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Class of 2011

Four of the 2011 Inductees. Photo by Ron Hawkes

The Class of 2011 include the late Allan Middleton*, the late Gary Kenniston*, David Ames, Anna
Goodale, Robert Green, Scott Johnson, Darrell “Skip” Pound and Darryl Townsend.

NOTE: The following biographies were read at the induction banquet. For updated information, see extended bios at the bottom of this page. 

Allan Middleton (*) from Vinalhaven was an outstanding pitcher who helped lead the Chiefs to 4 straight Knox Lincoln League Championships in the early 1930s.

During his 4 year career with Vinalhaven, Middleton had a pitching record of 21 – 3, including winning his final 17 starts.  Allan finished with 375 strike outs in  214 innings, averaging 16 strikes out per game over that 4 year period.  Among the highlights in Middleton’s Vinalhaven career was a 1934 game against Camden, in which he struck out 25 batters in a 9 inning game.

Middleton, a lefty, was summoned by the Boston Red Sox after graduation and signed a professional contract, playing for several teams in the Red Sox minor league system, including in Hartford. While Middleton never pitched in the majors, he did  toss 2 innings of shutout baseball for the Red Sox in an exhibition game played in Portland in front of more than 3,000 fans including then Maine Governor Louis Brann.              

After his release from the Red Sox, Middleton played Semi Pro ball including in the Cape Cod League.

Middleton enlisted days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, and was sent to California for flight training before being sent overseas in June of 1942. First Lieutenant Middleton, a member of the Army Air Corp, was shot down and reported missing in action somewhere over North Africa on January 27, 1943. His body was never recovered.

Middleton’s high school catcher was Ed White.  White also caught Don Kilgour, who signed with the Chicago White Sox and pitched for Minor League teams in the White Sox and Cleveland Indians organizations and is a member of the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame.  White and Kilgour were friends for 50 years and White considered Middleton, by far, the best pitcher he ever caught.  

Decades after playing his final game on Vinalhaven, Middleton, his teammates White and Malcolm Hopkins and Coach Pat Patrick were all inducted in the Vinalhaven Chiefs’ Hall of Fame.

Representing Middleton at the 2011 banquet was his daughter Betty Allen.

Gary Kenniston  (*) was a man who was synonymous with youth sports in Rockland, whether it was baseball, football or basketball.

Kenniston was born in 1930 and grew up in Warren and in 1952 he was inducted into the U-S Marines and served in Korea with the First Marine Division.  Gary was the recipient of several awards and commendations including the Navy Unit Commendation, the Korean Service Medal with three stars, National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation.

Professionally, Kenniston worked for Maritime Energy for more than 35 years and was honored with induction into the "Mack Million Mile Club" as he drove more than 40 times around the world without an accident.

Kenniston was the man who was responsible for establishing the Rockland Little League Program, and beginning in the early 1960s through the late 1990s, he held just about every position for the league, including coaching several teams, umpiring as well as servicing as the league’s President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer.  Gary also served as the Little League District Administrator for more than 30 years, overseeing several Little All-Star Tournaments that were played in the area. 

As appreciation of his time and efforts with Little League, the City of Rockland honored Gary by dedicating the Old County Road Little League field “Gary Kenniston Field”.

Kenniston help organize Rockland’s Pee Wee Basketball program in 1969 and in the early 1970s, Kenniston help start Rockland Pee Wee Football program and served as the Commissioner of the league. He served on the Recreation Advisory Board that oversaw Rockland’s youth programs.

He also served as the President of the Rockland Boosters Club and was very active with the fundraisers that led to the installation of a scoreboard and lights at Wasgett Field.

For 15 years, Kenniston officiated youth and sub-varsity football games and for more than 30 years he was the official timers for Football and Basketball games at Rockland District High School.

Gary passed away on May 6, 2010 after a battle with cancer.

Gary was represented by his sons, Terry and Toby at the 2011 banquet.

Dave Ames was 4 sport athlete at Camden High School participating in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country and Track for the Mustangs, and was one of two students to win a varsity letter in all 4 sports in the same year.
Ames was part of 3 tournament basketball teams at Camden, including the 1962 squad that finish the regular season with a 19-1 record and the Number 1 seed in the Western Maine Tournament, with the team earning a Quarterfinal win over Mexico before falling in the Semifinals.  Ames also won the youth state candlepin bowling titles ages 12 – 15.

After High School, Ames attended the University of Maine, where he played baseball for the Black Bears and legendary Coach Jack Butterfield from 1965-1967, with Dave posting a 7-0 record during those 3 years at Maine, One season as a starter and 2 years as a reliever and in 1965, he was voted an All State pitcher.  During those 3 season, the Black Bears posted a record of 44-23-1 during that time period.  (39-25-1 if Maine was 10-9 in 1967)  Ames also played Little League, Babe Ruth, American Legion, Portland Twilight League and Semi-Pro baseball.
Dave was hired by the University of Maine in 1968 as an instructor in Physical Education and worked for the University for 33 years as an instructor, Assistant Professor, Director of Recreational Sports and Associate Director of Athletics before retiring in 2001. 

Ames is one of the top basketball officials in Maine, having officiated over 2,000 varsity high school and college games including several tournament and State Championship games. For the past 20 years has been the Site Supervisors of Officials at the Eastern Maine Tournament in Bangor.  As a member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, he has served as its President, on its Executive Committee and Board representative to the State Basketball Council.  Dave was awarded the Jim DiFrederico award for outstanding service to basketball in the State of Maine, and he is a member of the I-A-A-B-O National Rules Examination Committee.

In 2010, Ames was inducted into the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Honors. 

Dave and his wife Adele have been married for 44 years, Adele, and they have two daughters Pam and Debi and five grandchildren. 

Anna Goodale played 4 years of soccer and basketball while in High School and was a member of the 2000 Camden-Rockport State Championship Basketball team, even though she never played in the 60-51 overtime victory over Gorham.

After graduating from Camden Hills High School, Anna attended Syracuse University to focus on her study of art, however during her first day on campus she was approached by a member of the varsity crew team and asked to “give rowing a try”.  Open to participating in something new and excited, Anna decided to give it a shot and take part in a Division 1 Sport and it wasn’t long before she realized her passion for rowing.  

After her first year at Syracuse, she attended a US National Team development camp in Ithaca, New York.  3 years later in 2005 and after graduating from Syracuse, Goodale made her first National Rowing Team. 

Later that year, Anna and the team traveled to Japan to compete in a boat of 8 women rowers, however the team finish fourth, just missing finishing with a medal. 

In 2006, Anna made her second National Team and traveled to England to race and the squad finished with a world’s best time of 5:55:5 (five minutes, 55 seconds and 5 tenths of a second) over 2,000 meters and they captured the Gold. The team also won the Silver Medal at the 2006 World Cup

In 2007, Anna and the team won Gold again as the USA women’s 8 won the World Championship in Munich, Germany.  And the team also captured the Gold at the World Cup.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Anna and the USA women's 8 brought home the Olympic Gold Medal. The team also won Gold at the 2008 World Cup. 

With a few new additions to the team, Anna and her team continued their winning streak by bringing home another gold medal from the World Championship in Poland in 2009. And in 2010 Anna competed in New Zealand for her fifth World Championship win her 4 World Championship Gold  

After the 2010 World Championship Anna retired from competitive rowing and is currently living in Ecuador and focusing on her career as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer.

Robert Green was a 1951 graduate from Deering High School and a 1955 graduate of the Gorham State Teachers College, where he was the Captain of the baseball team during his senior year.

Green began his teaching career in 1956 at Waldoboro High School, where he coached both the Girls and Boys Basketball at the same time from 1957 through 1961.  During that period the Waldoboro’s Girls team won back to back Knox Lincoln League Champions and from 1958 through 1960 Green’s team won an impressive 34 straight games.  His Boys team won the Knox Lincoln Championships in 1960 and 1961, and his 1961 team defeated Greely in the Western Maine Class M Quarterfinals 43-40, before falling to eventual State Championship Pennell Institute in the semis.

Green left Waldoboro High for 2 years, but returned in 1964 where he led the Boys Basketball team to a 36-12 record during a 3 year period including pair of Western Maine Tournament berths which included a heartbreaking 80-78 Overtime loss to Old Orchard Beach in the 1966 quarterfinals.

In 1968 when Medomak Valley High School opened, Green became the school’s first Athletic Director, a position he held until 1974.  

During that 6 years period, Green served at the Panthers Baseball Coach, winning 5 straight Knox Lincoln Championships, earning the league’s automatic berth to the baseball tournament and in 1970, Green’s Panthers captured the Class B State Championship, a 6-1 win over Dexter.  In 1971, Green was voted the Maine High School Baseball Coach of the Year.

Green also coached the Medomak Valley Boys Cross Country teams from 1970 to 1973 winning 4 consecutive Knox Lincoln Championships, and in 1971 Green coached the Medomak Valley Wrestling team, leading the program to its first win.

1974, Green left Medomak Valley to become the Athletic Director / Assistant Principal at Noble High School.

Green now lives in Kennebunkport with his wife Sandy.

Scott Johnson was regarded by many as one of the finest athletes to ever come out of Georges Valley High School.  

The Thomaston native was a 4-year starter for the Buccaneers soccer, basketball and baseball, where he holds the school record for goals scored and is second all-time in points scored on the hardwood.  

Johnson played for fellow Mid Coast Sports Hall a Famer Sam Pendleton and scored 105 goals while helping to lead the Buccaneers to the 1980 State Championship, a 3-1 win over Lubec and the 1981 Class C State Championship, a 1-0 win over Ashland.

Johnson was named a 4-time All State Soccer player and All New England in 1981.  
Johnson started every basketball game during his 4 years at GVHS, scoring more than 1,500 points including a school record 47 points in one game. The Buccaneers advanced to the Western Maine Tournament twice during Johnson’s playing days, going in as the #3 seed in 1981 before falling to Hall Dale, and the #2 seed in 1982.

In 1982, Johnson and the Buccaneers defeated their longtime rival Wiscasset 76-67 in Double Overtime before falling to Madison in the Semi Finals.
Johnson was also a standout for the Baseball team and was he was selected the Georges Valley Male Student Athlete of the Year all 4 years he was high school.

Darrell “Skip” Pound was a 4-sport athlete at Rockport High School, participating in basketball, baseball, track and field and cross country all 4 years.   

Pound was a member of 3 straight Rockport teams to advance to the tournament, falling in 1960 to Rangeley in the Class S Quarterfinals but in 1961 Pound and the Beavers finished the regular season at 14-4 and advanced as the #1 seed, defeating Kingsfield, Porter and Oxford to win the Western Maine Class S Championship before falling to Stonington 47-45 in the State Championship Game.  Pound was 1961 selected to the 1961 All Tournament Team.  In 1962, Rockport moved up to Class M and finished 16-4, but entered as the #7 before falling to Greely.   

Pound twice qualified was States in Cross Country and was the top scorer at the 1962 Knox Lincoln Track Championships. 
Pound was also a standout at Aroostook State College, now knoen as the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where he took part in soccer, basketball and baseball all 4 years in the school, and was captain for all 3 teams his Junior and Senior years, was selected All Conference at least once in all 3 sports and was named the school’s Male Athlete 3 times and has been inducted into the UMPI Hall of Fame in 1993. 

Pound taught at Camden-Rockport High School for a year and a half and began the school’s Soccer program before enlisting in the U.S. Marines, servicing in Viet Nam until the U-S pulled out of the war.  Pound concluded his time in the Marines by being selected to play for the All Marines Football, Basketball and Baseball teams.

After the Military, Pound earned his degree in Athletic Administration and joined Ricker College in 1972, where he taught as well as coached Soccer and Basketball.  In 1974 Pound began a  30 year stay at Lyndon State College in Vermont, where coached soccer and baseball for 26 years, basketball for 12 years and was the school’s long time Athletic Director.

Pound was Coach of the Year and was one of 8 Coaches nominated for National Coach of the Year, was the Mayflower Conference Coach of the Year for Baseball in 1993.

Administratively, Pound was the President of Mayflower Conference for 10 years, the Sunrise Conference for 5 years and the NAIA District Vice President for 6 years.

Pound has also been inducted into the Lyndon State College Athletic Hall of Fame and Vermont Expos Sports Community Hall of Fame, and upon his retirement from Lyndon State, the school named its new baseball and softball facilities, the Skip Pound Baseball and Softball Sports Complex.

Darryl Townsend was a 3 sports star at Georges Valley High School, playing soccer, basketball and baseball, including being part of the Buccaneers’ Class C State Championship teams in 1981, a 1-0 win over Ashland.

In 1983 (4) Townsend was named the Georges Valley Male Student Athlete of the Year.  

He then attended the University of Maine at Farmington where he was a 4-year member of the Beavers Men soccer squad from 1985 through 1988, including playing for the 1986 team that was ranked 8th nationally, the same year UMF won the Division 3 National Championship, a team that has been inducted in the UMF Hall of Fame.  

After graduating from Farmington, Townsend served for 6 years in the U-S Marine Corp, which included a tour of duty in the Persian Gulf War.  Darryl received numerous medals, ribbons and commendations including the National Defense Ribbon and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.

When Townsend returned to Thomaston, he began his coaching career at his alma mater Georges Valley, serving as the JV Boys Basketball and Baseball coach, as well as an assistant coach for Sam Pendleton for 3 years during which time the Buccaneers won the 1992 Class C State Championship, a 2-0 victory over Madawaska, and again in 1993, a 2-0 State Championship win over Schenck.   

In 1995, Townsend was named the Head Coach of the Georges Valley Girls Soccer Program and during his 16 years at the helm, Darryl’s teams finished with a record of 192-40-28, which including winning 65 straight regular season games.  During that time period his Buccaneers won 11 Mountain Valley Conference and/or Division Championships, the Western Maine Class C Title in 1999 and 2009 and the State Championship in 2009, a 1-0 win over Orono.  Townsend has been named MVC Coach of the Year 5 times and Maine Coach of the Year in 2009, the same he was selected to coach the West squad in the Maine Senior Bowl.

In November 2010, Townsend was named the first Varsity Girls Soccer Coach of Oceanside High School and on October 12, 2011. Darryl earned his 200th Career Victory.

He has also coached the Thomaston Little League team to back to back Knox Suburban Championships in 2009 and 2010, and has led several District 2 All Star teams.

Darryl lives in Thomaston with his wife Heidi, their sons Drew and Sam and daughter Grace.