Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of March 23, 2022
75 Years Ago – March 20, 1947
Roberts leads Athletic Association — Earle Roberts was named chairman of the Baseball Committee of the Athletic Association at a meeting of this organization, Sidney Cook presiding.
Lloyd Hawkins, director of the association in the Northern League, related to the group the business transacted at the league’s meeting in Fort Fairfield. He said that the league voted scheduled weekday games on Wednesdays.
Captains mules — Gene Hunter, former Presque Isle High school baseball luminary, was elected captain of the Colby College basketball five for the following season. He was a three-sports star at Presque Isle, and in 1942 while at Colby, he was named to the All-State college team at a guard position. His college work was interrupted temporarily when he entered the service, but he resumed his studies at Colby the previous fall and was a regular on the Colby basketball team the previous season.
Coffin to manage Ashland Pastimers — Dalton Coffin was elected manager of the Ashland baseball team at a meeting of the baseball club held at the Legion building. Nathan Kinney was chosen director of the team, and W.A. Mooers and Buford Grant were named as coaches. The grounds committee was Ralph Clifford, Ray Dunn, James Morrison, Nathan Kinney, Dalton Coffin and Harry Carson. Dr. T.J. Miller was chosen as the team’s physician and physical director.
50 Years Ago – March 22, 1972
Budget appropriation approved — Mars Hill citizens approved a total budget appropriation of $134.541, which did not include the school appropriation. Over 175 people attended the meeting at the Central Aroostook High School cafeteria. A major appropriation of $47,190 went for protection activities, including fire and police. Some $15,000 went for town roads, while $22,300 went for administrative accounts. Allotments of $6,000 each went to the welfare accounts and the Aroostook Health Center.
Queen Dixie and King Hy crowned — Dixie Shaw was crowned winter carnival queen of Central Aroostook High School by reigning queen Joanne McKim. Tom McCrea, 1971 king, crowned Hy Adelman as new winter carnival king and high-point boy. Queen Dixie presented Kristi Brooks with the high-point girl trophy; then she and King Hy led the grand march. The royal couple presented the trophies and ribbons to the winners. The theme of the snow sculpture contest was “The Wild, Wild West.” The junior class won with “Covered Wagon.” Second place seniors, “Old Chapel.” The “Old Locomotive” was third, sophomore class; freshman, fourth, “Fort.” The high-point class winning the trophy was the junior; second, sophomore; third, freshman; and fourth, senior.
25 Years Ago – March 19, 1997
Bringing home the gold — The Lady ’Cats trounced Portland to win the state championship. A 19-0 run, which began late in the first quarter and ended midway through the second, broke open a close game and helped the Presque Isle Lady Wildcats to their first Class A state championship in seven years with a 77-49 victory over Portland at the Bangor Auditorium. The victory capped off a perfect 21-0 season for coach Dick Barstow’s squad and also included an incredible offensive performance by Kim Condon, whose 41 point effort broke the state title game record of 40 set four years prior by Cindy Blodgett. Presque Isle, which boasted a near-capacity crowd on its side of the auditorium, got off to a fabulous start. They led by 16-6 margin just 3 minutes and 40 seconds into the game, keyed by Condon’s 10 points during a 1:02 stretch.
Junior exhibition winners — Winners of the Easton High School Junior Exhibition were, first place, Justin Perry, the son of Roxanne and Vaughn Perry, who presented the piece, “My Day in the Woods.” Carrie Fowler, the daughter of Jon and Robin Fowler, who presented “That Look,” finished second. And Jonah Alexander, son of Martha and Bruce Alexande