Eight to be inducted into the PIHS Athletic Hall of Fame

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Eight to be inducted into the PIHS Athletic Hall of Fame

By Jon Gulliver

Staff writer

PRESQUE ISLE — The Presque Isle High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be growing by eight persons this spring.

Five athletes, two administrators and one community member will represent the 2012 class of inductees. 10 people were inducted in the inaugural class this year.

Staci Hafford Barnes, Jim Carter, Steve Condon, Jim Dyer, Sr., Melissa Blackstone Gogain, Gene Hunter, James Lyford and Darci Collins McCrum will enter the hall during a ceremony scheduled for May 12.

Dyer, Hunter and Lyford are being honored posthumously.


Staci Hafford Barnes


Barnes, who graduated in ’90, played varsity soccer and basketball for four years, twice being named a All-Big East Conference all-star as well as to the Eastern Maine All-Tournament team.

She was selected as the Maine Sports Hall of Fame Class A state final MVP after leading Presque Isle past Portland in the 1990 state championship game.

Barnes went on to play college basketball, first at Thomas College and then at Husson University.

She has also been inducted into the Husson University Hall of Fame in 2006.





Jim Carter


Carter, Class of ’64, has been active as a historian of PIHS and its sports programs, writing a book on the school’s basketball program from 1950 through 2009 as well as articles recognizing numerous athletes who starred for the Wildcats in various sports.

Carter, who taught at Caribou High Schoool for 25 years and coached sports for more than two decades, also has been active as a fundraiser for PIHS athletic programs and as one of the founders of the athletic hall of fame.





Steve Condon


Condon, a 1971 graduate, was a two-time All-Maine selection in basketball, and the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior.

Condon also played baseball for PIHS.

After two years at Leicester Junior College in Massachusetts, Condon started for two years in basketball at the University of Maine.

He was a double-figure scorer for the Black Bears both years and captained the team as a senior.

He set the school record for single-game field-goal percentage by making 18 of 20 shots (90 percent) during an upset of nationally ranked Virginia Commonwealth.

He was a two-time All-Yankee Conference selection, earning first-team honors as a senior.





Jim Dyer, Sr.


Dyer began his teaching career at Presque Isle in 1946, later serving as chairman of the math department and as assistant principal.

He also was the varsity baseball coach for 15 years, leading the Wildcats to five Aroostook League championships and two co-championships.

Dyer also officiated high school basketball for nearly two decades, umpired baseball and headed the Presque Isle Recreation Department for several years.

Before coming to the Star City, he played baseball, basketball and football at Bowdoin College, and in 1940 was named to the U.S. national team that played in the World Series of Amateur Baseball in Cuba.

He has been inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Fame.





Melissa Blackstone Gogain


Gogain is the most recent graduate to be honored in this group, receiving her diploma in 2001.

She starred in basketball, cross country and track at Presque Isle High School.

In track, she won state championships in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, setting a state Class B record of 5:01.10 in 2001.

She set school records in every distance from 100 through 1,600 meters and once held state records in both the 800 and 1,600.

She was also named the PIHS Outstanding Athlete her senior year.

Gogain went on to run track and cross country at Liberty University where she twice earned All-Big South Conference honors in track and was named to the Big South All-Academic team in cross country.





Gene Hunter

sp-hunter-dcx-sh-47 Hunter, Class of ’40, captained the Presque Isle baseball and basketball teams his senior year, and his 1938 baseball team reached the state championship game.

He went on to play baseball and basketball at Colby College where he was twice named All-New England in both sports, and later played semi-pro baseball for the Presque Isle Indians.

After serving in World War II, Hunter embarked on a career in education that began at Houlton High School.

As a basketball coach he won state championships at three different schools — Morse of Bath, Portsmouth, N.H. and South Portland.

Hunter went on to serve as athletic director at South Portland for 10 years, and he has been inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame, Maine Sports Hall of Fame, Maine Sports Legends Hall of Fame and New England Basketball Hall of Fame.





James Lyford


Lyford, who graduated in 1950, has a 37-year association with the high school, first as a student-athlete who held the Aroostook County record in the 880 of 2:02.2 for several years and as a senior led the Wildcats to the cross country state championship.

He later coached boys cross country at PIHS for 20 years and track for 15 years, leading his teams to three state championships, four regional titles and eight County crowns in cross country and seven Aroostook League track championships.

Lyford won more State Championships than any other coach at PIHS.





Darci Collins McCrum


The 1989 graduate, McCrum played soccer, softball, basketball and volleyball at Presque Isle.

She was a two-time All-Maine choice in both soccer and softball and a 1989 All-Maine honoree in basketball.

She went on to play basketball at Husson University where as a senior she helped the team finish third in the NAIA Fabulous Four while setting a national tournament record with 20 assists.

She ranks among Husson’s career leaders in 3-point field goal percentage, games played, assists and steals, and was named to the university’s athletic hall of fame in 2004.