Southern Maine Standouts Brewer-Griger & Duff To Be Inducted with the 2018 Little East Conference Hall of Fame

Southern Maine Standouts Brewer-Griger & Duff To Be Inducted with the 2018 Little East Conference Hall of Fame

Story by Christina Cracolici, USM Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. 

GORHAM, Maine – Former University of Southern Maine standout student-athletes Kim Brewer-Griger '05 (Bristol, Vermont/Mt. Abraham Union) and Diana Duff '90 (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) will be inducted into the fifth class of the Little East Conference Hall of Fame on Sunday, October 14 at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland, Maine.  The LEC is inducting 11 individuals as part of its 2018 Hall of Fame class.  Members are nominated by their alma maters and voted upon by the league's eight Athletic Directors, and includes individuals representing each Little East institution.  

Open to the public, with a $50 per person price of admission, the induction ceremony will also be streamed live at www.littleeast.tvfor those who are unable to be in attendance. Tickets and congratulatory program advertisements can be purchased online at http://mkt.com/LEC.  The Southern Maine Department of Athletics will also have a limited number of tickets available for sale.  The purchase deadline for program advertisements is August 31, 2018.  

Inducted into the 28thclass of the Husky Hall of Fame in the fall of 2013, Kim Brewer Griger, is the first Southern Maine track and field athlete to be inducted into the Little East Conference Hall of Fame.  Brewer Griger had an outstanding career as a member of the Huskies' women's indoor and outdoor track & field teams, staking claim to 19 Little East Conference individual crowns, winning nine indoor championships and 10 outdoor titles competing in the hurdles, sprints, high jump, long jump and triple jump. 

Brewer Griger won three consecutive indoor high jump and long jump championships, and won the 100 hurdles and high jump at three straight outdoor championships. Brewer Griger went on to compete in the heptathlon at three consecutive NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, and remained the program record-holder in that event until this past season (2018). At the conclusion of her collegiate career, Brewer Griger held nine Southern Maine program records and was a member of four record-setting relay teams, helping the Huskies' earn team titles in both indoor and outdoor track and field each of the four years of her participation. 

A two-sport standout as a member of the Huskies' women's basketball and softball teams, Duff was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame in 1999.  Duff is the fourth Southern Maine women's basketball player to be inducted into the LEC Hall of Fame, joining former standouts Ashley Marble, Joanna Brown and Julie Plant, and the third softball player to earn the enshrinement along with Renee (Heath) Towne and Plant. 

As a member of the Huskies' women's basketball team, Duff left a lasting impression earning WBCA Honorable Mention All-American honors in 1988, and was selected as a WBCA All-American in 1989 as a senior. Duff averaged 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game helping lead Southern Maine to the first of the program's five NCAA Division III Final Four appearances in 1988.  During her remarkable career, Duff was named the LEC Player of the Year, and earned New England Women's Basketball Association, ECAC Division III New England, and first team All-LEC honors.  

Duff helped Southern Maine to three Little East Conference championships, and three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament.  One of the most talented all-around players to wear a Southern Maine uniform, Duff is still listed among the statistical leaders in scoring (1,170), scoring average (11.8), field goals made (482), three-point field goal percentage (.424), rebounds (659), and blocked shots (150).  As a member of the Huskies' softball team, Duff helped lead Southern Maine to the 1986 MAIAW State Championship title, hitting a solid .348 (30-for-86) with two doubles, six triples, one home run and 19 RBI. 

In addition to Brewer-Griger and Duff, the LEC Hall of Fame Class of 2018 includes: former Eastern Connecticut State University head women's basketball coach Dr. C. Robert Miller; former UMass Dartmouth head men's and women's tennis coach Warren Preti;former Western Connecticut State University women's volleyball coach Richard Myers, and six former student-athletes from other LEC institutions – Keene State College's Carrah Fisk Hennessey(softball, women's soccer), UMass Boston's Tony Barros(men's basketball), Plymouth State University's Nick Pelotte(men's basketball), Rhode Island College's Christie Lotti Proctor(softball) and Nicole Riley(softball), and Western Connecticut's Jaymie Rosario Bercedoni(women's volleyball). 

 

University of Southern Maine

Little East Conference Hall of Fame Inductees

Class of 2012

Ashley Marble

Women's Basketball

Dr. Richard "Doc" Costello

Director of Athletics/LEC Commisioner

Gary Fifield

Women's Basketball Coach

Al Bean

Director of Athletics/LEC Commisioner/Publicist

 

 

Class of 2013

Joanna Brown

Women's Basketball

Ed Flaherty

Baseball Coach

 

 

Class of 2014

Jeff Bower

Men's Basketball

Julie Plant

Women's Basketball, Softball

 

Class of 2016

Tim Bonsant

Men's Basketball

Renee (Heath) Towne

Field Hockey & Softball

 

 

Class of 2018

Kim Brewer-Griger

Women's Track & Field

Diana Duff

Women's Basketball, Softball

 

 

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