Sports highlight UMPI Homecoming
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — This weekend marks the 2014 Homecoming for University of Maine at Presque Isle. Athletic events include volleyball and men and women’s varsity soccer matches on Saturday and alumni games for men’s and women’s soccer and baseball and a 5K race on Sunday.
Saturday’s schedule includes volleyball matches against UM-Machias at Gentile Hall at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A soccer doubleheader is also slated, with Fisher College in town to take on the Owls at Park Family Field. The women’s game begins at noon and the men’s game follows at 2 p.m.
Sunday is Alumni Sports Day with some of UMPI’s greatest Owls returning to the field against current team members. The men’s soccer alumni game is at 10 a.m. and the women’s soccer alumni game at noon at Park Family Field. The baseball alumni game will be played at the Presque Isle High School field at 10 a.m.
The cross country program is also sponsoring a 5K race that morning at 10 a.m. on the course at Park Family Field. There is no entry fee for the 5K race but donations to the UMPI running program will be accepted. For more information, contact Chris Smith at 768-9472.
Saturday evening also includes the induction of two Owl greats into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Shawn Manter (Class of 1993) and Erica Davis (Class of 2009) will be honored at the hall of fame dinner in the Campus Center.
Manter, who played at Fort Fairfield High School, was outstanding on the basketball court for the Owls from 1990-1993. His aggressive slashing style of play, allowed him to score more than 1,000 points in just three seasons of play on the highly-competitive, Karl Henrickson-led UMPI teams that competed for Northeast College Conference (NCC) championships in the early 90s.
Named to the NCC All-Freshman team in 1991, Manter’s consistently outstanding play continued throughout his time as an Owl. In 1992, Manter was named honorable mention NCC All-Conference and in 1993, he was the UMPI MVP and an NCC All-Conference first teamer.
Manter stayed in his native Aroostook County after graduation and has had a positive impact on the local economy, serving on the Maine Tourism Commission and the Caribou Planning Board. In 2005, the Caribou resident was awarded the Aroostook Region State Tourism Award for regional promotion that “has resulted in the advancement of the Maine tourism industry.”
Davis ranks as one of the most accomplished athletes to ever don an Owl uniform. An All-American volleyball player in 2008-09 and one of the finest basketball and softball players UMPI fans have ever witnessed, she also scored more than 1,000 points on the basketball court in only three seasons. Davis was a two-time winner of the UMPI Female Athlete of the Year and MVP of her volleyball and basketball each year she participated.
On the softball diamond, Davis was named to the NCAA AD3I All-Independent First-Team in 2008 and 2009. Her junior season, at the AD3I Northeast Regional Tournament, she hit .688 in five games, going 11-for-16 at the plate, including a three-run homer and 10 RBI.
Her senior year was one of the finest basketball seasons ever compiled by an UMPI student-athlete. Davis earned first-team All-Conference spots on both the Sunrise Conference and NCAA AD3I squads. She led the entire state of Maine in scoring (20.6 ppg), rebounding (12.1 rpg) and steals (5.2 spg), while leading the Owls to a second place Sunrise Conference finish. That same year, Davis registered 15 double-doubles, scored more than 25 points seven times and set the UMPI single-game scoring record with 49 points.
Her outstanding play in 2008-09 was rewarded by being named the Association of Division III Independent National Co-Player of the Year. In all, Davis scored 1,193 career points in only three seasons of play.
The Hall of Fame festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday with a reception in the Campus Center. The dinner will follow at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 768-9506.