Class of 2019

Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame to induct eight in October

Betts Daggett, Deshon, Graffam, Lash, Mazzeo, Messer, Nash, Terrio get call to hall
By Staff | Jul 29, 2019

Rockland — The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame will induct eight additional individuals on Saturday, Oct. 19 at its annual banquet at the Elks Lodge on Rankin Street.

The inductees for the Class of 2019 include:

Ann Betts Daggett — Daggett graduated from Georges Valley High School where she played field hockey and basketball. She was a The Courier-Gazette all star in field hockey her junior and senior years, but basketball was her sport of choice. She became a starter for GVHS basketball her sophomore year, as she helped the team make the Western Class C semifinals before losing to Traip Academy of Kittery. The Buccaneers were 15-3 that year. She was co-captain of the team her junior year, as they went 18-0 during the regular season, losing again in the Western Class C semifinals to Livermore Falls. The team also was undefeated during her senior year, as it accumulated an overall record of 85-15 during her four years at GVHS. Daggett was selected as a The Courier-Gazette all star in basketball during her junior and senior years. She went on to the University of Maine at Farmington where she played basketball four years. Daggett captained the team her junior and senior years, was an all-conference selection both years and was a 1,000-point scorer in her career.

David Deshon (posthumous) — It is said Deshon was one of the best athletes to attend Rockland High School from 1951-55. He played football, basketball and baseball all four years and track and field his sophomore, junior and senior years. Basketball and baseball were Deshon's best sports in high school. He often was high scorer for the Tiger hoop team, scoring more than 20 points per game in many of the contests. As a baseball player for the Tigers, newspaper clippings often mentioned his heroics of hitting a home run to win the game. Deshon went on to the University of Maine in Orono where he played basketball in 1955-56 and 56-57, and baseball in 1956 until a career-ending injury occurred in 1957. Deshon passed away in 2015.

Scott Graffam — Graffam graduated from Medomak Valley High School in 1974 winning varsity letters in cross country, basketball and baseball. He was most valuable player of the cross-country team his junior and senior years, helping the team achieve four consecutive years as Knox-Lincoln champions. In basketball, Graffam won three varsity letters, as the team was ranked number one in Western Maine in 1972 and 1974, and a fourth seed in 1973. He was selected best offensive player for coach Art Dyer’s Panthers his junior year and MVP his senior year, along with being selected as a Bangor Daily News honorable mention All-State selection. Graffam still has the single-game and season assist records at MVHS. In baseball, Graffam's teams were Knox-Lincoln League champions four consecutive years, making it to the Western Maine final in 1971 and semifinals in 1972, 1973 and 1974. Graffam went on to Colby College in Waterville where he played basketball, winning a varsity letter three years. He continued on in basketball as a coach for the past 36 years. He has accumulated 370 wins with numerous tournament appearances and was selected as coach of the year in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conferece, Class A East and Northern Class AA.

Neil Lash — Lash graduated from Waldoboro High School in 1959, playing basketball and baseball his junior and senior years. He went on to Gorham State Teachers College (later the University of Southern Maine) where he played four years of baseball. Lash also played baseball for the Friendship and Waldoboro semi-pro teams and the Auburn Aces. In the mid-1970s he was one of the top road runners in the state. Lash has coached numerous sports at the high school and college level, served as the director of Hoop Camp in Casco 1971-1988 and has been the unofficial assistant athletic director at Medomak Valley High School since 2003. Lash has dedicated thousands of hours over the years improving athletic facilities at Medomak and working at home events. One of his greatest attributes is the hundreds of student-athletes he has mentored the past 54 years as a teacher and coach.

Bruno Mazzeo (posthumous) — Mazzeo attended Rockland High School in the mid-1930s, competing on the track-and-field team. He was an outstanding distance runner, holding the mile record for more than 20 years until broken by MSHF inductee Robert "Bob" Hillgrove. Mazzeo became interested in the Boston Marathon in the early 1930s and hitch-hiked to Boston, sometimes sleeping on park benches, to participate in many distance races in Massachusetts, plus the marathon. Three consecutive years he won the Revere 12-miler. Bruno ran the Boston Marathon six times starting in 1936, finishing as high as seventh place in 1944. Mazzeo and his younger brother, Emilio (Dave), took turns winning the Portland Boys Club 5-Miler in 1941 and 1942 and were considered among the top distance runners in the country. Mazzeo was inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame in 1994.

Meredith Messer — Messer grew up in Aroostook County, graduating from Washburn High School in 1990. She played soccer for Washburn then went on to the University of New England in 1990, transferring to the University of Maine in Farmington in 1991 where she played soccer, receiving all-conference recognition and being selected as an All-American scholar-athlete. In 1996, Messer was hired as the girls varsity soccer coach at Camden-Rockport High School and is where her hall-of-fame journey began. In the 23 years of coaching girls soccer at Camden-Rockport and Camden Hills Regional High School, she has 245 wins, making the state playoffs 20 of the 23 years, being Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference champions five times, several Eastern Maine runner-up spots, Class A North champions three times and state Class A champions in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Messer was selected KVAC coach of the year in 1996 and 2012 and state large school coach of the year in 2016 and 2017.

Josh Nash — Nash graduated from Medomak Valley High School in 1995 where he played basketball and ran track. In 1995 he won the state 200-meter championship. Basketball was Nash's game, though, becoming the all-time leading scorer in Medomak Valley history. He was selected Mr. Maine Basketball in 1995, Class A tournament most valuable player in 1994, all-tourney team in 1995 and All-State teams in 1994 and 1995. He was all-Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference four years of high school and in 1995 was The Courier-Gazette athlete of the year. Nash received a full basketball scholarship to the Division I University of Maine in Orono, playing a key role his freshman year, only to have a career-ending injury during his sophomore year.

Larry Terrio — At Rockland District High School Terrio played football, basketball and baseball. In football, as a running back, he had a 300-yard game, scoring three touchdowns. He was captain of the 1960 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference champion basketball team that finished 15-3 and played in the Eastern Maine tournament. In baseball, Terrio batted more than .300. He was offered a scholarship to play basketball at Colby College in Waterville.Terrio also has made his mark in the Midcoast as a coach at many levels, including Little League, Babe Ruth and high school basketball and baseball. He served as the boys varsity basketball coach at RDHS for five years after serving 10 years as the assistant with teams making the tournament 10 of those 15 years. He was hired as the first recreation director for Thomaston in 1977 and was instrumental in starting many youth programs in the area, serving as president of several local baseball leagues, and initiating many special sporting events for boys and girls.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Linda Hillgrove | Aug 02, 2019 13:14

BRUNO MAZZEO.....in the summer of 1961, after Bob Hillgrove had set a Rockland High X-C record as a sophomore in 1960, Bruno came to the house @ 107A South Main, in Rockland, (now Maritime Farms gas pumps) & said he would like to coach him for awhile......Bruno proceeded to follow Bob in his car on Old County Road & have him run in the middle, no crown there, Bob responded w/ "what about the cars in back " ?? "Oh, that's okay, replied Bruno, they can go to the right OR left of us; plenty of room"   -----try that now; it would be a death march.....BRUNO MAZZEO, staying the course of life



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