Foxcroft Academy adds nine to athletic hall of fame

Posted Oct. 01, 2012, at 8:06 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Foxcroft Academy welcomed nine new inductees to its athletic hall of fame during halftime ceremonies of the Ponies’ Friday night homecoming football game against Orono at Oakes Field.

Joining the 11 inaugural members of the hall inducted in 2011 were Susan Stitham and Tom Zilinsky (Class of 1961), Bob White (1966), Rich McLeish (1979), Peter Ingraham (1980), Judy Champeon Forrest (1986), Laura Taylor Apitz (1987), Mike Ditzel (1994) and Danny White (2003).

Stitham captained the basketball and softball teams at Foxcroft, leading the basketball team to the Penquis League championship as a senior as the Ponies lost just one game that season and pitching the 1961 softball team to an 8-2 record. After graduating from Middlebury College, she returned to Foxcroft as a teacher and coach before continuing her career in education in Alaska.

Zilinsky was a three-sport star for the Ponies, earning most valuable player honors in football as a junior and captaining that team as a senior. He also captained the basketball team and was an accomplished pitcher and outfielder in baseball.

White was an All-LTC selection and a key member of the school’s Penquis League championship football team his senior year. He was a three-year varsity basketball player, and his best sport may have been baseball, where he was a standout catcher. White played football and baseball at the University of Maine before joining the Navy. After his military career, he became a respected basketball and football official in southern Maine.

McLeish was the fourth player in school history to score 1,000 points, reaching that milestone during a school-record 50-point outburst in a game against Mattanawcook Academy and finishing his career with 1,144 points. McLeish was a second-team Bangor Daily News All-Maine selection and Eastern Maine Class B All-Tournament selection for leading the Ponies to the 1979 Eastern Maine final. McLeish also participated in cross country and baseball, and he joined the football team as a senior and earned All-LTC accolades at defensive end. McLeish went on to play basketball at Husson College.

Ingraham was a four-year letterwinner in football, basketball and baseball, captaining the basketball team as a junior and senior as well as the football and baseball teams as a senior. Ingraham was an All-LTC quarterback in football as a junior and an All-LTC defensive back as a senior. In basketball, Ingraham helped the Ponies reach the Eastern Maine final as a junior and was team MVP as a senior. He still holds the school’s all-time assist record (393). Ingraham pitched and played center field for the Foxcroft baseball team and as a senior and led the Ponies to the Eastern B championship. Ingraham went on to graduate from Colby College.

Forrest starred in field hockey, basketball and softball for the Ponies. In field hockey, she was named to the All-State team after her junior season and as a senior was team captain and led the Ponies to a 10-2-3 record and the Penquis League title. In softball, the catcher led FA to the Eastern Maine semifinals as a senior.

Apitz was an all-conference field hockey player who was instrumental in her team’s Eastern Maine runner-up finish as a senior, and that winter in basketball was a BDN All-Maine honorable mention selection. Apitz set two school track records that still stand today in the 200-meter dash and as a member of the 4×400 meter relay team that set a state Class C record. Apitz subsequently played basketball at the University of New England.

Ditzel was the Eastern Maine champion in the 200- and 400-meter dashes and runner-up at 100 meters as a junior on the Foxcroft track team as well as state runner-up in the 400. As a senior, he won a state championship in the 400 and Eastern Maine titles in the 100, 200 and 400. In indoor track, Ditzel was a state champion in the 300 as a junior and the following year won league titles in the 55, 300 and 600. Ditzel holds school indoor track records for the 55, 300 and 600 distances and for most points in a meet, as well as school outdoor track records in the 100, 200 and 400 and most points in a season. Ditzel went on to run at Bucknell University, and since then has coached at Foxcroft, Mount Desert Island and now at Hampden Academy.

White earned LTC player of the year honors after leading Foxcroft to the 2002 Eastern Maine Class C football championship. In basketball, he scored 969 points in three varsity seasons and as a senior led the Ponies to an 18-2 record while being named Big East Conference player of the year. In baseball, White earned all-conference honors as a junior shortstop after leading the Ponies to an Eastern Maine crown. He went on play baseball at Husson College. White was named head football coach at Foxcroft Academy prior to the 2009 season and led the Ponies to an Eastern Maine championship in his first year.

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