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Broadcaster Gary Thorne among five to be inducted into Old Town athletic hall of fame

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

OLD TOWN, Maine — Longtime broadcaster Gary Thorne will be among five people inducted into the Old Town High School Athletic Hall of Fame next month.

Thorne will be joined by Lauree Gott, Dereck Treadwell, Kevin Baker and Clark Young as members of the second class to enter the hall. That group will be recognized during ceremonies at MacKenzie Gymnasium on Friday, Sept. 27, just before Old Town’s homecoming football game against Madison-Carrabec.

Thorne (Class of 1966) was a multiple letterwinner and senior class president at Old Town High School, and he has gone on to have a long career in sports broadcasting. After earning his law degree and becoming a Penobscot County assistant district attorney, he served as the voice of University of Maine hockey from its inaugural season in 1977 to 1986.

From there he moved on to the professional sports ranks, with stints including television and radio duties for the New York Mets, numerous beats with ESPN including the College World Series, Little League World Series and the NCAA Frozen Four since 1990, the voice of NHL hockey for ABC-TV and SportsChannel, and his current baseball post as a television broadcaster for the Baltimore Orioles.

Gott (Class of 1981) was an All-Maine basketball player as a senior at Old Town who went on to score 1,393 points and grab 781 rebounds while continuing her playing career at the University of Maine. She later served as head women’s basketball coach at Husson University of Bangor, where she led the team to its first 20-win season and was named NAIA District 5 coach of the year. She also was an assistant coach for four seasons at Northeastern University in Boston and head girls basketball coach at Brewer High School.

A science teacher at Veazie Community School, she was a finalist for Maine teacher of the year in 2002, and in 2012 was a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Treadwell (Class of 1993) starred in track and cross country while at Old Town before going on to the University of Maine where he was a 1996 NCAA All-American in the 1,500-meter run and a 1997 NCAA All-American in the mile. Treadwell also was a 14-time All-New England honoree while competing for the Black Bears and was named the 1997 North Atlantic Conference indoor track male athlete of the year.

Treadwell competed in the 1,500-meter final at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials and later was selected as a member of the Nike Farm Team comprised of elite post-collegiate athletes.

Treadwell went on to coach cross country at both Husson University and Hartwick College.

Kevin Baker (Class of 1968) was a two-time Bangor Daily News All-Maine second-team honoree in basketball in 1967 and 1968. He teamed with Young, his backcourt mate, to lead Old Town to the 1967 Class LL state championship, with that team edging Sanford 81-79 in the state final. Baker, the fifth-leading scorer in OTHS history, went on to play for two years at Husson University before enlisting in the Air Force.

Baker now lives in England.

Young (Class of 1968) and Baker formed what is still considered the one of the better guard combinations in Maine high school basketball history. Young ranks eighth all-time in career scoring at Old Town and earned first-team BDN All-Maine accolades in both 1967 and 1968.

Young’s 446 points scored during his senior year ranks as one of the top single-season efforts in school history.

New coaches guide Presque Isle squads

Presque Isle High School has named three new varsity coaches for the 2013-14 school year.

Daren Hunter is the Wildcats’ new varsity golf coach, while Justin Fereshetian takes over the boys cross country team, and Von Perry will be Presque Isle’s nordic ski coach.

Hunter replaces Dr. Carl Flynn after serving as Flynn’s assistant coach in 2012. That year they guided Presque Isle to a second-place finish at the Penobscot Valley Conference golf championships to earn a berth in the state meet.

Hunter also is the school’s assistant varsity softball coach and serves as SAD 1’s network and website coordinator.

Fereshetian comes to Presque Isle after running cross country for four years at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where he competed in NCAA and USCAA national meets.

While attending Leavitt Area High School of Turner Center, Fereshetian qualified for the New England championships after placing eighth at the state cross country meet.

He is the son of longtime Bates College cross country and track and field coach Al Fereshetian, and replaces Marie Beckum in the Presque Isle post.

Perry served as assistant Nordic ski coach in 2012-13 and brings 30 years of Nordic skiing experience to the Wildcats’ squad. He replaces Sarah Dominick as the team’s head coach.

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