Cooper, McGee, Dyer lead Maine Sports Hall inductees

Posted March 16, 2011, at 8:52 p.m.
Last modified March 16, 2011, at 9:51 p.m.

A prestigious class of six will be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame during the organization’s 36th annual ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center on May 22 at noon.

The inductees are Earle “Pete” Cooper, Art Dyer, Richard McGee, Doug Roberts, Harold “Tank” Violette and Seth Wescott.

They will be joined by five high school athletes who have been chosen from more than 150 high schools throughout Maine to receive a $5,000 scholarship courtesy of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

Kaitlyn Hall of Thornton Academy in Saco, Mike McCann of Winslow, Evan Nadeau of Brewer, Taylor Seeley of Washington Academy in East Machias and Caroline Summa of Cheverus in Portland will be recognized at the banquet.

Cooper coached high school football for 31 seasons at Madison and Lawrence, compiling a record of 216-96-4, earning Coach of the Year honors four times.

Dyer enjoyed a 32-year career coaching boys basketball, leading his teams to three state championships. In a 20-year stretch — 10 years at Medomak Valley and 10 more at Westbrook, his teams went 336-50.

McGee coached high school football, then followed that up by coaching lacrosse and football at Bowdoin College while he later coached football at Colby College. He also served as Colby’s athletic director and volunteered multiple hours to Fairfield’s Police Athletic League.

Roberts led Rumford to Class A state championships in boys basketball in 1974 and ‘76, compiling 1,480 points in his high school career. He then had successful coaching tenures at Rumford and Sanford.

Violette enjoyed a 39-year career as a coach, teacher and athletic director. From 1969-85, he led the Winslow football team to five state championships, while also coaching hockey, wrestling, golf and baseball at that school.

Wescott won the first two snowboardcross gold medals in Olympic history, claiming gold in 2006 in Turin, Italy, then in 2010 in Vancouver.

Nadeau, a four-sport athlete at Brewer, has excelled in soccer, ice hockey, golf and tennis during his high school days.

One of the state’s top hockey players, Nadeau helped lead Brewer to a Class B state championship in 2010 and Eastern Maine Class B title this winter. He is the top-ranked student in his class of 142, and will attend the University of Maine.

Seeley has had a stellar career in volleyball and basketball at Washington Academy, leading the Raiders to a state championship in volleyball this fall.

A 1,000-point scorer on the basketball court, Seeley fueled the Raiders’ drive to the state Class C basketball championship game, and earned regional tournament MVP honors as a senior.

A member of the National Honor Society, Seeley intends to study nursing and is considering Saint Joseph’s College, the University of New England, UMaine and Husson University.

Summa has been a member of Cheverus’ track and cross country teams throughout high school, and was a member of the Stags’ state championship cross country teams in 2009 and 2010.

Summa has also been active in community service in the Portland area, and serves as a member of the Haiti Solidarity Club at Cheverus. She maintains a grade point average of 3.88 and will attend Oberlin College and major in Environmental Studies.

Hall has been a four-year member of Thornton Academy’s soccer and indoor and outdoor track teams, leading the Trojans to a regional championship in soccer in 2009.

Hall holds a GPA of 4.208 in a program that includes several honors and advanced placement courses. She’ll attend the University of New England and study medical biology.

McCann was a four-sport athlete at Winslow, participating in cross country, basketball, tennis and outdoor track over the course of his career, and is also active in Winslow’s fine arts program as a member of the concert and jazz bands and chorus.

McCann, who ranks third in his class of 123 students, will attend Middlebury College in Vermont and will major in biology or a related science.

Tickets for the banquet are $45 per person, and will not be sold after May 15 or at the door. Those seeking more information may call 207-775-7463 or email: info@mshof.com.

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