Four FA alums were inducted into the Foxcroft Academy Athletic Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held during halftime of the football team’s 62-16 Homecoming win over the Hermon Hawks Friday night. Meet the outstanding Class of 2015:
From the Class of 1952, Glenice Haley Snyder – while at Foxcroft Academy, Glenice established the school’s first softball team, and during her four-year tenure as starting pitcher, the team lost only one game. Glenice also played basketball, earned four varsity letters in cheerleading, and was an accomplished swimmer. After FA, Glenice joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., where she again established a softball team. In her first year on the team, she was named to the All-star Eastern Service Women’s Team that played other all-star teams from around the country. Later in life, Glenice picked up candlepin bowling, winning several individual and team state titles over an accomplished 40-year career. She remembers Head of School Tillson D. Thomas, who encouraged her to start the softball team, as an influential person in her life.
From the Class of 1961, Michael Crawford – Michael excelled for the baseball and basketball teams during his four years at Foxcroft Academy, and after FA, he continued to play baseball and basketball at Ricker College, where he also picked up soccer (a new sport in the U.S. at the time). After college, Michael went on to play semi-professional baseball and semi-professional basketball. Michael would later embark on an accomplished coaching career, leading Jonesport-Beals High School to a Maine State Basketball Championship in 1966, Madawaska High School to a Maine State Baseball Championship in 1988, and South Lake High School to a Baseball Final Four in Florida. In a career that spanned more than 35 years, Michael coached his basketball teams to 178 wins and his baseball teams to 539 victories.
From the Class of 1993, Michael Smith – Michael was an excellent football, basketball, and baseball player for the Ponies, shining brightest on the football field, earning three first-team all-conference selections and two first-team all-state recognitions. Upon graduating from FA, Michael went on to play football at the University of Maine for four years, where he was a two-year starter at the fullback position. Michael fondly remembers breaking a losing streak to Dexter in football his junior year and the playoff football game against Winslow as highlights of his athletic career.
From the Class of 2003, Trey Merrill – Trey was a standout football, wrestling, and track and field athlete for the Ponies. Trey was a two-way starter for the Foxcroft football team that won an Eastern Maine Championship in 2002, and he was named to the first-team all-conference Offensive and Defensive teams his senior year. Trey was also selected to play in the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic, and at the Lobster Bowl, he was voted captain of the East Team by his teammates. Trey capped a stellar senior year with an individual state title for the wrestling team and was the discus State Champion for the track and field team. Trey singled out Jim Harvey and Luis Ayala as coaches that had a great influence on him.