Payne, Cross Family Among Hall of Fame Inductees
The Cross family of Bangor and Brewer's Ralph Payne were among the inductees into Maine's Sports Hall of Fame Sunday afternoon.
The induction ceremony was at the Cross Insurance Center - one of the reasons why the Cross name has become synomomus with sports.
Woodrow, Royce, Brent, Jonathan and Woodrow II were inducted as a family as their naming rights in Bangor, Portland and throughout Boston pro sports teams have helped to advance sports.
Others in the 2016 class include former Brewer HS football great Ralph Payne. He was a major part of that 1970 magical Witches team that was nationally ranked.
Kristen Barry of South Portland and Sheri Piers from Westbrook are two of the most successful and decorated runners in Maine.
John "Jack' Kelley from Waterville coached Colby College hockey and guided Boston University to hockey championships.
Amy Vachon from Augusta is currently a UMaine assistant coach. She had a remarkable high school career at Cony HS and helped lead UMaine to the NCAA tournament as point guard.
Pennie Page Cummings from Lewiston has won Maine Women's Amateur Golf Championships in four different decades.
Dan Hamblett of Portland owns 28 state powerlifting titles, plus many national and world records.
Travis Roy from Yarmouth was an elite hockey player and a crash into the boards in his first collegiate game forced him to a quadriplegic. He is an author, speaker and fundraiser for spinal cord research.
Doug Friedman from Cape Elizabeth is a nine year pro hockey player. He won the Calder Cup while in the AHL. He is a longtime coach and AD at the Kents Hill School.
Kirsten Clark-Rickenbach from Raymond is a downhill skier who competed in three Winter Olympics. She won seven U.S. ski titles.
Ed Phillips from Portland was a all-state pitcher in high school and starred at Colby College. He played pro baseball, including a stint with the Boston Red Sox.