Millinocket, Dow coached cross country, girls basketball and baseball. His numerous awards include Athletic Director of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award for Track and Cross Country and a Big East Service Award.
McGee, a native of Providence, R.I., played both offensive and defensive end positions at the University of Maine before graduating in 1954. He went on to coach football at Lawrence, helping rebuild the program until he left to become an assistant football coach and head coach of lacrosse at Bowdoin College in 1964. He was head football coach at Colby1967-78 and was named athletic director in 1974.
Doughty, a Farmington native, has coached field hockey teams at Skowhegan High School since 1974 where her teams have compiled a record of 424-94-30 with both JV and varsity teams. Her teams have won 11 state championships and 15 Eastern Maine titles. The National High School Coaches Association named her National High School Coach of the Year in both 2004 and 2008. Eighty of her players went on to play in college. Born in Farmington, Paula attended public schools in Wilton, graduating from high school in 1970.
Clark, at Westfield native, served in the army in World War II and returned to Aroostook County to accept a coaching position at Mapleton High School. He later held teaching, coaching and school administrative positions in Richmond and Bath. At Bath Junior High School he developed the athletic program, coached the teams and was coordinator of the Grammar School League. He became an active basketball official in 1950, refereeing college and high school basketball for more than 30 years.
Dyer graduated from Windham High School in 1959 having lettered in baseball and basketball all four years. He participated in those same sports while attending Gorham State, where he graduated in 1964. At Medomak Valley his teams compiled a record of 184-44, making the Class B tournament every year, winning the Western Maine title four times and the state title twice. In 1980 he accepted a position at Westbrook High School, where his teams won 152 games, making it to the Western Maine Final four times and won the state Class A championship in 1984. He was an assistant coach at Division I Fairfield University in Connecticut from 1991 to 1998, when he retired.
Newman, a Portland native,was educated in Portland schools, graduating from Cheverus High School in 1961 where he was a member of the 1961 state championship basketball team and the 1961 undefeated Telegram League Baseball Team. He went on to attend both Boston College and the University of Maine and graduated from the University of Maine-Portland/Gorham where he played basketball. He began his career as a teacher and coach at Bonny Eagle High School, where he coached the 1970 Class L state-title basketball team. He then joined the faculty of Thornton Academy where he taught math, coached basketball and served as the athletic director, retiring in 1997.
Brown played field hockey and basketball at Portland High, where where she won the Brown Medal for athletic, academic and citizenship achievement. She earned her undergraduate degree at USM, where she played field hockey and basketball. Upon graduation, she began a career teaching mathematics, which she still does at South Portland High. She was a member of the Portland Women’s Rugby Football Club that won the inaugural national championship in 1978 in Chicago. She served as assistant coach of some powerful field hockey teams at South Portland; coached women’s tennis, where she led the Red Riots to consecutive state titles in 1988 and 1989. For three decades she has been officiating soccer, basketball and lacrosse at both the high school and college levels. She was among the first women to referee boys soccer and basketball.