Darren Carlisle (Class of 2002)
Darren Carlisle racked up some impressive statistics in just two years with the Wildcat hockey program.
After spending his first two years of high school at St. Dominic's, winning Class A state titles both seasons, Carlisle returned to Presque Isle and made an indelible mark. As a junior, Carlisle accumulated 36 goals and 25 assists to establish a single-season record for points with 61. In the process, he became the first PIHS player ever to be named an Eastern Maine Class B first-team all star.
He captured the Eastern Maine Hockey Coaches Association Player of the Year the following season, while again being named to the EM Class B all star first team. He also was selected to the senior all-star team. That year he posted 40 goals and 19 assists, which included a six-goal, two-assist performance against Houlton during the regular season.
In those two seasons, his 120 points established a PIHS points record.
Carlisle played on the Maine Junior Pirates following the conclusion of the 2000-2001 season, which was made up of the best high school hockey players in the state. The team won the New Englands and qualified for the nationals held in Denver, Colo., placing eighth in their tournament bracket.
He has been heavily involved in Presque Isle Youth Hockey and since 2010 has served as an assistant varsity hockey coach for the Wildcats under Carl Flynn.
Katie Delong McQuade (Class of 2006)
Thanks to her speed and competitive nature, Katie Delong McQuade goes down as one of the top all-around athletes to go through Presque Isle High School. She garnered post-season accolades all three sports seasons and went on to play collegiately in soccer at the Div. I level.
Delong McQuade scored a school-record 57 goals in her four soccer seasons with the Wildcats, gaining all-conference, All-Eastern Maine, All-State and All-New England honors. She made the Maine Soccer Coaches Class B all-star team her sophomore, junior and senior years and capped off her career by being named MSC Class B Player of the Year,.
She led her Presque Isle basketball team to a state championship her senior season and made the Bangor Daily News All-State first team, while also being one of three finalists for the Miss Maine Basketball award. Delong McQuade was also named Big East Conference Player of the Year after leading the league in assists (4.6) and steals (4.7) and also averaging 14.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. She had also received Big East all-conference recognition during her sophomore and junior campaigns.
On the softball field, she was a standout outfielder who made All-Aroostook her final three seasons.
Delong McQuade went on to play soccer at the University of Maine at Orono for two years. She made the America East Academic Honor Roll and was named a UMaine Academic Rising Star.
Peter Fields (Class of 1973)
He was the first Presque Isle High School wrestler to ever place in the state championship, then Peter Fields went on to become a decorated collegiate wrestler before embarking in what has been a lengthy and successful career in athletic administration.
Fields was on both the Wildcat golf and wrestling teams, but it was on the mat where he excelled. He was a two-time team MVP and won the Eastern Maine regional championship his senior year. He also placed third at the state meet his junior season.
He went on to attend the University of Maine at Presque Isle and competed in the heavyweight class and served as captain all four years. He won numerous tournament championships and was a four-time qualifier for the NAIA National Championships. He was a District V All-NAIA wrestler all four years. In 1979, he was selected to the Maine AAU All-Star Wrestling Team and also selected to compete against The Netherlands Olympic Team. He was inducted into the UMPI Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.
Fields embarked in a lengthy career as an athletic director beginning in the mid-1980s. He began as an assistant athletic director for finance at Kent State University (three years) and the University of Toledo (eight years). He then spent six years as associate director for athletics at the University of Missouri before moving on as the director of athletics at Montana State University for 14 years. Last fall, he accepted the position of senior associate director of athletics for development at Santa Clara University in California.
Eugene Fitzgerald (Class of 1958)
Eugene Fitzgerald parlayed his athletic success in the 1950s at PIHS into a brilliant collegiate basketball career, and later served as a teacher and coach for nearly 40 years.
Fitzgerald served as co-captain of the Wildcat baseball and basketball teams his junior and senior years and also competed in track and field at PIHS. On the baseball diamond, Fitzgerald had batting averages of .483 as a junior and .450 as a senior. In basketball, he was second team All-Aroostook and was a consistent double-digit point scorer during his two years on the varsity. He was also an outstanding student who was active in many organizations.
Fitzgerald attended Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. and was named to its Athletic Hall of Fame after starring in basketball and also playing baseball, soccer and touch football. He was a vital part of three consecutive North Atlantic Christian College championship teams in basketball and was the NACC's MVP in 1962. He scored over 1,400 points during his career with the Fighting Scots and had a team-high 192 rebounds as a senior.
He taught history and physical education for 39 years and coached many of those years, including 18 at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga., where he resides. He officiates basketball at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels.
Andy Packard (Class of 1970)
Andy Packard was one of the dominant figures in the Maine high school basketball scene during the 1969-70 season, culminating with a berth on the All-Maine second team.
Despite standing at just 6 feet, 1 inch, Packard was a double-digit scorer and top-flight rebounder throughout his three-year varsity career and put up some astounding numbers his senior year. He averaged 18 points and 15 rebounds per game and recorded individual performances of 31 points and 24 rebounds against Fort Kent, 20 points and 14 rebounds against Caribou, 31 points and 17 rebounds against Houlton and 28 points and 15 rebounds against Old Town. He is believed to be the second-leading rebounder in Presque Isle High School varsity basketball history, behind only fellow Hall of Famer Eric Wieder.
Following the success on the court with the Wildcats, which also included an all-tournament team selection in 1970, he attended the University of Maine for one year before transferring to the University of Prince Edward Island, where he starred in basketball and ended up having his number 42 retired in 2012.
At a school that played just 12 regular season games each season, Packard accumulated 733 points and 404 rebounds during his three-year career with the Panthers. He was a dominant post player and an intense defender, known for his spectacular fundamentals and amazing hands and footwork. His field goal percentage of 50.4 was tops in the nation at the time. He was a perennial all-star, a two-time team MVP and finished in the top five in scoring in the Maine Maritime Intercollegiate League in 1972-73. He was named UPEI's Male Athlete of the Year that season.
Packard is now retired and resides in Brackley Beach, PEI.