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Athletes honored

March 06, 2013

Black History Month 2013
In honor of Black History Month, the Doleman Black Heritage Museum recognized the following athletes during a program Feb. 23 at The Maryland Theatre:

Tom Parson Jr.
Parson played basketball at North Hagerstown High School and Hagerstown Junior College. He was captain of the HJC men’s basketball team, led the Hawks in assists in 1972 and 1973, and was named to the Maryland JuCo All-Tournament Team. He studied education at Concord College in West Virginia, where he led the team in assists. After graduation, he worked for the Board of Education, in insurance and at Roadway Express.

Cathy Parson
Parson played basketball at North Hagerstown High School and West Virginia University. She was the first woman to score 2,000 points at WVU, and was the first woman to be inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame. She had successful coaching careers at Christopher Newport University (where she is the winningest coach of all time) and Howard University, and with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA.

Tia Ferguson
Ferguson played basketball at North Hagerstown High School and Hagerstown Community College. At HCC, she led her team to nationals and was named Most Valuable Player for Region XX as a freshman. She also played two years at Benedict College, twice playing in national championship games. She has worked as a probation officer in Florida and is studying radiography.

Rodney Monroe
Monroe led his St. Maria Goretti basketball teams to three league championships, two in the Baltimore Catholic League. The two-time Maryland Player of the Year took his talents to North Carolina State University, where he averaged more than 20 points per game and was named ACC Player of the Year in 1991. He played 38 games for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA and played professionally in 15 countries across Europe. He coaches high school basketball at SouthLake Christian Academy in North Carolina.

Earl Stoner
Stoner is a 1986 graduate of North Hagerstown High School, where he earned all-county and all-conference honors as a runner. At Hagerstown Junior College, he was a national champion at 1,500 meters in 1988 and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of North Florida. He qualified for the 1996 U.S. Olympic marathon trials, where he finished in the top 50. He is the health officer at the Washington County Health Department.

Kim Saunders
Saunders is a graduate of North Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown Community College and the University of Arkansas. While attending HCC, she participated in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. She won Region XX championships in the 100, 200 and 400 meters, and as a member of the 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams. She was an All-Region XX selection after placing in the javelin, shot put and long jump. She earned All-American honors at the NJCAA national championships.

Vennece Fowlkes
Fowlkes played basketball at Broadfording Christian Academy and Hagerstown Community College. Her teams at HCC had a 47-13 record and won a Maryland JuCo regular season title. She was named Most Valuable Player in the Maryland JuCo Tournament and earned NJCAA second-team All-America honors. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Winthrop University and her PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of South Carolina. She is a post-doctoral fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina. 

Leon Brumback
Brumback is a graduate of Frostburg State University, where he played basketball and tennis, as well as ran track. In 20 years as tennis coach at North Hagerstown High School, his teams compiled a record of 352 wins, 94 losses and eight ties, and won two state championships. He coached six undefeated teams, and his teams once played 70 consecutive matches without a loss. He taught anthropology, world cultures and black history, and was named Washington County Teacher of the Year in 1993.

Steve Stone
Stone is a two-time, NJCAA All-American and Hagerstown Junior College record holder in both the discus and shot put, with marks of 152 feet (discus) and 56 feet, 10 1/2 inches (shot put). He finished second at the NJCAA meet in 1973. He won the Big East Conference outdoor shot put title in 1976 with a mark of 61 feet, 3 1/2 inches at Kansas University.

Thomas Cross
Cross was born in 1936 and learned the game of basketball at North Street School and the YMCA. He played competitively by becoming a tuition student at Waynesboro High School, where he set three scoring records in his conference. He was awarded a full scholarship to Seton Hall, where he was a varsity starter for three years. He graduated with a degree in modern languages and made education his career, serving as assistant principal and principal in several districts.

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