USM Husky Hall of Fame to induct six new members Saturday

Posted Sept. 23, 2011, at 5:46 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 23, 2011, at 8:59 p.m.

Burnall “Satch” Page, David Giles, Debbie Jandreau Gendron, Tracy Libby Lizzotte, June Lavallee Ponitz and Becky Manson-Rioux have been selected for induction into the University of Southern Maine’s Husky Hall of Fame.

The former Huskies athletic standouts will be honored Saturday during a banquet and induction ceremony at the Brooks Studen Center on USM’s Gorham Campus.

PAGE, a member of the Class of 1952, played baseball for the former Gorham State Teachers College. He played from 1949-52 after serving from 1944-46 in the U.S. Navy.

Page later played for the Bucksport town team in 1946 and ‘47 and stayed involved in the game as a Little League umpire in southern Maine for 30 years.

GILES (Class of 1980) was a key contributor in helping USM men’s soccer made two trips to the NAIA national tournament. The four-year starter at sweeper played on a team that went 58-12-4 and registered 30 shutouts.

JANDREAU-GENDRON (Class of 1999) played soccer for the Huskies from 1995-97. The three-time, All-Little East Conference first-team selection racked up 25 goals and nine assists in her career. She won the 1995 LEC Player of the Year award.

LIBBY-LIZOTTE (Class of 1999) was a stalwart for USM basketball teams from 1996-99. She finished with 1,106 points, 780 rebounds and 227 blocked shots in her career.

Libby-Lizotte played on the first Huskies team to reach the national title game and was a three-time All-Little East Conference first-team honoree. Her teams made three NCAA appearances and she was a MWBCA Player of the Year.

LAVALLEE-PONITZ (Class of 2000) played on the only two USM softball teams to have reached the NCAA national tournament (1998-99). She was a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Northeast All-Region pick.

Lavallee-Ponitz was a career .381 hitter and a two-time All-LEC first-team selection. She struck out only 11 times in 433 at-bats and holds the school career triples mark with 18.

MANSON-RIOUX (Class of 2003) played both softball and field hockey for the Huskies and was an all-conference first-team honoree in both.

As a field hockey midfielder, she logged 10 goals and 16 assists in four seasons. As a softball outfielder, Manson-Rioux was a .362 career batter who was an all-league and All-New England performer.

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