Walt Abbott, Emily Ellis, Dana Wilson among new Maine Hall inductees

Posted Feb. 07, 2012, at 8:46 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — The Maine Sports Hall of Fame will induct eight new members during its 37th annual awards banquet May 20 at the Bangor Civic Center.

Inductees are Walter H. Abbott, Orono; Phillip A. Coulombe, Sidney; Emily Jo Ellis, Bangor; Edward V. Guiski, Kennebunk; Matthew Hancock, Casco; Dennis Libbey, Bangor; Howard S. Vandersea, Brunswick; and Dana E. Wilson, Brewer.

In addition, four scholar-athletes will be honored as recipients of $5,000 scholarships: Jordan Hersom, Turner; Patrick LaChance, Raymond; Seth Sweet, Madison and Carylanne Wolfington, Hallowell.

Wayne Lawton and Keith Mahaney of Bangor will receive the President’s Award. They are being honored for their distinctive contributions as directors of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. Lawton (22 years) and Mahaney (16 years) retired from the MSHF board in 2010.

Walter H. Abbott: The head coach of football at University of Maine from 1967 to 1975, Abbott twice served as acting director of athletics. A respected and well-published teacher in the university’s college of education, Abbott was inducted into UMaine’s Sports Hall of Fame in October 2004.

Phillip A. Coulombe: An all-state halfback at Cony High, Coulombe was a four-year starter at Maine. He averaged 4.23 yards per carry in 1950. He is remembered for gaining 108 yards in 15 attempts as the Black Bears came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Connecticut 16-7.

Emily Jo Ellis: A four-sport athlete at Mount View High, Ellis is a symbol of the modern era of women’s basketball at the University of Maine. When she graduated in 1985, Ellis held scoring records in five categories. She was inducted into UMaine’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

Edward V. Guiski: Head coach of boys basketball at Dexter for 31 seasons, Guiski was voted coach of the year in 1984, 1985 and 1986. He won 16 varsity letters in four sports at Winslow High. At Gorham State Teachers College (now the University of Southern Maine), Guiski was captain and MVP of an unbeaten (22-0) basketball team in 1963-1964.

Matthew Hancock: In his four-year career at Colby College from 1987-90, Hancock scored a school-record 2,678 points. He was named NCAA Division III Player of the Year as a senior and was a three-time All-America selection. Hancock holds or shares school records in 14 categories.

Dennis Libbey: A member of an undefeated freshman baseball team at the University of Maine, Libbey was All-Yankee Conference and co-captain of the 1973 varsity team. When he graduated, Libbey held school records for hits in a season and stolen bases in a career. He was voted into the UMaine Hall of Fame in 1997.

Howard S. Vandersea: A four-year letter-winner in football and baseball at Bates College, Vandersea was a football co-captain playing center and linebacker. He was head coach of football at Springfield College from 1976 to 1984 and then headed the program at Bowdoin for 14 years.

Dana E. Wilson: In his senior season at Husson College (1973-74), Wilson averaged 34.9 points per game including a 61-point performance against Ricker College. He had 2,471 career points — before the 3-point shot. His uniform number 10 was retired Dec. 3, 1974.

Jordan J. Hersom, Leavitt: Winner of the 41st Fitzpatrick Trophy as Maine’s best senior high school football player, Hersom maintains a 96 grade average. A four-year starter in football and basketball, Hersom is captain of the Hornets’ 2011-2012 basketball team.

Patrick A. LaChance, St. Dominic: LaChance ranks first in his class with a grade point average of 4.53. His athletic profile includes four seasons of cross country and three of outdoor track. LaChance has been accepted as an early decision applicant at Brown University.

Seth J. Sweet, Madison: Sweet ranks sixth in his class with a 95.38 grade point average. His name is synonymous with the individual Mountain Valley Conference golf championship. He will play golf at Old Dominion University.

Carylanne Wolfington, Hall-Dale: Wolfington maintains a 95.8 grade point average. She led Hall-Dale to the 2011 state Class C basketball championship with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game. She has been accepted as an early decision applicant at Colby.

Banquet notes: The dinner buffet will begin promptly at noon. Tickets are $40 for members of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and $45 for nonmembers. A reserved table for 10 is $400. Tickets may be purchased until May 13. No tickets will be available at the door. Order forms for tickets should be sent to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, Attn: Banquet Ticket Sales, P.O. Box 8554, Portland 04104. To purchase tickets online, visit www.mshof.com.

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