The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame will recognize eight more inductees at the annual Induction Banquet. The Banquet will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Rockland Elks Club. For ticket information contact Dave Ames at email@example.com or call 789-5118.
This year’s inductees include:
Matt was a 1997 graduate of Rockland High School where he lettered in soccer, football, basketball and baseball. He was a 1,000 point scorer for the Tigers basketball team, being named KVAC Player of the Year both his junior and senior year. He was also All KVAC Conference in baseball his junior year. Matt went on to Husson College where he had a stellar career in basketball, helping lead the Eagles to several MAC Championships, appearances in the National NAIA 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, Matt got into coaching basketball at his alma mater, Rockland/Oceanside High School. He has had a very successful coaching career, coaching both the Mariners boys and girls varsity teams. He has accumulated over 200 wins, including a Class B Eastern Maine runner-up, Class A North Champions and Class A runner-up in boys basketball and most recently the Girls Class B State Championship with an undefeated girls team, led by his 2nd team All State daughter Bailey.
Marty attended Rockland District High School 1968-72. Marty 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 90’s he was winning many of the top tournaments on the East Coast in the Miller World Series of Tavern Pool. After moving to California, Marty got interested in trick pool and billiards. He has won or had top place finishes in numerous tournaments throughout the country both individually and on a team. He has been ranked as high as #12 in the World and has been inducted into the New England Pool & Billiards Hall of Fame. Marty not resides in Waldoboro and has been the innovator of a trick shot que called the Marty Carey Jump Q.
Nick was a 1982 graduate of Medomak Valley High School where he was a varsity letter winner on the boys basketball team, being named MVP his senior year. While attending the University of Maine at Farmington, Nick got into coaching sub varsity teams in area schools near Farmington. After graduation from college, Nick was a Division 3 college assistant for 2 years before becoming the head coach for the Madison High School boys’ varsity team. He served there for three years, averaging 13 wins per season. He then returned to the midcoast area, taking over the helm at Georges Valley HS, where his teams reached the regional tournament 8 years in a row, reaching the Western Maine Class C Final twice. He then coached Lincoln Academy for three years, helping the Eagles achieve tournament success. In 2007 – 2008 Nick returned to his alma mater, Medomak Valley as the head coach. In the 13 years at Medomak his teams have qualified for the tournament all 13 years, with 7 KVAC Championship appearances, 4 KVAC titles, played in 4 regional championships, winning 2 of them only to lose in the State Final games, once at the buzzer. Nick has 337 career wins with 12 State or Conference Coach of the Year Honors
Richard Harden (posthumous)
Richard grew up in the “Highlands” of Rockland, near the Rockland Golf Club where he was a caddy and started to learn the game of golf. 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 Richard 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. Richard went on to have a very successful golfing career locally, winning many local and regional tournaments. He was also a very active member of his community, serving as a Boy Scout Troop leader, member of the Rockland Kiwanis Club and serving as coach of the Kiwanis Little League Team. He also was a very avid skier and played on the Rockland Ice Hockey Team, where he was captain his senior year.
Kyle was a 1989 graduate of Lincoln Academy where he won varsity letters for 3 years in soccer, basketball and baseball. In soccer he was the goal keeper , who had outstanding instincts in stopping shots, helping lead his team to a Class B State Championship in 1987, runner-up to the State Championship in 1988, while captaining the team in 1989. In basketball, Kyle 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 Class B State Championship. They were Class B runner-ups in the West in 1988. Kyle tied the single game record of 40 points in one game and scored 83 points in the 1989 Western B 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. Kyle went on to Bates College where he played on the varsity basketball team there.
Randy Shrout (posthumous)
Randy was 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. Randy attended Bridgton Academy in 1969 after graduation from Rockland. He then attended the Univ. of Maine, Penn, Indiana State and UConn to receive his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sports medicine. Randy became the Head Athletic Trainer at Boston College, taking the program from a staff of 2 to more than 25. He traveled with the football team as the trainer in the days of Doug Flutie, also serving as the trainer for the BC basketball team. He was made an Assistant AD 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 this honor.
Laurie was a 1986 graduate of Wiscasset High School where she was the first 1,000 point scorer in Wiscasset basketball history. She received Bangor Daily News Honorable Mention in 1986. She 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. Laurie went on to star at Franklin Pierce College, where she was a good scorer and a prolific rebounder. After graduation from college Laurie joined the Air Force and was a player on the 1989-90 US Air Force Women’s Team.
Gary grew up in Gray, Maine, graduating from Gray-New Gloucester HS in 1966. After getting an undergraduate degree from Univ. of Maine/Presque Isle and graduate degree from Univ. of Maine, Gary became a Physical Education teacher at Camden-Rockport elementary and middle schools, serving in that position for 41 years. He is a nationally recognized physical education teacher, receiving 6 national awards and 3 New England Awards. He has been 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 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. Gary has also served as the Athletic Administrator at the middle school and has successfully coached numerous soccer and basketball teams there.