OLD TOWN, Maine — Former University of Maine basketball standout Jeff Sturgeon and ex-Black Bear field hockey Shaunessy Saucier are among six people who will be inducted into the Old Town High School Athletic Hall of Fame this fall.
Sturgeon and Saucier will be be joined by former basketball standout and longtime Coyotes coach Marty Clark, former football star Barry Nelson Dana, softball and basketball standout Kathy Baillargeon and Old Town swimming program originator and coach Lionel Bishop.
The inductees will be introduced at a pregame reception before the Sept. 26 homecoming football game against Madison-Carrabec. The reception, which is open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. in MacKenzie Gymnasium and include the induction ceremony, video tributes and light refreshments.
The Old Town Class of 2014 inductees will receive their hall of fame plaques at halftime of the football game.
Baillargeon (Class of 1979) was a three-year letterwinner in basketball who became the program’s first 1,000-point scorer. She scored 31 points in the 1979 Eastern Maine Class A semifinal against Gardiner and was named to that year’s EM all-tournament team. Baillargeon also was a two-year letterwinner in softball.
She went on to play basketball for two years at Husson College, earning team most valuable player honors.
Bishop established the first boys and girls swimming teams at Old Town High School and coached both squads for 13 years. He coached cross country and led the team to a Penobscot Valley Conference championship, and also served as an assistant football coach for 13 years.
Bishop served on the Maine Principals’ Association swim committee for five years and was director of the state meet for 13 years.
Clark (1980) was part of the 1980 boys basketball team that went 18-0 before winning the Eastern A title. He holds school single-season records for rebounds (357) and blocked shots (80) and Old Town’s career rebounding mark (767). He ranks sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list (909 points) and seventh for points in a season (461).
Clark has taught at his alma mater for 28 years, and compiled a 209-208 record in 22 seasons as boys varsity basketball coach — a run highlighted by Old Town’s 1991 Class A state championship team. As a coach he led his teams to 11 postseason appearances and was named Big East Conference coach of the year seven times. He is the only person in Old Town history to play on an undefeated boys basketball team and coach an undefeated boys basketball team.
Dana (1977) lettered in football, basketball and track for Old Town but perhaps made his biggest mark on the gridiron where he rushed for 1,363 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior en route to earning all-state status. He led the Little Ten Conference in scoring and was named the league’s best offensive back as well as to the All-LTC first team.
He went on to graduate from the University of Maine. He is a Penobscot language teacher and a former chief of the Penobscot Nation. Dana ran the 2012 Boston Marathon.
Saucier (2001) was a four-year letterwinner in field hockey and two-time all-state selection. She played in both the National Futures Tournament and the National Field Hockey Festival in 1999 and 2000. She went on to the University of Maine where she was a two-time team captain and played in three America East championship games while earning all-conference recognition and Commissioner’s Honors as well as America East All-Academic Team accolades and National Field Hockey Coaches Association academic team recognition.
She then moved into the coaching ranks, and currently is in her sixth year as head coach at Division I Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Sturgeon (1980) teamed with Clark to lead Old Town’s Eastern A championship basketball team, earning first-team Bangor Daily News All-Maine honors after averaging 21.2 points, 10 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a senior. He ranks third on Old Town’s career scoring list with 1,058 points.
Sturgeon was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Maine and was named to the All-America East team in 1983-84. He led the Black Bears in assists in each of his last three seasons, and ranks fifth in UM career assists (427) and 10th all-time in steals (130).