Maine Sports Legends inductees include Hackett, Kiah, McNally, Dunphy

Posted Sept. 28, 2012, at 9:14 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Maine Sports Legends will honor 10 individuals as inductees into its Hall of Honors on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Alfond Youth Center.

The inductees are Charles Lockhart (posthumous), Ralph Sweetser (posthumous), Woodrow “Woody” Dunphy, Dave Maxcy, Albert F. Hackett, Dennis B. Kiah, Moe McNally, John Osbourne, Bob Bourget and Karol L’Heureaux.

The inductees were chosen by regional committees for their accomplishments and contributions to youth and sports in Maine. Their participation will aid in the Maine Sports Legends fundraising for eight scholar athletes who will each receive $500 awards.

The eight scholar-athletes are: Brooke M. LaBelle, Ashland; Isaac L. LaJoie, Presque Isle; Mary Carmack, John Bapst; Tyler Beardsley, Ellsworth; Hannah Chavis, Lawrence; Taylor James Watson, Maranacook; Jessica MacDonald, Bonny Eagle; and Shawn Grover, Cheverus.

The banquet begins at 12:30 p.m., following a social half hour which begins at noon. Tickets are $35 at reserved tables of eight and can be obtained by calling 622-1539 or by email to PaulMcClay@msn.com.

Sweetser was a member of the 1928 County champion Presque Isle High basketball team and captained the team to two straight EM titles and a state title in 1932. He also competed in track and field and set a state-meet record in the shot put. In his later years he became an outstanding golfer, winning many tournaments locally, statewide and in New Brunswick.

Dunphy, a longtime athlete, principal, educator and coach, graduated from Houlton High and attended Ricker College for two years before transferring to the University of Maine. He was a four-year starter on the varsity baseball team and was captain for the 1955 and 1956 seasons. Elected to the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996, he was an outstanding shortstop, making only two errors in two years at UMaine.

Maxcy, a former high school and college athlete, was a longtime educator, assistant principal and coach before his retirement. He lettered at Scarborough High School in track and field, cross country, swimming and basketball. He was a member of the freshman track team at Bates College, transferring to UMaine his sophomore year, where he lettered in both indoor and outdoor track and field. He coached high school and college teams in Presque Isle and was a teacher at Presque Isle from 1958 to 2006.

Lockhart helped promote athletics in Fort Fairfield and became one of the town’s biggest volunteers and fans. For 37 years, Lockhart was scorekeeper for the Fort Fairfield High School basketball games. A 1938 graduate of Fort Fairfield High School, he participated in cross country skiing, tennis and Alpine skiing. Later in life he was an avid golfer and a member of the Aroostook Valley Country Club. In 2001 the Fort Fairfield Athletic Complex Field was named for him.

Hackett, who was born in Milo and is a graduate of Milo High School and the University of Maine, started working with youngsters in the 1950s when he became recreation director for his hometown. He played baseball all four years at the university and basketball for two. He went on to teach and coach baseball and basketball at Foxcroft Academy and then went on to Schenck High School in East Millinocket, where he served as guidance director and assistant principal before returning to UMaine as assistant director of admissions.

Kiah is a Bangor native who began coaching at Brewer High School even before graduating from the University of Maine. He was an assistant football coach at Brewer in 1970. The John Bapst grad played football and baseball in high school and played football for one year and baseball for four at UMaine. He coached and taught at Foxcroft Academy and Brewer High School and held administrative positions at Hermon High and Brewer until retiring last June.

McNally, a Gardiner native and 1970 Gardiner High grad, has been teaching for 33 years. She played three sports in high school and four in college. She became Gardiner’s field hockey coach in 1979 and her teams went on to compile a record of 384-134-21 with four Eastern Maine titles and two state crowns. She is a founding member of the Maine State Field Hockey Association and also also coached basketball and softball at the high school.

Osbourne, a native of Hull, Yorkshire, England, settled in Waterville in 1957, and became a founder of soccer in the Waterville area. He volunteered to begin league play at the Boys Club in Waterville in the late 1950s and continued into the 1980s. He serves on the Heritage Circle, the Alfond Boys and Girls Club and YMCA of Greater Waterville.

Bourget began his coaching career in 1969 and in 1978 he served as director of recreation for Standish. He later became men’s soccer coach at Saint Joseph College while still serving as a teacher at Bonny Eagle High School, where he also coached boys’ basketball, softball, soccer, boys and girls track and field and girls basketball. His soccer teams won more than 300 games and his girls basketball teams made four consecutive tournament appearances.

L’Heureux completed her 31st year as head women’s volleyball coach at UNE this past season. Her teams have won 616 matches and have made an appearance in the postseason tournament in each of the last 10 seasons. Twice during the early 1990s, L’Heureux’s teams qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national tournament. She oversees UNE’s club sports programs.

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