Coaches are living dolls

April 12, 2006|by KAREN HANNA


A Hagerstown Suns promotion announced at a news conference Tuesday will make it hard for fans of Williamsport and Boonsboro high schools to say no to two new bobbleheads.

To kick off a fundraiser for the schools, Suns General Manager Kurt Landes presented the likenesses of longtime coaches Larry E. Wadel and Dwight Scott during a press conference at the Board of Education. The dolls, which were displayed alongside two earlier promotional likenesses, will be distributed at games later this season.

"For all of the people that have gone through our high school, to be chosen as that symbol is quite an honor," said Wadel, a Williamsport math teacher who coached baseball 30 years.


Wadel, a volunteer coach for the junior varsity softball team, and Scott, a former physical education teacher who has been active at Boonsboro High School since 1959, are the latest Washington County Public Schools fixtures to be turned into bobblehead dolls. Last year, the Suns gave away bobblehead likenesses of North Hagerstown High School superfan Hubcap and South Hagerstown High School coach Ralph Stottlemyer.

According to Landes, the Suns sold 1,000 game tickets to Williamsport and Boonsboro high schools at half price. The schools will be able to sell those tickets at regular price - $6 - to fans interested in attending separate bobblehead giveaway days. For each ticket they sell, the schools will get $3 for their athletic boosters organizations, he said.

The Suns will give away Wadel bobblehead dolls before the game April 22. The Scott bobblehead giveaway is June 7.

"To even be on a bobblehead just kind of intimidates me because, even though he's much younger than me, one of my heroes is Cal Ripken Jr.," said Scott, who turns 75 in August. Like Ripken, Scott now has a bobblehead to cap a long career. Since retiring 10 years ago, Scott has continued to volunteer as a track and field coach.

"He is, without a doubt, the No. 1 Boonsboro fan, the No. 1 Warrior," Principal Martin Green said of Scott.

Landes called both Scott and Wadel heroes.

"We're very proud and honored, and I think you're role models not just for students, as was mentioned earlier, but you're role models for adults," he said.

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