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Maine Central Institute to induct second Hall of Fame class

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Maine Central Institute has announced the second group that will be inducted into the Pittsfield school’s athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming Weekend later this fall.

The four honorees will be enshrined on Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. in MCI’s Student Center.

The inductees this year include Nancy Beverage Hughes, George Newhouse, Julie Treadwell and, posthumously, Paul Legge.

Criteria for individuals being tabbed for the hall includes outstanding athletic achievement at MCI and beyond, outstanding contribution to the school’s athletic program and meritorious service to MCI’s athletic program.


Nancy Beverage Hughes graduated from MCI in 1987, and was a standout four-year athlete in field hockey, basketball and track and field.

She was a captain in all three sports both her junior and senior years, and earned Second Team Field Hockey All-State honors in 1984, and followed that up with First Team All-State achievements in 1985 and 1986.

In track and field, Hughes holds the MCI school records in both the 400 and 800 meter

races. In 1986, she was the State Champion, and set the Class C state record in the 400

meter race. She won the State Championship in both the 400 and 800 meter races in 1987.

Nancy went on to be a standout four-year field hockey player at Bowdoin College. She earned All-State honors in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

Hughes served as a captain her junior and senior seasons, and was named a Northeast Division III All-American in 1989 and 1990. She was also named the Maine Player of the Year in 1990.

Nancy graduated from Bowdoin College in 1991.

She was MCI’s field hockey coach from 1991 to 1993, and from 1996-1998, and was the field hockey coach at Bangor High School in 1999.

Hughes returned to MCI as an English teacher in 2006, once again taking

over as head field hockey coach in 2007.


Paul Legge graduated from Wilton Academy in 1929 and received his BS from the

University of Illinois in 1935. He also received his master’s degree from the University of Maine in 1953.

Legee taught at Wilton Academy, Jay High School and then at MCI for 32 years, retiring in 1976, and he also coached football, basketball and baseball at MCI.

Legee was very active in the Pittsfield community. He was especially active on the Parks and Recreation Committee for Manson and Hathorn Park. He built the baseball diamond at Hathorn Park, named Legge’s Diamond, where he ran the youth leagues for years.

After retirement, he continued coaching baseball in Mattoon, Ill., and spent winters in Sebring, Fla. He moved to Christiansburg, Va., in 2002 to live with his son and daughter-in-law. Legee passed away July 7, 2008.


George Newhouse graduated from Maine Central Institute in 1954, and was a standout athlete in football, basketball and baseball at MCI.

He starred on the 1953 basketball team that won the Maine State Prep School Championships and the New England Prep School Champions, as well as the 1954 team that won the Maine State Prep School Championships.

Newhouse was a standout offensive and defensive tackle on the 1953 Maine State Prep School Championship football team. He was also the catcher on the 1954 baseball team that won the Maine State Prep School Championship.

Newhouse went on to play two years of basketball and baseball at the University of Maine. He was the leading scorer on the undefeated 1954-55 Maine Freshman Basketball team.

Newhouse also served on the MCI Board of Trustees from 1975 to 1995, serving as president for two years. George was inducted into the MCI Hall of Fame in 1983.


Julie Treadwell graduated from Orono High School in 1980 where she was a standout three-sport athlete, then she went on to play basketball for four years at the University of Maine.

After graduating from the University of Maine in 1984, Treadwell became a physical education teacher and coach at Maine Central Institute. She coached the MCI girls’ basketball team from 1984 to 1997. She coached the first two girls’ soccer teams in MCI history in 1984 and 1985.

Treadwell also coached softball at MCI from 1991 to 1994, and field hockey from 1999 to 2004. In addition, she was the head softball coach at Colby College from 1986-1989.

From 1997 to 2000, Treadwell served as MCI’s Associate Head of School and Athletic Director, and then as Director of Athletics and Activities from 2000 to 2008.

She was the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference President and Athletic Director of the Year in 2002-03. Treadwell was a member of the select panel that created the Sports Done Right document that is now used as a template for schools in Maine and across the nation.

In 2008, Treadwell became the Director of Physical Education and Athletics at the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Md. She received the 2008 MCI Distinguished Achievement Award, was inducted into the Orono High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, and was named the 2010 District 2-A Athletic Director of the Year.

The public is welcome to attend the ceremony. Tickets are $20 per person and includes a dinner. To register, visit mci-school.org/athletichof or contact the MCI Advancement Office at 487-5915.

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