A Frederick County native, Becky McCutcheon has been devoted to teaching, coaching, mentoring, running and chaperoning on county, state, national, and international levels most of her life. McCutcheon taught physical education in the Frederick County school system for more than 30 years; coached swimming at the YMCA, Hood College, Frederick and Braddock pools; and for 20 years taught senior swimming. She was actively involved with coaching and mentoring the Jeanne Bussard Track and Field Special Olympics Team for 12 years. McCutcheon was a member of the Maryland Marathon Commission, Frederick Fitness Commission, and a charter member of the Frederick Steeplechasers. She is known and respected internationally for her involvement with the U.S.A. Track and Field team.
Tommy Long’s involvement with baseball and softball extends over 35 years. In 1975, Long was a co-founder of the Frederick Baseball Association and for nine years managed the 8–12-year-olds teams, which won five league championships. In 1982, he co-founded and managed the Frederick Bambino Babe Ruth Program. From 1985 to 2002, Long was the 13–15-year-olds’ Kiwanis Babe Ruth manager, with eight league championships and eight state all-star championships during that period. From 2002 to 2010, Long managed the FSK Post 11 American Legion baseball team program and established various age-level teams for fall baseball. In 2008, Long reached a coaching milestone with 700 baseball victories. With his 35 years of unconditional service to community youth, Tom Long has touched the lives of countless young athletes.
The best tennis player to come from Frederick County, Bresha Mogar is unmatched in her accomplishments in tennis. As a high school athlete, she was a three-time county and regional champion. During her senior year, Mogar never lost a game to an opponent and was as late as 2010 the only state tennis champion to come from Frederick County. During her career, Mogar was ranked no. 1 in the state in 1990 and 1992. Mogar placed first in various Frederick County adult competitions in the Frederick Tennis Club: Catherine Dykstra Singles 1991 and 1995, J. Richard Remsburg and Maxine Murray Doubles tournaments 1998. She earned ranking from 1984 through 1992 in the U.S. Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section and was ranked no. 15 nationally. She can still be found on the courts giving free lessons and tutoring young females in the basics of the game.
A Frederick County native, Bill Siedling has been involved in athletics for 50 years as of 2010. Beginning his sports career in baseball, he played Little League, Babe Ruth and Babe Ruth All-Stars, American Legion, Maryland State League and Washington, D.C., Industrial League baseball. In 1967, Siedling signed professionally with the Washington Senators as a catcher. Employed by the Frederick County Public Schools system, Siedling worked as a physical education teacher, guidance counselor, and classroom drivers education teacher. He is probably best known for his basketball officiating and for 44 years has been a member of the Frederick IAABO Board officiating, interpreting rules, and instructing new recruits. As an expert official, Bill is involved in all levels of the sport—AAU, high school and college tournaments in Maryland, D.C., Pennsylvania and Virginia.
As a youth in Frederick County, Ken Smith played soccer, basketball, and baseball, but had baseball in his blood. Starting in the Woodsboro
Little League, Smith earned honors throughout his youth and high school careers. With a full baseball scholarship to West Virginia University, Smith had a 10–0 record his junior year to earn All-Atlantic 10 Honors and won the Outstanding Pitcher Award during the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, as well as All East Honors and the MVP award. In 1987, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He earned Pitcher of the Week three times and was listed in USA Today as one of the top five pitching leaders in the organization. Today, Smith is active in youth baseball in the Thurmont area and is an excellent coach for youth wanting to play the game he loves.
An outstanding athlete in the 1940s, Frank Wilders made his claim to fame in baseball as a left-handed pitcher for Thurmont High School and played for three different leagues during his senior year. Drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers, he had the opportunity to work with professional players like Jackie Robinson in camp. Wilders was observed to have the best curve ball within the Brooklyn camp that season. During this two-year period on the Dodger’s Class C Team, he averaged 10 strike-outs per game with an ERA of 3.2 and a batting average over .300. In 1950, Wilders was contracted to the Yankees and remained with them until 1954. During the Korean War, he played with the Air Force team that competed throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. Returning home, Wilders continued to play locally and managed the Thurmont American Legion Team.
Bobbie Jo Delphey-Barber
A graduate of Catoctin High School, Bobbi Jo Delphey-Barber was an outstanding athlete in basketball, cross country, and track and field. As a freshman, her track talent became evident as she qualified for state competition in the high jump, intermediate and high hurdles, and triple jump. This same year she began her four-year reign as High Jump 1-A State Champion, a feat that as of 2011 had not been repeated in state games. Delphey-Barber was also the county, MVAL, and regional champion in the high jump those four years. She was selected three years to First Team All-County, MVAL First Team, and First Team All-Area. For two consecutive years, she was chosen the Frederick News-Post’s female field athlete. She expressed her love of sports through her unselfish efforts to expand female sports opportunities within the Catoctin community.
A Middletown High School graduate, Tim Fawley is considered one of the best three-sport athletes ever to graduate from the school. He began his incredible career with Myersville Youth Baseball. As a high school player, he was a three-position player: pitcher, shortstop, and backup catcher. As a senior shortstop, Fawley committed no errors and had a .314 batting average. Fawley was a four-year soccer player and as of 2011 still held the record for most goals scored in one game, as well as the Frederick County record for most seasonal goals (40). As a skillful basketball player, he is still the school’s leading scorer with 1,524 points as of 2011. He is tenth in the MPSSAA total points accumulation for semi-final and final games. Fawley is currently sharing his vast knowledge of sports as he coaches youth teams.
A Frederick High School graduate, Keith Lee excelled in football and is considered to be one of the best players who ever represented the school. As a three-year letterman, he was selected All-Conference and All-City for two consecutive years. He was the Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Conference’s Scholar Athlete as well as Frederick High’s Scholar Athlete in 1978. As a proficient basketball player, Lee was selected All- Conference Team and All-City Team, and was voted Player of the Year by the Frederick News-Post and the Hagerstown Herald Mail. Continuing his football career at the University of Virginia, Lee was a four-year starter and led the team in tackles and interceptions. In 1982, he was an undrafted free agent for the Dallas Cowboys and a free agent for the New England Patriots in 1982–1983.
A Walkersville High School graduate, Gary Rubeling was considered a first-class athlete in all of his years of sports involvement. After playing sports during his formative years, he continued his success as a four- year member of the Walkersville basketball, baseball, and football teams. Excelling in football, Rubeling was a 1978 All-MVAL linebacker. As a Towson University player, he was a four-year starter, an Academic All-American, established the school’s record for single-season interceptions, and had a four-year career record for interceptions (25). He was selected for numerous awards, named Male Athlete of the Year in 1983, and was inducted into the Towson University Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
Nicole Teasley began her prominent basketball career at St. John’s at Prospect Hall. Her impressive accomplishments during her four-year enrollment include no. 1 ranked recruit by Blue-Star National Ranking, Maryland three-year Gatorade Player of the Year, and Parade and Gatorade National Player of the Year. Earning a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina, Teasley continued to establish records that advanced her into a professional career. In 1998, she was ACC Rookie of the Year, assist leader for four years, and First Team All-ACC. In1999, she was First Team All-ACC, ACC Tournament MVP and in 2002 was drafted into the WNBA by the LA Sparks. During this time she was the two-year WNBA assist leader. After a two-year period with the Mystics, Teasley’s future as of 2011 is with the Detroit Shocks.
A graduate of Middletown High School, Beau Weibel is considered the best swimmer ever from the Frederick County area. By age 10, he established his career by ranking in meets on local, regional, state, and national levels. As a high school swimmer, Weibel broke every MHS swimming record, was a four-time Frederick County MVP, broke Metro and state records, placed three consecutive years in the Washington-Metro Championships, and placed second in the U.S. Nationals. A swimmer for the University of Georgia, he won championships in the 1,650-yard freestyle and the 400 individual medley, and broke school records in the 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle. Weibel was a five-time NCAA All-American, ranked worldwide in the 200- and 400 individual medleys, and was a 2000 Olympic finalist.
Brent Ayer has participated in more than 1,000 races and has run more than 100,000 miles in training. He is a marathon runner, Master Meters All-American, and Regional Masters Champion; he established the Frederick Community College record in the 1, 2, 3, and 6 miles and a marathon run. As a master long distance runner, it was perhaps inevitable that Ayer would create a competitive program for Hood College. Starting the college program as a volunteer, he began with a team of seven participants and eventually created a team of more than 70 athletes for cross-country and indoor track and field. Ayer is a proficient coach with a Level II certification from the U.S.A. Track and Field Association for throwing and distance events.
Considered to be “Mr. Lacrosse” in Frederick County, David Baldwin has been involved with lacrosse as a player, coach, official, and administrator for more than 30 years. After an outstanding high school and University of Maryland-Baltimore Campus lacrosse career, he moved to Walkersville. With a love for the sport, he promoted and organized youth lacrosse club programs for the Frederick and Washington County areas. Visualizing the future need for interscholastic lacrosse in Frederick County, Baldwin organized and led a campaign to raise $30,000 to start county high school programs. Because of his efforts and guidance, teams, officials, and coaches were established for the Frederick County Public Schools program. In 2008, his Walkersville High School team was the first county team ever to make a bid for the state title.
As a young athlete and graduate of Urbana High School, Zach Mills excelled far beyond his high school years as a gifted athlete in basketball and football. During his four-year basketball career, he was a four-year varsity starter and established and still maintained as of 2012 the school record for most career points and career rebounds. As a football player, Mills was the starting quarterback in the 1998 2-A state championship; he established a MPSSAA career record by passing for 5,638 yards and throwing 59 TD passes. He earned numerous recognitions from local, state, and national media. As a Penn State four-year starter, Mills set 18 offensive school records, ranked ninth All-Time in the Big Ten for career total yards, was selected three years as an All-Big-Ten player, and won numerous prestigious Penn State awards during his four-year career.
Kyle Pritts has been involved with youth for more than 60 years as of 2012. As a Frederick County Public Schools teacher, coach, referee, and administrator, he committed himself to youth, helping them to reach athletic and life success. One very important aspect of his life was volunteering with youth. Community-oriented, he earned the privilege of becoming the greatest volunteer for youth activities in Frederick County. As a college baseball and track athlete, he embraced the vision that athletic involvement was a means to success in life. For more than 20 years, he volunteered as a basketball timer for Middletown High School and regional tournaments and as an athletic timer for the University of Maryland men and women. Pritts has been forever giving his time and energy to support all young athletes, and his greatest joy is to see any young athlete succeed physically, mentally, and socially.
A lifelong Frederick County resident, Derek Shackelford has epitomized excellence in basketball. As a distinguished Walkersville High School player, he led the Lions to three Maryland state championship appearances with a title in 1986. He is one of two WHS players ever to have a basketball number retired. He continued his basketball prowess at Frederick Community College and George Mason University. Upon graduation, he returned to Frederick County to coach at Frederick High School and FCC. During his 16-year coaching career, Shackelford volunteered to coach youth groups, to mentor Frederick County youth, and to help them see opportunities available to them in dealing with life-changing decisions. As an ordained minister, Shackelford has successfully guided youth to achieve the six Pillars of Character Counts! Program.
Kathy Messner Stevens
Dedication, hard work, and overcoming adversity were a way of life for Kathy Messner Stevens. As a Catoctin High School graduate, she began an outstanding career involved in Catoctin youth track and field and developing proficiency in high jump, long jump, and triple jump that led to outstanding high school and college achievements. High school performances in cross-country and track earned her recognition as All- Area First Team in cross-country and track for four years. She was a 12- time Maryland state champion in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump, and held the Class 1A state record for the 300 meters, high jump and triple jump. With a scholarship to Penn State, a near fatal accident put her life on hold for more than seven months. Competing for Penn State, Messner- Stevens overcame a tragedy and again developed that gift of victorious competition and conquering a devastating misfortune.
“Mr. Billy,” as Francis Foreman was affectionately known, was a Frederick City native. He graduated from Lincoln High School, where he excelled in basketball and track. At Bowie State, Foreman played basketball in the CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association), created for black colleges. After graduating with a BA degree in education, he taught school at New Market Elementary, but finished his career working in government at Fort Detrick. He played VFW basketball, American Legion baseball, and played with the Frederick Hustlers. He was known and respected for his encouragement to young players to attain excellence by going the extra mile. He was father to many successful athletes, including his own four children.
A Frederick County native, Don Frost began his golfing career very early and was soon recognized as an outstanding golfer by qualifying three years for the Maryland State High School Championship. Attending Frederick Community College, Frost was a two-year no. 1 player, a starting golfer for the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and won the Maryland Pro-Am Tournament. Turning pro in 1988, Frost played three years on the Florida Pro-Mini Tour. He began teaching golf in1992; in 1996, he became the Clustered Spires Head Professional and has given more than 16,000 golf lessons. In 2000, Frost was named the top golf instructor in the Mid-Atlantic region and has been nominated five times for Mid-Atlantic Professional Teacher of the Year. He is known in the golf world as the best teaching professional in the game of golf.
A Middletown High School graduate, Mark Miller was a multi-talented athlete who excelled in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He began his coaching career in 1980 as an MVAA intramural assistant coach and quickly advanced to being the MHS girls’ varsity basketball coach for 11 years. During that time, his teams advanced to state competition five times, won in 1989 and 1993 (26–0 record) and were finalists in 1990, 1994, and 1998. Miller began his collegiate coaching in 2007 at Norwich, followed by Mount St. Mary’s, Georgia Tech, Loyola, and as of 2012 was head women’s coach at Holy Family in Pennsylvania. He has maintained an 83% win average and has been ranked no. 13 nationally. Through his coaching leadership, all of Miller’s teams have become champions.
A graduate of Frostburg, Paul Nolan was a teacher and coach for the Frederick County Public Schools system for more than 32 years in the Catoctin area. He began at Thurmont High School teaching history, but ended his career in physical education. At Thurmont Middle, he organized the first intramural program and the seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams that played in the county league. In 1971, Nolan helped to organize the Catoctin High School football program and was an assistant coach for 22 years. In 1979, he was appointed Catoctin’s athletic director. As AD, Nolan established a family coaching attitude with all of the school coaches and organized a highly successful Football Mothers’ Club. He was instrumental in unifying students, parents and athletes as a sports community.
A graduate of Walkersville High School and the University of Maryland, Peggy Trimmer was a Frederick County Public Schools physical education teacher for over 30 years. She began her coaching career in field hockey and basketball at WHS. Prior to Title IX, female championships were limited to a few sports at the county level. Trimmer coached her hockey teams to county titles in 1968, 1969, and 1970. In 1976, her team was the District Champion. Under her leadership in basketball, her teams were tops in the county, with a 40-game winning streak from1969 to 1973. Trimmer was an advocate for women’s sports and adamant that newspaper coverage should be equal for both male and female sports. Through her efforts, female sports became a vital part of the county’s sports coverage.
Fred Young, Jr.
A Frederick County native, Fred Young, Jr., was an excellent athlete who participated in football, softball, and baseball. With roots in the YMCA, Young began his baseball career in 1947 with the YMCA League. He played baseball three years at Frederick High School, four for the Frederick Hustlers, and seven for the Ijamsville baseball team. During his career in the Maryland State League, Young set a league record for going two years without an error, won MVP one year, leading hitter another year, and made the All-Star Team for 13 straight All-Star games. He returned to his roots by working with youth on the local, district, and state levels. In the early 1970s, he was made the Babe Ruth Maryland State Commissioner of Babe Ruth baseball (ages 16–18).
Rob Ambrose was born and raised in Frederick County, where he achieved success playing football at Middletown High School. He went on to play at Towson University, graduating in 1993. After completing his playing days at Towson, Ambrose began his college football coaching career as the Tigers wide receiver coach. By 1997 he was the Offensive Coordinator at Towson, and later, from 2005 to 2009, held the same position at the University of Connecticut. The 2007 Husky team was Big East co- champions. Ambrose returned to his alma mater as head football coach in 2010, and his Tigers team was CAA Conference champions in 2011 and 2012. In 2011 he received the Eddie Robinson Award, presented to the Football Championship Subdivision National Coach of the Year.
Robert Bofinger was the captain of his high school soccer team at Woodrow High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania, and played college soccer at Penn State-Abington and Penn State- Harrisburg. Locally, he was a member of both the Frederick and Walkersville soccer clubs and was a USSF referee and a youth soccer coach in Frederick County.
Tina Leatherman Jones
Tina Leatherman Jones was an outstanding sprinter for the Frederick Track and Field Club, the Governor Thomas Johnson High School team, and at Penn State University, where she received a four-year track scholarship. She set the meet record for the 220-yard dash at the first Maryland State High School Girls’ Championships held in 1972. While competing for Penn State, she set numerous meet and stadium records in the 100-yard dash, the 440 and 880 relays, and in the long jump. In 1974 and 1975 she was named the Nittany Lions’ Outstanding Woman Track Athlete. She competed internationally in 1974 in the U.S.A.–Canada meet and in 1975 in the U.S.A.–Bermuda meet.
Vernon Myers, once labeled as Thurmont’s “Mr. Baseball,” was largely responsible for the growth of youth baseball and softball in the Thurmont community. He was president of the Thurmont Little League for 26 years, and under his leadership the program grew from four teams to 26 teams, with more than 400 participants. During his tenure, the number of playing fields in the league increased from one field to five. He was instrumental in the development of Thurmont’s Community Park and Eyler Park. Myers also was largely responsible for starting the Little League Softball program for the girls in the area. His philosophy was “Do what is best for the kids.”
John Shade got his start in swimming at age eight with the Monocacy Aquatic Club. By the end of his high school years at Walkersville High School, he had won seven of eight individual county championships and was undefeated in the 50 Freestyle. Earning a four-year swimming scholarship to La Salle University, he medaled in all of the Metro Atlantic Conference and National Catholic Championships in which he competed. He swam on conference record-setting relays and was named to the All-Conference Academic Swimming Team. In 1986, he was recognized by Swimming World Magazine as the sixteenth fastest 50-meter swimmer in the U.S.A. As a teen, he set numerous Maryland state age group records.
Pick-up games of baseball, football, and basketball in the back yard with his three brothers played a key role in the early developmental years of Lewistown native Chuck Wills. He participated successfully in Little League baseball, junior high school basketball, and high school football at Governor Thomas Johnson High School, but it was in track and field that Wills truly excelled. After winning his first Maryland state championship in the high hurdles as a Patriot sophomore, he went on to win four more state titles and set Maryland records in the 50-yard high hurdles and the 180-yard low hurdles. Although blessed with exceptional speed, it was his technique and work ethic that later earned him a full scholarship to Notre Dame, where he lettered three years.
Troy Barrick is one of the best baseball players to come out of Frederick County. Getting his early start playing on his father’s Little League teams, he moved on to play a key role for the Glade Valley Babe Ruth team that won the state tournament in 1984. He was a member of the Frederick County Babe Ruth All-Star Team of 1987 that won state and region titles before finishing third in the Babe Ruth World Series. His Walkersville High School accomplishments included holding the school record for most strikeouts in a game. He played college ball at North Carolina Wesleyan College and was a pitcher on a team that finished seventh in the National World Series. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1993 and played in the Arizona Rookie League, where he was awarded the Rolaids Relief Man of the League.
Lifelong Frederick County resident Stan Biggus started participating in organized sports at an early age. He ran track for the AAU Frederick Track Club and played Little League and Babe Ruth league baseball. An outstanding athlete at Frederick High School in football, basketball, and baseball, Biggus was the first recipient of the Sertoma Club Inter-City Football MVP Award in 1968. He was selected to the All Tri-State League on both offense and defense. After starting at halfback in his freshman football season at Bluefield State College, Biggus served six years in the Navy before returning to Frederick and playing 12 years of football with the semi-pro Frederick Falcons. He was named to several All-Star teams while with the Falcons.
Though many Frederick residents will remember Richard Burgee as being one of the area’s finest lawyers, he also was accomplished in the field
of athletics. At Frederick High School, he lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track in each of his three years. He was captain of the 1949 Cadet football team. The following year Burgee attended Mercersburg Academy, where he played on an undefeated football squad. He received a football scholarship to the University of Maryland and played in two Orange Bowl games for the nationally ranked Terps. He was a three-year letter winner and held the Maryland record of 90 yards as the longest run from scrimmage for 24 years.
Kim Wivell Gerrie
Kim Wivell Gerrie has set softball records at every level she has played. A versatile athlete during her middle school years with blue ribbons in several track events, it was softball where Wivell-Gerrie excelled the most. She was a member of the Little League All-Stars that played in the Maryland State Tournament. At Catoctin High School, she participated on the varsity soccer team for four years, played basketball all four years, and was truly outstanding in her four varsity years playing softball. She was a First Team MVAL selection, starting in her sophomore year and repeated every year afterwards. In her senior year she was All-Area Player of the Year. She went on to a record-setting career at Shepherd University, where she was inducted into the SU Hall of Fame in 2007. As of 2015, she still held five Shepherd pitching records.
Stan Goldberg was the Frederick News Post sports editor for more than 40 years. After graduating from the University of Maryland where he was the sports editor for the school newspaper the Diamondback, he started as a part-time sports writer for the local paper. After a year, he became the sports editor. During his career he oversaw the expansion of the sports department from one fulltime position to five fulltime writers. He won numerous awards for his features and covered every aspect of sports, from Little League to professional sports. Goldberg’s featuring of top Frederick County athletes on the sports pages greatly improved scholarship opportunities for our local youth.
As a member of the Frederick Track and Field Club, Cheryl Poirier won several national age group titles and set national records in her hurdle events. From the age of 10 until she was 14 years old, she was the nation’s top hurdler. At 15, competing in the Maple Leaf Indoor Games in Toronto, an invitational event that attracted world-class athletes, she finished fourth in the hurdles, although she beat former Olympian Mamie Rollins. In the same year, Poirier was a member of the team that competed in the U.S.A.–U.S.S.R. Junior Track and Field Meet in Austin, Texas, where she won the bronze medal. She earned a track scholarship to the University of Florida.
Bill Stup took an unusual path to becoming one of Towson University’s most decorated football players. After an outstanding Frederick
High career in which he was Defensive Lineman of the Year, Frederick Touchdown Club Outstanding Player of the Year, and was All Tri-State, he by-passed college and played for the Frederick Falcons’ semi-pro team. In 1982, he played for the Chambersburg Cardinals when they won the National Semi-Pro Championship. Stup was later convinced to enroll at Towson University, where he was a standout for four years. In 1987 he was Lineman of the Year for the Tigers and in 1988 Street and Smith’s magazine named him to the All-Atlantic Coast team.
Although Guy Whidden grew up in nearby Pennsylvania, he has spent most of his adult life living in Frederick County, where he has had a great impact on athletics. After serving his country in World War II, parachuting into Normandy on D-Day with the 101st Airborne, he later achieved recognition as a competitor, a coach, and as an official in multiple sports. Whidden played baseball and boxed during his military service, was an outstanding collegiate wrestler, and coached or taught a wide-ranging variety of sports here in Frederick County. In appreciation of his helping to establish wrestling programs in several county high schools, the county wrestling trophy was named in his honor. Even though in his 90s, Whidden still swims and participates in track and field masters competition.
Terry Burdette began coaching fast-pitch softball in 1992 as a recreational league coach for his daughter’s team. He quickly took a liking to the sport and decided to learn all he could about the skills involved. In 1995, he became the head coach of the Frederick Heartbreakers, an elite softball program that competes with the top teams in the country every year. In 21 years of coaching the Heartbreakers, he has amassed over 700 wins and has mentored 71 players who have gone on to play at the collegiate level, 38 at Division I schools. After assisting the Walkersville HS team to a 1999 state championship, he became an assistant coach at Mount Saint Mary’s and then a head coach at Hood College.
Terry Connolly led Thomas Johnson HS in back-to-back state basketball championships in 1985 and 1986. He was area Basketball Player of the Year in both of those years. As a collegian, his 25-point, 13 rebound averages helped the Shepherd College Rams to a 20-win season and earned him All Conference honors. After transferring to Richmond University, he led the Spiders to two consecutive NCAA playoff berths and in 1991 was the CBS Player of the Game in Richmond’s upset win over number two-seeded Syracuse. After his playing days were over, Terry turned his attention to coaching basketball, 11 years at Urbana HS, culminating in a 2010 trip to the final four in the state tournament, and most recently in a four-year stint at Oakdale HS, where his 2013 and 2014 squads were state semi-finalists.
Roger Dawson was outstanding athlete during his early years playing youth and high school sports in Brunswick, Roger then excelled in baseball at Frederick Community College and Shepherd College (now Shepherd University). He began his high school coaching career in 1989, assisting in basketball, football, and baseball. It was baseball, however, where he made his mark. During his time as the Brunswick HS head baseball coach from 1993 to 2015, his Railroader teams won over 300 games, won seven regional titles, three MVAL titles, and two state championships. He won numerous “Coach of the Year” awards and was the Mid-Maryland All-Star Classic coach in 2006 and 2012. Forty-seven of his players earned college scholarships. He was also the founder and manager of the Brunswick Orioles of the National Semi-Pro Baseball Association.
Active in Frederick youth sports in his early childhood, Mike Daye went on to star for the Frederick HS Cadets in football. He then played football at Shepherd College (now Shepherd University), where he garnered all-conference recognition in his junior and senior years. He held the West Virginia Conference sack record for over 25 years. Mike later went on to play for the Frederick Falcons semi-pro team for a number of years. His involvement in football continued as a high school assistant coach at Thomas Johnson HS and Middletown HS for 23 years. During that time, he coached track and field at Frederick Community College and Frederick HS, coached lacrosse at Thomas Johnson HS, and basketball at Tuscarora.
A three-sport captain in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse at Catoctin HS, Kate Robinson achieved all-conference recognition in each sport and was the Cougars’ 2006 Scholar Athlete. In her senior year, she led the basketball team to a Maryland state championship. While attending Catholic University, she was a four-year starter in both basketball and lacrosse. In lacrosse, she was team captain for three years during a span when CU won four conference championships. Kate was Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, Womenslacrosse.com Midfielder of the Year, Landmark Conference Player of the Year, and a three-time IWLCA/Under Armour All-American. She graduated from CU as its all-time leading scorer in lacrosse. Kate is presently the head women’s lacrosse coach at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.
Frederick native Chemise Smith was one of the county’s premier track sprinters in the 1970s. Running for the Frederick Track and Field Club, she competed at the national and international levels, traveling to Nebraska and California for AAU meets and finishing first in the 400 meters representing the U.S.A. against Bermuda in 1975. She won the 400 in the Junior Olympics and set the women’s 400 meter stadium record at the Mountaineer Relays at the University of West Virginia. She earned a scholarship to Florida State University and later transferred to San Diego State University, where she continued to excel in track. She still holds the Frederick County record in the 400 meters at 54.6 seconds.
Coach Ben Wright*’s football coaching career began as a 19-year-old assistant at DuVal HS in PG County. He then served as head football coach for nine years at Eleanor Roosevelt HS before coming to Frederick County and taking over the Thomas Johnson football program in 1984, a position he held for 27 years. During that time, he compiled a record of 172–119, with 11 playoff appearances and two trips to the state championship finals. His 1990s squads racked up league and region titles and produced several undefeated regular season teams. But Ben will be remembered most for his commitment to his players with his time, his advice, and his financial support. Football was his life and his players were his family.
Rosalind was one of Frederick County’s finest female sprinters and hurdlers. Competing for the Frederick Track and Field Club in age group AAU competition, she was ranked as one of the 12 best hurdlers nationally. In 1975, she won the 100-meter hurdles in the National Junior Olympics. At age 16, she tied the American record in the 100-meter hurdles in the AAU National Women’s Junior-Senior Track and Field Championships. She was also a member of the elite FTC 400- and 800-meter relay teams that achieved national recognition. At a time when few athletic scholarships were available to women, Rosalind received a full scholarship to run track at Florida State University.
Cara grew up training and honing her basketball skills at the Frederick Young Men’s Christian Association. She was three times the basketball Frederick County Area Player of the Year. She led the Linganore Lady Lancers to two state championships and a 55-game win streak. In 1996 she was named to the AAU All-American Team. She went on to become a four-year starter for the Iowa Hawkeyes and captained her last three years. In her senior Hawkeye Big Ten Championship season, she was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. She was All-Big 10 and AP Honorable Mention All-American. She was drafted by the WNBA Utah Starzz and played one season before embarking on a college basketball coaching career. She became the head women’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2011.
Ron was an outstanding three-sport athlete at Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, Maryland. He was named to several all-league football teams and went on to University of Maryland on a football scholarship. After Ron moved to Frederick, he quarterbacked for the semi-pro Frederick Falcons, leading them to two Interstate League championships. From 1980-82 he was the Head Coach of the Falcons. In 1986 he became an assistant football coach for Walkersville High School where he served for 16 years, both as a quarterback coach and several years as the offensive coordinator. He helped coach the 1987 squad in winning the Maryland 2A State title. In 1986 he began 30 years of announcing basketball games at WHS and also for the Frederick Community College. He has served as the announcer for WHS baseball games.
Frank played baseball from an early age here in Frederick County. His Little League, Pony League, and Babe Ruth League teams won many state championships and regional titles. At Frederick High School, he was a member of the Maryland State Basketball Championship team, but he really excelled in baseball. In 1957 he was one of 21 players from around the country to be selected to play for the United States All-Star Team. He went on to play for the University of Maryland and was the recipient of the Bosey Berger Award as the most outstanding senior player. After graduation from UM, he returned to Frederick and coached at the Little League and American Legion levels. In 1995, he was inducted into the Maryland State Baseball Hall of Fame.
Jerome, born and raised in Thurmont, was active in youth sports from an early age. Three of the five midget league football teams that he played on went undefeated. As a two-way starter on the undefeated Catoctin High School JV team, he also began his career as a place kicker. As a sophomore two-way starter for the varsity team, Jerome won all-MVAL and all-county honors as a place kicker and set a school record for PATs in a game. As a junior he was named a First Team all-area linebacker and kicker. As senior captain of the undefeated MVAL and region champion Cougars, he was named as the Frederick News Post Co-Defensive Player of the Year, along with repeating all-star honors from his junior year. He went on to set several team kicking and punting records at Towson University.
Randy moved to Frederick County in 1985 and immediately made an impact on area sports programs. In 1992 he was one of the founders of the Western Maryland Youth Soccer Officials Association. Later, in 1996, he was a prime mover in creating the Western Maryland Soccer Officials Association. Perhaps his greatest contribution was in helping to bring high school lacrosse to Frederick County: The addition of high school lacrosse as a Frederick County interscholastic sport was due in large part to Randy’s efforts. In 1996 he founded the Frederick County women’s lacrosse program. He established the Western Maryland Lacrosse Officials Association in 1994. Over the years, he has officiated at more than 3,000 youth and high school soccer and lacrosse games.
As a three-year varsity basketball starter at Frederick High School, Darryl won numerous individual honors, including First Team All-City, FHS’ all-time assist leader, two-time team captain, and in 1981 was named the Frederick Courier Male Athlete of the year. He went on to be a three-year starter at Clarion University and captained the team his final two years. He returned to Frederick and got involved in coaching youth basketball camps and programs. He has coached at the high school level for many years and has been named several times by news outlets as Coach of the Year. He has been the color analyst for high school basketball games on WFMD/WFRE AM 930 for more than 15 years. He has been active in community service and is a motivational speaker for young athletes.
Kelby Dutrow Conley
At age four, Kelby began organized swimming on the Hood College Youth summer swim team and on the Frederick Area YMCA swim team. She soon started setting age group and team records. Swimming for the Frederick Area Swim Team (F.A.S.T.), she was named to the All Maryland Swim Team in 1988 and 1993. At Governor Thomas Johnson High School, she set six team records, including the 100-backstroke record that she held for 22 years. Kelby was a three-time Frederick County Female Swimmer of the Year. She earned a full scholarship to West Virginia University and was named captain in her senior year. She returned to Frederick and has coached the F.A.S.T. program for 17 years. As the coach of TJHS from 2001 to 2010, she led the Patriots to four consecutive county titles and six titles in nine years. Record-Setting Swimmer and Coach
- Megan was a key player on the 1989 Maryland 2A State Championship Middletown High School women’s basketball team. She played college basketball at Towson University from 1990 to 1994. After graduation, she served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at American University, University of Maryland-Baltimore Campus, and then Wright State. She then spent 10 years as the associate head coach at Marist College, where the team won nine Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament titles. In 2007, the Red Foxes advanced to the Sweet 16 and were ranked in the top 25 for several seasons. In 2013 she returned to American University as the head women’s basketball coach and has led them to appearances in the NIT and NCAA tournaments. She was the Patriot League Coach of the Year in 2015. Outstanding College Women’s Basketball
An outstanding athlete at Middletown High School, excelling in soccer, track and field, Sheri won three state discus titles; was a two-time Frederick News-Post Female Soccer Player of the Year; and was a Maryland All-State soccer honoree in 1990, 1991, and 1992. She then played soccer for four years at the nationally ranked University of Connecticut. After her college career, Sheri played semi-pro/professional soccer and in 1997 helped England’s Wembley FC (England) reach the FA Cup final. A member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development coaching staff from 1999 to 2002, she also was an assistant coach at Division I Ohio University, Ball State, and Iowa, before serving as head women’s soccer coach at Marist in 2003–2004. . Sheri is a national expert in the field of coaching philosophy. Outstanding Athlete, Soccer Coach, and Author
Born and raised in Frederick, Zach was one of Governor Thomas Johnson High School’s greatest all-around athletes. He was a three-year starter in varsity football, and a four-year starter in varsity basketball. He was a state champion track runner and during his senior year broke the then state 3A record in the 100-yard dash. Captain of both the basketball and football teams, he played on the Patriots’ 1975 state championship basketball squad. As a receiver and defensive back, he garnered All-League and All-State honors and was awarded a full football scholarship to Syracuse University. He started for the Orange as a defensive back in his sophomore year. After serving in the Army, Zach returned to Frederick County and was the head track coach at Catoctin High School and the Silver Oak Academy. One of Governor Thomas Johnson High School’s Greatest Three Sport Athletes
Born in Frederick, Terence attended Governor Thomas Johnson High School, where he starred in basketball, leading the Patriots to the Maryland State 3A title in 1997. The 6-ft 9-in forward then had an outstanding four years playing for the University of Maryland, and during his senior season, helped the Terps make the NCAA Final Four. Terence was selected in the second round of the 2001 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks; played in 2001–2003 for the Houston Rockets; and in 2005–2006 for the Orlando Magic. Later, he continued his professional career in Europe, winning All-EuroLeague first team honors in 2008. His Maccabi Tel Aviv team made the EuroLeague finals in 2008 and he was named MVP. He was a member of FC Barcelona when they won the EuroLeague Championship in 2010. High School, College, and Professional European and NBA Basketball Star
As a three-year starting lineman on the Middletown football team, Evan was selected to All-Area and All-League teams and was first team All-State and All-Big School in his senior year. He was a team captain and lettered in basketball and track and field for the Knights. As a University of Virginia signee, Evan became the first MHS football player to ever receive a full Division I scholarship. He started 39 games over four seasons for the Cavaliers, including three bowl games, was a team captain at UVA, and was twice named ALL-Academic ACC. He was selected in his senior year to play in both the Blue-Gray Senior Bowl Game and the East-West Shrine Game. He returned to Frederick County and has devoted time as an advocate for individuals with Downs Syndrome. All-Star High School and College Football Player
Kelli Dawn Summers
Kelli was a three-sport varsity athlete all fours years at Frederick High School, excelling in soccer, basketball, and softball. She was a-first team Central Maryland Conference soccer player, the leading Frederick County scorer for the Cadet basketball team, and led the softball team in their 1988 state tournament appearance in the finals. She won FHS MVP awards in both basketball and softball. At Shepherd College, Kelli was a two-time All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection in softball and led the Rams to the school’s first league title, receiving USA TODAY honors. In 1991, she was the WVIAC Player of the year, setting an NCAA record with 15 triples and, in 1999, was inducted into the Shepherd College Athletic Hall of Fame. Kelli returned to Frederick County after graduation and coached softball and soccer at her alma mater. She has received several awards as an outstanding physical educator. One of Frederick County’s Best Female Three Sport Athletes and Coach
Amy Burdette Riggs was a hard-throwing, left-handed pitcher with a nasty curve ball and unmatched competitive spirit. She dominated at the travel ball level, leading the Heartbreakers to six top 10 finishes in national tournaments, racked up 81 wins, and had an ERA of .085. At Walkersville High School, Amy tossed 15 no-hitters, three perfect games, and had 581 career strikeouts. She never lost a high school playoff game and holds the Maryland high school softball records with most wins in a season (23) in 1999 and best earned run average (0.00) in 1998. She led Walkersville to two Maryland state championships (1996 and 1999) and was the Frederick News Post and Herald Mail Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999. Amy continued her playing career at NCAA Division 1 Iona College, where she was a two-time All-Conference player and won 32 games, 14 by shutout.
Roy Comer’s 32-year legacy is one of the most respected coaching careers ever in Frederick County. Roy was a huge innovator in high school football across the state of Maryland and created a winning tradition in every program he coached. Roy graduated from Shepherd College (now Shepherd University), where he played basketball and football. Roy led the 1961 Chestertown High School basketball team to an undefeated season and then led Martinsburg High School basketball teams to Tri-State championships from 1961 to 1963. At Frederick High School, Roy coached his powerhouse football teams to two Tri-State championships in three years. Roy was instrumental in creating the Maryland State High School Football Tournament and helped secure Byrd Stadium as the tournament location. Roy was chairman of the Maryland State Football Tournament for 14 years, and in 1988 he was inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Association Hall of Fame. A year later, he was inducted into the Maryland Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Jeff Comer is one of the best all-around athletes to ever come out of Thomas Johnson High School. From 1970 to 1972, Jeff was the team captain, leading his youth sports teams to several different championships, including Maryland State Little League championship, Frederick Midget Football League championship, and the Maryland State Babe Ruth championship. This carried into high school, where Jeff was part of the Maryland State Track and Field 440-yard relay state championship-winning team in the spring of 1974, was selected as an all-state athlete by the Maryland State Football League in the fall of that year and was a starting forward on the Thomas Johnson High School Basketball team that won the 1975 Maryland State Championship. That same year Jeff was a regional selection for the Maryland State Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Jeff continued his athletic career in the Atlantic Coast Conference at Duke University, where he was the starting split end and three-year letterman from 1976 to 1978. Jeff is still very involved today with Duke University’s prestigious Iron Dukes Athletic Booster Club.
Rick Conner is described by his colleagues as the best high school football coach ever in Frederick County. In 1998 Rick was inducted into the Western Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2014 was inducted into the Maryland High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Throughout Rick’s career, he has touched many lives by being a great leader, mentor, and coach, not only on the football field but also by coaching basketball, swimming, track, and as a physical education teacher. Since 2001, as Linganore High School’s head football coach, Rick has racked up three state football championships, four state runners-up, seven regional championships and 10 Conference championships. As a defensive coordinator at Urbana High School, he helped guide them to four consecutive state championships, which is a state record, and 50 consecutive wins. At Thomas Johnson High School, he was the defensive coordinator and helped guide those teams to two state playoffs, a regional championship, and three conference championships.
Jim Foit was a standout baseball player at Mt. Saint Joseph’s High School in Baltimore, where he lettered all four years in baseball and basketball. But baseball was his sport, which eventually led him to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech) where he was the starting shortstop all four years. In 1982, Jim’s talent on the field caught the eye of a Texas Rangers scout and he was drafted by the Rangers in the 26th round. Jim played a total of 212 minor league games before ending his playing days in the Texas League with the Tulsa Drillers. In 1988, Jim started his teaching career in Frederick County and by 1992 he was the head baseball coach at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. Jim won state baseball championships in 1992 and 2002 and in 1994 was named the Frederick News Post Coach of the Year. Jim currently is in his 30th year teaching in Frederick County.
Gail Gaeng is a graduate of Thomas Johnson High School. From 2005 to 2011, Gail was part of the Bennett Blazers sports program in Baltimore where she garnered national attention as the 2007 National Wheelchair Basketball Prep Champions and MVP. In 2011, the Blazers finished second at the National Wheelchair Basketball Varsity Championships, and again Gail was named MVP. Gail played wheelchair basketball at the University of Illinois where she was the team captain, two-time First Team Division I All-American, and helped the program place second in the 2015 and 2016 national championships. Gail was a member of the Team USA Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, team captain, and Gold Medalist in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and was a gold medalist on the 2015 Para Pan-Am Games in Toronto. She is currently playing for the Chicago Lady Hawks, a semi-professional team in the Women’s Wheelchair Basketball League, wherein 2018 she was named MVP at the National Wheelchair Basketball Women’s Tournament.
Joey Hammond was a four-year varsity player on the Governor Thomas Johnson High School baseball team that won the state championship in 1992. He was named the Frederick News Post Player of the Year in 1995. At UNC Charlotte, Joey played every inning in his three-year span and was named to the All-USA Conference team after batting .398. Joey’s 11-year professional baseball stint is the third-longest minor league career ever by a local Frederick County native. Joey was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 25th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft and went on to play in the Baltimore Orioles’ and Philadelphia Phillies’ organizations. During his career, Joey made it to the AAA level, ripping over 1,100 career hits and a career .274 batting average. He was named to the Reading Phillies All Decade Team (2000–2009). Joey currently serves as an assistant baseball coach at Wake Forest University in the premier ACC.
Phillip Hammond graduated from Frederick High School where he was an avid and award-winning tennis player. In 1974, he was ranked first in Maryland in the 18-and-under boys doubles division. He went to Furman University in Greenville, S.C., where he was a team captain his senior year, leading the squad to the Southern Conference Championships in 1976 and 1977. In 1980, he won the Middle Atlantic Husband-Wife Mixed Doubles Championship with his wife, Jody. In 2006, Phil won the Maryland State Hardcourt and the Middle Atlantic Clay Court 50-and-over doubles championship. He is a six-time champion of the Rice Radcliffe Singles Tournament and 17-time champion of the J. Richard Remsburg Doubles Tournament at the Frederick Tennis Club. Phil helped build the Mount Saint Mary’s tennis program to a reputable and competitive program in the Northeast Conference from 2004 to 2015 as the program’s coach. He led the Mount’s tennis program to winning seasons seven out of his first 10 years.
An outstanding athlete during his early years playing basketball, baseball, and soccer at Walkersville High School, Alan Lescalleet stood out amongst his peers as an educator, coach, and mentor. A graduate of Walkersville High School and Hood College, Alan spent 35 years as a teacher and coach at Brunswick High School. After restarting the soccer program in 1980 at Brunswick High, Alan went on to win two Maryland state 1-A soccer championships as the head coach and was named All Area Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1990 by the Frederick News Post. Alan also coached the men’s soccer team at Frederick Community College in 2002 and led the team to the second-best record in school history. Alan was an integral part of Soccer Select Programs in Frederick County for 15 years. In 2015, Alan Lescalleet was selected to the Frederick County Soccer Hall of Fame.
This year, the Hall of Fame committee established the Alvin G. Quinn Sports Hall of Fame Rising Star Award to honor an individual or team, whose age/s are no older than 19, that has demonstrated exceptional accomplishments and contributions in their athletic field, and has brought honor to self and Frederick County during the past year. The Hall of Fame Rising Star committee unanimously voted to recognize Saylor Poffenbarger, a 16-year-old girls’ basketball standout from Middletown High School.
Saylor is currently a junior at Middletown High School. She was one of only 33 players who received an invitation to try out for the 2019 USA Women’s U16 National Team and in May 2019 was named to the 12-member roster. In June of 2019, Saylor helped led Team USA to a gold medal in the FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship, beating Canada 87-37 in the Gold Medal game. Team USA went 6-0 in Puerto Aysan, Chile, beating teams from Brazil, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Chile, Mexico, and Canada. Saylor contributed significantly to the team’s success. She averages 18.4 minutes per game, 7.2 points per game and scored 10 points in the gold medal game against Canada.
Saylor has been recognized as a 2018 and 2019 All-State first-team selection, 2019 All-Area, and 2018-2019 Central Maryland Conference Player of the Year. She has compiled 1,109 points, 597 rebounds, 207 assists, 137 steals, and 149 blocked shot through her sophomore year at Middletown High School. Saylor verbally committed to play college basketball at the University of Connecticut, the most successful women’s college basketball program in the nation with 11 Division I national championships and 19 Final Four appearances since 1995.