Six new names will be entered into the Old Town High School Athletic Hall of Fame this fall, according to an announcement by the school and the RSU 34 Educational Foundation.

The 2016 induction class includes Richard Carlow (Class of 1952), Diana (Perkins) Akerley (1980), Sterling LeBlanc (1965), Melanie (Brockway) O’Keefe (1986), Sarah Wilcox (2009) and longtime swim coach Doug Springer.

The inductees will be introduced at a reception prior to the homecoming football game against Foxcroft Academy on Sept. 23. The reception, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. in MacKenzie Gymnasium and include the induction ceremony, video tribute and light refreshments. The Class of 2016 also will be recognized at halftime of the football game, when they will receive their Hall of Fame plaques.

Akerley was a three-year starter in basketball and softball and helped the 1980 basketball team to an Eastern Maine Class A championship. She was named to the 1980 All-Tourney Team and the Bangor Daily News All-Maine first team after scoring more than 1,000 points in three varsity seasons — without benefit of a 3-point line.

Akerley received a scholarship to play at the University of Maine, but injuries cut her career short after two seasons.

Carlow competed in basketball, baseball and football, and helped lead the 1952 basketball team to the Class LL state championship, the first in school history. For his efforts he was named the tournament MVP and selected to the Bangor Daily News All-Tourney first team.

Carlow also helped the 1951 basketball team advance to the Eastern Maine final.

In his senior year, Carlow helped the football, basketball and baseball teams compile an overall record of 27-8.

Wilcox was a three-sport athlete for Old Town who excelled in field hockey, in which she was a four-year starter for the Coyotes before taking her talents to UMass Lowell.

She helped lead the River Hawks to four straight national championship games and the team claimed the NCAA Division II title in her sophomore season.

Wilcox was a two-time All-American and named captain her senior season when she also was named the Northeast-10 Conference tournament MVP. She capped off her college career by being named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association North/South Senior All-Star Game.

Springer made a lasting impact on swimming at Old Town, leading the school’s girls team to six straight Class B state championships from 1992 through 1997. No other girls swimming coach in Maine has accomplished that feat, regardless of class.

Springer helped the OT boys swimming team win the 2003 Class B state title.

A former school board member, Springer served as director of the Old Town/Orono YMCA, where he was instrumental in the construction of the swimming pool and field house.

Springer now serves as head coach of the Saddlebrook Swim Club in Arizona.

O’Keefe was a standout athlete in track and field hockey, and continues to hold school track records set two decades ago in the indoor 55-meter high hurdles at 8.6 seconds and the 100-meter high hurdles outdoors at 15.4 seconds.

She continued her success on the track during a four-year career at Colby College.

LeBlanc, who is being honored posthumously, played basketball and baseball at Old Town, and in 1965 he set what was then a MacKenzie Gymnasium scoring record with 39 points in a game. He was named the basketball team’s MVP that season.

He went on to the University of Maine at Fort Kent and helped the Bengals’ basketball team win its first Northeast College Conference championship. LeBlanc scored more than 1,000 career points and was named to the state’s 1969 college all-star team.

LeBlanc subsequently taught and coached at Van Buren High School, leading the boys basketball team to its first Eastern Maine tournament appearance.

He was inducted to the UMFK Hall of Fame in 2012.

An avid runner, LeBlanc organized the Pen Bay Pacers Running Club in 1982.

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