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HCC inducts five into Hall of Fame

June 07, 2000|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Hagerstown Community College inducted five individuals into its Hall of Fame during The President's Reception at the Alumni Amphitheater on Wednesday.

* Mick Billmeyer was a catcher on HCC's baseball team in 1984 and 1985, compiling a .389 average with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 16 games during his sophomore season. He transferred to North Carolina State, where he earned All-ACC first team honors.

Billmeyer, a North Hagerstown graduate, worked his way through the minor leagues, including a stop with the Hagerstown Suns. He reached the Triple-A level with the Anaheim Angels, and served as bullpen coach with the Angels following his playing career. He is now the roving catching instructor for the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

"The thing I always loved most about you was your love for the game," HCC athletic director Jim Brown told Billmeyer. "I knew your career path would be through baseball, whether as a coach or as a scout."

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* Eric Stoner, also a North Hagerstown graduate, participated on HCC's cross country and track teams from 1986-88, and won the NJCAA national 1,500-meter title at the 1988 outdoor track championships in Odessa, Texas, earning NJCAA All-American honors.

"I can remember being back at North High with no intention of going to college," Stoner said. "Fourteen years later, I'm being inducted into the Hall of Fame."

Stoner transferred to North Florida to continue his college career. He also qualified for the 1996 Olympic Trials in the marathon.

* County Commissioner Bert Iseminger played golf for HCC from 1972-74, earning All-Region and All-Maryland JuCo honors.

"As a young man, he always knew there was more to life than the athletic world," Brown said.

"My hair was a lot darker then, and I had a lot more of it," Iseminger quipped.

Iseminger went on to Shepherd College, where he won the WVIAC Northern Division title.

* Bob Wolford, a Hancock graduate, played basketball from 1948-50, way back when HCC consisted of "eight full-time and six part-time" faculty members at old Hagerstown High School, Wolford said.

"To have a head of hair like that again," he joked.

Wolford was the leading scorer and rebounder on HCC's team each of his two years. He went on to Shepherd, where he was the Rams' second-leading scorer.

"One thing I've never forgotten was just how good an athlete he was," Brown said.

* Former County Commissioner Ron Bowers was inducted for his boosters work at HCC, which helped fund projects for the HCC Athletic Complex as well as the Amphitheater.

"I didn't ask him to clean my driveway ..." Brown said. "I asked him to be the political leader for the ARCC."

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