FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host its fourth annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, March 19, in the UMFK Sports Center.
Four individuals — Emery “Legs” Labbe (‘51 & ‘67), Larry Violette (‘66), Michael Charette (‘89) and Emlyn Jacoby (‘10) — will be inducted into the fourth class of the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. with a social followed by a banquet and awards ceremony. Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person and may be purchased through the Alumni Affairs office, located at the Madawaska House, 23, University Drive, Fort Kent 04743.
- Emery “Legs” Labbe played and excelled in many local sports including bowling, softball, and baseball. Labbe is the former principal and vice principal for SAD 27, a member of the Fort Kent Lions Club, and a former town councilor. “Legs” is perhaps best known for his support of UMFK athletics in his role as former editor, publisher and sportswriter for the St. John Valley Times. He has established many connections with student-athletes, coaches, administrators and the extended Bengal family.
- Larry Violette was a four sport star at UMFK in the mid-1960s. He played basketball from 1963 through 1966, and soccer during the 1964 and 1965 campaigns. In 1963, he was the basketball team’s MVP. He captained the squad in 1964-65. He set a single-season scoring record of 170 points in 1964 and broke his own record the next year with 187. He played all positions in basketball. He was honored as the 1964 Outstanding Male Athlete for his play in basketball, soccer and badminton.
- Michael Charette was a standout soccer player for UMFK. He played for Coach Larry Murphy (HOF ‘08) and was an all-conference and all-district player, as well as a team captain. After graduation, Charette achieved success in the U.S. Navy, Naval Reserves, and Maine National Guard. He later returned to UMFK to earn a teaching certificate in education, and served as assistant men’s soccer coach for two seasons.
- Emlyn Jacoby was a member of the most successful soccer program in the university’s history. He was team captain; the 2007 Male Athlete of the Year; a two-time Academic All-American; three-time All-American honorable mention; four-time Sunrise Conference scholar-athlete; four-time Sunrise Conference first team member; and the 2006 Sunrise Conference Rookie of the Year. Jacoby led his team to the 2007 national “Sweet 16” round, and in 2008 to the national “Elite 8” round. In 2009, he was captain of the Bengal team that attained No. 4 in the national rankings, all while attaining a 3.7 grade point average.
The inductees were selected by a nine-member committee made up of UMFK Alumni Association representatives Beurmond Banville, Bill Breton and Larry Murphy; athletic department representatives Eric Werntgen and Lucas Levesque; student/athlete representative Amber Garrison; and faculty representative Leo Trudel. The committee was co-chaired by UMFK Athletic Director Bill Ashby and UMFK University Relations and Alumni Affairs Director Terence Kelly.
For information or to purchase tickets, contact the UMFK Alumni Affairs Office at 834-7557.