ROCKLAND — After a year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame has returned to spotlight the stellar careers of those involved in athletics, and will induct eight additional individuals at the organization’s 14th induction banquet on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Elks Club on Rankin Street.

Also recognized at the fall banquet will be standout Midcoast high school student-athletes, plus one or more successful area teams from the past.

Dave Ames of the MCSHOF announced Michael Curtis, Keenan Flanagan, Walter Gorneau, Dennis Pratt, Emilio Mazzeo, Chris McKenney, Dennis Pratt, Gary Woodcock and Carl Woodman will be the next group of inductees for the hall.

The MCSHOF is located at Dow Furniture in Waldoboro.

The 2021 inductees include:

Michael Curtis — Curtis attended Rockland District High School 1999-2003 where he was a three-sport athlete in baseball, basketball and football. Football was the sport he was most noted for, along with his academic excellence, as he received several scholar-athlete awards. In football, Curtis broke many records for Tiger football as a running back, as he scored 42 points in one game on six touchdowns and three two-point conversions, rushing for 318 yards in that game. Curtis was a two-time All-Campbell Conference selection and chosen team most valuable player during his sophomore and senior years. He was the first Rockland football player chosen as a James J. Fitzpatrick semifinalist. During his high school career, Curtis carried the ball 408 times for 2,759 yards. He went on to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, where he played football, as he competed as a running back, kick-return specialist and defensive back

Keenan Flanagan — Flanagan attended Rockland District High School 1977-1980. He came from a golfing family, being an accomplished golfer as a youth and in high school. He was a junior club champion at Rockland Golf Club, a junior Presidents club champion and member of the Rockland District High School state Class A championship team in 1980. Flanagan is most noted for his contributions to golf after graduating from high school. He pursued a career as a PGA professional, receiving his Class A membership in 1992. He has served as an assistant pro at Augusta Country Club and head pro at Springbrook Golf Club and has been the head pro at Rockland Golf Club since 1998. He also has been the superintendent at RGC since 2012. Flanagan has served 17 years as golf high school coach at Rockland and Oceanside, as he has compiled a 97-63 record, three times being selected as Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference coach of the year. He actively has been involved in promoting the game to the younger generation through the First Tee program and serving as director for Midcoast Junior Golf. In 2019, he was inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame.

Walter Gorneau — Gorneau was born in Fort Fairfield, attended high school in Hallowell and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and masters from the University of Maine in Portland-Gorham. After several years teaching and coaching in Lubec and Gray-New Gloucester, he moved to the Midcoast, first in Boothbay from 1968-80, and his last 20 years in education at Wiscasset High School. Gorneau has coached numerous sports during his career and served as athletic director in Boothbay 12 years. He is most noted, though, for his officiating career in soccer, basketball and baseball. Gorneau has refereed games for nearly 50 years at all levels from recreation leagues to college. He has served as interpreter of his soccer board, plus officiated numerous high school tournament games in all three sports. He plans to officiate soccer again in the fall.

Emilio Mazzeo — Mazzeo was one of 11 children born to Italian immigrant parents. He attended Rockland High School 1937-40 where he was a student-athlete in football, hockey and track and field. Running was the love of he and his older brother, Bruno, who was inducted into the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. At the time the brothers were among the best distance runners in the country. They did not have the luxury of sophisticated training or top-level equipment and often hitchhiked to races. In 1942, Mazzeo won the state’s top race at the time, the Portland Boys Club 5-Miler, after his brother Bruno won the event the year before. His best overall race was the Boston Marathon in 1947 where he finished seventh. In 1948, he was the fourth finishing American runner in the Boston Marathon, which earned him a spot on the United States Olympic marathon team as an alternate. Unable to pay his own expenses to go to London for the Olympics, Mazzeo did participate in an exhibition marathon in Los Angeles, just before the Olympics, expenses paid for by the AAU. He finished fourth in the race, The race finished in the Los Angeles Coliseum before 100,000 spectators.

Chris McKenney — McKenney is a 1989 graduate of Lincoln Academy in Newcastle where he was an outstanding athlete in soccer, basketball, baseball and track and field. As a soccer player, McKenney helped his team win the state Class B championship in 1987, while the Eagles were state runner-ups in 1988. He was voted All-State his junior and senior years and selected as the Maine Sunday Telegram player of the year in 1987. In basketball, McKenney was LA’s all-time leading scorer with 1,157 points. His Eagle teams appeared in three consecutive state tournaments, highlighted by a Western Maine runner-up finish in 1988 and state Class B title in 1989, in which McKenney scored 45 points in the championship game versus Rockland. He played varsity baseball his first three years of high school, being the starting shortstop. During his junior year, he finished among the top five for batting average in Western B baseball and first in stolen bases. During his senior year, McKenney ran track in the spring, as he became the team’s most valuable player. He won the Western B 200 meters and was a member of the Western B 4×100-meter relay team. McKenney has gone on to an extensive career in coaching basketball at various levels.

Dennis Pratt — Pratt graduated from Bingham/Valley High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1974 from the University of Maine at Presque Isle (he was a standout athletes for the Cavaliers and Owls). Pratt started teaching and coaching at Vinalhaven in 1978, also serving as the athletic director. Over the years he coached nearly every sport offered on the Penobscot Bay island, but he is most noted for his career as the boys basketball coach. Pratt accumulated more than 300 wins in the 24 years he coached the boys team, taking the Vikings to the state tournament on numerous occasions, winning the Western Maine final in 1994, only to lose in the state game. Pratt also coached the girls basketball team at Vinalhaven nine years, and brought the Vikings to the state tournament many years, as they advanced to the Western Maine final in 1986. Pratt retired from teaching and coaching in 2011

Gary Woodcock — Woodcock graduated from Thomaston/Georges Valley High School in 1966. He was a two-sport athlete in basketball and baseball, voted outstanding male athlete at Georges Valley his senior year. Woodcock was most noted for his baseball accomplishments as a pitcher. He had tremendous success in Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball, pitching no-hitters on several occasions. During his high school career he was the ace of the staff, having two stretches of 21 and 25 scoreless innings. Woodcock went on to Colby College in Waterville, where he had a successful career. His sophomore year was probably his best for the White Mules, as he pitched 66 innings, with 45 strikeouts and an earned-run average of 2.043. During his junior year he had an impressive win over perennial powerhouse, Miami Dade, allowing only five hits in a 4-1 win. Woodcock developed arm problems late in his junior year and was never able to pitch again. This arm issue probably cost him a chance at a professional baseball opportunity. After graduation from Colby, Woodcock embarked on a 37-year baseball coaching career at various levels, culminating in being the varsity baseball coach at Wiscasset High School.

Carl Woodman — Woodman is a 1964 graduate of Rockland District High School and 1968 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. He was a three-sport athlete in high school, as he participated in basketball, baseball and track and field. Woodman was most noted for his basketball skills, being an outstanding shooter. His high school team competed in Eastern Maine Class AA, as the Tigers made it to the Eastern Maine final his senior year. Woodman was voted to the Eastern AA all-tourney team and second-team All-State his senior year. At Maine Maritime Academy, Woodman was a varsity basketball team member four years. He was voted all-conference and the team’s most valuable player his sophomore, junior and senior years. After graduation from college, Woodman has given back to basketball by coaching at various levels. He was an assistant to varsity coach Chris Elkington at RDHS during the 1990s.

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