Maine’s iconic athletics official among Orono Sports Hall of Fame inductees
Duke University Cancer Institute chief of surgery and one of Maine’s top athletics and cross-country officials are among six members of the Orono High School Sports Hall of Fame induction class 2020 which will be honored on Friday October 8 at halftime of the Red Riots Return Football Game against Mt. View of Thorndike.
The ceremony was postponed after being postponed last year due to COVID-19.
Dr Peter Allen and Mary Cady will be honored along with the late Sean Casey, Jim Dolloff, Greg Hirsch and Erv Morrison Jr.
Allen (Class of 1985) was an all-conference and all-state football tight end and defensive end who helped Orono compile a 35-6 record with three Little Ten Conference North regular season titles, two LTC finalists and a Class C from Eastern Maine during his high school playing career. He was also captain of the Red Riots basketball and track teams and helped the track team win the 1983 Class C State Championship.
Allen attended Harvard University where he played the defensive end for the school’s football team and received a letter for the Crimson as a junior and senior before graduating in 1989.
He received his PhD from Dartmouth Medical School in 1993 and since 2018 has served as Head of Surgical Oncology at Duke University Cancer Institute in Durham, North Carolina.
Allen previously worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2004, he was deployed to Iraq for one year as a member of the 2nd ACR Advanced Surgical Team.
Cady coached the Orono golf team from 1997-2007 and twice led the Red Riots to second place at the Class C State Championships. She was also a coach when her son Stuart won the Class C individual condition in 1997.
Cady has also been the public address announcer for football, soccer, cross-country, ice hockey, outdoor track and field, and baseball, softball and hockey playoff games. turf from 1988 to 2017.
But the Kansas native and military veteran – as well as the 1970 Big 8 Conference women’s rifle champion at the University of Kansas – is best known as one of Maine’s premier athletics and cross-country organizers. .
Cady was Competition Director for the Penobscot Valley Conference-Eastern Maine Indoor Track League from 1994 to 2017 and has also led hundreds of other local, regional and national cross-country and track events statewide in over the past three decades.
Cady is also an Official Master of Track and Field in the United States who has officiated at collegiate and national meets across the country, as well as training hundreds of college and high school officials statewide.
Casey (Class of 1968) played in football, basketball and baseball in Orono. In football, he set academic achievement records while accompanying the Red Riots to the 1966 LTC and State Championships. A four-year starting point guard in basketball, Casey led Orono in scoring and assists as the Red Riots won the Class B State Championship in 1967, and he was named to the Bangor Daily News All-Maine Second Team as a senior in 1968.
After helping Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia win the 1973 Canadian College Basketball Championship, Casey established a 294-155 record as a men’s basketball coach at the University of Maine in Machias.
Dolloff (Class of 1961) was a two-way lineman who achieved first-team status in Conference and Eastern Maine as the Orono football team outscored their opponents 200-32 en route to win the Little Eight Conference title and a share of the 1960 Class D State Championship his final year. He continued to play center and lead Orono in the rebound as the Red Riots boys’ basketball team won the Class L State title in 1961.
Hirsch, a former goaltender for the University of Maine national ice hockey team in 1993, coached at Orono for 18 years and guided the Red Riots to five Class B championship games in Eastern Canada. Maine and regional titles in 1999 and 2004. Hirsch’s team in 2001 had the only regular-season unbeaten (20-0) in school history, edging opponents 198-54. He was named Class B Coach of the Year in 1998, 2002, 2004 and 2007 and ended his coaching career at Orono in 2013 with a 224-138-12 record.
Morrison (Class of 1978) helped Orono win the 1977 LTC ââand State Football Championships, this season 9-0 marking the first of five straight years unbeaten and 48 consecutive wins overall for the Red Riots. He also took full tournament honors as a top guard while helping Orono reach the Eastern Maine Class B basketball final in 1978. runner-up in 1977.