BREWER – Brewer High School has announced its incoming athletic hall of fame class.
Six athletes and one team make up the school’s seventh hall of fame class: Kathleen Cahill, Ronnie Hewes, Victor Irwin, Leah Jackson, Steve Tardiff, and Bob Van Peursem as well the 1968 football team.
Cahill was the longest tenured head coach of any sport in Brewer history as she coached the swimming and diving team from 1988-2018.
A Class of 1989 graduate, Ronnie Hewes played baseball and football. He was the 1988 Pine Tree Conference quarterback of the year and a two-time PVC baseball all-star. Hewes played baseball at UMaine and helped lead the Black Bears to a North Atlantic Conference title in 1993 and an NCAA tournament berth.
Victor Irwin, (Class of ’13), was a two-time Class A state champion wrestler as he totaled 147 wins over his high school career. He was undefeated his senior year en route to being ranked No. 10 in the nation. Irwin was the first Maine wrestler to go undefeated (5-0) in the Maine-Nebraska Friendship Series Wrestling Competition since it started in the mid-1980s. In 2014, he was the National Collegiate Wrestling Association New England Champion and earned All-American honors in wrestling at Eastern Maine Community College where he helped created the wrestling program.
Jackson graduated in 2009 and helped lead the softball team to two KVAC title and its first softball state championship in 2008. She went on to play softball and basketball at Maine Maritime Academy where she was a two-time NAC softball first team selection and was the 2013 NAC softball player of the year.
A Class of ’69 graduate, Tardiff played football, basketball, and baseball. He was the quarterback and a defensive back on the undefeated 1968 Class A state championship football team. He won a PVC title in 1969 with the baseball team and went on to play baseball at UMaine.
Van Peursem graduated in 1971 and competed in track & field and football. He was a two-time PVC champ in the 440 and 100 yard dash. In 1970, he set a PVC record in the 440 yard dash, which stood for 46 years. He was the 1971 Class A state champion in the 440. Van Peursem was the starting half-back on the undefeated 1970 Class A state champion football team. He went on to run indoor and outdoor track at UMaine and set the indoor 600 yard school record.
Finally, the 1968 football team was the school’s first ever Class A State championship team as it went undefeated (11-0). The team was the only undefeated team in Class A and was ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 5 in New England.