WATERVILLE - The Maine Sports Hall of Fame will induct nine new members May 5 at its 38th annual awards banquet at the Augusta Civic Center.
Inductees are Douglas W. Brown, M.D., Portland; Richard (Ricky) A. Craven, Concord, North Carolina; Paula C. Doughty, Farmington; Gary B. Fifield, Buxton; John (Skip) U. Robinson, Windham; Robert Russo, Portland; Paul M. Vachon, Augusta; Manchester H. Wheeler, Brewer; and John C. Wolfgram, South Portland.
Also, five scholar-athletes will be honored as recipients of $5,000 scholarships: Georgia Bolduc, Waterville High School; Caitlin Bucksbaum, Falmouth High School; Adrienne Carmack, John Bapst Memorial High School; Madeline Wiegman, Leavitt Area High School; and Evan Worster, Forest Hills Consolidated School.
Richard G. Austin, Rumford, will receive the outstanding achievement award.
Tickets are $40 for members of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and $45 for non-members. A reserved table for 10 is $400. Tickets may be purchased until April 28. A social hour is scheduled for 11 a.m. The dinner buffet will begin promptly at noon.
Make checks payable to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. To purchase tickets online, visit www.mshof.com and click on the Banquet Tickets link.
Douglas W. Brown, M.D - A specialist in sports medicine, Brown has served as medical consultant to U.S. national soccer teams. From 1994-2000 he was head team physician for the U.S. women's national team. A native of Waterville, Brown is a 1968 graduate of Bowdoin College where he captained the hockey team.
Richard (Ricky) A. Craven - NASCAR driver and ESPN analyst, Craven began racing at the age of 15 at Unity Raceway. Named Busch North Rookie of the Year in 1990, Craven was also honored in 1995 as NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie the Year. In more than 11 years of competition, he participated in 278 races.
Paula C. Doughty - Field hockey coach at Skowhegan for 31 seasons, Doughty has compiled a record of 438-80-17, including 11 state Class A titles in 12 years. Twice, in 2004 and 2008, she was honored as National High School Coach of the Year. Skowhegan's 2012 team (18-0) outscored its opponents 147-2. Skowhegan has won 54 consecutive games.
Gary B. Fifield - Women's basketball coach at the University of Southern Maine, Fifield holds the NCAA Ddivision III record with 30 consecutive years of 20 or more wins. At the conclusion of the 2011-2012 season, he had the highest winning percentage (84.2) among NCAA Division III women's basketball coaches with five or more seasons of service. His record was 601-113.
John U. Robinson - A national and international power lifting and body-building champion,
Robinson has dedicated his life to promoting health and physical fitness. In 1986 he won Mr.World, AAU Body Building Championship (1st place short height class). Why did he start lifting weights? "I got tired of being skinny," Robinson said.
Robert Russo - Owner of the Portland Boxing Club since the early 1990s, Russo has been selected 14 times as coach for Team New England. He twice served as coach of Regional Team #1 in Lake Placid, N.Y. an area encompassing New England, New York and New Jersey. In 2008 he was selected as Coach of the Year for USA Boxing/New England.
Paul M. Vachon - Starting point guard in 1973 for Cony High School's state Class A championship team, Vachon was coach of varsity girls' basketball at Cony 1985-2008. His teams compiled a record of 451-40, a winning percentage of 91.1. Cony won seven state Class A championships and 11 Eastern Maine titles. Since his retirement from coaching, Vachon has served as athletic administrator at Cony.
Manchester H. Wheeler - A two-way standout at quarterback and safety at the University of Maine 1958-1961, Wheeler led the Black Bears in total offense in his junior and senior years. In his final season, Wheeler averaged 10.09 yards per carry. Drafted by the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, he also played for the Boston Patriots.
John C. Wolfgram - Wolfgram-coached high school football teams have won 10 gold balls: one at Madison, Class C; three at Gardiner, Class B; four at South Portland, Class A; and two at Cheverus, Class A. Over a span of three seasons, 2010-2012, Cheverus established a state Class A record of 34 consecutive wins. The previous record was 31 by South Portland 1995-1997 when Wolfgram headed the program.