Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame honors inductees, student-athletes, teams

By Ken Waltz | Nov 01, 2012
Photo by: Mark Haskell The newest members of the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame include, from left, Andrew Williamson III, James Lombardo and George Gould. The late Albert “Foggy’ Bennett also was inducted during the Oct. 20 ceremony at the Elks Lodge in Rockland.

Rockland — Four old-time sports standouts, nine successful high school student-athletes and two unbeaten state championship teams from decades ago were honored during the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame's sixth annual induction ceremony and banquet Oct. 20 at the Rockland Elks Lodge.

The 2012 hall-of-fame inductees included James Lombardo, George Gould, Andrew Williamson III and the late Albert “Foggy” Bennett.

During the banquet, the hall also named its male and female Midcoast high school student-athletes of the year for 2011-12 and honored two championship teams from the past for their accomplishments.

Camden Hills Regional High School's Adam Carlsen and Medomak Valley High School's Alanna Vose were selected the student-athletes of the year.

The male finalists included Carlsen of Camden Hills, Jordan Friedland of Lincoln Academy, Alex Greenrose of Medomak Valley and Steven Osgood and Brian Stanley of Vinalhaven. The female finalists included Rosemary McGeady and Allison Ward of Oceanside, Sarah Steele of Camden Hills and Vose of Medomak Valley.

Midcoast high schools — Oceanside, Camden Hills, Medomak Valley, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, Vinalhaven, North Haven and Islesboro — were asked to nominate two male and two female students-athletes for the honor.

The candidates completed a questionnaire and returned it to the hall's board to be considered for the honor. Any candidate who did not return the questionnaire was not considered for the award.

The hall of fame also honored two championship high school basketball teams — the 1973-1974 Camden-Rockport High School boys and 1981-82 Lincoln Academy of Newcastle girls. It marked the first year the organization honored teams and the hall plans to recognize at least one team annually.

The 1973-74 Windjammers completed an undefeated regular season and beat Scarborough, Greely of Cumberland and Medomak Valley of Waldoboro in the Western Class B tournament before defeating Orono 56-48 in the state Class B championship game.

The win by C-RHS that year avenged an overtime loss to Orono in the 1973 gold ball game. That Windjammers also were unbeaten before losing to the Red Riots in the final game of that season.

Camden-Rockport was coached by Gary Heald, with the late Bob Gilbe as the assistant coach. Team members included Charlie Wootton, Tom Hibbert, Bob Gross, Tom Christie, Mike Davee, Ron Howard, Lindsey Dean, Bill Connell, Jay Bright, Alan Elliott, Stuart Young and Mark Collins, as well as team managers Peter "Rabbi" Henderson and Paul Russo.

The 1981-82 Lincoln Academy squad also had a perfect regular season before besting Gray-New Gloucester, Noble and Lake Region in the Western Class B tournament and concluded the perfect campaign by topping Houlton 71-60 in the state Class B championship game in a matchup of undefeated teams.

Lincoln Academy was coached by Dan Pinkham, with Walter White as the assistant coach. Team members included Lori (Belknap) McCullagh, Hannah Russell, Biz Williamson, LeeAnne (Oliver) Sullivan, Tracy Edwards, Lisa (Bishop) Sterling, Heather O’Bryan, Jennifer (Conley) Davis, Traci (Nelson) Halvorson, Kimberly (McFarland) Bailey, Leslie (Cheney) Bolster and Sarah Carter, as well as team managers Lynette Naylor, Cindy (Yeaton) Leavitt, Kate (Harris) Thut and Britt (Hancock) Hatch.

Hall of famers

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.

Student-athletes

Carlsen was a member of the Camden Hills basketball and baseball teams, helping lead both squads to the Eastern Maine Class B tournament. Carlsen led the Windjammer hoop team in scoring and was a McDonald’s Senior All Star as well as Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B first-team all-conference. He also was a key member of the 2011 state Class B championship basketball team. Carlsen was KVAC Class B second-team all-conference in baseball and KVAC Class B all-academic for both sports.

Friedland specialized in tennis at Lincoln Academy and captured the state singles championship, finishing undefeated in 2012. He also was selected the state's high school tennis player of the year by the Maine Sunday Telegram and did not lose a regular-season match during his final three years of high school.

Greenrose was a member of the Medomak Valley golf, basketball and baseball teams and was selected KVAC Class B all-conference in golf and second-team all-conference in basketball. Greenrose led the Panthers in points and helped carry the Panthers to the 2012 KVAC Class B basketball championship.

Osgood played on the Vinalhaven soccer, basketball and baseball teams, and was named an East-West Conference all star in all three sports. Osgood was the most valuable player of the basketball team he led in scoring, and, in the spring, was named 2011-12 East-West Conference male athlete of the year. He was a key member of the Vikings 2010-11 Western Class D basketball runner-up team.

Stanley played on the Vinalhaven soccer, basketball and baseball teams, and was the most valuable player for soccer, an East-West Conference all star for basketball and the most valuable pitcher for the baseball team. Stanley was a member of the 2011 Vikings hoop team that advanced to the Western Class D championship game.

McGeady was a member of the Oceanside soccer, indoor track and tennis teams and was a KVAC Class B all-academic team member for indoor track was selected for the team's coach's award for tennis. McGeady was a member of the 2009 Georges Valley state Class C championship soccer squad.

Steele played basketball and softball at Camden Hills, where she was four-year member of each varsity team. Steele was a captain for both squads and was selected KVAC Class B first-team all-conference in softball in the spring.

Vose was a member of the Medomak Valley soccer, basketball and outdoor track teams, but was most successful on the hardwood, where she eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark, while being named the KVAC Class B player of the year, a McDonald’s Senior All Star and second team All-State by the Bangor Daily News. During her high school athletic career, Vose broke six school records and tied two others. She also set three school records in outdoor track in the spring.

Ward participated in field hockey, indoor track and tennis at Oceanside and excelled on and off the field. In field hockey, Ward was KVAC Class B first-team all-conference and was named to the Maine Field Hockey Association's All-State team. Ward was a KVAC Class B all-academic member for all three sports.

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