Old Town HS Hall of Fame Adds Six Inductees
Former All-Maine basketball standout Diana Perkins Akerley and long time swim coach Doug Springer are among six people who will be inducted into the Old Town High School Hall of Fame this fall.
Richard Carlow, Sarah Wilcox, Melanie (Brockway) O'Keefe and Sterling LeBlanc round out the Class of 2016.
The inductees will be honored on September 23rd at a pregame reception before the Old Town vs Foxcroft football game.
Diana (Perkins) Akerley ’80
A three year starter in basketball and softball, Perkins helped guide the 1980 basketball team to a Class A Eastern Maine Championship. She capped off an amazing career by scoring 32 points in the state championship game against Westbrook.
Akerley was named to the 1980 All-Tourney Team and the Bangor Daily News All-Maine First Team.
Playing without the benefit of a three-point line Akerley scored over 1,000 points in just three seasons.
Following her playing days at OTHS Akerley received a scholarship to play for the UMaine Black Bears before injuries cut her career short after two seasons.
Richard Carlow ’52
Carlow was an outstanding three sport athlete in basketball, baseball and football, Carlow helped lead the 1952 basketball team to the Class LL State Championship, the first in school history. For his efforts he was named the tournament MVP and selected to the Bangor Daily News All-Tourney First Team.
Carlow also helped the 1951 basketball team advance to the Eastern Maine Championship game.
In his senior year, Carlow helped the football, basketball and baseball teams compile an overall record of 27-8.
Sarah Wilcox ‘09 A three sport athlete at Old Town High School, Wilcox excelled in field hockey. Wilcox was a four year starter for the Coyotes before taking her talents to the UMass Lowell.
Wilcox helped lead the River Hawks to four straight National Championship games and claimed the title her sophomore season.
She is a two-time All-American and named captain her senior season when she was also named the Norteast-10 Conference Tournament MVP.
Wilcox capped her college career by being named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association North/SouthSenior All-Star Game.
Doug Springer – Swim Coach
Doug made a lasting impact on swimming at Old Town High School and has the hardware to prove it. Springer led the Old Town girls to six-straight Class B State Championships by taking the tiles from 1992 through 1997. No other girls coach has accomplished this feat in the history of Maine high school swimming regardless of class.
Springer also had success as the boys coach winning the class B State Championship in 2003.
A former school board member, Doug is also the former Old Town/Orono YMCA Director where he was instrumental in the development of several programs including the construction of their swimming pool and field house.
Springer is still active in the swimming community as Head Coach of the Saddlebrook Swim Club in Arizona.
Melanie (Brockway) O’Keefe ‘86
Melanie was a standout athlete in track and field hockey. Despite tremendous success by Old Town track teams over the years, two school records still bear her name including the indoor 55m high hurdles in 8.6 seconds set in 1986 and the 100m high hurdles in outdoor track with a time of 15.4 seconds.
Following her high school career O’Keefe continued her success on the track with a four year college career with the Colby White Mules.
Sterling LeBlanc ’65 (posthumously)
Sterling played both basketball and baseball at Old Town High School. In 1965 he set a then Mackenzie Gym scoring record with 39 points in a single game. He was named the teams MVP that season.
Following graduation he went the University of Maine Fort Kent to play basketball where he helped the Bengals win their first Northeast College Conference Championship.
LeBlanc scored 1,000 career points and was named to the 1969 College All-Star Team.
After graduating from UMFK he went on to teach and coach at Van Buren High School, leading the boys basketball team to their first ever Eastern Maine Tournament appearance.
He was inducted to the UMFK Hall-of-Fame in 2012.
An avid runner, Sterling is credited with organizing the Pen Bay Pacers Running Club in 1982.
Sterling passed away in 2010 after a battle with ocular melanoma.