Husson Sports Hall of Fame to induct six individuals, one team

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 03, 2011, at 9:40 p.m.

Basketball standout Robert O’Keefe of the Class of 1967 is among six individuals and an entire team that will be inducted this fall into the Husson University Sports Hall of Fame.

Basketball players Scott Brown (1994), Rick Sinclair (1996) and Beth Miller (1997), baseball player Don Sawyer (2001) and baseball/golf performer Cory Pion (2003) and the 1993 women’s basketball team also will be enshrined.

The banquet and induction ceremony will be held Dec. 2 at the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono.

The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 and the ceremony at 8. Tickets are $35 each and may be obtained by calling Buffie McCue at 207-404-5653 or emailing her at mccueb@husson.edu.

A hall of fame committee chaired by former Husson men’s basketball and golf coach Bruce MacGregor has created the evening as a stand-alone event for the first time. The group also voted to begin a team category.

O’KEEFE averaged more than 17 points and 11 rebounds in a Husson career that spanned 1963-67. The Old Town native, who graduated with a degree in business, now lives in New York. He and his wife Fran have donated funds for the creation of the Husson softball complex that bears his name.

BROWN left Husson after scoring more than 1,500 points and helping the then-Braves post a 101-40 overall record that included two trips to the NAIA National Tournament. He was a two-time All-Maine Athletic Conference pick and ranks eighth on the school’s career scoring list.

SINCLAIR anchored the frontcourt at Husson from 1992-96, scoring more than 1,100 career points, including 634 during his senior season (21.1 ppg), along with 9.6 rebounds per game. The two-time, All-MAC choice is now the athletic director at John Bapst High School in Bangor.

MILLER was a four-year standout for coach Kissy Walker and scored more than 1,000 points in her career. She helped Husson make to trips to the NAIA nationals before graduating with a nursing degree. She now lives in Connecticut, where she works for a medical company.

SAWYER exceled on the diamond, where he was named the MAC Rookie of the Year in 1998 and was a four-time, all-league, first-team choice. He twice batted over .400 and ranks fifth in single-season batting average and sixth all-time in hits. He works for Pepsi-Cola in sales and merchandising.

PION swung a stick in two separate sports at Husson. He won 15 golf tournaments en route to two All-New England accolades and led his team two four league titles, three state crowns and three NAIA national berths with a 439-36 overall record. Pion is the head pro at Heritage Harbor River Strand Golf Course in Bradenton, Fla.

THE 1993 women’s basketball team went further than any program in Husson athletics history. Walker’s team went 26-2 in the regular season and went all the way to the NAIA Fabulous Four.

The squad included seniors Vicki Mazerall, Kristi Wildman Alley and Darci Collins McCrum, along with Stephanie Shaw, Tara Leavitt Mayo, Amy Dyer Kelley and Walker, all of whom were previously inducted into the hall of fame individually.

Players Melanie Newman, Shelbi McRae, Angeline Grant, Tracy Parker and Angie White, along with assistant coaches Edward Gott and Randy Dodge, will now join them.

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