Mitchell, Cosgrove, Flaherty among nine to be inducted into Maine Sports Hall of Fame

George Mitchell
George Mitchell
Posted Jan. 17, 2014, at 6:54 p.m.
Jack Cosgrove
Jack Cosgrove
Ed Flaherty
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Ed Flaherty

An international statesmen, two Olympians, two College World Series competitors, a two-time sportscaster of the year, a seven-time Maine amateur golf champion, a basketball star who once scored 68 points in a game and a football coach with the most wins in the program’s history comprise the nine people to be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame on May 4 at its 39th annual awards banquet at the Augusta Civic Center, the organization announced in a news release Friday.

The inductees are George J. Mitchell, New York; Julia Faith Dawson Clukey, Augusta; Jack W. Cosgrove, Bangor; Joseph L. Ferris, Brewer; Edward J. Flaherty, Portland; William (Bill) Green, Cumberland; Eleanor D. Logan, Boothbay Harbor; Steven M. Pound, Greenville; and Abigail L. (Abby) Spector, Waterville.

Five high school scholar-athletes also will be honored as recipients of $5,000 scholarships at the banquet: Carsyn Koch, Washburn; Ian Lee, Madawaska; Alexandra Logan, Cheverus of Portland; Mikayla Turner, Messalonskee of Oakland; and Rayne Whitten, Massabesic High School of Waterboro.

William E. Haggett of West Bath, will receive the President’s Award.

Inductees

Mitchell — An international statesman, Mitchell is a central figure in two high-profile sports-related developments. He was selected by Major League Baseball in 2006 to lead an investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs. In 2012, the former senate majority leader served as an independent third-party athletics integrity monitor for Penn State in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal involving a football coach. Mitchell was a standout basketball player at Waterville High School and Bowdoin College.

Clukey — America’s top-ranked women’s luger ranked sixth in the world with two second-place finishes on the World Cup circuit. Clukey, who placed 17th in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, missed qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Olympic luge team in December by 0.013 seconds.

Cosgrove — Head football coach at the University of Maine since 1993, Cosgrove led the Black Bears to a 10-3 record in 2013 and the school’s first Colonial Athletic Association title. Cosgrove has the most wins of any of the 34 head coaches in the program’s history.

Ferris — Pitching for the University of Maine in the 1964 College World Series, Ferris recorded wins over Seton Hall and Southern California and earned a save in the Black Bears’ victory over Arizona State. He was selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Flaherty — An All-America performer at the University of Maine in 1975, Flaherty has been head coach of the baseball team at the University of Southern Maine since 1986 with an 842-379 record. His teams have made seven College World Series appearances, winning national titles in 1991 and 1997.

Green — Through the “Green Outdoors” and “Bill Green’s Maine,” the Bangor native has created a distinctive and recognizable visual platform for the state’s recreational and outdoor sports. The Maine Sportscaster of the Year in 1984 and 1986 is a registered Maine Guide.

Logan — She won a gold medal with the U.S. women’s eight crew in the 2008 Olympics at Beijing and repeated four years later in London. Last year, the Stanford graduate won the single sculls at the National Selection Regatta.

Pound — At Stearns High School, he led the Minutemen to the 1968 State LL championship, averaging 40 points per game. He poured in 68 points in a contest with Caribou. During his career at Acadia University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he was twice voted Athlete of the Year.

Spector — Winner of four schoolgirl golf championships while a student at Waterville Senior High School, Spector won the first of seven state women’s amateur championships when she was 15. She was awarded a full golf scholarship to the University of North Carolina and won the New England Women’s Amateur title.

Scholarship recipients

Koch — A four-time individual Class D cross-country champion, she has also played on three state championship basketball teams and the 2013 Class D gold medal squad in soccer. She has a grade-point average of 98.41 and ranks first in a class of 32.

Lee — He is the Maine schoolboy career-scoring leader in soccer with 127 goals, 38 in the Owls’ 2013 Eastern Maine Class C boys soccer title season. Twice honored as Class C Maine Soccer Coaches Association player of the Year, he has a grade-point average of 3.779 and ranks sixth in a class of 46.

Logan — She was a standout for the Cheverus girls lacrosse team and winner of the 2013 state Class A championship. She earned All-America honors and is an Academic All-America. Logan has a grade-point average of 4.15 and has been accepted at Bowdoin.

Turner — An all-around performer in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse at Messalonskee, she will graduate with 12 varsity letters. She has helped lead the Eagles to appearances in four regional championships. She has a grade-point average of 101.97 and ranks second in a class of 203.

Whitten — A three-sport participant in soccer, indoor track and lacrosse, Whitten led the lacrosse team to a Western Maine Class A championship in 2013. She was selected as a U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic performer. She has a grade-point average of 102.31 and ranks first in a class of 234.

President’s Award

Haggett — An exceptional athlete at Morse High School and Colby College, he coached American Legion baseball for several years in Bath. His leadership was a central factor in the creation of athletic and sports opportunities in the city. He serves on the board of the Maine Winter Sports Center in Aroostook County.

Tickets to attend the induction banquet are $40 for members of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and $50 for nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased until April 29. Checks made payable to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and mailed to Kelly Pinney-Michaud, 58 Town Farm Road, Oakland, ME 04963. To purchase tickets online, visit www.mshof.com on the tickets link.

 

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