Saint Joseph's College announces Hall of Fame inductees

Mike Johnson of Portland has been named to the Athletic Hall of Fame at Saint Joseph's College in Standish. The award ceremony will take place Saturday, Sept. 16.

In 1979 and 1980, his sophomore and junior seasons, Johnson was voted to the Western Maine Athletic Conference first team. During his junior season, a time when the Monks consistently competed against scholarships programs throughout New England, Johnson averaged 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. One historical play occurred when Johnson hit the game-winning turnaround jump shot versus Southern Maine, which proved to be the first playoff win in Saint Joseph's basketball history.

Considered an undersized center at 6'4", Johnson played with heart and guarded the opponent's best big men and centers as if he was a much taller man, according to the award citation. With great shooting ability from 15 feet, Johnson was the fourth Monk to surpass the 1,000 point mark.

Johnson is now the principal at Portland High School.

Hope Favreau of Tampa, Fla., has been named to the Athletic Hall of Fame at Saint Joseph's College. Favreau grew up in Topsham and graduated from Mt. Ararat High School.

Ranked as one of the elite multisport athletes in Saint Joseph's history, Favreau quickly established herself on the softball diamond as one of the best offensive and defensive shortstops to wear a St. Joe's uniform. In 1990, during her senior season, she lead her team to its first-ever NAIA New England Championship, batting .309 with 19 runs scored and a team high 20 RBI. She received All-District and All-State honors in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

Favreau was also a key ingredient on and off the field for the women's soccer program. She was instrumental in developing a women's club soccer team and was part of the inaugural varsity year in 1988. In 1989, the second year of the program, she led the team to its first Western Maine Athletic Conference Championship, scored 10 goals, and was named All-District.

Stuart Hogan of Old Orchard Beach has been named to the Athletic Hall of Fame at Saint Joseph's College in Standish.

At Saint Joseph's, Hogan was a three-time men's cross-country Most Valuable Player and led his team to an impressive regular-season record of 77-7. In his first year, he set a home-course record and led the Monks to a perfect 23-0 regular season. Hogan's consecutive first-place finishes at the University of Southern Maine Invitational was highlighted by setting the course record his junior year.

In 1984, as a senior, Hogan led Saint Joseph's to the National Catholic Championships, NCAA New England Championships and the NCAA National Championships, while earning All-New England and selected first team All-Maine honors. Over his three-year career, the Monks made two consecutive trips to NCAA National Championships and won the NAIA New England Championship.

Karen Rogers Matheson of Gorham, who grew up in Westbrook, has been named to the Athletic Hall of Fame at Saint Joseph's College.

Ranked as one of the elite two-sport athletes on the field and the hardwood in the history of Saint Joseph's, Matheson completed her stellar soccer career as the all-time leader in goalie shutouts with 31. Her goals against average and wins still rank first overall at an impressive 1.03 and 51, respectively. She led Saint Joseph's to two straight Western Maine Athletic Conference Championships while garnering All-Conference, All-State and All-Region awards.

In basketball, Matheson currently ranks 6th all-time in blocked shots with 44 during her career. During her two-sport career, her teams won a total of five conference championships. In addition, Matheson played on one of only two Saint Joseph's College basketball teams that advanced to the second round at the NAIA Division II National Championships.

Leon Renaud of East Waterboro has been named to the Athletic Hall of Fame at Saint Joseph's College in Standish.

Renaud, who grew up in Sanford, powered the Saint Joseph's baseball program to four straight NAIA District 5 ( New England ) Championships. In 1991, as a junior, he set the single-season record for home runs with nine and was honored with District 5 Tournament Most Valuable Player, District All-Star, and Area 8 All-Star. In 1992, as a senior, Renaud garnered NAIA District Player of the Year, District All-Star, and Area 8 All-star honors. That year he led the team in hits (40), runs (25), doubles (10), and batting average (.385). He ranks among the program's all-time career leaders, with totals that include a .343 batting average, 478 at bats, 113 runs, 164 hits, 31 doubles, 29 home runs, 30 stolen bases, and 117 RBI.

Jean Zimmerman of South Portland has been named to the Athletic Hall of Fame at Saint Joseph's College.

Arriving at Saint Joseph's in 1978, Zimmerman was head coach for three varsity programs and the athletic department's first full-time female employee. During her four-year stay, she was the head women's coach for basketball, volleyball and softball. At the inception of Title IX legislation, Zimmerman oversaw the transition of those respective sports from the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) to NCAA Division III/ NAIA Division II. During her four-year tenure as the women's basketball coach, she went on to a 52-28 (.666) record. In 1979 and 1981, Zimmerman coached the Monks to a Western Maine Athletic Conference Championship. She is also responsible for pioneering the women's volleyball and softball programs at Saint Joseph's College.

Steve Osborne of Raymond has been named to the Athletic Hall of Fame at Saint Joseph's College.

Osborne, originally from Millinocket, is the most decorated Monks baseball player ever to don the Royal Blue and White. In a four-year career, Osborne rewrote the record books for Saint Joseph's. He completed his career ranking first in batting average (.430), home runs (42), hits (220), and runs (183). In 2001, Osborne set the single-season records for runs (64), batting average (.481), hits (77), home runs (22), and RBI (79). In addition, he garnered the Maine Athletic Conference Player of the Year, NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, and the 2001 NCAA Division III Statistical Champion for Slugging percentage (1.031).

Osborne was also selected to the 2001 New England College Baseball All-Star game at Fenway Park and the NCAA Home Run Challenge at the 2001 College World Series in Omaha, Neb. He was the first Saint Joseph's College baseball player to sign a professional baseball contract, when he signed with the New York Yankees in 2001.

September 6, 2006 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu