10 Former Black Bears Inducted into Maine Basketball Hall of

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10 Former Black Bears Inducted into Maine Basketball Hall of

Postby Media » Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:06 am

10 Former Black Bears Inducted into Maine Basketball Hall of Fame

Orono, Maine -- On Sunday, Aug. 20 at a ceremony held at the Cross Insurance Center, 10 former Black Bear greats were enshrined in the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame.

Seven former men's basketball standouts joined three women's hoops stars to helped make up the Class of 2017 which consisted of 24 players and two teams.

The following is a list of the Black Bears who earned the honor of being inducted into this year's Maine Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017:
Terry Carr: An All-State and All-New England player, led Stearns to the New England Championship at the Boston Garden in 1963. Carr went on to star at UMaine, scoring 1,042 points and captaining the squad.

Bernard "Bunny" Parady: The gymnasium at Mount Desert High School is named in honor of Parady, a coach and administrator for 33 years. His hoop teams went to the Maine high school tournament 23 times, winning four state titles. The outstanding athlete at Old Town and UMaine was inducted posthumously. He's in the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and Maine Sports Legends Hall of Fame.

Mary "Kissy" Walker: Walker has guided the Husson University women's team to more than 425 wins in 26 yaers, as well as multiple conference titles and a trip to the NAIA Fab Four. The New England Basketball Hall of Fame member has earned numerous coach of the year honors. She was a four-year letterwinner at UMaine and starred for Cony High School.

Terry Spurling: An All-State player for Ellsworth, led the Eagles to the Class L State Championships in 1953 and 1954 and to the New England Championship in 1954. The '54 team was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Spurling played at UMaine and coached at Aroostook Central Institute and Houlton.

Wally Russell: Russell had an illustrious career at Penquis High School and was named first team All-State in 1973. At UMaine, the magician point guard led the Black Bears in assists during the 76-77 and 77-78 campaigns. In more than 20 years coaching the Penquis girls' and boys' teams and the PCHS boys' squad, he won more than 200 games.

Diane Nagle: A two-time first team All-State selection for Houlton in 1985 and 1986. Nagle scored 1,000 points for the Shiretowners, who won state crowns in 1985 and 1986 and Eastern Maine titles in 1983 and 1984. Nagle played at UMaine, including on the 1986-87 squad that finished 24-4.

Paul Cook: Cook scored 32 points a game his senior year at Class D Lubec, finishing with 1,700 points. After earning All-State honors, he played a postgraduate year at Maine Central Institute, winning the New England Prep School Championship. He captained the UMaine team, pulling down 6.7 rebounds a contest in 83-84.

Derrick Hodge scored 1,206 points at UMaine and led the Black Bears in scoring in 1989-90 with 13.9 points a contest. Hodge also tallied more than 1,000 points at Morse High School and was a three-time Bangor Daily News All-State selection.

Cathy Iaconeta, a point guard, was an All-Conference player at UMaine, where she led the Black Bears to a 23-7 record and an NIT appearance in 1990. The two-time UMaine captain dished out 412 assists. At Portland High School, "Ike" was an All-State player.

Jim Stephenson set the UMaine record for most points in a game in 1969 with 54. He also holds the record for highest scoring average for a career with 22.7. The member of the UMaine Sports Hall of Fame coached basketball at Nasson College and was a consultant for UMaine's Sports Done Right initiative.

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