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Freeman, Schlossnagle top county Hall of Fame's list of inductees

July 13, 2013

HAGERSTOWN — The Washington County Sports Hall of Fame will induct six new members at its annual banquet July 27 at Elks Lodge No. 378 on Robinwood Drive near Hagerstown.

The Class of 2013 includes:

Edgar “Whiskey” Barr
Barr, who died in 1977, was considered one of the top baseball players in Washington County in the late 1930s and 1940s.

He got his first taste of professional ball with the Welch Miners of the Mountain State League in 1937. He had tryouts with the Washington Senators and Detroit Tigers and also played briefly in Bluefield, W.Va., before settling into the baseball scene in Washington County.

Barr was the MVP of the Blue Ridge League in 1947, batting .470 with six home runs. He also compiled an 8-1 pitching record that season.

He moved on to the Washington County Baseball League in 1950 and led the league that season with a .450 batting average. He went into coaching in 1952 with Funkstown in the Washington County league and later coached in the Hagerstown Colt League.

Steve Berry
Berry was a three-sport athlete at Boonsboro High School, gaining all-league status in both the Bi-State and Tri-State leagues in football and winning state track and field titles in the 120-yard high hurdles and 180-yard low hurdles.

He was the first Boonsboro athlete to receive a full athletic scholarship in any sport. He played football at Catawba College and played several positions on both offense and defense. He was also the Carolina Conference high hurdles champion two times and was an honors graduate.

Berry was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1968, he only Boonsboro player ever drafted by an NFL team.

Dwayne Freeman
Freeman set a number of football and track and field records at South Hagerstown High School. He set school marks for single-season rushing yards (1,174) and career rushing yards (2,026) in football and was selected to the Big 33 All-Star team.

In track and field, Freeman set records for scoring and in several individual and relay events. He scored 676 points in four years and established records in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter runs, the long jump and triple jump and the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. He was a three-time state champion.

He attended Montgomery College and rushed for over 1,500 yards in two seasons and was an NJCAA first team All-American at wide receiver. He set a Mid-American Bowl record for receptions and yards in the 1990 NJCAA national championship game.

Freeman transferred to the University of Tennessee and played two years at wide receiver and appeared in two New Years Day bowl games.

Maria (Grosz) Pope
Pope excelled in basketball and track and field at Boonsboro High School. She set school records in the 400- and 800-meters and the long jump.

She was James Madison University’s first All-American and first national qualifier in swimming. She qualified for the AIAW National Championships in the individual 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay teams in 1980. She earned All-American honors by finishing 12th in the 100 freestyle and 15th in the 200 freestyle relay. She also earned All-American honors in five events — all relays — in 1981 as she helped JMU to a 22nd-place finish in the team competition.

She held school records at JMU in the 50 and 100 freestyle and as part of the 200 medley, 200 freestyle, 400 medley and 800 freestyle relay teams. She also competed on the JMU track team for three years and set a school record in the 200-meter dash and was a member of the Virginia state champion 4x100 relay team.

Jim Kline
Kline began bass fishing in 1986 after years of playing basketball, flag football and fast-pitch softball in Washington County leagues.

He holds several club records through Antietam Bassmasters, including five Mr. Bass titles, four Angler of the Year titles and 15 club tournament wins. He has qualified for 15 state championship tournaments, seven Mr. Bass championship tournaments and three tournament trail classic championship tournaments.

Kline was named Maryland Bass Federation Nation’s Butch Ward Man of the Year in 2001 and 2007 and MBFN Conservation Man of the Year in 1001 and 2004. He also held numerous leadership positions with that organization.

He fished in the BASS/ESPN northern Open Tournaments as a co-angler, finishing in the money 14 times out of 24 tournaments. He finished third place in one tournament and had three top-10 finishes.

Kline served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1972, graduated from Hagerstown Community College in 1989 and is a 29-year veteran correctional officer at MCTC.

Jim Schlossnagle
Schlossnagle is a Smithsburg High School graduate who has earned national recognition as a college baseball coach.

His first coaching job was as an assistant at his alma mater, Elon College. He was an assistant at Clemson for one year before moving on to Tulane, where he served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. In his final season there, Tulane was the winningest team in the country with a 56-13 record and earned its first College World Series berth.

His first head coaching job was at UNLV in 2002 and one year later he accepted the same position at TCU, where he remains today.

Schlossnagle has won more games (417) in 10 years than any coach at TCU after posting the top nine single-season win totals in school history. He has won 494 games in his 12 years as a head coach.

He led TCU to its first College World Series berth in 2010, where the team went 3-2. The team finished that season ranked third in the nation and its 54 wins were second-most in the nation. Schlossnagle was named National Coach of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

The Hall of Fame will also award a number of scholarships to Washington County high school athletes. Those awards include:

* Harry Cunningham Jr. Male Athlete of the Year: Ryan Aaron, Clear Spring

* Sara “Skip” Ward Female Athlete of the Year: Peyton Wallech, North Hagerstown

* Carroll I. Reid Jr. Donation Scholarship: Erica Hargreaves, Smithsburg

* Carroll I. Reid Jr.- CVAC Scholarship: Luke Daigneault, St. Maria Goretti

* Nick Adenhart Memorial Scholarship: Ryan Boward, Williamsport

* Robert “Turtle” Smith Baseball Scholarships: Scott Bennett, Boonsboro; Jared Brant, Clear Spring; J.R. Rinehart, Smithsburg; Matthew Daley, North Hagerstown; Bradley Enfield, Boonsboro.

* Millie Shank Academic Athletic Scholarship: Sara Wagner, Hancock

* Gregg Delauney President’s Scholarship: Haley Caudell, Smithsburg

Tickets are $30 and can be obtained by sending a check and return address to Washington County Sports Hall of Fame, 626 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, Md. 21740, or by calling Frank Linn at 301-739-3474, Andy Reid at 240-217-2929 or Gregg Delauney at 240-675-1228.

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