HAGERSTOWN — For 43 years, Larry Yanos was recognizing individuals and groups through the newspaper.
On Saturday evening, it was time for Yanos to be officially recognized.
The former sports editor of The Daily Mail was one of 10 inductees into the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Elks Lodge No. 378 in Hagerstown.
Yanos, who became sports editor of The Daily Mail in 1967 at the age of 22 and then retired in 2008, passed away at age 65 in 2010.
He’s never been forgotten.
Rick Schultz, the Hall of Fame historian and friend of Yanos for 50 years, said: “Everyone always thought highly of Larry. Every coach around knew if they needed something in the paper, they could count on Larry.”
Yanos was the youngest of four sisters and one brother. On hand for the induction were his sister Dottie DeGrange, his brother Al, nephews Ron DeGrange, Bill and Steve Byron and coach and friend Al Pansa.
Before he made his entry into sports journalism, Yanos spent many days coaching Little League baseball in Frederick, Md., where he lived and went to school.
“We coached together but on opposite teams, so there was always going to be someone unhappy,” said Al Yanos. “He was a fan of (coach) Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers. He became a believer in discipline.”
As a youngster, Larry Yanos had a goal in mind.
“He wrote in his school yearbook that his main goal was to be a sports reporter,” said Dottie DeGrange. “He was into baseball cards. He was a quiet but popular brother. He was always interested in kids.”
A favorite story of Schultz’s came from a trip to Las Vegas, when the two were riding a golf cart.
“Neither of us had driven one and (Larry) said, ‘I wish I had rosary beads,’” said Schultz. “He was a really good guy and a world-class eater. In Vegas, he’d make a trip to the breakfast buffet four times.”
Among his jottings at The Daily Mail and The Morning Herald, Yanos covered bowling and horse racing.
Also inducted were:
* Lacko Anderson, a three-sport star at Williamsport High School in the 1940s and a member of the Wildcats’ only state champion basketball team.
* Don Ardinger, a baseball, basketball, soccer and track star at Williamsport High School.
* Jim Fahey, who officiated high school football and basketball games for 30 years.
* Richard E. Hawkins Jr., North Hagerstown High School’s male athlete of the year in 1961 and an official in high school and college for 35 years.
* Douglas L. Higgins, part of two Hagerstown Colt League All-Star teams to play in the World Series. He also played at Williamsport High School.
* Dave Kuhn, a three-sport athlete at Hagerstown High School from 1951-54.
* Donald McKinley, a four-year letter winner at Williamsport High School and a professional baseball player for seven years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
* Kevin J. Murphy, who won 281 games as boys basketball coach at Williamsport.
* Al Witt, former wrestling coach at Williamsport High School for 27 years with 201 victories.
“This is a thrill and an honor to be included in this impressive list in the Hall of Fame,” said Murphy. “The (Hall of Fame) has made a positive impact on athletes and their achievements.”
The 2011 induction class brings the all-time county honorees to 125.
“In the 25th year, we have now raised $115,000 for scholarships,” said Hall of Fame president Gregg DeLauney.
Washington County Hall of Fame 2011 Awards
Donald Stoner Coach of the Year
Becky Walter, Boonsboro
John W. Lightner Official of the Year
Roger L. Powers
Linda & Walter Williams
Charles F. Mades Policeman of the Year
Deputy Alan Matheny
John Hersh Firefighter of the Year
Robert ‘Bo’ Myers Educator of the Year
Greg Slick Volunteers of the Year
Military Person of the Year
Lance Corporal Maung P. “Samuel” Htaik
Citizen of the Year
Board of Directors Choice Awards
Williamsport — C.J. Ezidinma, Troy Moyers
St. Maria Goretti – Colleen Costello, Meghan Brooks
South Hagerstown — Zachary Kimmel
Grace Academy – Katy Carroll
Hancock — Maureen Leavy
Clear Spring — Megan Crowl
Boonsboro — Bridgette Nitza-Buwala
North Hagerstown — Kelsey Smith
Sara ‘Skip’ Ward Female Athlete of the Year
Sara Rishell, Smithsburg
Harry L. Cunningham Male Athlete of the Year
Coby Gussio, Boonsboro
Aaron ‘Major’ Steiner Male & Female Scholarships
Tyler Brown, Clear Spring
Becky Gossard, North Hagerstown
Carroll I. Reid Jr. Donation Fund Scholarship
Cullan Ganley, Smithsburg
Robert Smith Baseball Scholarships
Joe Lashley, Hancock
Jake Bachtell, North Hagerstown
Ryne Willard, Smithsburg
Hugh Schindel Family Trust Scholarship
Jonelle Jerwick, Smithsburg
Mille Shank Academic Athletic Scholarship
Beth Wagner, North Hagerstown
Gregg DeLauney Presidents Award
Katie Sprecher, Smithsburg
Carroll I. Reid Jr. Scholarship
Brandon Horning, South Hagerstown
Nick Adenhart Memorial Scholarship
Tyson Cline, Williamsport
Connor Arnone, Williamsport
James F. Binau Sportsmanship Scholarship
Tyler Myers, Williamsport
Doug Cochran/Carroll I. Reid Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Taylor Belella, Smithsburg