ORONO — Cony High School graduate Amy Vachon and Mt. Blue High School graduate Heather Ernest are among six former University of Maine women’s basketball members who will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on June 22.

Other Maine women’s basketball players who will be honored at the ceremony at the DCU Convention Center in Worcester, Mass. are former players Jamie Casidy, Emily Ellis as well as former coaches Joanne P. McCallie and Sharon Versyp.

Ernest is being inducted for her accomplishments at Mt. Blue, where she led the Mt. Blue girls basketball team to the Class A state championship in 1999 and 2000. She was named the 2000 Maine Gatorade Player of the Year as well as Miss Maine Basketball. While at Maine, Ernest was a two-time America East Player of the Year and is ranks fifth on the all-time scoring list at Maine with 1,804 points. She is third on the school’s all-time rebound list with 1,040.

Vachon, is being honored for her career at Cony, where she played on two Class A state championship teams. She was a two-time Maine Gatorade Player of the Year and was named Miss Maine Basketball in 1996. She was a two-time captain at the University of Maine and led the Black Bears to four-straight NCAA touranment appearances. She was a member of the 1999 team that knocked off Stanford in the first-round of the NCAA tournament.

Vachon, now an assistant coach with the Black Bears, holds the Maine record for most assists in a season (234) and holds the Maine and America East Conference record for assists in a career with 759. She is 22nd all-time in NCAA history for career assists.

McCallie is being honored in the “Icon” category. She spent eight years as the head coach at the University of Maine and guided the Black Bears to seven-straight 20-win campaigns.

Versyp is beign honored in the Division I coaches category. She spent five years as the Black Bears head coach and finished with a record of 98-51, including a 67-19 record in America East play. She led Maine to three-straight America East titles (2003, 2004, 2005) and in 2004 won the America East tournament title.

Cassidy ranks third on the Maine all-time scoring list with 2,380 points and fourth in rebound with 983.

Ellis, meanwhile, is receiving the Ronald S. Perry induction, which honors individuals who have achieved distinction in two or more categories. She led the Black Bears in rebound in two of her four seasons and ended her career with 1,637 point, which ranks sixth all-time in school history.

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