2018-02-08 / Community News

Biddeford HS announces class of 2017 Hall of Honor

Biddeford High School’s Hall of Honor Class of 2017 Inductees from left, Michael “Mouse” Adams, Jim Godbout, Keila Grigware, St. Louis Alumni graduate Richard Dion accepting for the Late Brother Richard Hebert, Tammy (Labbe) Pelletier, Ray Magnant, Paula Osher accepting for her late husband Stephen Randall, and Sandy (Tanguay) Saucier. (Courtesy photo) Biddeford High School’s Hall of Honor Class of 2017 Inductees from left, Michael “Mouse” Adams, Jim Godbout, Keila Grigware, St. Louis Alumni graduate Richard Dion accepting for the Late Brother Richard Hebert, Tammy (Labbe) Pelletier, Ray Magnant, Paula Osher accepting for her late husband Stephen Randall, and Sandy (Tanguay) Saucier. (Courtesy photo) Biddeford High School held its fifth annual Hall of Honor Ceremony in which eight alum were inducted into the class of 2017.

Those chosen this year included: Michael “Mouse” Adams (1987), Jim Godbout, Keila Grigware (2011), Brother Richard Hebert, Tammy (Labbe) Pelletier (1988), Ray Magnant (1990), Stephen Randall (1972), and Sandy (Tanguay) Saucier (1967). Inductee Jim Godbout addressed the crowd on behalf of the class.

“It is an honor to recognize such amazing athletes and community members that have continued on to do great things,” said BHS Principal Jeremie Sirois. “The Selection Committee is charged with the challenging task of narrowing down the choices with so many deserving individuals. They strive to choose from different eras and genders for a well-balanced class of 2017.”

Michael “Mouse” Adams participated in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and became well known throughout the state as a premier competitor. After earning varsity status in all three sports his freshmen year, Adams went on to win multiple awards and championships. During his senior year of indoor track season, he was honored with the Athlete of the Year Award, Southwestern Maine Track Conference Meet MVP, was the One Mile Champion, and became the first BHS track athlete to win the Stephen F. White Award. Adams went on the serve his country as a United States Marine and broke the Marine Corp. 3 mile run record. He retired from the Marine Corp as a chief warrant officer after 20 years of service and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife of 24 years and two sons.

Jim Godbout was inducted as a contributor to Biddeford High School athletics. He was president and coach to several youth organizations including hockey, football and baseball. His contributions to BHS as past president of the Biddeford Athletic Association led to Waterhouse Field’s revitalization in 1998 and 2003, and is taking a lead role in the field’s renovation today as president of the Waterhouse Alumni Field Association.

As president of youth football, Godbout helped build Dave Redmond Field at Rotary Park, has helped with the development of downtown Biddeford and its youth programs as well as program curriculum at the Center of Technology. Among his many accolades, Jim received the inaugural Foundation Pillars of Pride Award in 2016 and the combined Keys to the City of Biddeford and Saco in 2017.

Keila Grigware participated in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She led the Tigers to its first volleyball state championship season in school history and was awarded the Maine State Gatorade Player of the Year in 2010. In basketball, she earned her way into the school’s 1,000-point club and finished her career as a Miss Maine Basketball nominee and McDonald’s All Star accolades. Grigware became the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Maine State Javelin Champion, and the 2009 and 2010 New England Javelin Champion. In addition, she was the 2010 Maine State Shot Put Champion. Grigware took her javelin talents to a national scale, earning All-American rank in 2010 as she took sixth place at the New Balance Nationals meet in Greensboro, North Carolina. She still holds the state record for women’s javelin. In 2014 Grigware was inducted into the National Healthcare Professional Honor Society and the National Collegiate Athletic Honor Society. She maintains her Maine State Athletic Trainer License.

Brother Richard Hebert was inducted as a contributor to Biddeford High School athletics. He was known by community members as “the Apostle of Youth,” spending 20 years of his life as an athletic director and champion of high school sports. He was a tremendous advocate of female sports at BHS. While serving in the role of athletic administrator, Hebert more than doubled the athletic offerings for female student athletes, adding soccer, field hockey, softball, track and field and cross country. Since 1976, the school’s top female graduating senior is presented with the Brother Richard Hebert award and the practice facility across the street from BHS is named in his memory.

Tammy (Labbe) Pelletier participated in basketball, softball and track and field. As a track athlete, she was a 1986 SMAA Outdoor Track All Star in the javelin with a throw of 235’. In basketball, she was awarded the school’s Coaches Award (1988), the Clutch Player Award (1987) and the team MVP (1986). In 1987, Pelletier was named to the Maine State All-Star Team and was awarded the school’s MVP and George Greenwood Memorial Award. In 1988, her senior year, she was All-State and named to the East-West Senior All-Star Game. Following graduation, she continued to participate in athletics where she broke, and still holds, the 400M, 800M and 4X400M race records. In 2013, Pelletier finished first of 1,945 women in the Tough Mountain Challenge Race. She was also accomplished in several triathlons and half marathons from 2013-2016. Today she works as a benefits consultant and is married with four children.

Ray Magnant participated in football, basketball and baseball. During his football career he was an All- Conference defensive back and was a first Team Maine All-State player. In 1989, he was selected as a Fitzpatrick Trophy finalist and selected Captain of the west squad in the annual Lobster Bowl Classic. In basketball, Magnant was an All-Conference selection and in 1990 he batted .350 with 23 stolen bases; a Biddeford High School record. That same year he recorded a 6-0 pitching record with a 1.17 ERA. As a senior he was selected as an All-Conference Pitcher, an All State Outfielder and the Telegram League MVP. Magnant was also awarded the Steve White Award, given to the outstanding male athlete in his graduating class. In spring 2016, he coached the Tigers softball team to a Maine state championship.

Stephen Randall was a standout gymnast winning the 1971 individual state titles in the floor exercise. In 1972, he went on to win state titles in the rings and tumbling. His individual wins led Biddeford High School to championship titles in both 1971 and 1972; the only state titles to date for Biddeford High School. After graduation, Randall went on to Southern Connecticut State University and competed for four years on the men’s team. He helped the men’s team win their first ever NCAA Division II Nation Championship in 1973, and again in 1975 and 1976. As a senior captain at the 1976 National Title, he took home a third-place finish in the floor exercise, his specialty. Randall returned to Biddeford where he opened and operated Randall’s Gymnastics (Dudziaks) for several years and coached numerous athletes in gymnastics. Randall’s passion for gymnastics continued until he died Nov. 5, 2017.

Sandy (Tanguay) Saucier participated in high school sports prior to the adoption of the 1972 Title IX amendment that prohibited sex discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving any type of federal financial aid. Despite her tremendous athletic abilities, Saucier participated at BHS at a time when only basketball was offered to female athletes. She was voted to the basketball All Star team in 1967 by league coaches and was voted the top female athlete at BHS. Outside of high school basketball, she was very involved in other sports including bowling and broomball. Following graduation, she was a pioneer for other female athletes within the community establishing athletic opportunities such as racquetball, volleyball, softball and broomball. Volleyball and softball competed around the state while broomball competed at the international level.

Nominations for the class of 2018 will be accepted up to Oct. 31. Nomination applications can be obtained by visiting the Biddeford School Department website at biddefordschools.me or contacting the superintendent’s office at 282-8280.

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