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Five enter county hall

July 21, 2002|by MARK KELLER

The Washington County Sports Hall of Fame inducted five new members and honored several other members from the community in a ceremony at the Hagerstown Elks Lodge No. 378 on Saturday.

Rodney Horst, Cindy Neugebauer, Glenn Presgraves, Andy Reid, and Nick Scallion became the 16th class to be inducted.

n Horst walked on to the University of Maryland basketball team after graduating from South Hagerstown High School in 1966. He eventually gained a full scholarship at Maryland and played on Lefty Driesell's first Terrapins squad.

"That was the beginning of Maryland basketball as we know it now," Horst said. "We started the season with 7,800 fans a game and had 14,000 for the last home game. That season flew by and it was a lot of fun."

Neugebauer was an assistant volleyball coach at Smithsburg before taking the head coaching job at Williamsport in 1981. In her 12 seasons coaching the Wildcats, he teams won six state titles and appeared in three other state finals.

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Neugebauer thanked her former assistant coaches and administrators who "allowed her to try new things.

"I like to color outside the lines, and they - legally - let me do that ... at least we hope they were legal," Neugebauer said.

Presgraves was the original radio voice of the Hagerstown Suns and also called Shepherd College football games in a radio and television career that spanned 35 years. He has also been inducted into the Hagerstown Auto Racing Hall of Fame and the National Association of Auto Racing Fan Club Hall of Fame in Indianapolis.

"I enjoyed watching the local kids, from the little league level to the high school level, and I wanted to be a part of that," Presgraves said. "This, for me, is a dream come true and I'll cherish it forever."

Andy Reid was a three-sport star at Smithsburg. The son of long-time Smithsburg football coach Carroll Reid, Andy Reid was a football all-state selection in 1974 and 1975 and a prep All-American in 1975. Reid attended the University of Maryland and played on the Terrapins' 1977 Cotton Bowl team.

Reid played defensive back for the semi-pro Chambersburg Cardinals, playing on three national championship teams. He averaged 10 interceptions per year and was named to the National All-Minor League Football Team in 1981.

Reid's focus has since changed to coaching, which he says is "10 times more rewarding than playing. The life lessons that you learn in sports are truly the lessons that endure time."

Nick Scallion was South Hagerstown's first basketball coach, compiling 181 wins over 13 seasons. He led the Rebels to three state finals and their only state championship, which capped their perfect 1973-74 season.

Since retiring from coaching in 1975, Scallion still works as a basketball and volleyball referee on the high school level.

"There were a lot of great coaches ... of course, I was afraid of them," Scallion said. "But they had a lot of good information and I listened to them because I always knew they were right."

North Hagerstown's Scott Rice and Hancock's Alicia Barnard were honored as the county's Athletes of the Year, while North basketball coach Tim McNamee received Coach of the Year honors.

Winners of the Franklin "Wimp" Hamburg Scholarship were Kendall Brown (North), Mike Dietrich (Smithsburg), Carrie Hartman (Smithsburg) and Steven Weaver (Boonsboro).

Winners of the Aaron Steiner Scholarship were Leslie Spielman and Shannon Suttle, both of South Hagerstown.

Tom Thompson, Dorothy Truax, John Hersh, Walter Galbraith and TFC Troy McDonough were honored for contributions to the community in the past.

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