Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame to induct five for 2013 class

Tracie Littlefield Martin
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Tracie Littlefield Martin
Posted Sept. 25, 2013, at 4:19 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 25, 2013, at 6:23 p.m.
Gary Heald
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Gary Heald
Deane Deshon
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Deane Deshon
Ricky Jones
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Ricky Jones
Jill Young Booth
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Jill Young Booth

ROCKLAND, Maine — Five athletes whose performances have stood the test of time will be honored when the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame inducts its 2013 class.

Jill Young Booth, Deane Deshon, Gary Heald, Ricky Jones and Tracie Littlefield Martin will be honored during the group’s annual banquet and induction ceremony scheduled for Oct. 19 at the Rockland Elks Lodge.

Deshon, a 1950 graduate of Rockland High School, starred in football and baseball (four years each) and played two years of basketball.

He then attended Maine Maritime Academy where he played football, baseball and basketball. He served in the U.S. Navy, then played baseball for two years at the University of Maine.

Deshon coached basketball and baseball at Salisbury State College and led his baseball teams to 553 victories, five NCAA tournaments and four NAIA tourneys in 34 seasons. He was inducted in the school’s Hall of Fame in 1998.

Heald graduated from Waldoboro High School where he played baseball, basketball and ran cross Country.

After serving in the Army, he attended the University of Southern Maine where he played baseball and basketball. He coached two years at Potter Academy in Sebago before taking a job at Camden-Rockport High School.

In seven seasons as the boys basketball coach (1967-1974), Heald’s teams had a record of 104-19, including Western Maine titles in 1973 and 1974.

He later coached basketball at the University of Prince Edward Island and at St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, where he won more than 200 games before retiring from coaching in 1985.

Jones, one of the state’s top amateur golfers, played on three state championship teams at Rockland District High School from 1986-88 and was a first-team all-state performer as a senior.

He played at UMaine, where he was the Maine Intercollegiate Golf champion in 1994 and a first-team All-America East pick in 1994 and 1995. Jones is one of four golfers to win both the Maine Open (2006) and the Maine Amateur Championship (2003, 2004, 2013).

The nine-time Maine Player of the Year also has won the Paul Bunyan Amateur and Maine Mid-Amateur five times each.

Littlefield was a basketball standout at Vinalhaven High School and played five seasons, scoring 972 career points. She helped the Vikings reach two Western Maine Class D title games and one state game.

The four-year softball player also ran cross country and played soccer. Littlefield has been a basketball, soccer and softball official for more than 25 years. She was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

Young was a standout at Camden-Rockport High School, where she played soccer, basketball and baseball. She distinguished herself on the pitch as a goalkeeper, posting a career goals-against average of 0.62.

The three-time all-state selection went on to play at North Carolina-Asheville, where she holds several school records. She led the program to its first conference title and became the first women’s soccer player to be inducted into the UNC Asheville Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame will also name its Male and Female Midcoast High School Student Athlete of the Year for 2013 and will honor Championship teams from the past for their great accomplishments during the banquet.

Tickets for the banquet are $25 and available by calling Helen Plourd at 466-1888 or Dave Ames at 789-5118. More details can also be found at the Hall’s Website, www.midcoastsportshalloffame.org.

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