FORT KENT – More than half of Larry Murphy’s 1986-87 basketball team made their way to the University of Maine at Fort Kent over the weekend, where the team was recognized during the annual Hall of Fame banquet for their outstanding performance during that season with a “Silver Anniversary” recognition during the ceremony.
UMFK held its annual banquet on Saturday, March 24, with more than 150 people in attendance. UMFK president Wilson G. Hess addressed the crowd after dinner before Murphy took the podium to introduce his 1986-87 basketball team.
Larry Wilcox and Robert Fairbrother introduced Sterling Leblanc, a driving force for the UMFK Bengals men’s basketball team from 1965 to 1969 who played for coach Lowell “Ozzie” Osgood. Leblanc passed away in 2010, but his widow Rolande Leblanc accepted the award on his behalf.
Guy Cousins, introduced by Sheri Cousins, received the Roger Grindle Sportsmanship Award in 1981 and the Student Senate Award for Athletics in 1981 and 1982. While attending UMFK, he worked for the Maine State Legislature for three years as a bipartisan House staff member.
Paula (Martin) Zwemke was an outstanding basketball player during her four years at UMFK, named Most Valuable Player (’88) and was the recipient of the Coaches Award (’89). Martin was introduced by her former coach Ed Marshall.
Marshall teamed up with Terry Carpenter to introduce the next inductee, former UMFK basketball star Beth (Daigle) King, who played for Coach Ed Marshall at UMFK.
Andre “Shorty” Anderson was the youngest athlete in this year’s Hall of Fame class, having graduated in 2011. Anderson came from Manchester, Jamaica to play under the direction of head coach Bill Ashby, who presented the award. Ashby has inducted two of his players in back to back years, having presented Emlyn Jacoby with the award during the 2011 ceremonies.