Tuesday, 06 February 2018 17:31

Maine Basketball Hall of Fame announces Class of 2018

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Maine Basketball Hall of Fame announces Class of 2018

BANGOR - It's no secret that Mainers love their basketball. Some of the greatest basketball memories are encapsulated in the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame, that memory bank got bigger today.

Earlier this morning at the Cross Insurance Center the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame announced 16 new inductees, six legends of the hall and one honored team.


Two inductees present at the ceremony this morning were current Camden Hills boys basketball head coach Jeff Hart and Milo High School and Ricker College standout Peter Hamlin. Both admitted their induction would take time to set in.


"I'm just awestruck when I see the people presenting some of these things because a lot of them have been my mentors and peers and it just makes it incredible," Hart said.


"It's really amazing to see the stretch of time and see how basketball has maintained its importance," Hamlin said.


Some of the other Class of 2018 standouts include former Lawrence High School and University of Maine star Cindy Blodgett.


Former Cleveland Cavaliers team president Thaxter Trafton and former Medomak Valley boys basketball stud Dean Erickson.


Below is the full list of inductees:



- Brenda Beckwith

- Paul Belanger

- Jim Bessey

- Cindy Blodgett

- Sandi Carver

- Dean Erickson

- Peter Hamlin

- Jeff Hart

- Barbara Krause

- Bill McAvoy

- Delmont “Del” Merrill

- Bill Obermeyer

- Keith Ogden

- Leroy Patterson

- Joe Russo

- Rick Woods


Legends of the Hall:

- Jim Beaudry  

- Bill Fletcher 

- Dwight Hunter 

- Elwood “Bimbo” Pinkham 

- Thaxter Trafton

- Arthur “Artie” Warren 


Honored Team:

- The 1960 Lewiston boys’ basketball team 











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