WASHBURN, Maine — The recognition of a beloved educator, administrator, and sports coach yielded a large turnout last week at the Washburn School District gym.
Ron Ericson was recognized for his 48 years of service on Friday, Feb. 2 with a placard and a signed basketball from the Washburn boys and girls basketball teams. The signed basketball thanked Ericson for his dedication to the Washburn school.
“This summer when I was getting ready for my 70th birthday, I kind of figured out I was going to school since I was six-years old,” Ericson said to the crowded gym. “It’s been a joy every day to come and do what you do.”
Ericson thanked the staff of the Washburn school and expressed his gratitude for serving as an educator to hundreds of kids in the community before the boys basketball game began.
The Washburn girls basketball team won by a single point against Easton with a 23-22 final score happening before Ericson’s recognition. Washburn Beaver Madelyn Johnston was the lead scorer with 13 points and Easton Bear Madison Bridges scored 11 points.
Later in the evening, the Washburn boys basketball team fell behind and lost to Easton with a 78-42 final score. Easton Bears player Owen Sweeney netted 23 points with Chase Flewelling adding 17 points. Washburn Beaver Garrett Plourde led his team in scoring with 24 points.