Orono, MCI to make hall of fame inductions

Posted Sept. 18, 2012, at 3:44 p.m.

Orono High School will recognize five new inductees into its athletic hall of fame Friday night.

Orono’s fifth hall of fame class — John Dall, Steve Gardner, David Paul, Bob Lucy and David Gonyar — will be honored during halftime of the Red Riots’ football game against Dexter.

Dall (Class of 1956) started on both offense and defense on the Red Riots’ undefeated 1952 state championship football team and graduated as the school’s basketball career record holder at the time in points (967), field goals (333) and free throws (291) as well as holding the single-game scoring record of 41 points.

In baseball, Dall twice led the Red Rots to the playoffs while in track and field he went unbeaten in the shot put and high jump.

Gardner (1962) started at center on the 1961 Orono football team that went 7-1 and was named co-state champion. He also was a member of the the school’s 1962 state championship basketball team.

After decorated service during the Vietnam War, Gardner returned to his alma mater where he spent 30 years in a variety of capacities, including math teacher assistant football coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal.

Most notably, he is remembered for his tenure as girls varsity basketball coach from 1983 to 2003, a run highlighted by Class B state championships in 1996 and 1998.

Paul (1978) lettered for three years in football, highlighted by a senior season when he quarterbacked the Riots to a 9-0 record and the state championship — with that 9-0 mark the start of a run of 48 consecutive victories and five straight state championships from 1977 to 1982.

In basketball, he co-captained the 1977-78 Red Riots to the Eastern Maine championship game.

Paul was a two-year captain in baseball who led the Red Riots to Eastern Maine championships in 1977 and 1978 and the state title in 1978. He also played four summers of American Legion baseball for Old Town-Orono, helping the Twins win state championships in 1975 and 1978.

Paul went on to a long coaching career, including an 11-year stint at Orono involving football, baseball and basketball. He guided the Red Riots’ boys basketball team to the 1996 Eastern Maine title as well as additional appearances in the regional final in 1994 and 1995.

Lucy (1978) starred in football, basketball, and track, but was particularly dominant in football for the Red Riots.

The 1977 All-LTC and All-State middle linebacker and captain led the unbeaten Riots to the state championship in football, and he also started on the 1978 basketball team that reached the Eastern Maine final. In track and field, Bob competed in the shot put, discus and 400-meter dash.

Lucy returned to Orono High School to teach and coach, and guided the Red Riots’ football team to an 80-17 record that included four LTC regular-season championships, five Eastern Maine runner-up finishes and Class B state championships in 1990 and 1994. He was named LTC Coach of the Year three times.

Gonyar (1981) was a key component of what was arguably one of the most successful four-year stretches in Orono High School sports history.

In football, the speedy running back never lost a game in four years, helping the Red Riots to a 36-0 record with with four-straight LTC and state championships.

Gonyar helped the Riots’ basketball team win the 1981 Class B state championship.

In baseball, he was team captain as both a junior and senior while batting over .500 each year before going on to the University of Maine, where he played on two College World Series teams.

MCI athletic HoF to induct 4

Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield will hold its third annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony during homecoming weekend festivities at 5 p.m. Saturday in the school’s Trustee Memorial Student Center.

Paul Bertrand, one of this year’s inductees, was a contributing member to the MCI Football Boosters’ inception and was pivotal in the campaign that raised money for the installation of lighting on the school’s football field. He has contributed numerous hours to MCI in various volunteer and leadership roles.

Rod Smith, who will be inducted posthumously, served as athletic director and biology teacher at MCI from 1945 until his retirement in 1972. He also coached MCI soccer, baseball, girls basketball, postgraduate basketball and field hockey.

Beth Staples played field hockey, basketball and softball at MCI, earning the school’s Female Athlete of the Year award. Staples has coached at the University of Maine, Colby College and Searsport District High School. She also has won multiple Maine Press Association awards for sports writing.

Archie Tracy, a 1959 graduate of Bangor High School, was a postgraduate student at MCI, who was named to the All-New England Prep School Team. He subsequently was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

Cost to attend the ceremony is $20 per person and includes admission and dinner. Register online at www.mci-school.org/athletichof or contact the MCI Advancement Office at 487-5915.

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