Southern Maine To Induct Seven Into Husky Hall of Fame

Southern Maine To Induct Seven Into Husky Hall of Fame

Michael McGraw, Class of 72, is the 2016 Recipient of Costello Special Achievement Award

GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics will add seven new members to the Husky Hall of Fame when it hosts the 31st Annual Husky Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony on Saturday, September 24, at the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham campus. 

To be enshrined as part of the Class of 2016 are former baseball All American, Cory Adams, Class of 1999; two-time All-Little East Conference basketball player Joshua Daniels, Class of 2008; three-sport student-athlete and track and field star, Miranda Derenberger, Class of 2003; former golf champion James "JJ" Frost, Class of 2006; two-time wrestling All-American Mike Morin, Class of 2010; three-time All-LEC and two-time All-Region softball pitcher Katie Mainville-Nicholls, Class of 2011; and four-time women's ice hockey captain Breanne Fortiguerra Sanderson, Class of 2003.  

The seven new inductees will bring the total number of former Southern Maine standouts in the Husky Hall of Fame to 204.

      Also to be honored with the Dr. Richard A. Costello Special Achievement Award is Michael McGraw, Class of 1972, and a former Husky soccer and basketball player.  Long time head coach of the Lewiston High School Blue Devils boys' soccer team, and biology teacher, Michael McGraw helped lead the Blue Devils to the 2015 Maine State Championship, with his team receiving a national ranking as high at 22 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) during points of the season. Along with its outstanding achievements on the field, McGraw's team made news due to its diverse make up, featuring student-athletes from six different countries (including eight Somali refugees), and how the team and the sport of soccer helped build a sense of community among the refugee population in the City of Lewiston.  The Costello Award, named for the former USM Director of Athletics, is given annually to graduates of the institution who have distinguished themselves through their commitment to student-athletes, athletics, education and community service.

       Named an American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA) first team All-American (outfield) in 1999, Cory Adams enjoyed an outstanding career as a member of the Huskies' perennially successful baseball team, helping the Huskies' to the 1997 NCAA Division III National Championship.  With tremendous speed and game instincts, Adams still holds the single-season record for stolen bases in a season (47) set during his All-American year, including a single-game record four stolen bases against Colby College (April 29, 1999). 

      In addition to his All-American status, Adams concluded his career with numerous accolades in his final season with the Huskies, earning first team All-New England, ECAC Division III New England All-Star and All-Little East Conference honors.  Playing for the Huskies from 1997-1999, Adams is fourth in career batting average (.404) and second in career stolen bases (82).  At the conclusion of his intercollegiate playing career, Adams signed a contract to play professionally with the Western Baseball League's (Independent) Yuma (Arizona) Bullfrogs.

      A William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete, Adams earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science in 2005.  Still active in the athletic community, serving as a youth coach for various sports, Adams is the Radiological Controls Instructor at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

      A two-time All-Little East Conference and Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers' Association (MMBCA) All-State selection, Joshua Daniels was a multifaceted guard for the men's basketball team.  Despite an injury-shortened career, Daniels finished with outstanding career numbers with 942 points, 339 rebounds, 187 assists and 99 steals in 84 career games. He ranks 11th in career three-point field goals made (109) and 10th in career three-point field goal percentage (37.5). 

      During the 2005-2006 season, Daniels earned both second team All-LEC and All-State honors after averaging 16.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 43.3 percent from three-point range in addition to passing off 2.2 assists per game.  Daniels followed with another outstanding season in 2006-2007, averaged 13.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while passing off a career-best three assists per game, repeating as an All-LEC and All-State recipient.

      Daniels earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2007.  He is presently the Sale Director at Activator Methods International in Phoenix, Arizona.  Daniels is also in his sixth year of volunteer work with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Learning Centers.

      A three-sport student-athlete for the Huskies competing as a member of the soccer, volleyball and track & field teams, Miranda Derenburger made her mark on the indoor and outdoor track & field teams, and remained the record holder for seven events.  Earning numerous honors and awards for her ability in both track and field events, Derenburger used her talents in the pentathlon and heptathlon, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division III National Championship in the heptathlon in 2002. 

      Derenburger's dominance and ability to score points for the Huskies led to not only numerous All-Little East Conference and All-New England Alliance citations, but also helped contribute to the women's indoor and outdoor track and field teams outstanding string of nearly two decades of trophy sweeps.  During the 2001-2002 LEC and Alliance Indoor Championship, Derenburger earned All-Alliance and All-LEC honors in the 55-meter hurdles and 4 x 400m relay, finishing as the LEC champions in both events, while also earning Alliance honors in the long jump and shot put. She was equally as dominant in the 2001 outdoor season, earning All-Alliance and All-LEC honors in the 400 meters, 100-meter hurdles, long jump, javelin and 4 x 400-meter relay, while also earning All-LEC honors in the high jump. 

      Serving as team captain for a total of  four seasons (indoor and outdoor), Derenburger was a four-year William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete award winner and earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing in 2003.  She is currently a registered nurse at Stephens Memorial Hospital and is an Adjunct Professor for the School of Nursing at St. Joseph's College (Maine) in addition to a Real Estate Associate Broker with Bearfoot Realty.  In addition to her occupational duties, Derenburger volunteers with Oxford County 4-H and is pursuing her Master's degree in Nursing.

      Completing his career as a Husky with an outstanding 73.3 strokes average, James "JJ" Frost was the top golfer at Southern Maine from 2003-2005, finishing as the individual medalist on nine separate occasions and earning All-New England honors in 2003 and 2005.  In his final season (2005), Frost was the individual medalist at the UNE Invitational, the Bowdoin Invitational, the USM Fall Classic and the Husson Invitational and finished tied for top honors at the Maine State Intercollegiate Championship.  Frost was named to the NCAA Division III All-New England team by the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) to cap of his outstanding career, which was marked by numerous outstanding performances.

      During the 2003 season, Frost led Southern Maine to a team title at the Maine State Intercollegiate Golf Championship, claiming the individual title on the first playoff hole.  Later, Frost placed second overall at the NEIGA Championships – which features teams and competitors from NCAA Division I, II and III institutions – and was the top Division III finisher.  In 2004, Frost helped USM to its best-ever team-finish at the NEIGA Championship, placing 10th overall and first among Division III school.  Frost also had tremendous individual success, earning medalist honors three times, including his win at the Husson Invitational after a three-hole playoff.

      Named to the Dean's list five times, Frost earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2006 and another Bachelor's degree in Accounting in 2011.  He is currently the Billing and Payroll Supervisor for Creative Work Systems in Portland, Maine. 

      The first All-American in the Huskies' wrestling program history, Michael Morin is the most decorated athlete to don a USM wrestling uniform.  A four-year starter for the Huskies, Morin earned New England Wrestling Association All-Region honors three consecutive seasons, winning the 165-pound division in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  With his regional championship, Morin earned three consecutive berths to the NCAA Division III National Championship – just the second Husky wrestler to earn a trip to the NCAA's pinnacle event, and the first grappler to earn multiple entries.  As a junior in 2009, after claiming his second consecutive regional championship and berth to the NCAAs, Morin became the Huskies' first wrestling All-American placing fourth overall.  In his final season, Morin was ranked as the top wrestler in the country (at 165 pounds) for a majority of the season and successfully defended his regional championship and repeated as an All-American placing fifth overall at the NCAA Division III Championship. 

      Named the 2010 Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Year and a three-time Pilgrim League All-Star, Morin was a three-time William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete and was twice selected to the NWCA Scholar All-American team. Morin earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2010.  Morin, currently the head coach of the Huskies' wrestling team, is also a Service Sales Representative at Cintar.  He volunteers his time with Portland Youth Wrestling and Casco Bay Elite Wrestling Club.

       Tied for ninth in the Huskies' career points record, Breanne Fortiguerra Sanderson's scoring prowess is even more impressive considering she was a four-year defenseman for the Huskies' women's ice hockey team.  A rare four-year captain, Sanderson's leadership was evident helping USM to a record of 52-34-8, including a record 16 wins during the 2001-2002 season. 

      At the conclusion of her career, Sanderson held the Huskies' career records for goals (18), assists (35) and points for defenseman.  As a freshman, Sanderson made her mark early scoring six goals and passing off nine assists for 15 points, including a school-record tying mark for points in a period notching two goals and an assist on February 13, 1999 in a 5-1 victory at Bates College.  In her final season (2001-2002), Sanderson totaled six goals and a career-best 13 assists.  She finished her career with five game-winning goals, which is tied for sixth overall in program history.

      A William B. Wise Scholar Athlete during her career, Sanderson earned her Bachelor's degree in Linguistics (with a focus in Sign Language Interpretation) in 2003, and then went on to earn her Bachelor's degree in Nursing at Southern Maine in 2013.

      One of the most dominant pitchers in Little East Conference softball history, Katie Mainville Nicholls helped lead the Huskies to a 105-65-2 record during her career with an individual record of 40-20 in the circle.  A two-time National Fastpitch Coaches' Association (NFCA) All-Region selection, Mainville's 40 career wins account for nearly 40 percent of USM's wins during that time despite being unable to pitch during her junior year (2005).  Nicholls earned All-Little East Conference honors in 2003, 2004 and 2006, earning first team status in 2004 and 2006. 

      With numerous career records to her name, Nicholls career numbers are outstanding.  With 441.1 innings pitched to her credit, Nicholls has the Huskies' top career earned run average at 1.14, holding opponents to an anemic .180 batting average.  Nicholls also holds the school record for strikeouts per seven innings (7.96), fewest hits per seven innings (4.54) and winning percentage.  Additionally, Nicholls' 441.1 innings pitched are fourth overall, while her 502 career strikeouts are second all-time.  Nicholls' also holds the school record for single-season earned run average with an outstanding 0.53 ERA during the 2004 season, and the single-game record for strikeouts fanning 16 Eastern Connecticut State batters (twice) on April 22, 2004 and May 4, 2004.

      A William B. Wise Scholar Athlete, Nicholls earned her Bachelor's degree in History from Southern Maine in 2011, and then went on to earn her Master's degree in Education in 2014.  She is presently a Social Studies teacher at Oceanside East High School in Rockland, Maine.   Active in the community, she volunteers her time at the Waldoboro Recreation Department, coaching numerous sports including softball.

      Established in 1985 to honor the famed athletes and coaches of the past, the University of Southern Maine Husky Hall of Fame has enshrined 197 former student-athletes, coaches and staff.  Candidates are eligible for induction five years after their graduation date.   Tickets are $30 per person and RSVPs must be received by Wednesday, September 21.  Contact Al Bean at (207) 780-5588 for tickets.