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Ten added to Sparks-Hereford athletic hall of fame

By Pat van den Beemt, pvdb@comcast.net

7:54 AM EDT, April 19, 2012

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Seven men, two women and one team will be inducted into the Sparks-Hereford Alumni Association's Athletic Hall of Fame on May 5 at the association's annual dinner meeting at Friendly Farm Restaurant in Upperco.

This is the seventh year that former athletes, coaches, teams and citizens who contributed to athletic programs have been honored.

Wayne McGinnis, a 1954 Hereford High School graduate who went on to play basketball at University of Maryland, started the Hall of Fame in 2006. Graduates of Sparks High School, which operated from 1909 until 1953, and Hereford High School are eligible.

Ten years must have elapsed since participation in high school sports for individuals or teams and three years for coaches.

This year's inductees include:

Bradley Moore, 1955 Hereford High School graduate, played basketball and baseball. He went on to win numerous medals in Maryland Senior Olympics, for softball, baseball and basketball.

Ethel "Vallie" Power Larson, 1963 Hereford High School graduate, played field hockey, basketball and softball all four years. She was also the valedictorian and Student Council president in her senior year.

Joe Wojcowski, 1973 Hereford High School graduate, played varsity football, wrestling and baseball. He was state wrestling champion during his senior year, with a 8-0 record.

Mike Scherer, 1987 Hereford High School graduate, was a cross-country runner who played tennis all four years. He had a perfect 44-0 undefeated record during the regular tennis season over four years. He played tennis at the College of William and Mary.

Robert Hough, 1990 Hereford High School graduate, played soccer, lacrosse and wrestled for all four years. He was the first four-time Baltimore County Wrestling champion and had a career wrestling record of 108-5-2.

Kimberly Thompson, 2002 Hereford High School graduate, played volleyball and softball all four years, basketball for two years and indoor track for one. As a senior, she played in the all-county all-star volleyball game and was second team all-county in softball.

Bradley Duvall, 2002 Hereford High School graduate, played soccer, baseball and ran indoor track all four years. He broke the school record for the 300-meter and 500-meter runs in his senior year. His time of 38.2 seconds for the 300-meter run still stands as the school record.

1992-93 boys' basketball team was the only Hereford boys' team to play for the state title. It lost in overtime to Allegany High School in the state championship at College Park.

Team members include Mike Bailey, Chris Bull, Dewayne Fowble, David Glenn, William Harvey, Garth Heagerty, David Marzullo, Jamey Mathews, Matt Saunders, Mike Shive, Paulo Stegmeyer, Steve String, Tom Wess, John Wingeart. Coach, Steve Power. Assistant coaches Mark Trotta, Jon Capan and John Mackert.

Gary Horn was inducted as coach for his tenure from 1971 to 1983, coaching basketball and cross-country. His 1979 boys cross-country team was undefeated and won the Hereford Invitational, as well as the Baltimore County and Maryland state championships.

Tom Beck, whose 12 children attended Hereford, was named to the Hall of Fame as a sports contributor. He became assistant coach when his oldest son started wrestling on Hereford's recreation council team in 1969. He eventually took on the rec council's wrestling program. He stayed there until 1987, when he moved to Hereford High School to coach wrestlers until 1994.