June 24, 2018
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Presque Isle hall to induct eight

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

Five athletes, two administrators and one community member will represent the 2012 class of the Presque Isle High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Melissa Blackstone Logain, Jim Carter, Darci Collins McCrum, Steve Condon, Jim Dyer Sr., Staci Hafford Barnes, Gene Hunter and James Lyford all will be inducted during ceremonies scheduled for May 12 at the school.

Dyer, Hunter and Lyford will be honored posthumously.

BARNES ‘90 played varsity soccer and basketball for four years, twice being named a All-Big East Conference all-star as well as to the Eastern Maine All-Tournament team. She was selected as the Maine Sports Hall of Fame Class A state final MVP after leading Presque Isle past Portland in the 1990 state championship game. Barnes went on to play college basketball, first at Thomas College and then at Husson University. She amassed 1,094 points, 376 rebounds and 208 steals duuring her college career, and was inducted into the Husson University Hall of Fame in 2006.

CARTER ‘64 has been active as a historian of PIHS and its sports programs, writing a book on the school’s basketball program from 1950 through 2009 as well as articles recognizing numerous athletes who starred for the Wildcats in various sports. Carter, who taught at Caribou High Schoool for 25 years and coached sports for more than two decades, also has been active back in his hometown as a fundraiser for school athletic programs and as one of the founders of the athletic hall of fame.

MCCRUM ‘89 competed in soccer, softball, basketball and volleyball at Presque Isle. She was a two-time All-Maine choice in both soccer and softball and a 1989 All-Maine honoree in basketball. She went on to play basketball at Husson University where as a senior she helped the team finish third in the NAIA Fabulous Four while setting a national tournament record with 20 assists. She ranks among Husson’s career leaders in 3-point field goal percentage, games played, assists and steals, and was named to the university’s athletic hall of fame in 2004.

CONDON ‘71 played basketball and baseball for the Wildcats and was a two-time All-Maine choice in basketball who was the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior. After two years at Leicester Junior College in Massachusetts, Condon started for two years in basketball at the University of Maine. He was a double-figure scorer for the Black Bears both years and captained the team as a senior. He set the school record for single-game field-goal percentage by making 18 of 20 shots (90 percent) during an upset of nationally ranked Virginia Commonwealth. He was a two-time All-Yankee Conference selection, earning first-team honors as a senior.

DYER began his teaching career at Presque Isle in 1946, later serving as chairman of the math department and as assistant principal. He also was the varsity baseball coach for 15 years, leading the Wildcats to five outright Aroostook League championships and two co-championships. Dyer also officiated high school basketball for nearly two decades, umpired baseball and headed the Presque Isle Recreation Department for several years. Before coming to the Star City, he played baseball, basketball and football at Bowdoin College, and in 1940 was named to the U.S. national team that played in the World Series of Amateur Baseball in Cuba. He has been inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Fame.

HUNTER ‘40 captained the Presque Isle baseball and basketball teams his senior year, and his 1938 baseball team reached the state championship game. He went on to play baseball and basketball at Colby College where he was twice named All-New England in both sports, and later played semi-pro baseball for the Presque Isle Indians. After serving in World War II, Hunter began a distinguished career in education that began at Houlton High School. As a basketball coach he won state championships at three different schools — Morse of Bath, Portsmouth (NH.) and South Portland. Hunter went on to serve as athletic director at South Portland for 10 years, and he has been inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame, Maine Sports Hall of Fame, Maine Sports Legends Hall of Fame and New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

LOGAIN ‘01 starred in basketball, cross country and track at Presque Isle. In track, she won state championships in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, setting a state Class B record of 5:01.10 in 2001. She set school records in every distance from 100 through 1,600 meters and once held state records in both the the 800 and 1,600. Logain went on to run track and cross country at Liberty University where she twice earned All-Big South Conference honors in track and was named to the Big South All-Academic team in cross country.

LYFORD ‘50 was associated with Presque Isle High School for 37 years, first as a student-athlete who held the Aroostook County record in the 880 (2:02.2) for several years and as a senior led the Wildcats to the cross country state championship. He later coached boys cross country at his alma mater for 20 years and track for 15 years, leading his teams to three state championships, four regional titles and eight County crowns in cross country and seven Aroostook League track championships.

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