MCI Athletic Hall of Fame to Honor Five Alumni on Sept. 30
The Maine Central Institute Athletic Hall of Fame will induct a five-member class this fall. Honorees include MCI graduates: Ronald Friend ’65, William LaBarge ’67, Stephanie Shaw ’91, Susan Staples ’81, and Stanley Wyman ’46.
“MCI is thrilled to honor Ronald, Bill, Stephanie, Sue and Stanley with their induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame,” said Headmaster Chris Hopkins. “These five individuals represented MCI with integrity both on and off the field, court, track and pitch. We are proud of their achievements, and welcome them into this distinguished group, as they join the 29 members of the Hall,” Hopkins added.
The 2017 Hall of Fame class will be honored during Homecoming Weekend at a dinner and ceremony at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Savage Family Dining Room. Admission for the dinner and ceremony is $20 per person. Reservations can be made online at http://www.mci-school.org/ahof or by calling 207-487-5915.
Ronald Friend lettered in baseball, basketball, and football, playing those sports all four years of his high school career. Friend received the Coaches Trophy for lineman as a senior in football. He also received the Master’s Cup and as a senior was Sno-Ball King. During his senior year he played on the MCI basketball team that finished 5th and made the school’s first appearance in the Eastern Maine Tournament. Friend ran a successful auto dealership for many years before retiring.
William LaBarge won the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Association pole vault championship in 1965 and 1967; and was a member of the track team as a sophomore, junior and senior. He played for the 13-4 Prep basketball team as a senior, after playing on the undergraduate team his sophomore and junior years. LaBarge was junior class president; and played varsity soccer as a senior. He was selected Sno-Ball King and his senior superlative was “most athletic.” He attended Ricker College in Houlton, ME, 1967-1971. At Ricker, he was captain of the baseball and soccer teams as a junior and senior, and earned All-Conference in soccer and baseball in1970-1971. He received the school’s Athlete of the Year award in1971, and upon graduation, had two professional baseball offers from the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies. A Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy, he has authored several books, including Sweetwater Gunslinger 201, and later served as a technical advisor on the film “Top Gun.”
Susan Staples was a three-sport star at MCI, playing basketball, field hockey, and softball. She was a co-captain in basketball and was selected Athlete of the Year. She participated in drama, student council and received the Faculty Cup as the top female student. Staples was the sophomore Class President and a member of the National Honor Society. She is a physical education teacher in the Merrimack Valley School District, Penacook, NH.
Stephanie Shaw was a four-year member of the basketball, soccer, and softball teams, earning Class B All-State and team MVP honors1137 in all three sports. In basketball, she scored more than 1,000 points, earning Bangor Daily News All-Maine 2nd team honors as a senior and 3rd team honors as a junior. Her basketball teams advanced to the Eastern Maine playoffs all four years, including an 18-0 regular season her junior year. Her 1990 softball team advanced to the Eastern Maine Class B finals. She was on the Student Council as a freshman and sophomore. She was selected to play on a USA Soccer Ambassador team in 1989, travelling to England, Belgium, Holland and Germany to compete internationally. A 1995 graduate of Husson University, she was inducted into the Husson Hall of Fame in 2005.
Stanley Wyman was a three-sport star at MCI. Wyman was quarterback of the football team as a junior and senior. In basketball, he was a member of the freshman team, at that time called the “Baby Garnets,” and as a junior, was captain of the varsity team. As a senior Wyman earned All-Tournament honors with teammate Jack Christie at a season-ending basketball championship at UMaine. On the baseball team, he pitched in the team’s 14 games his junior year, and played centerfield as a senior. He joined the service upon graduation and later competed at Husson, playing basketball and baseball in 1949-50. Wyman was employed by Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. from 1950 until retirement 1993, rising to the role of Meat Procurement Manager for the Northeast Region.
MCI’s Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2010. The criteria for selecting an individual for induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame are based on one or more of the following: outstanding athletic achievement at MCI; outstanding athletic achievement beyond MCI; outstanding contribution to the MCI athletic program; and/or meritorious service to the MCI athletic program.