Two outstanding runners and a trio of multi-sport athletes will be honored when they are inducted into the Orono High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016.
Danny St. Louis, a 1973 graduate, along with Kevin Dyer (1976), Steve Dexter (1976), Suzanne Schmidt (1988) and Olivia Alford (2004) will be recognized for their efforts at halftime of the Orono football game against Washington Academy on Friday, Oct. 7.
St. Louis played football, basketball, baseball and golf at Orono. He was a third-team all-state selection as a senior in 1973 while helping the Red Riots basketball team go undefeated en route to a state championship.
He also captained the golf team and was a medalist at the district championships. He went on to play both basketball, reaching the national tournament in 1975, and golf at Husson College in Bangor.
St. Louis left Husson after two years to pursue golf in Florida, where he has lived for 40 years. He is the director of golf at The Breakers Rees Jones Course in West Palm Beach. He also has competed internationally and was named the PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1999.
Dyer was a force in track and field and cross-country at Orono. At one point, he held five individual school records.
He was a five-time state champion in the high jump from 1974-76, taking three outdoor titles and two indoor crowns. He also won states in the long and triple jumps and the 300-yard run, and in 1976, he was second at the New Englands in the high jump and the 300.
He swept the high, long and triple jumps and the 440 run to spark the Red Riots to the 1976 Class C outdoor championship after they had taken the cross-country and indoor titles.
Dyer, who still holds school records in the long and triple jumps, graduated from the University of Maine before serving in law enforcement.
Dexter distinguished himself as the state’s premier distance runner of his era in cross-country and track. The four-time team captain was a three-time individual state champion in leading Orono to conference, regional and state titles in 1975 and 1976.
Indoors, Dexter set school records in the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200 meters and held the 1,000 state record for two seasons. He still holds Orono’s indoor mile and 2-mile standards.
He claimed 11 individual state championships and set nine school, conference, or state records during his last three years. Dexter also was on three state championship teams as a senior and went on to be named a high school All-American.
The UMaine graduate teaches social studies in Old Town and remains involved in running as the outdoor distance coach at Orono.
Alford was a 10-time letterwinner in soccer, basketball and outdoor track at Orono. On the soccer pitch, she helped the Red Riots make three straight playoff appearances from 2001-03 and scored 20 or more goals in her junior and senior seasons.
The two-time All-PVC and all-region first-teamer, who was selected to the all-state first team as a senior, departed as Orono’s career scoring leader.
Alford, who was a defensive force and a two-year starter in basketball, excelled on the track. She won the 100, 200 and 400 meters in 2004 and still holds the 400 state record (58.74 seconds) to help Orono capture two state runner-up plaques.
Alford ran at Brandeis University, where she earned her undergraduate degree, and gained a master’s degree at the University of Michigan. She works in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
Schmidt earned varsity letters in soccer, cross-country, basketball and softball for the Red Riots. She was a two-year basketball captain who helped the team make two tourney appearances.
Schmidt was an All-PVC selection at guard for three-straight seasons and in 1988 earned Bangor Daily News All-Maine second-team recognition. She became Orono’s first female career 1,000-point scorer and remains one of only three to achieve that feat.
Schmidt attended the University of Kansas, where she played basketball as a freshman. She graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1993 and has worked in that field since 1998 in Colorado.