Bucksport HS announces 2022 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees



BUCKSPORT — Earlier this week, Bucksport High School announced the names of the latest class to be inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame.

A total of 12 inductees, eight men and four women ranging from the class of 1961 to 2013, were chosen to enter the hall as part of the Class of 2022.

“This year’s inductees represent the best of Bucksport,” said Athletic Director Aaron Ward. “Each of the inductees, and those already inducted, exhibit all that we want our current and future Golden Bucks to be.”

The most recent graduate to be inducted is Cassidy Adams, who starred as a pitcher for the Golden Bucks’ softball team from 2010 to 2013. Adams led Bucksport to two undefeated seasons and a state championship victory over Madison in 2013, a game in which she threw a 92-pitch shutout.

Another inductee is current cross-country coach and former indoor and outdoor track coach Chris Jones. Jones, who graduated in 1981, ran cross-country and played baseball during his time at BHS. Since then, he has coached many successful cross-country and track seasons, including a girls cross-country PVC championship in 1999. Jones also teaches U.S. history at the school. Former cheer coach Laurie Gilley (’77), who retired in 2001 after 11 years and multiple championships, is also a part of this class.

Matt Belcher, who graduated in 1998, was also inducted. Due to a battle with cancer, Belcher was unable to play any sports during his time at BHS. But he indulged his passion for athletics by managing the soccer, basketball, and spring track programs. Twenty-five years later, Belcher continues to manage the girls’ soccer team as a volunteer and enjoys sharing the history of the program with the current players.

Other inductees include football players Charley Wentworth Jr. (’69), Mike Grindle (’75), Ike Snowman (’61), Richard Wagenknecht (’90), and Joe Wardwell (’71). The class also includes Mattie Lord (’96), who ran cross-country, and Sherri Bridges (’88), who played multiple sports. Jon Pelletier (’08), who holds one of the highest career wrestling records at BHS with 138 wins, rounds out the class.

“Through their many achievements and positive examples, they have set a tradition of excellence with high standards in the classroom, competition and throughout our community that makes the purple and gold GB synonymous with success,” Ward said.

The Class of 2022 will be recognized at halftime of the Homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 23. The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Zachary Lanning

Zachary Lanning

News reporter Zach Lanning covers news and features in the Ellsworth area. He comes to Ellsworth by way of New Jersey, which he hopes you don't hold against him. Email him at [email protected].

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