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Washington County Sports Hall of Fame to induct seven

July 03, 2010
  • David Wachter
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The Washington County Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven new members at its 24th annual banquet on July 17 at Elks Lodge 378 on Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown.

The seven inductees are, in alphabetical order:

· Nick Adenhart, Baseball: Adenhart was a star from his earliest days at Halfway Little League. As a 13-year-old, he was clocked at 86 mph and helped lead the Hagerstown PONY League All-Stars to the PONY World Series.

He threw two no-hitters in his junior season at Williamsport High School and Wildcats games became major events in his senior year, as scouts with radar guns lined up behind the backstop to clock his pitches. It was widely speculated that he would be one of the top 10 players selected in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft.

Adenhart tore a ligament in his elbow in his final start of the regular season and he underwent Tommy John surgery to repair it. His draft stock fell, but the Los Angeles Angels picked Adenhart in the 14th round.

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Adenhart made his first start in the majors on May 1, 2008, then made the Angels' opening-day roster in 2009. Just hours after making his first start of the 2009 season, Adenhart and two other passengers were killed in a car accident.

· Terry Brown, Baseball: Brown posted a 21-0 pitching record at National Little League and his team won two league championships from 1964-1967. He struck out 20 batters in a seven-inning game at Hagerstown PONY League in 1968 and set a league record with a 12-0 record and 221 strikeouts in 1969. He played on two Colt World Series teams for Hagerstown Colt League and had a 3-0 record in World Series play.

In three seasons on the South Hagerstown High School varsity team, he posted batting averages of .407, .409 and .383 and finished his prep career with a .398 average.

Brown earned a scholarship to Murray State. He batted .380 as a freshman and finished his college career with a .329 average and a 6-1 pitching record.

Brown also coached at South Mountain, Hagerstown PONY and Hagerstown Colt leagues.

· Thomas Cross, Basketball: Cross was born in 1936 and attended segregated schools in Hagerstown. After learning basketball fundamentals at North Street School and the YMCA, Cross became a tuition student at Waynesboro High School. He played three years at Waynesboro, setting three scoring records in the South Penn Conference and earning conference Dream Team honors in 1954.

Cross earned a full scholarship to Seton Hall University and was a varsity starter for three years. He was also selected to the Catholic Union All-American team.

He graduated with a degree in modern languages and played semipro ball in the Eastern League while pursuing a teaching career. He earned his Masters from the University of Valladolid in Spain and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. He has taught English and Spanish and served as an Assistant Principal and Principal in several school districts.

· Doug Mills, Auto Racing: Mills, a Clear Spring High School graduate, began his racing career in 1972 in the PA Hill Climb Association and won every event in his first two years in that series.

Between 1972 and 1992, Mills competed in over 100 Grand Prix-style races with 14 fastest qualifying times, 35 wins and 28 more top-10 finishes. He held three Sports Club Car of America championships and 20 lap records at tracks across the country. He was runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors in the SCCA, rising from novice to third place nationally in a single season.

After a seven-year layoff, Mills returned for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona endurance race in 1999 and finished third. He sold his car to Cromer Racing, but drove it to first-place finishes in the 2000 and 2001 Rolex races.

· Ted Schoeck, Basketball, Cross Country, Track: Schoeck is a 1977 graduate of North Hagerstown High School and was an 11-time letterman. He helped lead the Hubs basketball team, which averaged 77.4 points per game, to the Maryland Class A final in his senior season. He held school records for single game points (42) and total career field goals (488) and was second in career points (1,104).

He also was an All-State selection in cross country in 1976 and track in 1977 and placed fourth in the state cross country meet in 1977.

Schoeck played three years of varsity basketball at Bucknell University and was a member of the East Coast Conference championship team in 1980.

He has donated both time and money to various youth sports organizations in Washington County for three decades.

· Eddie Semler, Lacrosse: Semler played football, basketball and track at Hagerstown High School. After graduating in 1949, he moved on to Johns Hopkins University, where he played football and lacrosse.

Having never played the sport before, Semler was cut from the lacrosse team as a freshman. By his senior season, he was a first team All-America defenseman.

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