Lapierre, Gary (2008)
Gary Paul LaPierre was born in Portland and grew up with his three sisters and two brothers in the North Deering area. Gary is the son of Bernadette and Donald LaPierre and currently resides in Westbrook with his wife, Shawna and two children, Allyson -5 and Camryn-8. Gary is an Account Executive with The Rowley Agency in Portland, ME.
Gary’s first significant baseball accomplishment was being a member of the 1981 Portland Babe Ruth team that advanced to the Babe Ruth World Series. The team finished fourth and Gary was selected to the All Tournament team. At Deering High School, Gary was named to the All-Telegram League and the All-State baseball team during his sophomore, junior and senior years.
In addition, Gary was a key player for the 1983 Deering team that went on to win the State Championship. During the summer, he played on the Caldwell Post American Legion team helping his team to win the state championship in 1983. A three-sport athlete, Gary was also named to the All State indoor Track team and was a member of two State Championship Golf teams. As a natural born leader, Gary was named captain of the baseball, track and golf teams during his senior year. Most impressive of all was Gary’s Academics accomplishments as he graduated with honors despite all of his time commitments to playing sports.
Gary enrolled in the University of Maine in the fall of 1984. As a freshman, he started every game and ended up batting .340 for the year. During his sophomore year, he set Umaine and New England records for the most at bats, most hits and most games played in a season. As the leadoff hitter, Gary hit .325 and had 40 RBI’s. As a junior, he helped his team advance to the 1986 College World Series where he hit .333 for the tournament. The summer after his junior year, Gary played for the Yarmouth-Dennis baseball team in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
As a senior, Gary was elected the sole captain of the Maine baseball team and set the Maine and New England records for most doubles in a season with twenty. He was also an excellent defensive outfielder and base runner. Above all, Gary represented his team with class on and off the field and was also a Dean’s List student. When his career ended in 1988, he held the following University of Maine and New England career records: 263 hits, 50 doubles, 184 runs scored, 843 At Bats and 208 consecutive games played. These records prove that Gary had one of the greatest college careers in the history of New England division one baseball.
As a player, Gary earned the respect of his coaches Ed Flaherty of Deering & Dr. John Winkin of The University of Maine. Gary has named Coach Flaherty as the most influential baseball person in his life. Gary credits Coach Flaherty for instilling a very strong work ethic, teaching sound fundamentals and sharing his advanced knowledge of the game. According to Gary, “This resulted in an easy transition to playing college ball”. During the 1987 season, Coach John Winkin said of Gary: “We haven’t had too many guys with greater class than Gary in our program. He’s a fine leader, great gentleman, with character on and off the field.”