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UMFK Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Scheduled for March 24

March 8, 2012

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host its fifth annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Ceremony on Saturday, March 24 in the University's Sports Center.

The inductees of the Class of 2012 is a distinguished group: Sterling LeBlanc (´69); Guy Cousins (´81 & 83); Paula Martin Zwemke (´89); Beth Daigle King (´90); and Andre Anderson (´11).

This year's ceremony also recognizes the silver anniversary of the heralded 1986-87 men's basketball team coached by Larry Murphy (HOF '08) and led by Jeff Pillsbury (HOF '09) and Juan Hernandez (HOF '10), among others.

The Hall of Fame ceremony begins at 5 p.m. with a social followed by a banquet and awards ceremony. Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person and may be purchased through the UMFK Alumni Affairs office at (207) 834-7557

STERLING J. LEBLANC ‘69

Sterling Leblanc was an avid athlete, coach, and teacher.

A native of Old Town, Maine, Sterling came to UMFK following a standout high school athletic career. He quickly made a name for himself in Fort Kent as a driving force on a men's basketball team coached by the legendary Lowell “Ozzie” Osgood (HOF '08), averaging 15-16 points per game.

A 5'9” shooting guard, Sterling had superb jumping skills and often could be found mixing it up under the backboard, and soaring to grab rebounds from taller opponents. He was the sparkplug on very talented teams, included ones with center Terry Drown (HOF '09).

Sterling earned the Most Improved Player award during his freshman year, was team co-captain, and was named to the all-Northeast College Conference (NECC) team during his junior campaign.

In his senior year, Sterling helped his team captured its first-ever NECC conference championship. He was again named to the NECC All-Conference team, and was named the Bengals' Most Valuable Player.

Sterling finished his career as a member of the elite 1,000 point club.

Upon graduation in 1969 with a degree in Education, Sterling began his teaching and coaching career in Van Buren, where he lead the Crusaders to their first-ever appearance in the Eastern Maine Basketball Tournament. He later coached and taught English in the Presque Isle and Rockland school systems.

Combining his love of teaching and athletics, Sterling transitioned into the health and fitness industry. He completed advanced studies and received his personal training certification, and later opened personal training studios in the Camden and Rockport area.

Sterling was passionate about strength training and healthy living, which he infused into the community. He started a running club in the early ‘80s, setting the stage for completing numerous marathons, biathlons, and triathlons. He was a pioneer in the sport of racquetball; participating and hosting tournaments and clinics throughout the state.

Sterling passed away in November 2010.

GUY COUSINS '81 & ‘83

Guy Cousins played soccer at UMFK from 1977 through 1980, serving as team captain during his sophomore, junior and senior years. The Caribou, Maine native was a Northeast College Conference all-star four years running, 1978-81, and earned Most Valuable Player awards in 1979 and 1980. He was the Maine Soccer Colleges scoring champion in 1979 and 1980, finishing fourth in the nation in scoring his final season.

Guy finished his career at UMFK with 62 goals and 35 assists.

Cousins received the Roger Grindle Sportsmanship Award in 1981 and the Student Senate Award for Athletics in 1981 & 1982. While still attending UMFK, Guy worked for the Maine State Legislature for three years as a bipartisan House staff member.

Guy earned an Associate of Arts in General Studies in 1981, and a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1983. He graduated cum laude, with a grade point average of 3.31. He later earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Dundee in Scotland.

Since graduation, Guy's professional experiences have taken him to live and practice in Italy and Scotland, as well in the United States. He has worked in school, community, residential, and hospital-based settings with adults, children, adolescents, couples and families.

Guy is active in community work, coaching two high school sports teams and is a member of the board of a local youth soccer association. He twice was selected Coach of the Year by the Kennebec Journal newspaper for girls soccer, and by the Mountain Valley Conference coaches for tennis.

Guy joined the Maine Office of Substance Abuse (OSA) in 2006 as its associate director, and later as acting director. He was appointed director of OSA in 2008. He was appointed acting director of Adult Mental Health Services in 2011 and was asked to integrate the two offices within the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

PAULA (MARTIN) ZWEMKE ‘89

Paula Martin played basketball at UMFK from 1986-89, serving as team captain during her final two years. She was the team's Most Valuable Player in 1988 and was the recipient of the Coach's Award in 1989.

During her final two seasons, Paula was third and fourth in Maine in three-point shooting percentage. In one tournament game against Husson College, she made 10 of 15 three-point attempts.

Paula was named to the Thomas College all-tournament team in 1987 and 1988; and to the University of Maine at Presque Isle All-Tourney team in 1988 and 1989.

Martin was named the Maine Sports Hall of Fame female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1989.

The Frenchville, Maine native and Wisdom High School graduate received a Bachelor of Science in Education, maintaining a 3.6 grade point average. She was the winner of the Grindle Award, the Floyd “Red' Powell Award, and the Alumni Award. She later earned a Master of Science in Counselor Education from the University of Maine and the University of Phoenix.

Paula has been employed for the past 15 years by the Douglas County (Colorado) School District as program administrator of the Before and After School Enterprise programs, which serve more than 7,000 children.

Paula worked as a certified basketball official for high school basketball games while pursuing graduate studies at the University of Maine. From 1996-2003 she played in a competitive women's indoor soccer league in Denver, Colorado. She also has worked as a ski instructor and as a ski coach.

She began playing golf in 2003, and currently plays to an 8 handicap, thanks mostly to her husband, Zane, a PGA professional. Paula is undefeated in “HORSE” on her home basketball court.

BETH (DAIGLE) KING ‘90

Beth Daigle played for the UMFK's women's basketball team from 1985-1990 following an outstanding high school career at Fort Kent Community High School, where she was named Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1985.

Playing for Coach Ed Marshall at UMFK, Beth was a standout performer on a team that included Paula Martin (HOF'12). Beth was the winner of the Coach's Award for 1988. That same year she was named to the all-tourney team for the Star City (Presque Isle) Invitational Basketball Tournament.

Beth received both the President's Award and the Grady Award during her senior year of 1990. A year earlier she was named Miss Crocker Beach 1989.

Beth graduated from UMFK in 1990 with a double major Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Education. She earned a Master of Science in Deaf Education from McDaniel College in Maryland in 1994, and became certified as an American Sign Language interpreter in 1995.

She has worked as a researcher in Edinburgh, Scotland; as an interpreter for the deaf at Maui (Hawaii) Community College; and was a deaf education teacher on the K-6 levels, also in Hawaii. Today she is the owner and general manager of Maui Moto's, a shop offering personal and recreational vehicles.

In her community Beth is a Rotary Club member; served the Montessori School of Maui as PTA President for three years; and was the PTA President and on the board of directors for Montessori, Halie ‘o Keiki. She also has taught Sunday school.

Beth coached high school junior varsity and junior high school basketball in Fort Kent and Madawaska following her graduation. Today she coaches basketball at the Maui Montessori School on the upper elementary and middle school levels.

ANDRE ANDERSON ‘11

Andre “Shorty” Anderson was UMFK's primary offensive weapon on the standout teams of the mid-2000 decade, scoring 93 goals and assisting on 54 others in 83 games.

Shorty was named to the Sunrise Conference's first team each of his four years (2007-10); was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year all four years; and was named its Player of the Year each year, as well.

Through his soccer career at UMFK, the Bengals went to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. The 2008 squad made it to the Elite 8 round of competition. Shorty captained the Bengals during his senior season, 2010.

Anderson, who hails from Manchester, Jamaica, was named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American during his sophomore, junior and senior years. In 2009 and 2010, he attained the much-coveted designation as an NAIA Academic All-American.

Shorty was named the USCAA's National Player of the Year for 2010.

Andre received a Bachelor of Science in Behavior Science at commencement in May 2011. He was named to the dean's list for seven of his eight academic semesters, and he received the Terry Drown Award for the athlete attaining the highest grade point average.

A strict adherent to the Bengal's Champions of Character philosophy, Shorty contributed off the field, as well. He served as a mentor for a second-grade math program at Fort Kent Elementary School, and as a volunteer at the Can-Am International Sled Dog Races for three years.

Following his graduation from UMFK, Andre was hired by the University as an admissions counselor.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Alumni Affairs office at (207) 834-7557.