Kyle (right) is pictured with Bridgton Academy’s Head of School Diana J. Gleeson (photo credit: Wild Willows Photography) JESSE COTTINGHAM PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDGTON — Bridgton Academy celebrated the induction of its 2023 Hall of Fame Class on Friday, September 29 as the opening event of Homecoming Weekend. The Bridgton Academy Hall of Fame recognizes the diverse achievements and celebrated careers of both alumni and faculty.

This year’s inductees included Robert Bogan ’83 (Fall River, Massachusetts), Steven Brooks ’03 (Fairfax Station, Virginia), Michael Cerullo ’86 (Cinnaminson, New Jersey), Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli (Hopkinton, Massachusetts), Kyle Kennison ’91 (Oxford, Maine), and Rev. Dr. Ernest Peets ’88 (Devonshire, Bermuda).

Kyle Kennison, Class of 1991, was inducted into the Bridgton Academy Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the sport of baseball in the state of Maine and beyond. Kyle came to Bridgton from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, where he had been a standout athlete.

At the Academy, Kyle played baseball and was also a member of the competitive ski team; however, it was his ability on the mound that landed him at the University of Maine. Kyle eventually transferred to the University of Southern Maine, pitching from 1994–1996 for the Huskies. At USM, Kyle holds the program record for fewest hits allowed per nine innings (6.12).

As a dominant closer, Kyle was named All-ECAC in 1995. He also held the career record for most strikeouts per nine innings (10.54) until 2019, as well as the single-season record (12.66) until 2012. The summer before he graduated from USM with a degree in Criminology, Kyle played for the Worcester Collegians of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, pitching a zero earned-run average for the season as the team’s closer and earning dual awards: 1995 Reliever of the Year and Top Prospect.

In 1996, Kyle was named a 21st-round MLB draft pick by the Seattle Mariners. Kyle played three seasons with the Mariners’ organization, reaching the AAA-level of play in his two years with their affiliate team, the Tacoma Rainiers, before he retired from the game. Kyle has been recognized across the state of Maine for his contributions to the sport of baseball. In 2018, he was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame, then in 2022, to the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame.

Since 1999, Kyle has worked at Hancock Lumber in sales, earning many accolades there as well. In 2014, Kyle was named Hancock’s Employee of the Year for the company’s South Paris location. For more than a decade, Kyle has been one of the top sales representatives at Hancock, and since 2017, Kyle has been a recipient of the Top Seller Award every year.

Founded in 1808, Bridgton Academy offers the nation’s leading college-preparatory postgraduate program. While educating young men in a dedicated year following high school, our mission is to ensure that our young men graduate with the academic skills, study skills, self-discipline, and self-confidence necessary for success in college and life beyond.

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