Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame inducts five new membersGrover, Crans, Friedland honored as 2013 high school athletes of year
Rockland — The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame grew by five members during the seventh annual ceremony and banquet on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Rockland Elks Lodge. The coveted organization now has a membership of 46.
The 2013 inductees included Jill (Young) Booth, Deane Deshon, Gary Heald, Ricky Jones and Tracie (Littlefield) Martin.
Booth was a standout high school (Camden-Rockport) and college (North Carolina Asheville) soccer player; Martin a wonderful all-around athlete on Vinalhaven as well as teacher, coach and sports official; Heald a recognized and highly successful high school (Camden-Rockport) and college basketball coach; Deshon a superb all-around athlete in high school (Rockland) and the military, as well as a coach; and Jones, an accomplished amateur golfer.
Additionally during the banquet, the hall announced its Midcoast high school male and female student-athletes of the year for 2013 and honored Camden High School girls basketball team members for their accomplishments.
Oceanside High School's Kennadi Grover was the female athlete of the year and Camden Hills Regional High School's Alex Crans and Lincoln Academy of Newcastle's Jordan Friedland were co-male athletes of the year.
The five male finalists were: Crans and Coleman Powers of Camden Hills, Friedland of Lincoln Academy, Jonathan Hendrickson-Belloguet of Medomak Valley and Sam Melkin of Oceanside. The five female finalists were: Kristina Alex of Camden Hills, Grover of Oceanside, Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet of Medomak Valley, Jordan Knowlton of Camden Hills and Kara Mullin of Lincoln Academy. The Hendrickson-Belloguets are siblings.
The same night, the Camden High School girls championship basketball teams from the 1948-49 through 1954-55 seasons were honored.
During a seven-season span, Camden had an unbeaten streak of 88 games. Camden’s amazing run began with a 50-14 win over Rockport late in the 1948-49 season and continued until the Crimson dropped a heartbreaking 47-46 contest to Crosby High in Belfast on Dec. 15, 1954.
At the time, Camden's run surpassed a 77-game unbeaten streak set by New Gloucester High School. Also during the 88-game unbeaten streak, Camden captured five consecutive Knox-Lincoln League titles.
Previous hall inductees
Class of 2007: Alena Starrett, Sam Pendleton, Peter Hodgkins, Helen Plourd, Charlie Wotton, Maxine Drinkwater Simmons, Clyde Sukeforth and Bob Hillgrove.
Class of 2008: Wayne "Butch" Farley, Frank Leary, John Kelly, Charlie Wootton, Dr. Emery "Doc" Howard Jr., Raymond Alley, Christina Strong D'Appolonia and Mike DiRenzo.
Class of 2009: Don Bowman, Roy Bennett, Art Dyer, Charlie Crockett, Beryl Leach, Rich Mazurek, Don Palmer and Roger Sorrent.
Class of 2010: Robert "Bob" Brown, Dean Erickson, Jeff Hart, Carol LaHaye and Robert "BoMo" Morrill.
Class of 2011: Gary Kenniston, Allen Middleton, Darrell "Skip" Pond, Darryl Townsend, Anna Goodale, Dave Ames, Bob Green and Scott Johnson.
Class of 2012: George Gould, "Foggy" Bennett, James Lombardo and Andy Williamson.
Inductees are recognized in displays at the hall's home in the Thomaston Academy, also home to the town library, on Main Street.
For more information on the organization, go to the hall’s website at midcoastsportshalloffame.org.
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