This coming weekend marks the 2014 Homecoming for University of Maine-Presque Isle. Athletic events include volleyball, and men and women's varsity matches on Saturday and Alumni games for men's and women's soccer, baseball and a 5K race on Sunday.
Saturday evening also includes the Induction of two Owl greats into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Shawn Manter '93 and Erica Davis '09 will be honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner in the Campus Center.
Sunday is Alumni Sports Day with some of UMPI's greatest Owls returning to the field against current team members. The Cross Country program is also sponsoring a 5K race on Sunday at 10am on the cross country course at Park Family Field. No entry fee for the 5K race but donations to the UMPI running program will be accepted. For more information, contact Chris Smith at 768-9472.
Manter was outstanding on the hardwood for the Owls from 1990-1993. Manter's aggressive slashing style of play, allowed him to score more than 1,000 points in just three seasons of play on the highly competitive Karl Henrickson led Presque Isle teams that competed for Northeast College Conference (NCC) championships in the early nineties.
Named to the NCC All-Freshman team in 1991, Manter's consistently outstanding play continued throughout his time as an Owl. In 1992, Manter was named honorable mention NCC All-Conference and in 1993, he was UMPI MVP and NCC First-Team All-Conference.
Manter stayed in his native Aroostook County after graduation and has had a positive impact on the local economy serving on the Maine Tourism Commission and the Caribou Planning Board. In 2005, Manter was awarded the Aroostook Region State Tourism Award for regional promotion that "has resulted in the advancement of the Maine tourism industry."
Davis ranks as one of the most accomplished athletes to ever don the Blue & Gold. An All-American volleyball player in 2008-2009 and one of the finest basketball and softball players UMPI fans have ever witnessed, she also scored more than 1,000 points on the basketball court in only three seasons. Davis was a two-time winner of the UMPI Female Athlete of the Year and MVP of her volleyball and basketball each year she participated.
On the softball diamond, Davis was twice named to the NCAA AD3I All-Independent First-Team in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, at the AD3I Northeast Regional Tournament she hit .688 in five games, going 11-for-16 at the plate, including a 3-run homer and 10 RBI.
Her senior year was one of the finest basketball seasons ever compiled by an UMPI student-athlete. Davis earned First-team All-Conference spots on both the Sunrise Conference and NCAA AD3I squads. She led the entire state of Maine in scoring (20.6 ppg), rebounding (12.1 rpg) and steals (5.2 spg), while leading the Owls to a second place Sunrise Conference finish. That same year, Davis registered 15 double-doubles, scored more than 25 points seven times and set the UMPI single-game scoring record with 49 points. Her outstanding play in 2008-2009 was rewarded by being named the Association of Division III Independent National Co-Player of the Year. In all, Davis scored 1,193 career points in only three seasons of play.
The Hall of Fame festivities begin at 5pm on Saturday with a reception in the Campus Center. The Hall of Fame Dinner will follow at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 768-9506.
Sporting Activities Schedule:
Saturday, September 20th
11am UMPI Volleyball vs. UM-Machias (Gentile Hall)
12pm UMPI Women's Soccer vs. Fisher College (Park Family Field)
1pm UMPI Volleyball vs. UM-Machias (Gentile Hall)
2pm UMPI Men's Soccer vs. Fisher College (Park Family Field)
5pm Hall of Fame Reception
5:30pm Hall of Fame Dinner
Sunday, September 21st
Alumni Sport Day
10am Alumni and All-Comers 5K (UMPI Cross Country Course at Park Family Field)
10am Men's Soccer Alumni Game (Park Family Field)
10am Baseball Alumni Game (Presque Isle High School Field)
12pm Women's Soccer Alumni Game (Park Family Field)