County Hall of Fame to induct 9 members

June 28, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

The Washington County Sports Hall of Fame will add nine new members at its annual awards banquet July 19 at New Dimensions Restaurant in Funkstown.

The 2008 lineup includes Donna Aycoth, Terry Bailey, Jim Gossard, Gary "P.K." Kershner, Charles "Chick" Meehan and Joe Snyder as well as three "Pioneer" members: Charles Boyer, Vincent Jamison Jr., and John "Ike" Powers.

· Aycoth was the first female in United States history to finish an ultramarathon.

She won the women's division of the JFK 50-mile race each year from 1968 to 1973 and still holds the record for most victories in the women's division with six.

The North Hagerstown High School graduate was featured by Sports Illustrated in its "Faces in the Crowd" section.

· Bailey was a quarterback at Middle Tennessee State University for four years, leading the team to berths in the Tangerine Bowl in 1959 and 1961.


He was an All-Ohio Valley Conference selection in 1961 and a Division I Honorable Mention All-American.

Bailey later coached football for 16 years and golf for 14 years at Columbia (Tenn.) Central High School.

He lettered as a sophomore at Hagerstown High School and earned five letters in his final two years at South Hagerstown High School.

· Gossard was an outstanding basketball official in Washington County and also worked the Central American Games in 1963 in Guatemala City.

He also officiated baseball, softball, football and lacrosse contests.

He earned seven letters while attending Hagerstown High School -- two in basketball and baseball and one each in cross country, track and field and football.

He was a member of the state cross country championship team in 1949-50 and the state basketball team in 1950-51.

· Kershner attended South Hagerstown High School and earned a baseball scholarship to Murray State University.

He made the All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team twice and graduated in 1963.

Kershner later taught school in the Washington area and became an accomplished fast-pitch softball player.

He competed in numerous state and regional tournaments, as well as the International Softball Conference World Tournament in Kimberly, Wis.

He was inducted into the Greater Washington Fast-Pitch Hall of Fame in 1986.

· Meehan served as Athletic Director, football coach and baseball coach at St. James School, near Hagerstown for over 30 years

He was especially outstanding on the gridiron. His teams posted a 121-82-4 and once recorded 26 straight wins -- a Washington County record.

He was the county's Coach of the Year in 1992.

· Snyder was a gifted sports writer in Hagerstown.

He started writing for The Morning Herald in 1947 and retired as its editor in 1967.

Snyder was one of the founders of the Little League Baseball program in Hagerstown in 1948 and was also an accomplished musician.

He graduated in 1947 from Hagerstown High School, where he played baseball and basketball.

· Boyer came to Hagerstown in 1891 and was instrumental in the formation of one of the earliest baseball leagues in the area -- the Cumberland Valley League in 1894.

Boyer went on to organize and manage professional teams in a number of cities and played a key role in the establishment of the South Atlantic League (1903) and the Blue Ridge League (1915).

The leagues produced a number of Hall of Fame players, including Ty Cobb, Lefty Grove and Hack Wilson.

Boyer died in 1950.

· Jamison was a talented baseball player, captaining the St. John's College team and starring for the Hagerstown entry in the old Cumberland Valley League.

He helped start the Blue Ridge League in 1915 and was instrumental in bringing professional baseball back to Hagerstown in 1941 after an 11-year absence.

In 1936, The Sporting News named Jamison one of 13 men responsible for the success of minor league baseball in the United States.

He was good friends with Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, baseball's first commissioner, and was a prominent civic leader -- recognized for his contributions by U.S. presidents, Maryland governors and local leaders.

· Powers played three sports -- baseball, basketball and soccer -- at Hancock High School.

He caught the attention of legendary Philadelphia A's manager Connie Mack and was signed as a pitcher for a brief period.

Powers' minor league career included stints with a number of minor league baseball teams, including the Martinsburg, W.Va., entry in the Blue Ridge League.

Tickets for the County Hall of Fame banquet are $25 each and can be obtained by calling Rick Schultz at 301-790-3399; Gregg Delauney at 240-675-1228; or Andy Reid at 301-991-8238.

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