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County Hall of Fame inductees thank supporters, look to pass those lessons ahead

July 27, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com
  • The Washington County Sports Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2013, which included (from left) Dwayne Freeman, Jim Kline, Maria Grosz Pope, Paul Barr (who accepted the award for his father, Ed), Steve Berry and Jim Schlossnagle.
By Kevin G. Gilbert /Staff Photogrpaher

HAGERSTOWN — Honor, humility, respect and gratitude.

Those were the best four words to describe the six newest members of the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame, inducted at Saturday’s banquet at Elks Lodge No. 378.

But the big theme of the night seemed to be “Pay it forward.”

“Anybody who’s achieved anything of course owes it in part to their own skill, but its also because someone had an impact on them,” said inductee Jim Schlossnagle.

Schlossnagle, a Smithsburg graduate, is the head baseball coach at Texas Christian who has led the Horned Frogs to five straight Mountain West Conference titles. It included a school-record 54-14 season in 2010 that earned Schlossnagle the National Coach of the Year Award.

Schlossnagle attributes all his success to legendary Smithsburg football coach Carroll Reid.

“When you have someone like that in your life, you want to pay it forward,” said Schlossnagle. “It’s very humbling to be back home receiving this honor, especially with coach Reid’s family in attendance.”

Dwayne Freeman, the current South Hagerstown track and field coach and record holder in seven events, shared a similar sentiment.

“What we all share as inductees is that we had people who cared about us and without them we wouldn’t be here,” said Freeman. “We realize that the world is changing. We have to step up and be positive role models to these kids. Yes, it is giving back to the community, but its really about providing kids the chance to be successful in the future.”

Ed “Whiskey” Barr, the late Washington County baseball star, who was the MVP of the Blue Ridge League in 1947 by batting .470 with six home runs and pitching to an 8-1 record, gave back by coaching Funkstown in the Washington County League and for Hagerstown’s Colt League. Barr was represented at the banquet by his son Paul.

Also inducted on Saturday were:

* Jim Kline, a champion bass angler who founded the Antietam Bassmasters Club in 1991. Kline has won more than 15 club tornaments, received two Maryland Sport Fishing Tournament citations and 12 tournament big fish awards. He has been involved with youth fishing since 1987 and the Paralyzed Veterans of America Bass Tournament Trial since 1994.

* Steve Berry, the first Boonsboro athlete to receive a full athletic scholarship in any sport. Berry was a three-sport athlete at Boonsboro and played football for four years at Catawba College before being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1968. He is the only Boonsboro player drafted by the NFL.

* Maria Grosz Pope, James Madison University’s first All-American and national qualifier in swimming. She held six swimming records at JMU and was part of the team that set a dual meet wins record with 11 in 1980-81.

Also receiving honors on Saturday were 12 Washington County high school seniors, who received over $10,000 in scholarships. They 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

Others who were honored were:

* Coach of the Year: Becky Walter, Boonsboro Track and Field coach

* Youth Services Award: Russ Robinson

* Official of the Year: Dwight Hoffman

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