Longtime MDI basketball and golf coach Wilton Jones is one of the inductees. FILE PHOTO

Six to be inducted into Hall of Fame



BAR HARBOR — Six athletic standouts will be inducted into the Mount Desert Island High School Hall of Fame at halftime of the homecoming football game on Friday.

This year’s six inductees made their marks on Mount Desert Island athletics between 1952 and 2003.

The MDI Hall of Fame is open to graduates of MDI High School and the former Bar Harbor, Pemetic and Mount Desert high schools.

“They are nominated from various people in the community, and then they are voted on by a committee of faculty and alumni,” said Athletic Director Bunky Dow. “They look over the credentials and make a decision.”

The Hall of Fame also is open to candidates who have made an impact on the arts.

During halftime of the Trojans vs. Madison Bulldogs game, each inductee will be honored at midfield and presented with a Hall of Fame clock. Two inductees will be honored posthumously.

2016 MDI Hall of Fame

Diane Wood Cavanaugh, class of 1982, led the Trojans to six state championships during her tenure. She was on the indoor track team that won states in 1980, 1981 and 1982; cross-country in 1980 and 1981; and outdoor track in 1981.

She lettered every season in her high school career.

During her senior year, Cavanaugh won the two-mile individual state championship and was selected an All-American honorable mention for that event. She went on to run track at the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine at Orono.

Cavanaugh died in 2006 at the age of 42 after a five-year battle with breast cancer.

Harold Babcock Hatch graduated from Pemetic High School in 1957.

During his time there, he won several state individual titles in cross-country and track. In 1956, he won the New England Cross-Country Championship. In his senior year, Hatch also earned all-state Class M status from the state championship basketball championship team.

He ran cross-country and played on the golf team at the University of Maine in Orono. In 2006, he was inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame.

Hatch died in 2013 at the age of 74.

Bracey Barker, class of 2003, led the MDI girls’ basketball team to three consecutive state championships from 2001-2003. She received the Miss Maine Basketball Award from the Coaches Association in 2003.

Barker’s talent led to a full scholarship at the University of Maine at Orono. She also played in a women’s professional league in Luxembourg.

Leroy Dyer, a 1952 graduate of Bar Harbor High School, played football, basketball and baseball throughout his high school career. He was the pitcher for the 1950 and 1952 teams that won the PVC Championship.

He played baseball at Bowdoin College and later signed a contract to pitch for the Milwaukee Braves.

Wilton Jones, a 14-year coach of the boys’ basketball team, guided the Trojans to an Eastern Maine Championship in 1995, then helped them become the Eastern Maine Runner-Up in 1996. He coached the varsity golf team for 15 years and led the team to the PVC Regional Championships title in 1994 and 2012. He retired from coaching in 2015.

Jared Polchies was a varsity football, basketball and baseball standout, earning 12 varsity letters during his time as a Trojan. Polchies was second team all-conference quarterback his senior year and PVC Class B pitcher of the year in 1994.

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