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Maine Basketball Hall of Fame to induct 29 members


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The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame will induct 29 members to its second class this August. The inductees were announced during a news conference in Portland on Wednesday morning.

The Hall also will add eight members to its Legends of the Game and will honor the 1954 Ellsworth High School boys basketball team. The bios, as listed on the Hall’s website, are as follows.

Inductees

Roger Reed won more than 500 games during his three decades of coaching. During his 27 years as Bangor High School’s coach, Reed’s teams won eight state championships and more than 75 percent of their games at Bangor Christian and Bangor High schools. Reed attended the University of Maine at Farmington, where he played baseball and graduated in 1965. He belongs to the UMF and Maine Sports Hall of Fames.

Bruce MacGregor was a longtime coach at Husson College, now Husson University. He coached at Husson from 1969 to 1994 and amassed 526 wins in 26 years while building a tradition of winning basketball and academic excellence. His Husson teams made seven national tournament appearances and won six regional titles. He was named District Coach of the Year 12 times.

Art Dyer set the standard for excellence everywhere he coached. At Medomak Valley in the 1970s, his teams won two state championships and four regional crowns while winning more than 80 percent of their games. His 1980 team went undefeated en route to the state championship. After leaving Medomak, he resurrected the Westbrook High School basketball program and won a state championship in 1984 against Lawrence High School. His teams were known for their hard-nosed man-to-man defense and disciplined offense. He won more than 300 games as a high school coach. He left Westbrook to coach at Fairfield University as an assistant coach under Paul Cormier. Dyer also helped establish Gold Star Basketball Camp and the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches.

Dwight Littlefield led his Valley High School teams to eight consecutive Western Maine titles and six consecutive state championships, starting in 1997. This unprecedented run of success included a record 101 straight wins. He won 471 games during his 31-year career as a high school coach.

Gene Hunter is the only coach in Maine history to have won state titles in two different states. The Colby graduate won state championships at Morse and South Portland high schools and at Portsmouth High School in New Hampshire. His teams won 417 games in 26 years of coaching. After retiring from coaching, he was athletic director at South Portland for 10 years. He rejoined the coaching ranks in his 70s as a middle school coach at Lincoln Middle School in Portland.

Dick Barstow won more than 500 games during his illustrious 46-year coaching career. His teams have won four Gold Balls — three at Central Aroostook of Mars Hills and one at Presque Isle. His teams once won 84-straight wins, lost one game, then ran off 24 more wins.

Dick Meader coached for 40 years, 17 at Thomas College and 23 at the University of Maine at Farmington. His teams amassed nearly 450 wins, and he has been named Coach of the Year five times. During high school, he played ball at Solon High School, where he set the school scoring record. He was a small college All-Star selection while playing for UMF and earned the reputation as one of the best players in Maine history. He is co-owner and founder of Pine Tree Basketball Camp in Waterville and ran it with Dick Whitmore for 38 years.

Bob Warner was a dominant player at Thornton Academy, earning first team All-State honors during his senior season. One of the first players to see the benefits of weight training, his 6-foot-7 frame intimidated opponents and brought him a scholarship to the University of Maine, where he started four seasons for the Black Bears. While at Maine, he set career rebounding records and became a 1000-point scorer. The university retired his uniform. He was an assistant coach at Boston University under Rick Pitino after his playing days.

Gary Towle led Cony High School to the state championship in 1978, when his team went 22-0. Towle scored 101 points in the Eastern Maine tournament, finishing with 38 points against Presque Isle High School in the finals. In this tournament, Towle shot 63 percent from the floor and scored 54 points against Bangor during a regular season game. He was a first team All-State selection. After high school, the prolific scorer took his skills to Providence and Assumption colleges.

Wayne Champeon was a 5-7 wiz on the hardwood. The Greenville native led Greenville High School to the state championship in 1956. He played at the University of Maine on what many consider its greatest team, with Skip Chappelle and Don Sturgeon. Champeon was the sparkplug point guard whose quickness and guile with the ball drove opponents crazy. After his playing days were over, he coached at Greenville High School and Foxcroft Academy.

Dan Drinon was a member of the 1955 Bangor Rams, which won the state championship. An All-State selection, the late Drinon had an uncanny shooting touch and unmatched court awareness. His team played during the original New England Tournament, where he was chosen first team All-New England after scoring 72 points in three games. After high school, he attended Ventura Junior College before earning his degree from the University of San Francisco, where he captained the team during his senior year.

Edward “Bo” McFarland, the son of a legendary coach Packy McFarland, is a native of Scarborough. McFarland was the first Bowdoin College player to score 1,300 points, graduating with 1,356. He still holds the career-scoring average record, 21.9 points per game. A two-time Division III All-East and All-New England performer, McFarland still holds the all-time season-scoring average among Polar Bears for his 1968-69 season, even without the help of the three-point shot. That season, under head basketball coach Ray Bicknell, McFarland led Bowdoin to a school-record 16 wins against just five losses. That magical 1968-69 season saw McFarland average an unprecedented 25.1 points per game — a program mark that stands more than 30 years later. He was honored by United Press International as New England Player of the Year. McFarland’s records have stood the test of time, as he still holds Bowdoin records in single-season and career scoring, career field goals (474) and career free throws (469).

Maureen Burchill Cooper was one of the great scorers in Maine basketball history. While playing for Deering High School, she established herself as the best pure shooter in the SMAA. She was an All-Maine selection at Deering. After high school, she played at the University of Southern Maine, from 1981 to 1985, where many of her scoring records still stand today, some 35 years later. She once scored 47 points in a single game. Her career scoring mark of 2,201 points and most field goals scored in a game (18) have stood the test of time. Maureen is a member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

Ted Shiro played on the legendary 1944 Waterville High School team that won the New England Championship. The little dynamo with an uncanny shooting touch was so talented he got a tryout with the Boston Celtics after a stellar career at Colby College, where he scored 1,212 points in three seasons. He led all colleges in scoring his senior season and was an All-New England selection by writers and coaches. He also was the first team guard on the NCAA District 1 All-American team. He was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Peter Kelley played his high school basketball at Caribou, where the 6-3 center established himself as one of Maine’s best players. He completed his school days at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he also starred on the hardwood. Kelley graduated in 1963 from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team for three years earning all Ivy Honors for two years. Kelley was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

Denis Clark is one of Winthrop High School’s greatest players. He led the Ramblers to the state title with an undefeated season in 1964 and was a first team All-State selection. After high school, Denis continued his domination at Springfield College, where he was named All-American and scored 27.8 points per game during his senior year. Clark is considered one of Springfield’s greatest players in its storied history.

Nick Scaccia played his high school basketball at Sanford High School. Nick was a first team All-State selection during his senior year, when he led his team to the 1967 Western Maine Championship and scored 42 in a losing effort to Old Town in the State Championship game. Nick played college ball at Colgate University, where he averaged 17.5 points per game during his junior year and 19 points per game during his senior season. After college, he was drafted by Denver of the old ABA and played professionally in Italy.

Emily Ellis was a member of the University of Maine team from 1981 to 1985. She came to the university after enjoying a stellar career at Mount View High School. The 5-10 center led the Black Bears in rebounding during two of her four years and ended her career with 1,637 points and 623 rebounds. Ellis’ 1,637 points rank her sixth all-time in school history, averaging double-figures in her last three seasons. Ellis captained her senior year squad in 1985, leading the team to a 21-9 record, the first 20-plus win season in program history. Following her career at Maine, Ellis played pro ball in Finland and Austria. Ellis’ No. 40 jersey was the first to be retired by the Black Bears.

Marcie Lane Schulenburg of Augusta is one of the most renowned high school basketball players in Maine. The 1989 Cony High School graduate starred on two Class A state championship basketball teams and set the foundation for the most successful women’s program in Maine history. She was a scholarship basketball player at Boston University and the University of New Hampshire. She holds records for 3-point shooting and assists at UNH.

Steve Condon played basketball and baseball for Presque Isle High School and was a two-time All-Maine choice in basketball. He was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior. After two years at Leicester Junior College in Massachusetts, Condon started for two years in basketball at the University of Maine. He was a double-figure scorer for the Black Bears both years and captained the team as a senior. He set the school record for single-game field-goal percentage by making 18 of 20 shots, or 90 percent, during an upset of nationally ranked Virginia Commonwealth. He was a two-time All-Yankee Conference selection, earning first-team honors as a senior.

Ray Bishop was an All-State selection in 1957 and 1958, while playing at Morse High School. An outstanding player, Bishop and his brother, Dick, helped established Morse’s basketball tradition of excellence. After high school, Ray played his basketball at the University of Southern Maine, where his career 21 points per game still stands in the record books. He was inducted to the USM Hall of Fame in 1988.

Paul Fortin of Lewiston led his 1960 team to an undefeated season. The Lewiston Blue Devils lost only one game in two seasons and played in the New England championship his senior year. After high school, he attended Hardin-Simmons University in Texas, where his soft shooting touch and ambidextrous skills made him a fan favorite. Their coach was quoted as saying Fortin is the best 6-5 player in college basketball. He died at 47 years of age in 1989.

Keith Mahaney led the Yankee Conference in scoring during his junior year, averaging 21.8 points per game. During the 1956-57 campaign, he was second in the conference (22.6) and tops in the Maine State Series (23.7) in scoring average. As a senior, he broke nine individual Black Bear records and tied his own single-game scoring mark, recording 39 points against Massachusetts. At the time of his graduation, Mahaney owned 11 Maine basketball records. Over the course of his career, he received numerous accolades, including All-Maine, two times; All-Yankee Conference, two times; and All-New England All-Star. Mahaney was inducted into the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the State of Maine Sports Hall of Fame the following year.

Liz Coffin from Portage Lake established herself as one of the greatest female athletes in the state’s history while leading the University of Maine to new heights in the early 1980s. She once scored 53 points in a single game in high school, but it wasn’t until she played in college that her game went to a new level. She holds records for most rebounds in a season (380) and in a career (1,351) and her 2,153 career points ranks fourth in team history. In 1988, she was named Player of the Year for the Seaboard Conference and is the only player ever to score more than 2,000 points and bring down more than 1000 rebounds in a career. Her uniform number was retired by the University of Maine in 1988 and she belongs to the UMaine Hall of Fame.

John Norris was a dominating big man during the late 1940s. Standing at 6-foot-5, this Bangor High player was an intimidating presence on the court. After leaving Bangor High, John attended Georgetown University for two years, playing on their basketball teams. He transferred back to the University of Maine, where he played two seasons and set records for scoring average in a season (23.2) and a career (20.3). John was a two-time All-Yankee Conference pick and All-American honorable mention. He went on to coach basketball and golf for 30 years after he graduated college.

John Edes is a graduate of Ellsworth High School, where he led his Eagles to the finals of the New England Championships in front of 13,000 fans at the Boston Gardens. While his team lost to Hillhouse 54-53, John scored 27 points and finished with a career point total of 1,227. He was an All-Maine selection in 1952, 1953 and 1954, and he was an All-New England selection in 1954. He continued his basketball career at Colby College, where he established himself as one of the Mules’ greatest players.

Jack Coyne was one of the greatest referees in Maine history. After playing for Cheverus High School and the University of Southern Maine, he began a career officiating that covered more than 20 years. He was on the verge of doing a complete schedule of big time Division I games when his career was cut short by a strange accident that resulted in knee replacement. He was an imposing figure on the basketball court, but his sense of humor and ability to control any game he was assigned were hallmarks of his career. Jack Coyne was the prototype official; he was the total package.

Peter Webb, a Houlton native, served as a teacher and school administrator for more than 25 years until he retired from education in 1985. He is better known for a long and storied officiating career, during which he worked more than 800 regular-season baseball games, more than 100 regular-season softball games and more than 1,500 varsity basketball games. Webb recently exceeded 50 years as a basketball official. He served as the state’s assistant basketball commissioner for 13 years before becoming commissioner, a position he has held for the last 25 years. Webb’s work with the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials has included serving on its executive committee for 13 years, with a stint as president in 2002.

Ed Marchetti was a first team All-Maine selection in 1956 as he led them to a state championship over Bangor 52-33. A prolific scorer, Marchetti also controlled the backboards for the Shipbuilders as they blazed their way through the Western Maine competition. After high school, he took his considerable skills to Colby College, where for legendary coach Lee Williams as he led the Mules to record seasons over the next four years. He set rebounding and scoring records that stood for decades at Colby.

Legends of the Game

Mike DiRenzo was one of Maine’s greatest basketball officials. After retiring from officiating, he became basketball commissioner for the MPA.

Bob Whytock, a longtime principal at Cony High School, is recognized as one of Maine’s best officials. His career spanned four decades and ended with him becoming the director of the Western Maine tournament.

Bernie McKenzie was a highly successful basketball coach and administrator at Old Town High School. He worked at Old Town for 43 years and was an assistant coach on the 1952 and 1954 state championship teams. The gymnasium at Old Town High School was named after him in 1997.

David Doiron has been a fixture at Morse High School for nearly 50 years. David was the JV basketball coach during his tenure and was instrumental in the Bath youth league in basketball and soccer.

Kim London is a longtime educator in the Sherman Station/Patten area He coached Katahdin High School boys’ JV team for more than 30 years and was a continued presence to Aroostook County basketball fans, influencing hundreds of young people through his dedication to basketball.

Marcia Adams is a 1975 graduate of Cony High School. She played two seasons, from 1975 to 1977, with the All-American Red Heads as they barnstormed across the country. The All-American Red Heads were inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame.

George Hale has been the dean of Maine broadcasting for more than 50 years. He has been the voice of University of Maine sports and high school basketball. His career in television and radio have allowed him to observe and participate in Maine basketball for nearly half a century. His love of Maine and the special place basketball plays in our culture are hallmarks of this Maine legend.

James Connellan spent more than four decades working with schools and basketball programs throughout Maine, coaching powerful teams in Cony, Winslow, Cheverus, Rockland and Portland. He was the architect of the T defense – a defense used at Cony, Winslow Westbrook Junior College and at Cheverus to win State Championship. The Cheverus team was last team to beat Waterville in 1943, before Waterville’s 67 game winning streak.

Team

The 1954 Ellsworth Eagles: The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame is honoring the 1954 Ellsworth basketball team. This group of young men, led by coach Charlie Katsiaficas, made to the New England Championship semifinals before getting beaten by Hillhouse 54-53 in front of 13,000 fans. This team’s photo will be placed on permanent display in the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame Concourse at the Cross Center in Bangor.

Update: Corrects that Ellsworth lost in the semifinal round of the 1954 New England basketball tournament.


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