Jon MacDonald was a three-sport star at Stearns High in Millinockett. He played football, basketball, and baseball for the Minutemen, achieving both individual and team success.
But it is in basketball where MacDonald truly made his mark. In his sophomore season at Stearns, he helped the Minutemen win the New England championship. He was later named to the Parade All-American team.
He attended the University of Maryland, where he was a team captain his senior year. And in 2006 he was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
Born in Millinocket on May 10, 1957, MacDonald had a truly blessed playing career.
His football teams won, and he received individual recognition as an All-State quarterback. His basketball teams were legendary, winning a New England crown his sophomore year and state Class LL championships his junior and senior year, going 44-1 over those last two years.
The New England championship team is truly mythic in this state. Stearns played Morse, which had beaten the Minutemen in the state championship game, in the New England finals.
MacDonald, only a sophomore, hit two foul shots with 26 seconds remaining to seal the championship, 56-54, over Morse. He would be named to the All-New England team, along with Morse's Joe Harrington.
In an interview with the Portland Press Herald some years ago, MacDonald said he wasn't surprised that Stearns, which was the smallest team in the tournament, won that title.
"We could dribble, pass and shoot," he said. "We pressed full-court and we were smart players. We were unselfish. The whole starting five went on to play in college."
MacDonald would continue his brilliant high school career. He finished with 1,223 points and was named to the Scholastic Magazine and the Parade Magazine All-America teams (joining Lew Alcindor, who of course, gained great fame as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).
He then played at Maryland for four years, joining Morse's Harrington, and was named captain his senior year.
He was a member of the Secret Service from 1970 to 1990. He is currently involved in many civic opportunities.
Jon and his wife Margot live in Millinocket. They have four children, Jolene, Maxwell, and stepsons Adam and Michael.
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