Four selected for Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame inductionGould, Williamson, Bennett, Lombardo tabbed for enshrinement Oct. 20
Rockland — The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame will enshrine four new members to its organization during the sixth annual induction ceremony and banquet on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Rockland Elks Lodge on upper Rankin Street.
The dinner will begin at 6 p.m., with the induction ceremony at 7 p.m.
The 2012 inductees include James Lombardo, George Gould, Andrew Williamson III and the late Albert “Foggy” Bennett.
Bennett, of Camden, was an athletic standout at Camden High School in the late 1920s, when he excelled in baseball and basketball, including pitching a playoff win in 1927 to break a four-way tie and give Camden the Knox-Lincoln championship. He also scored more than of half of the points for the 1927-28 Camden basketball squad that claimed the Knox-Lincoln title. In the 1930s, Bennett was a standout pitcher, including leading Camden to three Twilight League championships, including the 1935 state crown.
Williamson, of Jefferson, attended Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, where he lettered in baseball, basketball and track between 1947 and 1951. Then, while attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick from 1951 to 1955, Williamson played football and ran track. After college, Williamson returned to Lincoln Academy where he was the school’s longtime track-and-field coach, helping lead the Eagles to the 1959 state championship and 10 straight Knox-Lincoln League championships from 1961 to 1970.
Gould, of Waldoboro, played basketball and baseball, while also running track and cross country, in the 1960s for Waldoboro High School. He then attended Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute, where he lettered in basketball and baseball. Gould began his coaching career at Medomak Valley High School in 1982 and, over the last 30 years, has coached more than 60 varsity teams and several subvarsity squads, including coaching the girls cross-country team the last 27 years, girls track and field for 15 years and girls basketball for 11 years. As a coach, Gould has collected more than 1,300 high school varsity athletic wins, nine Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championships, four regional championships and guided the 1989 MVHS girls cross-country team to a 64-0 record and the state Class B title.
Lombardo, of Owls Head, played four years of varsity baseball and two years of varsity football for Rockland District High School, including helping lead the baseball team to the 1963 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship, when he batted .353 during the season and compiled an 8-1 pitching record working on the mound. After spending time in the United States Navy and in college, Lombardo was a standout in local men’s fast-pitch softball, leading Goldsmith’s of Rockland to state championships in 1980 and 1986, with the 1986 team traveling to Spokane, Wash. to represent Maine in the National Fast-Pitch Tournament.
During the banquet, the hall also will name its male and female Midcoast high school student-athletes of the year for 2011-12 and will honor two championship teams from the past for their accomplishments.
Tickets for the banquet are $25 each and are available by calling Helen Plourd, Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame president, at 466-1888, or Dave Ames, hall treasurer, at 789-5118.
Additional information can be found online at the hall’s website at midcoastsportshalloffame.com.
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