Four set for Presque Isle Athletic Hall of Fame induction

Posted June 13, 2014, at 5:07 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Dr. Franklin Cunningham, Richard Drummond, Frank Keenan and Eric Wieder will be the newest inductees into the Presque Isle High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Induction is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at the Northeastland Hotel in Presque Isle.

Cunningham was the principal of Presque Isle from 1924 to 1965, and during that tenure also served in numerous other capacities including math teacher, guidance counselor, athletic director and — because he lived so near the school — night watchman.

He promoted athletic excellence at the school by developing challenging schedules that included such downstate powers as Bangor, Cony of Augusta, Deering of Portland, Westbrook and University of Maine freshman teams.

Cunningham served in the Maine Basketball Committee for nine years. He died in 1977 at age 82.

Drummond, a 1989 PIHS graduate, played four years of varsity soccer and three years of varsity basketball for the Wildcats. He was a Bangor Daily News All-Maine honoree in basketball as a senior and was a two-time All-Big East Conference selection, concluding his career in that sport with more than 1,000 points.

Drummond went on to play basketball at the University of Maine at Presque Isle for two years and graduated from that school with a degree in physical education and health.

He has spent the last two decades in education, most recently as an athletic administrator at Noble High School in North Berwick, Portland High School and currently at Windham High School.

Keenan has served in numerous capacities at Aroostook County schools, among them educator, coach, basketball and softball official, athletic administrator, assistant principal, principal and superintendent of schools.

He became Presque Isle High School’s athletic administrator in 1983 and helped form the Big East Conference that helped preserve the school’s scheduling relationship with the Bangor-area schools during the years the Wildcats remained in Class A.

He also worked with the school district’s administration and coaching staff to design and oversee the development of the Dr. Gehrig T. Johnson Athletic Complex, and was a mentor to members of his school’s coaching staff.

Keenan went on to become the PIHS assistant principal in 1992, was promoted to principal in 1996 and retained that post until becoming superintendent of schools in Easton in 2001. While PIHS principa,l he served on numerous Maine Principals’ Association sports-related committees.

Wieder starred in basketball at Presque Isle, earning first-team Bangor Daily News All-Maine honors as a senior for the Wildcats in 1979 after earning second-team recognition as a junior.

Wieder, who set school records for most points, free throws, field goals made and rebounds in a season and most rebounds in a game, also was the Aroostook County most valuable player in 1978 and 1979 and received National High School Boys Basketball All-America honorable mention in 1979.

Wieder went on to the University of Maine at Farmington where he graduated in 1983 after a star-studded basketball career. He was twice named to the All-Maine college basketball team, was a three-time team MVP, and led the Beavers in rebounds each of his four seasons. He ranks fourth among UMF players in career points (1.442). fourth in career field goals made and ninth in rebounding.

After graduating from UMF, Wieder was invited to the NBA summer camp for the Washington Bullets and New Jersey Nets in 1983.

 

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