A distinguished list of former Maine players, coaches, administrators and media members was announced for induction into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on Aug. 8 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
“Maine is a phenomenal hotbed of basketball, and this group rivals any that we have inducted,” Rod Steier, chair of the hall of fame’s executive committee, said in a news release.
Leading the inductees are Perry Award recipients Dick Meader, Adrienne Shibles and the late Rudy Keeling.
The award, named after Holy Cross legend Ronald Perry Sr., honors individuals who have achieved distinction in two or more categories.
Meader, who played basketball at Solon High School, has coached college basketball for 40 seasons, 17 at Thomas College in Waterville and 23 at the University of Maine-Farmington, while Keeling coached at UMaine and Northeastern and served as the athletic director at Emerson College.
Shibles was a Mount View of Thorndike basketball standout who went on to play at Bates College and then coach at Swarthmore and Bowdoin.
Those being inducted in the college category are:
Players: Howard Alexander, Bates; Cameron Brown, UMF; Nick Browning, Bowdoin; Matt Gaudet, Colby; Dawn Anne Higgins-Currie, UMF; Kristi Royer, Bowdoin; Lora Trenkle, Bowdoin; and Bob Warner, Maine.
Coaches: Jamie Beaudoin, UMF; Gene DeLorenzo, Colby; Len MacPhee, UMF; and Kissy Walker, Husson University.
Other inductees include Ernie Clark of the Bangor Daily News and Tom Chard of the Portland Press Herald and Bob Butler of York. Clark and Chard are being inducted in the media category for work that has reflected a special devotion to the game of basketball while Butler is being honored with the administrator award for enhancing the growth of basketball in New England.
Maine native Steve Clifford, coach of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats, is being inducted in the pathfinder category, which honors individuals with New England roots who have gone outside the region and achieved great distinction in basketball.
Inductees in the high school category include:
Players: Steve Condon, Presque Isle; Kim Condon-Lane, Presque Isle; Toby Martin, Maranacook; Elwood “Bimbo” Pinkham, Sumner; and Tim Ziko, Rumford.
Coaches: Allen Downer, Mount View; Charles “Gus” Folsom, Lawrence; and the late Bernard “Bunny” Parady, Mount Desert Island.
Also slated for induction are scholar-athletes Justine Pouravelis of McAuley High School and Bowdoin and Peter Kelley of Caribou and Harvard.
George Wigton, who was Bates longes- serving coaching of men’s basketball (20 years), will receive the icon award while 1965 Winthrop boys and 1975 Hall-Dale girls will be inducted as teams.
The induction ceremony will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Those seeking more information may email NEBHOF@gmail.com.