ORONO — Gerry Duffy, Lawrence “Red” St. Louis and Wally Covell were among seven people who were inducted into the Orono High School Athletic Hall of Fame during the recent homecoming football game.
Jim Treadwell, Bill Folsom, Linwood Hachey and Merle Lounsbury were also enshrined in the Hall’s fourth induction class.
DUFFY (Class of 1948) earned 11 letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. He played quarterback for the Red Riots, was a forward in basketball and was was an 11-foot pole vaulter.
Duffy was also an outstanding catcher for the Red Riots, batting .615 as a junior. He also played for the Old Town VFW team, the Brewer American Legion baseball team and, at 17, he was the youngest player ever to be selected to the Eastern Maine League all-star team.
Duffy began his teaching and coaching career with short stints at Danforth and Limestone high schools before going to Caribou in 1966.
In 1969, his Caribou Vikings won the Class A state championship on Mike Thurston’s half-court shot that beat Coach Bill Folsom’s Westbrook Blue Blazes.
In 31 years of coaching basketball, his career record was 373-151 with three EM titles and the ‘69 state title.
Duffy, who died in 2007, has been inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, Maine Baseball Hall of Fame and the New Brunswick Baseball Hall of Fame.
COVELLl coached football and baseball at Orono High School from 1961-1968, winning LTC and state championships in 1961, ‘62, ‘63, 66 and ‘68. football again from 2000-2001.
He also reinstituted varsity baseball at Orono during the 1960s before going to Colby College in Waterville to coach football and baseball.
He also served as athletic director at MCI and Warren Wilson High School in North Carolina. He also coached baseball at Southern Maine, Salisbury University in Maryland and Lawrence High School in Fairfield.
From 2000-2001, he returned to Orono to coach baseball. This spring, Covell assisted son-in-law Don Joseph as the third base coach and pitching instructor on the Red Riots baseball team.
ST. LOUIS (‘64) played halfback on the 1961, 1962, and 1963 state championship football teams under Covell.
He played basketball for Coach Bob Cimbollek in 1963 and 1964 and was an integral member on the 1962-1963 team that beat Central Aroostook of Mars Hill for the Eastern Maine Class B championship. Red also played baseball and lettered his junior and senior seasons.
St. Louis, who died on Feb. 2, coached softball at Orono and also was a softball umpire for more than a decade.
He was a well respected high school basketball official for many years.
TREADWELLl (‘55) played on the 1952 state championship football team and was an All-LTC first-teamer at center and linebacker in 1954 and 1955. He was second team all-state at center in 1955.
He also participated in basketball, baseball and track.
According to Treadwell, being the recipient of the 1954 Frederick Burpee award for exemplifying high character and sportsmanship in athletics was the most meaningful achievement of his high school career.
After retiring in 1999 as the associate director of the facilities management department, he became the first honorary member of the University “M” Club.
He never stopped giving back to his alma mater. Treadwell formed a semi-pro basketball team that raised money for new glass backboards at the high school, and he rebuilt St. Mary’s field and donated it to the town of Orono.
FOLSOM taught physical education and coached football, basketball, baseball and golf at Orono from 1953-1961.
His basketball teams won the 1958 and 1961 Class M state championships. His football teams were LTC champions in 1957, 1959 and 1960, as well as the state Class B champion in 1960. He also directed Orono to a state golf championship in 1960.
He coached the Westbrook Blue Blazes from 1961-1980, winning Class A state titles in 1972 and 1975 and lost in ‘69 on Thurston’s buzzer beater.
Folsom, who died May 29, was also inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
HACHEY (‘53) played on the 1952 state championship football team along with Jim Treadwell. In basketball, he played a guard/forward, and in baseball he was a pitcher and outfielder and helped guide the Riots to playoff appearances in both 1952 and 1953. One of his highlights in 1953 was setting the Penobscot Valley Conference record in both the shot put and discus.
Hachey passed away in 2005.
LOUNSBURY (‘52) lettered fourteen times in the sports of cross country, football, basketball, baseball and track.
He captained the football, basketball, and baseball teams his senior year. He won the distinguished Fred Burpee “O” sweater his junior year. In 1952, Merle received the Athlete of the Year Award.