ROCKLAND — Eight inductees, two high school student-athletes and three state championship teams were honored on Saturday, Oct. 8 during the 15th Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame ceremony at the Elks Lodge on Rankin Street.

The Class of 2022 hall inductees were Matt Breen, Marty Carey, Nick DePatsy, Richard Harden Sr., Kyle O’Bryan, Randy Shrout, Laurie Smith and Gary Spinney.

Camden Hills’ Hunter Norton, left, and Charlie Crockett. The Windjammer is the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame’s male high school athlete of the year. Photo courtesy of Bisi Cameron

They were enshrined with the more than 100 inductees over a decade and a half of ceremonies.

Harden and Shrout were enshrined posthumous.

Jaelyn Crocker of Boothbay Region and Hunter Norton of Camden Hills were the organization’s 2021-22 high school student-athletes of the year.

The organization selected 10 finalists for its student-athlete-of-the-year awards.

Boothbay Region’s Jaelyn Crocker, left, with Penny Crockett. The Seahawk is the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame’s female high school athlete of the year. Photo courtesy of Bisi Cameron

The finalists were chosen from nominations — two boys and two girls from each school — from athletic directors at the following Midcoast high schools: Camden Hills in Rockport, Oceanside of Rockland, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, Islesboro, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, Boothbay Region and Wiscasset.

The five female finalists were Oceanside’s Bailey Breen and Maddie Ripley, Medomak Valley’s Alyssa Creamer, Boothbay Region’s Jaelyn Crocker and Lincoln Academy’s Payson Kaler.

The five male finalists were Boothbay Region’s Kayden Ames, Oceanside’s Austin Chilles and Gavin Ripley, Medomak Valley’s Connor Daigle and Camden Hills’ Hunter Norton.

The Ripleys are twin siblings.

The hall of fame also recognized three “outstanding teams” at its banquet.

One was the 1970 Medomak Valley High School state Class B baseball champions, coached by Bob Green and assisted by Lou Cook. The Panthers record was 21 wins and four losses.

Also recognized were the 2001 and 2002 Boothbay Region High School Seahawk football teams. Those squads won back-to-back state Class C championships. The 2001 team had a 10-2 record, while the 2002 squad was undefeated at 12-0. The head coach was Tim Rice, with assistants J.R. Garret, Ted Brown, Matt Rice, Chris Norton and Jack Tourtillotte.

The physical hall of fame is housed in the Dow Discount Furniture building in Waldoboro, while the induction ceremony is in Rockland.

Eight inductees

The 2022 class includes:

Matt Breen — He is a 1997 graduate of Rockland District High School where he lettered in soccer, football, basketball and baseball. He was a 1,000-point soccer for the Tigers’ basketball team, being named Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference player of the year his junior and senior years. He also was All-KVAC in baseball his junior year. Breen went on to Husson College where he had a stellar career in basketball, and helped lead the Eagles to conference championships, appearances in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament and personal accomplishments of being an NAIA academic All-American, NAIA national scholar-athlete, Nelson DeGrasse Award winner and an all-conference selection. After graduation from Husson, Breen got into coaching basketball at his alma mater, RDHS and later Oceanside High School. He has had a successful coaching career, leading the Tiger boys and then Mariner boys and girls varsity hoop teams. He has accumulated more than 200 wins, including a Class B East runner-up, Class A North champion and Class A runner-up in boys basketball and, most recently, the state Class B championship with an undefeated Mariner girls team, led by his daughter, Bailey, a second-team All-State selection.

Marty Carey — He attended Rockland District High School 1968-72. Carey began playing pool at the age of 12 in one of two pool halls in Rockland. By age 14 he was beating older players in rotation, Kelly Pool and bottle pool. He got into competitive pool and in the 1990s when he was winning many of the top tournaments on the East Coast in the Miller World Series of Tavern Pool. After moving to California, Carey got interested in trick pool and billiards. He has won or had top finishes in numerous tournaments throughout the country individually and on a team. He has been ranked as high as 12th in the world and has been inducted into the New England Pool & Billiards Hall of Fame. Carey resides in Waldoboro and was the innovator of a trick shot cue called the Marty Carey Jump Q.

Nick DePatsy — He is a 1982 graduate of Medomak Valley High School where he was a varsity letter winner on the boys basketball team and named most valuable player his senior year. While he attended the University of Maine at Farmington, DePatsy got into coaching subvarsity teams in area schools near Farmington. After graduation from college, DePatsy was a Division III college assistant for two years before he became the head coach for the Madison High School boys varsity team. He served there for three years, where he averaged 13 wins. He returned to the Midcoast, as he took the helm at Georges Valley High School in Thomaston, where his teams reached the regional tournament eight straight years, including the Class C West finals twice. He coached Lincoln Academy in Newcastle for three years, where he helped the Eagles achieve tournament success. In 2007-2008 DePatsy returned to his alma mater, Medomak Valley, as the head coach. In 15 years, his Panther teams have qualified for the tournament 15 times, with eight Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship appearances, five KVAC titles and played in four regional championships, winning two of them only to lose in the state finals, once at the buzzer. DePatsy has 381 career wins, with 13 state or conference coach-of-the-year honors. He also currently holds the record for most coaching wins in school history, having passed the legendary Art Dyer in 2019. DePatsy remains active in promoting peewee basketball programs and runs summer basketball camps for area youths.

Richard Harden Sr. (posthumous) — He grew up in the “highlands” of Rockland, near the Rockland Golf Club where he was a caddy and started to learn the game. He graduated from Rockland High School in 1937. As a left-hander it was not as easy to learn the game, since left-handed equipment was rare and expensive so he learned to play right-handed. In 1937, Harden captained the undefeated Rockland golf team that won the Eastern Maine championship and runner-up in the state championship. He also won the 1937 schoolboy individual championship and was runner-up in the 1937 Maine State Junior Championship. Harden went on to have a successful golf career, as he won many local and regional tournaments. He also was an active member of his community, serving as a Boy Scout Troop leader, member of the Rockland Kiwanis Club and as coach of the Kiwanis Little League team. He also was an avid skier and played on the Rockland ice hockey team, where he was captain his senior year.

Kyle O’Bryan — He is a 1989 graduate of Lincoln Academy where he won varsity letters for three years in soccer, basketball and baseball. In soccer he was the goalie, who had outstanding instincts in stopping shots, and helped lead his team to a state Class B championship in 1987, state runner-up in 1988, while he captained the team in 1989. In basketball, O’Bryan was an outstanding defender while being one of the team’s top scorers. He was a 1,000-point scorer for the Eagles, who won the 1989 state Class B championship. They were Class B runners-up in the West in 1988. O’Bryan tied the single-game record of 40 points in one game and scored 83 points in the 1989 Class B West tournament. He was a McDonald’s all star in 1989 and captain of the 1989 team. In baseball, he also captained the team in 1989. O’Bryan went on to Bates College where he played on the varsity basketball team.

Randy Shrout (posthumous) — He is a 1968 graduate of Rockland District High School where he was a three-year letter winner on the varsity football, basketball and baseball teams. He was best known as a left-handed pitcher on the baseball team. Shrout attended Bridgton Academy in 1969 after graduation from Rockland. He attended the University of Maine, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana State and University of Connectictut to receive his bachelor’s and masters degrees in sports medicine. Shrout became the head athletic Ttainer at Boston College, as he took the program from a staff of two to more than 25. He traveled with the football team as the trainer in the days of Doug Flutie, as Shrout also served as the trainer for the Eagle basketball team. He was made an assistant athletic director at Boston College and in 1997 he was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Athletic Club Hall of Fame. He is the only non-BC graduate to receive the honor.

Laurie Smith — She is a 1986 graduate of Wiscasset High School where she was the first 1,000-point soccer in the school’s history. She received Bangor Daily News honorable mention in 1986. Smith also played on the 1986 McDonald’s All-Star Team. During her playing years, her teams were 53-19, with eight of those losses coming when she was out of the lineup due to an injury. Smith went on to star at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, N.H., where she was a strong scorer and prolific rebounder. After graduation from college Smith joined the Air Force and was a player on the 1989-90 US Air Force Women’s Team.

Gary Spinney — He grew up in Gray and graduated from Gray-New Gloucester High School in 1966. After getting an undergraduate degree from University of Maine/Presque Isle and graduate degree from University of Maine, Spinney became a physical education teacher at Camden-Rockport elementary and middle schools, as he served in that position 41 years. He is a nationally-recognized physical education teacher, who has received six national awards and three New England awards. He was recognized as the 1987 Maine Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year and the 1988 NASPE Eastern District Elementary Teacher of the Year and 1988 National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. He is noted for his jump rope teams that have won acclaim throughout the country. In 2013, Camden-Rockport Elementary School was recognized as the Maine American Heart Association school of the year, and in that same year, Spinney was awarded the New England American Heart Association volunteer of the year for his Jump Rope for Heart Program. Spinney also has served as the athletic administrator at the middle school and successfully has coached numerous Schooner soccer and basketball teams.

Student-athlete finalists

Breen is a sophomore at Oceanside after an outstanding freshman campaign in which she helped lead the Mariners to Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference, South regional and state Class B basketball championships. She was named the KVAC Class B player of the year. Breen enjoys weight training, lobstering and assisting younger athletes.

Creamer is a 2022 graduate of Medomak Valley where she was an outstanding athlete in soccer, basketball and softball. Creamer received the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference all-academic designation in three sports, as well as being chosen all-conference first team in basketball and softball. In her school and community, she is a member of National Honor Society, student government and has been involved in recycling, food pantry, as a camp counselor and enjoys to volunteer with youth basketball and soccer.

Crocker is a 2022 graduate of Boothbay where she was an outstanding athlete in field hockey, basketball, tennis and track and field. As a field hockey goalie, she made 534 saves and recorded seven shutouts over her four-year career. Crocker was named Mountain Valley Conference first-team all star her junior and senior years, McDonald’s Senior C/D South all star, team most valuable player and team captain. In basketball, she was a team member of the 2018-2019 squad that was the MVC Class C, Class C South and state Class C champions and the 2019-2020 team that was MVC and Class C South runners-up. In tennis 2022, she was team captain, and the team was MVC Class C runners-up. In 2022 in track, Crocker also qualified for the state Class C meet in shot put and discus. In her school and community, she has been active in National Honor Society, as class vice-president and student president. Crocker has enjoyed volunteering in her community by running the scoreboard or keeping the scorebook at YMCA youth games, videotaping for the football team and assisting at practices for youth field hockey and basketball. She will attend the University of New England to study applied exercise science.

Kaler is a 2022 graduate of Lincoln Academy where she was an outstanding athlete on the soccer, basketball and softball teams. As a senior, she was named Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first team for soccer and softball, league all-academic in three sports, and Lincoln Academy player of the year both years. At graduation, she received the Lowell Simmons Award for excellence in athletics and citizenship. Kaler has dedicated much of her time to developing softball skills, playing three years as pitcher and shortstop for the Capital Mainiacs , which won the ASA/USA Maine championship three years in a row. In addition, she volunteers for Unified Sports, is a member of the community service sorority Sigma Sigma Chi, National Honor Society and Varsity L Club. She will attend Husson University in the fall to major in nursing and play softball.

Maddie Ripley now is a junior at Oceanside, where she will continue to compete in field hockey, wrestling and softball. As a sophomore, in wrestling at 113 pounds, she became the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B champion, Class B South titlist, was second in state Class B and fourth in the Maine all-class all-state championships. She was named to the KVAC first team in wrestling and outstanding wrestler at the meet. In addition, Ripley was Maine and New England girls wrestling champion. In softball, Ripley played varsity her freshman and sophomore years with batting averages of .630 and .702, and was named team most valuable player and received the coaches award. She has been involved in wrestling, softball, football and field hockey from an early age, and enjoys volunteering with the middle school wresting and peewee football teams.

Ames is a senior at Boothbay where he has been an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track and field. In football, he was rookie of the year for the Seahawks his freshman year, offensive player of the year his junior season as well as being named to the Campbell Conference all-conference team. He played quarterback, running back, linebacker and kicker. In basketball, Ames was part of the team that won the Mountain Valley Conference championship and, in his junior year, he received an all-conference honorable mention and was the Seahawks’ co-captain. In track and field, he excelled in discus, placing sixth in the state Class C meet as a freshman, and, as a junior, he was MVC champion, first-team all star and state Class C champion. In shot put, he placed third in the state as a freshman and was named MVC second-team all star. He is passionate about physical fitness and weight lifting. He works at Hodgdon’s Marina and volunteers at the Midcoast Animal Thrift Shop, as well as officiating youth league basketball games, youth basketball camps, youth football games, and middle school track meets.

Chilles is a 2022 graduate of Oceanside where he has been an outstanding athlete in golf, basketball and baseball, and was named Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference all-academic in three sports. He was the golf team’s most valuable player his final three years, as well as KVAC Class B all-conference his junior and senior season. Chilles was the fourth-place finisher at the 2020 Class B states, and qualified to the New England competition in 2021 (which was cancelled due to COVID-19). In basketball, Chilles was most improved player his senior year. In baseball, he was on the 2019 legion team, Rock Coast Rip Tide, that won the championship and won the state championship in 2021. In his community, Chilles was part of Trekkers, National Honor Society and Interactive Theatre as a peer mentor. He has volunteered by assisting peewee basketball games and Little League clinics as well as helping friends and family with their golf skills. Chilles’ work experience at Goose River Golf Course and Boothbay Harbor Country Club will serve as he attends Drew University in New Jersey to study business and play golf.

Daigle, a 2022 graduate of Medomak Valley, is a runner with outstanding performances in cross country, indoor and outdoor track, including two individual state championships. In 2020, he was Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B two-mile champion in indoor track, and in 2021, he was the 3,200-meter outdoor track state Class B champion. In 2021, in Class B cross country, he was KVAC champion, KVAC Class B runner of the year, Class B North champion and state B champion. He holds Medomak Valley school records in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track for the following: 5K, two miles (cross country and indoor track), 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Over his career, Daigle was KVAC Class B first team in cross country 2019 and 2021, for indoor track 2020 and 2022, and outdoor track 2021 and 2022, and was KVAC all-academic. He has been involved in his school and community in National Honor Society, PAWS, Interact Club, yearbook, student council, and volunteering at youth running events. He will attend the University of Maine in Orono to study physical therapy and compete in cross country and track and field.

Norton is a 2022 graduate of Camden Hills where he was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and baseball. In football, he played running back/linebacker and was recognized as a 5-Stars of Maine in 2019 and twice as a 6-Stars of Maine in 2021, Fitzpatrick Award semifinalist in 2021, Lobster Bowl selection 2021, All-Campbell Conference first team 2021 and Howard Vandersea Scholar-Athlete Award from the Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation. In basketball, as a forward, Norton was a Midcoast high school all star and important part of the Windjammers winning the 2021 “COVID Cup.” In baseball, as a catcher and right fielder, he was named a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A senior all star and was a KVAC Class A second-team selection. He also was on the junior legion state champion team in 2021 and also was an all-star selection for the league. In his school and community, Norton was a member of National Honor Society and received the KVAC all-academic award for 2021 and 2022 in three sports. He has volunteered with peewee football, baseball, basketball, and at the food pantry, and has helped with fundraising for the football team. Norton will attend Bates College and play football.

Gavin Ripley is a junior at Oceanside where he will continue to compete in football, baseball and wrestling. In football as a sophomore, Ripley was a versatile player at tailback, cornerback, wide receiver and linebacker. The 2021 season was cut short by the pandemic. In wrestling, in the 126-pound class, Ripley was the Class B South champion, state Class B champion, and Maine all-class all-state champion, and was third at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference meet. In baseball, he played center fielder and was a pitcher, as the Mariners made it to the regional semifinals. Ripley also played Babe Ruth baseball and was named to the all-star team in 2021.

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