It has been a memorable week for Adrienne Shibles and Ron Cote.
Just days after being named inductees into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, Shibles is also being inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame and Cote will be part of a Legends Class being honored by the MBHOF.
Shibles is one of 14 members of the Class of 2022; Cote joins former Bangor Daily News sportswriter and columnist Joni Averill and five others in the Legends class. The 1975 state championship East Grand High School girls team is also being honored.
Shibles is joined by Kim Condon Lane, Lauree Gott, Mark Karter, Steve LeVasseur, Rick McAvoy, Neile Joler Nelson, Crystal Pazdziorko Proulx, Jim Ray, Sharon Siebert, Ken Stone, Jeff Sturgeon, Jule Treadwell and Lee Williams.
Averill and Cote are accompanied in the Legends group by Dale Duff, Mark Rosebush, Malaka “Tookie” Russell, John Shaw and Harry “Pinky” True.
The ceremony will take place on Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Tickets will go on sale in May on the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame website.
Knox native Shibles, now in her first season as the head coach at Dartmouth College, coached the Bowdoin College women’s team to a 281-65 record for a winning percentage of .805. She led Bowdoin to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances and back to back NCAA Division III title game appearance. She was the national coach of the year in 2019. She has over 400 coaching wins. She was a 1,000-point scorer after playing on Mount View High School of Thorndike’s Eastern Maine Class B runnerup team in 1987.
“It’s an incredible honor to be going into both Halls of Fame,” said Shibles. “It’s incredibly flattering to be in the presence of so many people on the Hall of Fame lists who were my idols and people I admire. It’s overwhelming.”
Condon Lane is a New England Basketball Hall of Fame and Presque Isle Athletic Hall of Fame inductee. She scored 1,094 points at Colby College where she was an honorable mention All-American. She was a 1,00-point scorer at Presque Isle High Schooland was named Miss Basketball, USA Today State of Maine Player of the Year and Maine Gatorade Player of the Year. Lane led the Wildcats to a state title her senior year and set a Class A record for most points scored in a state final, with 41. She will join her father, Steve, in the MBHoF.
Gott, a two-time captain at the University of Maine, notched 1,387 points and 781 rebounds and was a 1987 Seaboard Conference First Team All-Conference selection. She was an All-State player at Old Town High and has coached at Brewer High School, Northeastern University and Husson University, where she is currently an assistant coach.
Karter’s nearly 448 career coaching victories include a 65-game win streak. His Mountain Valley team captured a state championship in 1991. At Westbrook High School, the Waterville High graduate led the Blazers to Western Maine championships in ’94 and ’96.
LeVasseur compiled 333 victories and won five state championships coaching at Schenck High School — three with girls’ teams and two with boys’ squads. The girls earned a 72-15 record over four seasons and won Class C state titles in 1987, 1988 and 1989. The boys won the Class C state championship in 1994 and the D title in 2010. LeVasseur was an All-State player at Schenck and scored 1,000 points at Husson College.
McAvoy graduated in 1967 from Sherman High School, where he led the squad to an undefeated season and a state championship, averaging more than 20 points and 15 rebounds a game as a senior. At Fort Kent State College (now the University of Maine at Fort Kent), he was a four-time All-Maine selection.
Joler Nelson earned Maine NCAA Woman of the Year honors at St. Joseph’s College and was a Scholar-Athlete All-American. She’s in the Monks Hall of Fame for softball and basketball. Her career hoop totals: 814 points, 313 assists, 279 rebounds, and 143 steals. At Fort Kent High School, Nelson was an all-tourney pick and a McDonald’s Senior All-Star. She’s the varsity girls’ assistant at Gorham High School, which won state titles in 2016 and 2017.
Pazdziorko Proulx was a first-year player on the 1975-76 University of Maine women’s basketball team, which had been reinstated because of Title IX. Proulx paced the Black Bears in scoring (198 points) and rebounding (180). She was a two-time team scoring leader and is the school’s No. 10 all-time rebounder with 709. She led Gardiner High School to the first-ever girls’ Class A state championship, scoring 102 points in four games.
Ray represented Cape Elizabeth High School as a player and coach for 30 years. As a coach for 26 seasons, his Capers won 350 games, including five regional championships, and a gold ball in 2015. He was an all-league player at Cape and a standout at the University of Southern Maine, where he was a captain.
Siebert scored 1,000 points and grabbed 1,000 rebounds at Husson and was a four-time all-conference player and three-time All–American Honorable Mention. When inducted into Husson’s Sports Hall of Fame, she was the Eagles’ all-time leader in points (1,882), scoring average (17.1), field goals made (698), free throws made (484), and rebounds (1,031). She was a conference rookie of the year and an NAIA All-District selection. Sibert was an All-State and All-Tourney player at Deer Isle-Stonington, and led the Mariners to the 1987 state title.
Stone was a first team All-State selection in 1959 at Deering High in Portland. He played at Colby College for legendary coach Lee Williams and when he graduated in 1964, he was the Mules’ career scoring leader with 1,500 points in just 74 games (20.3 point per game). He’s currently ninth on the scoring leaderboard.
Sturgeon was a captain and an All-America East selection in 1984 at the University of Maine. At Old Town High School, Sturgeon was a First Team All-State selection in 1980. The lanky, crafty left-hander averaged nearly 22 points and 10 rebounds per contest and led Old Town to an Eastern Maine A title.
Treadwell was an all-conference player for the three-time MAIAW champion University of Maine women’s basketball team. The 1984 team captain is sixth all-time in career assists, with 387, and is tied for most assists in a game with Dor Saar, with 14. At Orono High School, Treadwell scored 944 points and was All-State honorable mention. The Orono High Hall of Famer had 126 wins as girls’ basketball coach at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield and is in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Williams coached the Colby College men’s basketball teams to 252 wins from 1946 to 1965 and 10 Maine State Championships, including eight straight. He also was executive director of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, member of the Olympic Men’s Basketball Committee, and member of the NIT Selection Committee. Williams, a member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, died in 1997.
Legends of the Game:
Averill was a sports reporter and columnist. She was a tireless advocate for equitable sports coverage, including in her column “The Other Half.” By sharing stories of the successes and challenges of women during the Title IX era, Averill educated, connected and inspired readers.
Cote was a First Team All-State selection his senior season at St. Louis High School in Biddeford. At St. Thomas More Academy, Cote started in the backcourt with Ernie DiGregorio of Providence fame, Then, in 1969-70, he started on the undefeated freshman basketball team at the University of Maine. Cote has coached for 47 years and he’s now an assistant at Biddeford High School.
Duff has been the voice of Eastern Maine basketball for nearly 50 years. The Houlton native began his career at WHOU while in high school. The Ricker College graduate has earned Maine Sportscaster of The Year honors multiple times and won numerous other radio and TV awards. Duff is an adjunct instructor at Husson University’s New England School of Communications.
Rosebush, a dentist in Montana, is one of the best players to come out of the greater Millinocket area. At Schenck High School, the All-State player led the Wolverines to the 1971 state championship.
Russell was a pioneer in Maine girls sports. The Pennsylvania native moved to Pittsfield and coached three generations of girls in field hockey, basketball and softball at Maine Central Institute. Russell guided the basketball team from 1959 to 1981. The former president of the Maine Women’s State Golf Association is in the MCI Athletic Hall of Fame and Maine Field Hockey Hall of Fame.
Shaw’s Rumford High School teams of the mid-late 70s are considered some of the best to play in Maine, posting a regular season record of 127-37. The Panthers were Western Maine champions four consecutive years, and were state champs in 1974, ’76 and ’77. Rumford won the 1976 New England Championship.
True was a standout on a state championship basketball team at Gorham High and captained the basketball team at Gorham State Teachers College (now the University of Southern Maine). He was also an exceptional baseball player. True coached basketball for nearly 40 years at Porter High School, Gardiner High School, Fryeburg Academy, Maine Central Institute and Skowhegan Area High School. True is in the USM Hall of Fame.
The 1975 East Grand High School Girls’ Team won the first-ever state Class D title, 49-41 over Richmond. The team was coached by Dennis Codrey. The Vikings went on to win three more titles — in 1979, 1982 and 1983 — in the next eight years.