Today, Sharon Bay joins her sister Lynn, and her high school coach Ed Feeney as they are inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame. They were foundational parts of a great Portland High School dynasty that began in the late 1980s and continued into the mid-‘90s.
Following in her younger sister’s footsteps, Sharon soon showed Portland area basketball fans that she was a force in her own right. A highly intense and competitive player, Sharon was the physical and emotional leader of her team.
She helped Portland High School to the State Championship title in 1988 by defeating a very good Cony High School team.
In her senior season, 1989, Sharon was named to the All-State First Team, and won the prestigious Edward McMann Award for the best player in the Western Maine tournament. In addition, Sharon was a McDonald’s All-Star and an all SMAA first team selection as well as an All-Academic All-Star. However personally gratifying her last season was, her team lost to Cony by 2 points in the state title game.
However, her high school career was just the beginning for Sharon.
She accepted a scholarship to the academically challenging University of Vermont, and took her skills to the Catamounts.
In the very competitive American East (then the NAC Conference), Sharon was named to the first team All-Rookie team. She was chosen Most Outstanding Player in the 1992 and 1993 Conference tournament.
Sharon’s academic excellence was recognized by her peers as she was an American East All -Academic honor roll first team selection.
And finally, Sharon was the conference 1983 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Sharon chose to remain in Vermont after graduation and was honored with her induction into the Univ. of Vermont Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.
She and husband Eric have two daughters Bray and Addi.