This year’s slate of inductees consists of five individual athletes and two teams.
Slated to enter the hall as individuals are Elroy d’Entremont, Allen Nickerson (posthumously), Denise Robson, Calvin Lawrence and Tony White.
The two teams are the Yarmouth Oland Exports senior C hockey team from 1986-87 and the Yarmouth McDonald’s junior A baseball team of 1992. (Elroy d’Entremont and Allen Nickerson were both members of the Oland Exports team.)
Aside from the Hall of Fame inductions, the evening will include the presentation of the Nate Bain award for Yarmouth County athlete of the year (for 2011) to bike racer Jeff Muise and the Jim Hatfield baseball award to Scott Surette.
The following bios and information on this year’s Hall of Fame inductees were provided by the sports heritage association:
Yarmouth Oland Exports senior C hockey team
The 1986-87 season was less than spectacular for the Yarmouth Oland Exports senior C hockey team. In the last few months of that season the team failed to win a game. As the host of the Maritime championships, the team knew they would face stiff competition. After picking up three players from Digby, the Yarmouth team – under the guidance of coach Paul Boudreau -- posted three straight wins in round-robin play and faced off against Moncton in the championship game. Despite a valiant effort by the Moncton goaltender, who stopped 53 of 55 shots, the Yarmouth team posted a 2-1 win. Moncton managed only 18 shots on the Yarmouth net. Several Yarmouth players were named to the all-star team and Elroy d’Entremont was named tournament MVP.
Between 1976 and 1987 Elroy d’Entremont was a member of at least three provincial championship teams and one Maritime champion and he represented Nova Scotia at the Canada Games in Manitoba in 1979 where he won a silver medal. He was named best defenceman in five tournaments and picked up MVP honours at the local, regional and provincial level. While he continues to play recreational hockey to this day, fans from 1976 to 1987 remember him as a fierce competitor who dominated the competition.
Allen Nickerson’s athletic prowess was obvious in his earliest days of elementary school when he began winning ribbons in a variety of competitions. Throughout his school years he was active in track and field and soccer, but he is best remembered for the two sports he truly loved, hockey and baseball. Between 1978 and 1997 he played in about 500 baseball games at various levels, including the 1981 Canada Games. In later years he was a player/coach of the Yarmouth Red Knights. He was as comfortable in a hockey jersey and played on championship teams at various levels. Nickerson passed away last August.
Yarmouth McDonald’s junior A baseball team 1992
Nineteen-ninety-two was a stellar year for the Yarmouth junior A baseball team. Under the leadership of coach Paul Gould, the team was named the 1992 Baseball Team of the Year for Nova Scotia. Their accomplishments during the season included provincial and Atlantic championships. In addition to the titles the team won, there were a number of individual awards, including Coach of the Year to Paul Gould, and numerous all-star and MVP selections.
Denise Robson, a Yarmouth native living in Cole Harbour, has made her mark on the international scene as a marathon runner. At the provincial level she was the Nova Scotia Timex road-racing champion for six consecutive years between 2005 and 2010. She holds records for a number of races In Boston in 2010, she was the top female Canadian finisher. Her list of achievements is long and varied.
Calvin Lawrence, originally from the Yarmouth area and now living in Ottawa, began his boxing career in his home province, becoming the Nova Scotia champion while serving as a police officer in Halifax. He went on to win both the Eastern Canadian championship and the Canadian heavyweight title. He won a bronze medal at the 1974 Winter Games and this led to an invitation to participate in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Unable to get the time off to train, he elected to concentrate on his career in policing and eventually joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. During his boxing career he had a 10-1 record.
Tony White has enjoyed extended success as a champion bowler. In 1989-90 he had the highest average in the province at 128.76. Following that he anchored provincial championship teams in 1990 and 1992. The year 1998 was perhaps the highlight of his bowling when he won the world candlepin singles championship. He still holds the highest average ever recorded at his home lanes and for the past 20 years has been listed as one of the top bowlers in Nova Scotia. His most recent win was the Eastlink Challenge in 2008.