ROCKLAND — The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame will induct eight new members during the fifth annual induction ceremony and banquet on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Rockland Elks Lodge.
The inductees include the late Allan Middleton, the late Gary Kenniston, David Ames, Anna Goodale, Robert Green, Scott Johnson, Darrell “Skip” Pound and Darryl Townsend.
MIDDLETON from Vinalhaven was an outstanding pitcher and in 1932 struck out 25 of 27 batters in a game against Camden High School. Middleton went on to play semi-pro ball before he signed a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox. Middleton’s dream to pitch in the majors was halted by World War II, as he joined the Air Force and was shot down and killed in a mission over North Africa in 1943.
KENNISTON was the man responsible for establishing the Rockland Little League program, coaching several teams as well as serving as the league’s president, vice-president and secretary/treasurer. Kenniston was also the Little League district administrator for more than 30 years and Little League fields on Old County Road in Rockland are named in his honor. Kenniston was also the commissioner of peewee football and volunteered for many sports programs in Rockland.
AMES was four-sport athlete at Camden High School, participating in baseball, basketball, cross country and track for the Mustangs. Ames attended the University of Maine, where he played baseball for the Black Bears from 1965-1967, compiling a 7-0 pitching record. Ames is one of the top basketball officials in Maine, having officiated more than 2,000 varsity high school and college games and has been the Site Supervisors of Officials at the Eastern Maine Tournament in Bangor for the past 20 years.
GOODALE from Camden found her athletic calling while attending Syracuse University when she began rowing in 2001. She was a four-year member of the women’s crew team, where she was a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-American. Goodale was then named to the U.S. Rowing team and was a four-time member of the national team and the 2008 Olympic team. Goodale, who was part of a eight-member rowing squad, won gold medals at the 2008 Olympics, at the 2007 and ‘08 World Cup and at the 2006 and ‘07 World Championships, as well as a silver medal at the ‘06 World Cup.
GREEN was an outstanding multiple sport coach at both Waldoboro and Medomak Valley High Schools and led the Panthers baseball team to the 1970 Class B state championship. Green also won four Knox Lincoln League baseball championships at Waldoboro and Medomak. He also led the Waldoboro girls basketball team to a 34-game winning streak, led four different cross country teams to league titles, coached two Waldoboro High boys basketball teams to tournament appearances and coached the Medomak Valley wrestling team to its first win. Green, who was selected the 1971 Maine High School Baseball Coach of the Year, was also the first athletic director at Medomak Valley.
JOHNSON is regarded by many as one of the finest athletes from Georges Valley High School. The Thomaston native was a four-year starter for the Buccaneers’ soccer, basketball and baseball teams and he holds the school record for goals scored in soccer and is second all-time in points scored in basketball. Johnson scored 105 goals and led the Buccaneers to the 1980 and ‘81 Class C state championships. He was named a four-time All State soccer player and All- New England in 1981. Johnson started every basketball game during his four years at Georges Valley, scoring more than 1,500 points, including a school record 47 points in one game.
POUND was a four-sport athlete at Rockport High School, participating in basketball, baseball, cross country and track and field all four years. Pound was a member of Rockport’s 1961 Western Maine championship basketball team, and was selected to the All-Tournament team. Pound twice qualified for the state meet in cross country and was the top scorer at the 1962 Knox Lincoln Track Championships. He was also a standout at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where he took part in soccer, basketball and baseball all four years. He was elected to the school’s Hall of Fame. Pound then spent 30 years at Lyndon State College in Vermont, where he coached soccer and baseball for 26 years, basketball for 12 years and was the school’s longtime athletic director. He was inducted into the Lyndon State Hall of Fame in 1995.
TOWNSEND was a three-sports star at Georges Valley High School, playing soccer, basketball and baseball, including being part of the Buccaneers’ Class C state championship team in ‘81. He attended the University of Maine at Farmington where he was a four-year member of the Beavers soccer squad, including playing for the nationally ranked squad in 1986. For the last 16 years, Townsend was the girls soccer coach at Georges Valley, finishing with a record of 192-40-28, including winning 65 straight regular season games. His teams won 11 Mountain Valley Conference and /or division championships, the Western Maine Class C title in 1999 and 2009 and the state championship in 2009. Townsend has been named MVC Coach of the Year five times and Maine Coach of the Year in 2009.
The Hall will also name its male and female Midcoast High School Student Athletes of the Year at the banquet.
Tickets for the banquet are $25 each and are available by calling committee members Helen Plourd at 466-1888, Sue Wootton at 236-4155, Neil Lash at 832-4211, Lou Cook at 785-4782 or Ashley Hunt at 594-7202. More details can also be found at the Hall’s website, www.midcoastsportshalloffame.com
Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., with the induction to get under way by 7 p.m.