June 25, 2018
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Shelby Bradford, Coombs brothers lead Lee Academy hall inductees

BDN staff reports

LEE — Shelby (Pickering) Bradford, brothers Ron and Steve Coombs, Marvin “Mardi” Crocker, Gary Lakeman, Fernald Linscott, Harry Richardson and Dana Worster make up the inaugural class to be inducted into the Lee Academy Hall of Fame Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at MacDonald Gym.

The ceremony will culminate Lee Academy’s homecoming, which will include an alumni coed soccer game at noon, followed by girls and boys varsity soccer games at 2 and 4 p.m., respectively. Tickets for the dinner are $20 and can be purchased by calling Randy Harris at 738-2252 or 290-7844.

BRADFORD (2005 graduate) played soccer, cross country, basketball and softball at Lee where she finished her soccer career with 177 goals while leading the Pandas to two state titles. She was a four-time all-state soccer selection and a two-time all-state basketball pick. She is the only Lee Academy player to have her number retired. She went on to become a three-sport standout at Husson University in Bangor.

RON COOMBS (1993) was a standout point guard in basketball and a pitcher/catcher in baseball. During his junior and senior years he compiled a 7-2 pitching record, and hit .442 with eight home runs. He had a stretch of 12 consecutive hits and had excellent catching skills. He went on to play baseball at the University of Maine.

STEVE COOMBS (1992), who starred in basketball and baseball, was one of the most dominant athletes in Lee Academy history. He ended his basketball career with a boys school-record 1,384 points and was a great rebounder, passer and defender who could play all positions. In baseball, he compiled a 6-2 pitching record his senior year, throwing a no-hitter in Lee’s first-ever Eastern Maine championship. He hit .575 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs during his senior year and also went on to play at UMaine.

CROCKER (1955) stood out in cross country, basketball and baseball at Lee and hit over .400 his senior year in baseball, which earned him a tryout with the Cincinnati Reds. He was a member of Lee Academy’s state championship team and tied for first in the XC regionals and first in the state meet during an era when there were no class divisions. He finished 10th at the New England meet in Boston.

LAKEMAN (1957) excelled in cross country, basketball and baseball for the Pandas as he was a member of the 1955 undefeated state champion Lee cross country team that went on to finish third in the New England meet. He was named to the all-tourney first team in basketball in 1957 and was selected to the all-state second team the same season. He went on to play 10 years of semi-pro basketball in Maine and Canada.

LINSCOTT (1951) was a top student-athlete at Lee as he played baseball and basketball and served as his class president for four years. He went on to help organize and coach in peewee basketball and Little League baseball for more than 25 years. He served as Lee’s baseball coach from 1977-86 and led the team to many playoff berths. The school’s baseball field was named in his honor.

RICHARDSON (1925) was considered one of the greatest distance runners in the country and helped lead UMaine to six New England championships and one national title. He co-won three Maine state and New England championships. During his senior year at Lee he ran a 4-minute, 36-second mile and went on to run a 9:38 two-mile at Maine.

WORSTER (1959) excelled in cross country, basketball and baseball at Lee where he was a four-year runner while helping the Lee 1959 cross country team to a regional title and second place in the state meet. He averaged 20 points per game for two years with the basketball team and had a four-year career average of .375 on the baseball team, where he was also an outstanding pitcher. He pitched in the Milwaukee Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm systems. He took up golf in 1965 and went on to become one of the state’s top amateurs.

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