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Maine Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet set for May 5 at Augusta Civic Center

AUGUSTA, Maine — Tickets are available for the 38th annual Maine Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet and scholar-athlete awards ceremony Sunday, May 5, at the Augusta Civic Center.

Tickets, which are $40 for hall members, $45 for nonmembers and $400 for a reserved table for 10, may be purchased through Saturday. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Tickets may be purchased online at the hall of fame’s website by clicking the banquet tickets link.

A social hour begins at 11 a.m. and a buffet luncheon starts at noon.

The 2013 inductees are Douglas Brown, physician for U.S. women’s national soccer teams; former Secretary of State William Cohen, an all-state basketball player at Bangor High School and Bowdoin College; Ricky Craven, former NASCAR driver and ESPN analyst; Paula Doughty, coach of 11 state champion field hockey teams at Skowhegan Area High School; Gary Fifield, University of Southern Maine women’s basketball coach with an NCAA Division III record of 30 consecutive years of 20 or more wins; and John “Skip” Robinson, powerlifter and body-building champion.

Also: Robert Russo, 14-time boxing coach for Team New England; Paul M. Vachon, Cony girls basketball coach whose teams won seven state crowns and 91 percent of their games; Manchester H. Wheeler, standout University of Maine quarterback and safety drafted by the Buffalo Bills; and John C. Wolfgram, coach of high school football teams in three classes that won 10 state championships.

In addition, five high school scholar-athletes will be presented $5,000 scholarships. They are Georgia Bolduc, Waterville; Caitlin Bucksbaum, Falmouth; Adrienne Carmack, John Bapst of Bangor; Madeline Wiegman, Leavitt of Turner; and Evan Worster, Forest Hills of Jackman.

Richard G. Austin, 82, of Rumford will receive the outstanding achievement award. Austin, who was inducted into the Maine Hall in 1999, won his eighth world title at the World Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships in November in Las Vegas.

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