WALDOBORO — The Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame will recognize eight inductees at its annual banquet on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Elks Lodge in Rockland.
The latest group of inductees includes Matt Breen, Marty Carey, Nick DePatsy, Richard Harden, Kyle O’Bryan, Randy Shrout, Laurie Smith and Gary Spinney. Harden and Shrout will be dedicated posthumously.
The physical hall of fame is in the Dow Discount Furniture building in Waldoboro, while the induction ceremony takes place in Rockland.
For more ticket information, contact Dave Ames at [email protected] or call 789-5118.
The class of 2022 includes:
Matt Breen— He graduated in 1997 from Rockland District High School where he studied soccer, football, basketball and baseball. He was a 1,000-point football player for the Tigers basketball team, being named Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year his junior and senior years. He was also All-KVAC in baseball in his freshman year. Breen went to Husson College where he had a stellar basketball career and helped lead the Eagles to conference championships, National Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament appearances and personal accomplishments in as a NAIA All-American, NAIA college athlete. , Nelson DeGrasse Award winner and an all-conference selection. After graduating from Husson, Breen embarked on coaching basketball at his alma mater, RDHS and later Oceanside High School. He had a successful coaching career, leading the Tiger Boys then Mariner Boys and Girls varsity hoops teams. He has amassed over 200 wins, including a Class B East runner-up, Class A North champion, and Class A runner-up in men’s basketball and most recently the Class B state championship with an undefeated team. of Mariner Girls, led by her daughter, Bailey, a second-team All-State selection.
Marty Carey— He attended Rockland District High School from 1968 to 1972. Carey began playing pool at age 12 at one of Rockland’s two pool halls. By age 14, he was beating older players in rotation, Kelly Pool and Bottle Pool. He entered the competitive pool and into the 1990s, when he won many of the East Coast’s top tournaments in the Miller World Series of Tavern Pool. After moving to California, Carey became interested in trick pool and billiards. He has won or achieved the best results in many tournaments across the country, individually and as a team. He was ranked 12th in the world and was inducted into the New England Pool & Billiards Hall of Fame. Carey resides in Waldoboro and was the innovator of a jump tail called Marty Carey Jump Q.
Nick DePatsy – He graduated in 1982 from Medomak Valley High School, where he won a varsity letter on the men’s basketball team, named the most valuable player of his senior year. While attending the University of Maine at Farmington, DePatsy got into coaching sub-college teams at area schools near Farmington. After graduating from college, DePatsy served as a Division III varsity assistant for two years before becoming head coach of Madison High School’s men’s varsity team. He served there for three years, when he averaged 13 wins. He returned to the Midcoast, as he took the helm of Georges Valley High School in Thomaston, where his teams reached the regional tournament eight consecutive years, including the Class C West finals twice. He coached Lincoln Academy in Newcastle for three years, where he helped the Eagles win the tournament. In 2007-08, DePatsy returned to his alma mater, Medomak Valley, as head coach. In 13 years, his Panther teams have qualified for the tournament 13 times, with seven Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship appearances, four KVAC titles, contested in four regional championships, winning two of them only to lose in the final. ‘state, once at the buzzer. . DePatsy has 337 career wins with 12 Coach of the Year or conference honors
Richard Harden (posthumous) — He grew up in the “Highlands” of Rockland near the Rockland Golf Club where he caddyed and began to learn the game of golf. He graduated from Rockland High School in 1937. As a left-handed person, it was not as easy to learn the game, as left-handed equipment was scarce 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 finished second in the state championship. He also won the 1937 Individual Schoolboy Championship and was a runner-up in the 1937 Maine State Junior Championship. Harden went on to a very successful golf career on the grassroots level, winning numerous 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 coach of the Kiwanis Little League team. He was also a very avid skier and played on the Rockland ice hockey team, where he was captain in his senior year.
Kyle O’Bryan— He was a 1989 graduate of Lincoln Academy where he earned college letters for 3 years in football, basketball and baseball. In football, he was the goaltender, who had exceptional shot-stopping instincts, helping lead his team to a Class B state championship in 1987, state championship runner-up in 1988, while serving as captain team in 1989. In basketball, O”Bryan was an outstanding defender while also being one of the team’s top scorers. He scored 1,000 points for the Eagles, who won the state championship Class B in 1989. They were Class B runners-up in the West in 1988. O’Bryan tied the single-game record 40 points in one game and scored 83 points in the 1989 Western B tournament. He was McDonald’s All Star in 1989 and captained the team in 1989. In baseball, he also captained the team in 1989. O’Bryan went to Bates College where he played on the basketball team -college ball.
Randy Shrout (posthumous) — He was a 1968 graduate of Rockland District High School, where he won a three-year letter to 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 graduating from Rockland. He then attended the Univ. from Maine, Penn, Indiana State and UConn to receive his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sports medicine. Shrout became Boston College’s head athletic trainer, growing the program from a roster of 2 to over 25. He traveled with the football team as a coach during the days of Doug Flutie, also serving as a coach for the BC basketball team. He was named 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 graduate from outside British Columbia to receive this honour.
Laurie Smith— She graduated in 1986 from Wiscasset High School where she was the first 1,000-point footballer in Wiscasset Basketball history. She received honorable mention from the Bangor Daily News in 1986. Smith also played on the McDonald’s All Star Team in 1986. During her playing years, her teams were 53-19, with 8 of those losses coming while that she was out of the lineup due to injury. Smith went on to play at Franklin Pierce College, where she was a prolific scorer and rebounder. After graduating from college, Smith joined the Air Force and played on the USAF Women’s Team in 1989-90.
Gary Spinney— He grew up in Gray, Maine and graduated from Gray-New Gloucester HS in 1966. After earning an undergraduate degree from Univ. du Maine/Presque Isle and graduate degree from Univ. of Maine, Spinney 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, having received 6 national awards and 3 New England awards. He was recognized as the 1987 Maine Physical Education Teacher of the Year and the 1988 NASPE Eastern District Teacher of the Year and the 1988 National Physical Education Teacher of the Year. He is known for its jump rope teams which have been acclaimed across the country. In 2013, Camden-Rockport Elementary was recognized as the Maine American Heart Association’s School of the Year, and that same year Spinney received the New England American Heart Association’s Volunteer of the Year award for his Jump Rope for Heart program. Spinney was also an athletic administrator in college and successfully coached numerous football and basketball teams there.
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